Peak Physical Therapy is here to help you get through this challenging time. We have implemented two wonderful and safe options for you to receive your therapy!
The first is via Tele-Health. This option will allow you to easily see your therapist via a computer, and have plenty of time for education on how to manage your symptoms, perform self-directed manual techniques, and perform and advance your exercise program. Click the link below for more information.
The second option is to still come into one of our offices for an in-person visit. We're taking extreme precautions during these times including spacing out visits, rearranging the clinic, temperature taking, screenings for symptoms, mask and glove wearing, and constant disinfecting. If you need in-person treatment, and are comfortable with the idea, we're hear to accommodate you. Click below for more information.
Many are doing their best to stay active by exercising at home. So, we have some tips to help you avoid injuries. We also want to share some information that scientists published on April 9th, in arguably the nation’s most prestigious medical journal, on knee pain and physical therapy.
Adding Strength Training (AKA Resistance Training) to Your Fitness Routine
There are numerous benefits to strength training. Here are some practical reasons why strength training should be part of your fitness routine:
- Resistance training keeps your muscles strong which helps you to enjoy many daily activities and recreation.
- Strength training keeps your muscles and tendons strong and more resilient to injury.
- Strength training helps maintain muscle mass.
- Muscle tissue burns more calories than adipose tissue.
During this time where many have been ordered to stay at home, consider adding strength training.
Strength Training Safety Tips
Safety is very important when exercising. Here are some safety tips to reduce your risk of injury:
- Before you start any exercise program, ask your physical therapist or doctor.
- Start slowly, especially if you haven’t been active for a long time.
- Pay attention to your body.
- Use small amounts of weight to start.
- Use smooth, steady movements to lift weights into position.
- Avoid “locking” your arm and leg joints in a straight position.
- Don’t hold your breath during strength exercises.
Focus on Family: Don't Forget About Kids & Opioids
During this time of stress, it’s common for kids to want to let loose. We simply want to remind you that kids are at a higher risk for misuse of opioid drugs. Here’s some information about how to talk to kids about opioids. Click here
Physical Therapy Corner: Physical Therapy is Better than Steroid Injections
A study published in the April 9, 2020 issue of the NEJM validated that physical therapy for arthritic knee pain is better than injections. Patients that had physical therapy treatment had higher levels of function than those that had an injection one year later.
Click here for the reference.
This is yet another reason to see us first before having knee injections.
Thanks for reading and again, from all of us here at the practice, we wish you and your family good health.
Until Next Month,
Thanks from Eric Edelman BS,PT
Peak Physical Therapy and Sports Performance