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knee pain, Osgood Schlatter, youth

How Compression can Help Management of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease

Despite being a mouthful to say, Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease (OSD) is a very common injury in young athletes. It’s incredibly painful to those who suffer from it, and many parents search for ways to help while keeping their kids in the game. If you’ve got a child with Osgood-Schlatter’s, take a look at what exactly it is and how compression can help. [...]

recovery, pain relief, aging, senior

Recovery and the Aging Process: Tips on How to Stay Active as You Get Older

Getting older is unavoidable. We all come face-to-face with the annoying effects of aging eventually. One of those downsides is slower, less efficient recovery from exercise or stress. If you’re getting older, you’ve definitely felt it. Some things just don’t work like they used to. The good news? You can do something about it. [...]

heel pain, pain relief, severs disease, heel

How Sever’s Disease Affects Young Athletes

A disease with a name similar to “severe” might sound daunting, but Sever’s disease is a fairly common disorder caused by inflammation of growth plates in the foot. [...]

New Year, exericse

A New Twist on New Year's Resolutions

Posted on January 02, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Happy New Year from the team at Body Helix! You’ve likely been bombarded recently with commercials and social media posts encouraging you to join the fitness bandwagon in the new year.  Whether it’s a local gym advertisement or a blog post about healthy recipes - you have gotten the message: “New Year, New You!” [...]

Tips for avoiding injury in young athletes

If your kid plays an organized sport, odds are they’re either a) running around between 15 different sports/activities or b) so busy with the demands of one they might as well be a professional athlete. Therefore, your children spend their time in sports overtraining, and then they go to school and sit for hours, tightening up those muscles. While their young age might make them a little better at rebounding, they’re still growing, learning important movement patterns, and need rest and recovery just like we all do. [...]

ankle, Injury, Injury Prevention, youth

Six Ways to Prevent and Manage Ankle Injury in Youth Sports

Let’s face it - having a kid around is asking for a bump or bruise at some point. Yet there are certain steps you can take to avoid a more debilitating injury to keep them happy and healthy. [...]

posture, stretches

5 Stretches to Help Shoulder Alignment

Posted on November 25, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

In a society that requires office workers to spend long hours in front of a computer, poor posture and shoulder alignment are becoming more and more common. Unfortunately, many of us who sit in front of the computer aren’t easily able to pay attention to our posture while focusing on our work. [...]

shoulder pain, pain relief, posture

Sitting All Day Can Equate to Shoulder Pain

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Many back pain sufferers struggle with what's causing their pain, not realizing that extensive sitting each day could be the main culprit. In fact, according to a 2012 study from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys, as many as 70% of people spend six or more hours sitting down each day. It’s likely that the excessive sedentary lifestyles that we lead, coupled with poor posture, is culminating in unnecessary pain and discomfort. [...]

arthritis, compression, osteoarthritis, knee pain, pain relief

Studies and Testimonials Prove Compression Relieves Arthritis Pain

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 54 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, with the most common type of arthritis being osteoarthritis, which affects an estimated 31 million Americans.  The numbers will continue to grow, according the Foundation, as the number of people expected to have doctor-diagnosed arthritis by the year 2040 is more than 78 million. With this prevalence, what can be done for those millions that are affected?  Many self-manage their condition with medications, healthy diets, proper rest, and staying active.  Often though, as many of you know, exercise and activity proves difficult when one is in pain.  [...]

recovery, injuries

Recover and Recover Stronger

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Lizl Kotz

The physical pain one endures through an injury is only a small part of the pain that the injury inflicts. There is also emotional pain. In this guest post, Lizl Kotz, physical therapist, describes the stages of Kubler-Ross’ "stages of grief" when processing and coming to terms with injury. I recovered from a serious back injury.  My road to recovery was tedious and it felt long, but I recovered stronger than I was before.  I don’t want to be injured again but being injured has helped me to start each practice and competition with gratitude for my skill and my health.  I know I am not fully in control of my health or really anything for that matter.  This truth has helped me to train and compete as if it could be my last.  And if it could be my last, you better know I am going to make it count and enjoy it. [...]

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