Ice vs. Heat For Pain

ICE VS HEAT It’s a question we hear often: when it comes to managing pain, should I use ice or heat? While we can offer some general guidelines to help you decide, it’s essential to recognize that if you’re dealing with conditions like fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis, your body’s response to pain may not fit […]

Get Better Sleep Tonight

Healthy Sleep Tips Settling in for a good night’s sleep isn’t just about counting sheep – it’s crucial for both your mental and physical well-being. Discover why sleep matters for overall health. But for many, achieving restful sleep is a challenge. Tossing and turning can lead to daytime exhaustion, impacting every aspect of life. That’s […]

Heart Health Awareness

Heart Health Awareness It’s February, which means it’s time to shine a spotlight on Heart Health Awareness Month. In this blog, we will share some key insights about getting to know your heart health and steering clear of heart diseases. Plus, we’ll share how physical therapy can play a crucial role in supporting your heart’s […]

How Quads/Hips Affect Knee Health

How Your Quads and Hips Influence Your Knee Health   Welcome to the Merrill PT blog! Today, we’re diving deep into the intricate relationship between your quadriceps and hips and the impact they have on your knee health. Whether you’re an athlete, a parent, work a desk-job, or an older adult, understanding this connection is […]

Winter Sports Safety

You either love winter or you hate it.   Here at Merrill PT, we embrace the thrill of the first snowfall! It’s our cue to gear up for adventure—whether it’s skiing or snowboarding down Granite Peak, ice skating at the Smith Center, snowshoeing at Council Grounds State Park, or sledding at Sylvan Hill. While frolicking […]

What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling for Trigger Point Release: Unlocking Orthopedic Relief Dry Needling, is a technique performed by a skilled physical therapist, utilizing slim needles to stimulate soft tissue trigger points, muscular tissue, and connective tissues. This approach proves effective in managing various orthopedic conditions, whether acute or chronic. Through dry needling, physical therapists employ a safe […]

Merrill PT Has Moved!

Exciting News: Merrill Physical Therapy Moves to 1219 East Main Street! Change is in the air, and we at Merrill Physical Therapy are thrilled to announce our big move to our brand-new location at 1219 East Main Street in Merrill, WI! This fresh start comes with a promise of a fun, inviting atmosphere that will […]

Spring into Gardening: Tips for Preventing Pain and Injury with Physical Therapy

Tips for preventing pain and injury this gardening season.   Spring is a time when many people start to think about gardening and the seeds they want to plant for the upcoming season. However, gardening can be physically demanding and may lead to body pain in areas such as the back, neck, knees, and hips. […]

How To Improve Your Posture Today

Why is posture so important?   Poor posture is a condition in which a person holds their body in an unnatural position or alignment. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including sitting for extended periods of time, carrying heavy bags on one shoulder, or slouching while standing or walking.   Poor posture […]

Hip Pain: Causes & Treatment

What is hip pain? Hip pain refers to discomfort or pain felt in or around the hip joint, which is the largest joint in the body. The hip joint connects the thigh bone (femur) to the pelvis and allows for a wide range of motion, such as walking, running, and jumping. Hip pain can be […]

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