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May 12, 2016 is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

First, a little bit of education... Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that affects approximately 10 million Americans and is more commonly diagnosed in women. Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread pain that extends over large areas of the body. Unfortunately, Fibromyalgia also presents with a wide variety of other symptoms, including fatig...

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Job Description: The physical therapy assistant is responsible for assisting in the treatment of patients under the direction and supervision of the physical therapists. You will provide and progress patient treatment based on the physical therapists’ evaluation and plan of care. Treatments may include patient education, exercis...

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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Managing Arthritis

An estimated 1 in 5 adults (46 million) and 1 in 250 children (294,000) are diagnosed annually with arthritis in the United States. Further, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that the prevalence of arthritis will increase to 67 million adults by 2030. More than 100 inflammatory and noninflammatory conditions are categorized as...

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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep

Sleep is essential for well-being and critical for maintaining homeostasis and participating in activities of daily living. Occupational therapists have long acknowledged the influence of sleep on occupational performance. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process (2nd ed.; American Occupational Therapy Association,...

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Occupational Therapy and Pain Rehabilitation

Chronic pain is a major public health problem in the United States. One in four Americans, or 116 million people, have some form of persistent pain. Chronic pain causes tremendous human suffering for its victims, their families, and society as a whole. The Institute of Medicine’s report (National Academies Press, 2011) estimated that costs of pro...

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Is It OK to Take Vitamin Supplements every day?

In our quest to stay healthy and live well, Americans exercise, eat right, see our doctors and take more than $25 billion worth of vitamins and supplements every year. But some research shows that downing these pills and powders isn't really making us healthier. A 2013 editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine says daily multivitamins don't pre...

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Ask An Expert: Why Do I Need Omega-3 Fat?

Omega-3 has been touted as one of the healthiest supplements, but something sounds a bit fishy. Is this fat too good to be true? We asked our resident biology expert Jason Edmonds to give us the need-to-know. Expert's Take , BS Biology, Olympic Weightlifter: Increasing omega-3 polyunsaturated fat intake– especia...

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Dehydration: Not just a summer thing

Most of us think of dehydration as a summer problem. The days are longer (and warmer!), and you're sweating more. To compensate, you drink more water and eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. You also go to the gym when it's too hot to complete an outdoor workout. ...

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Holidays Without Headaches

Does last-minute shopping in a hot, crowded mall make your head hurt? Read how to prevent holiday headaches. As enjoyable as holiday planning may be, does it ever give you a headache? Between the shopping, the wrapping, the cooking, and the decorating, does holiday stress make your head throb? According to a survey by the , over half of those...

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