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Preparing to Play Throughout the Game

There is always talk about warm-up prior to soccer practices and games but there is rarely a focus on re-warming up at half time or if you are coming off the bench to sub into a game.  It is important to re-warm up prior to entering a soccer game as you need to re-wake up the nervous system and prepare…

Taking the Fear out of Movement

Choose Your Words Carefully I had a patient come in recently to their physical therapy session and tell me that another medical professional told her that she had “the worst, most degenerative” lumbar spine he had ever seen after looking at her x-ray.  She was devastated hearing that news.  She was not even having pain in her low back at…

Coming Back Stronger after an ACL Tear!

Laura Ney’s Comeback Story- Coming Back Even Stronger After an ACL Tear! Tearing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) can be devastating and leave you feeling defeated and emotionally destroyed.  For some, it means the end of their athletic career but for patients that come through Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), an ACL tear is an opportunity for a great comeback…

Why Do Muscles Feel Tight?

It is not uncommon to have patients come through the doors at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) with the complaint of muscle “tightness.”  One of our jobs as physical therapists is to figure out why the patient is having this feeling and to assist them with improving their comfort level with movement through various interventions and education. The following article…

The Power of Touch

The Power of Touch Do you remember when you were younger and you had to get a shot at the doctor’s office?  What did you want to do at that moment?  I remember reaching for my mom or dad’s hand.  Why? Even now, as an adult, when I’m on an airplane and there is turbulence, I typically grab for my husband’s…

Poking Holes In Dry Needling

Does Dry Needling Really Work? You are in pain.  You have been in pain for years.  You have tried everything to help:  medication, injections, chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy.  You have lost your ability to move comfortably and you even find yourself being less social.  You are ready to give up.  Then you hear from a friend that they…

Mike’s Comeback Story!

Mike Thiem is no stranger to injury.  In fact, when you look at his medical history, it appears he is good friends with it!  Fortunately for us at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI), Mike’s injuries have led him through our doors and as a result, we all have a friend in Mike.  Mike has overcome all of his injuries with a…

Paul’s Comeback to Soccer After an Ankle Sprain

Determined to Get Back to the Field:  Paul’s Comeback Story Paul Devine, 2001 Sporting Omaha FC Elite soccer player, has fought his way back to the field! After suffering a severely sprained ankle, Paul was treated at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) and was able to return to play safely and confidently! Check out Paul’s Q & A below!  …

Physical Therapy and Health Insurance

Helpful Tips Regarding Health Insurance As the office manager and “first impressions specialist” at OPTI, one of my many duties is to work with your health insurance company in order to ensure proper reimbursement for physical therapy services.  It can be overwhelming and confusing as to how health insurance works so here is some helpful information for all people seeking…