Take the pressure off the little ones: how to lower stress in children

By Mahmud Ibrahim, M.D.

When the pressure is on some kids lash out. Dr. Mahmud Ibrahim of Performance Spine and Sports said there are usually signs that children are under stress and most of them are a cry for help. He said some warnings that a child is facing too much stress can be short-term behavioral changes, mood swings, acting out, changes in sleep patterns or bed wetting. “Some kids have physical effects, including stomachaches and headaches,” said Ibrahim. “Others have trouble concentrating or […]

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Breakfast Should Never Be a Hunger Game

By Michael Pismarov, D.C., CCSP

It doesn’t make sense that less food would equal more weight, but according to Dr. Michael Pismarov of Performance Spine and Sports Medicine, it’s true for people who skip breakfast. “Those who skip breakfast often weigh more and are more likely to eat higher calorie snacks throughout the day to rid themselves of hunger,” Pismarov said. He said for adults, skipping a meal here and there is okay if nutritional requirements are met throughout the day, but he said children […]

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Running?

By Jim Tholany, DPT

Although the temperatures outside may beg to differ, spring is finally here. This is where the resurgence of activity and recreational injuries start to bring people back in outpatient Physical Therapy clinics across the northeast and other parts of the country. Generally, the vast majority of these injuries can be mitigated with appropriate progression of training and making sure they remove injury precursors of the table. The most common spring activities I see injuries involve running. In most cases, most […]

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Text Neck: Extreme Cell Phone Usage is a Huge Pain in the Neck!

By Mathieu Lentine, D.C.

Take a trip to the mall and look around; start counting how many people you see with their heads down looking at their phones. Some will be on the phone for a few seconds at a time; others will be on it for a few minutes at a time. Now take note of their posture. Their heads are most likely pointed downwards; ears are protruding forward past the shoulders; back is slumped forward; and shoulders are rounded in so the […]

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Fallen and Can’t Get Up?: Balance in the Elderly

By Judelkiss Todd, DPT

Have you experienced recent missteps or loss in balance recently? Falls are one of the most common reasons for hospitalizations and hip fractures in the elderly. In 2013, 2.5 million nonfatal falls among older adults were treated in emergency departments and more than 734,000 of these patients were hospitalized1. As we get older and remain more independent in our homes, fall risks and fall prevention strategies must be in the forefront of our minds. Fall risks can be environmental or […]

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Dietary Tips to Reduce Inflammation

By Gary Fuschini, PTA

Acute inflammation in response to an injury is a helpful, normal and necessary process of the human body. When inflammation becomes chronic it is a lower level, harmful response and is thought to be an underlying cause of many common conditions and diseases. Following are some changes you can make in your diet to reduce that chronic inflammatory response which may be responsible for your aches and pains, weight gain and premature aging. Increase your water intake. We have all […]

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Foam Rolling

By Gary Fuschini, PTA

Recently, foam rolling has gained popularity among trainers, physical therapists and fitness enthusiasts. What are the benefits of using a foam roller? Quicker recovery, decreased muscle pain and spasm, increased blood flow and less delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) are some of the claims. The physical act of rolling over the foam can break up tiny adhesions and scarring in the muscles which develop from exercise, overuse, injury, faulty mechanics or stress. Left unchecked, these adhesions can begin to obstruct […]

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Laser therapy: Touch-free healing

By PSSM Staff,

The future of healing has been in the hands of professional athletes for years and is now available to everyone as a method of treatment at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine (PSSM). Laser therapy has been in use by major league sports trainers and Olympic trainers for years, according to the LiteCure website, the company which provides the class IV high-intensity laser at PSSM. Dr. Aisling Linehan, a physical therapist at PSSM said that laser therapy has been a popular […]

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