• Physical Therapy and Getting Older

    A certain stigma applies to the term ‘aging’ – people in a rough group approximating middle age find themselves described in this manner, while those who’ve already progressed through said age group are considered ‘aged’ or even the dreaded ‘elderly.’ But the truth is, no one is aging any faster than any other person. And […]

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  • Homework Tips

    Busy schedules and everyday life can make homework a challenge. Many teachers have helped to make homework manageable and appropriate for a child’s age and ability level. Even reading 20 minutes a day can be a struggle to fit into a busy routine. Here are tips on how to make homework easier to handle:   […]

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  • A Physical Therapist Can Treat That?

    October is Physical Therapy month.  It is a good time to remind people what Physical Therapy can offer our community.  Did you know a Physical Therapist can help not only with diagnosing but with treating many issues that people experience throughout life? Here is a quick list; we’ll start with the most common and end […]

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  • Speech Language and Swallowing Development in Children Part Two

      Two weeks ago we shared ways in which Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) treat children with a variety of Speech, Language and Swallowing/Feeding difficulties. In that article we focused on birth to 6 months. This week’s article will cover your child’s development from 6-12 months of age. It should be noted that no two […]

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  • Leaves Fall, You Shouldn’t

    September 21, 2018 is National Fall Prevention Awareness Day. The North Country Hospital Rehabilitation Department will be offering a free educational session and balance screening at the North Country Hospital Wellness Center on 1734 Crawford Road, from 1-2 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), one in every three older adults has a […]

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  • 7 Back to School Tips

    Occupational Therapists work with people with a broad range of abilities. Occupational Therapists (OTs) work to help people participate in everyday activities. For children this includes being able to play, learn and interact with others. OTs work to offer ideas and strategies to improve access to learning. Here are a few tips from an OT […]

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  • Summer and Bike Safety

    During the summer people start making their way outside more and more. What better way to get exercise and get out in nature on your own or with your family than with a bike ride? Depending on your fitness level and the age of those in your family, you or your family may use your […]

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  • Parkinson’s disease and Lee-Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT)

    Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system that primarily affects the muscles of the body. Approximately one million Americans live with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  The muscles of speech can be affected also and this may affect speech and cause difficulty communicating. PD may cause: ·     Softer/breathier voice that is harder to hear ·     Slurred...

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  • Summer and Sandals and Foot Pain

    The coming of summer typically brings with it a change in footwear. For many of us, that means sandals and flip flops, but be wary—it can often bring foot pain as well. Plantar fasciitis (plan-tar fash-ee-eye-tis) becomes a common diagnosis in the physical therapy clinic this time of year. What is plantar fasciitis? Plantar refers […]

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  • Are You Sitting Properly?

    Computer Comfort Self Evaluation   How do you think your position is when you are working on your computer at home or at work? If you have discomfort, or are not sure how you should be sitting at your computer, take the test!   Is the top of your screen about eye level?   Is […]

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  • Beyond A Cut in the Skin – Wounds that Don’t Heal

    There are several reasons a person may develop an open wound. Common wound types are burns, animal bites, diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, arterial ulcers and pressure ulcers.   Diabetic wounds are generally on the bottom of the foot and result from peripheral neuropathy (poor sensation), trauma, prolonged pressure, poor foot care and poor foot wear. […]

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  • Summer Ideas for Kids!

    In the classroom, children have many opportunities to practice fine motor skills. However, it is important for them to also practice these skills when they are not in school. There are a lot of fun activities your children can do during their summer vacation to improve fine motor skills. Here are some ideas to help […]

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  • Chronic Pain – Part Three

    This is the third and final article regarding chronic pain. In the last two articles we reviewed the differences between acute and chronic pain, some particular medical conditions that can lead to or impact chronic pain and common complaints associated with chronic pain.   There are also some signs and symptoms related to chronic pain: […]

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  • Chronic Pain – Part Two

    Last week we presented information about chronic pain, and the differences between short term pain, acute pain and long-term, chronic pain. We also discussed how the body responds and interprets pain. As a review, chronic pain is a condition that occurs when the brain concludes there is a threat to a person’s well-being based on […]

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  • Chronic Pain – Part One

    Pain is an unpleasant sensation that we usually associate with injury or tissue damage, but can actually be present in the absence of tissue damage. Pain can be acute or chronic. Acute pain lasts for a short time – up to 12 weeks. It is a warning that tissue damage has occurred or may occur, […]

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  • Soreness versus Pain

    The weather is warming up, it’s time to get the garden in order, or begin that project or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to get into shape. If you aren’t ready for a big increase in activity or movement you may feel it the next day in the form of soreness or pain. Is there […]

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  • April is Occupational Therapy Month!

    Occupational Therapy focuses on helping you take part in the activities you need to do each day. Your “occupation” is the activity that “occupies your time”. Learning, being able to do things by yourself, using your hand after an injury, are all “occupations” and participating in them is important to maintain your health and wellness. […]

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  • Healthy Tips for Each Decade- 50s and Beyond

    Healthy Tips for Each Decade- 50s and Beyond This week we continue our theme of how to stay healthy through the decades. 5 Tips for 50s: See the world, and exercise, too. Traveling for work or pleasure shouldn’t derail your healthy habits. Physical therapists can suggest exercises you can do on the go, anywhere. Bone […]

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  • Healthy Tips for Each Decade – 20s, 30s, 40s

    This is a list of tips from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) on how to stay active and healthy through the decades. Tips for 20s: Be active 30 minutes per day to make it a habit for life. Regular exercise in the present is a great way to keep serious health issues such as […]

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