The holidays are a wonderful time for celebrating the community! We were so excited this year to be a designated collection site for Peyton’s Toy Drive For Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. We invited patients and their families to take part as we collected unwrapped toys at both our Williamsville and Lockport locations. We gathered on December 9th in Clarence to present all the toys collected and to meet young Peyton!
Toys will be distributed on site at the hospital in coming weeks.
The holiday season is filled with so many traditions and joys but with it comes hectic days, sleepless nights and busy weekend celebrations. Often people experience an increase in stress as they try to fit everything into this busy time of year. Tension headaches are a common reaction and become a real problem when they start interfering with doing the things you love. These type of stress headaches can result from several factors including holiday scheduling, fatigue, anxiety, poor posture as well as over stimulation from scents, music and crowded parties.
When patients come into Rose Physical Therapy we try to identify causes of their lingering tension headaches. Stress to your system can be effectively relieved by working with a therapist to lessen muscle tension in your neck, jaw, back and shoulders. Poor posture and rigidness puts pressure on your nerves and contributes to making a minor headache even worse. Eliminating poor habits and triggers will help reduce pain and lessen the need for medication. Therapists work with patients through manual therapy to increase strength in their neck and shoulders and improve their range of motion. Therapists also provide an individualized home exercise routine that is useful to maintaining overall strength, decreasing stress and improving flexibility.
Headaches do not have to be part of your holiday routine and eliminating this common occurrence makes for a more festive, healthy season!
When I was in high school, I became very interested in the science of exercise and finding a way to improve my overall performance in soccer, football and wrestling. After suffering an injury playing travel soccer, and having the pressure of an upcoming football season, I was diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear of my right knee. Faced with the option of surgery…. and knowing that would mean a missed football season… I explored the idea of therapy. Through intense and targeted therapy, I healed thoroughly and was able to continue forward with a successful season.
Senior year of high school, I was at Lake Shore Hospital in Silver Creek as a patient transport aide and onsite I was taking care of the PT facilities. It was there that I saw people improving their quality of life through movement and exercise. My contact with these patients was very rewarding and inspiring. The therapists there took me under their wing and advised me on how and where to find local Physical Therapy college programs. Armed with my new found passion and their helpful advice, I soon entered the PT program at Daemen College. Thirty five years later, I look back at that time as critical in pointing me toward this rewarding field.
Dr. Terry Rose