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National Physical Therapy Month: Pt 1

October is finally here! The weather is beginning to get a little cooler, pumpkin spice things are everywhere, the arguments over who loves/hates candy corn have started, and National Physical Therapy Month is upon us! The APTA started this celebration of physical therapists and our profession in 1992 and has continued to promote and encourage this wonderful profession for the past 25 years!     Each year there is a theme to National Physical Therapy Month and the theme for 2017 follows the APTA Move Forward campaign #ChoosePT. The APTA is encouraging the community to #ChoosePT as a safer alternative to opioids for the treatment of non-cancer related pain.  Opioids have become a “go-to” medication for patients with pain, but…

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The Gift of the Arts

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT February 2015 has seen my dream become a reality.  In the first 2 weeks of the month, I will have seen six live performances; “Tuck Everlasting” at the Alliance Theater, “Romeo and Juliet” and “Snow White” with the Company and Fellowship dancers at Atlanta Ballet, Alvin Ailey on tour at the Fox Theater, and Several Dancers Core at Callanwolde.  When it comes down to it, I am a fan first.  I am a fan of dance, of performing, of expression, and of music.  It is my honor to also treat these talented and physical beings.  I get as much joy out of watching my 12 year-old patient perform as Clara for the…

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Resolve to Relieve the Headache

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT Brian blogged a few weeks ago about the “holiday stress factor” and the effects that stress can have on our bodies and pain.  One of the primary pathologies I see in my patients is chronic headache and jaw pain.  Many of my patients describe their headaches as “migraine” and their facial pain as “TMJ,” often without knowing the truth of their pain.  Did you know that tight muscles and trigger pints around the head, neck, and shoulder can actually refer pain patterns that look and feel very much like migraine headaches and temporomandibular dysfunction?  We know from the work of Dr. Janet Travell, Dr. David Simons and others that each muscle in…

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12 Things I Learned in my Year of Running

Post By: Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS As some of you may know my New Year’s resolution for 2014 was to run 1 race a month. I did not put any stipulations on it except that it had to be a sanctioned race aka  I had to pay for it and I got a shirt at the end of it.  The distance did not matter, but I did want to attempt getting to a half-marathon somewhere in the middle of all these races. The half-marathon was important to me because it was the race that has alluded me over the past couple of years due to a variety of injuries or unexpected life circumstances. In my mind, completing a half…

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How to be a GOALkeeper in 2015

Post By: Beth Collier, PT, DPT, OCS The fast approaching end of December marks a time of celebration with family and friends as another year comes to a close. It is easy to look forward to a New Year in celebration and excitement as a new beginning with the best intentions to make change. Often we find ourselves setting similar goals to those made in years past, which tend to fall by the wayside as lives become hectic and priorities shift to unexpected distractions.  Rather than continuing to break cycles of goal setting for another upcoming year, consider the following for success in your endeavors. REFLECTION American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer John Dewey said, “we do not learn from…

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Tis’ The Stressful Season!

Post by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT How many of you feel this underlying tension or anxiety during this time of season? So when you say to someone Happy Holidays!!! – with a sense of cheer, peace and joy there’s also this funny vibe in you that says “ohhhh man…ever since Thanksgiving I am so stressed because I have end of the year things to take care of at work, at home, my kids’ school, getting ready for family coming over, buying gifts, dealing with traffic..and now I or my loved one has a winter cold. All at the same time! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!”Perhaps you do not think that at all..and that’s simply just me.Even if it is just me, I…

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Run Your Way to Better Walking

Post By: Laura Gold PT, DPT It’s possible that running and other high intensity exercise is beneficial in helping older adults keep that spring in their step. In a world where we often think that running might not be possible or advisable for older adults, I think that’s good news! A study (Here) published in November’s issue of PLOS One and summarized in today’s New York Times Health section  provides evidence that running may be beneficial for older adults in improving walking economy (i.e. how much energy it takes to walk at a given speed). The study looked at two groups of active older adults in their 60s and 70s; one group included regular walkers and the other included regular runners. The…

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Keep on Your Toes

Post By: Mandy Blackmon PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT Let’s keep you on your toes this season! Having treated dancers in the Atlanta area for 9 years, the holiday season always arrives with a bit of hope and apprehension.  My ballerinas are preparing for the Nutcracker.  My Irish step dancers are preparing for Southeastern Regional Oireachtas in Orlando. Even my adult, recreational dancers are in performance mode with upcoming events at Dance 101.  Whether you are a Snowflake or the Sugar Plum Fairy, you need to be at your best.  As much as I love treating dancers of all ages and styles, I would much rather be busy watching you all dance than treating you. So, how can we all stay…

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Innovative Leaders

Post By: Maggie Gebhardt, PT, DPT, OCS As you may have read from Beth’s previous blog October is National Physical Therapy month which means it’s a pretty busy month at our clinic. I can say from personal experience that it has been quite a whirlwind! This is the month that our national organization (APTA) has designated to advocate for the profession and really tell the world what we do and how Physical Therapy can play an important role in your life. That being said, there are a lot of events that all occur within this month’s short 31 days. The slogan for national PT month is “Move Forward” www.moveforwardpt.com. That can mean many things, but here at Motion Stability we have taken that…

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Disney or Motion Stability?

Post by Brian Yee, PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT When you think of Disney World, outside of Mickey, It’s a Small World, and now Frozen..you might think what a GREAT EXPERIENCE! And why is that? Its because the Disney Corporation has valued and made the customer experience one of the utmost priorities.Our staff recently read through a book written by Fred Lee called “If Disney Ran Your Hospital”. Fred was a former hospital administrator that worked with Disney. In his time at Disney, he was able to experience the culture and leadership training focusing on Disney’s gold standard in customer satisfaction. He wrote this book to bring his lessons from Disney and apply them to our healthcare system.He makes some interesting points about how…

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