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.
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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.
Breaking the habit of tobacco use is no easy task. If it were, there wouldn’t be approximately 40 million individuals who smoke cigarettes in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Quitting may be easier said than done, but thousands have overcome addiction to nicotine products and made a vital step towards better health. Amazing things happen to your body when you decide to quit smoking, and benefits begin just twenty minutes after stopping – your circulation starts to improve, and your blood pressure and heart rate decrease.
In 2010, over 280,000 hospitalizations resulted with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnosis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health care professionals from every sector continue to study TBI to determine the most effective ways of preventing and treating these injuries. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is committed to offering cutting-edge treatment plans for its patients suffering from TBI and is often contacted to provide education and new findings on concussion incidence reduction to sports teams.
It’s a crisp autumn day with just enough bite in the air to tell you winter is on its way. Leaves swirl to the ground from a towering maple tree and join the others that are piled up against the fence. You see your neighbor of twenty years unloading pellets for his wood stove and start to call out. You pause for one heartbeat and then two. His name is on the tip of your tongue -you’re sure of it. Why are things so hard to recall lately?
Have you heard of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? It is a rare condition that affects the joints, skin, and blood vessels. With fewer than 200,000 cases in the United States per year, this connective tissue disorder is often difficult to diagnose and treat. Patients who have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome experience the discomfort of overly flexible joints that are prone to dislocation and fragile, easily bruised skin. For those who have Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, the rupture of blood vessels and organs is a constant cause for concern. While there is no cure for this chronic condition, pain management solutions combined with physical therapy, which is beneficial to strengthen the muscles around weak joints, can help to prevent injuries and control symptoms.
Halloween is a fun celebration for kids of all ages. Glowing pumpkins on every doorstep, shuffling through fallen leaves in costumes, and going home with a bag bursting at the seams with candy adds a smile to every little ghoul and goblin’s face. The most exciting night of October should be fun, but for some parents, there are many safety concerns. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is happy to share some tips to keep your trick-or-treaters out of harm’s way.
It could never happen to me. This mindset is a belief many of us have felt when news of the opioid crisis began in our country. News of this escalating epidemic has been appearing on our social media feeds and in the mainstream media in recent years. 2.1 million individuals across America, including mothers and fathers, children, and friends, have surrendered to addiction linked to prescription opioid pain relievers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.