Category Archives: Healthy Living

  1. I Stand Corrected! 5 Common Fitness Myths

    When only one in three adults get the recommended amount of physical activity their bodies need each week (according to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition), it’s difficult for we as physical therapists to find fault when an individual is making an effort to exercise … even if the effort’s slightly misguided. But…

  2. 6 Common Back Pain Myths, Debunked

    Despite being one of the top causes of disability in the U.S., affecting around eight in 10 people in their lifetimes, back pain is an ailment often misunderstood by those affected. Such misconceptions can cause those suffering from back pain to seek solutions, potential treatment paths, and even lifestyle alterations that aren’t necessarily in their…

  3. Tips for Reducing, Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

    Studies show about three-quarters of all Americans will experience foot pain at some point in their lives. Of them, more than 2 million people who seek treatment each year will learn they suffer from an overuse condition called plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, most cases of plantar fasciitis are both manageable and treatable. Plantar fasciitis will typically…

  4. 4 Professional Tips on Beating The Heat This Summer

    It’s only the middle of April and it’s already in the 80s in Boise! It’s finally the time of year to get outside and take advantage of all that the beautiful Treasure Valley has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned Idaho outdoor vet, or this is your first summer in the area, the summertime here…

  5. Tips for Keeping the Weekend Warrior Healthy, Injury Free

    A “weekend warrior” is someone who, due to the hectic nature of a typical workweek, opts to cram most of her or his exercise into weekend workouts, activities, games and/or competitions. And while most physical therapists would never fault anyone for getting exercise, most would also agree that weekend warriors should be particularly cautious as…

  6. Pain Is Only In Your Head And That’s a Good Thing

    When you think of pain, what do you think of? Do you think pain happens in your body or your mind?   What We Used to Think The medical community used to think that pain was a direct sensation indicating tissue damage. The only way to feel pain was to be injured in some way….

  7. Good Night’s Sleep Linked to Optimal Physical & Mental Health

    At a time when studies indicate people are getting increasingly less sleep, one thing remains clear: we need to take sleep much more seriously as it is critical to both health and healing. Those who don’t get enough sleep are prone to lots of health-related issues that can interfere with quality of life and even…

  8. Common PT Injuries Explained: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Intro After a long day at work, you get in your car to drive home and can’t figure out why that numbness and tingling in your fingers just keeps getting worse. You move your wrist all the way home and eventually, the sensation you’re reluctantly growing accustomed too finally goes away. As soon as you…

  9. 5 Exercise Myths for People 55 and Older

    While it’s expected that most older people tend to slow down with age, the notion that seniors and soon-to-be seniors should trade in exercise and their active lifestyles for bingo and rocking chairs is definitely antiquated, say physical therapists. And yet, when it comes to exercise for the 55-and-older population, plenty of myths continue to…

  10. 5 Fitness Tips to Keep Introverts Moving

    If you have a more introverted personality, joining a gym, exercise class or workout group may not be your cup of tea. But, that doesn’t have to hold you back from achieving fitness or weight-loss goals. Finding a workout routine that fits your personality is one of the key ways to achieve optimal results. And,…