The Boom… or Bust of the Stand-up Work Station

With the increase in popularity of the stand-up or sit-stand work stations I have been asked by several people whether they should make the switch from their traditional sitting work area.

Courtesy Beth Comeau

Courtesy Beth Comeau

The answer should vary depending on several factors that I think you should consider before making the change. (more…)

Simple Steps to Relieve Back Pain

As the weather gets colder we tend to become less active.

We sit more at school, at work, and at home. This can bring about lower back pain. Here are a few quick tips and exercises that you can do to prevent lower back pain. (more…)

3 Easy Steps To Healthy Knees

For many people, knee pain can be a way of life, limiting their ability to climb stairs, squat down to get something off the floor, enjoy long walks, and a host of other daily activities.

In this month’s Back in Motion newsletter we show how to say goodbye to knee pain as well as how to improve joint strength and flexibility.

Knee Pain

Blue Collar Crowds and Back Pain: Risk Factors and Resolutions

Back pain is prevalent in both white-collar and blue-collar work forces.

The blue-collar crowd, however, is at a higher risk due to the nature of their jobs. It has been shown that increased biomechanical loads and improper lifting posture is related to back pain and missed days of work related to back pain. Other risk factors include improper sitting and standing postures, work involving heavy lifting, and the length of time spent in a particular job. (more…)

Simple Ways To Avoid Injury During Soccer Season

Summer is winding down, fall is winding up, and awesome sports are underway!

With summer coming to an end and fall rolling around the corner, the start of soccer season is here.  Soccer is the world’s most popular sport with a significant number of players being younger than 18 years of age.  With the FIFA Women’s World Cup wrapped up, and the United States Women’s National team winning the gold medal, the popularity of high school soccer in the US is at an all-time high.  According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were over 808,000 high school students who played soccer in the US in 2014-15! (more…)

Meet Back in Motion Physical Therapist Catherine Rowan

Our newest addition to our Back in Motion Gorham team is Catherine “Cat” Rowan.

Maine Physical Therapist Catherine RowanShe is an experienced PT who has been working in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington D.C., for the past four years. She graduated in 2011 from the University at Buffalo, SUNY with a Doctor of Physical Therapy. She also has her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Exercise Science from UB. Catherine is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist with advanced clinical knowledge and skills in orthopedic physical therapy. She is a self-proclaimed “Army Brat” and grew up in various parts of the US and Europe; she recently moved to Maine with her fiancé. She is excited to be here and is ready to help you wrap up summer to get ready for the fall.

Q: Locally we have students returning to school with sports seasons right around the corner. Do you have advice for them; either starting a new season or transitioning into the next for help with injuries or prevention of injuries?

As the fall sports season begins you can expect to have an increase in activity level. Whether it is football, cross country, soccer, or field hockey, an increase in activity level could lead to injury, especially if you did not maintain any fitness level over the summer. The most important thing is to get the injury addressed as soon as possible. A little, nagging ache that only occurs after a workout could lead to persistent, severe pain which can sideline you. A physical therapist can evaluate your body mechanics, flexibility, and strength, as well as address a deficit which could be causing the pain as soon as possible to keep you on the field or track.

Q: Working with patients of all ages and different activity levels, what can they expect from you as a physical therapist?

As a physical therapist, my goal is to get my patients back to their prior level of function which includes sports. This applies for anyone from seasoned marathon runners to youth football players. A majority of sports involve running which means different types of athletes can suffer from similar lower body injuries. I can help with any issue that can come up as your intensity increases, as well as answer questions you may have to help get you back in action.

Q: Can you help more than just our local athletes?

Yes, I can help everyone, not just athletes. As an Orthopedic Certified Specialist, I have advance clinical knowledge in treating all orthopedic problems and I have experience treating a wide array of injuries.

Q: I know you have recently relocated to Maine. Have you had a chance to enjoy any of this good weather?

I have been here for just over a month and I have actually done a ton of things. My second weekend here my fiancé and I went camping in Acadia National Park and hiked Cadillac Mountain. We also did some off-roading at Sebec Lake and I have thoroughly enjoyed the easy access to the many beaches close by.

To book your free pain consultation with Cat at our Gorham clinic call (207) 839-5860.


To Tilt or not to Tilt

One of the most common questions I get from people who suffer from low back pain is, “I was thinking about getting a tilt(inversion) table for my back pain, what do you think about them?”

Honestly, I have mixed feelings.  It is important to understand what tilting upside down can do to your body.  Tilting upside down causes your blood pressure to rise, your heart rate to slow down, and the pressure in your eyes to increase dramatically.  Therefore if you have any blood pressure issues, heart disease, or glaucoma it is very important to check with your physician prior to using an inversion table.  I have found that even if you do not have any blood pressure issues, tilting backwards for any length of time, where your head is lower than your feet, can cause dizziness and light headedness when you return to the upright position.  This puts you at risk for fainting and getting injured.  So please proceed with caution. (more…)