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4 Reasons Why National Physical Therapy Month Matters To You

As a team of physical therapists, we are happy to share with you that this month is National Physical Therapy Month! However, even more important to you is knowing how that impacts your life and why it matters to your health.

Day in and day out we work closely with our patients and see firsthand the benefits that physical therapy has on each of our patients, on their health and in their lives. We can’t help but share these things with you so that you can experience them too.

Why National Physical Therapy Month Matters To You

A physical therapist is an expert in the movement of the body, helping you live an optimal life, pain free by providing treatment, care, and education. 

There are long-term health benefits to working with a physical therapist. Not to mention the fact that he or she can help you to get out of pain. They can also help you prevent further problems and pain from occurring.

National Physical Therapy Month brings all of these things into the spotlight. Here are four reasons why National Physical Therapy Month matters to you.

Reason #1

Physical therapy provides a way to stay healthy and active and keep your body moving and functioning properly.

Reason #2

Direct access to your physical therapist means no red tape to go through to enlist the help of this healthcare professional who is on your side.

Reason #3

Physical therapy can be an important tool and resource in your life for healing, beyond drugs and prescription medications, which can carry dangerous side effects.

Reason #4

Physical therapy and your physical therapist both empower you to take your healthcare choices into your own hands, and gives you more options apart from drugs and surgery.

More than anything else, Contact Physical Therapy and the American Physical Therapy Association want you to know that physical therapy is available to you as a way to manage pain effectively without the use of drugs such as opioids for chronic pain.

Our physical therapists are on your side when it comes to living life without pain that is holding you back from what you love. 

To schedule a consultation, contact us today.

How to Boost Your Immune System

It’s that time of year. It seems like everyone around you is sniffing, sneezing, coughing and everything in between. It can make you feel like you’re walking around in a pool of germs. How can you avoid it? There are tips you can apply to your daily life to boost your immune system.

 

Your immune system is a complex function within your body composed of a lot of different things, so the idea of boosting your entire immune system as a whole isn’t scientifically correct, but you can take steps to improve your overall health and keep your system fighting germs.

 

Get enough sleep. Sleep is huge for your whole body to function correctly. It helps you manage stress, which could suppress your immune system with increased cortisol levels and keep your body fighting hard.

 

Avoid tobacco smoke. It undermines the basic immune functions and raises the risk of sicknesses in everyone, including children by secondhand smoke.

 

Drink less alcohol. Excessive drinking impairs the immune system. During the time that sickness is on a rise, it could be wise to ditch the wine and beer at dinner time to keep you healthy. You could try a Kombucha, not only are they healthy for your gut, it could give you a fix for craving an adult beverage.

 

Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats. These will provide the nutrients your body needs to keep fighting illnesses. Avoid processed foods, fried foods and try eating at home more often.

 

Get some sunshine. A little time outside can increase your vitamin D levels. Lower vitamin D levels correlate with a greater risk of respiratory infection. Make sure you are properly protecting yourself from the sun, as well. If you have a risk of skin cancer, you could look into vitamin D supplements.

 

Add vitamins into your diet. Speaking of supplements, adding some beneficial vitamins can keep you going strong throughout cold and flu season. Vitamin C and Zinc are good vitamins to add to your daily routine.

 

Wash your hands. This may seem obvious, but it can be a very important reminder. When you’re out in public places, you never know who is sick and what germs are floating in the air. Anytime you come home, you should make it habit to go straight to the sink and wash your hands. Avoid touching your face and use antibacterial wipes at the stores before touching common areas, like shopping carts.

 

Drink water. Another simple, and maybe obvious reminder, but during the colder months people often forget about drinking enough water. You want to stay hydrated to keep your body functioning at full capacity to ward off any sicknesses.

 

Keep yourself healthy by applying these tips to boost your immune system and keep your sick days at a minimum!

Why You Should Take Vitamin C Daily

Think vitamin C is only good to take in the winter when you feel the sniffles coming? Think again. Vitamin C is one of the safest and most effective nutrients, some experts say. While you may think it’s only good to drink mixed in your water to avoid sickness, it also has other benefits and reasons why you should take vitamin C daily.

You may know that vitamin C fights off immune system deficiencies, but did you know it helps with prenatal health and eye disease? Experts are even saying the more they study vitamin C the more they are uncovering new benefits to it and are linking it to immunity of living longer.

Vitamin C is also great for muscle recovery. Adding this to your daily vitamins will help your muscles repair quicker after workouts in addition to all the other benefits vitamin C has. If you aren’t already taking vitamins daily, this is a great vitamin to start with. Consult your doctor to see what vitamins are best for your body and health.

Vitamin C has also been shown to improve skin health and wrinkles. Many beauty products have vitamin C in it, that is applied directly to the skin. Taking a daily pill will also be beneficial since good skin starts from within.

Other benefits of vitamin C include:

 

  • Strengthening the immune system after it has been depleted by stress, which affects most of our society. Vitamin C has also been shown to have positive effects for those who struggle with addiction as it is the first nutrient that is depleted from alcoholics, smokers and obese individuals.

 

  • Prevent or decrease the length of a cold. This may be the reason you are currently taking this vitamin, which is a great reason to keep it going. You can reduce your risk of cold and flu by adding a little vitamin C daily.

 

  • Post workout repair. The body breaks down the muscles during a workout and vitamin C can help in recovery. It is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues, including the formation of collagen.

 

  • Reduces skin aging. Vitamin C affects cells on the inside and out of the body. Studied have shown that those with higher vitamin C intake were associated to those with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance on their skin as well as less dry and better skin-aging appearance.

 

Most people are not getting the essentials vitamins and nutrients from their diets alone and supplement with a daily vitamin regimen. Adding a vitamin C can positively affect many areas in your life from your immune to your skin. Vitamin C can be found in every grocery and health store to keep you healthy, happy and active all year long.

The Benefits of a Private Practice PT

In 2018 you can find a service for everything. You can hire people to train you, coach you in business, drive you home, and even come to your house and walk your dog while you’re at work. Some of these services even becoming big corporations, almost overnight. But, something else that this day and age as to offer is the booming local and small businesses. Supporting your community through their businesses and services and physically seeing the positive effect on those people you may personally know and knowing your money is well spent. We believe this to be true in the medical profession, as well. There are many benefits for keeping your physical therapy within a private practice and supporting a local business rather than huge corporations.

 

Being a patient of a smaller and local physical therapy office means your health and wellbeing are valued. These offices don’t have thousands of patients whose names they forget and try to get through the appointment as quickly as possible. You develop a personal bond between therapist and patient. You get the private experience of one on one therapy rather than 10 other patients waiting in the next room and being passed off. This is an experience that a smaller, private practice can provide and one that a huge corporate office cannot.

You can get to know your therapist on a personal level. Know about his kids and hear the excitement when he tells you about his son’s first goal at his soccer game over the weekend. You’re more than just a number or statistic. You’re a person who they value with your business and you trust them in coming to seek relief from ailments.

Therapists in private practices not only value the patients, but also their education. Because they have the flexibility of a smaller, more intimate office they can become certified in practices that become popular such as: dry needling, scrapping and more that will set them apart from the big giants with billboards and ad dollars. Bigger offices may be more focused on the number of patients they have coming in and out of the door rather than the health and wellbeing of each patient.

Small local businesses are the backbone of America and what makes living here so great. People are given the opportunity to be a part of something they are passionate about and run their own business. You may prefer to shop local for clothes and food, but keep it in mind while researching your next doctor or therapist who have a lot to offer in a smaller and more intimate space.

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We Love our Children!

sport safetyWe Love Our Children!

Contact Physical Therapy wanted you to know how much we love our children, and how it is our passion to keep them safe and happy, by highlighting the National Awarenesses throughout April.

 

SPORTS SAFETY TIPS (National Awareness: 4/1-4/30)

• Be mindful of hot temperatures and cancel practice if the heat is too extreme

• Have your kids participate in flexibility and fitness programs to learn proper exercises.

• Make sure your kids are provided with adequate rest periods to prevent overuse injuries. (Modified from Healthline.com)

PLAYGROUND SAFETY TIPS (National Awareness: 4/21 – 4/27)

• Make sure playground equipment is inspected frequently and kept in good repair. If it’s not, report this to your local parks and recreations office.

• Remove hood and neck drawstrings from children’s clothing and outerwear and don’t let kids wear helmets, necklaces, purses or scarves on the playground.

• Keep toddlers under age 5 in a separate play area, away from equipment designed for bigger kids.

• Actively supervise kids on a playground. Just being in the same area isn’t good enough – they need your undivided attention while playing on or around the equipment. Stay active and spend time at playgrounds, but always remember these tips not only during National Playground Safety Week! Modified from Safe Kids USA

NATIONAL SIBLING DAY (4/10)

Whether you are a brother or sister or have more than one child, celebrate that special relationship, not only this day, but every day!

TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS & SONS TO WORK DAY (4/25)

“Take your Daughters & Sons to Work Day®”, focuses on the ongoing challenges parents encounter while trying to integrate work and family. This day was designed to allow parents, guardians and mentors to share their work lives and introduce solutions these issues for our nation’s daughters and sons.

For more tips and information, please contact us today!

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Wise Healthcare Consumers

wise healthcare consumerThe Wise Healthcare Consumer

Below are 4 Tips to help patients be Wise Healthcare Consumers!

1. Wise Healthcare Consumers take time and effort when choosing a health plan

2. Choose your health care provider wisely, use care and talk to your family and friends about their experiences

3. Prepare and communicate with your healthcare provider when you make an office visit. Ask questions, share concerns and ask about cost negotiations

4. Analyze and evaluate all sources of health information Adapted from the American Institute for Preventative Medicine “Wise Health Care Consumer Toolkit”

The Affordable Care Act…What’s Coming?

Beginning October 2013, the Health Insurance Marketplace will begin open enrollment. Below are 4 ways to get ready now.

1. Make a list of questions you might have, such as “can I stay with my current doctor?” and “Will this plan cover my health costs when I’m traveling?”

2. Make sure you understand how insurance works, including deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, copayments, etc. You’ll want to consider these details while you’re shopping around.

3. Start gathering basic information about your household income. Most people will qualify to get a break on costs, and you’ll need income information to find out how much you’re eligible for.

4. Set your budget. There will be different types of health plans to meet a variety of needs and budgets, and breaking them down by cost can help narrow your choices.

Adapted from healthcare.gov “Checklist for Individuals and Families”
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September is Healthy Aging Month!

contact physical therapySeptember is Healthy Aging Month!

It’s not just about Physical Health, it is also Nutritional, Social, Mental and Financial Health! Check out some of the below tips to have a Healthy Month and Life!

 

 

Physical Health

  • Exercise two to three times a week, don’t get burned out!
  • Walking and swimming are great activities with low impact.
  • Try something new! Stretching is a great option, how about yoga or pilates?
  • A few more fitness tips and “moving” ideas: Some other ‘keep moving’ tips: use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk briskly when you can, and look for a fun sport or activity you enjoy, maybe tennis or golf?
  • Adopt a dog and take Fido for walks every day.

Nutritional Health

  • Eat whole grains. Two and a half servings of whole grains a day can significantly reduce your chance for a stroke.
  • Eating foods that are antioxidants can help improve focus, problem-solving, and memory.
  • Supplements can help, but food with antioxidant properties work best.
  • Eat goji and blueberries. They are both part of the new group called superfoods. These are the best foods to eat for the most nutritional punch.
  • Water. Staying hydrated benefits your body and brain by keeping you detoxified and
  • oxygenated, so drink lots of water.
  • Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, along with providing essential vitamins, minerals and fiber good for overall health.

Social Health

  • Do you ever think about traveling? Then do it, or at least start planning. Planning trips can be excited and full of fun.
  • Join a social group that interests you. Many parks and rec departments have classes such as photography, art, dance and music classes. Find one you like and join.
  • Laugh, laugh, laugh! Read the comics, watch comedians or just joke with friends!
  • Volunteer! There are many great organizations near you to give your time. It is a gesture that everyone can appreciate.

Mental Health

  • A health brain may include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of the B vitamins, the antioxidants of C and E and vitamin D.
  • Learn a foreign language to keep your brain sharp.
  • Read! Anything from a book to the back of a cereal box, reading keeps your mind healthy.
  • Do jigsaw puzzles, they aren’t only fun, the problem solving can help your brain.

Financial Health

  • Since you are legally responsible for everything in your tax return, make sure you have a great accountant you can trust.
  • Use money savings websites like www.gasbuddy.com, www.gaspricewatch.com for the cheapest gas prices, and find great grocery coupons at www.thecouponclippers.com.
  • Calculate how much income you will need to retire. Check out this chart to help you plan. http://healthyaging.net/retirechart.htm

For additional information about Healthy Aging® or Healthy Aging® Month visit www.healthyaging.net.

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Heat Illness in Phoenix

heat illness in phoenixHeat illness can affect all ages, and should not be taken lightly while living in the Arizona heat.

Contact Physical Therapy has provided you and your patients with important information on heat illness below to lead a safe and healthy summer.

3 Key Stages of Heat Illness

Dehydration is an inadequate or imbalanced replacement of the fluids and electrolytes  lost through excessive perspiration.

Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that may occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have developed dehydration.  A person can experience water depletion which present with excessive thirst, weakness, headache and may even result in a loss of consciousness.  They can also experience salt depletion, which includes symptoms of vomiting, frequent muscle cramps and dizziness.

Heat Stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures.  Dehydration plays a key role in heat stroke, and the combination can be deadly.  It can lead to the failure of the body’s temperature control system.  The medical diagnosis of heat stroke is when the core body temperature is greater than 105 degrees.  Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

Symptoms of Heat Illness

Dehydration

  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Being irritable or cranky
  • Headache
  • Seeming bored or disinterested
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Unable to perform activities as well.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Loss of coordination, dizziness or fainting
  • Dehydration
  • Profuse sweating or pale skin
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Stomach/intestinal cramps or persistent muscle cramps

Heat Stroke

  • Increase in core body temperature, usually above 104°F/40°C.
  • Central nervous system dysfunction, such as altered consciousness, seizures, confusion, emotional instability, irrational behavior or decreased mental acuity
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Headache, dizziness or weakness
  • Hot and wet or dry skin
  • Increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure or fast breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Combativeness

How to Treat and Manage Heat Illness

Dehydration

  • Move the person to a cool environment and rehydrate.
  • Maintain normal hydration
  • Resume activity after being properly hydrated. Any fluid deficits should be replaced within 1 to 2 hours after activity is complete.
  • Hydrate with a sports drink, which contains carbohydrates and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) before and during activity is optimal to replace losses and provide energy.
  • Hydrate throughout activity to minimize dehydration and maximize performance.
  • Seek medical attention to replace fluids via an intravenous line if person is nauseated or vomiting.

Heat Exhaustion

With symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned environment. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Apply other active cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

 

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can be fatal, so if you suspect that a person may have heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital.

Other recommendations while waiting for paramedics:

  • Move person to an air-conditioned area, or cool shady area if you cannot get indoors, and remove all unnecessary clothing.
  • If possible, take the person’s core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If no thermometers are available, don’t hesitate to initiate first aid.
  • Fan air over the person while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
  • Apply ice packs to the patient’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.

After you’ve recovered from any heat illness, you will probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following few weeks. It is always best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise or activity until your doctor tells you that it’s safe to resume your normal activities.