10 Ways to Get New Patients

On a recent trip to a conference, I noticed that the flight was only half full, and a number of passengers were bumped up to first class. It was instructive that the airline afforded the ‘privilege’ of a wider seat in business class (they were also blessed with some mixed nuts to chew on) to ‘elite’ level passengers (frequent flyers) during a 90 minute flight from Newark to Chicago.

It got me wondering – as private practice owners, the last thing we want is a ‘half empty’ patient schedule, and while we never want to treat some clients ‘better’ than others (like the airlines do), we need multiple physical therapy management systems in place to minimize ‘gaps’ in our patient schedule. Continue reading

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Manual Physical Therapy for Pain Relief

Many patients arrive at their first physical therapy appointment expecting to receive hot packs, ultrasound and instructions on how to complete a series of exercises. These modalities are warranted in many instances and most therapists would agree that exercise is needed to help restore muscle imbalances. However, many therapists now approach the restoration of function from a different perspective. These therapists are interested in why a muscle isn’t functioning properly and view back exercise not as the driving mode of recovery but as a complement to manual therapy. They may, for instance, look to restore proper sacroiliac or lumbar joint function to treat piriformis syndrome rather then directly manipulate the piriformis muscle through exercise. Continue reading

Occupational Therapists – Guide to Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy – a guide for the general public – Occupational therapists, or OT’s, work with anyone who may be experiencing physical, psychological and/or social problems, either from birth or as a result of trauma, illness or ageing.

The British Association Of Occupational Therapists states that Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Continue reading

Love That Max: Great sites for therapy ideas for kids with special

This guest post is by Heidi Kay, co-founder of PediaStaff, Inc, a staffing company with offices around the country specializing in the placement of pediatric and school-based speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Heidi also oversees the PediaStaff Blog, newsletter, and the PediaStaff Pinterest board. It’s a parent favorite for all its amazing pediatric therapy ideas, including the one above about painting with an eye dropper and a popular recent one about applying Velcro beneath a desk to help a child with sensory processing disorder. Heidi’s not a therapist but, as she says, “I’m passionate about helping children with special needs. I am delighted to go to work each day so I can contribute to therapist preparedness and education through PediaStaff’s publications.” Here, she shares some of the best therapy sites she’s come across. Continue reading