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The holiday season can be a joyous time full of celebration while attending parties and hosting family and friends, but for those who experience chronic back pain, it can also be a time of unwanted stress and discomfort. Entertaining guests oftentimes means you will be tasked with a great deal of work before, during, and after the party, thus increasing the risk of a potential pain flare. Activities that involve standing, sitting, lifting, and carrying can cause strain to the … Read more

Science tells us that once we approach our third decade in life, we begin to lose one percent of muscle mass with every passing year. The elasticity of muscles also decreases with age, thus causing muscles and joints to become stiff. For that reason, many seniors incorporate physical activity and exercise into their daily regimen to prevent upper body muscle loss by promoting protein synthesis in the cell membrane. 

The elderly need strength training more and more as they grow … Read more

Injuries caused by accidental falls are a major health issue for seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls are the leading cause of elderly injury and reports from an American Public Health Association study showed that about 20% of falls cause serious injuries such as a hip fracture or head trauma. Each year, 3 million older people are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries, which are the leading cause of injury-related deaths among persons aged … Read more

Did you know that having a physical therapist on speed dial can help you live longer and feel better as you age? As one of the best-kept secrets for boosting your daily life, physical therapists promote maximum movement, pain reduction, function restoration, and disability prevention. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), physical therapists “are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.” 

You may be thinking how odd it would … Read more

Fresh air, sunshine, plants, and happy hormone releasing exercises are some of the main reasons why gardening is a favorite outdoor activity amongst seniors. It has the ability to reduce levels of the body’s stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, by releasing hormones that control heart rate and breathing, restore muscle strength and dexterity, and even reducing the risk of stroke and heart attack by more than 30%!

As you gather your gardening tools with horticulture goals in … Read more

Posted by: In: Physical Therapy 14 Mar 2019 Comments: 0 Tags: ,

Do you notice a difference in your body now than when you were younger? Of course – we all do! As you age, your body inevitably changes. In your youth, you depend on your strong muscles and reflexes to quickly regain your balance after tripping or bounce back after an injury. But as you get older, your body and reflexes weaken, or even become absent, thus increasing the rate of falls and permanent damage to your body.

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Posted by: In: Physical Therapy 08 Mar 2019 Comments: 0

As the winter ushers in colder weather, shorter days, and less sunlight, many seniors experience a decline in motivation to stay active. The winter blues, clinically diagnosed as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), can completely drain your energy, leaving you feeling moody and disinterested in the activities you usually enjoy. Despite the cold weather, your body needs exercise to activate health benefits such as lowered blood pressure and blood glucose, improved sleep and mood, and less fatigue and joint pain.

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Would you be open to trying a non-medical treatment that has helped millions of seniors manage arthritis, incontinence, and Alzheimer’s disease, while restoring mobility and reducing the risk of falls? This treatment, which can lower healthcare costs over time, is known as physical therapy.

The goal of physical therapy is to help restore and improve functionality, reduce pain and increase mobility for better strength and balance. It is common for seniors to overlook physical therapy as a preventative measure due … Read more