Most people use sunscreen when heading outdoors, but did you know that protecting your eyes from the sun is just as important as shielding your skin? Ultraviolet rays from the sun damage sensitive cells in and around the eyes. Experts have recommended sunglasses for decades, but not all pay attention to the claims. According to research, it is nearly impossible to isolate the exact amount of damage that ultraviolet radiation has on the eye for… Read More »
Sprains and strains are among the most common sports injuries. However, the two injuries are different. A sprain is a stretched or torn ligament, while a strain is a stretched or torn muscle or tendon. Routine, simple, and everyday activities may result in a sports injury. Many things cause a sprain or strain. Falling, twisting, or getting hit with blunt force can jar the site, resulting in a torn or strained ligament. Sprains may occur… Read More »
September is pain awareness month. The month is recognized as a time specifically set aside for health organizations and businesses to work hard in raising public awareness in the area of pain and pain management. First implemented in 2001, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) fronted a coalition dedicated to bring awareness to the public. Today, the leaders in pain management have joined forces with over eighty organizations, including health professionals and consumer groups, to… Read More »
Recently, the National Institutes of Health revised their guidelines for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure. This is the first time the Institutes modified normal readings since 1997. The modifications included a new “normal” when assessing blood pressure. The change in the definition of normal blood pressure impacted nearly 45 million Americans. What was categorized as normal to high-normal blood pressure is now categorized as prehypertension. This new category reveals a systolic pressure… Read More »
Aquatic therapy is a specialized program combining physical and occupational therapy. For years, therapists and specialists have seen positive results when implementing water modality to specific patient populations. Water is considered one of the best environments for gaining and regaining full function following an injury. Water therapy works to improve motion and allow flexibility in a controlled environment. An aquatic therapy program may consist of supervised exercises conducted in a warm swimming pool (typically 94… Read More »
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