Seriously, ice is super important if you have just suffered an injury because the more quickly you apply an ice pack after an injury – hopefully within the first 5 minutes – the less overall tissue injury will occur.
Don’t get me wrong, if you tear your ACL and apply ice, it doesn’t mean that your ACL isn’t still torn. It just means that the ice application will limit the effects tissue damage in the tissues surrounding the ACL.
For example, if you don’t apply ice then you will have a lot more swelling and inflammation. That extra fluid will create pressure on the other tissues in the knee and possibly damage them. Applying ice helps to keep swelling and inflammation under control so that other tissues are as negatively impacted.
You can learn more from a recent Facebook Live Class I recorded. The video class will talk about:
With school, sports, music, theater, and club schedules often overlapping, the life of a student and a student’s parents or family can be a little chaotic.
When students participate in multiple activities, the schedule can be overwhelming, meal time is often on-the-go, and sleep schedules are often disrupted.
Keeping everything organized is the key to getting everyone where they need to go and keeping them healthy along the way.
I rarely see skin burns from hot packs but on occasion I have had patients burn themselves because they did not know how to correctly apply a hot pack.
Skin burns can easily be prevented.
Heat from a hot pack is a great way to reduce general muscle soreness and joint or muscle tension. Heat can also be very relaxing.
In this next video of the DIY Series, you will learn:
Click play to see the video bellow:
I hope I never hear about someone burning themselves from a hot pack again. If you or someone you know uses a hot pack frequently, could you please forward this email to them?
Skin burns can be serious, and I don’t want anyone hurting themselves while trying to help themselves ease soreness and tension.
Enjoy the video and stay safe,
Ever heard of it?
Isn’t massage supposed to bring warmth and relax me?
Ice massage is awesome!
No, it won’t bring you warmth but because ice can decrease muscle spasms, it might relax your muscles and decrease your pain caused by muscle spasm.
Ice massage is typically reserved for smaller areas so it’s not like having an ice pack cover a complete area.
The latest video in the DIY Series will talk about:
You can view the video here:
After watching the video, would you mind sharing it with others?
Ice massage is a great way to apply ice to small areas and it’s quick!
Have you ever had that spot on your back right by your shoulder blade that felt tight, yet you couldn’t reach it?
Do you sit at a computer all day and experience shoulder and neck tension that doesn’t seem to go away?
If you answered “YES”, I can totally relate!
That’s why I do self-massage with a tennis ball. It’s a quick technique that can reduce tension and ease muscle tightness.
To learn more, I encourage you to watch a video from a DIY series I recorded during a recent Facebook live session.
You will learn:
You may view the video here:
Have you ever considered how being thankful can influence your health?
If you really stop and think about it, it makes sense.
We’ve all been around the person who complains all the time, views every situation with a glass is half-empty approach, or just has a flat low-energy negative personality.
You are probably picturing the face of someone now and immediately your posture sags.
How different do you feel when someone smiles in your direction, shares an encouraging word, or gives you a thumbs-up?
How thankful are you when the constant complainer is replaced by the cheery sunshine person with a bubbly personality?
Gratitude is a lot like that. The more thankful you are, the happier you are.
I recently started a Gratitude Game on my personal Facebook page. Every day I am either creating a Facebook Live video or posting about what I am thankful for. I plan to continue this Gratitude Game for as long as I can… which could be a very long time since I have an abundance of...
I have fond memories of Halloween – dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday. Yes, she was born on Halloween. Because she was always giving away candy at the front door, we always had pizza and pop for dinner and then candy for dessert. It didn’t get much better than that as a kid!
As an adult, Mom, and health practitioner, I see Halloween through a different lens.
Although no one can prevent 100% of accidents, here are a few tips to stay safe and enjoy the treats this Halloween?
October is Physical Therapy Month, so I would be remiss if I didn’t share how amazing this profession really is. What also amazes me is that so many people don’t really know or understand what physical therapists actually do.
When people think of physical therapy, they often think of a person who had surgery going to rehabilitation or an athlete in rehabilitation trying to get back to their sport.
PHYSICAL THERAPY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN REHAB AND SPORTS!
Yes, I am shouting aloud – not in anger or hostility – but in a loving fun and kind way because I admit that my profession does a poor job of teaching people about what we do
I want to change that.
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