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How to pick out and adjust the proper backpack for your child

How to pick out and adjust the proper backpack for your child

All of our kids these days are wearing backpacks to school and are actually considered a fashion statement these days. You see some millennials wearing them at events that don’t even warrant a backpack, but are worn because they are perceived as a cool piece of apparel.  So, they’re being used a lot by kids these days. But, are you aware of the hidden dangers behind these backpacks, and the long term effects they have on our bodies? This article is to educate both the children and the adults about buying the right backpack and how to adjust them correctly for the best fit and to reduce the stress they can put on our shoulders, neck, and back. Have you noticed how heavy and big your kid’s backpacks have gotten over the years, even the young kids in elementary school? […]

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Reducing The Two Most Common Overuse Injuries

Reducing The Two Most Common Overuse Injuries

In the past, we have heard the old adage “you only have one body, treat it good”.  So, what happens if we don’t abide by this advice?  I believe that the body will begin to break down at a quicker rate, causing muscle pain, tendinitis, quicker cartilage wear, disc degeneration/herniated discs, etc… Well, this is the reason for this article, to reduce the effects of bad lifting techniques, that will slow down the degenerative effects from poor body mechanics.  Every time we lift, we are putting forces on our limbs and our spine.  When we lift with poor body-mechanics, we place huge stresses on our spine and shoulders; but, if we can change a few simple habits, we can reduce this stress on our body. There are two bad habits, when lifting from the floor, that I would like people […]

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Medicare Cap Repealed

Medicare Cap Repealed

After two decades of advocacy, we have finally come to a successful fruition, as a 2-year funding deal recently signed into law includes a full repeal of the cap on Medicare outpatient physical therapy, occupational, and speech-language pathology services. For 21 years the therapy cap threatened to undermine the health and quality of life of millions of Medicare beneficiaries. Physical therapy practitioners were faced with the possibility of denying services to those who needed them. “I am grateful that President Trump along with Congress has finally put an end to this flawed policy and would like to thank all of our law makers for finally changing this for the Americans who have earned this insurance coverage”. This is not an entitlement, it’s been paid for over a persons life time. They deserve it. The repeal came just as some beneficiaries […]

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Importance of Core Stabilization

Importance of Core Stabilization

  How Strengthening Your Core Can Improve Your Life Experiencing lower back pain? Posture not the best?  If so, did you know that one of the best ways to alleviate pain and improve your quality of life is by improving your core muscles? Comprised of several groups of muscles, your core is paramount in producing maximum stability in the abdominal and lower back region, while also facilitating the movement of the arms, legs, and spine. Here at Spectrum Physical Therapy in Patchogue, our physical therapists have helped countless patients by incorporating core stabilization programs tailoring directly toward each individual’s needs. Here are some benefits and methods of improving your core.   Benefits of a Solid Core:         Decreasing Lower Back Pain: Many people think that strengthening your core muscles has no effect on any other part of your body. Wrong. Extremely […]

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Physical Therapy near Brookhaven

Physical Therapy near Brookhaven

If you’re looking to pursue physical therapy near Brookhaven, NY, then you need to consider the many services that Spectrum Physical Therapy can offer you. Spectrum Physical Therapy, under the strong guidance of Dr. Gary Welch, is dedicated to providing the best in outpatient physical therapy services to the people of our community.  Our elite professionals are well trained in several PT techniques. This includes the following:   Joint Mobilization Soft Tissue / Myofascial Release Therapeutic Exercises Sport / Occupational Specific Training Gait Analysis and Training Coordination and Balance Training TMJ Dysfunction Maintenance Program Functional Capacity Evaluations Pre-employment/Post-offer screens   The benefits of physical therapy as a whole can be outstanding for anyone interested in living at an optimal level of health. Your physical therapist may help reveal information regarding your health that perhaps you never even knew existed. They […]

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The benefits of the Graston Technique

The benefits of the Graston Technique

A relatively unknown alleviation of back pain, the Graston Technique is an instrument assisted therapeutic technique that is able to treat soft tissue damage. If you’re searching for this treatment (or physical therapy) in Patchogue, Spectrum Physical Therapy specializes in utilizing the Graston Technique. Being an innovative and unique procedure, most patients have plenty of questions before agreeing to use the Graston Technique. Essentially, the technique enables your physical therapist to break down scar tissue along with fascia restrictions, thus providing relief for pain and discomfort. What makes the technique so uncanny is that it incorporates the use of stainless steel instruments that are specially designed to not only detect but treat areas of inflammation. These areas can include locations on the body experiencing chronic inflammation and locations exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis. By receiving this brand of therapeutic treatment, a […]

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National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month

It’s National Physical Therapy Month and here at Spectrum PT (your local Patchogue physical therapist), we’re getting into the spirit of the calendar month with some common injuries that can be treated through therapeutic means. It’s no secret that physical therapy can be used to treat all sorts of ailments and injuries. Today, we’re going to inform our readers on just what types of injuries can be treated, and how they are treated, through a therapeutic process. Torn ACLs Tearing an ACL is one of the most common sports injuries and one that frequently occurs during fall sports such as football and soccer. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is found in the knee and a tear can develop through constant stopping and starting. Although surgery is an option, some people elect to go with physical therapy instead. This can be […]

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Joint Mobilization in Patchogue

Joint Mobilization in Patchogue

Mobilization is a common manual therapy technique that is defined as “a continuum of skilled passive movements to the joints and/or related soft tissues that are applied at varying speeds and amplitudes, including a small-amplitude and high-velocity therapeutic movement.” This practice has been utilized by physical therapists in order to relieve patients of pain in the joint areas. If you’re experiencing these issues and are seeking physical therapy in Patchogue, then you should consider visiting Spectrum PT. Joint pain in itself can be tricky to manage since we are constantly using our joints in order to move and keep ourselves balanced. In addition, you can experience this irritating discomfort in various areas of the body, such as: Knee pain Hip pain Shoulder pain Ankle pain Wrist/hand pain Vertebral joint pain Sacroiliac pain Finger pain Foot pain Sadly, joint pain is […]

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Treatment for TMJ in Suffolk County

Treatment for TMJ in Suffolk County

  What is TMJ? Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a type of condition that affects the TMJ joint in the jawline.  This hinge joint connects the lower part of the jaw to the skull, and is responsible for all natural jaw movements. The effects of this disorder are a limitation to such movements, including chewing, yawning, and opening and closing of the mouth.  The symptoms include: Stiffness of the jaw Jaw discomfort Dizziness and headaches, which may lead to nausea and/or vomiting Pain in the ear (similar to that of an ear infection) Clicking or popping sound in the jaw At Spectrum Physical Therapy, our skilled physical therapists will create exercise and stretching programs that will provide you the best treatment for your TMJ in Suffolk County. What Causes TMJ? Temporomandibular joint disorder has a number of causes, but […]

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Hand Therapy in Suffolk County

Hand Therapy in Suffolk County

Spectrum Physical Therapy located in Patchogue, New York has qualified hand therapists giving excellent care. Our hands are a vital part of our daily functions, we use them in just about everything. Injuring your hand can cause difficulties in performing daily activities the inability to pick up objects or lift anything without getting pain in your wrist or hand makes you want to avoid doing any of your normal daily activities luckily hand therapy in Suffolk County can help you go back to an independent, productive, and satisfying life.   The hand consists of 27 bones (including the 8 bones in the wrist ). When the other associated structures (nerves, arteries, veins, muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint cartilage, and fingernails) are considered, the potential for a variety of injuries exists when trauma involves the hand. Trying to treat a hand injury […]

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