What To Do For a Stiff Neck

Physical Therapy Techniques To Improve Neck Mobility

Woman With a Stiff Neck

You know you have a stiff neck when you literally have to turn your whole body to look at the person sitting right next to you. A stiff neck is not an easy problem to hide and not an easy problem to live with – even simple daily tasks become painful and difficult. Driving, for instance, presents a whole new challenge, requiring a strategic use of mirrors just to change lanes safely.

For many, a stiff neck can last a day or two, while it can be a persistent issue in others. The good news is: there are steps you can take to improve your mobility and function to overcome your stiff neck…

Cervicogenic Headaches: The Best Exercises for Relief [Video]

Woman with cervicogenic headache

The relentless pounding…the intense throbbing…headaches are the worst! Unfortunately, they’re also very common. In fact, they’re the most common reason people use over-the-counter pain medication. Headaches also account for 18 million doctor visits in the US, 156 million work days missed – an estimated $25 billion in productivity losses – every year1.

Do you get headaches? What Kind – migraines, tension-type, cluster? Maybe you’re like many of the patients I see and get headaches stemming from the neck region – these are called Cervicogenic Headaches. The good news with this type of headache is that there are steps you can take to alleviate the pain – even without taking medication.

Let’s take a look at what Cervicogenic Headaches are, what causes them, how they differ from other headaches, and – most importantly – how you can alleviate and prevent them from recurring…

Lateral Epicondylalgia: What Is It and Can You Prevent It?

Scapular Strengthening For Tennis Elbow

Man with Lateral Epicondylalgia Tennis Elbow

Yes, you can get Tennis Elbow even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life. In fact, most patients that come and see me with the diagnosis of Tennis Elbow are baffled and assure me that they don’t play tennis. What then, could have led to this nagging elbow pain also known as Lateral Epicondylalgia and why does it last so long?

Let’s explore these questions and also see if there’s a way to potentially prevent this painful disorder from ever starting…

Thoracic Spine Mobility and How It Affects You

Bonus Video Exercises

Woman Stretching Thoracic Spine

You want to be flexible – so you stretch your muscles. But what about your joints? You also need to have good mobility in your joints to allow you to move freely and do the things you love. So then, what areas should you be focusing on to improve joint mobility? It turns out that you lose the most mobility in your mid and upper back – the thoracic spine – throughout your life. This decrease in mobility not only affects your back, but your neck and shoulders, as well.

Here’s how improving mobility in your thoracic spine can maximize function and even increase your strength potential. Plus, I’ll show you a few simple exercises you can do from home…

How To Set Up Your Physical Therapy (or any) Blog: A Step-By-Step Guide

Plus 2 Podcast Episodes

Physical Therapy Blog Setup

Whether you’re a Physical Therapist, a hair-stylist, a painter, or a new parent, how can starting a website or blog be of use to you?

If you own a business, want to start a business, want to network, want to sell your products or services, or just want to provide useful information for the greater good, a blog is a useful tool.

If you haven’t considered starting a blog or website for your business, you should. Think about it, what services do you use that you don’t first check out the website? If you’re a Physical Therapist and you own a clinic, in my book, a website and blog is a must. You’re job is to be a source of useful information and help to your current and potential patients.

There’s also the people, like me, who are running a website and blog aside from the nine-to-five. The goal isn’t necessarily to make money or attract clients, but to use my knowledge and expertise to be of service to others, all the while opening up doors for future opportunities.

So, whether you’re a Physical Therapist or not, consider how starting a website/blog can open up doors for you…

7 Tips For Scar Management

DIY Advice From a Physical Therapist

Scar Management

For some, a scar might be a symbol of pride – a battle wound, so to speak. For others, though, scars don’t rank high on their favorite physical features list. Most of us want to minimize the appearance of scars and the physical consequences that can accompany them – itching, stiffness, tenderness, and pain1,2.

Although scars can occur from wounds and burns, for our purposes here, let’s focus on how best to manage post-surgical scars.

Why Kids Should Play More Than One Sport

And the Drawbacks of Early Sport Specialization

Early Sport Specialization

Kids sports nowadays have gotten more and more intense. It seems like parents are signing their kids up for private coaching and travel teams before they learn to tie their own shoes. Ever since the world saw the results of a father taking his 2-year old son to the golf course every day, parents and coaches have taken notice.

As much as we’re pressured into specializing our kids early in their sport – from coaches, schools, peers, other parents, travel teams – there is much evidence showing that early sport specialization has its detriments. On the flip-side, though, multi-sport participation proves to be very beneficial.

Let’s take a closer look…

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Physical Therapy Advice For Heel Pain

Girl with plantar fasciitis heel pain

That first step – the burning, stinging pain in your heel stops you in your tracks. It’s been getting worse over the course of the last few months and you hoped it would go away by now. All you want is to be able to live your life the way you used to – to walk and to run pain-free. Plantar Fasciitis can be debilitating and long-lasting, but with the proper treatment, you can improve.

Let’s look more closely at Plantar Fasciitis: what it is, who it affects, and what the best treatment options are…

Cracking Joints: What’s That Sound?

Cracking Joints Sound

I’ve never been able to crack my knuckles. Growing up, cracking your knuckles was a sign that you were a cool kid – similar to double-jointedness or being able to wiggle your ears. Then, once about the third grade hit, teachers started telling us cracking your knuckles was bad – that it would eventually lead to arthritis and an inability to have normal-functioning hands. That same belief carried over to when our knees started popping when we squatted down. If knuckle-cracking was bad, the knee-popping must be bad, too, right?

Which joints crack for you? Your knuckles? Knees? Shoulders? Hips? Ankles? Neck?

What is it that actually causes the cracking sound inside your joints? Is it bad? Should you be concerned? Let’s explore…

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Time In Physical Therapy

A Patient’s Guide Written By A Physical Therapist

physical therapy goals
This is a guest post by Randal Glaser, PT, DPT, OCS, CEAS I. He is the Co-founder of Jetset Rehab Education, a continuing education company for Rehab Professionals. You can check out Jetset’s blog and podcast (which will both feature yours truly soon!). Follow Jetset on twitter and instagram for exciting con-ed opportunities in exotic locations, and for Randal’s incredible photography skills.

As a Physical Therapist, I’ve worked with – and treated – a lot of patients. I’ve had experiences with satisfied patients who have called me a miracle worker. On the flip side, I’ve also had patients who disagreed with my treatment altogether. And then there are those who were simply indifferent. If I’m completely honest with myself, I can reflect on – and learn from – each experience, regardless of the outcome, to improve patient care moving forward.

Over the years, I’ve taken notes on how to better my interactions with patients to get the best possible results.  I’ve also noticed that, although each patient is unique, those who have successful outcomes share a common set of attitudes and disciplines.

I’d like to share with you these best-patient-practices, which I hope can serve as a guide to help you get the most out of your time in physical therapy.