Freedom Physical Therapy Blog

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Dry Needling – What You Need To Know

Dry needling is a revolutionary pain relieving procedure performed by certified therapists. Treatment is directed at myofascial trigger points, or painful muscle knots, responsible for widespread discomfort, weakness, and maintenance of the pain cycle.

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Top Three High School Sports Injuries And How to Prevent Them

Sports provide the opportunity to make new friends, have fun and stay fit. However, it is extremely important to keep our athletes healthy and do our best to prevent any injuries that could leave them sidelined. Here are some of the most common sports related injuries in young athletes along with a few tips on how to prevent them!

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Common Sense Tips For Youth Athletes Returning To Sports

It’s that time of year again where kids are heading back to school and fall sports. As kids begin to increase their practices to come out with a winning season, the risk for injury increases. Physical therapist and athletic trainer Kassie Kimichik shares common sense tips to prevent injury in youth sports.

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Back to School Backpack Tips

While a backpack is still one of the best ways to tote homework, an overloaded or improperly worn backpack gets a failing grade, according to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). Here are some tips to reduce a child’s risk of causing long term damage while wearing a backpack.

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4 Ways to Reduce Headaches

We asked four headache specialists at Freedom Physical Therapy Services for ways to reduce headaches symptoms until you visit a therapist to treat your pain long term.

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HIT-6 Headache Impact Test

The Headache Impact Test is a tool to measure the impact headaches have on your ability to function on the job, at school, at home, and in social situations. Your score shows the effect that headaches have on daily life and your ability to function.

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Headache and Jaw Pain – A connection to TMJ/TMD?

Headaches are common among the general population and positively associated with several musculoskeletal disorders including temporomandibular disorders (TMD). The objective of this study was to explore the presence of possible confounders of the association between TMD and headaches.

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Dive In! The Benefits Of Water Exercise

Summer is a great time to enjoy the water. Local pools have reopened, and lake houses are in full swing again. But do laps at the pool or swimming across the lake sound daunting, if not impossible to you? If so, try doing your land-based exercises in the water.

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The Basics on Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction

TMJ dysfunction (TMD) is a class of disorders of the jaw joints that result in symptoms ranging from clicking or popping of the jaw with movement, to pain or limited range of motion. In many TMD cases, the patient will complain of neck pain and headaches, difficulty eating or talking, ear pain or fullness, and in some cases vertigo, ringing of the ear or dizziness.

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Do you Have an Issue with your Carpal Tissue?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a common diagnosis that plagues millions of hands every year.  It falls under a class of diagnoses referred to as repetitive stress injuries which are injuries brought on or made worse by repetitive activities.  Some of these activities... read more

Thumb and Wrist Pain with Technology

Why is it happening? What can you do about it? Thumb and wrist pain can happen with technology for a number of reasons, the most common are overuse or poor body posture. Other reasons you would experience pain could be: Use of a laptop for long periods of time... read more

A Great Exercise for Pitchers

A great number of pitching mechanic faults stem from poor balance and limited hip mobility throughout the pitching motion. A pitcher needs to have a strong stance hip to control their balance in the early throwing phases and to increase power as they push off leg to... read more

Stop Your Ankle Sprain in its Tracks

Whenever I see a patient with an ankle sprain, I tell them our biggest goal is to make sure this is their last ankle sprain.  While spraining your ankle can seem like it is no big deal, an alarming amount of first time ankle sprains turn into chronic ankle instability... read more

Important Winter Safety Tips!

Snow and ice are finally upon us!  It’s time to make sure you remain safe and healthy this wintry season. It is estimated that over 270,000 Americans will visit emergency rooms this winter due to seasonal injuries. Cold weather affects your body by increasing your... read more

Stay Safe While Shoveling and Skip a Trip to the ER!

Happy Holidays! As we get ready for the upcoming season we also need to prepare for the physical demands of winter – particularly snow shoveling. Whether or not you love or hate snow, being safe with snow removal is very important. Thousands of people are treated in... read more

Is Posture Contributing to Your Holiday Headache?

Do you suffer from headaches that seem to get worse near the holidays? Do you also experience muscle tension or pain in your upper back, shoulders, jaw, or neck, that get worse before or during headaches?  Between cleaning, shopping, and cooking, the holidays often... read more

Enjoy Fall Raking Without Injury

Fall is a favorite season for many people, with apple cider, pumpkins and the beautiful leaves changing color. Unfortunately, along with the beauty comes the need to rake and clean up the yard for winter. Here are a few quick tips to keep you healthy and pain-free... read more

Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

October is our annual opportunity to recognize and celebrate the benefits of physical therapy (PT).  Our patients understand the benefits of  Outpatient PT, but there are actually many other areas of  PT expertise. In fact, many people don’t know what PT truly is... read more