Are you ready to add Massage Therapy into your Wellness Routine?
I watched a great movie the other night, Ford v. Ferrari. It’s about the Ford Motor Company’s endeavor
to build a car that could beat Ferrari in the Le Mans Race. It got me to thinking about how our body is a
fine-tuned machine. We are constantly having to make tweaks and adjustments in order to get the best
performance for our own personal needs and life goals.
Maintaining the health of our bodies requires dedicated time and energy to ourselves and to our
wellbeing. Vroom, Vroom…here comes Massage Therapy. One of the most positive benefits is to our
Heart, which is our life force. Research has shown that regular massage therapy helps lower blood
pressure and heart rate, reducing the strain on your heart and helping you maintain a healthier
And there’s more…
Do you want to run a Marathon or participate in a triathlon and push your body to peak
Massage can help you do more of what you love by helping increasing range of motion
and flexibility, reducing inflammation, reducing pain, relaxing the body, and preventing
injury. With all of these added benefits you can expect your performance to be
enhanced as well.
Are you running ragged with balancing kids, work and taking care of others? Do you have some
nagging aches and pains, feeling overwhelmed or stressed?
Stress affects more than just your mind. Research has found that stress affects every
part of your body – when you carry too much tension, it seems natural that it can lead
to muscle stiffness and pain. But what you might not realize is that, according to the
Mayo clinic, it’s also linked to headaches, fatigue, stomach problems, and difficulty
sleeping. When you enjoy a relaxing massage session at our wellness center, you’ll be
doing your body a favor.
Do you have chronic pain, mobility or balance issues? Are you recovering from an injury?
Preliminary research has shown that massage therapy can even help patients manage
the pain and stress of chronic health issues, including joint pain, sports injuries, soft
tissue injuries, digestive disorders, and even hard-to-manage conditions like fibromyalgia.
When combined with a treatment program from our physical therapist, it can do wonders!
There are many tools you can use for self-care and we want to encourage you to include Massage
Therapy as one of the ways to enhance your vitality, promote relaxation, and relieve pain.
Massage Therapy is good for working professionals in the ‘Sandwich Generation’, elite athletes, seniors,
and anyone looking for a way to feel better, even if its just for one hour.
An essential part of any treatment plan is to listen to your own body and pay attention to the physical cues that signal something is off and needs attention. For many patients, the need to see a physical therapist doesn’t become obvious until they’ve experienced an injury, are in severe pain or have become completely immobile. But, if you do pay attention to the signs, you’ll notice before it gets to that point and seek treatment.
Here are 5 signs that you may need Physical Therapy:
1. YOU STILL FEEL PAIN TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER what seemed like a MINOR INJURY
Some injuries seem like nothing at first. You trip and fall, lightly turn an ankle or feel a “pinch” that doesn’t seem right. Just because you didn’t have to rush to the emergency room doesn’t mean you don’t need to follow up with a physical therapist. In fact, if you’re still feeling pain two or three days after the injury, you should reach out to a physical therapist.
2. YOU’RE EXPERIENCING RECURRING PAIN
Maybe you don’t know how your pain started, if you’re experiencing recurrent dull or sharp pain, something is not right. This can show up in a number of ways:
Headaches: Recurring headaches can be the result of neck and back tension. A physical therapist can target stretching exercises and other techniques to limit the frequency and severity of your headaches.
Back Pain: One of the most common complaints among adults, back pain can be the result of poor ergonomics, poor posture, or poor form in performing strenuous activities. Physical therapy can target the cause of your back pain and help alleviate back tension.
Neck Pain: Neck pain is like back pain in that it can be the result of poor posture, poor sleeping positions, or stress. A well-trained physical therapist will identify why you’re experiencing neck pain and create a plan to alleviate it.
3. YOU’RE feeling off balance or unstable
Physical therapists are movement experts and trained in getting the root cause in determining instability and the cause. Ther are several reasons for losing your balance and could be due to aging or nerve damage caused by diabetes or other conditions. Physical therapy is incredibly useful for improving balance, coordination, motor control, and postural awareness. Specific exercises help develop the physical skills needed to be safe while staying active.
4. YOUR JOINTS ARE STIFF, UNSTABLE, OR WEAK
Another sign you could use physical therapy is joint instability, pain, or stiffness. Joint pain is usually attributed to arthritis or a long-term effect of a previous injury. Stiffness and instability happen over time as a result of the same issues or simply from a lack of use.
The problem is you need your joints to move, so you can only ignore the problem for so long until you become immobile. That’s when patients end up having to take more invasive measures like partial or full joint replacement.
With physical therapy, you can increase the longevity of your joints through exercises, non-invasive modalities, manual therapy, and even orthotics and other adaptive devices.
5. YOU’RE AVOIDING CERTAIN MOVEMENTS OR ACTIVITIES
In many cases, patients know they need to see a physical therapist because they’ve had to avoid certain movements. For example, they can’t sit down without assistance buckling their seatbelt is even difficult.
Whether it’s because of a diagnosed condition like arthritis, recovering from an injury or stroke, or an issue with unknown origins, physical therapy can help patients retrain their bodies and resume everyday activities and the hobbies they love.
If you’re experiencing any of these situations, this is your sign to contact a physical therapist to get you on the road to better mobility.
If you are struggling with aches and pains, unable to move freely and missing out on doing the things you love, this blog will give you some expert advice and will answer a common question…
“What do you do when you pull a muscle?”
When you pull a muscle, the pain can range from mild, like a minor neck strain you get from turning your head the wrong way, to very severe, such as a lower back injury that leaves you unable to walk for days.
Just last week a gentleman walked into the clinic in agony.
He hobbled in, dragging his leg behind him barely able to walk, and asked this:
“What do you do when you pull a muscle?
I was playing a game of football with my nephew and as I kicked the ball, something went and I couldn’t move – and I can still barely walk!…
…What can I do to ease the pain quick?!”
This man was very frustrated. Every step he took made him scrunch his face in excruciating agony.
Many people know that that is like, possibly yourself.
Here is another example from a recent client that shared her experience. “I sneezed and pulled a muscle in my lower back. I was in so much pain and completely unable to walk; I had to use my office chair with wheels to support me to get me around the house.”
That’s right – She pulled a muscle from sneezing. She said her family were highly amused and she definitely wasn’t.
And as embarrassing as it was, putting her back ‘out’ from sneezing makes sense.
The sneeze forced a sudden, uncontrolled movement that her body simply wasn’t prepared for. And it’s this kind of sudden movement that often results in a pulled or strained muscle, because the body is forced into an action it’s not warmed up for.
Whiplash is a great example of this…
The sudden rapid back and forth movement of the neck causes strain to the neck muscles, leaving you feeling achy, and your neck too painful to turn properly.
And the same happened with this gentleman who walked into the clinic who strained his leg badly from playing football – his muscles weren’t prepared and warmed up properly, so the sudden quick movement of kicking a ball came as a shock to his body, straining a muscle in his leg.
What Are The Common Causes Of A Pulled Muscle?You don’t have to be a weightlifter, or be carrying anything heavy to pull a muscle…
Sneezing, turning your neck suddenly, sleeping in an awkward position, moving to pick something up or even reaching for something that’s tricky to get to – are just a few examples of simple things you can do everyday to put a muscle out.
And believe me when I say, when you pull a muscle, usually you’ll know it right away.
What Are The Common Symptoms Of A Pulled Muscle?You might experience a sudden onset of pain, soreness, bruising, stiffness, swelling, a limited range of movement, muscle spasms…
And that’s just a few of the symptoms!
So what do you do when you pull a muscle?…
Do you use ice or heat? Do you rest, or keep moving? Do you get a therapist to take a look?
If the muscle pull is severe – the kind that really does stop you from walking, or turning your neck at all… Then you should immediately see someone. Don’t mess around with severe injuries and try to treat them at home yourself, or it might last longer!
The advice I’m about to give you is for a mild muscle strain – the kind where you can still move, but you know you’ve done something. As always, use your best judgment – go and seek help if you’re in any doubt whatsoever.
Ok, so you’ve pulled a muscle – what should you do?
I’m going to break this down so you know what to do at all stages when you’ve pulled a muscle so you can get back to 100% as quickly as possible.
As soon as you know you’ve pulled a muscle – I recommend you use the tried and tested ‘RICE’ method.
What Do You Do When You Pull A Muscle?Note that this is a treatment protocol recommended to do in the first 24 hours of a muscle strain…
So, “R” – this stands for “Rest”.
The first thing you need to do is stop doing whatever you did that pulled your muscle in the first place. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen people injure themselves, especially when doing a physical activity, and decide to go ahead and push through it – That is guaranteed to always make your injury worse.
Next step – “Ice”.
A lot of people ask – “When do I use ice, and when do I use heat?”…
Well, the sooner you apply ice, the better! Ice the injured area for 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, and do this up to 3 times.
Ice provides pain relief and helps minimize swelling. Which is the primary purpose of ice – to reduce swelling.
It’s best to think of ice as a pain-reliever.
But don’t apply it directly to the skin. Wrap it in a towel and then apply to the area.
Then you move onto “Compression”.
Apply a soft bandage to the area to help support the muscle and reduce the swelling. Make sure not to wrap the area too tightly or you will restrict blood flow to the area.
Next for the ‘E’ – “Elevation”. If possible, try to keep the injured muscle elevated, above the level of your heart. This will help reduce swelling. Though I know this isn’t always possible in some cases, so don’t worry about this one too much.
As a general rule, after doing the above method for a day, try to get moving as soon as possible. Even as soon as the next day. I’m only talking about very gentle movements that don’t cause pain. If anything you’re doing causes pain – stop immediately.
So here’s my tip for you today: You don’t always need to rush off to a pharmacy and buy a “magic cure” to rub on muscles and joints or take painkillers.
There is NEARLY ALWAYS a natural solution out there waiting for you.
Second… if you’ve pulled a muscle, try this “RICE” method first.
Although these aren’t guaranteed fixes, they can help to ease all of them and are a good place to start. If you are still experiencing discomfort after trying these options, it is time to see a movement expert. We are certainly here and happy to help you with options to help!
While your annual physical by your primary care physician is very important, is not specifically catered to your musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists are experts in biomechanical assessments of the body. Whether you are in pain or not, A physical therapist can help make sure that you have no underlying issues that might stop you from doing the activities you are passionate about.
During your yearly Musculoskeletal Check up, we’ll screen your general body and joint range of motion, flexibility and strength, and perform more specific assessments as needed based on your screen results. If necessary, we’ll provide a corrective exercise program, activity modifications, or plan of care. An annual check-up truly is preventative maintenance for your musculoskeletal system. Your check-up is completely individualized and customized to you and your daily activities and goals.
Maybe you’ve had physical therapy before and want to ensure you’re doing your exercises correctly and everything is in working order. Maybe you are getting ready to start working out or training and want to make sure your joints and muscles are in good condition. Maybe you’re having knee pain when you swing your golf club. Your annual check-up will help you address any issues in advance so you don’t have to stop the activities you enjoy doing.
At your appointment, we’ll check your joint mobility, spine mobility, flexibility and strength, and perform an overall movement assessment. If necessary, we’ll provide a home exercise program, activity modifications, or pain management as needed. An annual physical therapy check-up truly is preventative maintenance for your musculoskeletal system. Your check-up is completely individualized and customized to you and your needs.
BENEFITS OF ANNUAL PHYSICAL THERAPY CHECK-UP
Our team are experts in movement assessment and are passionate about finding problems BEFORE they arise, or if you are limited, helping you get back to doing what you enjoy.
If you want to be able to move more freely, without aches, stiffness, and tightness in your muscles, then this blog post: “3 Simple and Move Freely Steps to Become More Flexible” has some simple ways to help you.
In your day-to-day life, you may have realized that putting on your socks and shoes is challenging and getting out of the car may even be a struggle. This can make life difficult, and you may be concerned about this getting worse later in life. Not being able to do basic things around the house and losing your independence may become a concern as well. This means that you may need to rely heavily on your partner, or children and we appreciate that people like you want to be able to take care of yourself.
Start, and Be Consistent
One of the simplest ways to become more flexible is to work on it consistently, and not accept that it is a part of age, or inevitable. Sure, you probably won’t be able to get back to the flexibility you had in your 20’s, but for the vast majority of people, they can certainly make a big improvement that will ensure that they can move pain-free during their everyday activities.
If you are noticing that you are feeling tighter or more stiffness in your muscles, then more often than not, stopping and resting is actually the worst thing that you can do, and rarely does it do anything other than get worse. Many are surprised by this!
Making exercise a part of your routine can really help improve your ability to move freely, and it is also much more engaging and enjoyable than simply doing stretches in your home alone.
Swimming, cycling, and walking are all brilliant ways of preventing flexibility problems especially once you reach your 40s and onward.
Don’t worry if you are short on time; even if you only do each one for 30 minutes, three times a week would be excellent.
Stretch Off and Cool Down After Exercise
A super important thing to do after exercise is to avoid the urge to drop back on the couch, and instead stretch out a few of the muscles that usually cause you the most problems. After exercise, your body is in the best state it can possibly be to be stretched out, because your body temperature is higher, and your muscles and joints are warmed up.
This means that stretching muscles and moving your stiff joints is more effective, easier, and less painful.
If you are struggling with day-to-day activities because of a lack of flexibility, and you are concerned, then reach out to our friendly team and book a FREE taster session to learn more about the options we offer.
Why Do I Have Neck Pain?
Have you woken up with a stiff neck, began to get headaches after working at your computer, or had to reach for painkillers to ease your neck pain?
If so, we have put together this blog which tells you how to cure neck pain fast!
Why Do I Have Neck Pain?
Neck pain can be caused by a number of things, but an increasingly common cause is people spending a lot of time staring down – whether that’s at a computer screen at work, driving, reading or looking at their smartphones.
All these activities have the same effect, and day by day, certain muscles in your neck become weak, the neck becomes misaligned and it can feel stiff because it no longer moves freely. This stiffness also usually coincides with neck pain.
Add on top of this potentially sleeping with your neck in a poor position, and you are creating lots of stress on the neck muscles which results in neck pain that won’t go away, and neck pain that keeps getting worse.
Finally, there are specific trauma-related incidents such as car incidents, falls or sporting injuries that can cause neck pain which can trigger long term neck pain that lasts for months, or even years.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast Without Painkillers
If you want to know how to cure neck pain fast, the first thing to consider is the severity and nature of the neck pain.
If you are experiencing neck pain which is extremely painful, you suffer from other symptoms such as loss of consciousness, pins and needles, numbness, weakness, or a cold arm, you should seek medical advice immediately rather than trying to self-treat or wait for any upcoming appointments that you may have.
If you aren’t suffering with the above, then there are some simple, but effective home remedies to cure neck pain fast without painkillers.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast Using Ice And Heat
A fast way to cure neck pain is to alternate using ice and heat. Ice works by lowering blood flow to the area which can reduce swelling and inflammation. Heat works by stimulating blood flow to the area.
This strategy can be a really effective way to cure neck pain that is caused by a strained, or torn neck muscle.
As general advice, we would recommend applying heat or ice for 20 minutes at a time, a few times a day. When using ice or heat packs, or even a bag of frozen peas ensure that the source of ice or heat is not directly touching your skin.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast Using Stretches
Another way to cure neck pain fast is to use certain stretches such as shoulder rolls, shoulder blade squeezes, and head rotations.
However, the best stretches to do will depend on your specific neck injury so we would recommend speaking to our team who can create a tailored stretching plan for you, which enables you to cure neck pain fast and avoid it coming back in future.
As general advice, the stretches should be very gentle and slow, avoid sudden movements and over-stretching which may cause more damage to the affected area which slows recovery and increases pain.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast By Avoiding Activities That Created The Pain
In the short term, avoiding the specific activities that caused, or contributed to the problem can be a fast way to cure neck pain. This gives the affected area time to recover.
How long to avoid specific activities, like heavy lifting, sports, and driving long distance will vary depending on the severity of your neck pain, but our team can ensure you recover much faster through a variety of solutions which may include massage, dry needling, stretching and exercises.
With our holistic approach to your overall goal, our goal is to help you recover from neck injuries and re-introduce the activities – we don’t tell you to stop doing the things you love if they are the cause of the pain. Instead, we can work with you so that you can do the things you love, without having to suffer with the current consequences (neck pain in this scenario).
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast By Better Sleeping Habits
Firstly, ensuring that you have a firm mattress means that your body, from your hips, shoulders and into your neck and head is in natural alignment. If you have a particularly soft mattress, this can contribute to neck pain because your body is resting in an unnatural position for a long time.
Finally, it is generally better to sleep on your back, or your side, compared to sleeping on your stomach. If you sleep on your stomach, it is likely that your neck will be twisted to one side, and being in this position for hours at a time over night can create a lot of stiffness and discomfort in the morning.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast By Good Posture
This is more of a preventative tip, but if poor posture is the reason for your neck pain, then improving how you walk, sit and move can cure neck pain fast. When you are sitting at your desk, driving, or on the sofa reading a book or watching TV, try to avoid slouching and periodically think about how you are positioned.
Is your head pushed forward?
Are your shoulders slouched over?
Are your hips, shoulders and head in alignment or are they uneven? (for example, is your right hip raised up, your left shoulder dropped and your neck leaning forward?)
By correcting your posture, you can relieve pressure on overworked neck muscles which can contribute to neck pain that won’t go away.
Another often overlooked cause of neck pain is carrying heavy items such as bags, children, or grandchildren on one side. Over time, this places much greater stress on one side of the body and to protect itself, your posture will change to help with the load. Unfortunately, this can be a cause of neck pain so try to switch the shoulder you carry your bag on, and which side you carry your children/grandchildren.
How To Cure Neck Pain Fast Using Massage
The final tip we have to cure neck pain fast is to get massages regularly which can loosen and stretch tight and overworked neck muscles that are contributing to the regular neck pain you are suffering with.
Massage also helps by increasing blood flow to the area, and is a great way to speed up the recovery time from a neck strain.
It is important to seek professional help if you are suffering with neck pain – sure, it might be tempting to ask your partner to massage your neck and this might provide some short term relief, but as they are not trained in this area, it could actually make the neck pain and stiffness worse. Massage is an important part of the healing process at Blue Wave.
When To Get Help To Cure Neck Pain
With neck pain, you may find that without any help, pain gradually reduces within a few days and it may heal itself within a week or two.
However, if it doesn’t go away, the pain or stiffness gets worse, or the problem keeps returning, then it’s likely that you will need some expert help to cure neck pain.
If you are in the “suffered with neck pain for weeks, and it’s not getting any better” group, then our team is here to help.
At Blue Wave Physical Therapy & Wellness, we have worked with many patients that experience neck pain without resorting to strong painkillers or injections.
To find out more, we offer complimentary Discovery Visit Consultations, where you can speak to a member of our team, ask any questions that you have, and find out what’s stopping you from getting the life you want.
We also have free, downloadable reports for people with neck and shoulder pain where you can learn how to ease annoying, daily, irritating neck and shoulder pain naturally – before it gets any worse…
Suffering with annoying knee pain when walking, finding it harder and harder to do the weekly shop, and missing out on weekend strolls around or festivals?
Knee pain is an extremely common problem for people over 50, and we understand how frustrating it can be.
A lot of patients visit our clinics after seeing their GP and being told to take painkillers and rest, or that it’s just something that they will have to live with as they age…
But what if you don’t want to rely on painkillers, and you don’t want to miss out on spending quality time with your friends and family in your retirement because of nagging knee pain?
That’s where we can help…
In this blog article we will cover:
The Most Common Causes of Knee Pain When Walking
Knee pain when walking can be caused by many reasons, but generally the pain will fall into two categories:
Fast Knee Pain Relief
There are some simple things you can do for fast knee pain relief that don’t involve reaching for the painkillers.
When you are suffering with knee pain, especially stiffness, the application of heat can be incredibly beneficial – Use a heat pack to the affected knee for 15-20 minutes which should reduce stiffness, and will likely provide fast knee pain relief.
If you are having sharp pain with each step or swelling in the joint, and ice pack to the front and/or back of the knee for 10 min should decrease pain.
Another important thing to remember is that pain behind the knee when walking will be made worse, and occur more often if you go through long periods of inactivity – so an effective tip can be to keep active (during the day, and throughout the week).
For example, try to avoid sitting for long periods of time each day and aim to move every hour if you find that knee pain and stiffness is a problem for you.
If you feel like you need to increase your activity level, we recommend doing this gradually which will help avoid making the problem worse.
Finally, there are a number of exercises which can be very powerful at reducing knee pain, and minimizing the severity and frequency in future…
Quick And Easy At-Home Exercise If You Suffer With Knee Pain When Walking
Watch Catherine demonstrate a quick and easy at-home exercise that you can do if you suffer with knee pain when walking. This exercise is very safe for people of all ages, and helps to stretch tight muscles, and loosen stiff joints which should reduce discomfort behind the knee.
If your condition or injury is relatively minor, then applying the advice of keeping active, and regularly exercising may be enough to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, and avoid the knee becoming stiff and painless.
However, if your condition or injury is more severe and the discomfort is getting worse, you may benefit from some more advanced pain relief techniques, and more specific exercise tailored to your individual needs…
Start Your Journey To A Life Without Knee Pain
If you realize that your knee pain is only getting worse, and you are missing out on creating treasured memories with your friends and family and you want expert help for your knee pain in the New Orleans area, take advantage of a FREE taster consultation today.
A taster consultation is the first step to a happier, healthier and more active life so click the link below to arrange your Free Discovery Visit!
Aging Adult. What does that even mean? We often hear “I just turned 40 and now I’m falling apart” or “I just turned 50 and…” or “I just turned 60 and….” What age did you start having those thoughts?
Many adults don’t understand the control they have over how they age. We think aches, pains, and loss of independence as a normal part of aging, right? NO!
Although it is normal to expect physical changes with aging, there is so much you can do to take control of your life. Regular physical activity and exercise helps everyone (even over 50!) improve mental and physical health, both of which will help you maintain your independence as you age.
Here are 5 reasons for staying active as aging adults…
· Weight Control:
We all know that exercise helps people of all ages maintain or lose body weight. But did you know, our metabolism naturally slows with age, especially after menopause, making exercise doubly important to maintain weight. Exercise should be a combination of cardio and strength training workouts to develop muscle mass, and in turn, increase metabolism and burn more calories to promote weight control.
· Cardiovascular Circulation
Frequent physical activity reduces the risk of heart disease and enhances your cardiovascular health. Adding a mix of cardio and strength training will give you an added boost of energy that will improve your heart health overall. Of course, underlying heart conditions and hereditary diseases will not go away as a result of exercising, but appropriately dosed exercise will help you keep those heart conditions from affecting your daily life.
· Balance and Stability/Fall Prevention
Older adults are at a higher risk of falls, but they are preventable! Exercise improves strength and flexibility, which in turn, improves balance and coordination. Falls can be costly in both medical bills and in changes of lifestyle, so anything that helps avoid them in the first place is critical.
· Emotional Well Being:
The mental health benefits of exercise are nearly endless. Exercise produces endorphins (the “feel good” hormone), which act as a stress reliever and leaves you feeling happy and satisfied. In addition, exercise has been linked to improving sleep, which is especially important for older adults who often suffer from insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns. Exercise is shown to help fight depression and reduce stress when those muscle generated mood boosters become active.
· Bone and Joint Health
Regular activity builds healthy bones and helps maintain bone strength, especially after menopause. Exercise works on bones much like it works on muscles — by making them stronger through the forces placed upon it. When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more cells and becomes denser.
Getting older doesn’t have to mean abandoning the activities or workouts you have enjoyed over the years, but it does mean adjusting your workout routine to your body. If injuries or joint pains cause fear about exercise, we recommend talking with a physical therapist to help you find a fitness plan that suits your body to prevent injuries or make them worse.
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Last week we presented our “Keep on Your Feet” balance presentation to a great group of seniors. But what was most interesting to me was the non-seniors who were there and came to me afterwards saying.. “I learned so much” and “I didn’t know that falls were so complicated.” So I thought, we need to start talking about balance and risk of falls to all active adults. It can happen to you too!
A few facts about falls according to the Center of Disease Control Data…
Behind all these "fall facts" is a change in lifestyle and loss of independence that occurs with a fall. Recently, I had a client (in her 50’s) who tripped and fell at the gas station, fracturing her elbow, requiring surgery and a cast. She is now completely reliant on her husband for basic care, she can not drive herself to work and now must figure out how to continue working remotely. Almost the same story about my dad who years ago tripped at the car dealership when just getting an oil change. Elbow fracture, surgery, dependence on my mom for basic hygiene.
But what happens to you if you do not have family at home who can assist? What if you are the caregiver for your spouse, parents, or young children? We want to avoid falls at all ages! t
What Conditions Make You More Likely to Fall?
Research has identified many conditions that contribute to falling. These are called risk factors. Many risk factors can be changed or modified to help prevent falls. They include:
Address Your Risk Factors!
How Can Balance Training Help?
Balance is controlled by 3 systems in our bodies:
Over time, with age, injury, disease, or poor nutrition, any of these systems can become less efficient or even not work at all. Luckily, we have THREE systems, so when one is not working effectively, we can train the others to become more efficient for compensation. Physical Therapist are experts in determining which systems need to be trained and improved.
And the MOST IMPORTANT factor with all three balance systems is that you must have good muscle strength and coordination for your body to respond to all the messages. To keep on your feet, you MUST exercise regularly.
Not sure where to start with balance training or regular exercise? We can help!
A quick consultation with our staff will allow us to determine what you need to address first and how to get started with a group balance class, individual Physical therapy, group fitness, or setting up a program for you to do at home.
If not now, then when?
While your annual physical by your primary care physician is very important, is not specifically catered to your musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists are experts in biomechanical assessments of the body. Whether you are in pain or not, we can help make sure that you have no underlying issues that might stop you from doing the activities you are passionate about.
Maybe you’ve had physical therapy before and want to ensure you’re doing your exercises correctly and everything is in working order. Maybe you are getting ready to start working out or training and want to make sure your joints and muscles are in good condition. Maybe you’re having knee pain when you swing your golf club. Your annual PT check-up will help you address any issues in advance so you don’t have to stop your activity and come see us for physical therapy.
During your yearly PT checkup, we’ll screen your general body and joint range of motion, flexibility and strength, and perform more specific assessments as needed based on your screen results. If necessary, we’ll provide a corrective exercise program, activity modifications, or recommend a round of PT or massage therapy. An annual PT check-up truly is preventative maintenance for your musculoskeletal system. Your check-up is completely individualized and customized to you and your daily activities and goals.
WHEN SHOULD I CONSIDER GETTING A PHYSICAL THERAPY CHECKUP?•
BENEFITS OF ANNUAL PHYSICAL THERAPY CHECK-UP
Physical therapy should be a part of your annual check-up. A licensed physical therapist will closely examine nerve, muscle, skeletal, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems through a holistic approach.
We help active adults get back to exercising, feeling fit, and participating in the activities they love without medications, injections, or surgery.
Catherine Courtney, PT
Specialist Physical Therapist