As the summer fades and the cooler weather sweeps in, the trees begin to change and so do our mind-sets. Whilst we may indulge in a few more takeout nights, or drink one or two more hot chocolates, many people also venture outside to do more outdoors activities. Hiking, walking, and a general movement away from the cities into nature seems to be a common theme for the fall months. With this general influx of interest in movement and fitness, we thought it would be a good time to give you some information on why being outdoors is healthy. We want you to know how it actually boosts not only our physical bodies, but our minds and mental wellbeing, too. So, let’s jump straight in!
Hiking season is here! As the trees change color and you start turning the heating in your homes up, many of us are heading out into the woods and mountains for intrepid hikes and camping adventures. And yet, how many of us do it safely? It’s fair to say that most of those who put on their boots and grab a backpack don’t really know if they’re doing things safely, let alone why it’s important to know if they are! Luckily, we’re here to help. In this post, then, we cover all things hiking – from bags, to shoes, to water… we’ve got it all. So, stay tuned
Are you thinking of getting knee or hip replacement surgery? Ask yourself these three questions first!
So, you’re thinking about knee or hip replacement surgery… it’s a big decision. Alongside getting a mortgage, starting a family, and walking your children down the aisle, major surgery is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. And yet… have you thought about it much? Have you thought about what surgery will mean for you in the future, for your family, or for your mobility? There’s a lot at stake. It takes careful consideration, and oftentimes you’ll need to ask yourself some hard hitting questions. We know it isn’t easy, and it can feel as though you just don’t know where to start. But, don’ worry, we’re here to help. Keep reading to see three of the most important questions you need to ask yourself before undergoing knee or hip replacement surgery.
As we move through these unprecedented times, we’re faced with new issues every day. These teething problems may include installing a hand-wash timer in the bathroom, packing the dishwasher more often, or planning meals further in advance than you normally would. One other problem that may not have caught your attention yet is back health. Working from home, and spending so much more time on the sofa or in bed, can wreak havoc on your back in the long term. It’s absolutely vital that you take care of your back and prevent low back pain from taking hold in your life. Luckily, we’re here to help. Take a look at some of these helpful tips to stave of low back pain and keep you fit and healthy as you tackle the other, non-physical issues around you.
Pain can make us do things we never thought we’d do. It may drive us to take painkillers every few hours, turn to ice/cold packs in frustration, or kick us into high gear in the gym or our yoga classes. It may even lead some of us to turn to injections. The bottom line is that pain has a way of turning the world upside down; it can push people into the arms of the strangest ‘cures’ just so that they may be rid of the discomfort and daily agony. But, how often do those solutions and cures really work? If you’re dealing with terrible, debilitating pain, how well is that downward facing dog really coping with treating the issue? My bet is… not very well.
Imagine getting ready for a 10K… new shoes, weeks of training, an air-tight exercise routine, high-quality snacks… you’ve got it all planned out. The big day finally arrives and you hop in the car to get into the fray. Excitement builds and you’ve got your eye on the prize. In your excitement, though, you forget the golden rule – the one thing you’ve been doing day in and day out for the past half year… you forget to warm up. 10 minutes of solid running and something in your leg gives way, you’re knee seems to cramp, your back compensates, and then the unthinkable happens: you’re sitting on the pavement, hand in the small of your back, looking at the dust left behind by those still in the race.
And what are you thinking while you sit there? Yup… “I should have warmed up.
Dr. Karen Scott says pain is the body’s messaging system, “screaming out that something is not right.”
The problem, says the doctor of physical therapy, is that the root cause of pain is often not where we feel it. The only physical therapist in Kentucky certified in NeuroKinetic Therapy® and Amino Neurofrequency Therapy, Karen explains that even a decades-old injury can cause chronic pain by blocking normal neural communication between the brain and injured muscles. The result is that other muscles take the brunt of stress — for example, when a woman has a C-section, her abdominals become underactive and weak and can remain that way for decades until the scar is properly addressed. This leads to increased back pain and pain in the hips due to lack of abdominal support.
Karen, a Kentucky native, describes herself as a nontraditional, holistic physical therapist. At Pain and Performance Solutions, her Louisville private practice, Karen specializes in restoring hope and function back to people who have tried numerous other therapies and failed treatments and have lost hope of ever returning to a normal lifestyle or doing the things they love again. Karen’s unique approach typically gets positive results on the first visit. For the curious, Karen offers all new patients a free “discovery visit” to get acquainted with her and her techniques. She provides an assessment and pinpoints areas of the body where brain-muscle breakdown has occurred.
Ultimately, Karen says, each treatment plan is unique. “What I look at today and fix today for you shouldn’t be the same the next time I see you,” she explains. “I re-check everything every single time, and I go where the body tells me to go, so there’s no guesswork. They call NeuroKinetic Therapy ‘the missing link’ because there’s no guessing where to fix, what to activate, because the body tells me exactly what needs to be done.” She is able to get to the root cause of the symptoms once and for all. Painandperformancesolutions.org offers tips on easing back pain, as well as options to receive free reports on your well being.
What would life be like if you didn’t have to worry about how your pain is going to affect your activities?
Dr. Karen Clark Scott's Excerpt in TOPS Louisville Magazine
“I treat those who have tried every option and still live with pain,” says Dr.Karen Scott, a physical therapist who specializes in helping active adults and exercise enthusiasts who have tried numerous other treatments and have lost hope to get back to the workouts, sports, and daily activities they love.
Kentucky’s only certified Neurokinetic Therapy PT and Amino Neuro Frequency expert, and her unique approach has helped many to live fuller, richer lives, free of chronic pain once and for all. This holistic, low impact approach could save you from going under the knife by reconnecting and rewiring your brain.
Karen has 20 years of experience finding performance solutions and is a nontraditional physical therapist. She provides one on one, high quality care with a manual therapy emphasis that gets immediate results on the first visit. For the curious, she offers free discovery consultations, in which she will take you through your history to determine the root cause of your issues, then work from there to treat them, giving you a new lease on life.
You can begin by visiting painandperformancesolutions.org, where you can find tips on easing your back pain, as well as receive a few free reports on your well being.
The only thing that you have to lose is your pain!
Golf… it’s a sport that calls to mind beautiful Saturday mornings, a cold beer at the club after a great 18-hole day, and that elusive birdie you’ve been trying to get for years. And while this all sounds pretty much idyllic, you might be surprised to know that playing golf causes nearly as many injuries as some contact sports! It’s true, and while shocking, it actually makes a lot of sense. The techniques players employ in their swings, gaits, and strokes, often have painful consequences for the back and shoulders. In fact, shoulder pain is so common amongst golfers that it has fast become one of the injuries we treat most often. So, in this post we chat to you about what it means to have shoulder pain, how you know it’s golf-related, and what to do if you’re suffering from it right now. With that having been said, let’s tee up and get started! [....]
Who doesn’t love hiking? On the trail we are immersed in the open air, wildlife, beautiful, rugged terrain, fresh water streams, and… ankle injuries? Yes, you heard that right. Hiking often goes hand-in-hand with some fairly severe ankle twists, sprains, and even fractures or breaks! It’s not hard to guess why, mind you, because from loose rocks, to uneven footpaths, hiking poses a big threat when it comes to the wellness of your ankles. Don’t despair though, we’re not asking you to pack away your hiking gear and take to the treadmill instead. Rather, we’re here to chat to you about how ankle injuries during your hike can be prevented, and why being mindful of their probability and severity puts you in good stead to steer clear of them! [...]