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Staying Fit in the “Off” Season

With spring soccer season winding down and summer try-outs approaching, some of your coaches may give you a few weeks off. Although you may be “off” from scheduled practices and events, an athlete is never truly “off.”  While it is SO IMPORTANT to take days off for your body to recover from the wear and tear of the season, it…

Dry Needling Adds No Benefit in the Treatment of Neck Pain

In a recent article published in The Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, researchers looked at the comparison of trigger point dry needling to sham dry needling (no puncturing of the skin) when treating neck pain. Seventy-seven adults received 7 sessions of physical therapy over a 4-week period of time. One group received trigger point dry needling, exercise, and…

Pain Threshold and Sensitivity Improved with Exercise

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, our physical therapists apply exercise and pain neuroscience education in an attempt to empower YOU, the patient, to eventually take control over your symptoms and return to the activities you love most.  The beauty of exercise as a pain management tool is that once you understand what works, you can apply it yourself, and eventually…

The Benefits of Walking

The health benefits of walking have been well-established.   Getting regular aerobic exercise promotes cardiovascular benefits such as aerobic capacity as well as improved body composition and blood pressure.  In addition to these wonderful benefits to one’s physical health, improvements can also be seen with mood, pain management, and stress reduction. A research article (cited below) found online in the Journal…

4 Qualities to Look For In a Physical Therapy Clinic

Just because physical therapy is a distinct discipline within healthcare does not mean that all physical therapy is equally effective.  When a physician, relative, or friend says “you should try physical therapy” it is not as though that is a singular destination where you will receive the exact same treatments and outcomes.  Deciding what your episode of care will look…

Dry Needling Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in Treating Chronic Neck Pain

Dry Needling Combined With Guideline-Based Physical Therapy Provides NO ADDED BENEFIT in the Management of Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial . Here is more research on why Dry Needling is NOT effective or necessary in the treatment of back and neck pain. . ☝️In a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy in 2020,…

Load vs. Capacity

Musculoskeletal injury, whether sudden or from repetitive use, often boils down to the imbalance between load and capacity.  Many factors play a role in an individual’s experience of pain, but when we think about musculoskeletal injury on the level of the tissue, we can just about always see that load/demand has exceeded the capacity of the injured tissue. Many patients…

What is “FAI?”

Femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, commonly known as “FAI”, is a deformity of the hip joint that limits range of motion and can cause a “pinching” sensation in and around the hip joint.  There are typically three forms of impingement:  Cam, Pincer, or combined. The Cam form of FAI is when the femoral head and neck (the top of the long bone…

More is Not Necessarily Better

Healthcare is expensive.  And, sometimes it’s not even effective. A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy investigated if there was a correlation between how much an episode of care cost and outcomes of those interventions in individuals undergoing non-surgical treatment for shoulder pain. Results:  The outcomes of non-surgical care for shoulder pain at one…

Balancing our Body

Our bodies do amazing work to keep countless variables in check without us even knowing.  There really is something to the yogic ideal of achieving balance in one’s life—scientifically speaking this attempt to achieve balance is seen across many different systems within the body allowing us to thrive in a state of homeostasis.   Homeostasis is the perfect balance that our…