Posts by joann

Ginger Laurits

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

Ginger Laurits

I came to the field of physical therapy with a love for science and learning, by way of personal experience, having contracted polio at age 18 months followed by years of PT. I have fond memories of my therapist asking if I did my exercises, which I didn’t do because I didn’t like them, and my mother fretting because my therapist was scary. And I still became a PT. My physical therapy education began at Simmons College, where I graduated in 1975 with a BS in biology and Certificate in Physical Therapy (please don’t do the math). I received my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014 after many...

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Pediatric Physical Therapy in Portsmouth

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

We are proud to have our practice featured in Seacoast Online discussing Pediatric Physical Therapy, written by Suzanne Laurent… Michelle Smith has joined the staff of Lighthouse Physical Therapy as a pediatric physical therapist. Pediatric physical therapists work with children and their families to assist each child in reaching his or her maximum potential to function independently, and they use their expertise in movement and apply clinical reasoning through the process of examination, evaluation, diagnosis and intervention There are a host of diagnoses that a pediatric PT can help....

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Help for Those Suffering from Foot or Heel Pain

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

We are proud to have our practice featured in Seacoast Online discussing Text Neck, written by Suzanne Laurent… Do you have trouble putting weight on a foot when getting out of bed in the morning or difficulty taking steps after sitting or after standing in one spot for a while? You may have plantar fasciitis, a painful condition that is very common in runners or people who stand on their feet for long periods. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (flat, fibrous ligament tissue) where it attaches to the heel on the bottom of the foot. Symptoms may be pain,...

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Tips to Avoid ‘Text Neck’

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

We are proud to have our practice featured in Seacoast Online discussing Text Neck, written by Suzanne Laurent… Living in the age of constant connection by electronic devices has a lot of people literally developing a “pain in the neck.” This 21st-century problem is being called “text neck,” and it is a repetitive strain injury that is caused by hunching over smartphones and tablets. As people become more tethered to their smartphones, physical therapists are seeing patients come in with muscle pain in the neck and shoulders and sometimes lower back. It’s easy for an hour...

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Michelle Smith, PT

Posted on May 6, 2016

Michelle Smith, PT

My enthusiasm for Physical Therapy goes back to the 6th grade when I was inspired by my father’s Physical Therapist, Mary Jo, who helped him to learn to walk again after a serious car accident. I knew then that I wanted to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and I have never looked back! I studied Physical Therapy at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME, and there earned my bachelors in Physical Therapy in 1984 after which my career adventures began, with a carload of friends and I heading south to kick off my Physical Therapist career in an in-patient rehabilitation center in...

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