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Healthy Snacks for a Sweet Tooth!

These choices may help satisfy your sweet tooth, without the guilt!   Healthy Choice 100 Calorie Fudge Bar (5 g fiber) VitaTop:  Deep Chocolate or Banana Nut! Fresh pear slices sprinkled with ground cinnamon Sugar Free Iced Coffee Skinny Cow candy Mini Cupcakes:  Use a cake mix and blend with a 15 oz can of pumpkin Skinny Cow Ice Cream treat,…

Simple Tips to Address Your Pain

Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) specializes in orthopedic and sports related injuries and pain.  OPTI brings something better to the physical therapy realm in the Omaha area.  We get results by providing you the care that you deserve with guaranteeing one-on-one treatment with the same physical therapist every single visit.  We employ physical therapists with a doctoral degree who have…


How To Go Back To Lifting Weights after a Back Injury

Back pain can be a common complaint in the weight room.  It can be debilitating at times, limiting your function and not allowing you to perform your exercise routine comfortably. It may have been due to poor technique, too much weight, an improper warm up, a combination of factors, or even a total accident.  But the question is….WHAT DO I…

Early Activity After Concussion Can Be Beneficial

Traditionally, when an individual is diagnosed with a concussion, they are instructed to rest from activity of any sort for several days.  But, more recently, researchers are looking at how earlier return to physical activity affects the persistence of symptoms. Both studies listed below demonstrate how you can decrease the persistence of concussion symptoms by simply implementing earlier physical activity…

How Should You Re-fuel After a Soccer Game?

Success in Soccer: Refueling  Ever wondered if you can wait until you get home from the game to re-fuel?  A recent study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed that delaying carbohydrate intake by as little as 2 hours decreases muscle glycogen re-synthesis by 50%. In other words, your ability to rebuild carbohydrate stores in your muscles…

Cutting Edge Treatment for Back Pain!

In an article published by Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, Peter O’Sullivan discusses the challenges of treating persistent back pain and how a targeted cognitive functional approach has superior outcomes to the biomedical model.  He presents evidence that a pathoanatomical diagnosis cannot be made for 85-90% of low back pain and that in pain free populations, there is a high prevalence…

6 Things to Make your Recovery Easier

Diane Johnson is no stranger to injury.  After going through months of physical therapy for a severe injury she sustained in April 2017, she is finally back to doing the things that she loves and enjoys.  She wanted to share some insight she gained as a patient in physical therapy and we wanted to share that with you as we…

Hamstring Injury Prevention in Soccer Players

In the world of soccer, there are many factors that play into the prevention of injury.  Not only has the research investigated and dissected the importance of a proper warm up, re-warm up, and cool down, but periodization of practices/games/conditioning needs to be acknowledged as well.  Breaking it down even more, what drills a coach performs at practice the day…

“Sticking” to the facts – Dry Needling Not Effective for Knee Pain

With all the hype surrounding the fad of dry needling one would assume it is very effective. However, when you look at the quality, scientific research (and no, we are not talking case studies), the support to use dry needling as an intervention is just not there! The article below is a randomized controlled trial and it shows that people…