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Mom life Series - Putting your oxygen mask on first

Mom life Series - Putting your oxygen mask on first

I’m not claiming to be an expert in motherhood; I’m just a new mom navigating returning to work, maintaining my identity, surviving sleep deprivation, and staying balanced. As a health provider, I educate and encourage the importance of self-care. As an over-tired momma, I understand how prioritizing personal care is not easy. My pregnancy and birth experience were both pretty uneventful. Physically, however, I ended up with diastasis recti (abdominal split), a gnarly cesarean scar, knee pain, and general deconditioning. With returning to work, chasing sleep, preventing total house disaster and loving on a sweet baby, finding time to rehabilitate is difficult. Although it feels selfish at times, I have to make the conscious decision to put my health and fitness first. I find I am a better mother, wife, PTA and person when I’ve prioritized myself. Here’s how I put my oxygen mask on first before “adulting”….

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Workplace Ergonomics

Workplace Ergonomics

Most people in today's society spend a large portion of their day sitting at a desk. If you have a desk job, you can probably relate to the never-ending aches and pains that come along with prolonged sitting. Here are 3 things you can do about it.

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Another Fitness Self-Reflection Activity

Another Fitness Self-Reflection Activity

For those of who had fitness goals, have you met them? Did you write them down? Were they actually measurable goals, or just things you wanted to work on? If you have not made any progress or just completely forgot about your goals, let’s identify why and think of a new plan of action.

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Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint Mobilization Techniques: Why are they performed in Physical Therapy?

Joint mobilization is a passive manual technique performed in many physical therapy treatments. It may feel differently from your everyday joint actions, like flexing at the knee or lifting the arm overhead. And that’s because it is. All joints have their own specific alignment and ways in which the bones, ligaments, tendons and capsule move about each other (known as osteokinematic or arthrokinematic motion). If those movement patterns are restricted in some way or are dysfunctional, we as therapy providers will step in to improve proper operations.

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Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Physical Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis Pain

One common area that is susceptible to fascial tension and resultant pain is the bottom (plantar) surface of the foot. Symptoms you’ll experience are sharp or aching heel pain at rest and upon landing (often in the morning), arch tenderness, and regional swelling. To some, the nagging discomfort can interfere in daily activities and to others the pain can be debilitating.

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Britt's Tips: It's all about ankles this summer!

Britt's Tips: It's all about ankles this summer!

 Some of our favorite summer activities necessitate ankle strength, stability and proprioceptive balance strategy. Hiking, paddle boarding, water skiing, soccer, yoga, surfing and even sandy or rocky beach walks all require stable ankle joint performance. Think of all the stress those joints take on, especially when navigating uneven ground or landing from a big jump. You can improve your skills by upping your ankles’ reliability.  Here are a few strength and balance exercises to prevent injury (the dreaded ankle roll), boost your strength, and keep you upright on that tricky paddle board! No special gym equipment or resistance bands required.  

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