Headaches from the Computer

Question: I get headaches every day at work. I don’t get headaches on the weekend. It must have something to do with sitting at thecomputer. Do I need new glasses? Answer: Seeing what’s on the screen without putting your head in an awkward position is a key concept in organizing your workstation. Getting the chair to support you in…

Posted by Rebecca Thompson in Healthy Advice

Outside playtime?

Question: How often should my child play outside? Answer: Physical activity is important for a child’s mental, social, emotional, cognitive and physical development including development of strong bones and muscles. At least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity per day is recommended. Walks, biking, structured or non-structured sports are some ideas. Impact activities like jumping rope help with bone strength….

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Thumb Pain

Question: I have been noticing an increase in pain with use of my thumb when I pinch. Could hand therapy help this? Answer: Arthritic changes at the base of the thumb can cause weakness and pain with pinching activities such as opening sealed bags and extended periods of writing. Occupational therapy can help with use of exercise, splinting, joint protection…

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It Is Hip to Keep Moving

It Is Hip to Keep Moving As we age, some things seem inevitable. Our hair gets grayer, our skin begins to wrinkle and (hopefully) we gain the perspective of a life well lived. But there is one thing that does not need to be inevitable: hip pain. While tightness in the hips is a common…

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Please Do Not Be Seated

Please Do Not Be Seated Is sitting really bad for you? In a word: Yes. An emerging body of data says that sitting, one of the most relaxed of all human activities, is actually bad for your health. How bad can it be? The medical literature reports that sitting improperly or for too long causes…

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Knitting Up Your Broken Collarbone

Knitting Up Your Broken Collarbone Better known as a broken collarbone, a clavicle fracture is a common injury among people of all ages. Despite its location, the collarbone is not part of the neck, but rather a bone that connects the rib cage and the shoulder blade. A break in the collarbone often occurs in…

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