Post-surgical Rehab by Jackie Manning, ARNP

You successfully went under the knife and made it out on the other side! Congrats! The hard part is over now, right? Well, not so fast. Another phase of recovery awaits.

In most cases, medical experts recommend physical therapy following an operation. The benefits are many and varied. However, post-surgical rehabilitation can be a long process over the course of many months.

Let’s Talk Shoes! by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Is there a relationship between shoe choice and chronic pain?

It can certainly be difficult to connect the dots between those adorable shoes that complete your ensemble and the misery you feel within minutes of walking in them!

Chronic knee and back pain that is seemingly getting worse by the day,

Rollers to the Rescue by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Like a pastry chef, rolling dough to even out the consistency, sometime muscles need the same TLC. In fact, foam rolling can be just what the doctor ordered—much needed relief to an ache or pain.

Most of us in physical therapy, are familiar with the benefits of foam rollers for chronic muscle pain.

True Wellness by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Of all that we desire in life, a healthy immune system should be top priority! If nothing else, COVID19 has taught us the importance of physical health in our overall wellness journey.  Almost every time we turn on the TV, experts are telling us that the healthiest among us have the best outcomes.

Eating your way to Better Health by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Does my diet have an impact on how I feel? You betcha! A healthy, balanced diet is consistently shown to improve health. If you want to boost your overall health and immunity, the research is clear. Eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals, like fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean sources of protein will charge you right up for this journey we call life!

Thriving Beyond Fibromyalgia by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Ouch! Do you suffer from fibromyalgia? Unfortunately, a simple blood test will not show this condition, which makes it particularly difficult to diagnose. To make things worse, many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to other diseases/conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, which can also be accompanied by mysterious pain. At Strive, we are here to help patients understand where their pain is coming from and how to manage it!

Summer Fun & Chronic Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Summer brings with it travel, water activities, food & fun. As most of us know, the relentless heat can be less than pleasant! Below are a few tips to help those who suffer from chronic pain to enjoy the outdoors. With just a few adaptations, it’s possible to be outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and fun.

Swimming & Degenerative Disc Pain by Jackie Manning, ARNP

One of the best parts of summer is heading to the pool to cool off! The pool is a Godsend particularly for those with degenerative disc pain. Although the reasons behind the reduced pain are unclear and up for debate—the important nugget of information here—is that sufferers feel that sense of relief as soon as their bodies glide effortlessly through the water.

Drink it all in by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Have you been drinking enough, or do you need something more to wet your whistle? Over the past several months I’ve been talking a lot about chronic conditions or injuries, but with the long hot summer days upon us, I feel it’s important to discuss hydration. Let’s get into the importance of staying hydrated and the signs and symptoms that this need isn’t being met.

Is your smartphone giving you a headache? by Jackie Manning, ARNP

Between tempers flaring on social media and not so comforting headlines in the news, it’s no wonder why your smartphone might be giving you a headache! But in all seriousness, if you use a smartphone and suffer from headaches, it might be time to get to the bottom of it and break some habits.

The Neurology Clinical Practice published research that associated increased smartphone use,

Whiplash by Jackie Manning, ARNP

When circumstances around us change quickly, we often complain of whiplash! In this sense, the phrase can refer to an emotional reaction.

But what exactly is whiplash in a physical sense? If you don’t know the answer, then that’s good news! You probably don’t have it.

“Whiplash-associated disorders” (WAD) is the term given to the variety of symptoms that patients often report following acceleration/deceleration injury to the neck.

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