Easing Shoulder Pain

The scapula is the base of support to the shoulder joint and all movements of the arm. Poor scapular stabilization can contribute to a variety of problems such as:
shoulder impingement, shoulder instability, neck strain, nerve entrapment, and muscle strains.

If you injure your shoulder, you could notice that it’s difficult to properly use your arm, and you may start using your shoulder blade to help move your arm. This can cause bad habits that can continue to limit the use of your arm. A physical therapist can provide scapular stabilization exercises to help you regain normal control and use of your shoulder.

Here Ellen Maloney, DPT is helping her patient to learn a more advanced scapular stabilization exercise.

For more information on clinical research around the effectiveness of scapular stabilization exercise click here:

The effectiveness of scapular stabilization exercise in the patients with subacromial impingement syndrome.

Easing Back Pain

Core strengthening exercises can be a helpful treatment option for many types of back problems as it helps to restore balance in the muscles around the spine. Focus is placed on strengthening the abdominal muscles to be able to give stabilization to the spine. Rehab programs or preventative rehab programs that focus on strengthening lumbar muscles
combined with core stability can reduce low back pain if exercises are done correctly and regularly.

Exercises that strengthen your core muscles, including your abdominal muscles, back muscles and the muscles around the pelvis can be done with a fitness ball.

Here we see Ellen Maloney, DPT walking her patient through some of the beginner level core exercises on the physio ball.

For more information on physio ball core strengthening exercises check out this article from Princeton University Athletic Medicine:

Lumbar/Core Strength and Stability Exercises

Aquatic PT at Axis PT & Rehab

Our clinical team had a blast at our recent Aquatic Therapy continuing ed session!!

We spent 2 hours in the warm pool at Tamarack Center with an APTA Aquatic Therapy certified therapist who shared her knowledge and experience with us!

Aquatic Therapy offers multiple therapeutic benefits such as:

Hydrostatic pressure, which places compression around the entire body, helping to relieve chronic muscle aches when a person is submerged neck-deep.

Resistance in the water, which helps tone atrophied muscles faster by using more muscle fibers

Heated water, which increases blood flow to the limbs and can help promote muscle relaxation and increase healing.

Physical Therapy in the warm water can be great for all of the following:

Improving flexibility
Improving balance and coordination
Building muscle strength and endurance
Enhancing aerobic capacity
Assisting with gait and locomotion
Reducing stress and promoting relaxation


Axis offers a small and warm (98 degree) pool for your rehab needs! Call to schedule an evaluation today so that you can discuss your aquatic treatment options with a PT.

Hidden Benefits of Regular Exercise

Health psychologist and author, Kelly McGonigal writes in her new book about the wonderful mental benefits of even gentle and mild exercise:

“Among its many life-altering rewards: the generation of hope, happiness, a sense of purpose, greater life satisfaction and rewarding connections with others.”

“These benefits are seen throughout the life span,” she writes. “They apply to every socioeconomic strata and appear to be culturally universal.”

In a new book The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage, author Kelly McGonigal argues that we should look beyond weight loss to the many social and emotional benefits of exercise. Boris Austin/Getty Images

Hope, Happiness and Social Connection: Hidden Benefits of Regular Exercise

Published Paper by Kim Dimalanta

Congratulations to one of our own, Kim Dimalanta, DPT for co-authoring a recent research article that was published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care!

Students were part of an educational experience for complex neurological cases where members of many different professions came together to work as a team! They included members from the following professions: Pharmacy, Nutrition, Psychology, Physical Therapy, Communicative Disorders, Physician Assistants, Nursing, Medicine, and Occupational Therapy.

At the end of this program students felt they had an increased ability to participate actively at team meetings and had a greater ability to develop intervention strategies that help patients attain goals!

Read the details by clicking on this link:

Interprofessional Education for Complex Neurological Cases