Avoid Slipping in the Winter with Yaktrax

Where to buy Yaktrax

Winter tasks can be a little easier, and more fun, when you wear Yaktrax. Runners, people who work outdoors, and the general population, have to walk, run and work on packed snow and ice. Whether you’re walking your dog, getting groceries, running a marathon, or taking on the slopes, you don’t want to be down and out because of a slip in snowy conditions. Yaktrax easily slip on the bottom of your shoes to help you avoid slipping on snow and ice in the winter months.

Many of our physical therapists have been using Yaktrax for years. In the winter, we find them to be a necessity to reduce the risk of slips and falls, and its not just athletes and runners who use them. We encourage our patients with limited mobility to give them a try if they worry about making it across icy parking lots or driveways.

Who needs Yaktrax?
Athletes who want to run or perform their sport outdoors, regardless of the weather
– People with limited mobility who want to lessen their risk of falls on the snow and ice
Construction workers and public service officials who work outside, no matter the conditions
Outdoorsmen who hunt, hike and fish in the winter months

Where to buy YaktraxYaktrax Pro Now Available
Because we so strongly believe in this product we’ve become a reseller so you can purchase them right from our clinics. We’ve selected the Yaktrax Pro because of it’s instant ability give you better traction, confidence and safety on packed snow or ice. Walk, run, or work on slick surfaces with the same stability you’re accustomed to on dry surfaces. Don’t let the winter weather put a damper on your outdoor activities or athletic training.

The Yaktrax Pro is available for $30, which is the same price you’ll pay at the big box stores, only you don’t have to drive to get them – we’re close to home.

Yaktrax Pro Benefits
– Get out and be active on snowy days, knowing you have reduced your chances of falling
– Use these on shoes that don’t have a lot of traction
– Reduce risk of slipping/falls even on compact snow and solid ice during outdoor winter activity
– They don’t significantly change gait/running mechanics on outdoor surfaces
– Easily interchangeable between all your shoes and boots
– Easily removed when you go indoors
– Keeps those with limited mobility safe and gives them confidence when walking in the winter

Call or visit the Northern Physical Therapy clinic nearest you to get your Yaktrax today!

Reducing Back, Knee, and Foot Pain with Orthotics

Most people assume that orthotics are only for those suffering from foot pain. But let’s take a step back and reconsider that notion. Your feet are the initial support for your entire body and when things are off balance starting at the bottom, it can contribute to overall postural imbalance, leading specifically to back pain and knee pain. In fact, pain all the way up to your neck can stem from your feet.

Biocorrect Pro-Fit Orthotics are fitted specifically to you by a physical therapist

How Can Orthotics Help?

– Orthotics offer support which can change the distribution of, and reduce the force through your foot, ankle, and ultimately, your knee.
– Orthotics can change the alignment of your foot and ankle, which can result in a change of alignment at your knee. When this delicate alignment is off, you’ll most likely feel pain in your knees or low back.

Because our staff members wear orthotics and see the benefits, we often recommend them to friends, family members, and patients. However, you don’t have to take our word for it – here are two personal stories, shared by friends, highlighting how orthotics have changed them for the better.

“I used to suffer from daily back pain as a result of working on my feet all day. Per the suggestion of a family member, I started using Biocorrect Orthotics in my shoes over 4 years ago and noticed a difference almost immediately. My back pain was gone and to my surprise, there was also reduced pain in my ankles and Achilles tendon. Last winter I purchased a new pair of shoes and since they felt very comfortable I started wearing them without my orthotics. After about a week my back pain had returned so I put the orthotics in my new shoes and my back pain went away within a couple days. I still use the original pair that I purchased over four years ago and have since purchased two additional pair so they are readily available in all my shoes. I would recommend Biocorrect Orthotics to anyone with chronic back or leg pain.”
John O., Coopersville, MI

“My wife is a physical therapist so she was frequently suggesting I try Biocorrect Comfort-Fit orthotics. I was a bit skeptical at first, wondering how a little extra cushion could really help my common aches. One day she brought them home and inserted them in my shoes. Just give them a try, she insisted. To my surprise, they felt great. So good, in fact, I even had her get a pair for a second set of shoes which I was taking on vacation with me. I wore the shoes with orthotics on Mackinac Island and walked over 5 miles in one day with no back or knee pain! We had taken the same trip 3 years prior and by the end of the trip I was so sore all I wanted to do was sit down. In this case (and often in life), my wife was right – orthotics are great.” Tony B., Grand Rapids, MI

Biocorrect orthotics are available for purchase in any of our clinics, or through our online store. We offer Comfort-Fit and Slim-Fit, which can be purchased based on your foot size and there are options for men, women, and children. We also offer Biocorrect Pro-Fit orthotics, which are fitted by our staff specifically for your foot. If you have any questions on orthotic fittings or how they can help you, contact the clinic nearest you.

What Are the Benefits of Stress Balls?

When was the last time you sat down and thought to yourself “Hmm…I have nothing to do…” Ha! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Between shuffling kids to school functions and sports practice, work priorities, and social commitments it’s no wonder we feel stressed at times. And let’s not forget what time of year it is – the holidays are right around the corner so you can add baking, shopping and entertaining to the list.

Wouldn’t it be nice if in times of chaos you could just get a little bit of stress out, in a quick and healthy way? Have you ever tried a stress ball? They work well on days when you want to squeeze the life out of something too – they always bounce back!

A Quick Fix
Stress balls, or Eggsercizers, are small egg shaped objects, filled with a malleable gel, that fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. Repeatedly squeezing the egg releases tension and in turn, helps to relieve stress. In addition to the mental benefits, stress balls also boost blood circulation and help with the treatment of carpal-tunnel syndrome and arthritis — and they’re used as a tool for meditation too. Because they’re so small, they’re convenient to store in your purse or bag – pull them out whenever you’re on the verge of feeling stressed.

How Do Stress Balls Work?

Lowering levels of stress and tension can help to improve your quality of life by promoting better sleep habits, warding off illness and increasing a general feeling of well-being. Squeezing the egg activates the muscles of your hand and wrist, then releasing the grip allows the muscles to relax. The repeated pattern of gripping and releasing helps to alleviate tension and stress.

Great For Hand Injuries Too

The muscles in your hands and wrist can become weak or strained from daily overuse, arthritis or a fracture or sprain. Squeezing a stress ball or Eggsercizer can help to rehabilitate and strengthen your hand. Simply hold the ball or egg in the palm of your hand and squeeze it as tightly as possible; hold the grip for five seconds and release. Repeat 10 times.

If you have any questions on hand exercises, stress relief techniques, or hand injuries, feel free to contact us at 616.997.6172 or via e-mail. We’d love to help!