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How to become a Morning Person

Your genes have some influence over your preference to rise early, or later in the day. Your gender and age also play a role in this, but even all of these factors combined don’t have the last word on your predisposition to be a night owl or morning lark. You can choose to become a morning person with a few simple changes to your routine. Why it’s beneficial to be a morning person As the saying goes; ‘The early bird catches the worm’. Being a morning person comes with a host of benefits for many areas of your life. Science has shown that morning people are more agreeable, proactive and less prone to bad habits. They also tend to be happier and have better moods. Being a night owl on the other hand has been linked to depression. If you’re […]

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How to Improve Sleep Despite Chronic Pain

It can be hard to get a full seven to nine hours of sleep when you’re struggling with chronic pain. An aching back or shoulder can be enough to keep you tossing and turning all night long. Sleep and pain have a unique relationship in that both can cause and contribute to the other. However, there are many ways to improve your ability to sleep despite chronic pain. The Relationship Between Sleep and Pain Pain perception is amongst one of the many bodily functions affected by sleep deprivation. A study published in Sleep found that cutting sleep time in half from eight hours to four hours caused a 25 percent increase in pain perception. Essentially, your pain threshold goes down and any pain you’re already feeling gets magnified when you don’t get enough rest.   Lack of sleep also impacts […]

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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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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) affects millions of people in the united states and can cause pain in every joint in the body. However, the major joints affected the most are the hips, knees, and shoulders.  When the joint looses cartilage, the underlying osteochonral bone can become exposed. Thus, reducing the slippery surface provided by the cartilage, and now you have a bone on bone situation, which increases the friction at the joint. The most predisposing factor for OA is age. The condition primarily affects the middle-aged to elderly population, most often over 60 years (J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2009:39 (4) A1-A25). When the joint becomes painful and/or swollen, the person tends to reduce demand on that joint by compensating their movement.  This causes several issues: decreased mobility of the joint, decreased synovial (lubricant) production, decreased strength and stability around the joint, […]

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Bicycle safety helps peddle away from the emergency room!

Bicycle safety helps peddle away from the emergency room!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELocal Physical Therapists Help Keep Cyclists Moving ForwardPatchogue, NY (April 23, 2013) – More Americans ride bicycles than those who ski, golf or play tennis combined, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association says biking-related injuries are largely preventable. “Cyclists, roughly 580,000 Americans, visit the emergency room each year for injuries sustained while riding,” said Gary Welch at Spectrum Physical Therapy in Patchogue. “It is common for private practice physical therapists to treat cycling injuries such as anterior knee pain, perineal pain (Pelvic Floor) , tendonitis and head injuries including concussion.” Seventy-five percent of fatal or serious cycling accidents occur at or near road intersections in urban areas, according to the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety. Basic habits, including knowledge and use of appropriate hand signals and […]

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2013 Brookhaven Award Recipients

2013 Brookhaven Award Recipients

Gary Welch, Human Resources and Occupational Medicine Division bnl.gov – Gary Welch is recognized for his outstanding service to the Laboratory by establishing a top quality on-site physical therapy (PT) service with a well-equipped facility and outstanding staff. This service provides over 4,500 treatments per year to Brookhaven Lab employees recovering from occupational or personal injuries and other musculoskeletal disorders. Employees have overwhelmingly rated his service as excellent. They appreciate avoiding co-payments and not having to travel off-site for PT. This service has also realized the recovery of several thousand hours of productivity per year by avoiding off-site trips for PT during the workday. Welch has developed a deep understanding of the physical challenges of work at the Lab, which has guided him in his therapy, always geared towards employees’ rapid recovery and resumption of their work duties. He has […]

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