Cycling might be one of the most popular physical activities because it doesn’t feel like a chore. If you rode a bicycle as a child, you may recall the sense of adventure as you discovered new sights and scenery. In hopes of pairing our patients and the community as a whole with physical activities they’ll enjoy, we’re happy to share information about one of our favorites: cycling.
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Getting a good night’s sleep not only helps you feel refreshed and ready to take on the day, but it’s vital to maintaining good physical and mental health. Last year, NBC News reported a study performed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that suggests over a third of Americans do not get enough sleep. Adults who sleep less than the recommended seven to nine hours per night are at an increased risk for high blood pressure, stroke, coronary heart disease, obesity, and mental health concerns. And if those risk factors aren’t alarming enough, the CDC cites the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s estimate that 72,000 crashes, 44,000 injuries, and 800 deaths were caused by drowsy drivers in 2013.
According to the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD), more than 330,000 people throughout Worcester County were employed each month during the first half of 2016. Regardless of which industry you choose or what hours you work, it’s important to regularly check in on your health.
Right now, there are 119,000 individuals on the national transplant waiting list, and approximately 20 will die each day as they wait for lifesaving news. For those who receive a second chance at life and for their families, April marks a time of celebration and remembrance. National Donate Life Month is a time to build awareness and encourage individuals to register as organ donors.
For the parents of a child with autism, a few moments of eye contact, tolerance to a new fabric, or an utterance of speech can bring extraordinary joy. These can be significant milestones for the 1 in 68 children in the United States with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) — milestones that the Autism Society has been working hard to increase through research, support, and therapy recourses since it declared April as National Autism Awareness Month, in 1970. Autism is the most rapidly growing developmental disorder in the country, and it impairs non-verbal and verbal communication, impacts social interaction, and causes rigid and repetitive behavior.
If you’re seeking an exciting career, take a look at physical therapy, an industry that is flourishing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the growth of the physical therapy industry to exceed other occupations, expanding by 34% between 2014 and 2024.
As we age, our nutritional needs change. Older adults require less fat and calories while a teen’s body demands additional caloric intake to keep up with increased growth during puberty. Scheduling annual wellness visits with your healthcare provider can help family members of all ages get the nutritional information they need. Proper nutrition can reduce your risk of chronic illness, help you maintain a physically active lifestyle, and minimize the risk of sport-related injuries.
Core strength is often associated with the body’s mid-section, but a strong core encompasses much more than just a well-developed abdominal region. Strengthening your core means training every muscle that supports the spine and pelvis. Muscles in the pelvic area, sides, buttocks, abdomen, hips, and upper thighs act as a protective brace, helping to reinforce the spine and pelvis. A powerful core will also aid in developing a neutral spine position, which eases stress and pressure on the back, reducing pain and discomfort.
It’s Cervical Health Awareness Month, and we are celebrating the work of healthcare professionals worldwide. Over the last three decades, incredible advancements in cervical cancer prevention have been saving women’s lives, and as a result, the number of cervical cancer deaths has decreased by more than half, according to the American Cancer Society. For the 244,180 cervical cancer survivors living in the United States, there is a myriad of opportunities for health augmentation and holistic recovery, including pelvic floor rehabilitation. For those not yet diagnosed, screenings and proactive measures can aid in prevention.
There is nothing more heartwarming than watching a child gleefully unwrap a new toy. Sometimes, though, beneath the shimmery bows and glossy paper is a gift that could do unintentional harm to its recipient. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 251,800 children were treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries in 2014. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is shining a spotlight on this issue during Safe Toys and Gifts Month, with ten gift-giving tips to help you choose safe holiday gifts for your loved ones.