A positive attitude reaps healthful rewards

“Mind over matter” may seem a bit cliché when it comes to health and science, but in Ann Thomas’s world, a positive attitude plays an undeniable role in reaching and maintaining optimal health. A physical therapist and owner at Body in Balance Physical Therapy in...

Exercise essential during, after cancer treatment

As National Cancer Survivors Day was in June, Palmer physical therapist Anne Thomas finds this annual celebration of life as the ideal opportunity to point out the ways research has shown that movement and exercise can improve the health and quality of life of those...

Physical therapy more effective than drugs for chronic pain, studies confirm

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) agrees. In new CDC guidelines released in March – guidelines which question the safety and effectiveness of opioid use for the treatment of chronic pain – physical therapy and exercise are specifically mentioned as options for managing chronic pain which “may actually work better” than oft-abused opiate painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin.