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The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Diabetes Patients

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Diabetes is a common chronic condition. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 34.2 million Americans have diabetes. To understand what diabetes is, it's helpful to know what glucose and insulin are. Glucose, also known as blood sugar, provides the human body with energy. Insulin is a hormone the body uses to access glucose.

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How Speech Therapy Helped This Cancer Survivor Find Their Voice Again

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Can you imagine coming out from under anesthesia only to learn that you had no voice? This is exactly what happened to one Long Beach Resident after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. In order to remove the cancer, 75% of his tongue had to be removed. Palos Verdes Peninsula News reported on Harvey Swartz's experience and the rehabilitation he received from an unlikely source.

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Llamas: An Unexpected Friend for Occupational Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Feb 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When you think pet therapy, the first images that come to mind are probably dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, or horses. But what about llamas? Anyone can benefit from animal-assisted therapy, from children to adolescents to seniors, whether it's on a personal-level or used to improve the overall well-being of an entire community.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Healthcare

Meow Wolf's "Experience Tubes" - A Creative Experiment in Speech Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 31, 2020 8:00:00 AM

There are many creative ways to do speech therapy. Now, Meow Wolf has come up with one more which they call an "experience tube." But what exactly is Meow Wolf? In their own words, they are "an arts and entertainment group" which "creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content."

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Honoring a New Year's Resolution - How Physical Therapy Can Help

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 24, 2020 8:00:00 AM

After all the excess food consumption that most indulged in at holiday parties and gatherings, it's not uncommon for the average person to make a resolution for the new year, promising themselves they will improve their health by losing weight, exercising more, etc. For those carrying some extra weight yet still maintaining relatively good health, they actually are capable of following through on their resolution. However, for those who face a real physical impairment, it may be almost impossible for them to obtain their fitness goals without some extra help. This is where a series of physical therapy sessions can make the difference between a person being able to improve their fitness level, or remain stagnant with some kind of disability or physical impairment.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Healthcare

Physical Therapy - The Benefits of Making House Calls

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 17, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The traditional modes of offering physical therapy services were limited to either a hospital setting, or perhaps an independent physical therapy office. While some home-health agencies offered PT services to homebound patients covered by Medicare, legal restrictions limited independent PTs from offering home services to patients being seen by a home-health care agency. One of the latest trends however, is for physical therapists to take their services directly to other patients, who do not meet Medicare's criteria for the homebound. As it turns out, there are key advantages both to patients and physical therapists who participate in these types of home visits.

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San Diego Offers Free Mental Health Program for First Responders

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Police officers, paramedics and firefighters are the first people to arrive at traumatic scenes. Their in-depth training programs and professionalism allow the rest of us to step back, take a breath, and set the problem into someone else's hands. We are always relieved when they arrive, like superheroes ready to save the day.

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Topics: Mental Health, Healthcare

10 Tips to Help Speech Therapists Avoid Burnout

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

In many caregiving fields, such as speech therapy, it is possible to burn out quickly. You work pretty long hours, with a variety of patients with whom you have varying levels of success. At times, you may feel like your efforts are not being appreciated. Plus, you might end up working long hours in order to help patients who are not responding very well to treatment. All this can be frustrating and can lead to burnout.

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Topics: Self-Improvement, Healthcare

How Can Ergonomics Improve Your Standard of Living

Posted by Brian Spence on Jan 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Monica Quehl, an occupational therapist living in Hawaii, has started a business called Aging with Aloha. The object of this business is to work with seniors (but also anyone else who might need their services) to improve posture and deal with back pain, neck pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Quehl says that it's important for seniors to address "these health issues now while they're still young to prevent ailments and adapt healthy practices into the workplace."

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Healing Scar Tissue with Physical Therapy

Posted by Brian Spence on Dec 27, 2019 8:00:00 AM

When you think of scar tissue, you usually just think of a scar that's visible on the body. But a physical therapist will tell you that the visible scar is just the tip of the iceberg. People who have scar tissue may also feel very restricted in their movements. Maryann Butts, the owner of the Portland Massage Company, says, "You can have a small scar [on your chest] but feel restriction all the way down into your lower back."

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