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.
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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.
As hearty New Englanders, we learn to embrace the beauty of the four seasons with open arms—and that includes keeping our fitness routines in check. Whether you hunker down at the gym during the cold winter months or hit the ski trails, there are many ways to maintain physical activity. During the holiday season, though, it can be hard to balance time spent with family, seasonal obligations, and preparations in addition to the exercise routine you’ve worked so hard to sustain throughout the year.
Each year, during National Influenza Vaccination Week (December 4th -10th), the CDC goes to great lengths to spread awareness about the steps individuals can take to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting the flu. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) has seen first-hand how debilitating the effects of the flu can be, especially for high-risk individuals like pregnant women, seniors, children, and those with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart or lung disease, or asthma. That’s why we’re doing our part to share tips for stopping the flu in its tracks.
There is something magical about the holiday season. Amidst the flurries of wrapping paper, layers of snow, and cups of hot cocoa, communities rally to help those in need, and inherently there is a giving spirit more profound than any other time of year. The urge to do more for others is apparent with every curbside bell ringer, community fundraiser, and donated toy found under the tree for a child in need. Whether you choose to give through volunteer work or philanthropic donations, you’re doing your part to inspire hope in others.
During the holiday season, financial pressures, unrealistic expectations, strained family relationships, and an overload of baking, hosting, and entertaining often leave us feeling trapped in a snow globe of stress and anxiety. It can also be a time when the presence of lost loved ones is deeply felt, and past traumas resurface, triggering depression. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is sharing some stress busting tips to help keep you calm and happier this holiday season.