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  • The Good Stuff: Members and the Profession in the Media, March 2020

    "The Good Stuff" is an occasional series that highlights recent media coverage of physical therapy and APTA members, with an emphasis on good news and stories of how individual PTs and PTAs are transforming health care and society every day. More than ever these days, we need to know there’s good stuff out there. Enjoy!

    There's no place but home: Jacob Kmiecik, PT, DPT, provides tips on wellness for people working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.(KING5 News, Seattle)

    When tech's a pain: Colleen Louw, PT, offers five tips that can help undo muscle tension associated with the use of phones, computers, and other tech. (Real Simple)

    Custom tai chi: Jennifer Penrose, PT, DPT, has developed tai chi and yoga programs customized to her patients and clients.(Thurston County, Washington, Thurston Talk)

    Wii will rock you: Jeanette Tousignant, PT, explains how her clinic uses videogame technology to help address balance deficits.(UPMatters.com)

    Bike to fight cancer: Catherine Kennedy, PT, DPT, MS, explains her approach to encouraging stationary bike exercise to patients in the Comer Children's Hospital pediatric unit in Chicago, which has received a donated bike as part of "Bike to Fight," an initiative started by a pediatric cancer survivor.(Washington Post)

    Dilation training: Sara Reardon, PT, DPT, outlines why vaginal dilators can help decrease vaginismus pain. (insider.com)

    Data dive: Lee Marinko, PT, BSPT, ScD, is part of a Boston University Physical Therapy Center project that collects extensive patient data to create personalized plans of care. (Mirage News)

    Ruck and roll: Michael Polascik PT, BSPT, ATC, DScPT, and Don Walsh PT, DPT, MS, are part of a research team monitoring the physiological responses of U.S. Army Corps of Cadets soldiers during "ruck marches" conducted in full combat gear while shouldering a 35-pound sack. (University of North Georgia News)

    Exercising with joint pain: Anne Marie Bierman, PT, DPT, suggests five workouts that should be considered by individuals who are experiencing joint pain. (sheknows.com)

    Improving batting averages: Kelly Chance, PT, helps a local quilt guild understand how to reduce muscle strain while working on their projects.(Victoria, Texas, Advocate)

    Protecting and serving the protectors and servers: Sarah Greytak, PT, DPT, and Daniel Jonte, PT, are part of a newly created program that has embedded a physical therapy program within the Denver Police Department. (CBS4 News, Denver)

    Quotable: "While I personally enjoy utilizing a variety of body-work professionals, I do believe physical therapists are the movement specialists. They are trained to look at muscular balance, fatigue, neuromuscular control and much more. Physical therapists are not just for surgical recovery anymore! In many areas your physical therapist can be your first entry point into medical care and help get you back to moving pain-free! "– Dana Reid, on the importance of seeking out a PT for treatment of running-related injuries. (womensrunning.com)

    Got some good stuff? Let us know. Send a link to troyelliott@apta.org.

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