Monday, March 26, 2012

PAP == 'Prepare and Prevent' with Physical Therapy

If you are reading this, you probably have already encountered a reason to see a Physical Therapist. For those of you that have never had to, the question you might ask yourself is, when is the right time to see a Physical Therapist?

It wouldn't surprise you that many initiate PT because of an injury, painful condition or neurological disorder. On the other hand, it might be surprising to know that physical therapy can be essential to resolving other conditions like vertigo, TMJ dysfunction, headaches or bowel and bladder dysfunction.

Accidents do happen and physical issues arise, seemingly from nowhere, and when they do, care is certainly needed. A visit to a physical therapist can open up a world of possibilities when we step away from the disease model and embrace a prevention approach to PT.

Too often, resources are used to recover and not prevent! What if those same visits for treatment of acute back pain were used to learn how easy it is to practice good posture (if you know that's not one of your strong points) or to find out specifically, what muscle imbalances you might be developing and what to do about them.

What if those nagging aches or pains that have slowly changed your lifestyle were addressed BEFORE they reached "injury level" and you discovered what you needed to do for physical longevity, BEFORE, you started making those lifestyle changes?

Many of us have an annual medical exam to follow the progress of our overall health. We are all used to practicing good dental hygiene because our dentists have done a good job of teaching us how to take care of our teeth and see them once or twice a year for....Yes That's Right...PREVENTION!

Those 32 bones in our mouth tend to be well taken care of, but what about the other 108 bones you use to sleep, sit, stand, walk, climb stairs and do everything else? Now wouldn't it be novel to have a physical therapist consultation from time to time, to find out specific ways to keep your body supporting all those activities throughout all the stages of your life?

So to start to answer the question we started with, the right time to see a physical therapist can come for many reasons, but the message here is that knowing specifically how to improve or maintain your body and feeling the results of doing so can contribute significantly to your quality of life.

Sara Lewis, PT
Duffy and Bracken Physical Therapy

Monday, March 12, 2012

Daylight Saving == Spring Into Action

If you enjoy your sleep as much as I do, I am sure you cringed yesterday as you set your clock ahead an hour for Daylight Savings Time. Thankfully, springing forward allows us an extra hour of daylight that we can use to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of our days. Here at Duffy and Bracken we encourage everyone to use this time to 'Spring Into Action'. We know that keeping active and moving can have a positive impact on our overall health.

A little can go a long way, so here are some simple tips to keep you moving

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Get up and walk around your office
  • Enjoy a leisure walk for lunch
  • On the weekends spend a half hour outdoors
  • Safely diet by combining good nutrition and exercise
Here's some tips from the women at Duffy and Bracken on how to keep healthy and active outdoors:

Renuka: ‘Run outdoors! Use body weight exercises to stay in shape instead of a closed gym environment.’

Sara: ‘Now that it's not so cold, get off the train one stop early and walk ten more blocks. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city by walking in the park.’

Ann: ‘People who walk after dinner live longer, so go out for a 20 minute walk or walk-run on your own for some peace or with family or friends.’

Helen: ‘Transition to outdoor activities after being sedentary all winter! If resuming an outdoors-only sport that hasn't been touched for months (golf, baseball, tennis) to prevent injuries a proper, supervised pre-hab is necessary.’

By the Therapists at Duffy and Bracken Physical Therapy:

Ann Duffy
Renuka Pinto
Helen Nam
Sara Lewis