Here’s a scenario that I have heard several times over the years. Maybe you are familiar with it.
After a long hopefully restful sleep, you sit up in your bed in the morning. You swing your legs off the bed to get going. Wince…As soon as you put that foot down and stand up you feel that sharp pain in your heel and sole of the foot. You are limping around for several minutes before the pain calms down and it feels normal again.
What is it? Why does my foot hurt? Is it Normal to feel this in the morning?
OCTOBER!!! National Physical Therapy month here in the US. The goal of celebrating this month is to create awareness and highlight the transformative role physical therapy can play in improving one’s quality of life. So I thought of writing about something that not many people are aware of. As always, my patients have the answers. I recently had few patients with jaw pain who had no idea why they were referred to physical therapy. Very few people are aware of role of Physical Therapy in managing jaw pain. Also, good time to know which candy to avoid this Halloween if you have any jaw pain.
Balance is crucial for everyone, of all ages. You are never too young for balance training. Surely, balance can mean different things to different people. To a 6 year old, balance is learning to roller skate. To a 35 year old, balance can mean catching yourself while tripping over kids toys, while carrying a load of laundry. To a 70 year old, balance is breaking a fall while stepping up a curb. So whether you are young, middle aged, elderly or fitness enthusiast, sedentary, athlete or just an average person trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, you can definitely benefit from balance exercises.
Hiking has become one of the common social activities. What else is there to do while maintaining social distancing and trying to dodge the virus? Be it singles, couples or families with kids and grandparents, everyone is set out to explore the less traveled but beautiful hikes scattered around almost every neighborhood.
For the last few years, foam rolling is in the limelight for fitness enthusiasts. You might have seen variety of foam rollers in the gyms or the PT clinics. You probably own one yourself and roll your muscles frequently. Ever wondered what exactly you are achieving from all the OOhhhss and the AAahhs while foam rolling? It’s called the Good Pain- It hurts to roll but you don’t want to stop because you know it will help you or you have been told to roll through the pressure pain.