We are now open and available to see patients in clinic. JumpStart therapist are also offering telehealth visits. For the safety of our staff, patients, and families we have implemented the following guidelines:

  1. Prior to coming to work each day the staff must self certify that they are fever free, have not had a fever in the past 48hrs, and have not been told to self isolate by a public health agency.
  2. All staff will be wearing the appropriate PPE including masks, and will glove for some manual based interventions.
  3. We have adjusted staff schedules to decrease the overall number of people occupying each clinic at any one time.
  4. Tables have been moved to promote social distancing of greater than six feet.
  5. We are cleaning before, during, and after patients are in the treatment area. This includes anything that may be touched by the patient. Our cleaning guidelines are based on recommendations from the CDC. Staff will be washing their hands before and after each patient treatment.
  6. Patients that are coming into the clinic must complete a screening tool to help prevent the spread of COVID19. This screening questionnaire will be sent to each patient prior to their appointment. The same questions apply to each return visit.
  7. We are asking that only patients come into the treatment area. If a caregiver must assist the patient, then the caregiver must also complete the screening tool.
  8. Any patient or caregiver coming into the clinic must be wearing a face mask from home before entering the building.
  9. Once a patient enters we are asking them to please wash their hands before they start working with the therapists.
  10. In regards to telehealth, we are using a secured platform and can easily send out the link for a telehealth visit with the therapist of your choice. Most insurances are covering this option.

Please contact us via our website or call one of the clinics should you have additional questions and to book your appointments now.

Stay safe and be well.
Dan and Jennifer Connors

Newsletter Video, February 2021

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Pain with Computer Use? Read This for the Solution

It's not completely clear what causes myofascial pain syndrome; several factors have been identified that likely contribute to its development.

Sitting with poor posture at a desk that's not set up properly can further compound this problem, as it forces you to overexert your body, which can cause you to strain your muscles and lead to other issues like myofascial pain syndrome.

The current thinking is that practicing incorrect body posture can cause the stabilizing muscles of the upper back and shoulders into a state of constant contraction. When these types of postures are held for much of the day, several days a week, it can lead to the development of trigger points and myofascial pain.

You can decrease your risk of experiencing myofascial pain by optimizing your home workspace or workstation ergonomics and correcting your posture.

Using good ergonomics and proper posture not only prevents painful conditions from occurring, but can also increase productivity by reducing mental and physical fatigue.

The key to proper workstation ergonomics is keeping a neutral posture while avoiding reaching and repetitive motions. One of the more common issues is the position of the keyboard in a workstation setup. Many people don't position it correctly, which can cause a forward leaning trunk and improper positioning of the arms. Improper monitor placement is another big one that can be easily corrected.

Reaching too much can throw off your posture, so you should try to have everything at your desk within arms' reach, or the "easy reach zone". If you were to draw a 12x12 inch box about 6 inches from your body, that would be your ideal zone that everything should be placed in to avoid overreaching. Anything beyond your arms' length can lead to excessive or repeated twisting of the body which can cause the neck and back muscles to overwork.

Your Ideal Workspace/Workstation Posture

It's possible to achieve a "neutral posture" by making some basic modifications to your desk setup. Starting from the ground up, here's how you can improve your workstation ergonomics:

Feet: keep them secure and flat on a surface, either the ground or a footrest

Knees: should be equal to or slightly below the chair's height

Back: push your hips back as far as they can go, so your back is completely supported by the chair; this allows the chair to support your spine and makes it easier for you to sustain your posture

Elbows and wrist: keep your elbows by your side and aligned with the keyboard to avoid overreaching, and keep your wrists straight in a neutral position, at about the same height as your elbows and supported by the armrest or desk

Keyboard: ensure that it's centered with your body to minimize rotation of the back; if you're using a traditional keyboard with a 10-key keypad at the bottom right, disregard the keypad and instead center yourself using only the letter portion of the keyboard

Monitor: if using a single monitor, center it with your body; if using dual monitors, push them together and align the center of the monitors with the center of your body; monitors should be about 18-30 inches from your body, and your eyes should be about two inches from the top of the screen.

Shoulders: keep them relaxed and in a neutral position

Other: there is a wide array of other devices that can be used to improve the ergonomics of your workstation, such as document trays to reduce head and neck movements, electric staplers, electric hole punchers, ergonomically designed keyboards, and ergonomically designed mice, which may be semi-vertical or completely vertical

Focusing on your workstation ergonomics and practicing good posture is a smart move that can lead to a host of benefits, including a lower risk for myofascial pain syndrome.

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