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Mental Health Improvement Techniques, Be SMART: How to Get Back into a Healthy Routine After 2020

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on April 30, 2021

  Everyone has had an unexpected year, some more than others. It’s hard to get back to “normal” after our world was flipped upside down during the previous year. For many, mental and physical health have both been greatly impacted. Many are wondering, where do I begin and how can I start to feel like me again. Setting timely and realistic goals will help get you back on track without the additional stressors. Using the SMART …


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Toe Walking Treatment for Idiopathic Toe Walking in Children

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on April 13, 2021

Toe walking is when a child walks on the balls of their feet without their heels touching the ground. Children under the age of 2 often experiment with walking on their toes but will typically outgrow it quickly and use a heel-to-toe gait pattern. In some cases, toe walking in children may be a sign of underlying medical conditions, but in most cases the cause is unknown. Idiopathic toe walking refers to toe walking in children …


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10 Child Physical Therapist Recommended Outdoor Activities to Improve Gross Motor Skills

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on March 23, 2021

Gross Motor Skills and Child Development During the course of an average day, we don’t give gross motor skills much thought, but they are integral to activities such as maintaining balance, walking, sitting upright, jumping, and throwing objects. Gross motor skills require the use of large muscle groups that coordinate body movements, and can be critical to child development. Gross motor skills are building blocks to other abilities, including physical strength, reaction time, coordination, and …


Dealing with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in the Winter

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on May 7, 2019

Many people are already aware that heat often worsens symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). But for some, colder temperatures can be just as problematic. While excess heat exacerbates certain symptoms of the disease, lower temperatures can increase muscle cramping, stiffness/tightness, spasticity, fatigue, and even decrease mood, leading to increased levels of depression.  Here are some ways to combat cold intolerance – Stretch – Stay mobile to reduce stiffness. Yoga is a great way to stretch, …


Tips to Stay Safe and Prevent Injury when Shoveling Snow

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on May 7, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like….. Winter in Erie, PA. Keep these tips in mind when clearing the snow in order to decrease your risk of injury and stay safe during this “Season of Snow”. Don’t let it Stick – Before going out, spray your shovel with cooking spray. This prevents the snow from packing up on the shovel, which weighs it down. The snow will just slide right off. Stay Hydrated – Despite …


10 Fun Gross Motor Activities That Will Have Your Children Outside Enjoying the Snow

Posted by Niagara Therapy, LLC on January 28, 2019

Yes, that time of the year is almost upon us…winter weather season. While we may be dreading the snowy commutes to work and tuning up the snow blowers, there’s no reason to stay stuck inside every day when the snow flies. Beat cabin fever with these 10 gross motor activities and games that the whole family will enjoy: 1. Make snow angels: Lie back in the snow and move your legs apart and together as …


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