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08
jan
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BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE

Winter Exercise
Finally, winter is here! If you’re New Year’s Resolution included getting fit, the weather may throw a wrench into your plans. You should still get outside, get some fresh air and exercise. Here are just a few of the benefits of working out in the chilly air versus a stuffy gym:

Burn, baby, burn.
You will burn more calories! Your body will work harder outdoors to regulate its core temperature.

You gotta have heart.
Cold weather exercise can help strengthen the most important muscle in your body. Your heart works harder to distribute blood throughout your body.

More water is good for you.
You continue to sweat, but it evaporates quickly in chilly, dry air.   You should hydrate before, during and after exercise to achieve your peak performance, protect the body from injury and stay warm.

Take your vitamins.
Sure it’s cold, but the sun can still supply you with critical nutrients.   Remember to wear sunscreen during the winter.

Get Happy.
When your body works hard to stay warm, it produces increased amounts of endorphins. The endorphins give you a strong sense of happiness following your workout.

So, don’t get the winter blues. Go skiing or for a hike or run outside to stay healthy and fit all year.

08
dec
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‘TIS THE SEASON

You don’t want to miss ACPT’s 2015 holiday greeting!  Follow us on social media to see your friends from ACPT wishing you a happy, healthy, holiday season.

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08
dec
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ARE YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES AT RISK FOR A FALL?

According to the Centers for Disease Control one in three adults over 65 fall each year.  Research also shows that winter weather is tied to an increase in falls.  Falls don’t “just happen”.  Often times, there is an underlying cause or risk factor involved in falls.  Muscle weakness, balance, gait deficits, foot pain and footwear are a few of the risk factors that affect your fall risk.  Your physical therapist can help prevent a fall!  If you are afraid of falling, call 1 800 NEW SELF to schedule a free consultation and balance assessment at any ACPT office.
Fall Risk
Here are a couple ways that physical therapy can reduce the risk of falling:

  • Reduce Fall Risk by assessing footwear and hazards in your home. Household hazards include loose rugs, poor lighting, unrestrained pets, or other possible obstacles.
  • Improve Mobility and regain the ability to move around with more ease, coordination, and confidence.
  • Improve Balance through exercises for both static balance (sitting or standing still) and dynamic balance (keeping your balance while moving).
  • Improve Strength and address muscle weakness, or to improve your overall muscle strength. Strengthening muscles in the trunk, hip, and core can be especially helpful in improving balance.
  • Reduce Fall Fear and increase confidence through improved mobility, balance and strength.

08
dec
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MINI HEALTH FAIR

Happy Health Holidays
Each year, the Point Breeze office hosts an event to promote health throughout the holiday season.  We are excited to announce this year’s event will be a mini health fair with healthy resources and free screenings.  All are welcome to this free event, on Thursday, December 10th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Click here for more details.

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03
nov
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IS THIS TIME OF YEAR EXHAUSTING FOR YOU?

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!

Sleepy

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.

19
oct
0

UPCOMING EVENTS

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! 

19
oct
0

WHO’S THE NEW GUY AT THE EDGEWOOD OFFICE?

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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!

19
oct
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HAPPY NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH!

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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.




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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.

19
oct
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SPOOKY SAFETY TIPS

Halloween
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:


Walking Tips

  • 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!


Driving Tips

  • 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

31
aug
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Mark Your Calendars – September Events

Events
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.