When I first started PT I was having bladder issues as a result of a large abdominal mass. I was upset and embarrassed due to lack of bladder control. I thought this was how the rest of my life would be and I am way too young for this, was my thought.
Since doing PT for my bladder I am so much better. No more issues with control or leakage. Who knew there was PT for the problem! I am so happy with my results and I would recommend it for anyone that is having bladder issues!
When I first started PT I was having bladder issues as a result of a large abdominal mass. I was upset and embarrassed due to lack of bladder control. I thought this was how the rest of my life would be and I am way too young for this, was my thought.
Since doing PT for my bladder I am so much better. No more issues with control or leakage. Who knew there was PT for the problem! I am so happy with my results and I would recommend it for anyone that is having bladder issues!
You guys are awesome and have really helped her build her confidence and become stronger. I've tried for the past year to get her into physical therapy and she just didn't have faith in it. Until she had no choice but to go lol. I can't thank you all enough for what you are doing for her and for others. Your company is amazing!!!!" Janice Shautz, Oct. 2, 2015
We utilize the Solo Step SOS System extensively in a variety of programs including Balance and fall prevention, Parkinson’s, ALS (Lou Gehrigs), MS (Multiple Sclerosis), Osteoporosis, gait training, lower extremity prosthetic training, and generalized musculoskeletal weakness.
Melinda Sganga, MPT, CLT, says, “This is quite simply the best innovation for physical therapy since the computer. The Solo Step system allows a person who is either fragile, or simply afraid of standing or walking for fear of falling down, to move freely without risk of losing their balance and striking the ground. It is amazing to see what someone is capable of doing once the fear is gone.”
Brandon Johnson, LPTA, points out that, “It not only protects the patient, but it also protects the therapist. As licensed therapist, we are trained to allow no harm to our patients which includes never allowing them to hit the ground. Before the Solo Step system, I put myself at risk several times to stop my patient from falling to the ground, and some therapists have suffered career ending back injuries from doing the same thing.”
Patient Marjorie D. said about the Solo Step, “If you had told me that I, at 87, would have been playing soccer with my therapist in just 8 visits, I would have told you that you were nuts. The last time I fell at home, I was getting out of my chair to answer the door. I got to where I was afraid to even get out of that chair. I got so weak that I was just counting down my days. Now, I walk without my walker and occasionally have to use my cane, but only when I really get tired.”
If you are a Medicare recipient, you need a physician referral. Most doctors will make the referral if you tell them that you have fallen or are concerned that you might. If you have private insurance, you don’t need a specific referral to start using the Solo Step SOS System. Just call us at (386) 755-3164, or come by the facility and speak with Alisa at the front desk.
In the past 17 years, I've sent over 1500 patients to Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center in Dallas, Texas to help relieve their pain levels particularly with testicular/genital and pelvic floor pain. Fyzical has successfully treated these patient's issues with specific, guided therapeutic interventions that work. Working hand in hand with Fyzical, we have seen over 90% of these patients and successfully achieve improvement in their pain and function levels. i highly recommend Fyzical; with further questions please contact them via phone or email.
Running (and walking) is a great form of exercise and is one of the best things you can do to keep healthy. Someone once said “I have 2 doctors, my right leg and left leg.” However if you have poor form, which is common, it creates unnecessary stress on your body leading to pain and injury.
Running places 3 times our body weight onto our joints with each step. For a 150lb person, that means 450lbs. When we have problems with tightness, weakness or poor form, we are unable to control that force placing excess stress on our body. When you think we take 1672 steps for every 10 minutes of running this can be a lot of stress.
2 of the most common form faults we see are due to tightness and weakness in the foot/ankle and hips. First our feet were designed to be strong as they are the first contact with the ground. However, in modern society, we get dependent on shoes which mean our feet muscles do not have to work. Many people in fact have no idea how to move their feet muscles. Try moving your big toe sideways. Having weak feet muscles results in an unstable platform causing the rest of our body to get out of alignment. This causes compensatory movements in the legs creating common problems like heel and knee pain and tendinitis/bursitis.
The other common fault we find is weakness in the butt muscles. The power muscle in our legs is the gluteals. Because we are a society of sitters and don’t squat much, they get weak. This causes our hips to sway and rotate (think model walk) requiring other muscles (knees and back) to work harder to realign them. This is one of the reasons knee arthritis and low back pain is so common. This also means we have to work harder and expend more energy affecting our performance.
So how can we improve our running and walking? Breaking down your form through video analysis can help. In real speed it’s hard to see everything that’s going on but with the use of technology, we can analyze your form frame by frame and identify faults in your gait. In the hands of a physical therapist, we can then assess your whole body and identify fixed you can implement to improve your form and performance.
At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, we use video analysis to help our clients to find faults that may be causing them pain or injury. Our expert team is trained to not only spot the problems but knows how to fix them in order to have you running or walking as efficiently as you can.
October in National Physical Therapy Month and FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers are offering a discounted Video Analysis for runners (or walkers) of only $50. Just mention this article for the discount. Your insurance may even pay for it.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 570-501-1808. For more information, visit www.hazletonpt.com or catch our TV show on WYLN “Wellness through FYZICAL Therapy”.
Falling is something many people do not want to admit to. I for one feel embarrassed when I fall and try to make sure no one around sees or hears about it. Falling however can change your life in a split second as many who fall suffer serious injuries and will never return to their previous lives. Therefore falls and fall prevention should be taken very seriously.
Falls happen to 1 out of 3 seniors and to put that into perspective, every 14 seconds someone is treated in the ER due to a fall. 95% of all hip fractures and 40% of nursing home admissions are due to falls. Falls also comes with serious consequences as 1 in 5 people who suffer hip fractures die within 1 year and every 29 minutes someone dies due to a fall related injury.
With these statistics, we want to do our best to make sure we do everything we can to prevent ourselves and our loved ones from falling. This starts with identifying people who are at risk. The CDC has developed a simple questionnaire you can take that will indicate if you are at risk. Also a balance and fall screen can be performed identifying specific areas that are causing problems and things you can work on. At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, we utilize the BodyQ balance screen which gives you a rating of fall risk.
Once identified as having a risk of falling, participating in a fall prevention program has been found to improve your balance and reduce your risk. The key to improving balance is to train it. We find this best done with a safety Overhead Harness System which harnesses you to the ceiling allowing you to train your balance without the risk of falling. It can be great for people who fear falling because while harnessed there is no chance of falling.
September 23 is National Fall Prevention Day and FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers is “Fighting Falls in Fall”. We can help determine your risk of falling by a taking a simple questionnaire and performing the BODYQ Balance Screen. We have a team of Balance Therapists who along with our Safety Overhead Harness System can help you reduce your risk of falling and injury.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 570-501-1808. To find out more information visit our website www.hazletonpt.com or catch our TV show “Wellness through FYZICAL Therapy” daily on WLYN.
FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers was recently featured in the Huffington Post after former President George H.W. Bush suffered a fall at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Unfortunately, falls have become a major problem in our country, and it is important to realize how important balance and walking is for independent living, as well as for work activities, exercise, sports and enjoying life in general.
Ann Brenoff - 7/16/2015 Senior Writer/Columnist, The Huffington Post
Falls are Public Enemy #1 among the elderly
Former President George H.W. Bush, 91, remains hospitalized in fair condition for a broken vertebrae in his neck after falling Wednesday at his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush's injury was not life-threatening and his release is expected imminently. The former president suffers from Parkinson's disease and is unable to walk; he uses a wheelchair or scooter. His fall sparked a renewed discussion about falls among the elderly.
Brian Werner, a physical therapist who specializes in vestibular and balance assessment and rehabilitation at FYZICAL, notes that vestibular disease -- dizziness and imbalance -- impacts more than 40 percent of the population at some point in their lives.
Here are five other not-so fun factoids about balance and falling that underscore the magnitude of the problem:
1. A lot of older people fall.
One-third of the population over 65 falls every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Half the population over 80 falls every year. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries.
2. The older you are, the more serious the fall.
People age 75 and older who fall are four to five times more likely than those age 65 to 74 to be admitted to a long-term care facility for a year or longer. Yes, a year. Among patients over 75, imbalance is the #1 reason to see the doctor, reported the CDC.
3. The outcome of a fall is generally not great.
Falls land you in the hospital, frequently cause fractures and account for 40 percent of all nursing home admissions. Falls account for 25 percent of all hospital admissions and are the #1 cause of fractured bones. More than 95 percent of all hip fractures are caused by falling, most often by falling sideways onto the hip, said the CDC. One out of 5 people who suffer a hip fracture from falling dies within a year after injury; falls are actually the leading cause of death due to injury among the elderly. And 40 percent of those hospitalized for a hip fracture will never return home again or live independently, reports the Archstone Foundation.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – As temperatures rise in Southwest Florida, just the thought of exercising outside can make you feel weak. WINK News Fitness expert Mike Drumm was in the studio with tips to beat the heat.
Time your Exercise: Sun and humidity levels are highest during the midday, and so you’re at greater risk for dehydration, sunburn and heat exhaustion during this time. To minimize the effects of the weather, work out in the early morning (before 10am.) or late evening after 7.
Wear the Right Clothing: Everyone, especially seniors, should dress for the weather with light-colored and loose-fitting clothes to help feel cooler and more comfortable. Or other fabrics designed to wick away moisture will help keep your body cooler. It’s not sweating itself that cools your body, but rather the evaporation of sweat. So avoid wearing clothing that soaks up sweat but doesn’t allow it to evaporate.
Protect Your Eyes and Skin: Everyone, young and old, should wear sunscreen when outdoors. The elderly especially need the extra sun protection to help keep them healthy. Hats are also a great idea, especially for those with light colored hair and those with only distant memories of a full head of hair. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and preserve your vision.
Stay Hydrated: The more you sweat, the more you’ll need to rehydrate to avoid heat cramps, exhaustion, or worse, heat stroke. Make sure to carry a bottle of water with you. You’re better off drinking a small amount more frequently than downing a lot of water all at once. Seniors are more susceptible to dehydration than younger people because they lose their ability to conserve water as they age. They also can become less aware of their thirst and have difficulty adjusting to temperature changes. Aim to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Be sure those drinks are non-alcoholic and decaffeinated, they may taste good, but they will only further your dehydration.
Purpose: Research suggests that physical exercise improves scoliosis patients’ respiratory function, strength and postural balance; however, further research is needed to prove its effect for treating the skeletal deformity. The Schroth method is a form of effective treatment used at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center of Naperville. Patients are making successful gains in decreasing curvatures, as seen on future X-rays via Cobb angle measurements, including skeletally mature patients.
Patient: The subject of this case study is a 15 year-old female with idiopathic scoliosis. She traveled from Indiana to come to the clinic for therapy sessions. The patient is active in water skiing, running, and dancing. She was diagnosed in July 2013, and treatment with FYZICAL started October 2013. Her Cobb angle measurements were 24 degrees right thoracic and 31 degrees left lumbar. Goals of therapy were to prevent progression of her curve, with the possibility of reducing severity of curvature.
Overview of Treatment Plan:
The patient was seen for therapy with Dr. William Block, DPT, for the Schroth method of treating scoliosis. Her sessions served to educate her about her curve tendencies and postural corrections to carryout in therapy and ideally day-to-day life. A home exercise program (HEP) was demonstrated prior to her departure. Initially, she was offered postural corrections and pelvic corrections; hanging and supine, side-lying, seated, and prone exercises focused on breathing through postures were prescribed. Pictures are provided of the exercise with notes on how to properly perform HEP poses. The patient returned to review preceding exercises, progress the exercises, continue execution of the new HEP, reach a point where continue HEP for longer term without visits to therapy.
Progression of Treatment:
Evaluation: The patient was evaluated and treated for one hour, followed by three days of intensive 2-hour sessions on exercises. The patient received pictures with commentary about the goals of the postures in each exercise. She then followed a home exercise program for one month, 15 minutes per day until the next visit.
Follow-up 1: The patient came in the first week of November after one month of HEP for a two-hour session. Corrections were provided in order to better the postural accuracy of the exercises. HEP was updated by adding exercises and increased duration of postures. Daily regimen progressed to 20 minutes per day.
Follow-up 2: The patient came after another month of HEP for a two-hour session. Patient continues independent HEP due to increased technique efficiency. The HEP was updated by adding more core work and total body exercises. Patient expected to perform 20 minutes per day.
Follow-up 3: The patient came in the last week of January after another month of HEP for a two-hour session. As shown in follow up X-Ray, the patient’s curve had improved. Cobb Angle measurements improved for thoracic curvature 18 degrees and lumbar curvature 11 degrees. Dr. William Block noted patient had improved postural symmetry, rib expansion measurements, body awareness, and strength. It was in the best interest of the patient to continue HEP. HEP was updated and finalized for patient to continue 10-15 minutes exercises per day to maintain postural corrections, and reduce progression of curve.
Final update: After 6 months, patient updated Dr. Block on periodic X rays with her physician. Follow up X-Ray done in September 2014 suggested her thoracic curve was 16 degrees and lumbar 11 degrees.
Patient participated in 6 PT sessions, either one or two hours in duration
Right thoracic curve improved 24 to 18 degrees
Left lumbar curve improved 31 to 11 degrees
Conclusions: Utilizing Schroth method based exercises in sessions and at home resulted in reduction of curvatures. The Schroth based physical therapy suggests efficacy in reducing Cobb angle measurements in skeletally mature idiopathic scoliosis patients.
This past weekend I watched my neighbor kneel in the same position for hours while gardening in her beautiful yard. She loves to garden and we often laugh about how much I hate it. I did think to myself as I drove by well into the evening and she was still in the same position, “I wonder how her back will feel tomorrow?"
The next day it was my turn to head out to the yard. We really don’t have a garden, just lots of bushes and a few flowers (which I can’t even tell you the names of) - but we sure have plenty of weeds! After a few minutes into it I thought, "How can I make this more enjoyable because this really is one of my least favorite things to do?" I thought about the position my neighbor was in all day and decided to try a little lunge action to pick the weeds and wow did that feel good, a little stretching and strengthening all at the same time. Next, I got an old blanket and put it under my knees to try pulling the weeds from a child’s pose and by golly it worked. Soon, I was in a plank position, then threading the needle position and finally resting in a comfortable pigeon position to stretch my buttocks.
As my excitement grew with each new pose I tried, my husband just looked over and laughed, saying “What do you think people driving by are thinking as they see you in these positions.” I could care less, I had just invented a new exercise that I’m sure would sweep the nation.
I ran into the house to get my daughter to come take pictures of me so I could remember how I was doing this and, of course, blog about it. My son then suggested we try partner Yoga pulling techniques. Why not I thought. Soon enough, my daughter and her friend were getting in poses, actually pulling weeds and they were having a blast doing it. I suddenly had a realization that maybe I could offer classes in my yard and have people pay to learn how to do Yardwork Yoga and get them to pull those dreaded weeds at the same time. A little Tom Sawyer-ish if you recall the painting of the white picket fence.
OK, that probably is never going to happen, but I have to say I wasn’t sore when I finished all of the yard work. I had fun doing it and when my neighbor drove by she did tell me her back was hurting from all of the weeding she did the prior day. You can see from the photos the various poses I tried. Try and incorporate a few poses into your own yard work.
Ever feel like you are walking with a nail in your heel? There’s a chance you have plantar fasciitis which is the most common form of heel pain. It affects more than 1 million Americans every year with 10% of us, myself included, suffering from it sometime in our lives. It can be more common amongst athletes and has been found to affect up to 22% of runners. So what is it and what can be done to fix it?
Plantar fasciitis is a problem that affects the plantar fascia, a band of soft tissue that runs along the bottom of our feet. Its role is to support and stabilize our feet when we stand and walk. Problems can happen for a number of reasons including overloading our feet, wearing bad shoes or having structural problems such as pronated feet or tight calf muscles. When the fascia is overstressed, micro tears occur causing inflammation and pain. When not looked after the repetitive stress will eventually cause the fascia to degenerate, become weakened and in the more severe cases, tear.
The good news is that research has found 80-90% of people respond well to conservative treatment. Most people look to getting injections and medication which can help but many people do not know there are other treatments that can be helpful, leaving them walking around in pain for years. I hear this all the time.
Many people try heat/ice, stretching and exercise which is important but there is so much more to treatment than exercise. Treatment should focus on reducing the swelling, loosening tightness in the calf and foot and stimulating the scar tissue that develops to heal. This can be best done with treatment techniques such as Iontophoresis which is good for the inflammation, Soft tissue and Myofascial Releases which can be good for the tissue tightness and Myofascial Decompression which can help stimulate healing.
The key however to successful treatment is in keeping stress off the healing tissue. As most of us need to walk, this can be difficult and all the good work can be undone when you get back to real life. One of the best ways to unload the plantar fascia is through arch support taping. We are able to support your arch with tape unloading the stress on the plantar fascia. This allows you to be able to walk around without undoing all the work put into helping it heal. Once the pain settles, custom arch supports can be good at keeping the stress off.
At FYZCIAL Therapy and Balance Centers, we are experts in treating heel pain. Even if you have tried physical therapy before without relief, we may be able to help. Our name is spelled different because we are different.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to help with your pain, call us at 570-501-1808. You can also learn more through our website at hazletonpt.com or through our daily TV show “Wellness Through FYZICAL Therapy” on WYLN.
What Is Fascia and What Is Its Function? Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds and interconnects muscles, groups of muscles, bones, nerves and internal organs. Fascia is also part of the nervous system. It has many nerve endings and receptors, making it very suitable to detect variations in tissue tension caused by any movement in the human body. It perceives these movements through adaptations in fascial tension and it also assists in the execution of movement patterns. Fascia provides a gliding and sliding environment for muscles. Any disturbance in the gliding and sliding ability of fascia could alter movement patterns and result in an abnormal transmission of forces in muscles. This can lead to compensatory movement patterns which over time, can contribute to pain and dysfunction and further injury in any part of the human body. Langevin et al. (2009 and 2011) found a 25% increase in fascial thickness in the lumbar region in a group of chronic low back pain patients compared with those without low back pain by using ultrasound imaging. In a follow up study in 2011 Langevin et al. showed that the fascia shear strain in the lumbar spine was 20% lower in subjects with chronic low back pain affecting connective tissue function. Using similar diagnostic imaging, Stecco et al. (2014) also showed an increase in fascial thickness in the muscles covering the front part of the neck in patients with chronic neck pain compared to a control group.
How Does Fascial Manipulation Work?
Due to (old or more recent) trauma or inflammation, fascia may shorten and what was previously a pain-free range of motion may become painful, restricted and weak. The ability of fascia to allow for gliding and sliding of tissues now has become compromised and so-called densifications of this dysfunctional fascia tissue can be felt. These points of densifications very often are localized and can be felt in areas away from the localization of pain as experienced by the patient.
Once a limited and/or painful movement in this segment has been identified, then a specific point on the fascia is manipulated. By manipulating this specific fascia point for 2-5 minutes the densification in fascia disappears. An improvement in the ability of the fascia to glide and slide allows for normal movement patterns to be restored and pain is reduced. Clinical experience has shown that multiple points in several muscles throughout the body can be affected and need to be treated.
Clinical studies have shown that freeing fascial alerations in these key areas decreases pain, restores movement and muscle strength in patellar tendinopathy (Pedrelli et al. 2009), subacute whiplash disorders (Picelli et al. 2011), chronic ankle sprains (Stecco et al. 2011) and chronic neck pain (Stecco et al. 2014) with long lasting benefits. Ultrasonic imaging also showed a decrease in the thickness of loose connective tissue of the deep fascia following Fascial Manipulation persisting 6 months after ending treatment (Stecco 2014).
How Does It Feel? Dysfunctions in movement patterns, suggesting abnormalities in the function of fascia, are assessed through range of motion and strength testing during a physical therapy evaluation. Densifications within the fascia tissue can be felt through specific palpation. These points are unusually tender to the touch with very often an unusual sharp sensation when compared to other parts of your body. Very often these densifications and tender points can be identified away from the site if of pain. Again, they are very often correlated to dysfunctional movement patterns with loss in range of motion and strength accompanied by pain.
Following a whole body assessment, manipulation of the densified fascial tissues through direct contact with the skin lasting for 2-5 minutes will result in a gradual and significant decrease in local tenderness. Movement patterns are then re-checked to see if the movement has improved and pain has decreased. Patients are informed that the areas being treated can be sore and tender for 24 to 48 hours due to what we think is a local inflammatory response. Palpation of the treated areas during subsequent treatment sessions often reveals a marked decrease in local tenderness as these points don’t feel as dense to touch. Movement patterns and strength are often improved as pain and dysfunction subsides.
Fascial Manipulation as Part of Physical Therapy can Produce Relief of: • Low back pain • Neck pain • Hip pain • Knee pain • Shoulder pain • Foot and ankle pain • TMJ pain • Tension headaches
Ben Grotenhuis, PT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT Currently one of only a few clinicians in the state of Illinois that has been trained in the evaluation and treatment of the Stecco Method for Fascial Manipulation.
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Luomala, T., et al. (2014). "Case study: Could ultrasound and elastography visualized densified areas inside the deep fascia?" J Bodyw Mov Ther 18(3): 462-468. Langevin, H. M., et al. (2009). "Ultrasound evidence of altered lumbar connective tissue structure in human subjects with chronic low back pain." BMC Musculoskelet Disord 10: 151-151.
Langevin, H. M., et al. (2011). "Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain." BMC Musculoskelet Disord 12: 203.
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Meniscal tears of the knee are one of the most common findings when people with knee pain have an MRI. You would think having surgery to clean or remove the meniscus would be the best treatment to manage this. However, the latest finding show arthroscopic surgery for degenerative meniscal tears may not be necessary as people get the same outcomes with conservative treatment.
The meniscus is a moon shaped piece of cartilage in your knee that cushions the joint. Wear and tear starts early as 25% of 20 year olds show some sign of meniscal wear. That increases significantly with age and by your 40s a tear is not uncommon. Tears however do not mean you should have pain. A study done showed 76% of people WITHOUT knee pain had a meniscal tear. This indicates a degenerative meniscal tear may not cause pain and undergoing arthroscopic surgery to fix them may not be necessary.
According to the British Medical Journal, over the last 12 years, 6 studies have shown meniscal surgeries are no more effective at relieving pain and improving function than placebo surgery or conservative management such as physical therapy. They recommend it is “Time to stop meniscectomies for degenerative tears.” The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons takes a milder stance but still has this to say: “We are unable to recommend for or against arthroscopic partial meniscectomy in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee with a torn meniscus.” The only recommendation for surgery for a meniscal tear is if there is an acute tear.
So how do you manage knee pain? From my experience, knee pain comes about from 4 main problems. Swelling, the inability to fully use your muscles when you have pain, your kneecap not moving right and poor stability or balance. Research has shown these 4 factors to be crucial to good knee function and when resolved, many people feel and move better.
This sounds easy but when you have pain, it’s tough to do. That is where an expert physical therapist can help. Expert physical therapists have a bag of tricks to help ease pain and swelling as well as help kick start muscle strengthening when many may think it is impossible. One such trick is releasing tight fascia and muscle fibers in the soft tissue through techniques such as myofascial release and medical cupping. A simple taping technique also helps around 70-80% of our clients have less pain with walking. Then exercises may not seem so daunting and strength can come easier.
At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, we have a team of experts who utilize Manual Therapy treatment techniques to loosen tightness, improve strength, balance the body and help you get out of pain so you can love your life.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 570-501-1808. For more information about what we do, catch our TV show “Wellness Through FYZICAL Therapy” daily on WYLN. Visit our website www.hazletonpt.com for topics and times.
Last month, Ben Grotenhuis celebrated his 20th year at our clinic. Staying at one job is not something that happens very frequently in today’s crazy healthcare industry, but we are thrilled Ben has stayed at Fyzical. In April, Ben also was honored by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for Clinical Educator of the Year, earning a tremendous award that is only given to one PT in the state. I was excited to be at the breakfast where he was presented with the award and was able to listen in on the excellent presentation he gave immediately following to physical therapists and students interested in learning about dry needling.
When I opened our practice in 1994 and was ready to hire a physical therapist a few months later, there was only one person I called, Ben. Since that time, I have watched him develop into a leader in the field and become a phenomenal clinical educator. He truly takes each student under his wing and provides them with the utmost attention. He has mentored countless PT students, PTA students, volunteers and even PT’s who have taken time off of their jobs to shadow Ben and learn from the best. We are so lucky Ben chose Illinois as his destination over 25 years ago when he came from Holland to pursue his career in physical therapy, as jobs were scarce in the Netherlands.
This is not the first honor humble Ben has been given. In 2007, he was given the Hallvard Award by the Ola Grimsby Institute. This is the highest honorary award given at the school where Ben has taught for over 20 years. This award has been given to some of the world’s more renowned scientists and clinicians. The founder of this institute, Mr. Grimsby, had this to say about Ben, “His profound knowledge, his extensive teaching experience, his professional services in private and public activities and his clinical expertise make Ben Grotenhuis a unique physical therapist and an asset to our profession.”
His co-worker, Dr. Bill Block summed it up best, “Ben is a caring practitioner. He is a dedicated and passionate teacher. He is devoted to learning and keeping up to date with evidenced-based practice. He is an innovator. He leads by example and for that we are all better practitioners. He goes above and beyond what is expected of him to provide the highest quality of care for patients, students and co-workers. Ben is a one-of-a-kind clinician and educator in the field of physical therapy.”
In my large extended family there is a Ben fan club. I make it a point of not working on relatives because there are so many of them. When in need of rehabilitation I direct them to see Ben even if several of them drive for over an hour to seek his services. When surgery was recommended to several relatives after failed attempts at therapy (elsewhere), I urged them to see Ben before seeking the scalpel and he was able to prevent a few needless surgeries from happening. Here is what one patient had to say, who is not a family member, about BenJ. “Ben is always very kind, compassionate and sensitive to my pain and limitations. The patience, unending support and encouragement he continually provides is beyond words. I have worked with several therapists over time and Ben is the only therapist who has been able to reduce my pain. He uses a variety of techniques in therapy, including dry needling and fascial manipulation. He personally supervises my exercises at the clinic and closely monitors my home exercise program. Consequently, I have been able to manage my pain more effectively, increase my functionality and remain independent.”
I have been fortunate to work side by side with Ben since my first year out of PT school. He continues to inspire me to be a better therapist and inspires countless others through his magical touch and his kind heart. Thank you, Ben, for all that you do to make the world a little more pleasant for the many patients that you treat and the therapists that you teach.
Do you feel unsteady on your feet or have a fear of falling? Do you get dizzy when you turn your head, look up, bend down, or get out of bed? If so, you’re not alone.
One in three adults have some type of balance or dizziness problem, but the good news is, regardless of your age, there’s help for you. Fyzical Fitness Expert Mike Drumm stopped by the WINK (local CBS) studio with Dr. Virgina Reed, DPT, PT to help bring balance back to your life through non-invasive treatments and announce the Grand Opening of South West Florida’s most comprehensive Balance Center, FYZICAL.
Balance problems can result from orthopedic conditions, neurological disorders, or a number of injuries that involve the joints, muscles, and nerves. Some of the facts on Balance are staggering, 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year which accounts for 25% of ALL hospital admissions. Falls are also the leading cause of death due to injury amongst the elderly. Our balance programs at Fyzical focus on strength, endurance, and coordination for safe walking and preventing falls and today I have Dr. Reed with me to help restore “balance” to your life with some great information on your balance system, and to demonstrate some simple exercises you can do at home.
Balance is maintained as a result of the interaction of three systems: the visual, the vestibular, and the proprioceptive systems. Vision plays a significant role in balance as your eyes give you a picture of the world and where you are in relation to other things in it. The vestibular, located in the inner ear, is responsible for maintaining general equilibrium and is sensitive to any changes in head position or movement. The proprioceptive system includes both the muscles and joints and facilitates neuromuscular coordination to provide stability and maintenance of balance.
Home Balance Test
Stand in the corner of a room and try and narrow your base. To add difficulty (take away your visual system) and close your eyes. To make it more difficult and challenge your proprioceptive system, stand on 1 leg. Try standing on a pillow for an added challenge. Let your significant other push you around (in a helpful way) When you lose balance it can be at the ankles (wobble) at the hips (bend forward/backward) or cause you to reposition and take a step to regain.
The FYZICAL Difference
Fyzical utilizes state-of-the-art specialized technologies designed to give the most accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment for balance and dizziness disorders. A typical patient will encounter equipment originally developed for the Navy’s Special Forces as well as NASA-developed posturography testing that originated to assess astronauts returning from space.
Fyzical Balance & Therapy is located at 13010 Metro Pkwy in Fort Myers about a half mile north of Daniels Pkwy. The grand opening is Thursday May 21 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. It’s free to the public and there will be food and drinks for you to enjoy. Plus, there will be tons of give-a-ways.
Background: The effectiveness of conservative management of Scoliosis in the adolescent population continues to require further investigation. A study by Stefano Negrini et al (1). supports that the combination of bracing and Schroth based exercises reduced patients scoliosis curve progressions. The aim of this case report is to further increase the literature available to support these findings.
Subject: The subject in this case report was a 10 year old female who was diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis on 5/16/12. Her initial Cobb angles were measured to be 32° right thoracic curve, with a 19° left lumbar prominence. Axial trunk rotation through the thoracic spine was defined by Raimonde of 14°. She was a 0-1 on the Risser scale. Schroth classification was a right thoracic 4-curve pattern. The subject is active with karate, basketball, and volleyball. She has not undergone any other treatments for scoliosis prior to our initial evaluation. She is highly motivated, with a great support system from her family.
Methods: This is a retrospective case report, single subject. The subject began the Schroth based method of physical therapy for her scoliosis on 6/11/12. Our initial plan of care entailed 2 visits per week for 6 weeks. All clinic sessions were 1 hour in duration. This plan included a total of 12 visits from 6/11/12 through 8/8/12. Her home exercise program (HEP) consisted of 15 minutes of Schroth based exercises per day, 6 days per week. The subject was fit for a 23 hour Rosenberger brace on 6/28/12. The subject's in brace x-ray revealed a 12° correction of her thoracic curve. Her scoliosis curve improved from 32° to 20° in brace.
Phase 2: After her original plan of care was completed, we decreased her frequency of visits to 1x/week for 10 weeks from 9/5/12-12/27/12. Frequency of visits was decreased due to her increased independence in technique efficiency and accuracy. At this time, HEP was continued 15 minutes/day for 6 days/week. The subject had her first follow-up x-ray at the end of this second phase plan of care. Her thoracic Cobb angle improved from 32° to 21°, her lumbar curve remained at 19° and her degrees of rotation improved from 14° to 11°.
Phase 3: The third phase of treatment included a plan of care consisting of 1 visit every other week for 20 weeks. This phase was carried out from 1/7/13-6/20/13, and consisted of 10 visits. At this time, patient and her mother reported full independence with the HEP, but patient was highly motivated by clinic exercise sessions and new challenges. During this time, Schroth based method postures were progressed and accessory exercises for core and total body strengthening were further progressed. Follow-up x-rays were taken on 6/20/13, upon completion of phase 3 plan of care. Her thoracic Cobb angle had improved to 17° and her lumbar curvature improved to 15°. The patient is currently wearing her brace 23 hours/day, and continues her home exercise program only. Follow-up phone calls are used for tracking progress.
Results: The subject participated in the Schroth based method of physical therapy program from 6/11/12 to 6/20/13. She had a total of 32 visits during this 1-year span. Her and her family report great compliance with her 15 minute/day, 6 days/week HEP. She also reports great compliance with her Rosenberger brace 23 hours/day regimen. Since beginning her conservative treatments for scoliosis management, the subject's thoracic Cobb angle has improved from 32° to 17°. Her Lumbar curve has improved from 19° to 15°. Her thoracic rotation classified by Raimonde has improved from 14° to 11°. The numbers observed in this case suggest that conservative treatments were successful in significantly reducing Cobb angles.
Conclusion: The combination of Schroth based physical therapy method and 23-hour bracing were found to be successful in significantly reducing Cobb angles in this case. This suggests that in the case of mild to moderate idiopathic scoliosis, good compliance with conservative treatments can be effective in reducing curvatures.
William Block, DPT, is a PT at FYZICAL Naperville. His education at Midwestern University has incorporated the skills and knowledge to bring forth new and innovative treatment approaches for patients. William has special interest in both orthopedic sports rehabilitation and outpatient neurological rehabilitation cases.
"The human body and how it works has always fascinated me. Becoming a physical therapist has given me the lifelong reward of having the ability to understand an individual's physical limitations and help correct it. It is a good feeling at the end of the day to know that I have helped a patient progress towards a better quality of life. I am excited to be the newest member of the physical therapy team at FYZICAL Naperville."
Recently featured in Sarasota's MySunCoast ABC7, FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers is helping individuals of all ages. From the very beginning, FYZICAL's approach has been to incorporate the best possible PT formula coupled with medically based fitness programs to help individuals who are hurt heal faster and expand their boundaries, while revitalizing their health and feeling better.
FYZICAL provides services and programs that balance biological, psychological and sociological factors for optimal client care. The primary goal is to provide premium physical therapy care and medically based fitness programs for clients who have suffered from pain, mobility, or balance problems.
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Posted on Feb 5, 2015 by Don Brennan
"Leonor Morris comes to FYZICAL with several very good reasons in mind -- her grandchildren.
"I'm weak. Now that I have to run after grandchildren, and especially since I had trouble picking them up, I realized I needed to do something," Morris says. "Otherwise, I was just going to get weaker and weaker."
Along with getting stronger, Leonor likes FYZICAL because one of its Sarasota locations is downtown, so she can walk there, and she also like that the staff are all trained Physical Therapists.
"I know that you can hurt yourself by doing things the wrong way, so it is very important to me that I get coaching to make sure I am putting forth the effort, and doing it the right way," adds Morris.
FYZICAL is a scientific and medically based therapy organization with (72) locations in the country. It specializes not only in wellness and physical therapy, but also in balance therapy, which, as we age, is almost mandatory.
"We know that 1 out of 3 people over the age of 65 will fall this year. We know that 1 out of 2 over the age of 70 will fall. We know that as people age, they lose their muscle mass. Its important to get on an exercise routine to increase their strength," says Keefe Fugelberg, the Chief Innovative Director for FYZICAL.
Joe Odom, a former football player at Purdue and for the Chicago Bears, goes to Fyzical to stave off the aches and pains that come with being a battering ram day in and day out. Fred Willis, on the other hand, has already paid the price for playing in the NFL at Boston College.
Fred Willis explains, "I've had 2 knee replacements and 2 hip replacements which were the cause from my football career. Its been a huge benefit for me, especially with the type of therapy they have given me, specializing in therapy for me knee and hip replacements."
Besides the human element of the trained physical therapists, is the top-notch equipment. As the Chief Innovative Director, Keefe Fugelberg is always on the lookout for new technology. "If it is scientific-based and validated, it is coming here. We get state of the art equipment," says Fugelberg.
One piece of that equipment is the medical body composition analyzer. Fugelberg explains, "Not only does it give your fat mass and your muscle mass, but it also gives you your inter-cellular and extra-cellular water. They have been using this in Europe for the past 4 and a half years."
The body composition analyzer is cutting edge for helping to determine how to proceed with fitness or therapy. Even though it is helpful for improvement doesn't mean you have to be happy about the info it spits out."
Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Aguilera overcame severe injuries and loss of limb from a deadly helicopter crash during a combat rescue mission in Afghanistan to eventually take home multiple medals from the Warrior and Invictus games in 2014.
"It is the biggest honor I've ever had," states Aguilera. "To be able to represent the Air Force and my country in the Invictus Games in London, and to be a part of the first one ever, is a tremendous honor."
It's also quite an accomplishment considering the severe injuries he sustained in 2010 while serving in Afghanistan. Aguilera, a Master Sgt. with the 66th Rescue Squadron stationed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, was part of a team that conducted combat search and rescue missions in Afghanistan.
"It was June ninth" recalls Aguilera. "Before the sun came up we already had two combat rescues under our belt. Under the cover of night, it's pretty easy to go in and scoop up soldiers and do our mission because we're cloaked and the enemy can't see us, but we can easily see them with our night vision goggles. So, the first two missions went off without a hitch."
During their third mission, however, their helicopter was shot down while Aguilera and his crewmates were rescuing an injured soldier. "The shot took out our tail rotor and we ended up spinning uncontrollably. We had to distance ourselves from the FOB (Forward Operating Base) so as not to injure any of our brothers, and then we were over some civilian houses so we had to hold out a little bit longer to find a clear patch of ground. Ultimately, we impacted the ground from 150 feet in the air and 120 Mach force."
Four of Aguilera's crewmates died upon impact and he was trapped underneath the fiery remains of the aircraft's fuselage. His injuries were extensive: back broken in 5 spots, broken ankle, femur, ribs, jaw, collarbone, severe burns, and traumatic brain injury. His recovery included over 21 surgeries and 5 months in the hospital.
"It was one of the toughest moments of my life," states Aguilera. "I just wanted to die. The doctors didn't know if I would ever be able to walk again. But being around other vets who had severe injuries as well, I realized I had nothing to cry about. Eventually, I realized I am going to die someday, but not today; and when I do join my brothers in the ground, I want them to be proud of me for the life I lived."
This was one of the reasons why Aguilera wanted to become active again as soon as possible. Not only to participate in sports and compete athletically, but also so he could go on one last deployment. "I didn't want that mission to be my last," he states. "So, after a year of recovery and training, I was able to get my job back and get my combat status mission back and get back to combat rescue and saving lives. So after 21 years in the military, my last deployment was to Africa to set up the first combat rescue operation there. It was a very successful mission and the operations are still going on there. It was one of the best moments of my military career, and I'm happy to say it was my last one."
After his final deployment, Aguilera was back in Las Vegas and able to start training for the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs and the Invictus Games in London. "The Warrior Games are like the Olympics for wounded and injured service members and veterans of the military," explains Aguilera. The Invictus Games, held for the very first time in 2014 in London, brought together servicemen and women from 14 nations to compete in athletic games.
"Although I could run just fine, I was having huge problems with balance," Aguilera states. "Because I only have two toes on my right foot and what's left of my right leg is severely damaged, and I've lost my left lower leg, my balance is completely gone. Also, what I didn't know at the time was that because of my brain injury, I was having trouble with my vestibular system. If I was standing or reaching for something over my head, I would start to fall forward. It was pretty embarrassing because I didn't know what the heck was going on."
Aguilera went to see the doctors at Nellis AFB about his balance problems, but they were unable to help him. "They never really worked with anybody like me before or seen the balance problems I had. They just weren't equipped to deal with someone like me."
"So that's why I went to FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers and thank God I did!" exclaims Aguilera.
The FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Center in Las Vegas is a 5,000 square foot state-of-the-art balance center with some of the world's most renowned balance experts and cutting edge programs. It is the result of 15 years of research and numerous clinical trials. It redefines balance and vestibular care and is one the leading, if not the top, balance programs in the nation. FYZICAL's stellar balance programs are also offered in many of their locations across the U.S., making those practice owners the balance experts in their community.
Master Sgt. Aguilera goes on to say, "If it wasn't for Steve (Hurtado) at FYZICAL, I don't know where I would be right now, and I definitely wouldn't have all of these gold medals from last year and all of the success I've had if it wasn't for him. There was a lot of trial and error but the PTs at FYZICAL just kept at it and eventually narrowed it down. They helped me out so much—it's just unbelievable.
"Steve was also helping me with my spin technique – he just broke it down for me so I could spin and throw a discus without falling off balance, which is pretty amazing. I was able to walk away with several gold, silver, and bronze medals from both games. He's an amazing guy and I love him... I'll definitely go back and have him help me with that every time I train for these games," states Aguilera.
For the record, Aguilera won the Gold in discus throwing, Silver in the 1500 meter sprint, and Bronze in the shot put at the Warrior Games. He won Silver medals in the 1500 meter sprint and wheelchair basketball at the Invictus Games. He was one of only 40 servicemen chosen to represent the U.S. in the Invictus Games. In addition to Steve, Aguilera also credits trainers Chad Cole and Melissa Batterman for helping him train. "I call them my Triad; they're all there helping me get to where I need to go."
As for the future, Aguilera hopes to continue to be a part of the Warrior and Invictus games. "I hope to make the team every time," he states. "I'm going to continue to work on my balance and train and when the selection camp comes around, go out there and give it 100%. Even if I don't get selected, I'll go out there and give it my all and break my personal records. I'll be happy with that."
"There are millions of people in America with vestibular, balance, and dizziness disorders that many doctors simply don't know how to heal," states ENT specialist, Dr. Dan Deems, MD, PhD. "Those patients have given up on ever being cured and feel their lives are over. At FYZICAL, we are showing PTs how to simply deliver sophisticated balance therapy which allows people to get their lives back."
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FYZICAL Chicago offers one of the only aquatic therapy facilities in the Chicago area. The Aquatic Therapy Center at FYZICAL Chicago features a Swimex 600T pool heated to approximately ninety degrees, generating water resistance over 6 MPH to help with your therapy program.
FYZICAL Chicago also offers therapeutic exercise equipment, designed specifically for working out in the water. During aquatic therapy, patients are supervised by their PT during the 1-on-1 session.
The aquatic center offers a private changing room, shower and towel service. The FYZICAL Chicago team has extensive training and knowledge of Aquatic Physical Therapy, working with it for almost 20 years. There are therapy programs for almost any problem you may have with your muscles and/or joints.
Aquatic Physical Therapy provides an effective and safe therapy environment for strength rehabilitation. Improving your walking without a limp following ankle, knee or hip injures becomes much easier. The water provides a resistance, while buoyancy and relative weightlessness add to safety. Patient regain a higher level of strength, confidence, and flexibility with aquatic therapy, which leads to more successful outcomes. There are no swimming skills needed in order to use the aquatics physical therapy program.
Patients are seen 2-3x per week in the pool for approximately 30-60 minutes per session. You will be treated in a one-on-one fashion. Aquatic Therapy can be utilized for almost any part of the body, especially low back, hips, knees, shoulders, and even cervical.
The buoyancy from the pool unweights the joint surfaces. Aquatic Physical Therapy allows patients to exercise in the water when they are unable to exercise on land. Many patients at FYZICAL Chicago have stated that the pool was the main reason for recovering fully. Most every patient says they would like to take the pool home with them!
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Piriformis syndrome is a condition that causes a 'pain in the butt' and occurs when the piriformis muscle is irritated and spasms. It is a difficult condition to diagnose and treat as it can mimic many other conditions such as sciatica, disc disease, arthritis and hip pain, leaving individuals with a pain in the butt that won't go away.
The piriformis is a deep muscle that runs sideways from the tailbone to the hip. It helps stabilize and rotate the hip and is active with walking, running, squatting and bending. We find it is a muscle that is prone to spasm. In 96% of people, the sciatic nerve runs under or through the muscle so when it is tight or spasms, it can compress the nerve causing symptoms into the leg similar to sciatica.
Common causes of piriformis syndrome includes overuse due to too much walking, running, doing steps or lifting, trauma from falling onto the buttocks or from sitting too long, specifically on hard surfaces or with a wallet in the back pocket. We also find it is very common in people with low back pain as many nerves from the back runs to and through this area. People with this condition will feel a deep ache in the butt and hip which may get sharp with walking, twisting and sitting. Bending to tie your shoes may also be painful. As the sciatic nerve may be involved, people may also feel pain, burning, tingling and numbness in the hip and leg.
There are a number of clinical tests that can help identify piriformis syndrome. This includes feeling a tender lump deep in the buttocks, having one leg rolled outwards when you are lying down and pain when the muscle is placed on stretch. Once identified, you have a better chance of fixing the problem.
Treatment for piriformis syndrome should be focused on decreasing irritation on the muscle and helping the tightness/spasm release. This can be done through hands-on soft tissue releases including trigger point and myofascial releases. Once released, you are able stretch the muscle and work on strengthening to return it back to its normal state. We also find many people have soft tissue and strength imbalances that need to be addressed which may have been the cause of the problem in the first place.
At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, our expertise is using hands on techniques to help reduce pain, tightness/spasms so people can exercise in order to allow their injuries to heal and get back to living life to the fullest. We understand many people have a pain in their butt and may be able to help them get rid of it.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 570-501-1808. You can also find more about us at http://www.fyzical.com/hazleton or catch or TV show "Wellness Through FYZICAL Therapy" on WYLN Daily.
"I have been coming for the past few months to deal with a shoulder problem that eventually escalated to arthroscopic surgery. Mary and her team have helped me with the rehab process along with finding a ASTYM therapist in Boston near my university. Scheduling with them is very easy and the location has free convenient parking + is very clean and professional. They are also very punctual with appointments but at the same time can multitask to accommodate you if you're a few minutes late. These mom and pop places will always provide a more personal care touch than the large franchises around." K.M.,Naperville
"I brought my child here because they have a therapist who is trained in the Schroth Method to treat scoliosis and kyphosis. There are not very many PTs trained in Illinois in the method. It does not have the big box feel and the treatment is more specialized than at some of the big chain PT 'stores.' After having taken my child to 2 other therapy places, this facility has a different more custom to fit the patient vibe to it with effective results." D.J., Rolling Meadows
"After my knee replacement surgery I was conflicted on where I would get the best physical therapy. Clearly the selection of your surgeon is important, but as a nurse, I also think the proper physical therapy is also crucial to a full recovery. A good friend (recommended) this clinic. I checked them out and was impressed with the years of experience their staff had and decided to go in for an evaluation. I was impressed on that first day and all of the way through to the completion of my rehab.
The staff were professional and clearly knew their jobs, but the atmosphere was still warm and friendly, even jolly at times. The privacy of each client was protected without making you feel like you are in a bubble. A one point I had some difficulty with my non-operative knee and they altered the exercises I was doing to protect it immediately.
A wide range of techniques were utilized and I felt that their were up to date on the methods they used. Mary and Gary, the owners are present and involved. Most of the staff has been with them for a decade or more. The clients I chatted with were also very pleased with the care they received. Several even told me they originally started at another rehab center and switched to FYZICAL Therapy - Naperville." R.M, Naperville
"I'm in a business where I meet people with physical problems. Mary and staff represent one of the few places where I know I can send people who have high expectations and they won't be disappointed.
My wife, her best friend, etc. have been helped by the team here. They are professional and personable. If you are going to go through a therapy regimen, you want confidence your effort will be fruitful, where the environment is pleasant. For my money, these guys are at the pinnacle of their profession." J.O., Naperville.
"If there was a sixth star for above and beyond amazing service, I would have given it to Fyzical - Naperville. It is run by husband and wife Gary and Mary. I first went to Mary three months pregnant with severe sacral joint pain. There are not many PTs who specialize with dealing with pregnant women and Mary is amazing at what she does. I continued therapy there until my son was about three months old. Mary and everyone who works there is great at what they do and extremely kind, friendly and caring. Mary took such good care of me and without her I would not have been able to get through my pregnancy.
They also have a procedure called Dry Needling done by Ben. It was amazing because even though it was painful it helped in relieving the pain. There is no other PT group that I would recommend more. They go above and beyond with there treatment and customer service." M.K,Naperville
"This is the best-kept secret of Naperville and for the Chicagoland area in my opinion. They provide the absolute best quality physical therapy in this area. You will be assured a friendly, positive atmosphere with outstanding physical therapists who are highly qualified and very skilled in their profession. Mary Rachford is the owner of the clinic and has the most therapeutic touch I've ever encountered. My husband and sister as well have all been seen by her and her staff and all agree the care is outstanding w/a very hands-on approach. I have referred several friends, neighbors who were going to other P.T. clinics where they had NO results or progress. They ALL saw noticeable progress and improvement after being treated by Mary and her staff. They all commented on how the care is more "hands-on" rather than modality-based as they encountered in other P.T. clinics. In addition, Mary and her staff provided excellent patient education and home programs. I would continue to highly recommend this clinic to anyone who is in need of physical therapy services because their outcomes are always positive and the staff is very intelligent and able to manage almost any diagnosis." D.K., Naperville
"I have been working with NPT for a couple of months on my neck and shoulder. The PT's are well trained and experienced. The support people also know their job well. They have given me printed exercises to do at home. I am making good progress. Everyone at NPT is pleasant to work with. Head and shoulders (pun intended) above the chains." M.R, Naperville
"After being hit by a drunk driver, I started the trek from one doctor to the next to fix a "frozen shoulder", even seeing a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon who specialized in shoulders. No one offered any solution until I went to NPT and a physical therapist determined the problem and helped me recover after the ensuing spinal surgery. I've seen four of the therapists there - all really great. I've had a full recovery. My husband and I have gone back for therapy after various injuries (broken ankle, plantar fasciitis, knee and lower back, etc.) and have been extremely pleased. They don't drag out treatment, they work with the insurance company - they're so darn good. I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else and have recommended this clinic to friends and colleagues, all of whom have had similar success stories. Their standards are high and I couldn't be more pleased! M.O. Naperville
"I have had the fortune of experiencing Fyzical Therapy-Naperville in two different ways. My son underwent PT on a broken wrist and had a great experience with Mary's staff. He was back in business in no time thanks to their expertise. My wife and I both attended the 'Optimize Your Health" class that they offered. While many places offer diet programs and other quick fix alternatives, "Optimize" focuses on healthy eating and educational information that will help you alter your lifestyle habits for long-term results. This kind of forward thinking in regards to total health and healing is what separates Fyzical - Naperville from the rest." P.M., Naperville
"I have been a patient at FYZICAL - Naperville several time and went back because I was very satisfied with my first experience. After having rotator cuff surgery with a very severe tear, I needed a lot of therapy, and I chose Fyzical where Ben was my therapist. At first I was very apprehensive about my arm and shoulder being worked on, but Ben soon relieved me of that fear. Everyone at the clinic was helpful and made the experience a good one. The pain was gone and I have good use of my arm. When it was necessary for therapy again due to an injury, I, of course, returned and was just as happy with the outcome the second time." H.R, New Lenox
"A GREAT PT shop. They go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and the service is fantastic...They make you feel like part of the family and you can tell how much they all love what they do. They all provide top notch care and make the process enjoyable. The fact that the owner (Mary) is still a therapist says it all; she loves what she does and does it so well. A warm and very friendly atmosphere. Have been for both a shoulder and a knee and cannot sing high enough praises for how much they helped. Anyone needing PT should look here before going to one of the "big box" outfits." C.J. Naperville
"You can't get better PT than this. Every therapist is extremely professional and well trained. My favorite therapy is ASTYM and they have at least three therapists trained in this specialty. Mary and all the employees are happy and cheerful and make me glad I chose to go there. The atmosphere is very welcoming and comforting. I would recommend everyone go there. But don't tell anyone, because I still want to get my appointments when I need them - LOL" V.Z. Naperville
The newly acquired FYZICAL Fitness center in Fort Myers, FL was recently featured on WINK News discussing how the latest technology can help you achieve your fitness goals.
"WINK News fitness expert Mike Drumm stops by with FYZICAL's Matt DiMauro to talk about the latest technology that will accurately assess your current fitness levels and measure your progress.
The majority of New Year's Resolutions involve health and fitness goals like running your first 5K, losing 10 pounds, or building muscle. More often than not we fall short because the goal we set is unrealistic, or you lose motivation when there is no easy way to measure your progress other than the dreaded scale. To give yourself the best chance of success this year, it's important to set S.M.A.R.T goals (small, measurable, attainable, realistic, time based) and by assessing and tracking your progress using state of the art technology it takes all the guess work out of it.
Last month Mike's health club 'Fitness on the Move' was acquired by FYZICAL to offer medically-based fitness, health, wellness, and balance programs in addition to physical therapy.
FYZICAL Quantitative Assessments
The marriage between physical therapy and fitness not only makes sense, but it enhances our clients' experience and safety by placing the client experience first. Basic membership includes access to the center's equipment, programs, and classes as well as a quantitative fitness assessment for all members and quarterly re-assessments. Once we have their baseline data we will tailor a fitness program to help achieve personal goals.
Fyzical utilizes state-of-the-art specialized technologies designed to give the most accurate diagnosis and targeted treatment. Some of the assessment tools we use are Fit3D Proscanner, BODYQ, Rail Systems, Omniax Chair, etc.
FYZICAL State of the Art Technology
FIT3D: A real-time, data-driven machine called Fit3D Proscanner. The 360 degree, upright scanner captures your body's measurements up to 1/10th of an inch. The technology is convenient for tracking progress and provides you with a personal email of your assessment (only you see this and no one else) to login and see in-depth reports of 20 reference points across your body.
BODYQ: A dynamic set of measurements that assess movement, function, general health, balance, and recovery that is provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Once this assessment is completed, a DPT will work with certified personal trainers, taking into consideration your specific limitations, to develop a medically-based fitness program designed to help you reach crucial health and wellness goals.
WORLD CLASS BALANCE CENTER: Rail Systems, Omniax Chair (1 of 14 in the world!)
FYZICAL, LLC is a medical and scientific based therapy organization that offers prescribed physical therapy, balance centers, and physical fitness programs. FYZICAL has (72 locations in 20 states) and is headquartered in Sarasota, FL.
*FREE 7-DAY PASS offered to all local residents (December 29th – January 4th) Just email Mike Drumm at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him to reserve your guest pass at 239-561-1177 X202.
FYZICAL Naperville also offers a wide range of equipment that can help patients like you with a variety of disorders including, but not limited to:
Solo Step Harness System
Biodex Upper Body Cycle
NuStep Recumbent Cross Trainer
Other cardiovascular and weight machines
Hear from one of our patients: "I started the trek from one doctor to the next to fix a "frozen shoulder", even seeing a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon who specialized in shoulders. No one offered any solution until I went to FYZICAL-Naperville and a physical therapist determined the problem and helped me recover after the ensuing spinal surgery. I've had a full recovery. My husband and I have gone back for therapy after various injuries and have been extremely pleased. They don't drag out treatment, they work with the insurance company - they're so darn good. I wouldn't even consider going anywhere else and have recommended them to friends and colleagues, all of whom have had similar success stories. Their standards are high and I couldn't be more pleased!"
FYZICAL Naperville has recently celebrated 20 years in business this year and holds over 100 years of combined experience in physical therapy.
Hear from our team: "I was blessed to have been offered a job at (FYZICAL Naperville) right out of PT school. Nine years later it is more than safe to say that I have truly enjoyed working for this company. The thing I like best about working for this company is that we pride ourselves on being a family owned and operated clinic. We are a true "mom and pop shop", delivering a warm and comforting experience to all of those who enter our doors. I am proud and excited to be a part of this company and the new expansion of our family with FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers." - William Block, DPT
Naperville was voted the second-best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine and 1st place for best cities for early retirement by Kiplinger. Naperville is 30 miles west of downtown Chicago and home to the fastest growing marathon in the country. Surrounded by a beautiful riverwalk with endless shopping and dining establishments, FYZICAL Naperville is lucky to call this beautiful city home.
Peripheral neuropathy affects over 20 million Americans and is most common amongst seniors. Seniors are also at risk of falling with around 33% of individuals over 65 falling every year, with many suffering serious, life changing injuries. Research has found a link between the 2 and according to The Neuropathy Association, "several studies now link peripheral nerve disorders to postural instability and falling."
Peripheral neuropathy is a disorder of the nerves in your extremities. There are many forms of neuropathy with the most common being diabetic neuropathy, which affects 60% of people with diabetes. Other common forms include nerve compressions from back problems and due to circulation problems. Although the exact cause of neuropathy is not known, it is thought decreased nutrition due to circulatory and metabolic issues may be a large contributing factor. People with neuropathy will usually complain of pain, burning, numbness and tingling of the hands and legs. If that is not bad enough, it can also be accompanied by swelling, stiffness and muscle weakness. These are all risk factors that make people with peripheral neuropathy at risk of falling.
Current treatment for peripheral neuropathy is centered on medication which may help the pain and numbness. Not many people realize there is also treatment that may help reduce the compressive forces on the nerves and may help the circulation and nerve function.
At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers of Hazleton, peripheral neuropathy can be treated through our whole body approach. Treatment is centered on the Rebuilder system that is designed to control pain, improve circulation and stimulate normal nerve function. It stimulates the muscle pump action for circulation and provides nerve stimulation at a frequency that encourages normal nerve impulses. It is also noninvasive which means less risk of side effects. When combined with our hands on techniques to help with soft tissue tightness and exercises for mobility and strength, many of our clients feel relief of their symptoms and can then work to improve their balance.
Being a Balance Center, our clients are able to work on their balance in our Safety Overhead harness System (SOS) so they can challenge their balance without the risk or fear of falling. This allows them to practice tasks they would normally be hesitant to, which is the key to improvement.
Peripheral neuropathy is a condition with many problems and falling is a serious one. Having your neuropathy treated can help prevent falls especially in the winter. This can improve your quality of life, minimize your risk of serious injury and suffering a life changing event.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at 570-501-1808. Also visit our website or catch our TV show 'Wellness Through FYZICAL Therapy' on WYLN daily.
FYZICAL Orlando offers the Solo-Step Rehab rail system, which provides a safe atmosphere for balance and gait training.
The Solo-Step eliminates fall risk when working with a weak and unsteady patient. The system allows the patient to isolate the use of their legs and trunk. FYZICAL Orlando's solo-step program allows the client to have a 30 minute graduated sessions with caregivers. It is typically recommend for use 1-2 times per week for a 1-2 months.
"The Solo-Step eliminates the risk for injury for both patient and therapist. It eliminates falls. The Solo-Step facilitates effective therapy and promotes patient confidence," says Dr. B.
Winter is on its way and most weather experts, including the Farmer's Almanac, are predicting a cold and snowy winter for the North East... calling for a "frosty bite"! With cold weather comes slippery conditions. It is vital to take extra care to prevent slips and falls, especially for seniors as this can result in serious injury and be a life changing event.
Seniors are at risk of falling under the best of circumstances with one third of individuals over 65 falling every year. Falls in seniors are particularly dangerous as up to 30% will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as broken hips and brain injuries. Many of these injuries require nursing home care and increase the risk of early death. For falls that don't lead to an injury, many individuals will develop a fear of falling, leading to less movement, causing weakness and increased risk of falling.
With those serious consequences, most of us, especially seniors, should take precautions to prevent falls. A few tips include:
Having your medications checked to identify those that may make you drowsy or dizzy
Have your eyes checked as they are important for balance
Look around the home for tripping hazards such as cords, throw rugs and clustered spaces
Finally you need to be sure your balance is as strong as it can be. A few key identifiers to see if you are at risk for a fall include:
I you need to use your arms to get up from a chair
Need to hold onto furniture when walking
You are extra careful doing everyday acts because you fear falling
These are some telltale signs you should get your balance checked by a health professional. Falls amongst seniors have been such a problem that the CDC created a questionnaire you can take to identify if you are at risk for a fall. Taking this test, along with a walking and balance screening, can identify if you should participate in a fall prevention program.
A fall prevention program can help people reduce their risk of falling by addressing the issues that cause falls such as mobility problems, weakness and dizziness. The key to a good fall prevention program is a Safety Overhead Harness (SOS) system which allows you to work on your balance while harnessed. This way, you know you will not fall, allowing you to challenge yourself and complete your exercises with less fear.
At FYZICAL Hazleton, we have Balance-Vestibular Therapists who have additional training in helping dizziness and preventing falls. This combined with our Safety Overhead Harness System allows us to identify and treat individuals at risk of falling. Reducing your fall risk can help your winter be tolerable and not be a disaster.
Not sure if you are at risk of falling?
Call FYZICAL Hazleton at 570-501-1808 and come in for a free fall risk screening which includes the CDC questionnaire. To learn more, watch our TV show 'Wellness Through FYZICAL Therapy' on WYLN or visit www.FYZICAL.com.
Jim Abrams, CEO of FYZICAL, has acquired 14,000 sq. foot Fitness on the Move to expand their offering of medically-based fitness, health, wellness, and balance programs in addition to physical therapy.
Sarasota, Florida – November 21, 2014—FYZICAL, LLC, announced today Jim Abrams' purchase of a Fort Myers fitness center, Fitness on the Move. Adding to FYZICAL's current 47 physical therapy locations, the fitness center will offer medically-based fitness programs and services, and in 2015 will offer physical therapy and balance programs.
FYZICAL, LLC successfully took over the operations of Fitness on the Move on November 4, 2014, and will rebrand the facility as FYZICAL FITNESS. The facility is a 14,000 square foot fitness center in Fort Myers that opened in 1996. Currently, there are around 2,000 members, a substantial portion of which is affiliated with Silver Sneakers, a Healthways fitness program. The same management team and current employees will remain, while doctors of physical therapy and balance experts are additions to the team. In 2015, a more comprehensive physical therapy and balance program will be offered. There will be rail systems, an Omniax chair (1 of only 14 in the world), and private treatment rooms to best serve patients. "We are elated with our move into medically-based fitness. This acquisition underscores the commitment by FYZICAL to enhance the value of the brand for its affiliates. The marriage between physical therapy and fitness not only makes sense, but it enhances our clients' experience and safety. Placing the client experience first is the core tenet of the FYZICAL culture," states Dr. Chris Mulvey, PT, DPT, Owner, FYZICAL Fort Myers.
FYZICAL FITNESS will provide two different medically-based fitness memberships. The first membership is basic and will include access to the center's equipment, programs, and classes as well as a quantitative fitness assessment for all members and quarterly re-assessments. Once a new member has completed a quantitative fitness assessment, their baseline data will have been acquired and used to tailor a fitness program to help achieve personal goals. The second type of membership available is a medically-based fitness membership. In this offering, a full musculoskeletal assessment by FYZICAL's proprietary diagnostic tool, BODYQTM will be provided by a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). Once this assessment is completed, the member will then complete a quantitative fitness assessment to understand baseline data. The DPT will work with certified personal trainers, taking into consideration specific limitations of client, to develop a medically-based fitness program. This program is designed to help FYZICAL FITNESS members and patients reach crucial health and wellness goals such as weight loss and disease prevention.
FYZICAL, LLC is a medical and scientific based therapy organization that offers prescribed physical therapy, balance centers, and physical fitness programs. FYZICAL has 47 locations in 12 states and is headquartered in Sarasota, FL.
For more information, email Allison Purcell at email@example.com, call 941.444.2209, or visit www.FYZICAL.com.
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