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Walking Reduces Fracture Risk

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Did you know that a simple activity like walking can reap huge benefits? The medical community has long known that walking is a great bone building activity. The pull of muscles against gravity  stresses the bones to build new tissue.  Other bone building exercises include hiking, jogging, stair climbing, weight lifting, dancing, and tennis.  Walking creates rotation in your major joints; the spine, shoulders, hips, ankles, and knees. Motion is Lotion for your joints; lubricating and nurishing our connective tissue.

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9 Healthy Hiking Essentials for Summer

Mags at the American River
Mags at the American River

Walking in nature is one of the most healing habits for the mind and body.  Japanese doctors even prescribe time in nature; they call it “forest bathing.” Living in a natural paradise such as we do, we all want to get out and experience nature. Especially in the heat of summer, with long days, we want to go to the river and go hiking. It is always important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Whether you are in the desert, forest, beach, or mountains , safety becomes even more important in dealing with the roasting heat and blazing sun of summer.   Here are nine essentials for your hikes short and long:

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To Kegel or not to Kegel? 5 Myths of Kegels debunked!

Your Pelvic Floor muscles are like a hammock or sling to support your back and pelvic organs
Your Pelvic Floor muscles are like a hammock or sling to support your back and pelvic organs. Don’t let things fall through!

You may or may not have heard of Kegels, the pelvic floor muscle exercise made famous by gynecologist Dr. Arnold Kegel to reduce leaking, pelvic organ prolapse, and assist in pregnancy.  Your pelvic floor muscles act during orgasm, hold in your pelvic organs, stabilize your pelvis and back, relax during toileting, sex, and childbirth, and keep you from leaking at all other times.  There is some controversy over whether people should perform Kegels.  Today, we will clear up some misconceptions!

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Direct Access? Californians do not need a doctor’s referral for PT!

On January 1, 2014, California Assembly Bill 1000 took effect, giving patients direct access to physical therapists. This means that you can now go directly to your physical therapist without a diagnosis from your doctor first, getting you the treatment you need more quickly.  If you sprain your ankle you can get treated the same day!  With any injury, aches, or pain, the more time passes, the more likely you will feel negative effects. For example with an ankle sprain, without treatment you are likely to limp for longer, and stress other joints such as the toes, knee, hips, and back. Even as the pain goes away compensation patterns can translate into other injuries and over use down the line.  Once an area is injured, that part of the body is more prone to injury, unless you are vigilant about rehabilitating the area.  Now there is no need to go down that path! If you have any acute injuries or falls, you can treat it now. If you are experiencing pelvic or back pain, leaking, or sexual dysfunction you can see a physical therapist and take care of it.

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New Class, Core Power!

Physical Therapist Mags Matthews is teaching a new class for the new year. Called Core Power, this class focuses on building strength in the center of the body.

Mags demonstrating an exercise.
Mags demonstrating an exercise.

When you think “core,” you may think that just means your abs. Not so! This means your whole torso. This class will strengthen your whole body  through your shoulders, back, abs, chest, and hips.

Mags takes input at the beginning of the class to see if there are areas of concern for any of the students, and adjusts the class accordingly.

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Holiday Gratitude

Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays!   From flickr rumpleteaser.
Ho Ho Ho! Happy Holidays! From flickr user rumpleteaser.

Alive Physical Therapy is so grateful to have found a home here in Nevada County.  The community has embraced us, and we are honored to foster health and joy with the NEST, Nevada City.  We would like to thank every one of you, and your families who have joined us on a path to healing, and enjoy a more energetic home, work, family, and sex life.  It is your enthusiasm and sharing how Alive Physical Therapy has improved your life that keeps us growing.  Your online reviews of our services do make a difference and help spread health to those that are in need.  Thank you for allowing us to participate in your healthcare.  Getting better is truly a joint effect and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

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Is it OK to Leak Urine?

photo by Maegan Tintari
Many people suffer from leaking. Act early for a solution! Photo by Maegan Tintari

With the expensive costs of incontinence pads, adult diapers, soiled clothing, and social stigma, a better question would be, Are you OK with leaking urine?  If you suffer from urinary incontinence you are not alone. An estimated 25-51% of all women have leaked once in the last year, and 17-32% of women are leaking regularly with percentages increasing with age. Even though many women suffer from a weak bladder, you don’t need to live with it!

Recently extreme intensity workouts like Cross-Fit are glorifying leaking.  While leaking is common in some circles, it is NEVER normal.  For a doctor to accept leaking or merely suggest pads does their patient a disservice.  Leaking urine is treatable with conservative measures.  The sooner you accept that leaking is a problem, and act to heal your pelvis, the more effective the treatments can be.  The longer you wait, the worse the problem will get, and incontinence increases with age.

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