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Erika’s Run Event

Heather Bowen participated this past Saturday, September 24th, in Erica’s Run 5k Event. This event raises and donates money to local families that have been affected by cancer. Erica Pombrio for whom the race and foundation were started was a 23 year old that courageously lost her battle to cancer in 2009. If you would like to know more about this event or the foundation please visit;

How Do Gross Motor Skills Affect Academics?

Most school staff are already aware of the physical benefits of exercise, such as strengthening of the heart and lungs, preventing weight gain, healthy bones, good posture and more. However, many are not aware of the potential brain-boosting benefits of physical activity with regard to school performance. Unfortunately, students are missing out on opportunities to accomplish this physical activity. For example, years ago kindergarten was meant to teach children how to play, listen, follow rules and interact with peers. Now kindergarten teachers, and even preschools teachers, are forced to spend more time on structured, academic instruction. This frequently translates into more seatwork time and less movement and active free play time. Physical education class and recess are usually the first things cut when more academic time is required for remediation in reading and math skills. At the end of the day, the children are spending too much time in a sedentary mode. Research indicates that this sedentary lifestyle has a negative effect on cognitive development.

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Good Luck Venetia!

Let’s all wish GOOD LUCK to Venetia Reilly as she will be participating for the second year in a row at the Pan Mass Challenge this upcoming weekend! Last year Venetia and her husband reached their goal of raising $ 7,000.00, and completed 84.8 miles. This year they have raised $7400 and plan on completing the 84.8 miles again.

VR PMC Challenge 2015

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*donations can be made under Venetia on the donation page


Run to Home Base

On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Venetia Reilly participated and raised $750 in the Run to Home Base unique fundraising event where runners and walkers go through scenic Boston and finish by crossing home plate at Fenway.

Run to Home Base
Home Base, a red sox foundation and MA General Hospital program is dedicated to healing invisible wounds of war for service members, post 9/11 veterans and their families through clinical care, wellness, education and research. Since its inception, Home Base has served more than 9,000 veterans and family members and trained more than 12,000 clinicians nationally.

VR Run to Home Base

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home base

Local Club Runs 5k

DTS is a proud supporter (through donations and volunteer time) of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club. The teens at the Club participated in a running group this spring, culminating in a 5k race in June. Led by Greg Uliasz and assisted by Venetia Reilly, the teens ran twice a week to train for this event. On June 18 the group, including Diane Raymond, the CEO of the Manchester Boys and Girls Club, ran the Palace Dash and all runners were able to complete the race. Two of our teens even took first place and second in their age group!
We are proud to support healthy lifestyle habits with club members and look forward to running another 5k in the fall!



Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Simply put, it is inflammation of the fascia on the bottom of the foot. There can also be changes in the fascia as a result of inflammation that cause the tissue to thicken and become gritty with less flexibility of the tissue to stretch. Plantar fasciitis typically presents as heel pain from the inflammation and increased tension and/or shortening of the fascia. It can also present as pain in the arch of the foot. The fascia spans from the heel, spreading out in a fan shape, attaching into the base of each toe. The onset of pain can be slow and progressive or come on quickly without warning and not necessarily related to specific trauma. Many people wake in the morning and complain of foot pain as they stand up and first put weight on their feet. In many cases, the pain can improve as you walk and muscles and fascia loosen up after rising in the morning but if it has progressed too far, the pain may limit the ability to tolerate walking and/or standing throughout daily activities.

What causes this?

The fascia on the bottom of the foot not only supports the arch of the foot but it has to stretch and allow movement as you bear weight on your feet to stand, walk, run, etc. If a muscle imbalance/weakness, joint or soft tissue restriction and/or altered dynamic from normal lower body mechanics has developed, this can put increased strain on the fascia of the foot as it tries to control the landing of the foot on the ground. Then the additional, repeated tension and load on the fascia creates an inflammatory reaction leading to pain and possible changes in the quality of the fascial tissue. The cause is typically multi-factorial and the treatment involves identifying the possible causes and implementing the appropriate treatment techniques to resolve the identified areas of need.

What are possible treatment options?

  • Rest/Activity modification
  • Stretching
  • Ice
  • Night splints
  • Taping
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization-GRASTON TECHNIQUE
  • Strengthening and balance training
  • Muscular/Movement re-training
  • Shoe wear changes
  • Shoe inserts (over-the-counter/custom)
  • Patient education and home programs

Skilled Physical Therapy intervention for plantar fasciitis is invaluable to identify the cause of inflammation and dysfunction and design an individualized treatment plan to resolve the problem.

Foot pain does not have to be a barrier to an active lifestyle!

An Overview of Graston Technique

To address restrictions and improve tissue mobility, the therapists at DTS are now trained to incorporate Graston Techniques along with traditional hands-on therapy and specific, individualized exercise programs. Graston incorporates specialized hand guided stainless instruments to specific areas to assist in pain relief and tissue recovery. Research has demonstrated a more rapid return to desired activities with the use of the Graston Technique.

Graston may be indicated in many inflammatory and overuse conditions such as Achilles tendonosis/itis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical sprain/strain (neck pain), lateral epicondylosis/itis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow), lumbar strain/ pain (low back pain), patella-femoral pain/ disorders (knee pain), plantar fasciitis (foot pain), shoulder pain and disorders, shin splints, scar tissue, and women’s health issues.

Contact DTS for further information!

Graston Technique News

DTS Physical Therapists Leah Daigle, Tara Chenery, Lu Miller, and Venetia Reilly all successfully completed a weekend training course in the Graston Technique, an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization technique. The course was sponsored by DTS and attended by OT’s and PT’s from throughout New England.

DTS is pleased to be able to offer Graston as one of many options in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions. You can read more about the Graston Technique [ HERE ].