5 Holiday Giving Options Offering Healthful Returns

5 Holiday Giving Options Offering Healthful Returns

The Holiday Season is a time for giving, and that includes supporting causes and organizations that make our communities stronger. It’s in this spirit that Gilbert physical therapist Jefferson Holm shares some holiday giving suggestions that offer a more healthful...

Volunteering Benefits Seniors Physically & Mentally

Volunteering Benefits Seniors Physically & Mentally

For some, the Holiday Season can be a time of social isolation and loneliness. This can be especially true for older adults who live alone. Research shows social isolation can have adverse effects such as depression, reduced cognitive function, decreased activity, and...

Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

Can Exercise Ward Off Cold and Flu Symptoms?

As cold and flu season approaches, so does the season of illness prevention. From getting flu shots to adding a little extra Vitamin C to our diets, prevention often becomes a focus for those concerned with getting sick, missing work and/or school, and optimizing the...

‘Thrive’ to Help Prevent a Second Stroke

‘Thrive’ to Help Prevent a Second Stroke

If you’re one of the 795,000 people in the United States who’s suffered a stroke in the past year, survival doesn’t mean you’re completely out of the woods, says our own Gilbert physical therapist Jefferson Holm. “Based on the most recent statistics, nearly one in...

Positive Attitude Reaps Healthful Rewards

Positive Attitude Reaps Healthful Rewards

Is your glass half full? Do the clouds that fly above your world all have silver linings? Can you manage to find positive twists among life’s messiest entanglements? Congratulations! According to health care experts throughout the world – from cardiologists,...

Study Shows Cardio Exercise Aids Stroke Survivors

Study Shows Cardio Exercise Aids Stroke Survivors

Following a stroke, the rehabilitation process often focuses on improving the survivor’s ability to move and perform everyday tasks, with a lesser emphasis on general aerobic fitness.  This is likely a mistake – at least when it comes to long-term endurance and...

Walk your way to back pain relief

Walk your way to back pain relief

Are you experiencing tightness or discomfort in your lower-back? Try taking a walk.  Studies have shown walking to be effective in preventing, alleviating and even treating pain in the spine, a condition that according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

Be SMART when setting health goals

Be SMART when setting health goals

While annual statistics are bleak when it comes to the success rates of New Year’s resolutions, don’t conclude that goalsetting is a fruitless endeavor, simply resolve to set smarter goals.  “Setting small, attainable goals throughout the year, instead of a singular,...

Prehab: ‘Get vertical sooner and recover faster.’

Prehab: ‘Get vertical sooner and recover faster.’

The stronger you are before surgery, the stronger you’ll be after.  That’s the philosophy behind prehabilitation (or “prehab”), the process of improving strength and functional capacity before surgery through a comprehensive and targeted...

Spasticity: What is it and what can we do about it?

Spasticity: What is it and what can we do about it?

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Spasticity is “a condition in which there is an abnormal increase in muscle tone or stiffness of muscle, which might interfere with movement, speech, or be associated with discomfort or pain.”...