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Ask a Physical Therapist: How Do I Find a Good PT I’ll Actually Like?

In prior blogs, I talked about the importance of having a good physical therapist (PT) on your health care team. I can’t tell you the number of times I meet a new patient who completed physical therapy elsewhere and found it to be ineffective or frustrating. Just last week, I met a new patient who had a 7-year old ankle injury and two rounds of physical therapy with very poor results. She could not safely walk, descend stairs or go hiking for the last 7 years!!! That is not good physical therapy. After one session at our clinic, she already …Read More

Physical Therapy Facts: Top 10 Things to Know About Pain

Why do we feel pain? What is our body telling us? Learn the top 10 things you should know about pain and how physical therapy can help treat it: 1. Pain is a protective device. Things shouldn’t hurt for no reason. In a healthy body, pain is a sign that something is wrong. It’s a signal from your brain that there is something that needs attention. You wouldn’t ignore a check engine light on your car, so treat pain the same way. 2. Pain doesn’t give us specifics. It doesn’t tell us what is going on in the tissues of …Read More

The Value of Physical Therapy vs. Other Treatments for Musculoskeletal Pain

In prior blogs, I’ve talked about the value of having a good physical therapist on your health care team. I’d now like to be specific about the actual costs and benefits of having musculoskeletal physical therapy compared to other common treatments. Musculoskeletal Pain or Disorder Musculoskeletal (MS) pain or disorder is an injury to the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, spinal discs, fascia or other soft tissue. Musculoskeletal disorders are extremely common and very costly. According to the Centers for Disease Control: Musculoskeletal disorders are the most common reason people over the age of 50 become disabled (reduced quality of life). …Read More

How Physical Therapy for Headaches Can Improve Your Life

Did you know that headache pain is the third most common pain complaint world wide? Not only are headaches common, they can also be very disabling, leading to a decreased quality of life. Many people do not realize that physical therapy for headaches is one of the best, most effective treatments available today. According to the International Headache Society, there are 14 primary and secondary headache disorders. For example, some headache pain is caused by migraine disorder, neck trauma, head injury, jaw disorders, neck dysfunction and tension type pain. Physical therapy for headaches is effective for several of these types. …Read More

Do I Sit Too Much? How Often You Should Exercise & Be Active

Did you know the average office worker sits up to 13 hours a day? Our society is built around sitting – at your desk, in your car, and in front of the television. Doctors and researchers have been warning us about the dangers of prolonged sitting for years; prolonged sitting is associated with higher risks of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, depression and pain. An expert even described sitting as “more dangerous than smoking; it kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death!” The more we learn about how dangerous to …Read More

If an Exercise Pill Existed … You’d Take It!

For the last 25 years, the benefits of exercise have been well-known to mainstream America. Exercise is effective in fighting the effects of aging, improving cardiovascular health, and reducing the rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity and dementia. In addition, exercise helps with many mood disorders including depression and anxiety. So, if it keeps us thinner, younger, happier and healthier, why don’t we do it?! If there was an exercise pill, you’d take it. The truth is that most western cultures prefer to take a pill rather than do something like exercise for health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease …Read More

How Long Will I Live? The Sitting Rising Test Predicts Longevity

The Sitting Rising Test: What is it? Did you know that an inability to easily get yourself up and down from the floor is a sign of premature aging and even death? The Sitting Rising Test, developed by a Brazilian physician, predicts the risk of death in the next 5 years. Several follow-up studies have validated its sensitivity. In 2016, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh published a study where they followed 2,002 people ages 51-80 over an average of 6.3 years. At the beginning of the study, each volunteer was asked to perform the Sitting Rising Test. In other words, …Read More

Lower Back Pain and 3 Ways to Prevent It

Lower back pain is extremely common. 80 percent of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their life. Back pain is the second most common reason we visit our primary care doctor, and why many of us miss work and life activities. Total costs of lower back pain are more than $100 billion annually. Though very painful, the source of lower back pain is often a result of overuse, aging and stress to bones, discs and joints. Here’s the good news if you suffer from lower back pain – physical therapy is very effective in treating it. …Read More

5 Reasons to see a Life’s Work Physical Therapist in 2017

“Sandy, I feel old!” I hear this all the time, from my family, from my friends and often from my clients. They say it in all kinds of ways. Some explain that they feel stiff when they wake up. They tell me it takes longer to heal from a simple injury. They say, “I have to lean on the chair just to get up from the floor. Other times, my clients tell me they are feeling out of shape or overweight. They were always so active but now that they are getting a bit older, they don’t know where to …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