- Written by Super User Super User
- Published: 21 March 2020 21 March 2020
We are now closed on Fridays and other hours are subject to change based on patient need and government mandates. Please leave a message on the telephone and we will return the call within 24 hours. Thank you.
An open letter concerning COVID-19 Virus.
- Written by Ann Dennison Ann Dennison
- Published: 15 March 2020 15 March 2020
March 15, 2020
Dear clients and friends,
At Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness we care about the health and well-being of our patients, staff, family, friends, and community. People have always come first for us. As the situation involving the COVID-19 virus evolves, we want you to know that we are doing our best and following the advice of government agencies to keep everyone healthy and limit the spread of the virus.
We have implemented additional cleaning measures and request everyone to wash their hands prior to entering the treatment area, and anytime they have the need to touch their face. Our staff has also been instructed to increase their already diligent hand washing practices.
We request that if you have an appointment and you feel ill, or anyone in your household is ill or has been asked to self-isolate that you NOT come to your appointment. We do ask that you call us to cancel your appointment as soon as you are able.
Please cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or in your elbow crease and immediately throw the tissue away and wash your hands. We must all do our part to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.
We at Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness, not only care about your physical health but also about your mental and emotional well-being. We encourage you during these uncertain times of recommended social distancing to reach out via telephone or video messaging to your loved ones.
Keeping in touch can be a healthy way to combat some of the fear and anxiety surrounding these uncertain times. We have posted on our website some recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control about keeping homes, workplaces and communities safer.
We will continue to remain abreast of the evolving situation and recommendations from healthcare and government sources. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.
Everyone at Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness
Fitness with a side of dysfunction?
- Written by Ann Dennison Ann Dennison
- Published: 15 February 2020 15 February 2020
This time of year, many people are focused on fitness so it's worth taking a look at what fitness really means. The dictionary defines fit as "sound physically and mentally, healthy." Using that definition, many "fitness" routines fall short of the goal. If you don't enjoy running and dread every workout, you're probably falling short of the "sound mentally" portion. Exercise should be enjoyable, reduce stress, and leave you feeling better, not worse.
No Pain no Gain?
Exercise should also leave you feeling better physically. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you're not "sound physically." If you are increasing your personal best in the squat rack, but your joint pain is increasing right along with it, you're not "sound physically" either. Sure, some muscle soreness and fatigue after a hard workout are normal. But if you're having pain that doesn't go away, sore joints, or trouble moving after exercise, you're most likely developing movement dysfunction along with your fitness.
Go back to the dictionary and you'll find that dysfunction is "impaired or abnormal functioning." This means movement dysfunction is impaired or abnormal movement. When someone has a movement problem like a sore joint, limited range of motion or strength loss the brain finds a way to get the body to do what it wants. That usually means moving in a way that is less than optimal. For a while, it may work. Eventually, though, it leads to injury. As a concrete example, think of someone who has trouble bending one knee doing squats. When one knee bends further than the other, it will cause one side of the pelvis to drop lower than the other. Now that the pelvis isn't level, the spine bends towards the high side to stay balanced. When that one side of the pelvis drops lower than the other one, it also usually rotates. Now the spine must bend to the side and twist to keep you upright. This works for a while, but as weight is added to the squat, and the repetitions add up so does the risk for a back injury.
Pain during workouts, or pain and soreness that don't go away after can be warning signs of a movement dysfunction. If you're experiencing any of these, contact us at Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness. Physical therapists are trained to analyze movement and figure out the root cause of problems. We can then design a program to treat the cause and correct the abnormal pattern. There is no need to wait until you're injured to see one of our physical therapists. In fact, it's preferable not to. Getting minor problems fixed early means fewer visits to a physical therapist, less pain, and not having to put your workouts on hold due to injury.