Sheena Marichal- Carrier, DPT recently completed a continuing educational course ‘The Hands-on Guide to Vestibular Rehabilitation’ in Portland. This was offered through Cross Country Education and presented by Colleen Sleik PT, DPT, OSC.
This seminar focused on clinical decision making in treating vertigo, dizziness, and balance disorders. Dizziness is very common especially among older adults and is often undertreated for many reasons. It is also one of the most common causes of falls.
Physical therapists can be trained in accessing the vestibular system, balance and falls risk, and many other systems. Depending on the findings during the evaluation, the therapist determines a treatment plan that may include but is not limited to canalith repositioning, habituation or visual stabilization exercises, and balance exercises. If you or someone you know has been experiencing dizziness or vertigo symptoms, a physical therapy evaluation and treatment may be beneficial.
Karen Krzywda, PT, MS, OCS (co-owner) recently completed a course in Graston Technique and is now considered a ‘Preferred Provider’.
The technique uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments, along with appropriate therapeutic exercise, to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.
For more information and patient treatment benefits-watch the video below.
A very dear friend of mine recently developed a cyst like growth on her leg. Initially she dealt with it as most of us would, by conducting personal research on what it could possibly be and praying it would just go away! She did not have health insurance and was avoiding a visit to the doctor like the plague. After about a week, it had only worsened. She bit the bullet and went to see a doctor and was diagnosed with cellulitis. Because she was in severe pain and only had the option of waiting until the antibiotics did their magic to help her condition, the doctor prescribed her with pain medication. As someone who did not frequent the doctors' office, pain medication is not something she has or would usually take, but in this case the pain was unbearable.
In hindsight, she wishes she had never taken the pain medication. It made her paranoid, have crazy dreams both while sleeping and awake, become temporarily depressed all while living in a fog while the meds were in her system. She took the pain medication over a 2 day period and felt it took a solid three days of not taking the medication before she somewhat felt like herself again.
For her condition, physical therapy was not an option to aide in her healing process. But for many others who take pain medication on a consistent basis to deal with chronic low back pain, neck pain, headaches or whatever the ailment may be, physical therapy is a treatment alternative.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, physical therapists teach patients self-management skills and how to deal with pain in day-to-day life. They show people how to build up strength and improve range of motion, and how to make sensible decisions on how to avoid pain flare-ups. They teach the skills necessary to eliminate the pain and its triggers all together, rather than providing a mask for the pain (such as pain medication).
"Bodies are meant to move. Healthy joints and muscles need to go through their complete range of motion to prevent stiffness and soreness we often experience when being inactive," says Patrice M. Winter, PT, MS, FAAOMPT. It's a simple concept, but totally makes sense. For more information on how physical therapy can help your chronic pain, give us a call to see how we can help.
The next time you find yourself reaching for pain medication to alleviate your chronic low-back pain, take a moment to ask yourself: "Do I want to ease the pain through medication? Or take control of the problem through physical therapy?"
In the state of Maine, you have the right to choose where you go for your physical therapy treatment. This seems like a simple concept right? Often times when a doctor suggests you utilize physical therapy treatment, they will suggest where you go for that treatment. Their suggestions are usually based on a number of factors….
At Head to Toe PT, we offer many types of physical therapy treatments at the convenience of two locations in Topsham and Lewiston Maine. Head to Toe’s PT’s have over 50 years combined experience. At our Lewiston location, Head to Toe PT is located within the Health Club and Spa, allowing use of their exercise equipment and Aquatic therapy within their indoor pool. One of the therapists in the Lewiston location also specializes in Pediatric physical therapy, working with children of all ages, from newborns to pre-teens. Within our Topsham location, our therapists utilize their expertise in manual therapy, geriatric, neurological, orthopaedic, and work related conditions.
Read what some of our patients are saying about us:
"I had therapy at another facility before and was not happy with them. Here I got the help I needed and in 2 months I have made so much progress I can't believe the difference. Head to Toe staff are all great." ~Ann L.
"I found everyone here very friendly and concerned. I'm very happy I chose Head to Toe instead of some other therapy place." ~Arlene H.
"This was a fun, friendly, professional office to visit. The entire staff shows sincerity that is rare in other offices. Appointments are on time which is great for those that have to take time from work. I highly recommend this office.”
Whether you have chronic headaches, just had surgery, experience back or SI pain, have incurred a sports related injury or whatever the case may be, Head to Toe PT is dedicated to helping you back to wellness. If physical therapy is something you will endure in the future, we hope that you will choose Head to Toe Physical Therapy for all of your treatment needs.
At Head to Toe PT, we believe strongly in healthy heart education. We see firsthand on a daily basis the major affects of maintaining a healthy heart and the benefits of physical activity. Each and every employee of Head to Toe PT has had a friend or loved one who has been affected by the disease, it is our hope that our participation within the event will help educate individuals and save lives.
If you would like to help support and sponsor Head to Toe PT and the American Heart Association, please click on the link below to donate directly online.
Head to Toe PT- Heart Walk Donation
No donation amount is too small, if you would like to send a check, please make it out to: American Heart Association (Cash is also accepted) and mail to:
Head to Toe Physical Therapy
Attn: Heart Walk
439 Lewiston Rd.
Topsham, ME 04086
We thank you for your support and look forward to making a difference in the fight against Heart Disease!