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April 19, 2023 / Hand Therapy / Casey Ashby

Dry Needling and Hand Therapy: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

In conclusion, hand therapy and dry needling are two highly effective forms of therapy that can be used together to treat a range of hand and upper extremity conditions. By combining these two approaches, patients can reduce pain, improve range of motion, and speed up recovery time. There is a growing body…

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April 11, 2023 / Sports / Bianca Sechio

Benefits of Routine Stretching

One of the most important things to do on a regular basis is stretching. Everyone has been told to do it, probably even by your own voice in your head. I can count a number of times I have heard someone say, “I should…

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April 4, 2023 / Hand Therapy / Kaitlyn Dahlborg

Dry Needling for the Arm & Hand

Dry needling is a minimally invasive therapeutic modality that uses a fine point needle to target and promote healing in symptomatic tissues. On a neurophysiological level, dry needling creates small lesions to the identified inflamed and irritated tissues it penetrates which in turn facilitates self-healing immune responses of increased microcirculation and inflammatory mediators. It has been shown to decrease pain, reduce…

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March 30, 2023 / Physical Therapy / Joshua Shelton

Core Strengthening to Prevent Injury

An important aspect of physical therapy is to not only treat the area of dysfunction our patients present with, but to also identify imbalances and deficits in other areas of the body that can lead to reinjury. One such area is core strength and stability. In my brief time as a Physical Therapist Assistant, I have noticed that through the wide range of patients I have treated, core deficits are increasingly common. This affects…

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March 22, 2023 / Hand Therapy / Sophie Gormley

Why a Career in Hand Therapy?

Occupational or physical therapists can work within this field using their knowledge and expertise in anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. Occupational therapists are trained to address physical, mental, developmental, and emotional deficits to support participation in meaningful daily activities. In hand therapy this can include pain, decreased range of motion, swelling, decreased skin integrity, decreased…

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March 15, 2023 / Health / Rebecca Spoehr

Are You Ready to Hit the Trails?

The moment we have all been waiting for, Spring! is right around the corner, and that means that hiking season will soon be upon us!
There are numerous benefits to hiking. Studies have shown that time spent in nature decreases stress levels and can improve overall….

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March 8, 2023 / Innovation / Andrew Kay

Artificial Intelligence and Healthcare

Artificial intelligence is an evolving technology that is beginning to impact many aspects of our lives, including healthcare. ChatGPT is a newly popularized program that anyone can access through the openai.com website and ask to generate texts such as stories, reports, or, in this case, a blog post. What better way to explain artificial intelligence than to ask ChatGPT to explain itself and how it will impact healthcare in the years to come:

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Physical Therapy / Thomas Gerrish

Spinal Manipulation: Not Just for Chiropractors

Physical Therapists are trained in various manual therapy techniques including spinal mobilization and manipulation.

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February 23, 2023 / Health / Alishia Zyer

Mind and Body: Can Meditation Alleviate Pain?

Whether acute or chronic, pain can be an all-encompassing feeling. It can make everyday activities physically and emotionally challenging. Our current understanding of pain is based on…

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