How to Make a Homemade Ice Pack

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:

  • What happens to the body when ice is applied
  • Why we want to apply ice
  • When not to use ice
  • How to make a homemade ice pack
  • ...
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Student Activities and Organization

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.

Here’s a Few Tips to Help Stay on Track:

  • Get schedules early - once you receive a sports schedule or an extracurricular activity schedule, get it on the calendar to avoid double-booking events or overloading the schedule for that day or week
  • Select 1 sport per season - playing more than 1 sport per season can physically and mentally stress the body which increases the risk of injury due to fatigue and burn-out
  • Select 1 other activity per season - if your son or daughter plays a sport but has other interests, then you may need...
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DIY Series – How to Use a Hot Pack

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:

  • What happens to your body when heat is applied
  • Why we would want to apply heat
  • When not to use heat
  • How to apply a microwaveable hot pack correctly and reduce your risk of skin burns significantly

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,

Dr. Jeanette

 

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DIY Series – How to Make an Ice Cup for Ice Massage

Ice massage?

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:

  • Using ice massage vs an ice pack
  • What happens to your body when ice massage is applied
  • Why we would want to apply ice massage
  • When NOT to use ice massage
  • How to make a homemade ice cup for ice massage

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!

Stay Cool,

Dr. Jeanette

 

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DIY Series – How to Perform Self-Massage with a Tennis Ball

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:

  • What happens to your body when self-massage is applied
  • Why you would want to perform self-massage
  • When NOT to perform self-massage
  • How to perform self-massage with a tennis ball

You may view the video here:

All you need now is a tennis ball to melt that tension away. If pain and tension is not relieved despite using the tennis ball for 7 days, then it probably isn’t going away on its own and you need an expert to intervene. You...

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Gratitude Improves Health

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...

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Keeping Halloween Safe Instead of Scary

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.

  • Can my kids see okay when it starts getting dark?
  • Can motorists see my kids when it starts getting dark?
  • What if I run out of candy to give out?
  • If I run out of candy, will my house get tricked?
  • Will my patients young and old be able to participate in Halloween even if they are recovering from an injury?
  • Will someone require physical therapy because of some unfortunate accident on Halloween?

Although no one can prevent 100% of accidents, here are a few tips to stay safe and enjoy the treats this Halloween?

  • Wear reflective attire or glow sticks to be easily...
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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

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.

Did you know that physical therapists like myself are back and neck specialists?

  • I know how to use 5 different levels of mobilizations to move the joints of the spine - this sometimes creates a “pop” and sometimes it doesn’t; although the “pop” sounds like something cool just happened,...
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