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Balance Fall

Anyone who has ever slipped on a patch of ice knows how unnerving it can be to lose your balance—for a moment your world is literally turned upside down. Yet balance —the ability to control and maintain your body’s position as it moves through space—is such an integral, ever-present part of daily life that most people rarely give it conscious thought. There are conditions, however, that may impair your sense of balance and contribute to falls...

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Couch Potato

Who says couch potatoes can’t get fit? Physical therapists say that you can cheer your team to victory and exercise your muscles. And without ever having to take your eyes off the TV. What a deal!

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Taking Care of Your Foot and Ankle

“My feet are killing me!” is one of the most enduring phrases in the English language. Like most clichés, this one is grounded in day-to-day experience: the foot and ankle region is subject to constant stresses and hazards, from the effects of ill-fitting shoes to traumatic sports injuries. The results can be painful or worse. While our feet may not literally be “killing” us, foot and ankle problems can have a significant impact on our general health and well-being.

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Taking Care of Your Hip

Compared to such complex areas of the body as the back and the knee, the hip region is a model of straightforward sturdiness. It takes great force to seriously damage a healthy hip, and the large, strong muscles of the thighs and buttocks (which help support and move the hips and knees) are usually able to withstand more than their share of abuse. Sports-related injuries and problems do occur, however, particularly in women runners, and there are problems specific to young men and pregnant women. Elderly people are subject to the most serious problems: life-threatening hip fractures that often are due to osteoporosis, the disease that causes brittle bones.

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Mother's Day

Lifting and carrying a child, picking up toys off of the floor, and pushing a stroller are normal daily tasks for parents and grandparents. The American Physical Therapy Association offers this Mother’s Day card to help caregivers accomplish these daily feats without aches and pains.

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Carpal Tunnel

You’ve probably already heard about carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and its effect on different occupations, like computer programmers and assembly line workers. Maybe you even know someone who has CTS or you yourself are suffering from it. But what exactly is CTS, and how do you keep from getting it?

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Fitness

We would all like to be physically fit, but Whow many of us know what “fit” really means? Does playing softball twice a week make us fit? Or swimming at the neighborhood pool? Or walking to and from work? What amount of activity is enough to keep us fit? Do we all need to follow the same fitness program or are we all different?

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Taking Care of Your Hand, Wrist, and Elbow

A vast range of human activities - from playing the piano, to laying bricks, to opening a can of soda - would be impossible without the healthy functioning of the elbow, wrist, and hand. And yet this area is one of the most intricate - and one of the most vulnerable to injury - in the human body.

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Taking Care of Your Knees

When the mother of the hero Achilles dipped him in the river Styx, she held him by the heel, leaving that spot unprotected. For most of us mortals, however, that most vulnerable spot is two joints higher.

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Neck Pain

Your head and neck region is vulnerable to many different stresses. Bad posture can cause misalignment of your neck, head, and spine. Car accidents can cause whiplash. Age and wear and tear can cause arthritis. Even activities such as gum chewing and reading in bed can cause pain. How do we avoid these potential problems? And if we can’t avoid them, how can we recover as quickly as possible?

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Tips from the Experts

Tips from the Experts

Hiking


The next several weeks are expected to be some of the most beautiful here in the north country as we transition into the Adirondack autumn season. Accompanying cool nights are crisp mornings giving way to clear days just perfect for a hike on some of the areas finest local trails. Whether you prefer the shorter and quicker day hike, or a weekend long trek there are a few hurdles you must contend with other than rocky trails, extensive root systems or even steep climbs.

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