Case Study: How a Travel PTA helped a patient walk again

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Jun 20, 2017 11:28:57 AM

Zach, a physical therapist's assistant currently on assignment in San Angelo, Texas, loves helping patients. When Zach first became a physical therapist's assistant in 2009, he began his career as a Traveling PTA. It gave him the opportunity to pursue his passion, while also offering more employment options with benefits and giving him the ability to see different parts of the country. He joined Jackson Therapy in 2016 after partnering with Katie his recruiter, and began assisting patients in Texas in a nursing facility.

In this facility, Zach focused on geriatric patients, which presented some challenges - as their age made it more difficult for them to progress past an injury.  Their slow progress can depress morale and cause patients to lose motivation. When they don't believe in themselves, they heal at a slower rate.

Building hope, one step at a time

When Zach was first paired with a military veteran and ex-sniper who was bound to a wheelchair, he immediately realized this patient felt completely defeated and didn't believe he could walk again. Other physical therapists had given up on this veteran, but Zach was willing to try again.

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Topics: Physical Therapy

Learn the creative ways therapists use foam rollers to heal pain & improve mobility (& fight cellulite!)

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Jun 13, 2017 11:57:51 AM

Dancers and athletes have long known the seemingly magical powers of foam rollers. They can help loosen tight hips or knotted quad muscles. Physical and occupational therapists also use them in a number of different ways during sessions with patients. Check out the list below for the clever ways you can use these rollers on your own:

Work out shin splints

If you feel a mild shooting pain in your shins after hitting the track or the trails, you may have shin splints. You can use your foam roller to work out the pain. 

Simply kneel on your roller and slowly work it down to your ankle and back up. Make sure not to hit your knees! That could lead you to accidentally hurting yourself, noted Health magazine.

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Topics: Physical Therapy, Speech/Language Pathology

4 Reasons to Make Alaska Your Summer Assignment

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on May 12, 2017 4:58:59 PM

The summer is normally when the temperature creeps up - and stays up! - leaving you yearning for a cooler destination. In Alaska during the summer, the sun glows all night during May and June - with the sun just starting to set after 10 p.m. during July and August. With so much daylight, it's the perfect opportunity to go exploring. Travel and Leisure noted that several airlines are increasing the number of flights available to this secluded part of the world - so what's stopping you? Check out our top four list of reasons why Alaska just might be for you!

Breathtaking views from the water

Tourists fawn over the glaciers in this state as they have a faint blue hue. Sunset Magazine noted that Alaska is home to 100,000 glaciers

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Topics: Best Places to Travel

How to avoid talking politics while on assignment

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Apr 13, 2017 10:03:58 AM


It feels impossible to escape talking politics after the last election cycle. There may even be changes coming within the health care field, so it can feel top of mind when you're at work or speaking with patients. However, in a survey of 500 employees from a range of workplaces, half of them saw discussions evolve into political arguments. We are, overall, consuming more information about politics and as a result, are finding ourselves eager to talk about them. If you're tempted to take part in political discussions at work, try these tricks for avoiding these types of conversations:

Keep conversations positive

Making small talk about current events is one thing, but to prevent conversations from veering into politically charged topics (especially if it's a patient that's becoming impassioned) try to defuse the situation before it escalates. 

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Topics: Traveling Advice

Top destinations for beach loving therapists

Posted by Kaitlyn Manighalam on Mar 10, 2017 10:02:00 AM

It's easy to get a case of the blues in the midst of winter. Lucky for traveling therapists, you can escape to the beach on assignment! Whether you're working at a hospital or an outpatient facility, you can help patients or clients while taking the time to enjoy the beach. While most people think of Hawaii when it comes to pristine beaches, we found you more places in the U.S. to explore. Here are the top locations around the U.S. if you're hankering for some sunshine and waves:

The Outer Banks, North Carolina

U.S. News and World Report rated it as one the top 5 beaches in the U.S. And who could blame it?

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Topics: Traveling Advice, Best Places to Travel