Walking – An Effective Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance

By on December 30th, 2015

The simplest exercise available is placing one foot in front of the other and walking. Because this is something we do every day, it is often overlooked as a valuable tool for weight loss. A 140-pound person walking at a moderate pace for 20 minutes will burn approximately 92 calories while increasing heart rate, thus […]


You’re Never Too Old for Weight Lifting

By on December 29th, 2015

When someone talks about weight lifting, perhaps you picture young, muscled athletes lifting outrageously heavy barbells over their heads. But today, weight lifting, or strength training as it is sometimes called, is for everyone. Studies have shown that moderate weight lifting produces significant health benefits in older individuals, even if they do not begin exercising […]


Winter Activities Foster Year-round Fitness

By on December 24th, 2015

The urge to “hibernate” in winter is strong, even for us humans. However, you are better off staying in shape than struggling to catch up come spring. And winter exercise benefits more than just physical fitness; it is also a powerful antidote for the winter blues. Your options for winter workouts vary by interest and […]


Rehabilitation After Multiple Fractures to the Pelvis

By on December 21st, 2015

Pelvic fractures are complicated by nature. The pelvis is actually made up of three “rings” of bone: one major, large ring and two smaller rings. While a mild fracture of the pelvis can heal on its own, more serious fractures like those sustained in automobile accidents often require surgery and intensive physical therapy rehabilitation. Because […]


Regaining Normal Rotator Cuff Function After Surgery

By on December 20th, 2015

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff is often a last-resort treatment, one that requires extensive rehabilitation to return your shoulder to full range of motion without pain. For most people, full recovery will take from 4 to 6 months, depending upon the reason for the surgery, the type of surgery and the patient’s level […]


We Are Hiring at Western Berks Physical Therapy

By on December 18th, 2015

Western Berks Physical Therapy is currently accepting resumes for full and part time Physical Therapists. Therapists who strive to deliver manual care and spend 1:1 time with patients are encouraged to apply. Join our team and receive: Competitive Pay, Health Care Benefits, 401K, Generous Continuing Education Allotment, Friendly and Fun Work Environment To take advantage […]


Weight Training For Adolescent Girls – Is It Safe?

By on December 18th, 2015

An important part of strength training, weight lifting provides many health benefits, along with increased strength and endurance in athletics. Because girls produce much less testosterone than boys during puberty, your daughter’s muscles will enlarge a little, but most of her increased strength will come from training more nerve cells to fire when a muscle […]


When Backing Up the Car Becomes a Pain in the Neck

By on December 16th, 2015

That pain you feel when turning your head while backing up your car is probably due to tightness in the muscles of your neck and upper back, often the result of years of poor posture. To improve your posture, keep your neck in a “neutral” position, with your chin more tucked in than pushed forward. […]


Add Strength Training to Your Yoga Practice

By on December 14th, 2015

Many people practice yoga for relaxation. Yoga can also help you tone your muscles, and, at first, it can increase your strength. But eventually you will need something beyond yoga to build muscle tissue. That is when adding a strength- training program makes sense. To shape up and get fit, building muscle tissue is essential. […]