It's common knowledge that stretching and exercising are great ways to improve flexibility and posture, but did you know that a physical therapist is the perfect professional to teach you the proper techniques to encourage healing and prevent further injury?
Many of us are our own worst enemies, pushing our bodies beyond their limits. Certain activities such as moving furniture, lifting heavy boxes, gardening, or shoveling the driveway can all lead to pain and/or injury to the lower back. Back pain can also occur without overexertion. Staying in the same position for too long is a common trigger. In some cases, low back pain increases with stress and lengthy bouts of inactivity.
If you or someone you know has low back pain, we can help.
While you wait for your appointment, which we always provide in a timely manner, here is a helpful suggestion. If you find the pain unmanageable in between appointments, you can find short-term relief by laying flat on the floor and placing your feet on a chair. Make sure your shins are parallel to the floor (place a pillow under your ankles if the chair is too low). Staying in this position for 10-12 minutes will ease tension in your lower back. Also, avoid strenuous activity untill the pain subsides.
If a slipped disk or another type of problem is the root of your pain, you may have a harder time finding relief at home. In this case, we need to evaluate you and identify the best course of action. Follow our advice as your expert physical therapy providers and perform the exercises prescribed to you, staying conscious of your physical limitations. Listen to your body!
Mount Sinai to Begin the Transfer of COVID-19 Antibodies into Critically Ill Patients
Mar 24, 2020 | Featured, Infectious Diseases, Research |
The Mount Sinai Health System this week plans to initiate a procedure known as plasmapheresis, where the antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 will be transferred into critically ill patients with the disease, with the expectation that the antibodies will neutralize it.
The process of using antibody-rich plasma from COVID-19 patients to help others was used successfully in China, according to a state-owned organization, which reported that some patients improved within 24 hours, with reduced inflammation and viral loads, and better oxygen levels in the blood.
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If you’re like me, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time watching the news these days.
And some of that news is pretty scary.
But it’s not ALL scary.
I want you to realize that.
As we collectively wrap our heads around the enormity of the situation we’ll be facing for the next few weeks or months, it’s vitally important for us to remember that:
There’s a lot of good news out there, too.
Communities are coming together like never before. Neighbors are helping each other and making sure the vulnerable individuals in their midst are being well taken care of. People are sharing moments of profound gratitude and connectedness.
It’s a beautiful thing to see.
So if you find yourself being overwhelmed by all of the negative news, look for the good!
There have been many positive developments in the past week that offer hope and proof that we will survive this experience and come through it stronger than ever.
Here are just a few of the stories I’ve seen lately:
… These are just some of the “good news” stories that are coming out every day.
That’s what we need to remember!
All over the country and the world, people are stepping up to meet this challenge.
We have the smartest people in the world working on this and there are amazing developments happening every day.
Together we WILL get through this and be stronger and more resilient than ever before.
To your health and prosperity,
By Jack Canfield
Individuals who spend hours slouched on the couch using their phones for texting, emailing, or even gaming tend to experience the most discomfort. This can also lead to constant pain in the thumbs and wrists due to inflammation of the tendons. This is a condition called De Quervains disease. Physical therapy offers a number of treatment options for patients with this type of joint pain and inflammation.
Pain in the Neck?
Your therapist can offer a variety of treatments to help patients with 'smartphone induced' symptoms, allowing them to experience pain relief and regain normal function. Medical treatment helps to reduce pain and inflammation, but physical therapy plays a vital role in the restoration of joint mobility and muscle strength.
Physical therapy treatments include:
The Smart Step
The truth is - innovation and technology are growing faster than anyone ever imagined. This makes it even more important to take care of the body, and protect it against the inadvertent, yet harmful effects of smartphones and other devices.
Give our office a call at (516) 616-0942 if you are experiencing any discomfort, swelling, or pain as a result of your smartphone. You may be surprised to find that the culprit is that tiny little device you've become so dependent upon in recent times. There is a lot that physical therapists can do for you that you probably didn't even know about. We will show you the extent to which physical therapy can change your life.
Management of Fibromyalgia with Exercise
In addition, the therapist will design a comprehensive lifestyle improvement program consisting of exercise and manual therapy techniques to help relieve pain and restore function.
There are several added benefits with the pain relief associated with a physical therapy program. Clients find that they can sleep better, focus more effectively and experience a greater sense of wellbeing as compared to individuals who do not exercise.
The Universal Role of Physical Therapy
As experts in restoring strength and improving mobility, therapists can develop a very specific and individualized plan of care based on the problems that clients are experiencing. This is true not only in the case of individuals afflicted with fibromyalgia, but those with any injury, pain, or lack of mobility and function for any reason.
As the premier providers of physical therapy in our community, our primary goal is to help you reduce pain and fatigue and improve your overall level of fitness. We want you to live a happy, healthy, and pain free lifestyle and are committed to serving you. Call us today at (516) 616 0942 or book an appointment online and give us a chance to show you what we can do for you.
Traditional medicine has been unable to find a cure, although it is possible to slow down the rate at which the disease progresses. Exercise helps maintain quality of life, and it becomes even more important as the disease progresses.
Why physical therapy?
Physical therapists are licensed professionals, trained to help patients with several types of neurological disorders including Alzheimer's. The therapist can recognize the challenges associated with different stages of the disease and can design a treatment program as an adjunct to traditional medical treatment.
Living With Alzheimer's
1. Balance therapy
This consists of specific exercises to improve balance. These exercises can involve simple tasks like standing on one leg or standing with the feet close together. Assistive devices may be provided to improve safety. Supervised balance therapy enables the patient to improve gradually, and the dependence on assistive devices is gradually reduced.
2. Therapeutic exercise
Brisk walking and swimming are examples of exercises that can improve mobility, muscle tone and blood circulation. The therapist will supervise the patient at all times. Stretching exercises help to minimize muscle tightness.
3. Massage therapy
This form of treatment is primarily aimed at calming the patient and reducing stress level. Alzheimer's patients understandably experience a degree of frustration. Emotions can run high. Verbally calming the patient is useful, but the effect of touch and massage therapy is extremely useful.
4. Assistance with activities of daily living
In severe cases, the loss of independence is so significant that a patient cannot bathe or use the bathroom independently. Physical therapists are able to help patients learn to manage these tasks with a combination of exercises and assistive devices.
We are a Team
As an integral part of the healthcare team, the physical therapist will design a home exercise program and work closely with family members to care for the patient. The therapist can educate family members about the do's and don'ts of exercises and daily activities, in addition to helping prepare a safe home environment for the patient.
The majority of Alzheimer's patients are aged 65 or older, but this is not a normal part of aging. If you suspect that someone may be suffering from Alzheimer's, have him or her give us a call at 516-616-0942.
We want to help everyone live with freedom and dignity. We are here for you and hope to be of service.
Your physical therapist can play an important role in improving your heart health. Don't wait until your physician tells you it's time to exercise, take some pre-emptive action. Call our office today and ask us to craft a "heart healthy" exercise program. Even if you have never exercised before, we'll improve the health of your heart with a safe, progressive exercise program. Expect to work closely with us, and together as a team, we'll improve the way your heart functions.
If you currently suffer from heart related issues, your physical therapist can help you regain an active lifestyle by working on three specific areas:
The Heart - An Amazing Organ
The ABCS of a Healthy Heart
C - know your Cholesterol levels - your body has 'good' cholesterol and 'bad' cholesterol. The ratio between these numbers is an important determinant of heart health.
S - there's no question Smoking is detrimental to the heart! Smoking has a detrimental effect on other organs including your lungs and has been proven to cause cancer.
As your physical therapists, we are committed to helping you live a healthy lifestyle brimming with energy and abundance. A strong, healthy heart is the first step, and we want to help you. Don't wait, just give us a call today and ask us for more information. You owe it to your heart.
Persistent loss of bladder control may be related to pregnancy, age-related changes in the bladder, menopause and enlarged prostate. Disorders of the brain and spinal cord like stroke and Parkinson's disease can also cause loss of bladder control.
This has vast social implications for patients, who turn to adult diapers, medications and even surgical interventions.
Getting Back the 'Mind-Muscle' Link
Incontinence can be treated effectively with a variety of physical therapy techniques including, but not limited to:
Kegel Exercises – This involves controlled contractions of the pelvic floor muscles, using a hold and release pattern for a designated number of repetitions and sets. The frequency and intensity is gradually increased over time.
This helps patients identify, contract and control specific muscles surrounding the urinary tract.
Your physical therapist may use a combination of techniques, and may design a home exercise program to help you achieve results as quickly as possible.
Regaining Control of your Life..
Incontinence is more prevalent than most people realize. It can be treated with a combination of traditional medicine and physical therapy. Mental health counseling may be required in some cases.
Physical therapy, in particular, plays an important role in the strengthening and retraining of the pelvic floor muscles. Therapy can also strengthen the lower back and realign posture to dramatically improve the quality of life.
If you or someone you know is suffering from incontinence, schedule a consult with us. Physical therapy will help you regain control of your life in more ways than one.
Causes include brain tumor, stroke or Lyme disease. Other causes include viral infections like herpes simplex 1, chickenpox, German measles and mononucleosis. In some patients, no definitive cause can be found contributing to Bell's palsy.
Patients may experience difficulty blinking and closing the eyes, raising their eyebrows, and smiling and frowning. This can also affect taste. Individuals may also experience balance problems, tingling of the face, memory problems and weak muscles. Bell's palsy can appear as a single condition or as part of a larger neurological dysfunction.
Some patients achieve a spontaneous recovery and regain near-normal function. Patients may have lingering problems such as the inability to close one or both eyes, necessitating protection to prevent the eye(s) from drying out. Hearing loss is also common. Men and women are affected, and those with diabetes or upper respiratory ailments face additional risk.
Let's Face This Together
Facial Muscle Exercise – Mild facial exercises maintain facial tone and reduce muscle weakness. Activities are tailored to each individual. Improves coordination and maintains 'muscle memory'.
Clinical Pilates – A loss of balance and coordination can be treated with a specialized exercise program that focuses on small movements to build strength and regain balance.
Heat Therapy – Supervised application of hot packs helps circulation around nerves and muscles.
Biofeedback – Helps individuals regain movement control by identifying and isolating the pertinent muscles. Helps increase patient awareness of facial muscles.
Time to Face the World
We can help you regain function and control. We can also help prevent potential complications.
If you suspect you may be suffering from Bell’s palsy or know someone who is, don't hesitate to call us. We treat a wide variety of diseases, syndromes and conditions to alleviate pain and restore functionality. The sooner you begin, the better. Call us today at 516-616-0942, and together, we'll help you face the world.
The three medical conditions associated with the triad are:
There are times when the athlete exercises excessively while the body is experiencing an energy deficit. A reduced caloric intake combined with malnutrition leads to a pattern of disordered eating.
The pressure to 'be thin' is compounded by a society that idolizes celebrities and pop stars. This can result in compulsive dieting and exercise. For a growing teenage athlete, bone density can be compromised if there are deficiencies in protein, vitamins and calcium. For female athletes participating in figure skating, ballet and gymnastics in particular, awareness is critical.
Coaches, parents and guardians should be aware of the following warning signs:
Exercise and Nutrition - A Healthy Foundation for Every Individual
Physical therapy for athletes begins with a detailed evaluation of the flexibility, strength, range of motion and athletic goals.
The physical therapist is a critical member of the healthcare team and works closely with a coach and athletic trainer. The physical therapist may use a combination of the following treatments:
Success Starts with the Right Attitude
An environment that makes the female athlete feel safe and comfortable encourages honest conversations that help identify underlying problems. If you suspect that someone in your family has some of the symptoms associated with the triad, seek medical attention immediately. Physical therapy is an important part of long-term treatment of this condition. In fact, physical therapy can help most individuals to live a healthy, improved quality of life. Call Healing Touch Physical Therapy today at (516) 616-0942 to schedule an appointment. Your success is our success.
Dr. A Mathew MPT, DPT
We strongly believe that everyone should have a clear understanding of what's going on with their body rather that relying on medical professionals for every little thing.
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