A call for headache study participants

Des Moines University is seeking participants for a research study about sinus headaches that offers compensation. The sinuses are air-filled …

The importance of trauma informed care

Understanding the impact of psychological trauma is critical for future health care providers, as we inevitably will treat patients with …
Tracy Porter, D.P.T., educates a patient about her temporomandibular joint.

When jaw pain bites, see a physical therapist

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is probably not a part of the body you know by name. If you experience …

80 percent by 2018: taking steps to conquer colorectal cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, much of the suffering and death from cancer could be prevented by increasing the …
Kate Cardamon treats a patient with pelvic floor weakness.

A weak pelvic floor can wreak havoc on your quality of life

The pelvic floor is an often overlooked, but important group of muscles. It’s the job of the pelvic floor muscles …
Michelle Brown, M.S.P.T., performs the Epley maneuver on a patient with BPPV.

Exercise your inner ears to alleviate vertigo and balance issues

Your ears play a major role in balance and movement. The organs in your inner ear make up the vestibular …

Ease the pains of pregnancy

Pelvic pain during pregnancy is a common occurrence. Approximately 20 percent of women have pelvic girdle pain at some point …
Tracy Port, D.P.T., helps a patient recover from orthopedic surgery.

4 steps to recovering from orthopedic surgery

Physical therapy is a key component of rehabilitation from any orthopedic surgery. Whether it’s a total joint procedure or a …
Michelle Brown, M.S.P.T., and a DMU D.P.T. student lead a patient through a balance exercise.

Three steps to living free of the fear of falling

For most of your life, falls are no big deal: a small bruise, a scraped knee, a sore hip. As …
Dietitians can clear the confusion and bust diet myths.

Clearing the confusion: Diet myths

AS A DIETITIAN, I spend a lot of time clearing up misinformation my patients hear on TV, read on the …
The food-mood connection

The food-mood connection

The next therapies for mental health may be found in your local supermarket. Illustrations by Mark Marturello IF YOU’VE EVER buried …
Shane McClinton, D.P.T. treats a chronic pain patient

Know pain, know gain

Every injury comes with a typical timeline for pain and recovery. When pain continues beyond that timeframe, it’s considered chronic. …