Category Archive for 'Brewer Physical Therapy News'

Sex and Back Pain

Millions of people suffer with back pain. One thing that is often not discussed is the effect it has on sex lives. Every person’s condition is different. In the long run, creativity and the right positions could make your sex life easier. Back conditions can be sometimes categorized into those that do better with flexion [...]

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Preparing for Ski Season We haven’t had snow but I bet it is on the way…   For those of you who like to downhill or cross-country ski, it’s good to get those legs in shape pre-season!!  When you do finally go skiing, you will have more endurance when you start out and less soreness the [...]

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Shovel Safe!

Shovel Safe!   Avoid Injury this Winter. In Maine, snow shoveling is a fact of life.  Given the musculoskeletal and cardiovascular demands of this activity, it’s no surprise that injuries are common in the winter.  You are particularly vulnerable to back injury when shoveling, so it’s important to keep in mind proper body positioning and technique.  [...]

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At this time of year, many homeowners will be getting their exercise by raking leaves.  Raking is a physical activity that can help individuals stay active, but raking is often accompanied by the strains and pains associated with repetitive motions.    Fortunately, this can be prevented by safe practices and good body mechanics. Most important is [...]

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Just a reminder.  Next week is our first free clinic of 2014.  It's called understanding and Managing Low Back Pain. When: Wednesday, January 15th at 5:30 pm. Where: Brewer Physical Therapy and Spine Clinic 51 Main Rd. Holden, ME 04429 Join us for a session of informative discussion, education, and exercise aimed at decreasing or [...]

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“Spring Training” – aka - Muscle Strains and Their Prevention As I write this, it makes me remember it is Opening Day at Fenway!  Although none of us are professional athletes (or we wouldn’t be here and wouldn’t be reading this article!!), living in Maine does lead us to the tendency to increase our activity [...]

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Why Exercise? Exercise is an important part of healthy living for everyone. However, for people with PD exercise is not only healthy, but a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily living activities. Parkinson's symptoms such as tremors, freezing and slow movements can limit the ability to walk, get in and out of a [...]

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It’s too late now for pre-season training but here are some exercises to help your paddling strength, endurance and power.  Most rowing and paddling endeavors rely heavily on strength, endurance and integrity of the muscles involved around the shoulder joint, including the pulling muscles of the lats, rhomboids, and biceps, as well as the core [...]

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As our days get longer and warmer, I find myself venturing out more.  If you do, too, you may find these warm-up and cool down stretches helpful. According to www.GORP.com, in the field of sports, backpacking/hiking stands alone as the only endurance sport in which the participants do not regularly perform a warm-up. Distance cyclers [...]

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For those of you who like to golf, it’s good to get in shape pre-season!!  You will have more endurance when you start out and less soreness the next few days, not to mention it may improve your game! There are 5 physical aspects to golf. MOBILITY will give you optimal swing angles STABILITY will [...]

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