5 Exercises for Improving Balance & Preventing Falls

When we’re young, falls are treated as teaching opportunities. “Get back on your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving toward your goals,” we were told.  But as we age, falls take on a much greater significance. When someone of advanced age falls, they tend to suffer greater distress to their health as well as their pocketbooks.  In other words, a fall can greatly impact a senior’s ability to…

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Save the RICE for First-Aid, Not Healing & Recovery

For decades, the standard and recommended response to an injured muscle, tendon or ligament was to “apply RICE,” an acronym that stands for a protocol of rest, ice, compression and elevation.  Yet these days, according to Boise physical therapist Bret Adams, the application of RICE as a treatment for these sports-type soft-tissue injuries isn’t 100 percent supported by science. …

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To Stretch or Not to Stretch? Tips for Optimizing Flexibility

Many have grown up with the understanding that, whenever you’re about to work out, compete or otherwise push your body, it’s important to stretch immediately before the activity in order to prevent injury and perform your best.  Yet, despite these long-held beliefs – and perhaps surprisingly – there’s little evidence to support this theory.   Today’s evidence suggests that there’s no connection between injury prevention and stretching – static, or reach-and-hold-type stretching – before a workout. Performance-wise, there’s also no…

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Concussion Symptoms can Improve with Managed Exercise & Physical Therapy

With high school sports starting up soon and NFL training camps in full swing, concussions are certain to ramp up within the mainstream consciousness.  And, while talk will often point to conventional wisdom which states that “time and rest” are the best and only options for recovery from concussion, Boise physical therapist Brett Adams says that studies now suggest managed…

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Children’s Sports and Exercise

So far, the new year is starting off great.  I have a wonderful staff that produces great results and we are already discharging patients who have actively followed through on their home exercise program.  I cannot stress enough how crucial it is to continue your home exercise program when discharged from physical therapy.  Physical therapy…

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GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR MEDICAL VISITS

TIPS TO ASSIST IN GETTING THE MOST OUR OF YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY APPOINTMENTS Making an appointment with your physical therapist usually means that you need to improve your physical stability. Once you set an appointment, make sure that you maximize it. These are some common guid- elines that can help you make the most of…

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3 Bad Habits That Could Be The Cause of Knee Pain

Have you ever experienced knee pain? The kind that slows you down in life, niggles when you walk up and down the stairs, hurts every time you bend down, aches when you sit, and just generally leaves you feeling frustrated wondering when it’s finally going to wear off… If that sounds like you, you’re not…

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High Heels and Pain

Two years ago, you would never catch me in any other shoes beside high heels (my friends and family know this).  I did almost everything in high heels.  I did not go to the gym in stilettos, but I rafted the Boise River in high wedge sandals! In 2007, I was in a short film…

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4 Surprising Things That Make You Feel Tired

Quick question: Do you ever find yourself feeling tired all of the time? Especially after a long day at work, or a day running around after the grandchildren? Maybe it’s not having enough hours sleep? Or perhaps you just find yourself passing up on opportunities because you’re too tired? I see a lot of patients…

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