Tag: mobility

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

The Benefits of Physical Therapy

If you have injured yourself—be it a sprained or strained muscle, a torn ligament, or a broken bone—or if you have a physical condition that affects your joint flexibility and mobility, you may be tempted to take to your bed in order to alleviate your discomfort and recover your strength.

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Improving Balance: Start By Working with Your Doctor

Balance—or your sense of equilibrium—is something you may take for granted. It helps you stay upright when standing, know where you are in relation to gravity, and walk and move without falling. Balance is controlled by the vestibular system in the inner ear: essentially, this system tells you how your

9. Water Workouts

Aqua-Exercise: Refreshing, Low-Impact, and Effective
Pool classes have undergone an extreme make-over in the past few years. While exercising in the water will always have a joint-friendly benefit, a variety of higher-intensity classes are making a splash with people of all ages and fitness levels. Almost anything you can do on

4. Dance

Shake Your Groove Thing in Gyms, Studios, and Ballrooms
Dancing is primal. Turn on some rhythmic music with babies in the room and the fun begins. Thanks to competitive TV shows like Dancing with the Stars, more adults have gotten into the groove, too. From fitness dance like Zumba to more

8. Surgery Is for a Minority

Only a small minority of people who battle low back pain will need surgery. Back pain surgery is either done in an emergency or electively (by choice). In this chapter, we’ll consider what goes into the decision to choose elective surgery as well as the situations that create the need

6. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain

According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, 90 percent of people with low back pain will recover within a month even without any treatment. Thus, acute and subacute pain is best managed conservatively.
The latest guidelines by the American College of Physicians (Annals of Internal Medicine, April 2017) strongly

3. Causes of Back Pain

Back pain has a wide range of presentations and causes. Pain differs widely from person to person for reasons that are puzzling. This makes back pain one of the most challenging conditions for both the patient and healthcare provider.
Some individuals feel a constant ache across their lower back when

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