By Elizabeth Cantrell, Physician Liaison - FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers
Google has over 175,000,000 separate pieces of advice for “How to Make the Best of a Bad Situation”. Even Shakespeare, in Act III of “Romeo and Juliet” has the well-intentioned Friar Laurence pleading with a broken-hearted and newly banished Romeo to see the good, “…there art thou happy. A pack of blessings light upon thy back.”
When living with a bad situation, sometimes sappy sayings and Shakespeare just don’t cut it. Physical therapists see patients living through unpleasant situations every day. So, how important is it that therapists encourage patients?
Jennifer Johnson, PTA at FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers in Camilla, Georgia, says she believes it is part of her job to point out the positive. “Rehab is as much psychological as it is physical. It’s important our patients be encouraged.”
“Motivating the patient is important,” agreed Bret Snow, PTA. “Many of our patients need our encouragement to keep going even when it hurts or they don’t feel like it.”
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Written by Sanjeev Joseph BPT MSPT, owner of Fyzical Lakewood Ranch and Calibrated Health LLC:
What gets measured gets fixed. That goes in business as it does in most other things. Your health is no different. In the day of tech and information, we get more fed into our brains these days than ever before. By the time we have digested the information, the ticker is already counting down to obsolescence. Because our brains are not the best at acquiring new information like a computer is, humans are now spending more time doing information gathering than before. Human health and wellness, as a result, has declined.
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists
Which of these kills more Americans each year?
Low Level of fitness?
If you polled the general public you would likely get a fair number of hands raised for each of the above, in reality, the answer is #4, a low level of fitness kills more Americans each year than any of the above. In fact, if you combine the number of Americans killed by smoking, diabetes and obesity, which Dr. Karim Kahn, a Canadian sports physician and editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has termed “smokadiabesity”, they still kill less Americans per year than a low level of fitness.
Physical Inactivity kills 8 times as many people as obesity and 2 times as many people as smoking. The great news is that these deaths are highly preventable. Part of the overall mission of FYZICAL is to create a positive change in healthcare delivery. Physical Therapists play an important role in this mission through education to create a shift in the public mindset from seeking a pill or a medication for every thing that ails you to instead, exercise prescription.
If all inactive persons were to increase their activity level to 150 minutes of physical activity per week, deaths due to low levels of fitness would be reduced by more than 533,000 per year globally! This equates to just 20 to 30 mins of increased physical activity per day. Just think, that leaves you 23 1/2 hours to spend however you like!
Incorporating Fitness into your Daily Routine
Sitting at your Desk
Breathe!- Oxygen equals energy! Sit with your back straight, Inhale deeply, pulling in as much air as you can, using your diaphragm, then exhale, fully but not forcefully, simply let your breath go, repeat, inhales and exhales, 30 to 40 times, at your own pace, on the last round, exhale and then hold that exhale until your body feels the need to breathe, finally, inhale deeply and hold for ten seconds. You are changing your chemistry!
Sit, reach and Turn! - Now, Incorporate some movement with that breathing! Sit and Reach with head turns- sit tall, with your right hand, reach up and back as you turn your head to the right and inhale, return your arm and your head to the start position as you exhale, repeat ten times on each side. The tissues in our body thrive on this movement, then tendons, the ligaments, the discs in our spine, they need this movement to live!
Spine lengthening!- Now lets work on extending our spines, spreading nutrition to the cartilage in our joints at each level, decompressing those discs that get compressed all day, palms together in front of your chest, take a deep breath in using your diaphragm, expanding your lungs, oxygen is energy! now reach overhead, lengthen your spine by reaching up with your shoulder blades, and exhale, let that breath go, repeat ten times,
Now you are fully energized and ready to go back to work, repeat this routine anytime you start to feel groggy or your attention span falters, cue yourself, instead or reaching for your phone, reach for the sky!
As a passenger in the car/ in the airplane
March in place- at the stoplight, bring one knee up to your outstretched hands, push them together, alternate legs, repeat 20 times
Thigh squeezes- place two fists, side by side, between your knees, squeeze and release, repeat twenty times
Thighs apart- put one hand outside of each thigh, push your hands and thighs together, repeat twenty times
Trunk rotations- sitting with your arms across your chest, turn your right elbow in to the seat behind you, repeat twenty times and then repeat on the left
Please follow the link below to access our Wink News Fitness Friday segment on this subject!
Dr. Rick Douglass a Physical Therapist and the National Director of Education for FYZICAL is here today to along with Dr. Morgan Hinds, PT of the FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center in Bonita Springs share some tips to keep you moving and to improve your overall fitness level.
I am writing to highly recommend the use of the InTone pelvic floor electrical stimulation device for any man who has undergone a prostatectomy and wants to regain continence as soon as possible. After my surgery in September of 2015, I was desperate for a way to prevent wetting myself every time I stood up. My urologist prescribed physical therapy at FYZICAL, and it was there that I learned about the benefits of InTone e-stim therapy. While the unit is not inexpensive, in terms of results it’s worth every penny paid. At the start of my rehabilitation I was soaking 5 pads a day and experiencing an average of one “accident” per week. Within six weeks of beginning Today, I use only one pad per day, am dry all night, and leak minimally only when I sneeze or cough. Other than that, I am living my days worry free.
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