Author Archives: Western Berks

Our Ancestors May Have Held the Secret to Better Brain Health

It turns out that while our early ancestors spent their days out in the wilderness hunting and foraging for food, they may also have been keeping their brains sharp. Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a connection between the highly active lifestyle that was prevalent in those ancient days and the prevention and […]

Break Your Sitting Addiction

We’re rapidly transforming into an out-of-shape nation. Most Americans spend the bulk of their days driving a car, working on a computer, eating meals and watching TV. What’s the common thread in all of these activities? Sitting. With the advent of wearable devices to track fitness levels and so many other resources to safely add […]

Physical Therapists Boost Falls Prevention Programs as our Nation Quickly Ages

This year, one-third of all Americans 65 years old and older will experience a fall. Some will quickly brush off the dirt and go about their day, but others won’t be so lucky. The physical therapy profession has long been involved in fall-prevention efforts, guiding our seniors to ambulate safely, maintain mobility longer, and be […]

Physical Therapy Plays a Crucial Role in Post-Concussion Treatment

The critically acclaimed film Concussion has brought the subject of concussion into a new light for athletes across the United States. In the public health exposé, Will Smith portrays a Nigerian forensic pathologist who fights the National Football League’s efforts to bury research on the brain damage suffered by its players. Now that concussion awareness […]


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates nearly nine million Americans pack a full week’s worth of exercise into just two days. These occasional athletes, also known as Weekend Warriors, account for the largest population encountering nonprofessional sport-related injuries, which add up to healthcare costs exceeding more than $18 billion per year. The […]

Your Smart Phone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding […]

Preventing ACL Injuries with Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists Play Key Role in Reducing Frequency of ACL Injuries A quick change in direction on the soccer field or a shaky landing following an explosive jump on the basketball court can spell trouble for the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Each year, the United States sees anywhere from 80,000 to 250,000 ACL injuries, resulting […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Staying Fit While Traveling

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 […]

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 […]

Sleep The Pain Away

The Best Sleep Position For What’s Causing You Pain! Sleeping in the right position can not only help you feel more rested when you wake up, but can also help alleviate symptoms of common aches and pains. We will tell you the best, and worst, positions for what’s ailing you! Back pain According to the […]

Combat Depression with Physical Therapy

Experts are starting to recognize that regular exercise is not only good for your mood but may help combat depression, too. Until physicians and other healthcare providers universally prescribe exercise as an alternative treatment for depression, it’s best to turn to a group of professionals who are already in the know: physical therapists.   PTs […]

Binge Watches Beware

Frequent TV-Watching Comes With A Risk That Can’t Be Ignored Dedicated binge-watchers beware!  A study has found that regular long periods of television viewing can increase risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot forms most often in the deep veins of the leg, groin or arm (known […]

Why You Need to See a Physical Therapist for Low Back Pain

For the past week, the pain and stiffness in your lower back has been unbearable. Daily activities like unloading the dishwasher, opening the car door, and taking the trash out are a struggle. Even sneezing is painful. You missed a day of work and your spouse has taken over all childcare duties. If you can […]

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Physical Therapy & Spinal Stenosis Treatment

Physical Therapy Scores High in the Treatment of Spinal Stenosis Patients diagnosed with lumbar spinal stenosis are often surprised to learn that physical therapy for low back pain can be as effective as surgery without the associated costs and complications. The debilitating and painful diagnosis is a daily struggle for nearly 400,000 Americans. The results […]

Healthy Summer Recipes Under 400 Calories That Everyone Will Love!

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you our favorite healthy recipes this summer! Whether it’s for a Fourth of July celebration, a family reunion, backyard barbecue, or a casual party, these dishes are sure to please.   BBQ Chicken with Peach and Feta Slaw This summery crunch-tastic slaw is guaranteed to find its way into your […]

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is here which means… IT IS THE FIRST DAY OF SUMMER! Solstices happen twice a year, in June and December. The summer solstice happens June 21, when the SUN is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. Astronomers and scientists use the date of the summer solstice to mark the beginning of summer! Western Berks Physical Therapy would […]

Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia Relief

Tai chi is proving to be an effective option in the management of pain for individuals with fibromyalgia. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers studied 226 adults with fibromyalgia over a one year period. The participants of the trial were placed into 2 different groups to study the effectiveness of aerobic exercise and tai chi […]


Why does my neck hurt when  I turn my head to back up my car? 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 […]

The Opioid Crisis Continues

  In March, President Trump signed a 2018 budget bill that includes more than $3 billion for opioid efforts. The plan allocates $500 million in grant funding for research on opioid addiction, development of opioid alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment; $20 million for telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas to help address opioids; and $1 […]

Physical Therapist’s Guide to Concussions

A traumatic brain injury causing lasting effects A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause lasting effects on brain tissue and change the chemical balance of the brain. Concussions may cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms and problems, both short-term and long-term. Every concussion is considered a serious injury by health care providers. If […]


Why does my neck hurt when I wake up in the morning? If you experience an achy neck upon waking in the morning, your pillow habits could be to blame. You may be using pillows to “overstuff” the space between your neck and the mattress or be sleeping on an older, flattened pillow. Fluffy feather […]

Preventing ticks on your dog

Western Berks Physical Therapy has expanded its professional and expert service in patient care with a growing concern for those who suffer with Lyme Disease. Just like humans, dogs are very susceptible to tick bites and tickborne diseases. Vaccines are not available for all the tickborne diseases that dogs can get, and they don’t keep the […]

Post Partum Exercise

Creating an Exercise Routine After Birth Starting a new workout routine is challenging enough on its own, let alone after giving birth. Between feedings, changing diapers and coping with changes to your body after pregnancy, you may be feeling overwhelmed about starting to exercise again. At Western Berks Physical Therapy our therapists, Dr. Deborah McKim, […]

Lyme Disease: What you Need to Know

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Western Berks Physical Therapy has expanded its professional and expert service in patient care with a growing concern for those who suffer with Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is an inflammatory infection caused by the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted through tick bites. In the eastern United States, Lyme […]

Questions to Ask Your Physical Therapist

9 Questions to Ask to Find the Right Physical Therapy Provider for You We have created a quick question checklist below to ensure you are making the right choice when searching for the right physical therapy provider! Is the physical therapy provider conveniently located? Most treatment plans call for 2-3 visits per week depending on […]

Physical Therapy During Pregnancy

Pain Free Pregnancy and a Smooth Birth As your physical body changes and accommodates to the needs of your growing baby, you may experience pain or discomfort. Physical therapy can be invaluable for remedying common discomforts like back pain, strengthening your pelvic floor and enhancing your body’s ability to have a smoother pregnancy, birth and […]

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening

A Physical Therapist’s Guide to Gardening After a long winter many of us can’t wait to get into the garden! However, if you’ve spent the winter  hibernating indoors with limited physical activity, you may be at risk for injury as you head outside to tackle your spring “to-do” list. If you engage in physical activity […]

What to Expect When You’re Expecting

The Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask About Pain During Pregnancy From discomfort, pain, and even urinary incontinence, we’d like to answer a few questions we know you’ve been wanting to ask about Physical Therapy during pregnancy.  Is pain during pregnancy normal? For many, the general response to pain during pregnancy is, “It’s just because […]

Thank a Doctor Today!

March 30th is National Doctor’s Day! National Doctor’s Day was created to show appreciation to physicians for their leadership in the prevention and treatment of illness and injury. The first Doctor’s Day was celebrated on March 30, 1933, when the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond set the day aside to honor physicians everywhere. This […]

Manual Physical Therapy for Pain

Modalities vs. Manual Therapy Some patients arrive at their first physical therapy appointment expecting to receive hot packs and instructions on how to complete a series of exercises. Electrical muscle stimulation, heat and ice are all considered modalities. A modality is a type of electrical, thermal or mechanical energy that causes physiological change to relieve […]

Getting to the Root of Headaches

Relieve Your Headaches with Physical Therapy Headache pain can vary from being a slight annoyance to completely debilitating. Many headaches stem from poor body posture and position. Poor posture can put stress on the cervical spine which houses delicate nerves that can become inflamed. By examining the body and paying close attention to symptoms, our […]


My Back Pain Always Returns! What Can I Do? After the common cold, the most reported reason Americans miss work is back pain. Unfortunately, once you have experienced back strain or injury, it can easily become a recurring problem. Many cases of back strain are due to the way we live. Unless you implement lifestyle […]

8 Tips For Safe Snow Shoveling

Here are some tips to keep yourself injury-free as you shovel today or during this wintery season Each year, hospital emergency rooms see a spike in the number of people they see for injuries related to shoveling or removing ice and snow. The number of cases are in the thousands.   Western Berks Physical therapy […]

Treat Your Pain Through Robesonia Physical Therapy

You suffer from chronic back pain and think the only way to treat it is with medication. But you should also be aware that another way to treat your pain is through Robesonia physical therapy. Physical therapy can be utilized for those of all ages who suffer from a variety of conditions. Primary care physicians […]

The Causes Behind Your Urinary Incontinence

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, we offer different forms of physical therapy to patients in Robesonia. We use physical therapy to treat a variety of different ailments and conditions, including pelvic floor dysfunction. Pelvic floor dysfunction encompasses a multitude of different pelvic floor disorders. From pelvic pain and spasms to bladder pain, there are a […]

Runners in Wyomissing, Here are Signs You Need to Seek Physical Therapy

It is one of your worst fears, you are running or doing another type of exercise in Wyomissing and you hear a pop or it feels like something jumped up and bit you, you have just injured yourself. Now, it could be something minor, a pain that will be easily treated with ice and heat […]

Physical Therapy Can Help Your Fibromyalgia Pain

Pain and fatigue are the most common symptoms of fibromyalgia, a condition that effects more than 5 million people in the United States (most of them women). One of the things that can be helpful for those dealing with fibromyalgia is aerobic exercise routine. Unforatunely, many people with fibromyalgia avoid exercise because of their pain […]

Physical Therapy Can Help Treat Repetitive Work Injuries

We are nearing the end of another long year.  With so many different demands from your professional life, you might have started to notice certain pains or stresses that were not there earlier in the year.  These types of pains are easy to ignore especially if they are not always prominent or if they are […]

Let Us Help Get You Ready for Your Upcoming Surgery

Regardless of how “minor”, no surgery ever feels as if it is a minor procedure. Any surgery, no matter what is being done, proves to be an extremely intense situation for your body. It is an invasive procedure that causes some trauma. While it may seem as if you can never really be prepared for […]

Let Our Orthopedic Specialists Help Treat Your Car Accident Related Injuries

Here at Western Berks Physical Therapy, we specialize in the treatment of orthopedic related injuries. Our orthopedic specialists have years of experience dealing with orthopedic related injuries and surgeries. They are highly knowledgeable and have experience with a multitude of different disorders as well as injuries brought on by several different events or occurrences. Car […]

Benefits of Massage Therapy

At Western Berks Physical Therapy, not only do we specialize in physical therapy in Robesonia, but we also specialize in massage therapy. Massage therapy promotes wellness and encourages awareness of your body. Used in conjunction with physical therapy, massage therapy can do a lot to alleviate pain and promote healing in your body. There are several benefits […]

Physical Therapy Benefits Frozen Shoulder

Much more common in women than men, frozen shoulder typically affects those in the 40- to 60-year age range. About 3% of the general population and 20% of those with diabetes suffer from this puzzling condition. Its technical name, adhesive capsulitis, comes from the area affected (the shoulder’s joint capsule), and the fact that shrinkage […]

Patience Can Thaw Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

  Doctors estimate that 2% of the general population have a condition commonly referred to as “Frozen Shoulder Syndrome” (FSS). Characterized during the onset of symptoms by night pain and reduced range of motion, usually in just one shoulder, FSS most often strikes people 40–60 years of age, with women being affected more often than […]

Partial Knee Replacement – An Alternative to Total Joint Replacement

As we age, many of us experience increased pain in our knees. Most of this pain is the result of osteoarthritis (OA), which is the wearing away of cartilage that helps our bones glide smoothly. If nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, muscle strengthening, rest and weight loss do not relieve knee pain, joint replacement surgery may be […]

Pain at the Mall

As the outside temperatures drop, people contemplating undertaking an exercise program often consider walking at the mall. Benefits include a controlled climate, an absence of traffic, security and easily available restrooms and water. However, starting a new walking program can sometimes bring on shin splints, pain at the front of the lower leg. Mall walkers […]

Pain After Falling on an Outstretched Hand

If you are experiencing pain after falling on an outstretched hand, you should have an x-ray to check for a bone fracture, which could certainly account for lingering pain. Often, the bone affected is the navicular bone, also known as the scaphoid, located between the base of the thumb and the radius (one of the […]

Orthopedic Specialists in Robesonia, PA – Wellness Program

Are you thinking of seeing one of our Orthopedic Specialists to help solve the issues you are having with your body? We know that at our office, Western Berks Physical Therapy, we can give you the assistance you need to heal your body. We have a worthy physical therapy program here and we have a […]

Orthopedic Specialists in Robesonia, PA for your Sports Injuries

Have you been injured with a sport related injury? If you have been and are looking for an experienced orthopedic specialists to improve your overall body’s wellness, you have come to the right place.  In Robesonia, PA we are a Top Rated Local®. With that title, you can rest at night knowing that you have […]

Learn Kegel Exercises for Women

If you are in need of an orthopedic specialist in Robesonia, PA make sure you visit us at Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center. Here we have many different services available to you including physical therapy and a wonderful wellness program. We want to help teach you how to include corporate wellness into your […]

Knee Taping for Pain Relief

Kneecap, or patella, pain is common, whether a person is athletic or sedentary. Although there are many causes of this condition, an important treatment is knee taping, also called “McConnell taping” after Jenny McConnell, an Australian physical therapist who found that the procedure improved kneecap alignment while reducing pain. Abnormal alignment may indicate that tight tissues […]

Knee Injuries and Running

Knee injuries are possibly the most common injury that runners experience, the one most likely to keep you from running for the longest time. Knee pain can be a warning signal that you need to change something in your running regimen, like your posture or the rate at which you are increasing your weekly mileage. […]

Kids – A Pain in the Knee

If your child experiences knee discomfort, it could be due to Osgood-Schlatter disease. Although temporary, this condition can be a source of pain and swelling. Most children suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease also experience a tender bump just below the kneecap. The pain associated with this condition appears when children, whose bones are growing rapidly, are […]

We Offer a Variety of Different Treatment Options for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Many people suffer and deal with pelvic floor dysfunction daily. Pelvic floor dysfunction can include a wide range of symptoms and complications. From incontinence or constipation to menstrual-cycle related pain, Western Berks Physical Therapy can help treat a wide variety of conditions. We are committed to helping our patients overcome their conditions and symptoms so […]

Is Carpal Tunnel Surgery for You?

  Surgery is never something to be taken lightly, but when you are suffering from a painful, persistent condition like carpal tunnel syndrome, it may be the only way to find relief. If your doctor has recommended surgery to treat your carpal tunnel syndrome, consider all the factors. Normally, conservative treatments should be attempted to […]

In-flight Exercises Staying Fit in the Air

  The media has paid a great deal of attention to suggestions that passengers exercise during flights, 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 […]

How Your Mattress Affects Back and Neck Pain

  People who suffer from back and neck pain, particularly when it’s chronic, look to many sources to relieve their discomfort. One question that is frequently asked is whether the purchase of a special mattress will help to manage back and neck pain. Since a large amount of time is spent sleeping, a poor mattress […]

How to Prevent Shin Splints

“Shin splints” is the common term for medial tibial stress syndrome, the inflammation of the thin tissue (periosteum) that covers the shinbone (tibia). You feel the pain of shin splints in the lower leg muscles and connective tissues that attach to the tibia through the periosteum. On occasion there may be mild swelling or redness […]

How to Prevent and Treat a Stress Fracture

  Although it’s usually so small that it can’t be detected with conventional x-rays, a stress fracture is a very real crack in a bone. Most stress fractures occur in the tibia or fibula (lower-leg bones), the metatarsal or navicular bones of the foot, or the heel. The fracture develops over a period of days […]

Helping Your Spouse Adopt a Fitness Plan

You can’t open a newspaper these days without reading something about rising levels of obesity in America. You know that eating right is key. You know that you have to exercise. But how can you convince your spouse? Many people tend to grow more sedentary after marriage. Between work and family commitments, fitness just falls […]

Hand Injuries – Only Jammed?

  Sixteen million Americans go to the emergency room every year with hand injuries. Unfortunately, many more who decide their fingers are “only jammed” should see a physician. A deceptively complex part of the body, hands tightly pack 19 bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels into a small area. What appears to be […]

Golf After Total Knee Replacement

  Total knee replacement can be tough on a golfer. A 2008 report from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons found that swinging a golf club creates even more stress on the knee than jogging. But with a good rehabilitation program like the month-by-month regimen outlined below, you can be back on the course by […]

Give your Employees Corporate Wellness in Robesonia, PA

Are you a business owner who is interested in providing corporate wellness for your well deserving employees? You of all people are aware of the hard work that your employees complete each day. With our corporate wellness plan, we are certain that your employees will be happier and healthier as well as enjoy working for […]

Gifts for the Fitness-minded Friend

The holidays are quickly approaching and purchasing the appropriate gift can be easy, especially if the recipient is involved in fitness activities. If are considering gifts for the fitness-minded friend or relatives and they already belong to a health club they enjoy, you could extend the membership for as long as your budget allows. Depending […]

Find an Orthopedic Specialist that is Perfect for you!

When it comes to an injury, do you know how to act on it? When you injure yourself and you need to see a specialist, do you know where you can turn for help? When it comes to orthopedic injuries, Western Berks Physical Therapy has the what it takes to care for you! We have […]

Exercise Banishes “Blues” from Gray Days

Call it the doldrums, cabin fever or an instinct to hibernate: the shorter, grayer days of fall and winter can sometimes get you down. Cold weather is inevitable, but the “blues,” known as SAD (seasonal affective disorder), do not have to be! In fact, a dose of regular physical activity may boost your mood. Researchers […]

Elliptical Trainers Before You Buy Give Them a Try

  If you are in the market for an elliptical trainer, you have probably already heard about some of the benefits. Elliptical trainers have been receiving positive press recently as a popular, low-impact workout for both your upper and lower body. Elliptical trainers are often helpful to patients undergoing rehabilitation or for those with joint […]

Effective Physical Therapy for Shoulder Dislocations

If you have dislocated your shoulder, choosing the best mode of treatment to get you moving and free from pain as quickly as possible can be a real challenge. One kind of shoulder dislocation, multidirectional shoulder instability, tends to occur in younger adults and may need surgery, along with physical therapy, to provide relief. Care […]

Don’t Let Your Achilles Tendon Become Your Achilles Heel

  A healthy Achilles tendon is vital for top sports performance. Unfortunately, like the mythical hero killed by an arrow to the heel for whom it’s named, the body’s largest tendon is also extremely vulnerable to injury. Achilles tendon injuries, ranging from painful strains to debilitating ruptures, are common among athletes. Several factors can predispose […]

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery?

Does Osteoarthritis in the Hip Joint Necessitate Surgery? Most people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip joint never need joint replacement surgery. Surgery only becomes an option if the person suffers from severe pain in the joint that is unrelieved by available treatment methods, with a dramatically impaired ability to perform daily activities and marked […]

Corporate Wellness for Businesses in Robesonia, PA

Are you searching for an Orthopedic Specialist in the area of Robesonia, PA? Know that you can count on Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center for all of your physical therapy and corporate wellness needs.  We focus on you and how to get you back to health.  With our Orthopedic Specialists by your side, […]

There are Many Advantages in Implementing a Corporate Wellness Program for Robesonia Companies

Health care costs are a major expense for companies and organizations, so it is critical to keep employees as healthy as possible. Corporate wellness programs for Robesonia businesses is the right tool for that. There are many advantages in implementing a corporate wellness program, especially if the focus of such programs is the prevention of […]

Corporate Wellness Programs are Something Every Business in Robesonia Needs to Take into Consideration

More than ever, corporate wellness programs are something every business in Robesonia, regardless the type, needs to seriously take into consideration. In addition to the stunning numbers in terms of improving the overall well-being of employees, corporate wellness programs also have a positive impact on a company’s bottom line. However, corporate wellness cannot be implemented poorly […]

Core Reasons to Strengthen Your Core

  Everyone seems to be talking about “core strengthening,” but many people don’t know what this phrase means. The body’s “core” refers to the muscles around the abdomen, pelvis, back, shoulders, chest and hips—the body’s center of gravity—all working together in a symphony of movement. As a result, it plays a role in virtually all […]

Choosing the Right Exercise

Still looking for the one right form of exercise? You might do well, fitness gurus suggest, to widen your vision! Engaging in any single fitness activity—be it running, weight lifting or yoga—just doesn’t add up to optimum fitness. According to the American Council on Exercise, a good overall exercise regimen includes three key areas of […]

Benefits of Yoga

As part of your physical therapy program, you may be considering a variety of treatments to help obtain better mobility and function. Most likely you have heard of yoga, but you may not be familiar with its benefits, particularly in relation to physical rehabilitation. Yoga is a therapeutic complement to physical therapy that can help […]

Benefit Employees with Corporate Wellness in Robesonia, PA

If you are looking for a way to give your employees a chance to take care of themselves like they should be, our corporate wellness offer is what you need. At Western Berks Physical Therapy we have the opportunity to give you and the employees who work for you, the chance to optimize their health […]

Ankle Injuries – Rehabilitation Approaches

Ankle injuries are among the most common athletic hindrances. Jumping sports such as basketball and volleyball produce the majority of ankle injuries, although non-athletes can easily injure an ankle simply by stepping onto an uneven surface, such as a stone. Rehabilitation following an ankle injury is crucial to managing pain and preventing future injury. There […]

Hip Pain After Hip Replacement Surgery

Depending on how recently your hip surgery was performed, the hip pain you experience afterward could be quite normal. It will be minimized if you remember to diligently follow your surgeon’s specific instructions about what you can and cannot do in the first few weeks after surgery. In fact, a program of physical therapy exercises—begun […]

A Wide-open Look at TMJ Disorder

  Unfortunately, more than 10 million people in the United States alone suffer damage, pain or discomfort related to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and the vast majority of them are women. You actually have two of these joints, one on either side of your head, connecting the mandible (or lower jaw) to your skull. Given […]

Statin Drugs and Exercise

  When cheaper statin drugs came on to the market several years ago, making cholesterol-reducing medication more accessible, some doctors worried that this would actually have an adverse effect on their patients’ health. It is far easier to pop a pill than it is to exercise or commit to a healthier eating plan. But exercise, […]

Can I Exercise After a Mild Heart Attack?

    For most people who have had heart attacks, the answer to this question is “yes”—but before you begin to exercise, you should consult your physician about which limitations you should observe, ranging from how moderate or intense your workouts should be to particular motions you should avoid. In fact, physicians often refer heart […]

Is Rock Climbing Safe for Kids?

    An activity that makes you feel good and improves physical fitness? Sounds like something parents and kids would equally love. But rock climbing can be dangerous, and the thought of your child hanging 50 feet above the ground is, understandably, daunting. Nevertheless, rock climbing offers extensive benefits for kids. Besides releasing “happy” hormones […]

A Part of Any Wellness Program for Laureldale Residents Should Include Nutrition Counseling

A part of any wellness program for Laureldale residents should include nutrition counseling. Nutrition counseling analyzes the various health needs of a person in regards to exercise and diet. It is the job of a nutritional counselor to help their patients achieve health goals and teach ways in which to maintain these goals throughout life. Such […]

Is Walking Enough Fitness for Women?

    Walking is good exercise. It is inexpensive, requires only a good pair of athletic shoes and can be done almost anywhere. No one will argue about that. But even a brisk daily walk does not meet the goal of total fitness for women. A comprehensive woman’s fitness program should include moderate to vigorous aerobic […]

Does Wearing a Corset Prevent Back Injuries?

    While back pain for some people is no more than a nuisance, statistics show that 50–80% of American adults will be disabled by back pain—some more severely than others—at some point during their lives. Corsets and braces, available without a prescription and generally obtained by individuals on their own or from employers, have […]

Treating a High Ankle Sprain

  A high ankle sprain involves a stretching or tearing of the ligaments that bind the two lower leg bones (the tibia and fibula) together at the place where they meet the anklebone (the talus). This complex joint is called the ankle syndesmosis, and these sprains sometimes are called ankle syndesmotic sprains. Unlike most ankle […]

Sneaking Exercise Into Your Schedule

Are you frazzled? Stressed? Do not think there are enough hours in the day to get everything done? Then when you hear that the Department of Health and Human Services has established physical activity guidelines that call for getting a minimum of 2½ hours of moderate exercise every week, your first thought may be, “No […]

Weight Training – Health Benefits for Every Age

  Most of us know that regular exercise provides many benefits. However, as we age, we lose muscle mass, bone density and strength. Weight training, also called resistance or strength training, can substantially slow or reduce these effects of aging. Weight training is any exercise where muscles work and contract against an object. Push-ups, lifting […]

Treadmill or the Outdoors The Great Debate

  You like to run on your gym’s treadmill, with the air-conditioning blowing and the television on. Your friend swears that the outdoors is the only place to really run. So who’s reaping more benefits? On a physiological level, treadmill running (or walking) can be easier on your bones and muscles—which can be a good […]

ACL Repair Autograft vs Allograft

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the main ligament that stabilizes the knee to anterior displacement. If you have torn your ACL and are scheduled for reconstructive surgery, you may have been told that your surgeon could use either an autograft or an allograft. An autograft is a piece of tissue removed from […]

Walk Your Way to Fitness

  Starting an exercise program can seem like a daunting task, but it is really as simple as getting off the couch and walking out your front door. Walking is one of the easiest and most beneficial forms of exercise. It burns calories, is easy on your joints, strengthens your bones and muscles, reduces stress […]

Using Exercise to Manage Weight Gain

  Many people struggling with weight gain hope to either maintain their weight or lose weight by improving their exercise routines. Unfortunately, the solution is not that simple. Weight maintenance or loss involves monitoring your caloric intake and output. You gain weight by ingesting more calories than you burn. Weight maintenance occurs when your caloric […]

Stay Loose as You Age

  When you climb out of bed each morning, you may wonder why your muscles are so stiff. After all, you just slept a full eight hours! Why don’t you feel rested and limber? There are several reasons why you may feel stiff each morning. As we get older, there is an underlying physical tendency […]

Why Does My Back Still Hurt After Lumbar Disc Removal?

  First, ask yourself if the discectomy was performed to alleviate leg pain or lower back pain. While you can expect good results from lumbar disc removal when the goal is relieving leg pain, generally lumbar disc removal is less successful at relieving lower back pain, and a significant number of patients will experience additional […]

Strong Quads Help Fight Osteoarthritis

  Many individuals experience pain from osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, the “wear and tear” version of arthritis. It can occur in any joint but is especially common in the knee. Your knee is a complex joint where the thigh bone (femur), a lower leg bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella) come together. These […]

Simple Steps to Starting a Weight-training Program

One of the challenges of weight training is determining how much effort to put in for the most benefits. A little may not be enough for an impact, while too much may be detrimental to your health. Extensive research recommends a weight-training program of two sets of eight to 12 repetitions per set, three times […]

Alleviating Soreness During Car Rides

After a few hours in the car, your body may crack and creak, often painfully. What is it about a simple automobile ride that can cause such dreadful muscle soreness? You are at risk of developing soreness any time you stay in one position for an extended period of time. Some of the most common […]

Walking – An Effective Tool for Weight Loss and Maintenance

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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. […]

Weight Machines or Free Weights: Which Is Better?

The debate over whether weight machines or free weights better help a person achieve fitness is not new. Recently, the trend has been away from weight machines and toward free weights, so it is worth revisiting the benefits and drawbacks of both. Weight machines have several advantages. For one thing, they are easy for the […]

Treating Plantar Fasciitis with a Night Splint

The plantar fascia is a ligament full of fibers that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. More than two million Americans seek treatment each year for the pain and inflammation that result when tiny tears occur in the tissue. When the tears are located at the end of […]

Treadmills: Getting the Best Results

If you are new to working out on a treadmill, you will want to make sure that you not only get the best results but that your program is a safe one. Whether you are an avid outdoor runner who wants to transition to the treadmill for indoor exercise or a complete exercise beginner, you […]

Three Rs of Managing the Pain of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, leaving those who suffer from it struggling with muscle, tendon and ligament pain, as well as fatigue and tenderness throughout the body, where even gentle pressure triggers discomfort. Fortunately, physical therapy exercises can help manage the pain of this debilitating condition. Part of the role of physical therapy is not […]

Resuming Exercise After Being Bitten by the Flu Bug

Flu season is in full swing, and along with the regular flu, the new H1N1 virus is infecting thousands of people. Influenza can be a serious illness. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, body aches, sore throat, runny nose, dry cough and a general feeling of exhaustion and sickness. While the fever usually lasts two to […]

A Wellness Plan for Your Robesonia Employees is Only as Effective as it is Engaging

A wellness plan for your Robesonia employees is only as effective as it is engaging. That is, it is bound to be a failure at least at some level if you cannot gather interest enough for people to participate. The first step to a successful wellness program is to get people to participate. From there, […]

Fighting Childhood Obesity

It is not news that obesity has been at a high the past few years. With our society always seeking the quickest and easiest way to a solution it is with little surprise that companies like Xbox and McDonalds have our youth targeted. As many of us know, what you do to your body while […]

Provide Corporate Wellness for your Employees in Robesonia, PA

Are you ready to make your business the best it can be for your deserving employees? When your employees work harder than ever for you, have you thought about giving back to them so that they can take care of themselves like they should in Robesonia, PA? If you haven’t thought about this until now, […]

Physical Therapy & Orthopedic Specialists

Visit your local Western Berks Physical Therapy and Wellness Center in Robesonia, PA to get help from the best orthopedic specialists, enroll in a wellness program, get physical therapy, and learn simple tips and tricks for kegel exercises for women. We have a great wellness program here at Western Berks. When you visit us, you will […]

Western Berks Physical Therapy-Keeping You In Motion

As we age our bodies are sometimes not as stable as they were.  Arthritis and joint pain can set in and even lead to joint replacement.  This leads us to physical therapy to help get us functional again.  Motion is essential to quality of life. Everyday tasks such as making the bed or emptying the […]