US Department of Health & Human Services Publishes 2018 Updates to Physical Activity Guidelines

Most people know that one of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent injury is to remain active, but did you know that there are specific guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human services regarding how much activity people should get in order to get the most benefit from exercise? For the first time since their initial publication in 2008, these guidelines
have been updated based on new research to help Americans use exercise to help prevent disease and injury, and improve overall quality of life. Physical therapy is a great way to begin incorporating exercise into people’s lives, and as PTs and PTAs we strive to
encourage regular physical activity and education about just how many benefits there are to maintaining an active lifestyle.

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The Importance of Hand Washing in Physical Therapy

As the cooler months approach and the seasons change, cold & flu season begins to develop. Luckily, there are a variety of ways one can prevent sickness for one’s self in addition to preventing the spread of sickness to others. Simple suggestions include avoiding contact with individuals who are sick, staying home if sickness develops, avoiding touching the face, nose, and mouth, and covering nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. One of the simplest ways to prevent sickness includes a task often overlooked: correct hand washing.

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The Maitland-Australian Method Explained

The Maitland-Australian method of manual therapy was developed by Geoff Maitland. This method focuses on patient symptoms and specifically how these symptoms change following specific manual therapy techniques, utilizing specific and graded joint mobilizations. These mobilizations are chosen for each individual patient based on their clinical presentation.

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Mulligan Concept of Manual Therapy: An Overview

The Mulligan Concept is a manual therapy technique developed by Brian Mulligan of Wellington, New Zealand. The concept is based on the mobilization with movement (MWM) technique of gliding specific joints at precise angles with a specific amount of pressure while a patient moves through a full active range of motion. When performed correctly, this technique will be pain-free and will show an immediate increase in the patient’s range of motion.

While the spinal joints are glided at parallel angles, the peripheral joints are glided at perpendicular angles. If there is pain or lack of increased motion there are 3 things the clinician needs to consider:

  1. The segment being treated
  2. The angle of the mobilization
  3. The force being applied

The clinician should also be constantly on the lookout for the PILL response (Pain free, Instant result, Long Lasting) to determine the effectiveness of the treatment, while also investigating combinations of parallel or perpendicular glides to find the correct treatment plane.

Once the correct mobilization has been identified, it’s important for the patient to reach their end range of the motion and apply overpressure at the very end. Overpressure (pushing slightly more at the end of the active range) will ensure the positive carryover of the technique while creating stretching, but not pain. The techniques are especially effective because they can be performed by the patient with a specific exercise program on their own. If a patient is performing these exercises correctly on their own at home, they should expect a 50% improvement in their motion by their second therapy visit.

To become a certified Mulligan provider (a CMP), the clinician needs to attend three separate classes and pass both a written and practical exam. If you would like more information about the Mulligan Concept or want to be treated by a CMP, feel free to give Red Canyon Physical Therapy a call and make an appointment with one of our Certified Mulligan Providers today.

How Does Physical Therapy Help in Concussion Recovery?

Now that it’s July, it’s already time to start gearing up for fall sports like football, soccer, volleyball, and others. Unfortunately, anyone playing these sports, as we all know, is at risk for concussion. Head injuries have received a lot of publicity in recent news — so in this month’s blog, we’d like to answer a few questions about concussions and address how various techniques (particularly vestibular physical therapy) can be helpful in the recovery process. Read more

Benefits of Physical Therapy

What’s the Difference Between Dry Needling and Acupuncture?

Red Canyon is proud to offer dry needling therapy to our patients in Frederick and Hagerstown. As a result, a common question we get is, “What’s the difference between acupuncture and dry needling?” Though both techniques involve a practitioner inserting thin needles into parts of the human anatomy, there are a few different goals in mind that spell out the key differences between acupuncture and dry needling.

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Manual Therapy and its Importance in Physical Therapy

What is manual therapy? Why is it an important form of Physical Therapy?

Manual therapy is defined as the skilled passive movement of joints and soft tissues to treat musculoskeletal pain and disability; it most commonly includes kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. Manual therapy is just one type of physical therapy Red Canyon offers from our two offices in Frederick, Maryland.

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Motivate Yourself to Stay Active During or After Physical Therapy

The motivation to exercise often is a big problem for people who are thinking of starting physical therapy or staying active after treatment is completed. This is one topic of conversation we have with our patients here at Red Canyon Physical Therapy at our Frederick, Maryland office.

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Unexpected Benefits of Physical Therapy

It’s natural to want to lose weight, quit smoking, or start a new hobby, but the team at Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, Maryland wants to help you commit to a different resolution. It should go without saying, but there are a number of unexpected additional health benefits that come from staying consistent with a physical therapy regimen. Therefore, it’s imperative patients see their physical therapy program through until the end.

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Holiday Gift Ideas

Happy Holidays everyone from Red Canyon Physical Therapy in Frederick, Maryland, and now our newest location in Hagerstown, Maryland. As we approach this holiday season and you’re trying to figure out what to get some of your friends and family members, Red Canyon has some great gift ideas we want to share with you. The best news is they are fairly inexpensive. Check these great items out: Read more