Posts From April, 2019

Heat vs. Ice

Benefits of Heat vs. Ice   Patients often ask which modality is better for their condition – heat or ice.  It is important to understand the benefits of each to know why one may be better than the other for specific conditions.  Your physical therapy sessions may include one or both of these treatments depending


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Buddha’s Triangle

What is the Buddha’s Triangle? It is a combination of 3 points around the palmar side of the wrist to treat anxiety and depression. When needled, the points Lung 9, Pericardium 6, and Heart 7 create a triangle, hence the name Buddha’s triangle. These points have a strong calming affect to reduce anxiety and increase


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High Jump

Core Strengthening: An Overview

I am often asked by patients, “What are the best core strengthening exercises?” While it might seem like a simple enough question, the answer is actually quite layered. First, one must understand what exactly “the core” is. Then, one must consider if the goal is to address a medical condition, because different exercises are used


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Erin Maguire

Exercise Specialist Erin Maguire started at Advanced PMR in April 2019. She graduated from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Policy. She has spent the past 5 years working at various environmental non-profit organizations teachings kids in school gardens in Newark, NJ and adults and seniors citizens in community gardens


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pain management

What is Edema?

Edema is a type of swelling caused by water and excess fluid retention in the body’s tissues including the skin and it mainly occurs in the hands, arms, legs, feet and ankles. Edema is caused when the capillaries leak fluid into the surrounding tissues, which cause the area to swell. It could be due to


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Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition affecting movement and general motor function. It affects millions of Americans every year and can have profound effects on daily living in social, economical, physical, mental, and emotional ways for both the patient and family. While there is no existing cure for Parksinson’s, the effects and progression


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Gua Sha

What is Gua Sha? Gua Sha is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practice that involves the scraping of the skin, historically with a spoon or coin and more recently with specialized tools made of stone or bone.  A massage oil is generously applied to lubricate the area of the body being treated.  Practitioners then use the


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