Watching a child in pain is insufferable, but that’s what parents of children who have fibromyalgia experience on a regular basis. Adolescents with juvenile primary fibromyalgia syndrome (JPFS) are accustomed to chronic pain and tenderness in their joints, muscles, and soft tissue. The syndrome goes hand in hand with other ailments such as poor sleep, irritability, and headaches. Difficulty concentrating, gastrointestinal problems, anxiety, and depression are also common. Though there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a combination of approaches can help offer relief.
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If you’re running in the upcoming Boston Marathon, with hopes, your training is well underway. Many runners envision the moment they’ll gather with hundreds of globe trotting marathon or elite athletes at the historic starting line to begin a momentous 26.2 mile trek over a challenging course. With nearly six miles left in the run, participants will face legendary Heartbreak Hill, which will bring them to the finish line on Boylston Street. To complete a course of this magnitude, it involves reliance on every muscle to make it to the finish line. When injuries occur, it can derail years of hard work and dedication. SCPT has compiled a list of the leading injuries runners experience, symptoms to look out for, and how to avoid them.
Close your eyes, and imagine: The rhythmic sound of your sneakers slapping the pavement, the world blurring by as you artfully navigate your course, your body pushing itself to run further and faster to establish your new PR. Once you’ve visualized what success looks like to you, it’s time to make it happen.
Your heart does important and tireless work. This fist-sized muscular organ sends blood throughout the entire body, providing essential oxygen and nutrients while carrying away waste. The right and left ventricles work in tandem, completing opposite tasks; the right side of the heart receives blood and circulates it into the lungs, while the left side pumps the blood from the lungs throughout the body. Around the clock, your heart maintains this vital rhythm. The heart plays a paramount role in sustaining life. Give your heart a little extra TLC this February, during American Heart Month, to keeping it pumping strongly.
With the start of 2016 behind us, there are many New Year’s resolutions in full swing. According to Medical Daily, 39.6 percent of those who make resolutions list weight loss as their top priority. If you’re struggling to meet your weight loss goals, perhaps it’s time for a different approach. January 18th marks the beginning of healthy weight week, an initiative developed to empower individuals to maintain a healthy weight long-term through self-acceptance and by developing a positive relationship with food and exercise.
As the start of a New Year creeps closer, many of you will begin setting resolutions for 2016. According to Forbes Magazine over forty percent of Americans create New Year’s resolutions. To help you get the most bang-for-your-resolution-buck, SCPT has compiled four lifestyle changes which garner the best health benefits and aid in the prevention of health-related illness.
The rudimentary concepts of healing through physical therapy have evolved over time to encompass all facets of rehabilitative care, preventative maintenance, and performance enhancing techniques. These techniques are used by individuals, professional athletes, and performing artists alike. While the field of physical therapy continues to grow by leaps and bounds, there are many common misconceptions of this healthcare sector.
October is National Physical Therapy Month, which means there’s a lot to celebrate at South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT). With six convenient locations throughout Central Massachusetts, nearly a century of combined physical therapists experience, and more than 1 million patient visits, SCPT would like to thank its patients for 30 wonderful years – and counting!
It is human nature for mankind to adapt to its surroundings. Over thousands of centuries, our ancestors have evolved to become taller, smarter, less hairy, and more upright. However, advances in modern technology are creating a new challenge. Human posture is becoming increasingly compressed due to the overuse of mobile devices and dependency on social media. This physiological shift is resulting in children and adults of all ages becoming unofficially diagnosed with what many are calling “text neck” syndrome.
Sunburns, summer reading, school supplies, and slouching? Before you know it, summer will be coming to an end. The back-to-school commotion is increasing, and the last thing anyone needs are backaches.
Proper posture in the classroom is extremely important. Kids and young adults spend most their time in the classroom during the school year, and when they’re not behind a desk or playing a sport, they’re usually hunched over a keyboard or “chill-axing” in front of the TV, their Xbox controls or engaged in other forms of technology.