Being on your feet a lot can hurt, whether you’re standing on a hard restaurant or shop floor all day, or building up training miles to get ready for the marathon. Your feet may be more than just “tired” or “sore,” especially if you notice pain in the heel or sole of your foot first thing in the morning. You may have plantar fasciitis.
The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that links the heel of your foot to your toes. Plantar fasciitisis the result of inflammation or tiny tears in that ligament. It can be caused by a specific injury, but it is more often caused by overuse — too much running, walking, or standing, perhaps made worse by shoes without proper support. Physical therapy is the first line of treatment for plantar fasciitis, and usually the only treatment required. Our physical therapists here at Allegheny Chesapeake will provide you with a personalized treatment regimen (including ice and stretching), and teach you how to prevent your foot pain from returning.
If you have recurring, chronic foot pain, don’t just wait for it to go away — it won’t. Schedule a free consultation at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy. One of our Doctors of Physical Therapy will assess your injury, whether it is plantar fasciitis or a different foot ailment, and get you started on the proper course of treatment. Treat your feet right today, and be ready to enjoy a beautiful, sunny summer.
The Pittsburgh Marathon, held this year on Sunday, May 4th, is an event that attracts runners from around the world. It showcases some of the best things about the city: the beautiful rivers, the scenic bridges, and its friendly neighborhoods. We here at Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy are proud to have offices in some of these neighborhoods; in fact, the marathon course goes directly in front of our Point Breeze office. While some of our ACPT staff (more than just a few!) are working hard out there on the race course, the rest of us can have some fun by cheering them on.
“This is my favorite event of the year,” says ACPT’s Jessica Sanzotti. “There is a great energy that goes along with Marathon Day. Because the marathon route passes our Point Breeze office, we thought that the parking lot would be a perfect place to set up a tailgate-style cheering section and water stop. As the marathoners pass us, we cheer them by name, use noise makers and offer up cups of water. It is a great place for the ACPT community and surrounding neighborhood to have fun and motivate marathoners.”
Joining the fun this year are the great folks at the East End Food Co-Op, who will be providing coffee and breakfast items and handing out sunscreen to spectators and race participants. If you can’t join us in Point Breeze for our festivities, try to find some marathon fun closer to home. This event shows the world why Pittsburgh is such a great place to live, work — and play!
ACPT’s Edgewood Office is excited to include yoga class as a new wellness service. Becki Riberich is a certified yoga instructor and teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that is great for all levels. She is certified with Yoga Alliance, trained with YogaFit including specialty trainings in Senior Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Yoga Therapy and can offer modifications so everybody can practice yoga in a safe, effective way. Becki believes that yoga helps build healthier bodies, calmer minds, and increases your overall wellbeing! While both energizing and relaxing, yoga is a natural way to reduce stress! Becki teaches a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga that is great for all levels. If you can breathe, you can do yoga! Namaste’
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Each year, ACPT has a company-wide meeting and invites a speaker to share their story with the all of the employees. In February 2014, the ACPT team welcomed Bill Strickland, the president-CEO of Manchester Bidwell and its subsidiaries; Manchester Craftsman Guild and Bidwell Training Center.
Mr. Strickland shared his story of how a kid from Pittsburgh’s ghetto would go on to lecture at Harvard and serve on the National Endowment of the Arts board. He is nationally recognized as a visionary leader who authentically delivers educational and cultural opportunities to students and adults within an organizational culture that fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity. All those in attendance agreed that Mr. Strickland’s story is inspirational!
ACPT’s massage therapy services are growing! We have expanded massage therapy services to Butler and Eastside offices. With that expansion, we needed another set of hands. Greg Babiak joined the massage therapy team and will be seeing clients at Eastside and Edgewood.
Greg Babiak, LMT, is a Massage Therapist at ACPT’s Eastside and Edgewood Offices. Greg has worked in the medical field for over 35 years as a Respiratory Therapist. He is a triathlete and believes that massage is a critical part of training for all levels of athletes. He maintains Pennsylvania licensure (MSG00586) and certification through Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals.
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Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy is making an exciting new therapy option available at our Wexford office: Astym® treatment. Astym® treatments target scarring and degeneration in soft tissues like muscles, tendons, and ligaments, without needles or other invasive techniques. While you are getting Astym® treatments, you are encouraged to continue your daily routine and exercise programs.
During therapy, a certified Astym® clinician uses specialized tools, applied with gentle to moderate pressure along the problematic muscle, joint, or tendon; this locates areas of unhealthy tissue and encourages healthy tissue growth to replace it. Then it is time for your part: your therapist will give you a specially designed regimen of stretches to further encourage strong and healthy tissue growth. This combination of hands-on expertise from the physical therapist and the patient’s own exercise work is shown to have great results in treating a wide range of conditions including overuse athletic injuries, post-operative scarring, and chronic joint and muscle stiffness and pain.
Astym® treatment can only be provided by a certified therapist. Our Wexford office is one of only a handful of providers in western Pennsylvania providing this exciting new treatment.
If you think Astym® treatment could help you get back to work or back out on the field, call Dr. Scott Colombo at 724-935-3340 for a consultation.
In October of 2013, Allegheny Chesapeake Physical Therapy opened a new office in Oakland. The new facility is located in the Schenley Gardens Assisted Living Facility at 3890 Bigelow Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The office serves both residents of Schenley Gardens, and existing ACPT patients for whom the Oakland office is convenient. Specializing in treating the medically complex patient as well as those with neurological diagnoses, this new location offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Another unique offering at this location is one-on-one aquatic therapy in a beautiful private, indoor heated pool.
Trisha Marner Murphy, Physical Therapist, is the Clinical Director of the Oakland office; she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy from University of Pittsburgh and she maintains professional memberships with the American Physical Therapy Association and the Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association. Her clinical interests include geriatrics, aquatic therapy, and manual therapy techniques. Janice Dzurovcin, Physical Therapist, Mischele Francois, Occupational Therapist, and Louise Kilbert Smith, Speech Language Pathologist, complete the rehabilitation team at the Oakland office.
If you or a loved one live or work in Oakland, please contact our office for a consultation about any of your physical therapy needs. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 412-395-9500.
Pittsburgh area staff had a blast at the Jewish Community Centre’s Family Health Fair. In addition to playing Twister at the Health Fair, clinicians offered free functional movement screens (FMS) at the ACPT Squirrel Hill Office.
The FMS is used analyze an individual’s baseline strength, posture, stability and flexibility. An FMS will help identify and address poor movement patterns to decrease the risk of injury in the future. Studies demonstrate completing a FMS prior to engaging in exercise can result in decreased risk of injury, reduced costs associated with these injuries, and improved performance.
If you’re in the area, visit the Butler Office staff at the Taste of Home event hosted by the Butler Intermediate High School on Saturday, April 5th. ACPT will offer BMI testing and healthy tips. For ticket information, click here: http://shop.insidebutlercounty.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=483