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Dance Rehab & Conditioning: How Physical Therapy Can Help

Dance-specific rehabilitation and conditioning is an essential component of any dancer’s self-care and physical maintenance routine. As a dancer, you ask a lot of your body on a daily basis, and it’s crucial to make sure you give it the specific care it needs to continue to perform at a high level. Finding a quality physical therapist with the proper experience and training to either help you recover from an injury or take your performance capabilities to the next level can be difficult. At Life’s Work Physical Therapy, you’ll receive excellent care from a manual therapy-certified physical therapist who also has …Read More

Physical Therapist Spotlight: Sandra Stryker, PT, MPT, COMT, FAAOMPT

To help you get to know the physical therapists a bit more, we will occasionally highlight one of our PTs and some of their favorite activities and hobbies that keep them busy when they’re not treating patients. This month, our spotlight is on Sandra, Life’s Work Physical Therapy owner and founder: “In my free time, I am a big soccer fan! Not only does my family have season tickets to the Portland Timbers and Thorns, but I am also a soccer mom! Both of my kids play competitive club soccer. This picture was taken at a tournament this past summer where …Read More

Angry Victim, Silent Cause

Imagine a situation where you wake up with hip pain. It hurts and limits your ability to perform your daily activities. At first, you wait for it to go away. You’re an active person and minor aches and pains aren’t uncommon. After several weeks you see your doctor and are prescribed physical therapy. The therapist gives you hip strengthening exercises and stretches. They help a little but the pain is still there, it’s frustrating. In many cases the hip, or the ‘victim’, isn’t the true cause of the pain. In the example above, the true cause of pain isn’t the …Read More

Physical Therapist Spotlight: Kathryn Jankord, DPT, BFA, BS

To help you get to know the physical therapists a bit more, we will occasionally highlight one of our PTs and some of their favorite activities and hobbies that keep them busy when they’re not treating patients. This month, our spotlight is on Kathryn: “I have been dancing for two decades and have loved every minute of it. My training began with a very strong focus on ballet. As I got older, I also started training in modern dance. An injury to my left ankle during a dance class prompted a round of physical therapy. During my recovery, I decided …Read More

Stay Safe and Injury Free While Gardening

Summer in Portland is peak gardening season. While gardening and working outside can be wonderfully beneficial both physically and mentally, there are some important things to keep in mind to help you stay safe and prevent pain and injury. Lifting Heavy Materials One of the most common causes of injury when gardening is lifting heavy materials such as bags of dirt, fertilizer, or heavy rocks and stones. It’s important to use good lifting mechanics to prevent injury to the lower back. Avoid bending forward as this puts excess strain on the low back. Focus on bending the knees and lowering …Read More