September 16, 2014

Muscle Cramps: What they are and how to prevent them

Muscle Cramps: What they are and how to prevent them Muscle cramps are extremely common. Almost everyone experiences muscle cramps at some point in their life. Muscles are capable of contracting and relaxing and designed to produce both voluntary and involuntary movements. A muscle cramp is a sudden, involuntary contraction of the muscle that does not relax. Cramps can happen in any type of muscle, but we’ll talk about skeletal muscles, which are muscles that are very elastic and ones we can voluntarily control. There are a variety of causes associated with these spasms. Common causes of muscle cramps include […]
September 9, 2014

The Risks of Wearing Heavy Backpacks

The Risks of Wearing Heavy Backpacks Now that the school season is upon us again, it is crucial for parents to realize the risks of their children carrying heavy backpacks. With the amount of binders, textbooks and school supplies that are loaded into a student’s backpack, it’s likely that the weight is putting them at danger of developing health issues. In addition, wearing a backpack improperly can increase this risk, even if the weight load is within recommended parameters. Thus, it is important to know what can be done to help solve these problems. If you are wondering whether the […]
September 3, 2014

How to Avoid Cramps in Football Season

How to Avoid Cramps in Football Season Muscle cramps are a frequent and serious issue for athletes who return to the football field during the sweltering month of August. In order to avoid injuries and ensure a safe season, there are certain nutritional precautions that should be observed while practicing in the summer heat. Nutrition is just as valuable to an athlete’s health as aerobic exercise or strength training. In addition, it is an essential factor in avoiding muscle cramps. One of the most important nutritional areas to observe is fluid intake, especially during periods of extreme heat. In order […]
August 28, 2014
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Football and the Prevention of Concussions.

Football and the Prevention of Concussions. As much as we hate to say it, summer will be coming to an end and Fall will be approaching soon. But that’s alright because it means leaves, cool weather, sweaters and most importantly, football, are underway. Something we look forward to all year. Watching the sport is one thing, but when you have a child involved in the activity you want to be sure they are going to play and stay safe.   Concussions are an extremely common injury in football and those who are “rookies” may be more prone to them. A […]
August 19, 2014
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The Importance of Posture

The Importance of Posture Our posture is something that we rarely think about. Everyone knows that we’re supposed to have good posture but that thinking often gets lost in practice. In everyday life, it’s easier to not think about your posture and go on with life hunched over. But did you know that having poor posture can negatively impact your health? Here is why posture is so important and some tips to help you stand a little taller. A set of muscles in your back called the postural muscles are always working to keep your body up. If you have […]
August 15, 2014

How to Design a Workout Based on Your Needs

How to Design a Workout Based on Your Needs   Whenever people want to “get in shape” they typically join a gym and start working out. However, there are many different ways which we can workout. In order to get the most from our training we must make sure that we tailor our routine to meet our individual needs. Someone who wishes to gain a lot of muscle mass may have a very different workout program than someone who wants to increase endurance.   For people who want to build muscle mass, the use of free weights is crucial. People […]
August 6, 2014
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Understanding Diabetes

Understanding Diabetes Diabetes seems like a very common disease today. About 14 million people in the United States have some form of diabetes. However, most people don’t fully understand the symptoms, implications or treatment options for people suffering from diabetes. Many people suffering from diabetes are unaware of it, causing the disease to go untreated which can ultimately be life-threatening. Education is the ultimate treatment for diabetes, by learning about the disease people will be able to know if they have diabetes and can begin the various treatment options available. Our physical therapy in Massapequa can give you the help and […]
July 29, 2014

Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects People of All Ages

Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects People of All Ages When most of us think about arthritis we picture it affecting elderly people. However, in reality, this disease can strike people of any age. Many elementary and middle school children around the country suffer from juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. This condition is characterized by swelling, pain, and tenderness in various joints and can make it difficult for children to play in the schoolyard or learn how to ride a bike. While this is a very difficult condition for children to live with it is treatable and many cases do not last more than a […]
July 22, 2014
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Understanding Fibromyalgia

Understanding Fibromyalgia Everyone experiences occasional aches and pains due to soreness and general muscle fatigue. However, if you suffer from chronic pain and fatigue you should seek medical attention as you may be suffering from a common type of rheumatic disease known as fibromyalgia. This condition causes pain in the ligaments, tendons, and muscles and left untreated, can disrupt a person’s daily routine. If someone you know has fibromyalgia, contact our physical therapy in Massapequa for help! The two main symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and fatigue of the muscles and the areas of the body where the muscles meet the […]