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Holiday Season an Ideal Time for a Refresher on Proper Lifting

Holiday Season an Ideal Time for a Refresher on Proper Lifting

From digging out boxes of holiday decor and hauling packages to and from the home, to hiding gifts away on higher shelves at the back of your closet, the Holiday Season requires its fair share of bending, lifting and reaching.  This, coupled with the cooler...

Keys to Avoiding an Exercise Hibernation This Winter

Keys to Avoiding an Exercise Hibernation This Winter

As the days shorten and the weather cools, heralding the approach of another winter, our physical therapy team offers a word of warning:  While hibernation may seem appealing this time of year, especially as...

5 Ways to Feel Gratitude in the Face of Challenges

5 Ways to Feel Gratitude in the Face of Challenges

November is a month when gratitude takes its place in the spotlight of American culture. Yet, with the challenges our country has faced this year, a popular notion as we approach the final weeks of 2020 is “let’s just get this year over with.”  While he...

See Your PT Annually for Injury Prevention, Early Intervention

See Your PT Annually for Injury Prevention, Early Intervention

We all know that visiting your physician for an annual physical is important for maintaining long-term health. Similarly, dental exams twice each year help ensure oral health throughout a lifetime.  But, did you know that annual physical therapy check-ups...

The Critical Role of PT After a Long Illness

The Critical Role of PT After a Long Illness

We still have a lot to learn about the implications of COVID-19 and the long-term effects the virus will have on the health of those still recovering from the illness.  In the short term, though, one of the main wellness goals of...

Debunking Common Fall Prevention Myths

Debunking Common Fall Prevention Myths

Every September during National Falls Prevention Week (Sept. 21-25, 2020), physical therapists join other medical professions across the country in reminding Americans that falls are not just common among older Americans. They’re often debilitating, costly and even...

At-Home Learning: Don’t Overlook Physical Activity!

At-Home Learning: Don’t Overlook Physical Activity!

As the school year gains momentum during the COVID crisis and more kids and families adjust to various levels of at-home learning, parents and instructors should not overlook what should be a standard facet of all children’s curriculum:...

Prevent Injury When Returning to Activity

Prevent Injury When Returning to Activity

After nearly six months of home quarantines, social distancing, gym closures, and cancelled/postponed athletic seasons, it’s been difficult for many to maintain consistent workout routines.  But, as more people begin settling into “new normals”...

Will Running Damage Your Knees? Studies Say No.

Will Running Damage Your Knees? Studies Say No.

Is running bad for your knees?  According to Mesa physical therapist Courtney Warren, this is a common question among both avid runners and those who may start running for exercise or to participate in that first 5K.  For most people,...

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