Your Ribcage, Diaphragm, and Overall Health

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When you think about your health and specifically any dysfunction in your body, you probably don’t even consider the diaphragm as one of the top 5 organs to assess. But the diaphragm is a large, specialized muscle and is oftentimes overlooked for something so instrumental and interconnected with other vital systems of the body.

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Physical Therapy Tip: Return to Winter Sports

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Winter sports are a good way to get outside, exercise, and bond with family and friends. Honestly, we are all dying to leave the house during these cold winter days! First and foremost, health and safety should be everyone’s top priority. Here are a few tips that may help minimize injuries and decrease pain the next day.

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Coping with COVID

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As part of our Coping with COVID series, we’ve decided to weigh in on how to help someone struggling through this pandemic. Coping is a collaboration between the body, mind and spirit. Here are 7 ways to get you mentally, physically and emotionally in a better place to get through COVID-19 pandemic.

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Comprehensive Pain Care: The Biopsychosocial Model

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Nevada Advanced Pain Specialists is always striving to treat our patients with the most comprehensive approach to treating acute and chronic pain. We realize that all patient’s pain is not the same. Pain is complex and multiple factors can cause or exacerbate a patient’s pain condition.

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October is Physical Therapy Month!

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October is Physical Therapy month, and that means spreading awareness of the benefits of physical therapy. According to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, here are 10 reasons why physical therapy is beneficial.

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An Introduction to Cupping

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Cupping is one of the oldest forms of manual therapy, originating in China thousands of years ago. It is known to relieve sore or tight muscles among other benefits by activating blood flow. For the treatment, the therapist will place a glass or a plastic cup onto the skin and will create suction like a vacuum. The suction can also be created with either a hand suction pump or a burning cotton wool ball. The skin, muscle, and fascia will then draw up into the cup. Placement of the cups will depend on where the person is feeling tightness or pain in the muscle.

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Craniosacral Therapy: The Power of Touch


CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on healing treatment that focuses on the wave-like rhythmic pulse that goes through the entire body. This therapy stems from osteopathy, which is an approach that emphasizes the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease and was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University.

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Jamie Pribyl PT, DPT, MTC, Speaks on Dry Needling Treatment

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Dry needling involves putting acupuncture needles (thin monofilament needles) into muscles, ligaments, tendons, subcutaneous tissues, and scar tissues to get them to relax and release. Originally, dry needling was used only to enter into trigger points of dense outer tissue, but the practice has expanded since it has been found to be beneficial for multiple tissues. When manual techniques are not effective in relaxing or releasing tissues, dry needling is a nice alternative treatment.

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Physical Therapy on the Go: Exercises You Can Do Anywhere By Jamie Pribyl

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Summer is officially here, and with it comes vacations and inconsistent scheduling, which may make it difficult to make it to your physical therapy appointments or keep up with regular activity. A strong core is essential to avoiding back injuries, and subsequently pain. Often times, back pain is due somewhat in part to having weak abdominal muscles and improper spinal alignment. By increasing your core strength with these on-the-go exercises, you’ll be less likely to rely on other treatments for pain, such as medication.

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A note from Jamie Pribyl PT, DPT, MTC


So, you have been referred to physical therapy by your doctor. Now what? It already hurts to do your everyday activities and the LAST thing you want to do is exercise because it’s only going to make you hurt more, right? WRONG. First off, I understand you have chronic pain. I understand that it hurts for you to sit, to walk, and to lie down. And I understand that you may have tried physical therapy in the past without success. All I ask is that you clear your mind and be ready to experience therapy designed around you. I’m here to try to help you feel better, not worse and that begins with you telling me what aggravates your pain.

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"Jamie the Physical Therapist is amazing, caring and compassionate. I always leave after PT feeling so much better. Please thank her."

"I see Kelsey for physical therapy in Sparks office. I just love her and she has helped me so much."

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