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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Help Yourself with the Right Type of Exercise

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) results in persistent medically unexplained fatigue.  For the diagnosis to be made symptoms are present for at least 6 months.  Sufferers experience significant disability and distress that is made worse by a lack of understanding from others, including medical professionals.  No specific cause for CFS has been identified. There is some […]

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TMJ Disorders: 6 Helpful Exercises for Jaw Pain

Temporomandibular Joint

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a common source of jaw and head pain.  TMJ disorders are also associated with neck pain, chronic headaches, ear-related problems, and poor posture.  People with TMJ pain often experience limitations chewing certain foods, speaking, yawning, and sleeping.  It is estimated that 15% to 50% of people suffer from at least […]

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Positional Vertigo: 3 Proven Exercises

Vertigo

Dizziness accounts for more 5 million doctor’s visits in the United States each year.  Vertigo is a form of dizziness that involves a sensation of motion without any true motion.  The sensation can be a feeling that you are spinning or tumbling.  Or the sensation can be a feeling that the room is spinning around […]

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Back Pain in Golfers: 5 Exercises to Improve Your Flexibility

Golfer

Low back pain is extremely common in recreational and professional golfers.  Even Tiger Woods has succumbed to multiple back surgeries.  It is estimated that 15% to 35% of amateur and up to 55% of professional golfers experience significant time lost from golf due to low back pain.  Swing mechanics, age, frequency of play, and individual […]

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: 3 Helpful Exercises

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common nerve injury affecting adults.  More than 3 million Americans are diagnosed each year.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is more common in women and is associated with many other conditions.  Common conditions linked to carpal tunnel syndrome include neck pain, diabetes, and pregnancy.  Workplace factors also contribute.  Performing repetitive wrist […]

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Night Time Leg Cramps: Perform These 3 Stretches Before Bed

Night time cramps

Have you ever jumped out of bed with an intense cramp in your leg or foot?  Night time leg cramps occur suddenly and are extremely painful.  Pain can be sharp and last for a few seconds or several minutes.  They can lead to substantial sleep disturbances.  Night time cramps occur in almost 50% of older […]

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How to Manage Your Shoulder Arthritis with Exercise

Treatment for shoulder arthritis

Shoulder arthritis is present in approximately 15% of people over the age of 65.  It is more common in women.  As with other forms of arthritis, most often it begins with a slow progressive loss of cartilage within the joint.  This leads to changes of the bone and joint lining.  Joint inflammation, stiffness, muscle weakness, […]

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Understanding Arthritis Pain and How You Can Best Manage It

arthritis

Over 30 million people in the United States are affected by arthritis pain.  Osteoarthritis is the most common form of chronic painful joint disease.  The knee is the most frequently affected joint with up to 1 in 8 men and women over the age of 60 years having painful knee arthritis.  It is also common […]

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How to Avoid Falling: Start a Home Exercise Program

Falls in the elderly

More than 30 percent of people 65 and older fall each year. This increases to 50 percent for those in their 80’s.  Two-thirds of those who fall will fall again within 6 months.  Those who fall are more likely to move into a nursing home.  Worse, falls are the leading cause of injury, deaths, and […]

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Direct Access and Medical Screening in Physical Therapy

Direct access

Many people visit a physical therapist after seeing a physician and being given a prescription to start physical therapy.  However, this is not the only scenario a patient can be seen by a physical therapist. In New Jersey, as well as all the other states in the country, there is “direct access.” This allows a […]

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