Advance Physical Therapy October 2017

Fascinating Facts

ABOUT FALL

3. Weight gain is most common in the fall. It’s not only the Halloween candy or Thanksgiving turkey. Researchers believe it’s primarily caused by lower levels of vitamin D. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, we tend to get less sun. It’s another reason to be careful about diet and exercise this season. 4. Autumn is good for the economy. “Leaf peeping,” which is a slang term for fall foliage tourism, is more than just a funny name. It’s also a $3 billion industry in New England alone. So, if you thought winter and summer were the only seasons that brought along seasonal tourism spikes, you thought wrong. 5. People fall in love more in the fall. Men and women’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the autumn, which makes women even more attractive to men than in the summer months. A data study on Facebook also found that more people change their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” during the fall than any other season.

The end of summer doesn’t have to signal an end to fun. How about sweater weather, Halloween parties, and football season? The list goes on and on. In fact, fall might be the most interesting season of them all. Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the season. 1. It was originally called “harvest.” The reasons for that should be fairly obvious. In a world that was far more agricultural, the season was defined by the harvesting of crops. It’s also a reference to the harvest moon, which was essential to farmers during the season. The name “fall” is used almost exclusively in America. 2. Fall babies tend to be impressive. Not only does the world’s most common birthday, October 5, land in fall, but those babies have built an impressive resume.The British Department for Education found that they tend to do better in school and also tend to live longer. According to Dr. Kase, there are four major functions of Kinesio Taping. The primary function of the tape is to support the muscle. Well-applied tape facilitates the muscle’s natural ability to contract, even when weakened, while at the same time reducing pain and fatigue. Secondly, the tape reduces congestive obstructions in the blood vessels, improving circulation and staving off inflammation and the buildup of other chemicals. Third, the tape bolsters the body’s natural healing mechanisms, fostering recovery. And finally, proper taping corrects joint problems, realigning maladjusted structures and improving range of motion. Kinesio Tape is a valuable tool for nearly anyone on the path to recovery, magnifying the positive effects of the stretches and exercises patients undertake with their physical therapist. Regardless of your injury, it’s likely that Kinesio Tape will be one step on the path to a pain-free life. SERVICE HIGHLIGHT

HOW KINESIO TAPE FACILITATES RECOVERY

When you need to recover from an injury and eliminate pain at its source, there’s no single approach that will achieve the results you seek. Physical therapists use a wide range of methodologies to target every aspect of pain, not only remedying the issue and reducing irritation, but developing muscle strength and flexibility to ensure your injury won’t return. One technique used in our repertoire is Kinesio Taping. Developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979, Kinesio Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of other physical disorders. The tape is made up of a thin, elastic, porous cotton topside and an underside of sticky, water-repellent adhesive. Essentially, the tape microscopically lifts the skin of the affected area, reducing swelling and inflammation. At the same time, it applies pressure to misaligned joints and muscles, gently restructuring familiar movement patterns.

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