Happy holidays from our family to yours! We hope you all have a safe and fun weekend. We will be closed Monday in observation of Christmas, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday.
Last weekend, six members of our staff had a chance to take Myofascial Decompression classes at Kaiser Sacramento. You may remember from our first What The Cup post, over the summer Brett, Marcia and Ila traveled to UCSF to learn the level 1 fundamentals of using negative pressure with movement science to give an evidence-based treatment for orthopedic and sports medicine conditions.
They had such a great experience in the course, that two of our wonderful clinicans from our Auburn clinic, Amy and Allison, decided to take the same course. Brett, Ila, Marcia and Kirsten took the advanced course, which focuses on advanced techniques and sport-specific treatments.
Myofascial decompression or “cup therapy” has been gaining popularity since Michael Phelps was seen sporting his round marks at the 2016 Olympics. In our physical therapy practice, we use the cups over restricted areas in the muscle during specific movement and exercise in order to correct movement dysfunction. The cups provide a negative pressure to decompress the area, and when coupled with movement, the treatment can retrain the body's movement patterns.
The research behind myofascial decompression is growing, and current movement science literature is showing more positive effects of the use of decompression to treat inefficient movement patterns, sports injuries, contractures, chronic orthopedic problems, decreased flexibility, and more!
At Family Physical Therapy, we believe it is important to stay educated on the latest medical research in the fields of exercise and physiology. Cup therapy provides us another tool to treat muscular and fascial dysfunction.
We are please to announce that since completing the advanced course, Ila, Kirsten, Marcia and Brett now qualify to sit for the exam to gain the accolade MFDc (Myofascial Fascial Decompression Certifed).
A special thank you to Bay Area Sports Performance and Rehabilitation and Christopher Daprato for a great class on Myofascial Decompression Techniques.
The night before Thanksgiving, many of us are planning our last minute holiday treats and getting ready to travel. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to practice gratitude as well as self-care! According to The Calorie Control Council, the average Thanksgiving meal consists of 3,000 calories! Beyond the abundance of food available, the holidays can trigger emotional stress in some people. Because of this, we decided to compile a list of ways to keep you healthy and happy during the holidays!
Here are some tips to keep your holiday safe, active and healthy!
Family Physical Therapy would like to wish a safe and fun holiday to all those who are participating this year. In order to observe the holiday with our families, we will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24.
Last week, Family Physical Therapy's owner, Brett Pinkney, had a chance to travel to Chicago to attend the 2017 Annual Conference for the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.
This premier conference and exhibition provides the latest information on how to provide exceptional patient care! The Private Practice Section is a national association that represents more than 4,200 physical therapists who own, operate, and/or work in a private practice setting!
Brett gained some great insight while in Chicago, and is looking forward to implementing some new ideas to help Family Physical Therapy continue to grow as a patient-centered clinic providing high quality individualized care.
We hope everyone who celebrated had a safe and fun Halloween! The awesome staff at our Auburn clinic did a themed costume this year, and came together to form the Rangers of Motion! We can't wait to see what they come up with next year!
With Halloween just around the corner, many families will be participating in pumpkin carving over the next few weeks. Family Physical Therapy would like to provide you with these injury prevention tips to keep you and your family safe during the holiday.
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand caution parents to take extra steps to prevent hand injuries when carving pumpkins during the Halloween season.
“Every Halloween season we see four or five patients — both adults and children — who come into our office with severe injuries to their hands and fingers,” says Jeffrey Wint, MD, an ASSH member from The Hand Center of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, Mass. “Treatment can often run three to four months, from the time of surgery through rehabilitation.”
Dr. Stuart J. Elkowitz, orthopedic surgeon at NYU Langone Orthopedics explains every year he sees patients with hand-related injuries caused by pumpkin carving. "You're setting your opposite hand up for sustaining a penetrating injury," said Dr. Elkowitz to Consumer Reports.
Help prevent yourself and your children from sustaining a hand injury that could lead to hospital visits, and potentially surgery and physical therapy!
To prevent hand injuries, the ASSH suggests the following safety tips:
CARVE IN A CLEAN, DRY, WELL-LIT AREA: Wash and thoroughly dry all of the tools that you will use, including: carving tools, knife, cutting surface, and your hands. Any moisture on your tools, hands, or table can cause slipping that can lead to injuries.
ALWAYS HAVE ADULT SUPERVISION: All too often, we see adolescent patients with injuries because adults feel the kids are responsible enough to be left on their own," says Wint. "Even though the carving may be going great, it only takes a second for an injury to occur."
LEAVE THE CARVING TO ADULTS: Never let children do the carving. Wint suggests letting kids draw a pattern on the pumpkin and having them be responsible for cleaning out the inside pulp and seeds. When the adults do start cutting, they should always cut away from themselves and cut in small, controlled strokes.
SHARPER IS NOT BETTER: A sharper knife is not necessarily better, because it often becomes wedged in the thicker part of the pumpkin, requiring force to remove it," says Wint. "An injury can occur if your hand is in the wrong place when the knife finally dislodges from the thick skin of the pumpkin. Injuries are also sustained when the knife slips and comes out the other side of the pumpkin where your hand may be holding it steady."
USE A PUMPKIN CARVING KIT: Special kits are available in stores and include small, serrated pumpkin saws that work better because they are less likely to get stuck in the thick pumpkin tissue. "If they do get jammed and then wedged free, they are not sharp enough to cause a deep, penetrating cut," says Wint.
HELP FOR AN INJURY: Should you cut your finger or hand, bleeding from minor cuts will often stop on its own by applying direct pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. If continuous pressure does not slow or stop the bleeding after 15 minutes, an emergency room visit may be required.
Thank you to The American Society for Surgery of the Hand for these great tips!
Happy Autumn, everyone! As September ends, we wind up Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and wanted to take some time to educate the wonderful friends, families, and patients of Family Physical Therapy of the importance of research funds for childhood cancer!
In the United States, more children are lost to cancer than any other disease! Worldwide, a child is diagnosed every 2 minutes. Many adult cancers can be diagnosed early. In 80% of kids, cancer has already spread to other areas of the body by the time it is diagnosed. We not only need funds to find new treatments for childhood cancer, but also to research how to avoid the the chronic health problems cancer treatments cause into adulthood. These young children are fighting a very grown-up battle, and need our commitment to their health and development!