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The McKenzie Method
The McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is an internationally researched system of assessment and management for spinal and extremity musculoskeletal disorders. The McKenzie Method was developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. Since its conception It has been widely used all over the world for more than 60 years!
Osteoarthritis and physical therapy
In a previous blog we reviewed a study that showed physical therapy as being more effective than glucocorticoid injections in individuals suffering with knee osteoarthritis(OA).(may post link to article here). An estimated 27 million Americans have some form of OA according to the centers for disease control and prevention, 1 in 2 people in the United States may develop knee OA by the age of 85(1). 1 in 4 may develop hip OA in their lifetime.
How Physical Therapy Can Help With Headaches
Headaches, we have all had one at some point in our lives some worse than others. About 47 % of the global population suffer from some form of headache(1). In 2007, 1.5-7% of visits to a primary care physician in North America were to address headaches (2). At the age of 40, one report noted 70-80% of females and 60% of males report experiencing headaches in the US (2). For the most part headaches can be harmless and can resolve themselves with some rest. In some cases an individual may experience frequent moderate to severe headaches which can impact their overall quality of life. Headaches come in many different variations some of which are listed below.
Preventing Injury While Shoveling Snow
As we get deeper into the winter season we are beginning to cross paths with snow. Most either love it or hate it. Many can agree that although snow looks beautiful, Cleaning up after can be a total drag especially shoveling the driveway. One study found that there are an average of 11,500 injuries and
Flat feet or (Pes planus) is a condition that affects the arch of the foot. The condition may also be referred to as fallen or collapsed arches. This condition is relatively common affecting up to 30 percent of individuals. Pes Planus is more prevalent in children there are about 20-30 percent (1) of children with some form of flat feet. females have a predisposition to this condition than their male counterparts in adulthood.
Preventing Slips and Falls this winter
As the temperature begins to decrease inversely, the frequency of snow and ice formation increase! Because of this, there is a positive relationship between ice formation and incidences of slips and falls which could cause serious injury. We can not exactly control the weather but we can dictate means of preventing slips and falls. Here are some tips to follow when heading out this winter season!
Electrical Stimulation Dry Needling
In a previous blog we discussed dry needling (DN) and its supplementary inclusion to a well rounded physical therapy protocol. Electrical stimulation can be added alongside DN for a more effective treatment.
Maintaining Your Physical Therapy Gains
As we trot through the holiday season we are slowly approaching the peak time of the year. Many of us are planning on taking a break from our busy lives and visiting our loved ones to destress and create great memories. Our minds check out of their busy schedule and take a break unfortunately, we can not say the same about our bodies.
Physical Therapy and Frozen Shoulder
Many refer to them as “bunions” but the medical term is (Hallux Valgus) Hallux meaning your big toe and Valgus referring to angulation or “bowing”. Bunions form when the joint at the base of the big toe is misaligned which causes a notable bulge on the side of the foot.
How to Find the Right Pillow for You
The best pillow is any pillow which keeps your spine in good alignment in your preferred sleeping position and one which is made of a comfortable material you can tolerate all night.