Top 6 Physical Therapy Myths during National PT Month

October is National Physical Therapy month, a time when physical therapists not only celebrate their profession, but also educate others about the role physical therapy plays in improving the health and vitality of their patients … and of health care in general.  While a physical therapist’s roles are both broad and diverse, several misconceptions still exist about what physical therapy is, what it […]

Use RICE for First-Aid, ‘Active Recovery’ for Long-Term Healing

For decades, the standard and recommended response to an injured muscle, tendon or ligament was to “apply RICE,” an acronym that stands for a protocol of rest, ice, compression and elevation.  Yet these days, the application of RICE as a treatment for these sports-type soft-tissue injuries isn’t 100 percent supported by science.  Multiple studies have come out over the years which question the wisdom behind our reliance of RICE as a […]

5 Exercises for Improving Balance, Preventing Falls

When we’re young, falls are treated as teaching opportunities. “Get back on your feet, brush yourself off and keep moving toward your goals,” we were told.  But as we age, falls take on a much greater significance. According to Seattle physical therapist Erik Norwood, when someone of advanced age falls, they tend to suffer greater distress to their health […]

6 Common Summer Activity Mistakes, and Their Solutions

For many, summer is defined by a whirlwind of outdoor activity, a natural response to warmer, brighter and warmer days.  But as we venture out into the sun for yard work, bike rides, morning jogs, long hikes and swimming at the beach, people should take care to avoid common summer exercise mistakes that can put them at risk of injury.  Yes, we all get excited when […]

Seattle Wellness: Positive Attitude Reaps Healthful Rewards

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Erik Norwood’s world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health.  Owner and physical therapist at Renew Physical Therapy in Seattle, Norwood has witnessed numerous success stories, from clients overcoming chronic pain issues to those achieving full range of motion […]

How to Talk Positively to Your Kids About Exercise

All kids need exercise. Stacks of scientific research through the years support the myriad ways exercise helps young bodies and minds as they develop and grow.  It’s important, then, for parents to encourage their children to be active and develop healthful habits as they grow and develop. During such conversations, however, setting a positive tone is paramount.  Learning the values of good fitness and nutrition should be a confidence-building exercise for kids and adolescents. Don’t […]

New Exercise Guidelines Stress Movement as Medicine

According to new fitness guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services in late 2018, 80 percent of U.S. adults and kids aren’t getting all the exercise they need for optimal health. It goes without saying then, says Seattle physical therapist Erik Norwood, that people of all ages need to put more […]

Holidays an Ideal Time for Lifting Techniques Refresher

Digging out boxes of holiday decorations, hauling packages to and from the car, hiding gifts away on the higher shelves at the back of your closet … the Holiday Season certainly requires its fair share of bending, lifting and reaching. This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December the ideal time for a refresher on […]

Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, Seattle physical therapist Erik Norwood has an important message: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise.  “As people get older, bone density certainly becomes an issue for many people, which can lead to unexpected falls, broken bones […]

Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising.  This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Seattle physical therapist Erik Norwood.  “When our bodies are submerged in water, […]