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Recognizing signs of chronic stress and how to manage it :: An interview on eightWest

managing chronic stress

With everything going on in society right now you can’t help but feel the effects – both mentally and physically. Changes in your health or the health of a loved one, recent changes in your work environment, and social distancing are taking a toll on both our physical and mental well-being.

Julie Blodgett from Northern Physical Therapy / Ivy Rehab stopped by the WOOD tv studios of eightWest to chat with Rachael Ruiz about how to recognize signs of chronic stress and some unexpected ways to manage it.

Knowing the signs of chronic stress can keep a lot of mental and physical pain at bay. Long term health issues that can pop up as a result of stress include hypertension, heart disease, obesity, depression, and anxiety. If you’re experiencing unexplained fatigue, restlessness, headaches, stomach issues, weight gain or loss, or chest pain you might be suffering from chronic stress. Learning a few proper breathing techniques is vital because that can play a huge roll in reducing those stress levels and relaxing the body.

Julie mentions our Healthy Lungs program, which is ideal for people who have compromised lung and respiratory capacity. Patients may be suffering from COPD, a heart condition, weight gain, or are recovering from COVID-19 (including those “long-haulers” where recovery takes months).

If you have questions about chronic stress or our Healthy Lungs program, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a consultation and learn more about your situation and the issues you’re facing. As part of the Ivy Rehab Network, you can request an appointment at any of our clinics by clicking here.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: keeping kids active while at home, Tips for doing yard work with less pain, Tips for comfortably working from homeCouch to 5k Training Programhow fitness can prevent cancertips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fallis physical therapy painfulpediatric constipation and bed wettingback pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Keeping Kids Active :: An interview on eightWest

Keeping kids active on eightWest

Kids naturally want to be active. The need to use up some of their endless amounts of energy is vital for their mental and physical health. But, today’s modern families are facing some challenges that make it harder to be active on a regular basis. We’re seeing a greater number of kids doing virtual learning, with parents who are busy working and taking care of the home life responsibilities. These factors make it difficult for kids to get the suggested 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

The good news is that you don’t need fancy equipment to stay physically active. It can be as simple as doing some fun exercises with your kids, while mixing in a little pretend. Plus, it’s even more fun if you can get the entire family involved.

Gina Otterbein from Northern Physical Therapy and Sarah Pipher from our partners at the Grand Rapids Performance Center, Generation Care stopped by the WOOD tv studios of eightWest to chat with Jordan Carson about fun ways to keep kids active.

Plus, they announced our new Family Fitness Challenge series that will offer up weekly challenges and exercises to engage the entire family. Join the group here and participate each week for a chance to win some cool prizes.

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the fun exercises we’ll show you and your littles ones. Kids love to play pretend so these animal walk exercises are a great way to keep them engaged.

If you have questions about your child’s development, an injury they’ve had, or pain they’re experiencing, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a consultation and learn more about your child’s condition. As part of the Ivy Rehab Network, you can request an appointment at any of our clinics by clicking here.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: Tips for doing yard work with less pain, Tips for comfortably working from homeCouch to 5k Training Programhow fitness can prevent cancertips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fallis physical therapy painfulpediatric constipation and bed wettingback pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

A Heart-Warming Service Project

Grand Rapids Physical Therapy Month

There’s no better way to celebrate Physical Therapy Month than by doing a fun service project. Earlier this month we assembled our team and made 16 blankets to donate to a local organization that supports children in need.

D.A. Blodgett has been helping children by preventing abuse and neglect since 1887. Whether a child is living in their home, foster care, with their adoptive family, or in residential treatment, D.A. Blodgett is there to restore their happiness, dignity, and belief that their dreams aren’t out of reach. Their mission is so powerful, we felt genuinely compelled to donate our service project to their organization this year.

“I love that we’re able to help a local organization that helps so many kids and families in times of crisis. We may not be able to hug all those families in need but these blankets can be a close substitute.” – Lisa Otterbein-Bolek, Physical Therapist

National Physical Therapy Month was designed to raise public awareness of the many health benefits offered by physical therapy, to people across the United States and around the world. We love using this month as an opportunity to serve others. In addition, we enjoy getting our team together and giving our time to a worthwhile cause.

“Being an adoptive parent myself, I know how instrumental this organization is for our foster kids here in Michigan, many times these kids don’t have many belongings so to be able to provide them with a new, warm blanket is something I know they will cherish.” – David Sefton, Physical Therapist & Area Director

Physical Therapy Service Project

“A blanket serves as not just a source of comfort to many children, but as a source of love and security. To be able to provide kids with these feelings is something I’m honored to be a part of. Thank you, D.A. Blodgett, for allowing us to serve you and the many children you support!” – Shelby Ruiter, PC

Kids physical therapy in Grand Rapids

“This was a simple service project but those blankets may stay with some of these kiddos for a very long time!” – Gina Otterbein, Physical Therapist & Regional Director
Pediatric physical therapy in Grand Rapids

Thank you to D.A.Blodgett for allowing us to be a part of your wonderful organization. This was truly a heart-warming experience for our entire team.

If you have a young one who is in need of pediatric physical therapy, look no further than Northern. We have a special place in our hearts for children of all ages. Click to schedule a free screening today.