Crawl Walk Jump Run https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/ Improving the Lives of Children and Adults with Neruomotor Disorders Mon, 16 Oct 2023 20:26:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.3 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-Asset-14-32x32.png Crawl Walk Jump Run https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/ 32 32 Unlocking Independence: Occupational Therapy for Adults at CWJR https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/occupational-therapy-for-adults/ Mon, 16 Oct 2023 18:52:52 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6742 Keelie Bentz, COTAL At CWJR, we are dedicated to helping adults regain their independence and improve their quality of life through our specialized occupational therapy services.  Occupational Therapy Occupational therapy for adults encompasses a wide range of interventions tailored to enhance emotional, cognitive/mental, and physical well-being. Our primary goal is to empower our clients to […]

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Occupational Therapy for adults

Keelie Bentz, COTAL

At CWJR, we are dedicated to helping adults regain their independence and improve their quality of life through our specialized occupational therapy services. 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy for adults encompasses a wide range of interventions tailored to enhance emotional, cognitive/mental, and physical well-being. Our primary goal is to empower our clients to lead fulfilling lives by focusing on various domains of daily activities. Here’s a glimpse of what we do:

1. Everyday Living Made Easier: Our occupational therapists work closely with adults to address challenges in leisure, work, play, and activities of daily living. Whether it’s getting dressed, preparing a meal, or enjoying leisure activities, we’re here to help you regain control over your daily routine.

2. Mobility and Strength: We understand the importance of physical health. Our therapists specialize in improving range of motion, addressing conditions affecting the whole body, strengthening upper extremities, enhancing balance, and refining fine motor skills. This can be especially valuable for individuals with arthritis or other physical conditions.

3. Independence After Life-Altering Events: For those who have experienced a stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or spinal cord injury, our occupational therapy programs are tailored to your specific needs. We’re here to guide you on the path to independence and a renewed quality of life.

4. Education and Adaptive Equipment: We believe that knowledge is power. Our team provides education on adaptive equipment and its use in-home. This includes enhancing functional mobility, dressing, bathing, and self-care. We’re committed to ensuring that you have the tools and knowledge you need for a self-sufficient life.

5. Supporting Family Life: Our occupational therapy services extend to daily chores around the house and even child care. Whether it’s holding a baby, walking with a baby, or managing household tasks, we’re here to make these responsibilities more manageable for you.

Occupational therapy at CWJR is not just about healing; it’s about reimagining your life with newfound confidence. We are dedicated to promoting your well-being and helping you lead a fulfilling life, no matter the challenges you face.

Your journey to independence begins with us. Contact us today to start your path to a brighter, more self-reliant future!

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Understanding Common Sensory Issues in Autism https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/sensory-issues-in-autism/ Wed, 27 Sep 2023 18:04:05 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6728 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects individuals uniquely, and one of the most common challenges faced by people with autism is sensory processing difficulties. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the sensory issues that individuals with autism may encounter, shedding light on the reasons behind their reactions and providing insights for caregivers, families, and educators. […]

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects individuals uniquely, and one of the most common challenges faced by people with autism is sensory processing difficulties. In this blog, we’ll explore some of the sensory issues that individuals with autism may encounter, shedding light on the reasons behind their reactions and providing insights for caregivers, families, and educators.

Difficulty with Changing Routines

Autism often brings with it a preference for consistency and predictability. Individuals with autism may find it challenging to adapt to changes in routines, whether it’s a shift in school schedules, work expectations, or daily routines. This resistance to change can cause distress and anxiety. At CWJR, our therapists are experienced in working with individuals with autism to help them navigate these transitions more smoothly, providing strategies to ease the process and reduce stress.

Fixation on Objects or Interests

Many individuals with autism exhibit a strong fixation on particular objects or interests. This intense focus can sometimes appear excessive or unusual to others. At CWJR, we recognize the importance of respecting these interests and incorporating them into therapy when appropriate. Understanding these fixations can also be a valuable tool for communication and engagement.

Hypersensitivity or Hyposensitivity to Sounds

Sensory sensitivities to sounds can vary widely in individuals with autism. Some may become overwhelmed or stressed in noisy environments and may resort to covering their ears to reduce the sensory input. Conversely, others may seem unaffected by sounds, even talking over others or being unaware that others are talking. Our therapists at CWJR are skilled in creating sensory-friendly environments and teaching coping strategies to manage these challenges.

Discomfort with Textures

The way individuals with autism perceive and respond to tactile sensations can differ significantly. Some may find certain textures of objects, including clothing, uncomfortable, resulting in a preference for specific textures or pieces of clothing. Others may dislike being touched by people or objects. Our occupational therapists are trained to address these challenges, helping individuals with autism build tolerance to different textures and improve their daily living skills.

Overpowering Sense of Smell

An overactive sense of smell is another common sensory issue in autism. People with autism may find smells overpowering compared to others. This heightened sensitivity to odors can be overwhelming and affect their daily lives. At CWJR, we work on strategies to help individuals manage their reactions to smells and incorporate sensory-friendly practices into their routines.

Visual Sensitivities

Visual sensitivities in autism can manifest in various ways. Some individuals may find certain visual stimuli, such as flashing lights, moving lights, or dimmed lights, overwhelming. Others may be hypersensitive to environmental modifications or become fixated on watching objects spin. Our therapists at CWJR are experienced in creating visually accommodating environments and providing support to manage these sensitivities.

Sensory Overload and Meltdowns

When sensory input becomes too overwhelming, individuals with autism may experience sensory overload, leading to meltdowns or shutdowns. These reactions are their way of coping with excessive sensory issues. Our team at CWJR specializes in teaching individuals with autism effective self-regulation techniques to prevent or manage sensory overload episodes.

If you or a loved one is seeking support for common sensory issues in autism, don’t hesitate to reach out to CWJR for comprehensive and compassionate care. We’re here to help you navigate these challenges and create a brighter future. 

Schedule a free consultation with us today and take the first step toward a more fulfilling life for your loved one with autism!

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What is Apraxia of Speech? https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/what-is-apraxia-of-speech/ Wed, 12 Jul 2023 14:32:29 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6590 Apraxia of Speech is a neurological disorder characterized by the brain’s inability to complete the necessary pathways to instruct the speech muscles, despite knowing what it wants to say. Unlike weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles used for speech, apraxia of speech stems from a breakdown in the coordination between the brain and the […]

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Apraxia of Speech is a neurological disorder characterized by the brain’s inability to complete the necessary pathways to instruct the speech muscles, despite knowing what it wants to say. Unlike weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles used for speech, apraxia of speech stems from a breakdown in the coordination between the brain and the muscles involved in speech production.

There are two main types of apraxia: acquired apraxia of speech and childhood apraxia of speech. Acquired apraxia of speech can affect individuals of any age and is typically caused by damage to specific areas of the brain responsible for speech. This damage leads to the loss or impairment of previously acquired speaking abilities. On the other hand, childhood apraxia of speech is present from birth, and its direct cause is not yet fully understood.

Identifying Apraxia of Speech can Involve Observing Several Symptoms 

  • Difficulty pronouncing sounds
  • Making inconsistent sound errors 
  • Groping for sounds – trying a sound several times before they’re able to produce it correctly
  • Making errors in tone, stress or rhythm 

These symptoms highlight the challenges individuals with apraxia of speech face when it comes to coordinating the precise movements required for fluent speech production.

At Crawl Walk Jump Run (CWJR), our therapy clinic specializes in providing comprehensive treatment for a wide range of speech and language disorders, including apraxia of speech. Through our one-on-one intensive therapy sessions, our team of dedicated professionals focuses on helping individuals improve their speech production skills, overcome communication barriers, and regain their confidence.

Our highly trained therapists utilize evidence-based techniques, tailored interventions, and individualized treatment plans to address the unique needs of each client. We believe in a holistic approach that encompasses not only therapy sessions but also education, training, and ongoing advocacy to support our clients and their families throughout their journey.

Apraxia of speech may present challenges, but with the right therapy and support, individuals can make significant progress in their speech and communication skills. Let CWJR be your partner on this journey towards improved speech and enhanced communication abilities.

CWJR is proud to be Michigan’s #1 therapy clinic for adults and children with neurological and orthopedic conditions. 

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What is a Total Knee Replacement? https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/what-is-a-total-knee-replacement/ Thu, 08 Jun 2023 15:18:10 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6569 Sheilah Hallman, PT, DPT A total knee arthroplasty, or total knee replacement, is a surgical procedure that results from some sort of degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, in which the joint is removed and replaced with metal or prosthetic parts. Knee replacements are one of the most commonly performed orthopedic surgery on the legs.  […]

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Sheilah Hallman, PT, DPT

A total knee arthroplasty, or total knee replacement, is a surgical procedure that results from some sort of degenerative joint disease, such as osteoarthritis, in which the joint is removed and replaced with metal or prosthetic parts. Knee replacements are one of the most commonly performed orthopedic surgery on the legs. 

Factors that are associated with positive outcomes following a total knee replacement include:

  • Preoperative education
  • Preoperative exercise programs
  • Postoperative use of ice for pain management early-on
  • Early physical activity and mobility with appropriate progressions post-op
  • Balance training
  • Gait training

Factors that are associated with negative outcomes or complications following a total knee replacement include:

  • Higher BMI
  • Depression
  • Higher number of comorbidities
  • Lack of mobility, strength, and regular physical activity
  • Tobacco use
  • Lack of patient support

Common therapy timeline:

  • Typically begins within initial 24 hours post-op in the hospital → home therapy or subacute rehab → outpatient therapy

Common types of outpatient physical therapy in a post-operative care plan for a patient who has undergone a total knee replacement include: 

  • Active and passive range of motion (ROM) and stretching to the knee into flexion and extension
  • Utilization of a stationary bicycle for ROM and strength, starting with partial revolutions and eventually progressing to full revolutions
  • Joint mobilizations as appropriate for the knee
  • Transfer training, including sit-to-stand transitions, car transfers, and bed mobility
  • Postural reeducation
  • Gait training to increase independence and decrease reliance on assistive devices
  • Balance training
  • Modalities such as cryotherapy, superficial heat, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES)
  • Strengthening and exercises for not only the post-operative knee, but also the opposite knee, both hips, ankles, etc.

References:

https://academic.oup.com/ptj/article/100/9/1603/5857258?login=true

https://www.brighamandwomens.org/assets/bwh/patients-and-families/rehabilitation-services/pdfs/knee-tkr-protocol-bwh.pdf

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What does Occupational Therapy mean? https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/what-does-occupational-therapy-mean/ Mon, 22 May 2023 14:12:51 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6554 Lauren Gentile, OTRL, Occupational Therapist  When your healthcare professional recommends Occupational Therapy (OT) for you or your loved one, it can be difficult to grasp the full scope and impact of this therapeutic intervention. In this blog, we’ll shed light on the essence of OT, what it means, and how it can bring about positive […]

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Lauren Gentile, OTRL, Occupational Therapist 

When your healthcare professional recommends Occupational Therapy (OT) for you or your loved one, it can be difficult to grasp the full scope and impact of this therapeutic intervention. In this blog, we’ll shed light on the essence of OT, what it means, and how it can bring about positive transformations in the lives of those involved. Let’s dive deeper into the realm of OT and discover its potential for improving everyday functioning.

Defining Occupational Therapy

If we consult the official definition provided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA, 2021), Occupational Therapy is described as follows:

“The practice of occupational therapy means the therapeutic use of everyday life occupations with persons, groups, or populations (clients) to support occupational performance and participation.”

Decoding the Meaning of Occupational Therapy

From my perspective as a highly-skilled Occupational Therapist, I believe that OT is a powerful tool for enhancing functional abilities in daily life. However, it is important to note that the specific goals and methods employed in OT vary from person to person, depending on their unique needs and personal values. This versatile therapy approach encompasses various facets, including sensory regulation, fostering independence in activities of daily living, and enabling individuals to engage in meaningful occupations, with or without adaptive equipment.

Adapting to Individual Needs

One of the remarkable aspects of OT is its adaptability to address the diverse needs of different populations. The landscape of OT differs significantly when working with children versus adults, or when dealing with conditions such as autism or cerebral palsy, and even within sensory-seeking or sensory-avoiding individuals. This adaptability is what makes OT both challenging and exciting. Gone are the days of seeking a definitive answer, as the beauty of OT lies in its flexibility to tailor interventions to suit each client’s specific requirements.

The Expansive Scope of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy encompasses a vast array of areas where improvement can be achieved. Whether it is addressing feeding difficulties, attention deficits, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, directional tasking, regulation, range of motion, strength building, coordination, rhythm, or activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs) like dressing and cooking, Occupational Therapists possess the expertise and knowledge to make a meaningful impact. The breadth of the profession is truly extensive, enabling us to tackle various challenges faced by our clients and empower them to enhance their performance and participation in valued activities.

Occupational Therapy is a multifaceted discipline that empowers individuals to regain or enhance their abilities to engage in meaningful occupations. By leveraging everyday life activities, Occupational Therapists help their clients improve their overall functioning and independence. The adaptability and expansive scope of OT make it a remarkable profession, capable of addressing a wide range of challenges across diverse populations. If you or someone you know is recommended Occupational Therapy, rest assured that this powerful intervention can positively transform lives, one occupation at a time.

Do you think you or a loved one could benefit from occupational therapy at Crawl Walk Jump Run? Set up a consultation with our expert team to get started!

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10 Speech Therapy Techniques for Playful Learning at Home https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/home-speech-therapy-techniques/ Thu, 13 Apr 2023 14:34:29 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6521 Written by: Ali VanSlembrouck M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist At CWJR, we believe in education as a core pillar of our treatment plans. While our patients receive individualized speech therapy care from their therapist during sessions, there are many ways to keep the progress going outside of the clinic!  When it comes to speech therapy, play […]

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Written by: Ali VanSlembrouck M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech Therapist

At CWJR, we believe in education as a core pillar of our treatment plans. While our patients receive individualized speech therapy care from their therapist during sessions, there are many ways to keep the progress going outside of the clinic! 

When it comes to speech therapy, play can be a powerful tool to engage children and help them practice their language skills in a fun and natural way. Keep reading for some tips to help you incorporate speech therapy techniques into your child’s playtime at home.

  1. Narrate everything you and your child are doing within play.
  2. Use key words and phrases when modeling language for your child. 
  3. Follow your child’s interests: Choose toys, games, and activities that your child enjoys and build upon those. This will make the experience more enjoyable for your child and more effective for practicing language skills.
  4. Incorporate expectant pause during speech therapy. This technique involves waiting a few seconds after you ask a question, in order to give your child time to respond. It can encourage them to use their language skills to communicate with you! Some examples could be:
    1. Ready… set… __!
    2. 1… 2… ___!
  5. Interactive books, such as pop-up books or books with flaps to lift, can be a great way to keep your child engaged and practicing their language skills. Some examples could be books containing:
    1. Pop ups
    2. Open the flaps
    3. Musicals
  6. Give your child options of toys that they can play with, and have them choose an option by pointing or labeling. For example:
    1. “Do you… Want doll or want ball?”
    2. “Should we… Eat apple or eat banana?”
  7. Add music and singing during speech therapy to keep your child’s attention! Some fun children’s songs could include:
    1. The Wheels on the Bus
    2. The Itsy Bitsy Spider 
    3. Old MacDonald 
  8. Add gestures to songs your child enjoys. For example:
    1. The Wheels on the Bus: beep the horn, wheels go around, doors go open and shut, people go up and down
    2. The Itsy Bitsy Spider: spider goes up the web, rain falls down, rain washes away
  9. Use social routines during speech therapy. Incorporate social routines into play, such as waving hello and goodbye, high fives, and playing peekaboo. These can help your child practice important social and language skills.
  10. Use gestures to help reinforce language concepts. Some examples include:
    1. Waving hi and bye
    2. Knocking 
    3. Eating 
    4. Sleeping 
    5. Clapping
    6. Talking on the phone

Do you think your child could benefit from speech therapy at Crawl Walk Jump Run? Set up a consultation with our expert team to get started!

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How the Feeding Hierarchy Leads to Successfully Eating New Foods https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/feeding-hierarchy-eating/ Mon, 06 Mar 2023 20:20:44 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=6466 When it comes to trying new things, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. This can also be true when introducing new foods into a child’s diet! In Occupational Therapy, it’s common for us to work on building tolerance to a variety of foods for picky eaters. When it comes to picky eaters, we often follow the […]

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When it comes to trying new things, it’s common to feel overwhelmed. This can also be true when introducing new foods into a child’s diet!

In Occupational Therapy, it’s common for us to work on building tolerance to a variety of foods for picky eaters. When it comes to picky eaters, we often follow the “feeding hierarchy,” a play-based approach to introducing new foods, to work on building their tolerance to non-desired foods. The process starts with interacting with food on a preliminary level before working up to biting, chewing, and then swallowing. Our process at CWJR is designed to provide a multi-sensory experience with the goal of introducing different tastes, textures, and temperatures of food. It’s important for a child to tolerate the smaller steps before they can master eating the foods!

Kids learn through play, and food is no exception to this rule. Every child is unique and may go through the steps at different speeds depending on their experiences. Read on to learn about the feeding hierarchy steps that lead to successfully eating new foods!

Step One: Tolerating the Food

Before diving right into eating, it’s important to accustom the child to initial steps like:

  • Being in the same room as the food
  • Being at the same table as the food
  • Having the food in front of them on their plate
  • Looking at the food

Step Two: Interacting with the Food

The next step of the feeding hierarchy involves:

  • Touching non-desired food with a preferred food
  • Assisting in cooking/preparing the food
  • Handling the food with utensils
  • Messy play with the food

Step Three: Smelling the Food

Taste and smell are very closely related senses. When a child can smell a certain food before tasting it, it’s another step toward eliminating the “unknown” and taking a bite!

Step Four: Touching the Food

This step of the feeding hierarchy involves a child touching the food to their:

  • Fingertips
  • Hand
  • Chin
  • Nose
  • Lips
  • Teeth
  • Tongue

Step Five: Tasting the Food

Almost there! This is the second to last step of the process and consists of a child:

  • Licking the food
  • Biting a piece of the food and spitting it out
  • Holding a piece of the food in their mouth for 3-5 seconds and spitting it out
  • Chewing the food multiple times before spitting it out
  • Chewing and swallowing the food

Step Six: Eating the Food

And that’s it! With patience and the right approach, the feeding hierarchy can help children get accustomed to eating previously non-desired foods. In this final step, the goal is for the child to be able to eat the food without having a negative experience. 

Do you think your child could benefit from feeding therapy at Crawl Walk Jump Run? Set up a consultation with our expert team to get started!

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How Much Do You Really Know About Muscle Shock Therapy? https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/muscle-shock-therapy/ Mon, 04 Oct 2021 15:33:47 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=5907 There are many myths about muscle shock therapy that you may still believe. One example is that the electrical pulses it sends into your muscles somehow cause them to deteriorate faster. But this isn’t true at all! The truth about these electrical pulses is much more complex as they are used to help with pain […]

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There are many myths about muscle shock therapy that you may still believe. One example is that the electrical pulses it sends into your muscles somehow cause them to deteriorate faster. But this isn’t true at all!

The truth about these electrical pulses is much more complex as they are used to help with pain relief, recovery from injuries, and chronic conditions like fibromyalgia.

Muscle shock therapy is also known as electro-stimulation therapy or estim. It’s used for medical purposes (such as helping patients who need rehabilitation after a stroke) or for cosmetic purposes (i.e., facial rejuvenation). As long as you’re not allergic to metal or electricity, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try this technique – especially if it helps.

What is muscle shock therapy?

Muscle shock therapy is a technique that uses electrical impulses to stimulate muscle contractions. This technique is used for both medical purposes and cosmetic purposes.

It’s important to understand that there’s nothing harmful about this treatment, and it can’t cause you any serious damage. On the contrary, it may even help improve your condition! 

A therapist or doctor usually recommends this technique, and the electrical impulses are sent through wired electrodes. Once these electrical impulses reach the muscle fibers in question, they trigger a muscle contraction, which means that it’s you who stimulates your muscles – not the stim machine.

How does muscle shock therapy work?

Electrical stimulation physical therapy aims to stimulate the body’s natural reflexes, which can help with pain relief, injury recovery, or chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. The electrical impulses sent into the muscles don’t themselves cause any harm; they’re just there to trigger a reaction that helps you heal quickly.

There are four ways that muscle shock therapy can be used:

  • – To relieve pain by increasing blood flow and lowering inflammation
  • – To promote healing after an injury has occurred
  • – To relieve chronic conditions like fibromyalgia
  • – To enhance facial rejuvenation

muscle shock therapy

Who should use muscle shock therapy?

A therapist or your doctor usually recommends this technique. However, you should know that if you’re allergic to metal or electricity, as you might experience some adverse side effects like dizziness.

Some people who aren’t interested in this technique might be put off by the idea of receiving an electric shock, but it’s important to remember that the shocks only last for a few seconds, and they’re used to trigger muscle contractions. More often than not, muscle shock therapy is used for medical purposes like helping patients who need rehabilitation after a stroke or to relieve chronic conditions like fibromyalgia.

Is muscle shock therapy safe to try?

The idea that electrostimulation is dangerous has remained in people’s minds after studies about it were published in the 1950s. However, keep in mind these studies were conducted on patients with heart issues and other chronic conditions, increasing their risk of experiencing side effects.

It’s always best to start estim therapy with the help of a professional who knows how to use the electric shock therapy machines and where to apply stimulation. After all, even though the treatment is safe for healthy people, it can still cause problems if misapplied.

For example, estim machines come with different attachments designed to target specific body parts. Some of these are used at home, while others are used by doctors or professionals in medical facilities. Follow your doctor’s advice and you should have no problems using muscle shock therapy.

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How long does the treatment last, and what are its side effects

The duration of muscle shock therapy depends on the person and the outlining condition. It ranges from a few minutes to an hour or more. Meanwhile, the estim side effects are minimal and typical for any form of electro-stimulation, such as a tingling sensation, skin reddening, and muscle contractions.

It is not advisable to endure this therapy for extended periods because that can increase the risk of side effects. Doctors will usually only recommend the treatment for a week at most so as not to overtax your muscles. They’ll also assess your progress now and then to see if further treatments are needed.

When can I expect results from using muscle shock therapies, and how often should I get treatments to see results

Most people will start to feel benefits from muscle shock therapy after 2-3 sessions. You can also begin to see improvements in your symptoms before the end of the treatment. However, how many treatments you’ll need depends on your condition and what you’re hoping to achieve by using this form of therapy.

Generally, patients with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and spinal injuries require more treatments than those who need relief from acute pain or want to recover faster from an injury.

Also, those who have a condition that limits their movement won’t see as many benefits from electrostimulation as they’ll still have to go through physical rehabilitation even if the pain is gone.

How often you need to use electrostimulation depends on your doctor’s recommendations. In most cases, people can get treatments once a week for up to an hour.

Conclusion 

Muscle shock therapy is a form of electro-stimulation that’s used to help with pain relief, recovery from injuries, and chronic conditions like fibromyalgia. It was first introduced in the 1950s but has since undergone significant improvements. Muscle shock therapy can be performed at home or by doctors depending on your condition.

As long as you follow your doctor’s advice, electric shock muscle therapy should have no negative side effects for most people – just some tingling sensations or skin reddening while receiving it.

If you’re interested in trying this treatment out for yourself, contact Crawl Walk Jump Run today. We’ll provide you more information about how our team of experts can help get you started using muscle shock treatments safely and effectively.

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The warning signs of sensory processing disorder in children https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/sensory-processing-disorder-children/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 22:59:35 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=5886 Sensory processing disorder, SPD, is a neurological condition that affects people of all ages. It’s now recognized as one of the most common chronic neurological disability in school-aged children. An estimated one out of 20 school-aged children have SPD, but the actual number may be much higher because it’s tough to diagnose. The symptoms can […]

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Sensory processing disorder, SPD, is a neurological condition that affects people of all ages. It’s now recognized as one of the most common chronic neurological disability in school-aged children. An estimated one out of 20 school-aged children have SPD, but the actual number may be much higher because it’s tough to diagnose.

The symptoms can range from mild to severe, ranging from difficulties with remembering everyday life events (such as what day to do chores) to hypersensitivity (a sound drives them crazy).

The Symptoms of SPD

Symptoms of sensory processing disorder are hard to identify because they are so diverse. They can range from hypersensitivity or being overly sensitive to sounds, textures, tastes, smells, sights, and feelings.

One person might have difficulty with everyday tasks, while another may not do anything without getting overwhelmed by their senses. Therefore, sensory processing disorder is categorized as either “sensory seeking” or “sensory avoiding.”

A child with SPD will often move towards their senses which creates an overload of stimuli even if it may be too much. The child will then avoid the sensory input that is causing them distress.

Common Symptoms for Sensory Seeking

  • Excessive head banging
  • Headbanging according to the child’s needs (hunger, tiredness)
  • Eating or drinking too fast
  • Chewing on non-food items
  • Scratching skin surfaces
  • Rubbing eyes, lips, ear canals, or other body openings
  • Picking at skin excessively
  • Approaching all new stimuli
  • Getting in the face of others
  • Rocking extremities or whole body back and forth (similar to the movement of a rocking horse)
  • Being understimulated, bored

Common Symptoms for Sensory Avoiding

  • Becoming “wiggly” when being held, dressing struggles begin. Can’t stand tags on clothing or seams in socks.
  • Pushing away, throwing off touch
  • Crying, screaming, screeching when touched or approached for a hug. May fight cuddling and physical games such as “you’re going to get me” can be a struggle
  • Becoming stiff and sometimes rigid
  • Running away from things they do not like
  • Irritability if touched in the wrong spot
  • Argumentative at dinner or when having to do homework
  • Losing homework, known places in rooms they are familiar with, and objects easily. This is due to under-stimulation, where they forget what has happened recently.
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Signs your child may have SPD

Sensory processing disorder (SPD) can vary from person to person, but some common signs your child may have SPD are:

  • Aversions (e.g., refuses to wear specific clothing types or textures of clothing, such as wool or synthetic fibers), and over-sensitivities (becoming easily agitated by sounds).
  • Oversensitivity to pain, temperature, and touch; experiencing strong reactions when feeling touched.
  • Difficulty transitioning from one activity to another.
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
  • Easily distracted by continuous, loud sounds.

Having sensory problems can make a child feel different from his peers, which may lead to social isolation, frustration, tantrums, and other behavior problems.

How does someone typically get diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder?

One of the ways that someone can get diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder is through a sensory integration evaluation.

The purpose of this evaluation is to consider how an individual’s nervous system responds to sensory stimuli through the five senses (sight, sound, touch, smell, taste).

An occupational therapist then provides recommendations for accommodations that will help support the individual in their daily life.

Prevention and treatment options for parents and teachers of children with SBT

The treatment for children with sensory processing disorder involves a multidisciplinary approach. Parents and teachers can positively impact this process by being attentive to the child’s needs.

This includes being aware of the need for a quiet environment to help reduce auditory hypersensitivity in children with a sensory processing disorder. Playing repetitive sounds in a noisy room will cause over-responsivity in many children with sensory processing disorder and those without it.

In addition, there are certain accommodations that parents and teachers can make for these children. The most common accommodation is placing carpets on hardwood floors or adopting other flooring options such as wood or vinyl flooring to avoid noisy surfaces.

Parents and teachers should use materials that do not overwhelm or irritate the child, such as plain black paper for drawing.

Parents and teachers can play a key role in identifying symptoms of sensory processing disorder early by observing changes in behavior, both in environments that are new to them and familiar ones.

Incorporating a Sensory Diet

A sensory diet is a way to start addressing the symptoms of children with a sensory processing disorder.

For example, a child may have tactile sensitivities. A sensory diet can help them by adding activities that include brushing on textured clothing, petting a dog, or rubbing a water balloon.

There are also options for auditory sensitivities, such as listening to rain on a metal roof or low sounds of waves crashing against the shoreline.

Visual sensitivities can be addressed by using low lighting or wearing sunglasses outdoors.

The parent or teacher should be creative when creating a sensory diet for children with a sensory processing disorder. This will depend on individual differences, including the child’s preferences and emotions, which are expressed through reactions to their environments.

Conclusion

If you think your child may have a sensory processing disorder, it’s important to get them evaluated by a professional. If the evaluation confirms that they have SBD, there are many treatment options available for parents and teachers.

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Clinton Township’s Premiere Physical Therapy Clinic https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/clinton-townsend-top-physical-therapy-clinic/ Fri, 03 Sep 2021 17:39:24 +0000 https://crawlwalkjumprun.com/?p=5787 “Therapy” comes from the Greek word for “cure.” In other words, therapy is meant to make you better, but in our fast-paced world of instant gratification and easy solutions, we often forget that sometimes there are no shortcuts—and that it takes time and patience to heal. At Crawl Walk Jump Run, we’re proud to be […]

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“Therapy” comes from the Greek word for “cure.” In other words, therapy is meant to make you better, but in our fast-paced world of instant gratification and easy solutions, we often forget that sometimes there are no shortcuts—and that it takes time and patience to heal.

At Crawl Walk Jump Run, we’re proud to be a physical therapy clinic that offers opportunities for relief and recovery utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. We believe in the power of movement. We will teach you exercises that can help build strength, regain balance, increase flexibility, and improve your quality of life.

Physical therapy aims to restore function and relieve pain in a body part or system affected by injury or disease. It works by teaching the brain how to use previously impaired muscles again so people can return home without assistance. The skillful hands behind this work are those of a physical therapist who has undergone years of education and training to provide care with compassion and expertise.

Physical therapists spend most of their time listening to their clients, evaluating their strengths and deficits, talking with family members about functional limitations, and educating people on protecting themselves from pain and injury. But physical therapists also have tools at their disposal—specialized equipment that can adapt to each person’s unique treatment needs.

We offer physical therapy at our Clinton Township pt clinic location for people with all sorts of conditions, including arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, head injuries, hip pain/fractures, knee injuries/surgery recovery, lymphedema patients, neck pain/injuries, neurological deficits (stroke and brain injury), post-surgical conditions, sports injuries, and work-related injuries.

What is physical therapy, and how does it work

Physical therapy uses physical agents, manual techniques, and exercise to improve mobility, relieve pain, reduce or prevent permanent disability, rehabilitate following injury or surgery (physical therapy), or during medical rehabilitation. 

A physical therapist (PT) treats patients at the physician’s request for problems that require professional attention.

Most commonly, injuries are treated with some form of surgery first to stabilize the problem area. When no surgery is needed, the first day of treatment will be an evaluation by a physical therapist (PT). The PT will look for any deficits in muscle strength, joint range of motion, and nervous system functioning. 

Therapy is generally done on a small group of muscles at a time and can take anywhere from a week to a year to complete.

Physical therapy is a multi-faceted medical field that can help people recover from injuries, get back to functioning better in their daily lives. A patient should go through physical therapy after an injury or surgery if they are meant to restore normal movement and function.

How can physical therapy help you?

There are many ways that a visit to a physical therapy clinic can help. To write about this, I’ll break down the benefits of physical therapy into three categories: 

  • Healing
  • Prevention
  • Performance (or “performance”).

Healing Benefits of Physical Therapy 

Physical therapy is generally used for healing when you see improvements in the symptoms associated with an injury. When someone has chronic pain or a disability, they will often turn to physical therapy for relief. 

For example, if someone falls on their back and breaks their pelvis (prominent hip bone), they would need surgery to fix it. This surgery will be followed by intense rehabilitation with PT before they’re allowed to return home without assistance. After surgery, PT can help improve their muscle strength and joint range of motion.

Prevention Benefits of Physical Therapy 

Physical therapists are experts in prevention because they educate on self-care techniques to avoid pain or injury. An ounce of prevention goes a long way in physical therapy, so this aspect is critical for people who want to continue working out. 

For example, PTs will teach you how to stretch so that you can avoid back pain properly. They also teach proper body mechanics and ways of lifting heavy objects without injuring yourself. 

People who sit at a desk all day long may be shown stretches or exercises they can do while sitting to prevent pain from developing later on in life.

Performance Benefits of Physical Therapy 

Suppose you go to a physical therapy clinic for sports performance. In that case, you will be educated on how your form should look for optimal efficiency. 

PTs can help improve your overall lifting technique or show you how to perform better while competing in a swim meet. People who are looking to become physically fit should also consider a visit to a PT. 

There are many different exercises and stretches that people can do to stay fit. Still, a physical therapist can help optimize performance in each individual body.

Why should you visit Crawl Walk Jump Run, Clinton Township’s premier physical therapy clinic

Crawl Walk Jump Run is Clinton Township’s premier physical therapy clinic. We’re not just for people who are recovering from surgery or require rehabilitation. Many people come to PT for prevention or to improve performance in their day-to-day lives. 

There are always new ways that PTs are finding to help patients, and it’s always best to talk to an expert before deciding on your treatment method.

Our staff is the best thing about Crawl Walk Jump Run, Clinton Township’s premier physical therapy clinic. Whether you’re working with a dedicated PT or one of the other therapists, we will work with you to find the best possible treatment method. The staff at Crawl Walk Jump Run are highly trained, and I know for a fact that they can help you get better!

The benefits of visiting a PT clinic, including reduced stress, increased energy, reversal of chronic pain, and more!

Physical therapy is incredibly beneficial for many different reasons. As you’ll read in the article, there are many benefits of visiting a PT clinic. Some of these benefits are immediate effects that can be seen within just one session. Others may take weeks to months to show improvement. 

Acute pain releases cortisol, which can increase feelings of anxiety and depression. So, by reducing your pain levels, you’re able to feel less stressed out and more energized! 

Physical therapists also work with patients on increasing their mobility and strength to prevent future injuries that could cause increased stress or chronic pain!

The many different conditions that are treated by our team at Crawl Walk Jump Run Physical Therapy Clinic in Clinton Township

The variety of conditions that our team at Crawl Walk Jump Run Physical Therapy Clinic in Clinton Township can treat is something that we’re very proud of. 

Here are some of the conditions that we can treat:

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Exercise (Examples: Running, Swimming, Bike Riding). These exercises require a lot of force and stability. With time, these physical requirements may be more difficult to complete without pain or discomfort. Our clinic has many different rehabilitation programs for this type of exercise.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Tingling sensations and numbness in the fingers). Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when compression of the median nerve within the carpal tunnel at the wrist, which causes pain or discomfort.
  • -Chronic Pain (Non-stop feelings of pain). Chronic pain may be caused by a previous injury, disease, or any number of other factors that affect your daily life. Our team can help you find the root cause of this type of pain and address it. We offer many different therapies for chronic pain, including deep tissue sports massage therapy.
  • Fibromyalgia (Non-stop feelings of pain). Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. The pain can be so bad that you sometimes don’t want to get out of bed, let alone have an everyday life. It’s common for patients with this condition to be misdiagnosed and often self-medicate. Our highly trained team can provide the appropriate diagnosis and treatment for fibromyalgia, including deep tissue sports massage therapy.
  • Orthopedic Conditions (Implantation of artificial joints). 

Contact information for the CWJR office to schedule an appointment today!

Physical therapy is a great way to reduce stress and chronic pain, leading to increased productivity in your life. Connect today if you’re interested in learning more about how we can help with these conditions at our Clinton Township office located at 42804 Garfield Rd, Clinton Twp, MI 48038

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