Taking Up a New Hobby Can be Good for You


Think knitting and crocheting are just for the older crowd? Think again. There many good reasons to take up the hobby.

Benefits of crocheting and knitting include:

  • Reduced stress
  • Better ability to cope with illness (physical or mental)
  • Decreased risk of cognitive impairment as you age

But why do knitting and crocheting help?

Relaxed, repetitive motions, such as the ones used in crochet and knitting, can help calm down the body and the brain.  It creates a relaxation response similar to meditation, but in the end, you have something tangible like a scarf or hat.

Knitting and crochet also help with fine motor skills and keeping your fingers and hands feeling good as you age. Additionally, all patterns involve some aspects of math, keeping your mind sharp and letting you practice math skills. Seeing how math operates in the “real world” is especially helpful for kids: they can see concrete examples of the skills they are learning in the classroom.

Crocheting and knitting are often done in groups, either formally or informally. Whether you take a class, have a regular monthly guild meeting, or just get together with your friends every once in a while to chat and work on projects, chances are you have first-hand experience with how well knitting and crocheting go together with social activities. Being among friends can help combat loneliness and isolation, which can contribute to health problems.

Knitting and crocheting keep your hands busy.  Studies have shown that the hobby has helped smokers quit smoking by keeping their minds occupied and the same can be applied to controlling eating for weight loss.  Keeping your hands busy while watching TV can keep you from mindless snacking and sneaking out for that cigarette.

And if those benefits weren’t enough, knitting and crocheting can help with chronic pain. Betsan Corkhill, a wellness coach in Bath, England, and author of the book Knit for Wellness established a website, Stitchlinks, to explore the value of what she calls therapeutic knitting.  In a study of 60 self-selected people with chronic pain, Ms. Corkhill and colleagues reported that knitting enabled them to redirect their focus, reducing their awareness of pain. She suggested that the brain can process just so much at once, and that activities like knitting and crocheting make it harder for the brain to register pain signals.

If you are wanting to learn how to knit or crochet, there are many good resources in the area to begin, such as your local yarn store or senior center.
If you are a person suffering from a hand injury or a condition like arthritis, you can still reap the benefits of knitting and crocheting.  There are various types of tools and needles that are available that can be less taxing on your joints and help decrease pain and fatigue.  Contact anyone of our locations to speak to our therapists at Advanced Hand Rehab.  They are the experts in hand care and know the tools necessary to make activities of daily living and hobbies easier.
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  • Grand Blanc (810) 695-8700
  • Clio (810) 687-8700
  • Flint (810) 732-8400
  • Hartland (810) 632-8700
  • Goodrich (810) 636-8700
  • Davison (810) 412-5100
  • Clarkston (248) 620-4260

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Resources:  The Health Benefits of Knitting, Jane E. Brody, January 25, 2016, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/?_r=0


APTC Expands Pelvic Floor Rehab Program with the Addition of Certified Pelvic Floor Practitioner

Sarah Levitt’s passion is helping people overcome the day-to-day challenges in relation to pelvic floor dysfunction. Many patients can be embarrassed or uncomfortable, Sarah puts patients at ease within their first meeting.
levitt-sara-dsc_6-9-1-16-bhphotoSarah’s passion in pelvic health began in 2005 when she took an introductory course in pelvic floor rehabilitation. After a decade of working within this patient population, she received her certification in pelvic floor rehabilitation in 2015. This professional distinction signifies that she is an expert in pelvic health rehabilitation and has passed rigorous testing to demonstrate her expertise. She is a member of the Michigan Pelvic Floor Study Group, where pelvic floor practitioners throughout the state of Michigan get together to discuss patient cases and share knowledge about new treatment techniques and information received at conferences/continuing education courses. She is also a member of the International Pelvic Pain Society, which is a health organization established to help educate medical professionals on how to diagnose and manage chronic pelvic pain and to help raise awareness of this condition.
She received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Oakland University in 2004. In addition to pelvic floor rehabilitation, her post graduate focus includes visceral manipulation, which is a gentle manual therapy that aids the body’s own ability to release restrictions and unhealthy compensations that cause pain and dysfunction. She also utilizes various other techniques and modalities in her practice and they include the Graston Technique, kinesiology taping, Muscle Energy Technique, myofascial release, and strain/counter-strain.
Sarah practices out of our Clarkston location and since joining the Advanced Physical Therapy Center team, has greatly expanded our pelvic floor rehab program by bringing a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience.

Welcome Mary Maesch, PT to our Davison Office

maesch_mary-8-30-2016-bhphotoWhen patients describe their experience with Mary Maesch, PT, they say that her personality is what sets her apart. It’s been said that she puts people at ease, and they feel that they can really open up to her about their life and their condition. “I enjoy learning about people. I love hearing their stories and what’s going on in their lives,” says Mary about her patients.

Mary has always had an interest in how the body works ever since she was young.—That is what led her to get her degree in physical therapy. Mary is, originally, from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. She has been a practicing physical therapist for over two decades and has a wealth of knowledge and experience under her belt. She has taken multiple education courses and utilizes a variety of manual therapies and techniques—some of them include Muscle Energy Technique, myofascial release, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, and strain/counter-strain technique.

Mary is an active person who enjoys biking, Nordic pole walking and pickle ball. She also tries to emphasize the importance of physical activity with her patients. “My goal with each patient is to encourage them to do some sort of physical activity and to keep it up life long. I have a number of patients who have continued on with their program and keep in touch with me, letting me know how they are doing. If I can motivate people to keep moving, then that is great!” stated Mary.

Mary is a cancer survivor and has made a passionate interest to learn and do research on how nutrition affects the body. “I try to pass on what I learn to my patients. I think how we feed our body makes a big difference in how we feel and how we recover,” said Mary. She also has a special interest in posture and body mechanics and feels many injuries stem from misalignments within the body.

Mary treats patients out of Advanced Physical Therapy Center’s Davison location. Her practice philosophy is to be resilient, optimistic but help patients understand realistic outcomes. “People can get discouraged because they can’t do the things they used to do. Our job as physical therapists is to help them do the things they want to do but in new ways that don’t affect their condition or injury. I often joke with my patients telling them that our bodies don’t come with unlimited warranties,” states Mary.

Tips to Cut Back on Dog Walking-Related Injuries

Our certified hand therapists at Advanced Hand Rehab were just talking about this very subject. Happens more than you think. If you suffer and injury to your upper extremity, always seek the advice and treatment from an expert in hand therapy. We have them available at all our locations. You can also come in for a free consultation. To set up your appointment, call:

Renae Remillard, OTRL in Grand Blanc (810) 695-8700
Desaree’ Carwile, OTRL, CHT in Clarkston (248) 620-4260
Ouida Brown, OTRL in Clio (810) 687-8700
Kim Cochran, OTRL, CHT in Hartland (810) 632-8700
Heather Pantea, OTRL in Davison (810) 412-5100
Nicole Davis, OTRL in Flint (810) 732-8400

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Back Pack Safety and Ergonomics

In honor of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s National Back Pack Safety Awareness Day, we are posting our tips on how to choose a back pack for your child as well as how to fit your child’s back pack.  If the back pack is not the right size, ill-fitted or too heavy, it can cause injury and aches and pains in the future.  To avoid all of that, follow these tips below.


Cold Vs. Heat, Which Do I Use?


By Adam Pharr, PTA, CFMS, NSCA C-Pt, Advanced Physical Therapy Center

An injury to the body can take many forms, e.g., lacerations, burn, breaks, sprains,
infections, etc. When injuries occur, two things happen. First, there is pain. Pain in an
injury is caused by damage to the tissues, blood vessels, and bones. Second, the body makes attempts to heal and repair the damage. One of the ways it does this is by dilating the blood vessels and increasing blood flow in and around the damaged area. This helps the healing process by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissues and removing toxic waste products.  However, the dilation of the blood vessels and all the increased blood flow actually are the root of pain.  The dilation of the blood vessels and the increased amount of blood in the area causes swelling and pressure causing pain.  Similar to when you have a sprained ankle, you won’t walk on it, because weight bearing causes pressure and the pressure causes pain.

How does this apply to the therapeutic use of heat and cold?

In physical therapy, we use heat when …

We use heat when we want to increase the blood flow to an area, because heat dilates the blood vessels. Heat is safe after all initial swelling has decreased, approximately two weeks after initial injury.

In physical therapy, we use cold when …

We use cold when we want to decrease the blood flow to an area, because cold constricts the blood vessels. Cold is used during the first two weeks of an injury, when swelling is at its greatest.

We use either heat or cold in other situations depending on the type of condition. Heat would be applied to tissues that are infected (without swelling) to bring oxygen, nutrients, and white blood cells that fight infection to the area. Cold would help an area that is painful because of swelling (e.g., a sprained ankle) by decreasing blood flow and pressure.

Heat and cold can also be used sequentially. Standard care for a sprained ankle is to first apply ice for a few days to decrease the pain caused by swelling and then apply heat to increase blood supply and promote healing.