Category Archives: Health & Wellness

  • Do you stretch before and after your workout? If not, you should start.

    Do you make time to go to the gym a few times per week? If so, you should commend yourself for your efforts. But at Advanced Physical Therapy in Newton, KS and Hesston, KS, we notice an interesting trend with a lot of our active patients: they go to the gym regularly, but they largely ...

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  • Is Joint Pain Making Simple Activities Seem Difficult? It’s Time to Seek Help.

    Do you have more trouble getting dressed or penning handwritten notes than you once did? Are you having trouble keeping up with basic demands of your job? Do you look for excuses to withdraw from some of your favorite activities simply because it hurts to move? Joint pain can turn even the most routine tasks ...

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  • Tension Headaches: How to Handle Them

    Of the four distinct types of headaches — tension, migraine, sinus and cluster — the tension type is the most common. Of course, stress is a natural reaction to stimuli and can keep us safe from danger. Yet an excessive amount of stress can lead to tension headaches. That’s why learning how to handle emotional ...

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  • The Unexpected Benefits of Stretching

    Many non-athletes — and even a few actual jocks — are guilty of either rushing through their warm-up stretching, or skipping the cool-down moves after the workout. Yet, along with cardio and strength-training, stretching also delivers significant health benefits. You probably already know that stretching extends your overall range of motion, while also elasticizing your ...

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  • How Staying Active at Work Can Increase Productivity

    Picture yourself at work. Hunched over a keyboard, clicking away on a mouse, answering the phone, or having meetings, the most moving around you are likely to do is to and from the copy machine. It is no surprise that our sedentary jobs are causing fatigue and stiffness, both mentally and physically. Fortunately, having a ...

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  • Tips to treat your arthritis pain

    If you are like the one in four American adults who suffer from arthritis symptoms, you are looking for options for managing the day to day aches and pains and often debilitating loss of mobility.  Fortunately, there are many things you can do that, when combined with physical therapy, can improve your strength, increase your ...

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  • Still hurting? Your Diet Could Be Why  

    What you put in your mouth can make your aches and pains worse. Like they say, “You are what you eat.” There are many foods that can cause inflammation and actually result in pain. Eating a healthier diet can help you feel better, without those nagging aches and pains. Foods To Say No To While ...

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  • Without Intervention, Your Lower Back Pain Could Be Here to Stay

    Ask any physical therapist, and you’ll get confirmation that lower back pain is the most frequent complaint they’re asked to treat. Often, back strain goes away on their own, especially with the classic “RICE” treatment. But when rest, ice, compression and elevation just can’t cut the pain, physical therapy is often your most reliable path ...

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  • Four At Home Exercises to Stretch Out Your Hip Flexors

    There are few things more painful than hip flexors that stop working the way they should. Ranging from a dull ache to stabbing pains in the pelvis or groin area, problems with hip flexors can stem from overuse, underuse, improper use, and a lack of good stretching habits. Fortunately, there are four at-home exercises that ...

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  • Why physical therapy is important after you have surgery

    In the weeks leading up to surgery, the most feared words after “anesthesia” and “hospital” are “physical therapy.” For many people, the anticipation of any pain that goes along with physical therapy is enough to keep them from stepping foot into a PT’s office after surgery. In reality, the only way back to full recovery ...

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