Holiday shopping, parties, trips and family visits may leave you sleep deprived during the holiday season. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety. Don’t turn into a Grinch!
Keep your regular sleep schedule.
It’s easy to stay up late during the holidays, but try to keep it within one hour of your regular bedtime. Sleep deprivation can lead to mood changes, increased risk of obesity and decreased ability to fight common infections. You want to be bright eyed and bushy tailed during the holidays.
Don’t stop exercising.
Exercise is one of the best promoters of good, quality sleep. It is great for the body, mind and can go a long way towards keeping your head clear of holiday stresses. Now, is not the time to take a break from your exercise routine.
Power down the twinkling lights before bedtime.
TVs, computers, cell phones, e-readers, other electronic devices and twinkling lights emit a light similar to daylight. These lights can trick our brain and cause a delay in the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.
Soak in the rays.
Getting outside to exercise is great, but getting outside into the light is just as beneficial. Seasonal affective disorder is a sleep disorder linked to lack of daylight. Fight off the winter blues and get outside to build a snowman.
October 22, 2 – 4 PM
Be a Flu Fighter! Stop by ACPT’s Butler Office to get your flu shot provided by Walgreens.
October 22, 9 AM
Dr. Colin Gundling, PT and clinical director of ACPT’s downtown office will share some tips on physical assessment with the personal trainers of the PNC YMCA.
October 26, 9 AM – 2 PM
ACPT will attend the GNC Benefits Fair in downtown Pittsburgh.
November 14, 11:30 AM
ACPT’s Butler Office will offer a free yoga class for anyone interested in trying yoga. Call 724 482 2014 to sign-up – space is limited! Remember to bring your own yoga mat.
Stay tuned for more exciting events!
ACPT is excited to announce Dr. Steven T. Gough, PT, DPT, OCS, as the new clinical director at the Edgewood Office. He is a board certified orthopaedic physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Dr. Gough earned his bachelors in Physical Therapy from Temple University in 1982, Masters from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993, and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Chatham College in 2004. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Doctoral Physical Therapy program at Chatham University teaching biomechanics, musculoskeletal evaluation/treatment and leadership. Dr. Gough is also the CEO of ACPT. Please stop by to welcome him to the Edgewood Office!
Each October the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates National Physical Therapy Month to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help restore and improve motion in people’s lives.
In 2015, the focus is on healthy aging. Physical therapists are movement experts and can help individuals overcome pain, gain and maintain function, and preserve their independence. To learn how physical therapists can help you “AgeWell” click here.
Halloween is a fun time for kids and adults and provides an opportunity to give out healthy snacks, get physical activity and enjoy the fall weather. Aside from witches, ghosts and ghouls, Halloween shouldn’t be scary. Here are a few tips to keep Halloween safe:
- Trick-or-treat in groups
- Make sure to have an adult with children under twelve
- Walk on sidewalks or paths
- Cross at the crosswalks or corners
- Wear appropriate walking shoes
- Only visit houses with porch lights on
Costume & Treat Tips
- Decorate costumes or bags with reflective tape for visibility
- Choose face paint versus masks, which can obstruct vision
- Avoid carrying sticks, swords or sharp objects
- Carry glow sticks or flashlights
- Check candy for tampering – if a wrapper is not sealed, throw it away!
- Slow down and drive cautiously in residential neighborhoods
- Remember that trick-or-treaters may not see your car
- Refrain from driving distractions and stay alert
Check out where ACPT will be out and about in your community:
Basic Bootcamp 101
Wednesday, September 9 @ 6:00 PM, Edgewood Office
Dancers’ Workshop: Warm-up
Thursday, September 17 @ 6:30 PM, Edgewood Office
ACPT dance physical therapist Drs. Jessica Davis and Elisabeth Wheeler will explain the importance of warming up and teach warm up exercises and techniques.
Community Health Fair
Saturday, September 19 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
ACPT will join other healthcare providers and fitness industry business to promote healthy living.
ACPT therapists in the Rehabilitation Services Department at Canonsburg Hospital, offer a unique, new therapy regimen designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease and other neurological conditions. This specialized treatment significantly improves speech, communication, and motor skills of individuals with these types of conditions.
The programs are called LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD®. LSVT stands for Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, a program designed for Ms. Silverman, when Parkinson’s had affected her vocal quality. From the gold tandard protocol of speech therapy (LSVT LOUD®), a protocol called BIG® was developed, addressing movement and balance deficits. There has been significant evidence showing improved vocal quality, expression, and tone as well as improved balance, fine motor skills, ambulation, and overall improved quality of life.
ACPT’s specialists include, Alice Lang, MS, OTR/L and Dr. Mike Fletcher, PT certified in LSVT BIG®, and Julie Rodgers, MS, CCC-SLP/L certified in LSVT LOUD®. The two treatments can be completed during the same time frame or on their own depending on the needs of the patient.
LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are time intensive courses. Each program consists of 60 minutes sessions, on 4 consecutive days, over 4 weeks. A protocol of exercises, functional tasks (patient specific), and carry-over tasks are performed at each session. Initiation of treatment as early as possible following diagnosis is best. To date, seven patients have completed the program and all have had positive outcomes!
Backpacks come in many shapes, colors, fabrics and sizes to help kids express their personal style. They may have a designer labels, sports team logos, princesses or superheroes, but they also keep kids organized and help tote their books. Compared to other types of bags, backpacks are the best option, because the strongest muscles of the body (the back and abdomen) support the weight. Although they’re the safest option, backpacks can still cause pain or injury. Here are a few tips to keep you safe:
Backpack load should be less than 15% of your body weight. When a heavy backpack filled with books is placed on the shoulders, the weight’s force can pull your posture backward. To compensate, you may bend forward at the hips or arch the back, which can cause the spine to compress unnaturally.
Heaviest items should be loaded closest to your back. You should also arrange books and materials so that they won’t slide around. Unnecessary items should be removed daily.
#3 WEAR IT RIGHT
Both straps should be worn on your shoulders. Adjust all straps to keep the pack snug against your back and the bottom should rest in the curve of your spine.
#4 WHEELS WORK
Your safest option is to use a wheeled bag. Remember the rolling packs may need to be carried up stair and move through the snow!
August is a busy month for ACPT and the surrounding communities. There are several opportunities for you to join ACPT in supporting local events.
Portage Summerfest – Rotary 5K Race
Saturday, August 8 @ 8:30 AM
Alisha Miduri is available for pre- and post-race stretching to all race participants. She is also a great resource if you have any questions about aches or pains. If you are at Summerfest, make sure to stop by!
Concerts in the Park
Friday, August 14 from 6 – 9 PM
ACPT is the sponsor for this concert featuring the band Never Enough. Join our gang and hang out in the park. All are welcome!
Run Around the Square
Saturday, August 22 @ 9 AM
RATS is one of our favorite community events! ACPT is excited to be the course sponsor this year. The 5K run kicks off at 9 AM and the 1.5 Mile Run/Walk begins at 8:15 AM. You can see ACPT friends before the race for pre-race stretching, during the race at a water stop and after the race for the celebration in the Hollow. Hope to see you there!
ACPT would like to welcome Dr. Andrew Sossong, physical therapist, to our team! Dr. Sossong is the staff therapist at ACPT’s Edgewood office. He achieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science degrees at St. Francis University. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and profession member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. As a clinician, Dr. Sossong has a special interest in treating orthopaedic and sports related injuries. He is currently accepting new patients at the Edgewood offices. If you are in the neighborhood, stop by and say “Hello” to Dr. Sossong.