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Mark Your Calendars – September 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.




Unique Treatment Program for Parkinson’s Disease

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!  


Back to School Backpack Safety

September 2015 - Backpack Safety
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.

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.

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!


Out & About With ACPT

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! 


Welcome, Dr. Sossong!

Sossong, Andrew (lg)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.


It’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA


ACPT is excited to announce the opening of our newest office on Monday, August 17! The Downtown Office is located in the PNC YMCA in downtown Pittsburgh. Through this collaboration, we can serve members and employees of the YMCA along with folks who live and work downtown.

Dr. Colin Gundling, physical therapist, is the Clinical Director at ACPT’s Downtown office. He achieved his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh along with his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Allegheny College. Dr. Gundling is a board certified orthopaedic specialist and a professional member of the American Physical Therapy Association. As a clinician, he has a special interest in manual therapy, sports physical therapist and working with endurance athletes. Dr. Gundling has run in several marathons and competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

If you have an ache or pain, the Downtown Office welcomes you to call or stop by for a free consultation with Dr. Gundling. A consultation consists of a 10-15 minute session to determine whether or not a complete evaluation is indicated.


Weekend Warriors: Fight the Injury Battle

weekend warriorAre you a weekend warrior? Did your Saturday morning game of tennis, pickup basketball or jog through the park leave you so sore that you limped into work on Monday? Due to busy schedules, work and responsibilities, exercise often takes a backseat during the week. Weekend warriors try to make up for the lack of physical activity on weekend. Frequently, resulting in injury. Weekend warrior injuries may be traumatic or overuse Some common overuse injuries are golfers’ elbow, IT-band syndrome, shin splints or tendonitis. Injuries can also occur for a variety of reasons; lack of warm-up, insufficient strength and endurance, or anatomical and biomechanical issues.

There are some basics steps that you can take to avoid weekend warrior injuries:

Maintain a regular and balanced exercise routine. Incorporate cardio, strengthening and stretching. Cross training will keep your workouts interesting and helps prevent overuse injuries. Even small increments of exercise can go a long way in preventing weekend warrior injuries.

Listen to your body.
“No pain, no gain” should not be your mantra over the weekend. When you feel a pain, you should stop your activity. This is your body’s way letting you know you’re pushing your limits.

Start slowly.
You need to condition your body to perform. If you do too much too soon, your muscles will be letting you know the next day. Start with an intensity and duration you can handle and increase it 10% each week.

Even if you do everything you’re supposed to do, you may still sustain an injury. Knowing the best course of action may prevent your injury from worsening. You can make an appointment at any of the ACPT offices following a weekend warrior injury. They will be happy to assess you and make suggestions to get you back to your activity pain free.


One Needle Prick at a Time

The rising popularity of acupuncture is a result of Americans looking for natural treatments for their health needs. Acupuncture not only treats conditions but also helps improve overall health. Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

ACPT is excited to announce that Lisa Facinelli, licensed acupuncturist, will see patients in the Wexford and Eastside offices. Lisa is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She specializes and is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® giving her additional training treating pain, discomfort, and injuries. In addition to treating musculoskeletal issues, she has experience with and enjoys treating a variety of health concerns including stress and psychological problems, digestive concerns, fatigue, migraines, insomnia, women’s health (infertility, pms, and pregnancy support), and many others. (click here to continue reading)

Lisa is trained to provide comprehensive care using Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, and adjunctive techniques like cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion. She views all patients holistically to create individualized treatment plans based on each patient’s needs.

Lisa graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Pennsylvania and Virginia Board of Medicine to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Call today to schedule your appointment with Lisa. If you have specific questions about acupuncture, feel free to email Lisa at


Get Ready for Golf

Golf Ball & Club

ACPT’s Butler Office is hosting a free workshop for golfers Wednesday, May 20th at 6 PM. All levels of golfers are welcome to learn more about proper warm-up and technique and body mechanics.  Each participant will receive a golfers’ physical fitness assessment and swing analysis.  Click here to view event details. 


Move in May

ACPT is supporting the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. During the month of May, we challenge all adults to get 30 minutes of physical activity every day.

Did you know that regular physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life? It also reduces your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Yet in Pennsylvania, only 50% of the population engage in non-leisure physical activity.

The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults:

  • Aim for two hours and thirty minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week. Moderate activity includes things like walking fast, dancing, swimming, and raking leaves.
  • Do muscle-strengthening activities – like lifting weights or using exercise bands – at least two days per week.


Physical activity is for everyone. No matter what shape you are in, you can find activities that work for you. ACPT offers a wide variety of wellness services that can help you stay physically fit:

  • Personal Training is available at the Butler, Eastside and Edgewood Offices.  Our personal trainers can help you initiate an exercise program to focus on your personal needs, reach fitness goals or enhance your performance with a specific sport.
  • The Dr. Steve Health Plan was designed to fight the rising costs of healthcare.  If you have diabetes, osteoarthritis or a BMI of 25+, you qualify for The Dr. Steve Health Plan.  It’s an independent gym program for $10/month.  You are welcome to schedule your workout time and use our facilities.  Click here to see the offices that offer this service.
  • ACPT offers a wide variety of educational presentations for the community from balance screens to swimmers workshops.  These events are designed to help you stay active and injury free.  Feel free to contact Jessica Sanzotti,, to schedule an event for your group.

With help from your friends at ACPT, we can rise to the challenge and get more active during the month of May!