Category Archives: Exercise
By Jana Stolting | Published: April 1, 2016
We’ve all been there before: blindsided with an injury that takes us out of the game, out of our job, or even totally out of commission. Oftentimes, we look for shortcuts and symptomatic relief in the form of anti-inflammatory or pain medications, when it would really be in our best interest to get to the […]
Most people recognize that an exercise program is critical to weight management and weight loss. But for adult obese patients who are prospects for bariatric or orthopedic surgery, this concept is a double-edged sword. Exercise to achieve weight loss is necessary to prepare for both types of surgery and improve outcomes. For bariatric patients, it […]
Motivation is a funny thing. Some people will strap on their running shoes and hit the gym, even on a bad day. Some wouldn’t go even if you offered to pay for membership and drive them. Here’s how to tap into the psychology of motivation to get your patients moving in the right direction: toward […]
If you have patients who have been through breast cancer treatment, you know they’re on a brutal uphill climb. And the battle doesn’t end after the cancer is in remission. The lump may be removed, but people deal with the psychological trauma of how their lives have changed after treatment. Plus, they may be struggling […]
Remember when normal wear and tear was the main culprit for knee osteoarthritis? With a growing obesity epidemic, joint degradation—and pain—often come from excessive weight, according to a September 2010 study in research journal Current Opinion in Rheumatology. This is particularly true in 40- to 60-year-old age group of men and women. The trifecta of […]
By Jana Stolting | Published: March 7, 2016
According the the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, “Nearly one million people in the US are living with Parkinson's disease.” This chronic, debilitating movement disorder has a variety of painful and mobility-limiting symptoms, including significant muscle tremors, bradykinesia (slowed movement), rigidity of the limbs and trunk, loss of balance, and unstable posture. Unfortunately, as of yet, Parkinson’s Disease (PD) remains incurable. There is, however, one major, clinically supported method for mitigating the progression of PD, and alleviating some of the symptoms: exercise.
By Jana Stolting | Published: February 25, 2016
Patient data points to physical therapy as a highly effective mechanism for combatting HAD. Undertaking a program of early and vigorous exercise during a patient’s stay is perhaps the best antidote to the pernicious deconditioning effects of prolonged hospitalization. Of particular interest is the finding that supervised high-intensity exercise is a highly beneficial addition to a patient’s physical therapy protocol, when fending off HAD. Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to associate age with frailty; it turns out the fountain of youth may lie within ourselves, if we are open to a little bit of huffing and puffing to uncover it.
By Jana Stolting | Published: February 11, 2016
Let’s do a quick thought experiment. I want you to consider the word “aging” and all that it connotes for you. Now close your eyes and craft a mental picture of “aging.” I’m betting that most of your imaginary paintings are not of the Bob Ross “happy little cloud” variety. It seems most of us […]
By Jana Stolting | Published: February 3, 2016
Let’s face it, running is a fickle sport. As a former competitive (and I use the term lightly) track and cross country athlete for the University of Colorado, and current distance running devotee, I am all too familiar with the thin line that separates peak fitness from season-ending injury. If you have ever had the […]
By Jana Stolting | Published: January 28, 2016
Research shows that low back pain is responsible for more disability than almost 300 other conditions, globally, and that a staggering 10 percent of people around the world suffer from lower back woes. An exciting new study points to a relatively simple solution: exercise.