5 Tools to Improve Flexibility

Flexibility is a part of our lives that many of us overlook. It is needed to perform everyday activities, such as getting out of bed, cleaning, or interacting with children. As such, it is essential to improve flexibility and include … Continue reading

Sensory Toys and Tools for Kids

Autism Spectrum Disorder is often closely aligned with many sensory processing disorders (SPDs). As a symptom, many autistic children struggle with sensory processing. According to Brain Balance, children with SPD can either show hypersensitivity (over-responsiveness) or hyposensitivity (under-responsiveness) to sensory … Continue reading

TheraPutty Activities for Children with Autism

Children with autism often have trouble with fine motor skills, hand strength, coordination, and spatial awareness. One method used by Occupational Therapists (OT) to help develop these skills is using TheraPutty® activities. The uniqueness of the material as well as the variety … Continue reading

Autism and Occupational Therapy

Did you know that in addition to being Occupational Therapy Month, April is also Autism Awareness Month? Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, is defined by Autism Speaks as, “a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, … Continue reading

Adult Occupational Therapy – Upper Body Training

As people grow older, so do their bodies. While one may perceive one’s self as healthy, some health issues can be beyond one’s control. For example, one such issue could be a stroke. After an individual has had a stroke … Continue reading

What is Occupational Therapy?

April is Occupational Therapy month. When people hear the words “Occupational Therapy” they often think that it has something to do with finding a job. That’s an easy mistake to make, but according to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Occupational … Continue reading

Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

Spring training for baseball has begun which is a clear signal that we’re leaving the cold weather behind and summer is just around the corner. Many of us look forward to getting outdoors during the warmer weather. However, higher temperatures … Continue reading

10 Fat Burning Exercises Perfect for Spring

Spring is here and before you know it Summer will be too. In the cold winter weather, it can be very unmotivating to venture out of the house and down to the gym. If you are one that has slacked … Continue reading

Athletic Training’s Role in Monitoring Athlete Burnout

Being a successful athlete puts a lot of pressure on an individual. He or she needs to practice and participate in physical conditioning almost every day and this athlete needs to regularly compete in games. Student athletes need to do … Continue reading

What Makes an Athletic Trainer Tick

Have you ever worked with an Athletic Trainer (AT)? Whether it be on the sport field or in the workplace, athletic trainers are on hand as health care professionals. They are responsible for making quick decisions that can dramatically impact … Continue reading

The Importance of Athletic Trainers in Schools

Have you ever played a sport? If so, then you probably have interacted with an athletic trainer (AT). According to a report in U.S. News, 46.5 million children participate in sports across the U.S. each year. Of those children, every … Continue reading

FEI Participates in Patient Safety Awareness Week

FEI is pleased to announce that it is participating in Patient Safety Awareness Week on March 12 – 18, 2017. What is Patient Safety Awareness Week? This week serves as a dedicated time and platform for growing awareness about patient … Continue reading

3 Steps to Get Back in the Game After an Ankle Injury

When an ankle injury occurs at a sporting event, the situation can become tense. Decisions need to be made fast and they need to be the right decisions.  In this type of situation, an athletic trainer (AT) is under immense … Continue reading

National Athletic Training Month Begins

The beginning of March marks the start of National Athletic Training Month (NATM). The goal of NATM is to recognize the importance and value of athletic trainers and make a difference for them in regards to legislation, employment, and public … Continue reading

111 Kettlebell Exercises for Men and Women

Some of us are starting to dream about spring break. As such, some of us are starting to get ready for swimsuit season. Whether you’re getting ready to kick back at the beach or just want to incorporate something new … Continue reading

The importance of Balance Training and how to do it

Think for a second how much you move every day. Did you think about it? It’s a lot! As I type this blog post, my hands are moving over the keyboard. My head is moving back and forth between my … Continue reading

The Dangers of a Snowboarder’s Ankle Misdiagnosis

Are you an avid athlete or just a person who likes to keep fit? Chances are you may be one of the 3 million people who annually check into the emergency room for foot or ankle injuries. With symptoms of … Continue reading

3 Foam Rolling Exercises for Preventing Running Injuries

Runners are a unique bunch. They actually enjoy running…something most of us have dreaded since we had to run a mile in middle school. Because they’re always hitting the pavement, they’re often at a higher risk for IT Band Syndrome, … Continue reading

Strength Training Exercises to Perform with a BLACKROLL®

Did you know foam rollers are super-versatile piece of equipment? Along with providing a great form of self-myofascial release (SME) or self-massage, their round, unstable design makes them an essential tool for challenging your balance and increasing strength. Our partner, … Continue reading

BLACKROLL® comes to North America

Elmsford, New York –Feb. 10, 2017 — Fabrication Enterprises Inc (FEI), the leading manufacturer and distributor of physical therapy and fitness products, is pleased to announce a new partnership with BLACKROLL® muscle recovery and training products. As master distributor, FEI … Continue reading

Fabrication Enterprises Inc. introduces TOGU®

  Elmsford, New York –Feb. 7, 2017 — Fabrication Enterprises Inc (FEI), the leading manufacturer and distributor of physical therapy and fitness products, has been named a master distributor for TOGU inflatable training and therapy products. As master distributor, FEI … Continue reading

Using HipTrac™ to Treat Patients with Hip Osteoarthritis

Have you ever started to feel pain or swelling in your hips? You may have hip osteoarthritis. This occurs when your joints inflame in the hip area and cartilage tissue is broken down. A recent study found that manual, long-axis … Continue reading

Dos and Don’ts at the Gym

Many people start off the New Year by joining a gym. Many drop off after a few weeks. If you’re regularly going to the gym, congratulations. It is not easy to make exercise a habit, especially when there are other … Continue reading

Don’t text and exercise

You know how you shouldn’t text and drive? Well, one researcher found that you shouldn’t text and exercise either. A study performed by Dr. Michael Rebold, Ph.D., assistant professor of integrative exercise science at Hiram College, and researchers from Bloomsburg … Continue reading

Exercises to strengthen fingers

As we discussed earlier this week, strong fingers and pinch strength are important for many everyday tasks, however, it can weaken due to disease, injury, or with age. This can make even the simplest of tasks, a nightmare. Below we’ve … Continue reading

How to evaluate pinch strength using a mechanical pinch gauge

A weak pinch grip isn’t something that many individuals are concerned with in their day to day lives. Only when these individuals find difficulty in performing simple tasks like zippering up their jacket or holding a book, they realize something … Continue reading

What is flexible seating?

Earlier this week we told you about Katie Griffiths and her goal of incorporating flexible seating into her classroom. Today, we wanted to talk a little more about flexible seating and why it is important for young students. What is … Continue reading

Giving Back to the Community

Today, we wanted to share the story of Katie Griffiths with you. Katie is a first grade teacher at Eastgate Elementary School in East Helena, Montana. Katie was looking to incorporate flexible seating in her classroom. Flexible seating is beneficial … Continue reading

Exercises for Developing Grip Strength

Here is the scenario: you’re struggling to open a jar and then give it to someone else. That individual is able to open the jar easily. What gives?! Chances are, grip strength has something to do with the reason you … Continue reading

Top Fitness Trends to Watch in 2017

Happy New Year! 2017 promises to be an exciting year for many reasons. We are particularly interested in the top fitness trends that this year promises to bring. For 11 years, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) predicts the … Continue reading

Fun exercises to do in the snow

Many of stopped associating the words “fun” and “snow” with one another when we became responsible for shoveling sidewalks or had to start driving through snow to get to work. Hear us out, it is possible to still have fun … Continue reading

20 indoor exercises to try this winter

Winter doesn’t have to be a drag of endless hours on the treadmill. It can be a season full of exciting new workouts to try! Our friends at Greatist compiled a list of 20 indoor exercises to try this season. … Continue reading

When is it too cold to exercise outside?

It’s officially winter! Some of us may have already seen our first snow, others may be expecting it sometime soon. One thing is for sure: it is getting colder outside. Colder weather typically means it is time to bring our … Continue reading

Stretches and exercises you should do before your flight home for the holidays

Editor’s note: this article was originally found on Thrillist. Click here for the original article. Are you heading home for the holidays? Do you need to fly in order to get home? Then this post is for you. Flying and … Continue reading

7 ways to sneak in a holiday workout no matter where you are

Millions of the people will be traveling this season by planes, trains, or automobiles. Some of us are heading home to mom’s house, others are heading somewhere warm for a much-needed break from the cold! No matter where you’re going, … Continue reading

FEI features products for hand therapy at Arab Health 2017

Fabrication Enterprises (FEI) will feature its full range of products for hand therapy at Arab Health January 30 – February 2, 2017, in Dubai, UAE. Hand therapy products by FEI have been trusted by hand rehabilitation therapists for more than … Continue reading

8 fitness myths that just aren’t true

In the age of the internet, we have an abundance of information at our fingertips at all times. It’s a good thing, but can also lead to a lot of misinformation circulating, especially concerning fitness. A while back we wrote … Continue reading

31 Ways to Use Sliders to Get a Full-Body Workout

Bodyweight exercises are great because they can be performed anywhere with minimal equipment. With the addition of weights or sliders they can be taken to a whole new level. We have written about adding free weights to bodyweight exercises before, … Continue reading

Efficient exercises that give you the biggest bang for your buck

Here is the scenario: you decide to start running in an attempt to get in shape. You run five times a week and see immediate changes to your body. After a few months you notice a bit of a plateau … Continue reading

12 stretches to stay flexible and fit at any age

Stretching is an important part of any fitness program. It reduces muscle tension, increases range-of-motion, enhances muscular coordination, and increases circulation of the blood to various parts of the body. As we age, it can become harder to stretch and … Continue reading

5 science-backed reasons to never skip leg day

You have probably seen the jokes around the internet about skipping leg day: the day where you work your lower body and make sure it is as toned and built as the rest of your body. Exercising your lower body … Continue reading

10 resistance band exercises to do anywhere

Resistance bands are one of our favorite products here at FEI. It’s hard to find another piece of exercise equipment that is as versatile, portable, and easy to use as an exercise band. Today we want to share with you … Continue reading

Stretches for tight spots in your body

Take a second right now to evaluate how you are sitting while reading this post. Are you sitting at a desk slouching in your chair? Are you giving yourself “text neck” while reading this on your subway ride home? We’ll … Continue reading

The 4 pillars of fitness

Regular physical activity is important for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and for preventing disease. That being said, it can be difficult to decide where to focus your exercise efforts. There are endless exercise options available today. Many people find themselves … Continue reading

20 effective exercise ball exercises

Exercise balls are often an overlooked piece of equipment at the gym. Who has time for the brightly-colored bouncy balls when there is a full weight rack available to help you develop those muscles, right? Wrong. Exercise balls are a … Continue reading

5 things to do before you workout

One of the best things you can do to make sure you stay on track and reach your fitness goals is schedule your workouts. Many of us are pressed for time, so we often just show up at the gym … Continue reading

What are overuse injuries?

Note: this article originally appeared on the Mayo Clinic Health System Are you looking to become more physically active? Are you active already but looking to kick it up a notch? If either of these sound like you, it would be … Continue reading

Fewer than a third of high school students receive recommended amount of PE

Students tend to either love or hate physical education classes in school. Despite how students may feel about the classes, physical education programs in schools directly benefit students’ physical health. However, recent data shows that students are not getting the … Continue reading

5 reasons to start working out at work

Yes, you read the title right. Working out at the office helps you save time and avoid the temptations of your home. Some studies even suggest that exercising at the office can boost professional performance. Here are 5 reasons from … Continue reading

How to choose a foam roller

There are hundreds of foam roller options available for clinics and home users. With all the sizes, shapes, and firmness options available, how are you to know which roller is best for your needs? We are obviously partial to our … Continue reading

Three exercises for sciatica pain relief

Editor’s note: this article originally appeared on Click here for the original article. Sciatica is the term used to describe pain radiating along the sciatic nerve, which runs down one or both legs from the lower back. Sciatica is … Continue reading

13 of the best standing ab exercises

You read that title correctly: standing ab exercises. You probably never thought of working your core while standing, but you should. Your core muscles aren’t just the ones you see while standing in front of the mirror. Your abs, oblique … Continue reading

“Zoned” playgrounds may help increase physical activity during recess

Recess is a great opportunity for children to be active. Unfortunately, many children still tend to be sedentary during recess. A study by researchers from the University of Missouri found that playground zoning could change all that. Playground zoning means … Continue reading

Foam Rolling for Better Sleep

Stress is an inevitable part of life that we all have to deal with at one time or another. When we are stressed our body often gets tense resulting in bands and knots forming in our muscle tissue. These bands … Continue reading

Video: the total-body kettlebell HIIT workout

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a training technique in which short bursts of maximum effort exercise are followed by short, sometimes active recovery periods. This type of training is great if you’re looking to lose weight because it gets your … Continue reading

Small amounts of exercise can improve adult ADHD symptoms

A study from the University of Georgia found that a small amount of exercise can help to reduce ADHD symptoms in adults. Researchers asked 32 men with elevated ADHD symptoms to cycle at a moderate intensity for 20 minutes on … Continue reading

The ultimate guide to good posture

Having good posture is important for your overall health and mood. Poor posture can affect your muscles and internal organs. It also says a lot about your attitude and how you feel about yourself. Why is having good posture important? … Continue reading

Small amounts of exercise can lead to healthier kids

It is hard to get adults to exercise. It is even harder to get kids to exercise. Historically, it has been difficult to get children to exercise. A combination of inexpensive junk food, shorter gym class and recess time, larger … Continue reading

9 reasons you feel sluggish during your workout

Has this ever happened to you? You walk into the gym feeling pumped for your group fitness class. About five minutes into the workout you’re having trouble keeping up with the rest of the class and are feeling sluggish. You … Continue reading

4 foam-rolling exercises to do in the morning

Foam rolling is often thought of as a way to prepare for or recover from exercise, but it can also be a great way to loosen up your muscles first thing in the morning. All you need is a soft, … Continue reading

Children may not be getting enough exercise

A recent study found that young children are not meeting the national guidelines for physical activity. The study led by researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University suggests … Continue reading

Concussions in the different levels of football

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that high school and college football players report more concussion symptoms than youth league players. The study also found that youth league players tend to return to play within 24 hours of injury, … Continue reading

Better-fit female athletes may be at a higher risk for overtraining syndrome

A study by researchers from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, recently discovered that female athletes who are better fit at the beginning of the season may be more prone to “overreaching” during a team sport as the season … Continue reading

Exercising after studying may boost memory recall

College students take note: if you exercise four hours after studying it may increase your chances of remembering what you studied. A study by Guillen Fernandez, director of the Donders institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior at Radboud University Medical … Continue reading

Running and lower back pain

Runners, have you ever experienced lower back pain during or after a run? Maybe it is a slight pain at first but then it becomes more difficult to deal with over time? Has it gotten to the point where you’re … Continue reading

How to recover from a tough workout

Here’s the scenario: you decided to finally give kickboxing a try after your friend tells you about it for months. You go to the class and have a great time. You walk out of class feeling strong and can’t wait … Continue reading

Exercise may help heart failure patients live longer

New research has found a potential link between exercise and a longer lifespan in heart failure patients. A study, presented during a trial session at Heart Failure 2016 and the third World Congress on Acute Heart Failure, suggests patients can … Continue reading

Infographic: how to foam roll like a pro

To the untrained eye, foam rolling can look awkward. For those of us who regularly foam roll, we know that despite how awkward it looks, foam rolling does wonders for sore, tired muscles. This infographic by the experts at Greatist shows … Continue reading

Four items to help you stay fit while traveling

The summer is coming to a close which means many of us are planning our last-minute summer vacations. No matter where you’re going, your travel plans don’t have to get in the way of your fitness goals. Don’t forget to … Continue reading

Changing gait patterns, not shoes, may help prevent running injuries

A recent study by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that runners may be less prone to injury while running barefoot than while running with expensive running shoes. The study found that most distance runners who used cushioned running … Continue reading

What to do when you pull a muscle

Editor’s Note: If you think you have sustained an injury you should seek immediate help from your primary healthcare provider. This article is not intended to be a substitute for a consultation from your doctor.  Many people often say they have … Continue reading

Foam rolling mistakes to avoid

Humans are kind of like snowflakes: no two are the same. Our bodies all move in different ways are require care in specific ways, especially when it comes to foam rolling. It’s no secret that we love foam rollers. We … Continue reading

10 exercise myths you shouldn’t believe

We at FEI write a lot about different exercises and health trends. Some of what we write about includes our products, some don’t. Today, we wanted to take a break from what we usually write about so we could discuss … Continue reading

Using resistance bands for travel-friendly workouts

The summer months are perfect for getting a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind. Many of us have either taken or are looking forward to a vacation in the coming weeks. It can be difficult to keep up with your … Continue reading

The latest fitness trends from FIBO

The FIBO Global Fitness trade fair was recently held in Cologne, Germany. This event showcases the newest sports and products to industry insiders. Relaxnews rounded up the top fitness trends featured at the show: Plioxing This is a combination of … Continue reading

HIIT upper-body workout

Fitness trends come and go, but there are the rare few that will hit the mark and stay around for a long time. High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a great example of a trend that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. … Continue reading

Infographic: Total body BOSU ball workout

The BOSU balance trainer (BOSU ball) was invited more than 15 years ago. It is a great tool for balance training because it provides an unstable surface while the device itself remains stable. The stable/unstable combination allows for a wide … Continue reading

7 ways to prevent shin splints

Shin splints is the catch-all term for lower leg pain that occurs below the knee on the front of the lower leg. They often occur in athletes or fitness enthusiasts who have recently intensified or changed their training routines. The cause … Continue reading

Stretches for everyone

Stretching: it feels good, helps prevent injuries, and is one of the best ways to prevent post-workout muscle soreness. No matter your age, size, or fitness level, stretching is important. For those who carry extra weight or have limited range-of-motion, stretching can be … Continue reading

Infographic: how many steps are you getting each day?

Do you know how many steps you are taking each day? Unless you regularly wear a pedometer, Fitbit, or any device that tracks your steps, you probably don’t know how many you are taking each day. Most of us have heard that … Continue reading

5 ways to relieve sore muscles

Some days you wake up feeling sore and get an odd sense of satisfaction because it signals you had a fantastic workout the day before. Other days, you wake up with muscle soreness and realize you may have gone a little overboard. On … Continue reading

Can you be too sore to work out?

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Greatist. Click here for the original article.  Your alarm goes off and it’s time to get up for your morning strength training session. As you start to get up you realize your long run … Continue reading

10 exercises to perform with a weighted bar

Incorporating strength training into your fitness routine is essential for getting in shape and adding muscle definition to your body. Incorporating a couple of strength training sessions can be enough to help you get in shape. Beyond adding definition to your … Continue reading

Infographic: foam roll it out

Foam rolling is one of the biggest fitness trends of 2016. It was introduced by physical therapists to help their patients achieve self-myofascial release. Foam rolling increases blood flow, throughout the body, improves movement, and increases range-of-motion. Fitness expert Jenn Zerling recently … Continue reading

Beyond self-myofascial release: alternative uses for a foam roller

A foam roller is a great too to use when you need a little TLC and you don’t want to pay a lot of money for a professional massage. Many people think foam rollers are only good for self-myofascial release … Continue reading

8 physical therapy methods explained

Physical therapists are trained in the art of assessing the human body and restoring it to optimal performance following an injury. They have some of the most cutting edge technology at their disposal (including lasers!) but their most useful tool … Continue reading

4 exercises that make back pain worse and 4 moves to do instead

  Unlike some of the excuses we make to avoid our daily workout, an achy back is a justifiable reason to skip a workout. Here’s the catch: exercise is one of the best things you can do for an aching … Continue reading

Infographic: the do-anywhere, full-body resistance band workout

Are you ready for an easy to follow workout that only requires one piece of equipment? Here it is! Resistance bands are an effective way to level up any strength training program. This workout originally found on Greatist, is a … Continue reading

How you should sit at your desk according to ergonomics

Sitting all day is bad for your health. It causes your muscles to become inactive and reduces the number of calories you burn per minute, even when you are sitting with good posture! Most of us don’t sit with good … Continue reading

11 tips for dealing with an injury

Injuries don’t just affect physical well-being; they can wreak havoc on a person’s emotional well-being. When fitness is a major part of your identity it can seem like your whole life is thrown off. It’s hard to see right after … Continue reading

Is it a strain or a sprain?

You’re out for your morning run and all a sudden it happens: pain. You try and power through it, but when you get back home you realize this is unlike the typical soreness you experience after a good run. Is … Continue reading

Infographic: the best desk stretches

Sitting is harmful to your health. If you already accept that as a fact this may be surprising to you: sitting is so detrimental to your health that exercising for 30 minutes a day doesn’t offset its negative effects. This … Continue reading

Easy ways to lose weight at work

Adults spend nearly a quarter of their lives each week at work. Many of us have jobs that are done in front of a computer, which means the majority of our day is spent sitting. Sitting for long periods of … Continue reading

Best methods for treating ITBS

Iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) occurs when the connective tissue extending from the pelvic bone to the shin bone becomes so tight that it rubs against the thighbone. It is one of the most common injuries among runners and can sideline … Continue reading

4 Ways to Prevent Shin Splints

Did you know that your shins have to bear up to six times your weight while you exercise? Think about it. Someone who weighs 130lbs can be bearing up to 780lbs! It’s no wonder shin splints happen to walkers and … Continue reading

Infographic: the ultimate guide to good posture

Good posture can do a lot of amazing things for your body and mind. It can increase concentration and thinking ability, reduce the risk of slip discs, and facilitates proper breathing. For those of us working at a desk all … Continue reading

How to relieve foot arch pain & plantar fasciitis using BakBalls®

Fabrication Enterprises was recently named a master distributor for BakBalls® in the United States. BakBalls® are an affordable self-treatment device for back pain and stiffness. They are designed to relieve pain and tightness in the back, shoulders, ITBs, and plantar … Continue reading

Exercise may prevent cognitive decline

Exercise is known to have many long-term benefits. For example: Running increases bone density Regular exercise helps you protect yourself against colds, flu, etc. Your risk of diabetes decreases when you exercise often A recent study found that the benefits of regular … Continue reading

Exercises for your IT Band

IT band syndrome (ITBS) is an extremely common injury for runners. The thick, fibrous band of connective tissue running down the outside of your thigh is connective to your gluteal muscles. When the gluteal muscles are weak or tired they … Continue reading

Infographic: The Importance of Desk Ergonomics

There was a time in history where most jobs were done while standing. As technology improved a large portion of that work could be done on a computer. Since then we have seen a dramatic shift in not only how … Continue reading