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Physical Therapy blog articles by EW Motion Therapy

Jade Hutcheson

Licensed Physical Therapist, PT, DPT // Herman and Wallace Pelvic Floor Level 1 Certified // EW Motion Therapy Meadowbrook/280

Physical Therapy | Dance

By: Jade Hutcheson
July 5th, 2024

Cortisol, often referred to as the "stress hormone," plays a pivotal role in the body's ability to manage stress and maintain overall health. While its name might imply negativity, cortisol is essential for various bodily functions. Regular physical activity is a great way to maintain healthy cortisol levels - we love helping our clients reduce pain and improve mobility so they can maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. Even if you decide that our services don’t fit your needs, you can still read this article as we explore what cortisol is, its primary purpose, factors that influence its levels, the consequences of elevated cortisol, and strategies to maintain healthy cortisol levels.

Personal Training | Women's Health

By: Jade Hutcheson
May 31st, 2024

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, both physically and emotionally. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes paramount as your body undergoes significant changes to nurture a new life. One key component of this lifestyle is cardiovascular exercise, commonly referred to as cardio. Regular cardio during pregnancy offers many benefits, but safe exercise during pregnancy is critical. A physical therapist can be an excellent resource for learning safe exercise practices and maintaining an active lifestyle as pregnancy progresses. Our women’s health specialists at EW Motion Therapy love helping our pregnant moms do this through customized plans and education on safety considerations. Even if you decide that our services don’t fit your needs, it’s essential to understand the safety considerations and complementary exercises to ensure both mother and baby thrive.

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Personal Training

By: Jade Hutcheson
March 8th, 2024

Walking is one of the simplest, most accessible forms of exercise, offering significant physical and mental health benefits. However, regarding the number of steps we should aim for daily, there's a lot of information—and sometimes misinformation—floating around. We always tell our patients at EW Motion Therapy that motion is lotion, and walking is one of the easiest ways for anyone to pursue healthy movement habits. Let's delve into the science behind the recommended step count, explore factors that might adjust these numbers, and share practical tips for integrating more movement into a hectic schedule.

Physical Therapy | Gymnastics | Cheerleading | Dance

By: Jade Hutcheson
January 26th, 2024

Flexibility, often associated with images of yogis twisting into pretzel-like poses or athletes bending effortlessly, is critical to physical health and wellness. It's not just about achieving impressive stretches; it's a vital component of our daily lives, influencing how we move, our susceptibility to injuries, and our overall physical capabilities. We love helping our clients at EW Motion Therapy increase flexibility, whether they are a gymnast or a grandmother wanting to join her grandkids in their favorite activities. Even if you decide that our services don’t fit your needs, you can still read on as we dive into the science behind flexibility, understand the factors influencing it, and explore ways to enhance it, including the role of physical therapy.

Dance

By: Jade Hutcheson
November 18th, 2023

In the world of dance, where every movement is a story told and every performance a testament to human capability, the significance of recovery is monumental. Recovery isn’t just a reprieve; it’s an essential part of a dancer’s routine to maintain health and ensure their career. We always encourage our athletes to prioritize recovery at EW Motion Therapy because not taking time for recovery will slow you down in the long run instead of continuing forward without rest. Even if you choose not to do physical therapy with us, you can still read on as we discuss why recovery is so important for dancers, the recovery aspects they should focus on, and an example of a weekly recovery routine.

Physical Therapy | Dance

By: Jade Hutcheson
September 1st, 2023

Whether you're a ballet lover or a hip-hop enthusiast, conditioning and strength training are non-negotiable for dancing. They are the secret ingredients that can transform a good dancer into a phenomenal one. But what exactly is conditioning and strength training? And how can dancers incorporate these practices into their routines?

Physical Therapy | Dance

By: Jade Hutcheson
September 1st, 2023

Dance is a physically demanding art form that requires strength, flexibility, and endurance. With the rigors of practice and performances, it's no surprise that dancers often face injuries. However, physical therapy can be a game-changer for dancers, helping them prevent injuries, recover, and enhance their performance. Our team at EW Motion Therapy loves helping dancers ensure their bodies can keep up with the demands of their sport. However, even if you decide that our physical therapy isn’t right for you, you can still learn about common dance injuries, how physical therapy can help, and how treatment plans differ for healthy and injured dancers.

Physical Therapy

By: Jade Hutcheson
June 2nd, 2023

Total knee replacement surgery has become standard for individuals with severe knee pain and limited mobility. However, it is crucial to understand that not all knee conditions or injuries necessitate total knee replacement. Non-surgical treatment options are available for knee injuries and conditions, with physical therapy often being one of the first recommended avenues. At EW Motion Therapy, we create individualized treatment plans to help our non-surgical patients reduce pain and improve mobility. Even if you decide our services do not fit your needs, you can still read on as we delve into the conditions that may not need a total replacement, discuss the risk factors associated with the procedure, and non-surgical treatment options such as physical therapy.

Physical Therapy

By: Jade Hutcheson
March 29th, 2023

Cervical fusion is a surgical procedure that involves fusing two or more vertebrae in the neck to create a solid bone mass. This is often done to treat herniated discs, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease. While a cervical fusion can effectively reduce pain and restore mobility, recovery can be challenging. Recovering from cervical fusion surgery requires patience, dedication, and careful management of your body and movements. Following your doctor’s instructions and incorporating physical therapy into your recovery plan can help ensure a safe and successful recovery. Our post-op program at EW Motion Therapy is perfect for cervical fusion patients - our expert team of physical therapists can create a custom treatment plan for your needs during recovery. Even if you decide our services are unsuitable for your needs, you can still read on for our discussion of: