Jimmy Buffet said it best in Margaritaville: “I blew out my flip-flop, Stepped on a pop top, Cut my heel, had to cruise on back home.” As the weather gets warmer, we tend to minimize our footwear. Often times, we turn to flip flops as everyday wear. We don’t think of the long-term dangers of wearing shoes with so little support.
Flip-flops offer no arch support, no heel cushioning, and no shock absorption. Flip-flop wearers often suffer from foot pain, tendinitis, and sprained ankles, and can even develop knee, hip and back pain. In addition, more serious orthopaedic injuries can result from wearing flip-flops during sports activities. Don’t try to play soccer in your flip-flops!
What summer shoe should you wear? Not all sandals are ‘unhealthy’ for your feet. Try to find a sandal with good support and shock absorption. If you have questions about your summer shoes, you can talk with any of the experts at ACPT. Each foot is different. They can recommend the best footwear for your activity.
Almost 1 million people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in the United States. Physicians diagnose about 60,000 new cases each year – not including the thousands that are undiagnosed. Men are one and a half times more likely to have PD than women. PD is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently no cure, there are treatment options. LSVY BIG® and LSVT LOUD® are a specialized physical therapy and speech language pathology program specifically designed for individuals with PD. ACPT’s Edgewood Office is excited to offer the LSVT BIG program and Canonsburg Hospital (staffed by ACPT therapists) offers both LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD.
LSVT BIG is a specialized movement program for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). People with PD have trouble moving normally. Their movements are usually slower and smaller and they may shuffle or freeze when they walk. Some experience falls and problems with their balance.
The aim of the intensive LSVT BIG training is to improve people’s ability to make bigger movements. These movements can then be generalized for different functional activities and situations. Initial research shows that LSVT BIG training leads to:
- Faster walking with bigger steps
- Better balance
- Increased trunk rotation
- Improved quality of life
LSVT LOUD is one of the most widely practiced treatments for speech disorders associated with PD. It is an individualized, standardized, structured, high effort intensive program. 89% of persons with PD have voice problems. PD related speech and voice disorders commonly result in reduced vocal loudness, pitch inflection, and range of articulatory movements. PD also effects the sensory perception of vocal effort and speech movements that allow a person to regulate loudness and articulation.
The goal of the LSVT® LOUD program is healthy, automatic vocal loudness. This intensive training will improve speech parameters, including loudness, hoarseness, monotone quality, articulation, and vocal tremor. A secondary benefit is improved swallowing function.
Research suggests you should initiate your physical, occupational or speech therapy when you are first diagnosed with PD. If you begin this intensive therapy upon diagnosis, you can improve brain function and even slow the disease progression. LSVT LOUD & LSVT BIG programs are the gold standard for PD rehabilitation. These programs may only be administered by physical, occupational or speech therapists who are LSVT certified. If you or a loved one have questions about LSVT LOUD & LSVT BIG, please call 1 800 NEW SELF.
To learn more about LSVT BIG and LSVT LOUD, please visit www.lsvtglobal.com
Mark You Calendars!
ACPT always has a lot happening. Join us and bring your friends to these events:
Alexander Technique Free Workshop
Wednesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM at ACPT’s Butler Office. Daniel Gosselin will present Alexander Technique tips to posture and efficient sitting. Call 724 482 2014 to RSVP.
Arthur Murray – Dance Workshop
Dr. Elisabeth Wheeler, performing artist specialist will share her knowledge with the dancers at Arthur Murray on Thursday, February 18. Classes begin at 7 PM!
Steel City Runners
Dr. Colin Gundling, PT and clinical director of the Downtown Office will be giving tips to the Steel City Road Runners Saturday, February 20 at 8:30 AM. Click here for additional information.
We are excited to welcome Steve Trush, personal trainer to the team at the Eastside Office. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Steve is a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. With clients, he enjoys focusing on injury prevention, improving mobility, and tying exercise into a balanced lifestyle. Stay tuned . . . Next month, Steve will share an exercise tip featuring a new piece of equipment. He is currently accepting clients. Call the Eastside office at 412 661 0400 to schedule.
The dangers of winter usually bring about safety advice concerning exposure to the cold temperatures, but when snow falls a new hazard follows – the risk of shoveling-related injury or death. Each winter more than 1,200 cardiac deaths occur during or after snowstorms. In a four-year span Massachusetts saw deaths from heart disease rise 22% during blizzards. The number of cardiac deaths increased for eight days following each storm, suggesting that snowfall cleanup is more the culprit than the snow itself. Furthermore, the blizzards caused three times more cardiac deaths in men than in women.
Why is snow shoveling dangerous?
In terms of energy expenditure, it burns 420 calories per hour and is on par with playing tennis or taking a fast walk. But unlike those activities, the risk of harm is high with shoveling because you . . .
- Are out of shape.
- Don’t warm up or cool down.
- Lift too much or lift incorrectly.
- Use arm and neck muscles that typically aren’t conditioned, pumping up blood pressure.
- Are exposed to the cold, which is another stress on the heart.
- Just don’t know when to stop.
Here are a few tips for safer shoveling:
Dress warmly. Protect your hands, feet, and head. Wear snow boots.
Warm up. Stretch or perform some light exercises before and after snow removal.
Pace yourself. Take frequent breaks and stay hydrated throughout.
Protect your back. Bend your knees. Don’t twist to toss, turn and dump the pile.
Clear snow early and often. It is much more manageable to move snow in phases than all at once.
Ignoring your body’s warning signs could lead to injury or worse. Listen to your body – if you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, lightheadedness, or nausea – stop immediately. If your symptoms are severe or continue after you stop, call your doctor without delay.
If you have an aching muscle, call and schedule a free consultation with one of the experts at ACPT. A consultation consists of a discussion of the injury with a therapist to determine the best course of action for you.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.