Physical Therapy News

Abundance of Barrels Holiday Food Drive – Vote for your Favorite!

Our teams are collecting food for local families in need and we couldn’t do this without a little friendly competition. Abundance of Barrels lets teams decorate their food barrel in a contest where we all win. If you would like to donate to a local family or food pantry this holiday season we’ll be collecting canned goods and non-perishables through November 20.

We are so grateful for the generosity of our teammates and community members who have already donated!

The poll has closed, congratulations to the winning team…Sparta’s Oscar the Grouch!

Allendale :: Mario Brothers

Cedar Springs :: Stuffed Turkey

Comstock Park :: Helping this fall

Coopersville :: Soup Can

Grant :: Turkey

Ionia :: Turkey

Kalamazoo / Texas Corners :: Holiday Boxes

Lowell :: #1 Fan

Norton Shores :: 1 Can 2 Cans

Sparta :: Oscar the Grouch

Wayland :: Olaf

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!

Halloween Contest 2020 – Vote for your Favorite!

Halloween just might be our favorite holiday. The winning clinic gets full bragging rights so you can bet our teams begin thinking about how they can win months in advance – and this year’s level of creativity could not be matched!

The polls have closed and the winner is…WAYLAND’s Thoracic Park!

Allendale :: Rate Your Pain 

Cedar Springs :: The Addams Family

Muskegon / Generation Care :: Busy Bees

Coopersville :: Saved by the Bell

Lowell :: Superheroes

Norton Shores :: Flintstones

Wayland :: Thoracic Park

Comstock Park :: SkeletonsReed City :: Down on the Farm

Grant :: Yip Yip Martians

Sparta :: Ninja Warriors

Check out the 2019 contest here, the 2018 contest here, the 2017 contest here, and the 2016 contest here.