When I Lost My Voice

About 3 months after my first pregnancy, I started coughing. This turned into a nasty sinus infection and I lost my voice. My primary care physician refused to prescribe me antibiotics because it was a virus.

A couple of months later, the same thing happened. Again, the claim was a virus and no antibiotics were prescribed.

This scenario happened again and finally I said to my physician, “Why does this keep happening? I’ve been to you three times in the past 6 months yet for the past 5 years I only saw you for my annual physical. Why do I keep getting sick?”

Her answer was “You have a kid in daycare. You have bad luck.” Again, no antibiotics were prescribed.

After that appointment, I seemed to get sick less yet I would still cough and lose my voice. It was very annoying because my patients thought I was sick when I wasn’t.

During my second pregnancy, I got really sick - I missed a week of work which if anyone knows me, I NEVER miss work. I never...

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5 Tips To Preparing For Your Thanksgiving Day Celebration

Thanksgiving Day is upon us!

How can we prepare AND enjoy our big Thanksgiving Day celebration without feeling rushed, overcommitted, and frazzled?

 Start planning now! 

      1. Make a grocery list - What do you already have and what will you need?
      2. Make a guest list - Who are you inviting to your feast? What dish will they bring?
      3. Make a to-do list - What needs to get done before guests arrive and when does it need to get done by

 Schedule time each day to work on your to-do list 

      1. What can be done now?
      2. What can be done a week before?
      3. What must happen the day before?
      4. What must happen the day of?

 Ask for help! 

      1. Delegate responsibilities so you don’t have to do everything yourself
      2. Ask each guest to bring something (side dish, beverages, napkins, etc.)
      3. Hire a maid service or enlist your kids to help with cleaning
      4. Cater in food so you don’t have to do all the cooking!

 Take care of yourself 

      1. Drink plenty of water (you...
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4 Tips to Find Time In Your Crazy Busy Schedule

Have you ever said, “There is just not enough time in the day!”?

Or, maybe you feel like you are busy all day rushing from here to there yet at the end of the day you find yourself saying, “I didn’t get anything done!”

Before we can talk about finding time in a crazy busy schedule, we have to look at Time Stealers - those little pesky gnat-like things that absorb your time and lead to a sense of overwhelm.

Time Stealer #1: 

Hitting The Snooze Button

Seriously, if you hit the snooze button 3x every morning, you probably just lost 20-25 minutes right smack at the beginning of the day without your foot even hitting the floor. You are now 20-25 minutes late to your “perfectly” planned day.

If you have trouble getting up in the morning, then you probably need to evaluate your bedtime. The average adult needs 7-9 hours of sleep. You can’t burn the candle at night and expect to start your day feeling rested.

Time Stealer #2: 

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How To Set Up Your Own Personal Gym For Less Than $90.00

“I don’t have time to go to the gym.”

“I can’t go to the gym because I don’t have a babysitter.”

“It’s too cold - I don’t like sweating then walking out into frigid air.”

“There are too many germs at a public gym.”

“I don’t feel comfortable exercising in front of other people.”

“I can’t afford a gym membership.”

 

If you have ever said anything like these before, then you need to create a gym workout space at home WITH NO MORE EXCUSES!

 

Exercise is important for your health. 

Exercise helps to manage your weight.

It reduces blood pressure.

It reduces the risk of Type II diabetes.

It helps you burn off energy so you sleep better.

It helps to reduce stress.

And, it is FUN!

 

You don’t need a ton of equipment at home. You just need some basics.

 

Here is my recommended list - you can get these on Amazon through my website so you don’t...

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Are lunges or squats the better exercise?

“Lunges and squats - don’t they do the same thing in strengthening your legs?”

“Why should I do lunges AND squats?”

“If I’m short on time, can I do lunges OR squats?”

If you have ever had these questions, the answers can be found in this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFpmpF86wQc

 

Enjoy your next workout!

 

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How To Lace Your Shoelaces So Your Heel Doesn’t Slip

Have you ever purchased shoes and when you get them home, no matter what type of socks you wear, you feel like the shoe isn’t tight enough?

What’s really annoying is when you feel like your heel keeps slipping out.

When you were in the store, you didn’t think it was a big deal but now that you’re home you can stand feeling like your shoe doesn’t fit right.

You might even consider taking the shoes back.

While it is true that you might have purchased too big of a shoe size, it is also true that it could just be the way you are lacing your shoe laces.

Here is a quick little video that can solve the problem of your heel slipping up and down or out of the shoe:

https://youtu.be/YRsS1eFUg5s

If you have narrow feet or if you have wide forefeet (the front part of your foot) combined with a narrow heel, then lacing your shoelaces like I demonstrate in the video could save you a lot of frustration!

I use this technique on almost all my lace-up shoes and guess...

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Should My Shoulder Hurt After A Flu Shot?

I recently had a patient ask me where a flu shot should be administered. This may seem like an odd question since I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy and not a family physician. However, the reason she asked is because she had received another type of shot 2 weeks prior and her left shoulder had been painful since. She was due to have a flu shot and was concerned that her shoulder would be re-aggravated.

With flu season quickly approaching and because my patient asked me about this, I felt compelled to address an unfortunate situation that has occurred at least 3 times in recent years. I have cared for patients who received a flu shot only to discover shoulder pain within minutes to hours after the injection. Their pain persisted and ultimately resulted in a trip to the orthopedist and a prescription for physical therapy.

Flu shots are typically administered in the meatiest or thickest portion of the deltoid muscle of the upper arm. However, on rare occasions, the person administering...

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“My daughter plays basketball and 2 of her friends just suffered ACL tears. How can I decrease the risk of an ACL tear with my daughter?”

This is a common question I get asked, especially when a teammate or the news reports on a high profile professional athlete tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee).

Anytime an injury hits close to home, people become instantly aware that they could be at risk for injury too. It can be a little scary because sports are supposed to be fun. No one plays a sport and thinks they will get injured. In fact, most of the time people think that getting injured will never happen to them.

This is a myth. Injuries do happen and they can happen to you, your son, your daughter, and even your spouse. 

Let’s look at some facts to show that while ACL injuries seem like a very common occurrence, the incidence of ACL injuries is low compared to the number of athletes participating in sports.

  • According to ncaa.org, “nearly 8 million students currently participate in high school athletics in the United States.” ...
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My Room Spinning Story

Have you ever felt like the room is spinning around you?

I’m not just talking about feeling a little lightheaded because you stand up too quickly.

I’m talking about no matter whether you are sitting or standing, eyes opened or closed, lying on your back or lying on your side - none of that matters because the room is spinning and it won’t stop.

You feel like you are on a never ending merry-go-round and can’t get off.

If it is really bad, you feel like you are in a house of mirrors and you can’t tell where the floor and the wall start and stop.

If you have ever experienced the room spinning like this, then you have suffered from vertigo or dizziness.

Why do you experience vertigo?

Here’s a few reasons why people with vertigo might see me in my physical therapy office or via online video chat:

  • Whiplash
  • Post-Concussion
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Medication Side Effect
  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
  • Stress
  • Blood Pressure Issues
  • Dehydration
  • ...
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Natural Pain Relief - Feeling Better Faster

If you google “natural pain relief”, you will be inundated with a countless number of commercial products, supplements, herbs, etc. You could have your own small pharmacopeia of over-the-counter remedies. 

The question is do any of these products actually work?

Besides natural pain relief options, you have the option of prescription medications. With the rise in opioid use and abuse, many physicians are a bit more stingy with prescribing pain medication and many patients are shying away from wanting to even start them. Unfortunately, there are still too many people dependent on both prescription and over-the counter medications to mask their pain - whether it be physical, psychological, or emotional pain that grips them.

What happens when the prescription medications no longer work or the physician stops prescribing them?

Many people turn to alcohol and/or illegal substances to self-medicate. What starts out as one drink turns into another and another and another....

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