Well I did have plans…thanks a lot coronavirus!

“Don’t be afraid of change. You may lose something good, but you may gain something better.”

Like the rest of you, I have felt very lost living in this new norm of staying away from people,  as I make a living by being very close and personal with them. While we are all waiting this out, hopefully from the safety of home–– a few things (for now 😉 )

Please join me every Thursday, 9am EST, as I go live on YOUTUBE, Saxony Doctor of Physical Therapy, for a free Pilates mat-work session that will help you move better, breathe better, and feel BETTER! Also, have a laugh as I learn how to navigate the tech world. Not my strong suit (great time to learn something new hint hint)!

Please consider donating to No Kid Hungry during this time of desperate need––because no child should go hungry EVER–– it is estimated that while we resolve this horrific pandemic and schools remain closed, kids in need will miss more than 101 million meals in just one week alone. 

AND, for all essential workers out there, THANK YOU!!! WE ARE WITH YOU (6 feet away…or more). Thank you for helping us be safer, healthier, and not go completely nuts during this time. You are the very best! Thank you for sacrificing your own health and well-being for the greater good. Visit Coronavirus Relief Fund to help. This site allows you to designate your donation to many different organizations assisting those who need it most right now.

It’s tough, as we spare a lot of our freedoms and luxuries to halt the spread, not to get frustrated, scared, angry, bored…or get all the feelings all at once…But for the sake of humanity’s future, we remain 6 feet away. We remain inside. Live kind, live strong, live simply in this new present. This too, shall pass. 

*elbow bump*

Saxony

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Think Physical Therapy is joining BodyMind Pilates!

Can’t THINK of a better place to take Counterstrain than BodyMind Pilates studio where the focus is on total system integration and mindful movement. Whole person wellness. Looking forward to implementing Counterstrain manual therapy with Pilates-based exercises. It is going to make clients feel free from pain, stronger, and more balanced quicker than you can say Counterstrain!

Visit BodyMind Pilates to learn more and to schedule your Counterstrain appointment.

Learn About Your”SELFIE” On Think PT Facebook Page

Visit @thinkphysicaltherapy on Facebook for posts to keep you in the know about health, wellness, exercise, and Fascial Counterstrain!

Motivation Monday: Everyone needs a pick-me-up, and this day we need it most. Check in for motivational quotes and tips to keep you inspired and reaching your personal goals.

Wellness Wednesday: Read about the latest research and information on how to advocate for and reach your optimal well-being.

Fascia Friday: Read and/or view the latest research, stories, and information about this fascinating protective structure that is all over our body!

Shoutout Saturday: This day goes out to all the mentors, educators, leaders, and local businesses helping to pave the way for new ways to progress our health and well-being.

Learn about your “Selfie” Sunday: The title says it all, this day is dedicated to educating you about your own anatomy and physiology, teaching you how the complexity of systems can work (or not work) together to make you a fascinating human being (see above video to learn about “Dead Butt Syndrome” in the first Sunday video post.)

Got Pain? See a Physical Therapist First.

Understanding the alternative approaches that a PT can offer to pain management may prevent the next victim of the pharmaceutical industry.IYQXpihsFo.jpg

With the opioid epidemic in full force, it’s a shame that the media is missing the opportunity–like the medical field has–to discuss pain management alternatives other than more pharmaceuticals. Physical therapy (PT) is often overlooked and yet readily available to reduce, manage, and even resolve pain. Since 2015, all entry level physical therapists (PTs) must complete a doctorate level PT program. This sets PTs up with the knowledge and the ability to address the root cause and management of your pain, without drugs, better than any other healthcare professional out there.

Also, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), since 2015 all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands allow patients to go directly to a PT without a referral or a prescription from a physician. PTs are highly trained in the analysis of the body’s systems and can determine if the particular symptoms can be treated with therapy. In other words, a PT is highly qualified to recognize a patient’s need for more medical attention and refer accordingly. Saving you an unnecessary trip to your physician.

Take control over your pain and go directly to a PT first. This is what to expect when seeking the care of a PT:

A PT will:

  • spend an average of 60 minutes during the first visit to thoroughly examine your painful condition and determine if therapy is right for you.
  • continuously assess and make alterations as needed based on your response to the treatment to maximize the benefits.
  • utilize a wide range of hands-on manual techniques as needed in order to limit underlying dysfunction in your body to optimize recovery.
  • engage you in taking responsibility for managing your long-term recovery by prescribing a set of exercises called a “Home Exercise Program” or HEP.
  • listen and communicate openly and honestly with you to ensure you understand your condition and the treatment plan.
  • will refer you to a wide spectrum of highly specialized clinicians who have alternate approaches if symptoms aren’t improving.
  • advise you to seek a specialist if your symptoms present as a more serious medical condition.

 

It is clear that the way physicians have been treating pain in the US is a dismal failure. Physicians know about the benefits of physical therapy and know about the risks of prescribing highly addictive opioids to their patients. They are highly educated professionals, and yet they have lead us straight into this tragic epidemic. According to the CDC opioids killed more than 42,000 people in 2016, more than any year on record and as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescribed opioids long term for pain struggle with addiction. Who do you want treating your pain? PTs are well equipped to take on the challenges of pain and the long term management of pain. PT is one profession that you-that all Americans-can’t afford not to know.

What is Fascial Counterstrain?

For a clear way to understand this gentle and effective technique, let’s break it down…

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First, What is Fascia?
It is connective tissue that covers all the structures inside the body. Similar to the skin, it is highly protective and has millions of nerve endings that are reflexive in nature. That means when fascia is strained, irritated, or injured, it becomes inflamed and can create pain and dysfunction in any structure in the body – not just muscles and joints – but arteries, veins, nerves, dura, and organs too

Ok, What is Counterstrain?
It is an indirect hands-on technique where the practitioner glides a specific structure of the body into a position of ease, so it is gentle on the body, in order to cause relaxation of that structure, thus returning it to its neutral, unstrained state.

 

So, What is Fascial Counterstrain?

It is a highly specific indirect hands-on technique that focuses on the connective tissue in every system in the body. This is why Fascial Counterstrain treatment is so impactful. It accounts for every structure that can cause dysfunction, spasm, and inflammation. The practitioner treats these structures (arteries, nerves, veins, dura, organs, etc…) in a very gentle and specific way, which gets to the root cause of almost every painful condition, and allows for the tissue to “reset” and completely heal. In turn, this allows the body to return to its unstrained state.

5 Reasons You’re Still In Pain.

Your body is smart. It has the innate capability to heal itself. So, why are you still in pain?

Here are five reasons the natural healing process in your body may be halted:

  1. Repetitive motion–or lack of motion. This will continue to aggravate and restrict joints, muscles, and fascia.strain
  2. Weakness. For example, weak abdominal muscles can inhibit back pain from improving.junkfood
  3. Systemic inflammation. Things like auto-immune disease or eating foods that spike inflammation in the body (e.g. sugar, bleached flour, processed foods) can cause pain to be amplified and linger.
  4. Unmanaged emotional pain or stress. stressThis is because emotional and physical pain activate similar pain regions of the brain, and continued emotional distress can provoke and maintain pain in any region of the body.
  5. Anatomical structure failure. This means actual damage of the musculoskeletal system such as arthritis, a broken bone, or a muscle tear.

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Fortunately, there’s physical therapy. If you have pain that is not going away, a physical therapist will guide you through the best next steps to help your body do what it naturally does so well.