Touch to Relieve Pain at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ

Myofascial release techniques encompass a variety of soft tissue therapies to treat pain, relax muscles, improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, and increase mobility. Physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ are masters of the methods that employ gentle touch and stretching to promote healing and relieve chronic conditions.

Skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments often become stiff, sore, and tight following an injury or trauma and are present in a myriad of chronic diseases. Pain in one area of the body often originates in another location entirely. The exact location within the anatomy where the pain originates is referred to as a trigger point and it can be manipulated through myofascial release techniques.

To protect itself, the body responds to pain, injury and chronic disease syndromes by trying to isolate the damage to a single location. The reaction can produce tension, swelling, stiffness and restrictions extending through multiple layers of interconnecting tissue that can reach to the bone. Pressure within the body can occur that’s been measured at up to 2,000 psi.

Multiple Components

Myofascial pain has multiple components that require specialized therapy. Many conditions, diseases, syndromes and injuries can result in trigger points that cause immediate pain and effects that can linger far into the future. Symptoms may appear immediately or even years later and patients may not associate the original injury with the current pain.

Myofascial techniques are beneficial for conditions ranging from migraines and TMJ pain to lumbar problems, fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel. Chronic fatigue syndrome, mastectomy pain and neurological dysfunction can all be addressed successfully with myofascial release to relieve pain, foster mobility and reduce the potential for disability.

Restoring functionality

We may utilize therapeutic massage, dry needling and acupuncture to loosen and strengthen tissues. Therapies work with the body’s own healing abilities to help remove toxins that collect at injured and inflamed locations and direct circulation where it’s needed most.

We can integrate other physical therapies with myofascial release. Compression and the gentle stretching and movements of clinical Pilates and yoga reinforce the effects of massage therapy. Depending upon the patient and the source of the pain, electrical stimulation, aquatic therapy and ultrasound may be incorporated into a treatment and management plan.

Our physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ are skilled in myofascial techniques for pain relief, restoring functionality and releasing the tension, inflammation and pressure that accompanies injuries and chronic disease. Myofascial therapies are effective for treating current, prior and chronic conditions and injuries to enhance motion, reduce the potential for disability and improve quality of life.

Improving Connections Between Nerves and Muscles

Most people have heard about multiple sclerosis (MS), but don't know much about this autoimmune disease. It's a debilitating and progressive condition that affects the brain and spinal cord.

Normally, nerves are encased in a thin and protective insulating coating called myelin. Multiple sclerosis causes the immune system to 'turn on itself' and eat away at the myelin. In the early stages, MS is difficult to diagnose. Symptoms may come and go over a period of time. Depending upon the extent of damage, patients may experience tingling or pain, electric shock-like sensations, vision issues and slurred speech, along with tremors and lack of coordination. Symptoms range from mild to severe. Patients are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature and fluctuations can trigger symptoms.

The cause of multiple sclerosis isn't known, but the disease has been linked to a variety of viral infections. MS can strike at any age, but typically appears between the ages of 20 and 40. Multiple sclerosis primarily affects women and is associated with a family history. Severe complications include loss of bladder and bowel control, muscle paralysis, depression and epilepsy.

Improving Quality of Life

With any condition involving the nervous system, it is imperative to start working with a physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals as soon as possible. Physical therapy techniques to improve quality of life include:

Electrical Stimulation – When a patient is unable to initiate muscle contracts, electrical stimulation provides the means to help keep muscles mobile and toned.

Gait Training – This treatment technique prevents muscle atrophy and conditions patients to walk again. It is effective for individuals experiencing numbness in the extremities and helps improve balance.

Aqua Therapy – Performed in warm, shallow water, this is a relaxing and rejuvenating form of treatment. Exercises and motions are easier to accomplish and strength and coordination is improved.

Progressive Strengthening – Improving strength and mobility through gentle, flowing motions helps build core and pelvic floor strength. This helps prevent falls due to unsteady gait and muscle weakness.

Individualized Training – A training program is tailored to each individual, and indepedent home exercise is encouraged. Exercise is appropriate for MS patients at all levels, and a physical therapist can prescribe the correct level of intensity and frequency.

Movement Adaptations - Minor adjustments to the home and work environment can help the patient adapt to fatigue and temperature sensitivity. Assistive technology such as canes, crutches and wheelchairs are used to improve quality of life.

Freedom is one Phone Call Away...

Physical therapy is an essential part of an overall treatment plan for patients with multiple sclerosis. In fact, physical therapy can help most individuals recover from diseases / injuries affecting bones, joints, muscles and nerves. The scope of physical therapy is significant, and we can help most people improve their quality of life.

A physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals uses an arsenal of treatment techniques, procedures and modalities to help improve strength, mobility and stability. This is invaluable for patients with MS, as they learn adaptive techniques to mitigate the symptoms of the disease. The end result of less pain and discomfort, more freedom of movement and higher quality of life.

Multiple sclerosis is associated with unique challenges for the patient, both physical and emotional. Physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals use a combination of modern treatment techniques, old fashioned encouragement and moral support. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you, and your loved ones enjoy a higher quality of life. Freedom is one phone call away. We look forward to hearing from you.

Nagging Elbow Pain at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ

 

How to Deal with Nagging Elbow Pain

The ulnar nerve is a major nerve that runs through the arm. It is responsible for movement and sensation in the forearm and the hand. It allows intricate hand movements like writing, typing and holding objects, all of which are critical in day to day life.

The ulnar nerve travels through a small tunnel at the back of the elbow called the cubital tunnel. It is well protected within this tunnel, but can get compressed at times, resulting in cubital tunnel syndrome.

Patients with cubital tunnel syndrome experience tingling along the inner side of the forearm, weakness in the hand muscles and pain along the inner side of the elbow.


Treatment of Elbow Pain


Diagnosing cubital tunnel syndrome

A physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ will conduct an initial examination to identify the cause of pain and nerve compression. A series of tests are performed to identify restrictions in sensation and muscle function. Additional tests may be required to determine the extent nerve and bone abnormalities. An x-ray of the elbow may be conducted to rule out loose bone fragments compressing on the ulnar nerve.

Treatments of elbow pain

In the initial stages of the condition, pain and tingling occur due to constant irritation of the nerve. The referring physician and physical therapist may decide that it's best for the patient to use a brace. This protects the nerve, muscles and bones as they are healing. As symptoms reduce, therapy emphasizes an improvement in function with the following treatment mechanisms:

  1. Range of motion exercises to increase mobility without pain or discomfort. Exercises to encourage intricate movements of the hand and movements such as twisting the forearm (pronation and supination) are emphasized.
  2. Strengthening exercises for different muscle groups. Examples include bending and straightening the elbow, rotation movements of the forearm, squeezing an object in the hand, and smaller objects between fingers.
  3. Gentle nerve stretching exercises to reduce compression and increase circulation to the nerve. Advanced techniques include massage, mobilizations and manual therapy under the expert supervision of the physical therapist.

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Physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ help restore and improve function by increasing motion in the elbow, reducing pain and strengthening the muscles in the hand. The first step is the reduction of pressure on the ulnar nerve within the cubital tunnel. The therapist will also help patients avoid activities that trigger pain and discomfort.

Cubital tunnel syndrome can be a painful condition that can limit the ability to perform daily tasks. Physical therapists can offer simple solutions and exercises to increase joint movement while reducing pain and irritation of the ulnar nerve.

On behalf of our entire team, we want you to know that we are committed to helping you live a healthy, pain free life. If you have any pain or restriction that affects daily activities, we can help.

We always work closely with your physician and your insurance company to make sure you have the best care possible. Physical therapy will change your life. All you have to do is to give us a call.

How to Deal with Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ

How to Deal with Chronic Joint and Muscle Pain

 

All of us have experienced pain and discomfort in the muscles and joints at some point, especially with age. In most cases, the use of over the counter medications, hot/cold packs and rest help resolve the problem.

Muscle and joint pain can be extremely troublesome to say the least. Some cases start with mild discomfort while others can become so severe that simple things like sitting, standing and walking become extremely painful, limiting day to day activities./

Although physical therapy can improve any condition involving muscle and joint pain, certain conditions make ongoing ongoing physical therapy a necessity. These include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  •  Peripheral neuropathy and neuropathic pain
  • Fibromyalgia

Step by Step Improvement

For people suffering from chronic pain and discomfort, physical therapy improves quality of life. Physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals design treatment plans to increase range of motion, flexibility and strength, while reducing pain in the muscles and joints.

Relieving pain in the muscles and joints is the primary goal. A careful designed exercise program helps improve blood flow to the affected areas.

The first thing a physical therapist will do is to help you understand your limits, so you don't hurt yourself by doing too much too soon. Physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals uses a variety of procedures and modalities to relieve chronic pain in the muscles and the joints. They also help patients to safely increase strength and mobility while reducing pain.

Procedures include therapeutic exercise, manual therapy and neuromuscular reeducation. Modalities include electrical stimulation, ultrasound and hot / cold therapy. The therapist will use his / her clinical judgement to identify, design and implement the right protocol based on the needs of the patient.

A Scientific, Proven Solution

Physical therapy is a proven solution to chronic muscle and joint problems. This condition can affect individuals of all ages, and has the potential to impact every aspect of life.

Patients require emotional and physical support since the condition can become severely limiting in nature. Patients may experience anxiety, depression, and potential disability as the condition advances.

The good news is - we can teach you what to do, and we are here to help you at Monmouth Rehab Professionals. Physical therapists dedicate their lives to helping individuals get better, stronger and live life without pain. We want you to experience the full benefits of strength and mobility. We strive to achieve life changing improvements in all our clients. Nothing makes us happier. We want to see that smile on your face when you walk out of our clinic. It's why we do what we do.

Physical therapy can empower patients with chronic joint/muscle pain and improve the quality of life. Let us show you what we can do or you. To get started, call us today to discover how we can help you deal with chronic joint and muscle pain.

Don’t Stress Out About Stress Fractures

A stress fracture, also known as a fatigue-induced fracture, consists of one or more small cracks in the bone. It is associated with a pattern of overuse, commonly seen in the lower extremity in athletes.

Causes

Repetitive motion is one the mechanisms that result in a stress fracture. The muscles become fatigued and are unable to absorb ground force, which is transmitted to the bone. This overload results in stress fractures over a period. High impact sporting activities that result in this injury include:

  1. Track and field activities
  2. Basketball
  3. Tennis
  4. Gymnastics
Symptoms

The main symptom is pain in the extremities which worsens with activity and subsides with rest.

Diagnosis

As with any bone injury, the confirmatory diagnostic test is an x-ray. In some cases, a CAT scan or MRI is requested if the x-ray is not conclusive.

Treatment

The pain stimulus is the body's natural mechanism to protect itself from severe self-inflicted injury. The rule of thumb for immediate treatment is:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Rest (and limited weight bearing) is an important aspect of stress reduction on the bone and surrounding joints. Shoe inserts also help with shock absorption.

Stress Fracture Injury Prevention Tips

If something is tingling, numb or hurting, it is time to stop what you are doing and seek medical attention. If a stress fracture is ignored, the condition can get worse and escalate to a more serious injury. A stress fracture is an early sign of bone destruction, and it must be treated quickly and proactively. It is generally associated with dull, aching pain in a general area. As it progresses, the pain can escalate to sharp, piercing pain in a localized area. Ignoring a stress fracture will lead to further bone deterioration. This can result in long-term consequences ranging from increased recovery time to joint deformity.

If you are participating in ongoing, repetitive activity or a high impact sport, it is important to rest periodically from the task and do the following:

  • Massage the limbs and joints
  • Stretch the muscles
  • Relieve the pressure by reducing weight-bearing on the affected joints

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic medication can help with pain relief. A physician may recommend prescription medication for pain relief and refer patients to physical therapy.

No Need To Stress - Your Physical Therapist Can Help

Recovery from stress fractures is a gradual process. Bone fragments need time to heal. The primary objective of physical therapy during the healing process is to prevent further injury. Once the healing process is complete, it is even more important to seek the counsel of a physical therapist. The therapist will design an exercise program geared towards gradual, progressive recovery of full function of the bones, muscles, and joints.

Physical therapy is an excellent choice for non-surgical treatment for mild to moderate cases of stress fractures. Some of the techniques used by physical therapists include:

  • Cold compress to reduce swelling
  • Strengthening the limbs and joints
  • Bracing with splints to reduce load on the affected joints
  • Ergonomically designed footwear
  • Psychosocial rehabilitation for the professional athlete, looking for a speedy, successful and complete recovery

If you or someone you know has, or is at risk for a stress fracture, give us a call. We'll be sure to take the stress away.

How to Protect and Strengthen the Knee and Foot

How to Protect and Strengthen the Knee and Foot

Knee and foot injuries are common for people of all ages. They tend to occur during day-to-day activities such as walking, climbing stairs and running. In most cases, people tend to ignore the pain and just ‘carry on’, leading to more injury and pain. Rest and medication help reduce pain. However, the residual effects of knee and foot injuries (loss of strength and mobility) are best treated with physical therapy.

The knee joint is a complex, weight-bearing structure and the ankle, in particular, is protected by ligaments on the inside, outside and the front. Sudden twisting movements can lead to tendon and ligament tears, and in some cases, fractures. Also, a myriad of injuries including strains, sprains, plantar fasciitis, fractures, meniscal tears and ligament tears can lead to impaired mobility and severe pain. These conditions can make it difficult, if not impossible for the individual to walk until the injury heals.

Depending on the severity of the injury, surgery may be required. With or without surgery, physical therapy plays a vital role in recovery from knee and ankle injuries.

Time to Heal

Due to the sensitive, weight-bearing nature of the hip and knee joint, it is critical to allow sufficient time for the healing process. Once healing is complete, physical therapy can begin.

The healing process typically results in

  • Weaker muscles
  • Tighter ligaments
  •  Reduced blood flow
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Joint restrictions

Pain and discomfort is experienced during movement and weight bearing.

Physical therapy will increase strength and mobility to prepare the knee and ankle for active, daily life. Exercises and techniques used by physical therapists include, but are not limited to:

  • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen the muscles in the hip, knee, and ankle
  • Manual techniques to increase mobility of underlying joints, improve blood circulation and break down scar tissue (when indicated)
  • Balance exercises to improve posture and biomechanics while sitting, standing and walking
  • Weight control, as needed, to reduce weight bearing stress on the hip, knee and ankle
  • Identification of appropriate assistive devices and footwear to facilitate mobility.

Time to Take a Stand!

Physical therapists use sound, scientifically proven principles of human anatomy, physiology, movement and psychology to help patients lead healthy, pain-free lives.

The therapist will conduct an initial evaluation followed by several progress notes to document progress over time. A comprehensive analysis establishes a ‘clinical baseline’ and identifies muscle imbalances, causes of pain and joint alignments. This is the foundation for short and long-term goals designed to help individuals recover completely. In fact, physical therapy can address every aspect of recovery including:

  • Gait
  • Biomechanical aspects like spine/hip/foot alignments
  • Lower back strength
  • Pain levels
  • Functional capability

As your physical therapist, we will get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Call us today to learn more. You deserve the right kind of care. It’s time to take a stand. Let’s do it together. We are here to help.

Stretching Exercises at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ

An eight-hour work day, especially when one works mostly in a sitting position, can cause muscle stiffness.

The simple solution is to stretch the body in regular interim whether you’re at home, in the office, or just outdoors.

Here are some tips to remember while doing stretch exercises:
  1. Don’t rush. Start pulling slowly. Do not overstretch.
  2. Breathe normally. Never hold your breath.
  3. When stretching, hold it for a few seconds until you feel tightness in the muscles decrease as they expand.
  4. Do this routine for about 2 - 3 times. This technique will help improve muscle flexibility.
  5. Avoid abrupt actions while doing stretching routines.
  6. Enjoy the stretching exercise. Use this time to relax.
  7. Keep a proper position while doing stretching exercises.

When you are feeling pain, numbness, tingling, discomfort, or loss of strength, stop and immediately contact a physician or our physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ.

Stretching exercises will help release tension, blood flow circulation, and boost more energy. Remember to take a few minutes of stretching daily.

Stretching has a lot of benefits.  These may include:
  1. Improved blood circulation. Stretching helps increase blood flow that brings about nourishment to the muscles and gets rid of waste products. This also helps lessen the time for recovery for injured muscles.
  2. Decreases anxiety, stress, muscle tension, and fatigue.
  3. Increased flexibility and joint range of motion. You feel refreshed and relaxed after you stretch.
  4. Improved training performance. Doing some stretching before training is an excellent way to increase the efficiency of the exercise.

A Simple Office Chair Stretch

If you are working in the office, this means you may be sitting in one area for several hours.  This may lead to low back pain due to shortened hamstrings, tight hip flexors, and bad posture.

These symptoms may be prevented through the following simple stretching exercises:

  1. Finger and Hand Stretches. Put both hands on the desk. Extend both hands while spreading your fingers until you feel a stretch. Hold it for 10 seconds. Do this exercise for about 5 - 10 times.
  2. Wrist Stretches. Sit on your office chair in an upright position. Raise an arm and stretch it out in front of you with your palm facing upward. Gently grip the fingers using the other hand. Gradually pull the hand of your arm down. Hold it for 10 seconds. Do this exercise for about 5 - 10 times.
  3. Shoulder Stretches. Extend the right arm and stretch behind your head. Place one of your hands on the upper back making sure that the arm is near your ear. Use the left hand to gently hold the right elbow, pulling it near the back of the head. Hold it for about 15 seconds.
  4. Spine Twist. While you are in an upright position, put your left arm at the back your left hip. Hold onto the chair while rotating your upper body to the left. Do this routine on the other side to increase the stretch. Keep it for 10 seconds. Do this routine for about five times.

We'll help you restore muscle flexibility at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ, by teaching you the right (and wrong) ways to stretch.

Contact a physical therapist in at Monmouth Rehab Professionals South Amboy, NJ, for additional information on the correct stretching techniques for you.

Monmouth Rehab Professionals Educates Patients About Running Injuries and How to Avoid Them

Jogging, walking, and running are best activities to improve health and wellness. Are you an enthusiastic runner or jogger? If so, it is possible that the way you ‘run’ could be hurting you.

When you jog, run, or walk, each step sends shock waves up the feet, knees, hips and lowers back. Overuse injuries are common, especially with running.

The good news is at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, we can help you avoid overuse injuries.

Some causes of running-induced injuries include:
  • Training errors
  • Improper running shoes
  • Poor weight-bearing or running dynamics

If an injury does occur, physical therapy in Englishtown, NJ, can get you back on track (pun intended) in a short time.

Here are SOME of the most common injuries that occur with running:
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of fibrous connective tissue in the sole of the foot, leading to pain in the bottom of the heel.
  • Achilles tendinitis: Heel pain or pain in the Achilles, due to too much running or running uphill. This can lead to pain and tightness in the calf.
  • Shin splints: Often a result of an imbalance in the calf and shin muscles. Pain is along the front side of the lower leg (the tibia).
  • Stress injury: Repeated pounding of the feet may lead to stress injuries, with pain on the affected bone.
  • Hamstring strain: Too much running can lead to a hamstring pull.
  • Patello-femoral pain or “Runner’s Knee”: Increasing running distance too soon can result in pain behind the patella or kneecap.

If you have any of these injuries mentioned above, here are some tips from us to help you treat it.

Treatment consists of:
  1. Rest, anti-inflammatory medication and icing the injured area.
  2. Stretching muscles that are tight (i.e. - calf for Achilles tendinitis; hamstrings for hamstring strain)
  3. Strengthening exercises to restore the muscle balance.

In some cases, taping works like a charm - talk to your therapist.

Orthotics may help alter the forces going into your joints. Talk to one of our therapists to see if this is best for you.

Remember, if it hurts, don’t do it. For example, if running hurts, try jogging. If jogging hurts, walk instead.

Are Your Shoes To Blame?

Before starting a running program, ask yourself:
  1. Are your shoes worn out?
  2. Are they the right fit for your feet?
  3. Do you have flat feet? Are your shoes stable enough?
  4. If your feet are rigid, you need a pair with good cushioning.

All these questions need to be answered. To tell if a shoe can still be used, look at its sole. If it is worn out, it’s time for a new pair! If they twist too quickly, it’s another sign they may be exhausted.

Not sure what to look for? Let us, physical therapists in Englishtown, NJ, guide you.

Runners are very susceptible to injuries, especially with changes in training, including speed, frequency, distance, and surface.

Talk to our physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, about a customized plan to evaluate your foot and minimize or treat injuries.

Your Feet Will Thank You

Most runners fail to take necessary steps to avoid injury. This is where at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, come in. After the initial evaluation, we will teach you how to:

Get the right pair of shoes - we evaluate the muscles of your feet and guide you to get the right shoes.

Stretch out correctly - we assess your requirements and make sure you stretch out your muscles properly before exercise.

Strategically structure your running - we teach you the right warm, stretch and exercise sequence and coach you through the process of building up your running time gradually.

Remember, your running shoes will last about 500 miles before they need to be replaced.

If you are a runner or just happen to walk regularly, you need to call us at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, to evaluate your technique right away. As they say, prevention is better than cure.

Our highly experienced staff of physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, will work in close collaboration to design a plan to protect your joints and optimize your efforts. Call us today for an appointment.

Your feet will thank you.

 

Caring For Arthritic Joints

arthritisOsteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. This degenerative joint disease is a chronic condition characterized by the breakdown of joint cartilage, leading to bones rubbing against each other.

Typically, it affects the 'bigger' joints in the body, like the hip, knee, shoulder, even the spine. This leads to progressive stiffness, inflammation, pain and loss of mobility in the joint.

Many people think that exercising with a physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ is difficult, even impossible, because of the pain.

The truth is that an arthritic joint needs to get nutrition, and there is no better way to provide joints their nutrients than movement itself.

Exercise is actually beneficial for those with osteoarthritis, but there are some things to remember:
  • Exercise treatment plan provided by therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ will help you feel better, reduce pain, and improve your ability to do daily activities if done regularly.
  • A common symptom is pain after activity, which may make you reluctant to exercise. However, you can help relieve pain with heat or ice to stay active.
  • Ice is a great drug-free pain reliever. It helps decrease joint swelling and pain. If your joint hurts, apply ice for 15 minutes. If you don't have a cold pack, a bag of frozen vegetables (like peas) will do the trick.
  • Exercise should be balanced with rest and joint care. If your joints hurt or you notice redness or swelling, rest your joints, and then try a little exercise.
  • Sharp or unusual pain may be a sign of injury. Talk to your physical therapist or health professional if you have new or more intense pain.
  • Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Joints and muscles need to be exercised to prevent stiffness and weakness. Also, exercise will make you feel better and help you maintain a healthy weight. Excess body weight places extra force and pressure on arthritic joints, which helps osteoarthritis progress more rapidly.

Why Should I Exercise?

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Here’s what happens without exercise. Less movement means more stiffness in your joints, making your osteoarthritis progress faster. Research suggests that if your joint is unusually loose or does not line up normally, some exercises may hurt more than help your joints.

Your physical therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ is the right professional to help you determine what exercise is best for you.

Stretching and strengthening exercises will help prevent associated stiffness and reduce stress on the joint.

For example, strong thigh muscles will minimize some of the stress off the weight-bearing joints of the knee and hips.

Exercise for people with osteoarthritis can help to:
  •  Improve joint function and movement
  •  Possibly delay or prevent the need for surgery. (For example, the need for knee replacements due to severe knee osteoarthritis)
  •  Improve strength, posture and balance in older adults, reducing the risk of falls.

Spring Into Group Exercise!

Exercising with a therapist at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ or in a group is a lot easier than exercising alone. People with osteoarthritis who exercise in groups have less pain, less depression, and better joint mobility.

Here are 4 tips to keep your joints healthy:
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  • Watch your weight. That’s the best thing you can do for your joints. Research shows that with every pound gained, a person puts four times more stress on the knees.
  • Strong muscles cushion your joints. If your muscles are weak, your joints take the beating, especially your knees, which support your entire body weight. Talk to your therapist before starting any exercise on your own. You don't want to strain the very joint you are trying to strengthen.
  • Low-impact exercises like biking and swimming are great for arthritic hips and knees, but this varies from one person to another.
  • Find out what exercises are safe for your joints. Research shows that those who participate in a home exercise program and also attend an exercise class have better gains in function.

So if you don’t know what exercises in physical therapy at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in South Amboy, NJ are right for you, call us today to see what’s best for your joints! We can help you spring into action!

5 Neurological Reasons for Muscle Weakness

exercisemoreWhat would you say if you found out there were legitimate reasons why your exercise program was failing to give you the results you desired?

There are five nervous system related issues that could be hindering your muscle strengthening and injury prevention efforts.  The brain communicates with every part of your body via nerves. This includes muscles, joints and various aspects of your skin.

These nerves run to/from the brain, go down the spinal cord, and then branch off to each and every part of the body. If anything along this path is disrupted, the nervous system communication with the muscles, joints and skin is compromised. This means your muscles will not contract as efficiently as possible!

Here are 5 nervous system related issues that could be preventing YOU from activating the optimum number of muscle fibers each time you exercise:
  1. Reduced sensitivity of joint receptors. This can impair feedback from the "end-point"(muscles) to the brain.
  2. Muscles imbalances. This can result in POOR movement patterns.
  3. Insufficient rest periods. Not resting enough (or resting too much) between sets can adversely affect recovery.
  4. Poor coordination due to a lack of balance. This results in further muscle imbalances.
  5. Impaired circulation. Nerves have their own circulation too. If this circulation becomes limited, the communication between muscles and nerves is negatively impacted.
Mind Over Muscle - Get Your Control Back!

The nervous system controls all the muscles of the body. Unfortunately, the mind-muscle link tends to weaken over a period of time unless you challenge your muscles on a consistent basis.

Here are 5 solutions to regain control of your muscles:
  • Nurture the right mindset for exercise. Don't set yourself up for failure. The right amount of concentration helps optimize the results from your exercise routine.
  • Move in functional directions. This means multi-dimensional or 3-D movements. Remember to mix it up!
  • Improve coordination by challenging yourself with new exercises. Every new exercise or movement pattern demands new pathways of "communication" between nerves and muscles. The greater the variety, the better it is for your muscles.
  • Challenge your balance with core stabilization techniques. Ask your physical therapist to teach you the best exercises to improve your core stability.
  • Optimize your rest period between exercises. The right amount of rest between exercises can help optimize muscle recovery.

To determine the correct amount of rest in your therapeutic exercise regimen, give Physical Therapy at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ, a call.

Interval Training Can Boost Muscle Activation

What is interval training?

actionInterval training is a type of exercise training in which you alternate between various intensities of exercise in a single session; switching back and forth between a high intensity phase and a low intensity phase.

An example of this is an exercise session in which an intense phase of exercise like weight training is alternated with a period of walking on the treadmill.

The idea is to challenge muscles in an unpredictable manner and keep the body "guessing" about what's coming next.

Mixing up different components of your exercise routine (intensity, duration, frequency and type of muscles recruited) boosts the mind-muscle connection.

To find out more about how physical therapy can help you reach your goals, increase strength and reduce pain, get in touch with one of our highly qualified physical therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ.

Get the most out of your therapeutic exercise program with our expert physical therapists in Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ.

We’re here to help you become stronger.

Schedule an appointment by calling our therapists at Monmouth Rehab Professionals in Englishtown, NJ.

We look forward to helping you enhance the mind-muscle connection.