Medical Conditions

How To Deal With Workplace Stress (Part 2)


In my last post, I explained that stress is pretty much unavoidable in our fast-paced lives, but can lead to pretty devastating consequences, particularly if left unaddressed to develop into a chronic condition.  And many of us are subject to workplace stress, but could take some precautions to lessen our stress levels and return to some degree of normalcy in our lives.  In case you missed Part 1, you can check it out here.

I had mentioned that when addressing stress in our lives, we had to look at 3 different areas–1) Physical Health; 2) Mental Health; and 3) Sense of Purpose.   In Part 1, I gave you tips to address your Physical Health, which consisted of De-Stressing Your Body. Again, if you missed it, you can access it here.   Let’s take a look at some things that will help you deal with stress as it relates to your Mental Health… read more


How To Deal With Workplace Stress (Part 1)


At some time or another, it happens to most of us–we get stressed at work!  And stress in the workplace should not be taken lightly.  It is estimated that at least one-third of American workers experience chronic workplace stress, according to the American Psychological Association.  This has quite an impact as it is costing American businesses  billions of dollars each year in medical bills and lost work hours.  But there’s even far more greater consequences as all this stress at work can seriously impact our quality of life–not just at the office, but in all phases of our personal life as well.  So what can we do to lessen our stress levels and take back our lives?  Read on… read more


How To Ease Painful Side Stitches When Running


I’m sure most of you have experienced it.  You’re halfway through an enjoyable run, or nearing the finish line of a race, or just a few minutes into your early morning run when it hits you–the awful side stitch.  Pain that can range from a dull cramp to a sharp, stabbing, piercing sensation and on either side of the abdomen.  And according to recent statistics, close to 70% of runners have experienced a side stitch within the past year.  Thankfully, there are several strategies you can use to help ease cramps, as well as preventative measures to keep them from occurring in the first place. read more


Why You Need To Be Aware Of Female Athlete Triad And How Physical Therapy Can Help

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 Female Athlete Triad is a condition involving an unbalanced relationship between a female athlete’s energy levels, bone mineral density (BMD), and menstrual function that can lead to a number of health concerns.  Female Athlete Triad can impact negatively in the early stages of its development, and have long-term consequences on overall health and well-being as females get older.

What Exactly Is Female Athlete Triad?

triad-logo-homeFemale Athlete Triad is a condition that involves the interdependence between three measurable factors–how much energy you have available to use for activity, the strength and quality of your bones, and your menstrual cycle.  Clinically, if there imbalances in any one of these areas, the female athlete can be susceptible to eating disorders, osteopenia/osteoporosis, and/or menstrual dysfunction.  Female Athlete Triad (also simply known as the Triad) has been described as a condition involving both the physical and mental aspects of health. read more


Don’t Let Incontinence Dictate Your Life


 Incontinence can be extremely embarrassing and can dictate your life, if you let it.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease, over 13 million Americans have incontinence.  But there are ways to take control, starting with Physical Therapy.

What Exactly Is Urinary Incontinence?

56738389-urinary-incontinence-word-cloud-concept-vector-illustrationUrinary incontinence is the leakage of urine at inappropriate times.  Often times you may experience difficulty with holding your urine when you feel a strong urge to go, or you might even have trouble starting the urine stream.  The muscles responsible involve the pelvic floor.  These muscles attach to the bottom of the pelvis and run front-to-back, forming a bowl-like structure that lifts to support the internal organs, as well as to control the sphincter muscles.  The pelvic floor muscles are extremely important in assisting to support the lower back, provide stability to the pelvis, and assist with sexual function as well.  While women are more apt then men to have urinary incontinence, men certainly suffer from it as well.  There are different types of incontinence: read more


How Physical Therapy Can Help If You Have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome


 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a medical condition affecting about 1% of the US population.  If left untreated, it almost always leads to disability.  With proper treatment, including Physical Therapy, the condition is quite manageable and can lead to an improved quality of life.

What Exactly Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

 Chronic_Fatigue_Syndrome_SymptomsChronic Fatigue Syndrome is a medical condition classified by generalized fatigue that persists for 6 months or longer.  It is more intense than one would suspect based on the effort an individual routinely exerts.  While there is no clearcut, definitive agreement by the medical community as to the underlying cause(s) of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, it is generally thought that impairments of the aerobic energy, GI (gastrointestinal) systems, and immune systems may be responsible for the functional impairment felt by people with this medical condition. read more


How Physical Therapy Can Help You Manage Diabetes


Based on research studies from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), almost 30 million individuals (children as well as adults) have diabetes–that amounts to roughly 9.3% of the population.  However, only an estimated 21 million of these people have actually been diagnosed.  That means that around 8.1 million people in the US have no idea that they are diabetic.  And close to 86 million people living in the US have pre-diabetes.  This is where blood sugar (glucose) levels are abnormally high but are not yet considered diabetic. read more


Fibromyalgia–How Do You Know If You Have The Condition, And Why Physical Therapy Should Be Your Treatment Of Choice

Fibromyalgia may have heard about the condition from a friend or family member, or maybe even from your own doctor or health care professional–but do you really know what it is and how to tell if that’s what you’re truly suffering from?  Fibromyalgia affects almost 5 million people in the US, 80% to 90% of whom are women.  It is a chronic condition that often is extremely difficult to diagnose or agree upon.  Usually diagnosed between 30 and 50 years of age, the symptoms–mainly fatigue and widespread chronic pain–can present much earlier.  Although there is no conclusive cure at this time, there is help in the way of treatments.  Physical Therapy can help in three important ways: read more