Monday, September 28, 2020

Physical Therapy: Treating Arthritis Without Drugs

Discover the Ways Physical Therapy Can Help You Find Natural Relief

Stiffness and discomfort don’t have to be a part of our daily lives — and yet many people assume that they’re doomed to suffer from joint pain. It is time to start treating your arthritis.
If you’ve been losing more and more of your mobility and productivity due to chronic joint inflammation, you may be disappointed by the usefulness of painkilling drugs or even alarmed by the potential dangers of such drugs.
Fortunately, you have a safer, more effective path toward arthritis pain management: physical therapy.
How will physical therapy help my arthritis?
If you want an arthritis pain management plan that improves your health without presenting you with the dangers of drugs, turn to physical therapy. Our physical therapist can examine your joints to see how advanced your arthritis has become and how it may be affecting your stance, gait or mobility. You’ll then receive a customized pain management plan that may include:
  • Physiotherapy techniques – You may benefit from massage therapy, cold/heat therapy or laser therapy.
  • Exercise – Exercise can aid arthritis sufferers by boosting circulation, easing inflammation, strengthening joint tissues and increasing range of motion. It can help you improve your balance, if that’s become a problem for you.
  • Lifestyle guidance – Your physical therapist can recommend specific changes to your everyday ergonomics or lifestyle that will ease your pain.
  • Corrective devices – Your physical therapist can recommend specialized insoles and train you in the use of devices such as walkers or canes.

What type of arthritis do I have?

Arthritis includes an entire family of painful joint conditions. For some individuals, it may take the form of painful gout in a toe joint; in others, it can strike due to a bacterial joint infection. The majority of arthritis sufferers, however, suffer from one of two agonizing conditions:
  • Rheumatoid arthritis – This form of arthritis is caused by an auto-immune disease or dysfunction. The same protective mechanisms that normally fight off disease germs decide to turn on your joints, treating them as the enemy and attacking them. This results in painful inflammation that may come and go, leaving joint swelling and deformity in its wake.
  • Osteoarthritis – This most common form of arthritis is usually a natural consequence of a lifetime of joint motion, coupled with certain changes that take place during aging. Healthy joints contain not only a lubricating fluid to keep the bone ends moving smoothly, but also a layer of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber and anti-friction component. Over time, however, the production of lubricating fluid can start to dry up, while the cartilage becomes thinner and more worn until it finally breaks down completely. This leaves you with pain, stiffness, and inflammation that usually feels worse whenever you try to move or put weight on the joint.
Many arthritis sufferers naturally turn to medication in the hopes that it will ease their symptoms. NSAIDs, steroids and (and in the most severe cases) opioid drugs may produce such relief, but only temporarily. These drugs can’t address the physical problems that actually cause your symptoms; they can only mute the symptoms themselves.
What’s more, painkilling and anti-inflammatory drugs can pose significant risks if they’re used constantly. NSAIDs can damage the internal organs, while steroids may contribute to everything from cataracts to osteoporosis. Opioids can be extremely dangerous, not only because of their addictive properties but also because overdoses can (and often do) prove fatal.

Understanding the dangers of opioids

Both opioid prescription rates and deaths from opioid overdoses have quadrupled in the last two decades. Given these identical statistics, one can’t escape the obvious conclusion: Reliance on painkillers has gotten out of hand, and the consequences can be literally fatal.
In a study published by the American Physical Therapy Association, titled “Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management and Improve Health,” this issue is exhaustively analyzed. It identifies three important waves of the opioid epidemic:
  1. “1. Increases in deaths involving prescription opioids starting in 1999
  2. Increases in deaths involving heroin starting in 2010
  3. Increases in deaths involving synthetic opioids since 2013”
Beyond extreme physical risk, over-reliance on prescription painkillers can have other detrimental effects on your health.
Withdrawal symptoms can be harrowing. And while you’re still using them, opioids can lead to depression, which sets up a vicious cycle of self-medicating in order to feel better emotionally as well as physically.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Looking to Improve Your Physical Health? PT Has You Covered!

Physical Therapy Can Help Improve Your Health and Wellness!

Physical therapy will improve the physical health of people who have injuries, illnesses, and medical conditions. An individualized physical therapy program is a conservative approach to managing these types of problems.
But it doesn’t do just that – it also improves overall health and wellbeing!

Evidence of the success of physical therapy

Clinical studies support the benefits of physical therapy for health conditions like osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is one of the ten most common illnesses. “Patients were recruited from the osteoporosis outpatient clinics of Klinikum S├╝dstadt hospital and the University hospital of Rostock to engage in physical therapy for osteoporosis.
Over a period of 3 months, 44 patients with osteoporosis completed a twice-weekly 30-minute intensive exercise program. The conclusion was that physical therapy reduced pain and improved function, with the sling exercise patients benefiting most.
The combination of functional improvement and pain mitigation resulted in improved health. This study is just one of the many proving the health benefits of physical therapy.

The 6 main benefits of physical therapy

Decreased risk of heart and lung disease

Physical therapy is a component of cardiac rehabilitation. To address pulmonary issues, a physical therapist will help improve your health and quality of life through breathing, strengthening and conditioning exercises. Physical therapy also helps clear fluid from the lungs.

Help with conditions caused by age

With aging, the chances of developing osteoporosis or arthritis are increased. A physical therapist is a trained expert at helping patients recover and manage age-related health problems like osteoporosis and arthritis.

Mobility improvement

With both passive and active treatments, physical therapy improves mobility. Muscles are strengthened and flexibility is greatly improved. This way you can engage in activities and lead a healthy lifestyle.

Fall prevention and balance rehab

With physical therapy, a physical therapist will screen your risk for falling. Exercises will be given to improve your balance in real-life situations. Assistive devices will be given to ensure safe walking. And if you have a problem with your vestibular system, a physical therapist will perform specific methods to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness.

Possibility of avoiding surgery

When physical therapy works to heal and reduce pain, the need for surgery is greatly decreased. “For some conditions, including meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis, treatment by a PT has been found to be as effective as surgery.”

Pain relief

Manual therapy treatments like soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound, electric stimulation and targeted exercises help relieve pain and restore joint and muscle function. These types of methods also help prevent pain from coming back.

Passive physical therapy vs active physical therapy

Passive therapies

Passive treatments work to manage pain. The purpose of passive physical therapy is to help manage and alleviate pain, so you can get back to the activities you love.
By eliminating pain first, the rest of your treatment program will be easier. Passive treatments are done first so you can focus on regaining your strength and function later on in your treatment plan.
Passive physical therapy can include any combination of these specialty treatments, as deemed fit by your physical therapist. These include, but are not limited to:
  • Manual therapy
  • Massage
  • Ice and heat therapies
  • Dry needling
  • Ultrasound
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Electrical stimulation, such as TENS Units
  • Iontophoresis

Active therapies

Active therapy focuses on targeted exercises and stretches in order to improve function in the affected area.
The purpose of active treatments is to provide exercises that the patient can do on their own in the later stages of their physical therapy treatment plan. In fact, many active physical therapy treatments are designed so the patient can perform them on their own, after their PT sessions are over.
Once your pain or discomfort subsided enough that your physical therapist believes you are ready for active physical therapy, he or she will set up an exercise schedule specific to your needs.
The exercises prescribed in an active treatment plan are all geared toward helping you gain back your flexibility, range of motion, and muscle strength. These exercises will help provide support to the painful area and will guide you further in your recovery process.

Monday, September 14, 2020


Product Details:
The Flying V Pro Plus is a powerful deep muscle massage device with 20 speed settings from 1200-3200rpm to provide all levels of treatment.

Our signature model features an ultra-quiet brushless motor and ships with 6 easily interchangeable attachments for all parts of the body.

Join the flock and see how a percussive therapy device deeply massages to relieve tension and soreness.

All products ship with a travel case.

Check out our Questions & Answers page for more info! Always can use our contact page to get in touch as well!

We set out to offer percussive therapy devices that were reasonably priced without sacrificing quality. Our signature model, the Flying V Pro Plus does exactly that.

There are 20 speed settings from 1200-3200rpm (rate per min of percussion) to customize therapy from a light massage to a intense percussive therapy session. Additionally, the brushless motor allows for a much quieter experience than other products on the market.

Each device comes with a travel case & 6 easily-interchangeable massage heads designed for general purpose or specific muscle groups depending on the style. The attachments page of our site explains some of the best practices. You will learn which suit your need best after a few uses.

The benefits of percussive therapy are tremendous. When incorporated into your routine it can help increase circulation & flexibility as well as speed up muscle recovery by breaking down lactic acid buildup - which is a key factor in causing body fatigue.

Our users range from professional athletes to the regular active type. Both seeing the benefits of using a Loose Goose. From runners to weightlifters to boxers and more, incorporating percussive therapy into your routine can help you speed up recovery and feel better on a daily basis.

Product Review:
What role does massage play in your recovery? With the right percussion massager, you could recover faster with greater comfort.

A percussion massager is a handheld device that applies pulses of concentrated pressure deep into your muscle tissue. This form of deep-tissue massage can work knots and tension out of the muscles while improving blood flow and quickly enhancing range of motion. When used properly, a percussion massager can shorten your recovery time while relieving some of the pain, tension and soreness that comes naturally from intense martial arts workouts.

This is a unique that I wanted to purchase because you pay a lot of money for an hour session with this massage gun. I didn’t realize how affordable this machine was until I saw it on amazon. It is a good size and not super heavy. The instruction seems easy and simple to use. I like that I can carry it around and it is very easy to store. It is easy to clean and the machine is very powerful. I get a massage every two weeks because I have a lot neck pains. I might go less because this machine has been a lifesaving. It something you can do yourself or have someone to help you. 

I love how quiet it is and you can adjust the speed. I was worried it was going to hurt but you have to play around to figure out what setting is good for you. It is only weighs about one kilogram or 2.2lbs with the ergonomic designed grip minimizes external vibrations and the durable anti slip silicone grip makes the massage easier and comfortable to hold for my enjoyment. There are so many different ways I can use this massage and leave my body feeling amazing. It is perfect for breaking up the knots in muscles and muscle recovery after a workout and it is also effective at increasing my range of motion, engaging and relaxing the muscle. 

The pulsating action gets deep into the muscle and is a great remover of my aches and pains. I hope it can help me relieve muscle stiffness and soreness, increase blood pressure, improve the overall health of the body's soft tissues, moreover, it can prevent fascists which is a kind of painful and difficult to heal inflammation caused by adhesion between the fascia and muscles. I came with six replaceable massage heads, a lot of adjustable speed level, and one beautiful portable case. This is an amazing product for such an affordable price. I use it almost every day and I can tell a different with my neck and shoulder problems. This product is made of high quality material and highly recommended.

1 - 4 Mild Massage
5 - 8 Professional Massage
9 - 12 Muscle Stimulation
13 - 16 Decomposition of Lactic Acid
17 - 20 Deep Muscle Therapy