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Helping Keep Your Dreams Alive During the Golden Years

Are you among the millions of Americans who have high aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your post-retirement years?

Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, your physical fitness level will be a factor.

A 2010 study suggests that fitness declines we typically attribute to advancing age are largely caused by living sedentary lifestyles. This runs contrary to the widely held belief that any declines in our physical abilities are caused solely by biological aging. Do we really have control over how active we’ll be in our “golden years”?

In a word, absolutely. The study, which examined 900,000 running times of marathon and half marathon participants aged 20 to 79, found no significant age-related performance declines in those younger than 55 years old, and only moderate declines among the older cohorts. In fact, more than one quarter of runners aged 65 to 69 were faster than half of the runners aged 20 to 54. For those thinking that these runners must have been lifelong enthusiasts of the sport, the study revealed that 25% of runners aged 50 to 69 were relative newcomers, and had started marathon training within the previous 5 years. The researchers concluded that even at an advanced age, people in the “non-athlete” category who engage in regular training can reach high performance levels.

If this revelation is intriguing, then perhaps it’s time for you to get moving! If you aren’t currently active, then you likely have questions and concerns about where to start. If you regularly engage in physical activities, then you’ve probably set goals that you’d like to achieve. Either way, there’s no shortage of tools and resources to help you live a more active lifestyle. One reliable place to start is with a free consultation at Western Berks Physical Therapy. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy can get you started in the right direction to lead a happy and healthy life!

The benefits of beginning with a physical therapist consultation are endless! Physical Therapists are trained to assess your abilities and limitations, consider your health concerns, demonstrate safe exercises and build a plan to increase strength, function and mobility. Whatever your passion is, physical therapy will help you be fit and injury-free so you may enjoy life’s many pursuits! Call now to schedule your free consultation!

 

in Blog | September 24, 2018

Routine Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Should be as Routine as an Oil Change

The automobile industry recommends regular oil changes to keep your car running at its peak performance. Chances are that you adhere to the guidelines outlined in your car manual as closely as possible, and probably even have a favorite business nearby that performs the services.

Just like a car, the human body thrives on a tune up from time to time. People may not be born with maintenance and performance manuals, but we ought to follow the advice and guidelines of trusted medical sources. Members of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association would like to see scheduling time with a physical therapist to treat and prevent injuries become as routine as going for an oil change.

Educated and trained in the movement and function of the human body, physical therapists help patients reduce pain, restore function, prevent disability and improve workout performance. Contrary to popular belief, the movement specialists don’t just want to see you when you’re sidelined with an injury. They’re also available to teach you exercises that prevent injuries and help you participate more fully in daily activities.

Just like oil changes are only one piece of a car’s maintenance schedule, physical therapy is part of an overall focus on health and wellness. According to recent research, lifestyle changes such as increased physical activity can have a significant impact on health. For example, being physically active can improve the health of patients with chronic diseases and lead to a better quality of life.

A car is an investment, one that needs to be protected by changing its fluids and otherwise making sure it performs well on the road. Going to physical therapy is one way to protect your biggest investment: Your health. Actively protecting your health improves your chances of living a long, active and productive life.

Which Bones, Joints and Muscles Do You Want to Keep?

Chances are you’ve come across the old dental health saying, “Floss the teeth you want to keep.” The first time you heard the phrase uttered by a dentist probably made you giggle a bit. Once the humor of it washed away though, you more than likely had an a-ha  moment. It just makes so much sense, doesn’t it?

Let’s try to apply this principle to other parts of the human body: What if you only stretched the muscles you wanted to keep? What if you performed weight-bearing exercises to maintain the strength of just a few of your more than 200 muscles? These are extreme examples, of course, but without the guidance of a physical therapist, it’s possible that some parts of your musculoskeletal system might be getting neglected even without you knowing.

Physical therapists are trained to identify and treat a wide range of movement disorders including sports injuries, such as sprains and strains, as well as conditions including arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. When it comes to keeping bones healthy and reducing risk, Western Berks Physical Therapy will design an effective exercise program and suggest healthy habits for you to adhere to. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need an injury or other painful ailment to schedule time with a physical therapist.

The physical therapists at Western Berks Physical Therapy can address proper posture and body mechanics to help you participate in the daily activities you love while relieving pain and improving function. Our staff works closely with you to develop individualized treatment plans based on a thorough clinical assessment and detailed patient history. A personalized care plan will include a combination of flexibility, strength, coordination and balance exercises designed to achieve optimal physical function.

Western Berks Physical Therapy encourages you to visit us as often as you schedule regular checkups with your dentist, primary care physician or dermatologist! Don’t wait until it’s too late! Exercise the muscles you want to keep! Call now!

 

First Day of Fall

Falls Prevention Awareness Day

The first day of fall is September 22. This day also marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day! If you feel unsteady or suffer mild or severe anxiety related to falling, you need our help. Fear of falling can lead to significant Fall Risk and can be treated with measurable results at our office.

Western Berks Physical Therapy has a comprehensive, evidence based treatment program optimizing functional outcomes for patients who suffer from gait disturbances, balance deficits, dizziness and vertigo, unexplained falls and unstable walking.

Diagnoses being treated include:

  • Peripheral vestibular dysfunction (BPPV)
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Spinal Stenosis and related chronic leg weakness
  • Residual deficits following surgery (TKR/THR)
  • Cevicogenic dizziness
  • Postural instability and misalignment
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Weakness/balance issues

Contact us today to learn more about our Fall Prevention Program and CONQUER YOUR FEAR of falling!

 

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins each year on September 15th.  September 15th marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This month, and every month, we recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans throughout the history of the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture!

Western Berks Physical Therapy is bilingual! For Spanish speaking patients, all of our locations have a fluent interpreter to make your physical therapy experience even smoother and more effective!

 

 

 

in Blog | September 14, 2018

Maintain a Healthy Spine with Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy’s Role in Maintaining a Healthy Spine

As we age, regular exercise plays an increasingly prominent role in reducing the risk of developing spine-related problems. For those in or approaching the golden years, it’s important to live an active lifestyle that focuses on healthy posture, function and movement.

It’s normal to experience some functional decline as our bones and intervertebral discs deteriorate over time, but that doesn’t mean that aches, pains and joint stiffness should go unaddressed. And yet, a good portion of senior citizens in the United States are living with spine-associated pain. A European Spine Journal study found that back and neck pain are top complaints among about 20 to 25% of the population over 70 years old.

Some of the keys to caring for your spine—and ensuring your ability to participate in a full and active lifestyle—include following a safe and effective exercise program and maintaining your general health and well-being. Whether these are steps you’re actively taking or not, it’s a good rule of thumb to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist to address the current—and future—health of your spine.

Following a thorough review of your medical history and activity level, a physical therapist is trained to identify the impact that activities like lifting, sitting and standing have on your spine. The information gathered is used to address any functional limitations you might have and to design an at-home exercise program to keep your spine healthy. In addition to targeted exercises and postural modifications, back and neck stretches are important for improving flexibility, joint function and range of motion, and for preventing spine-related injuries.

With the right modifications and interventions, it’s possible to live an active and healthy lifestyle while lowering your chances of back and neck injuries and pain as you age. By actively maintaining the health of our spines, we’re rewarded with the ability to move about freely, bend with flexibility and stand upright—functions that are easy to take for granted.

 

 

in Blog | September 10, 2018

National Honey Month

September is NATIONAL HONEY MONTH!

Honey is naturally sweet and perfect to drizzle on your favorite foods. Research has shown that honey contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. Honey has been used for centuries to help alleviate symptoms of the common cold; and now research confirms this approach for children ages one year and older. Honey offers an effective and natural alternative to over-the-counter cough medicine. Honey is also a natural source of carbohydrates. With 17 grams per tablespoon, honey can help maintain muscle glycogen which can give you a boost of energy when you need it most.

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in Blog | September 2, 2018

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month 

September is a perfect time to encourage your female patients to learn more about cancers of the cervix, vagina, vulva, ovaries, and uterus including early detection and prevention.

Western Berks Physical Therapy offer free consultations in order to determine if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

We have remained true to the mission we began over 25 years ago: To inspire our patients to attain all of their rehabilitation goals. We give each patient positive direction and education so that they may continue their journey to a stronger body, a healthy mind and a renewed spirit.

Western Berks Physical Therapy is Here for You! Providing a customized plan to improve your pelvic floor condition, Western Berks Physical Therapy offers the highest level of evaluation and treatment techniques. Start living life again by gaining confidence through effective physical therapy delivered by our skilled therapist, Dr. Deborah McKim, PT, DPT, MTC.

Experience our therapist’s expertise in the examination and treatment of the following diagnoses:

  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Constipation
  • Interstitial cystitis
  • Pubic symphysis separation
  • S/P pelvic floor reconstructions
  • Endometriosis
  • Dyspareunia
  • Enuresis
  • Encopresis
  • Levator ani syndrome
  • Vulvodynia
  • Vulvar Vestibulitis
  • Vaginismus
  • Anismus
  • Maternity therapy for your entire pregnancy & postpartum experience

 

 

 

 

in Blog | September 1, 2018

Staying Fit While Traveling

Alleviating Soreness During Car Rides - Western Berks Physical Therapy

The media has paid a great deal of attention to suggestions that passengers exercise during flights or car rides, particularly those lasting four hours or more. Although some reports may have been sensationalized, it is true that exercise reduces the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is a condition where a clot occurs in a deep vein, typically in the lower leg, although it can occur in other areas such as the arm. Most clots are small and will dissipate on their own. Larger ones may cause:

 

  • Swelling and pain in the calf
  • Intense pain upon standing
  • A pulmonary embolism if the clot travels to your lungs, possibly resulting in death

 

The longer a person is immobile, the greater the risk of DVT. Therefore, experts believe that you can reduce your risk during travel by exercising whenever possible.

 

One of the first things you can do to improve mobility during travel is to stand up once each hour. On a flight, try to walk up and down the aisles several times, stopping to stretch whenever possible. During a car ride, take a brief walk about the gas station when you stop to fill up. You can also try these exercises:

 

  • Heel and calf raises by rising up on your toes
  • Squeeze a tennis ball or racquetball in your hand
  • Ankle circles and knee lifts while seated

 

Because people tend to stop for beverages, meals or toilet breaks while driving, the risk of DVT may not be as great as it is during long flights. If you travel by car, ensure that you take a rest stop at least once every two hours. When you do stop, be sure to stretch before doing any kind of exercise. By taking simple measures to maintain a healthy body, you can keep your focus on enjoying your trip.

 

in Blog | August 30, 2018

Keeping Seniors Mobile: In Life & Behind The Wheel

Today’s older Americans are healthier and more active than ever before. Staying independent and living a full, happy life for as long as possible is the goal.

Independence can be defined as the ability to perform basic activities of daily living without help. Some people believe that if they never exercised regularly before, that starting now won’t do any good. Exercising at any age offers benefits, even among older individuals who did not exercise regularly in the past.

Starting an exercise program can be a challenge regardless of how old you are. Our advice: contact a physical therapist to design a custom home exercise program for you! Below are some suggestions of how to get in safe, effective exercise during your week!

  • Contact a physical therapist to design a home exercise program for you. This can be customized to fit your goals and needs!
  • Go for a walk! A steady stroll through your neighborhood or nearby park is a great way to get in some heart friendly cardio!
  • Keep your muscles strong using light weights at the gym. Two times a week is preferred but make sure not to lift two days in a row to avoid fatigue and injury. Many gyms have trainers who are happy to assist you in learning how to lift safely and within your limits.
  • Stretch lightly to improve flexibility and balance every day. A great way to learn new stretches and breathing exercises is to attend a yoga class. Restore your body and mind all in one!
  • Try out water aerobics! Water aerobics is easy on the joints and refreshing and fun!

Start slow when starting a new exercise program. Start by exercising 10 minutes per day and work your way up. Older people who are physically more active and who exercise regularly are more likely to walk independently and do other activities of daily living on their own, such as driving.

By 2030, there will be more than 60 million people age 65 and older licensed to drive in the US. While senior drivers are among the safest drivers, seniors are more likely to be injured or killed in a crash due to age-related fragility. With the exception of teenagers, seniors have the highest crash death rate per mile driven.

AAA works to protect and promote independence among seniors and offer driver improvement courses which not only keep you safe, but can get you a discount on your auto insurance too!

AAA’s Safe Driving for Mature Operators Course helps mature drivers become even safer behind the wheel by presenting techniques mature operators can employ to better cope with today’s driving environment and extend their safe driving years.

If you prefer to learn in your pajamas, check out AAA’s Seniors Safe Driving Course. This online, web-based course is designed to help seniors learn about age-related physical changes that may impact their ability to drive safely, followed by tips on how to adjust to those changes. Enjoy the convenience of taking the course at your own pace in the comfort of your home.

AAA is dedicated to keeping seniors driving for as long as safely possible. To learn more about AAA and its programs, visit seniordriving.aaa.com.

If you’d like to be more independent but have physical limitations holding you back, consult a physical therapist today. They can design a treatment plan plus a program of activities that will work best for your fitness goals to safely keep you fit and healthy! Keeping fit leaves your body, energy levels, and mind in peak form. Remember, if you have a pain or injury preventing participation in the activities you love, call a therapist today!

 

in Blog | August 22, 2018