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Physical Therapy for Injured Dancers from Someone Who Knows

Posted by Brian Spence on May 24, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Physical therapy after an injury is considered essential, especially after orthopaedic surgery. For athletes and sports enthusiasts, most physical therapists are familiar with the common problems of restoring the range of motion necessary to resume the activity. But for dancers who need to recover after a fracture, sprain or torn muscle, few therapists truly understand what is required in order to perform at the pre-injury level.

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Premature Infant with Cerebral Palsy Thrives with Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on May 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Being the parent of a child with special needs presents challenges. Helping your child negotiate the physical world is one of them. Luckily there are people ready to help, physical therapists. For those with physical and/or developmental challenges, Pediatric Physical Therapists are trained to give each child they meet the tools and strategies to meet the world with the greatest amount of independence possible.

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SpokeIt Speech Therapy Game Engages Children in Cleft Care

Posted by Brian Spence on May 10, 2019 8:00:00 AM

UC Santa Cruz researchers are currently developing a speech therapy game to help children who suffer from a cleft lip or cleft palate. A cleft is described as a common birth defect which affects over 200,000 babies born every year, according to international charity, Smile Train. This condition is seen as an opening in the upper lip or on the roof of the mouth, causing children to experience symptoms such as difficulties with eating and speech impairment. But because there is a shortage of speech therapists in developing countries, many children will need alternative treatments after receiving surgery to repair their clefts.

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Occupational Therapy - An Alternative to Punishment

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 19, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Teenagers can be difficult. Any parent or educator of adolescents can confirm this. It's normal to push the envelope with authority during those tumultuous years from thirteen to twenty. But most kids even out and straighten up by the time graduation rolls around. Unfortunately, there are too many students who never make it to graduation.

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Occupational Therapists Treating Results of Excessive Screen Time

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Computers, tablets, televisions, videos games, and smartphones have made screens pervasive. The result is that today's children have much more screen time than little ones had in previous generations. Some occupational therapists believe they are treating issues that derive directly from too much screen time.

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Occupational Therapy Learning That's Fun

Posted by Brian Spence on Apr 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Occupational Therapy, as some people mistakenly believe, isn't only about getting back to work after an illness or injury. There is a perception that OT is for stroke victims who need to "relearn" how to put on their socks or brush their teeth. It's true that OTs help adults of all levels regain practical skills lost or diminished for some medical or neurological reason. But it's also addressing how you "occupy" your time, not necessarily disabilities. Think of the things you do in your daily life that could be improved, and occupational therapy can help.

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Physical Therapists Inventing Ways to Help People Move

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 29, 2019 8:00:00 AM

In ancient times, how well you moved could be a life or death situation. If you couldn't outrun a predator or an enemy, you were probably dinner or a captive, or worse. People born with limb defects or those whose injuries impeded their movement, had very short life spans. Luckily the human race has evolved to a place where we value human life, even when the body is not perfect.

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Animal Physical Therapy: Why Your Pets Need You

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Are you a physical therapist, or actively seeking a job within this field? Do you love animals? Well, there's an occupation out there that is perfect for you! Animal rehabilitation therapists do their part in helping many pets recover from surgeries or deal with long term pain.

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Restful Sleep: The Foundation of Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Occupational therapists focus on five components of a healthy life: cognitive, physical, sensory, psychological, and spiritual. These five areas, when everything is balanced and aligned, form the pillars of our everyday functioning. Our ability to manage what life throws at us depends heavily on our ability to get a good night's sleep. When you're sleep deprived, many of the key elements of your life are impacted.

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Drawing for Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Mar 8, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Occupational Therapy helps to develop and sustain the abilities for day-to-day functions and your overall welfare. There are a few ways to keep these skills up to par and drawing is one of them. Keep reading to see how drawing is a good form of occupational therapy.

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