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Optimal Sleep Position to Prevent Pain and Headaches

by Maureen Ambrose, PT, DPT, OCS, COMT Optimal Sleep Position What position is best for sleep? What kind of pillow should I be using? I wake up with neck/back/hip pain or headaches. These are questions and concerns that a physical therapist will discuss with nearly every type of patient. Although most common in spinal patients, […]

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Dizziness and Exercise Based Vestibular Rehab

Dizziness and Exercise Based Vestibular Rehab By Sean Phillips PT, DPT, OCS Millions of people suffer from dizziness every year, making even the simplest daily tasks difficult to perform. However, the word “dizzy” can accompany many different symptoms that someone can suffer from. Dizziness is a non-specific term used for the sense of imbalance, disorientation, […]

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Concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome

Concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome By Lillian Byington PT, DPT, OCS, CMPT Up to 3 million people each year seek medical treatment for concussions and concussion related symptoms; and further research indicates that up to half of people experiencing concussion do not report their symptoms. This suggests that up to 6 million people each year […]

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Dry Needling Treatment – How it Works

Dry Needling Treatment Explained by Logan Swisher SPT How is Dry Needling treatment applied? Dry needling treatment has become an increasingly popular treatment technique performed by certified health care providers. It refers to the insertion of a very thin needle into muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous fascia, and/or scar tissue for the management of numerous musculoskeletal […]

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Can Physical Therapy help my Headache?

By Maureen Ambrose PT, DPT, OCS INTRO Headaches are a common complaint for many people, and most assume that it is just normal part of life. Some may experience headaches multiple times per week or even daily. Patients often report that headache medication may help reduce the severity of the symptoms, but does not eliminate […]

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Does Dry Needling really work?

A Dry Needling Study by Logan Swisher SPT Background: Myofascial pain syndrome is caused by myofascial trigger points or highly localized and irritable spots in muscle. Recently dry needling has been used as an instrument assisted technique to address myofascial trigger points. Research in the effectiveness of dry needling has been limited by the difficulty […]

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LOW- LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT)

by Maureen Ambrose PT, DPT, OCS ALTERNATE NAMES Cold Laser Therapy, Low power laser therapy, Soft Laser, Photobiomodulation WHAT IS LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY? Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses low powered light energy from a laser to stimulate changes in injured tissue.  LLLT penetrates through the skin and can be used treat many musculoskeletal conditions. It […]

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The Application of Blood Flow Restriction: Lessons From the Laboratory

By Brianna Hurt, SPT Introduction Blood flow restriction (BFR) is the use of a pneumatic cuff that is placed and inflated at the most proximal portion of the upper and/or lower limb, which causes arterial blood inflow to be reduced and largely occludes venous return. BFR in combination with low load resistance training has been […]

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