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7 INSIDE: Staff Spotlight • New Athletic Performance Division • Molding New Futures Now Offering Personal Training • Baseball Jamboree! • Patient Success Spotlight
SMART TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER, STRONGER, MORE ACTIVE LIFE!
EAST PATCHOGUE • 191 PATCHOGUE YAPHANK ROAD • EAST PATCHOGUE, NY 11772 • P : 631.775.0971 RIVERHEAD • 806 EAST MAIN ST • RIVERHEAD, NY 11901 •P : 631. 591.0838
SMART TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER, STRONGER, MORE ACTIVE LIFE!
7 Tips You Can Do On Your Own Physical therapy treatments can help improve your health, but they only work if you apply healthy lifestyle choices in your everyday life, as well. Some tips you can do on your own to become healthier, stronger, and more active include: 1. Taking care of aches and pains. Don’t let these long-term problems linger. Contact Professional Care PT for professional help. 2. Limiting your sitting. Get up every 30 minutes to walk around at work and home. 3. Getting out and moving. Exercise regularly, even if it’s just taking a short walk every day. 4. Maintaining a nutritious diet and controlling portion. Make sure your food intake is nutritious and portioned. By chewing your food thoroughly, you won’t feel as if you have to eat as much. 5. Drinking more water. Water keeps your body systems functioning at an optimum level. 6. Breathing! Work on your deep breathing in order to increase your oxygen intake and get your lymphatic system moving. 7. Getting enough sleep. Sleep at least 8 hours a day. It is best to get into a routine where you are going to bed and waking up on a regular cycle. This helps your endocrine system. Are you looking for assistance with increasing your health, strength, and physical activity? Our team at Professional Care PT would love to help you live your highest quality of life. Contact us today to begin your new chapter toward becoming a healthier you!
It is a common aspiration to become healthier, stronger, or more active. However, this can sometimes be a difficult feat, with lack of time, pain, injuries, or difficulty sticking to a nutritious diet. When you are in pain, undesirable chemicals within your body are heightened, which can increase stress. As a result, your endocrine system becomes affected, which works to regulate the hormones in your body. Fortunately, the vast majority of aches and pains can be successfully treated by a licensed physical therapist. At Professional Care PT, our team is comprised of movement experts who have the knowledge and training to diagnose, evaluate, and treat any musculoskeletal condition that comes their way. To find out more about how our services can help you live a healthier, stronger, and more active life, contact our office today! Your Health & You The term “health” is all relative. It essentially means that your body is operating at its highest levels of function in regards to breathing, circulation, digestion, and more. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the most athletic person in the room. Any step you make toward helping your body function at its optimum levels is a step toward becoming a healthier you. Your physical therapist can provide you with exercises, stretches, and nutritional tips that can help increase your health and help you feel physically better overall. Increasing Your Strength & Flexibility It is no secret that strength and flexibility both play important roles in your health. Did you know that there are approximately 642 skeletal muscles in the human body? Your muscles work hard, not only to help you move, but also to support your circulatory and breathing systems. When you become stronger and more flexible, you become healthier overall. Our physical therapists can guide you through proper exercises and specialized treatments in order to relieve your joint and muscle pain, increase your strength and flexibility, and improve your overall health.
STAFF SPOTL I GHT Welcome Dr. Liz Antonucci!
Liz Antonucci, PT, DPT, CSCS Dr. Liz Antonucci grew up in Nesconset, New York and graduated from St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip. Liz attended Widener University where she played softball all 4 years while graduating Summa Cum Laude with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She then went on to attend Widener University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program graduating in May 2019. While at Widener, Liz was apart of the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic board and served as the Fund Officer for her 3 years in the program. Liz was awarded The Physical Therapy Faculty Award and The Physical Therapy Academic Excellence Award upon graduation.
PROFESSIONAL CARE PT & REHABILITATION NOW OFFERS PERSONAL TRAINING • WEIGHT TRAINING • AEROBIC TRAINING • BODY SCULPTING • WELLNESS TRAINING • CIRCUIT TRAINING • WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS AND MORE Contact our East Patchogue office for rates and scheduleaFREEevaluationwithoneofourCertified Personal Trainers!
NEW ATHLET I C PERFORMANCE D I V I S I ON! Professional Care Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is proud to introduce PCAP , our new Athletic Performance Division! Our Goal in establishing the P rofessional C are A thletic P erformance division was to provide local athleteswithaplace to train thatencompassesall facetsofsportsperformance trainingunderoneroof. Our team strives to provide our athletes with customized programs rooted in high-quality, evidence- based training that is tailored to each athlete’s specific needs. These programs are designed based upon our comprehensive athlete evaluation. All things are considered from the athlete’s age, training experience, time frame to train, strengths/weaknesses, athletic goals, and movement quality and are customized to peak with the athlete as their season begins. Each program focuses on: Dr. Antonucci’s clinical experiences include a rotation at Island Sports Physical Therapy outpatient clinic and an acute care rotation at Northwell’s Huntington Hospital. During her time in Widener’s DPT program, Liz had the opportunity to attend The APTA Combined Sections Meeting in New Orleans in February 2018 and The APTA National Student Conclave in Providence in October 2018. Both of these conferences helped to further Dr. Antonucci’s interests in orthopedics and manual therapy. Liz also became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in September 2018 to further her understanding of athletic performance to enhance her treatment of her athlete patient population. Liz’s clinical interests include working with patients of all ages in the orthopedic setting. Dr. Antonucci plans to continue and expand her knowledge through current evidence-based practice and courses including manual therapy focused continuing education to be able to help her patient’s achieve their goals. Dr. Antonucci has been a member of the APTA since 2017. Outside of physical therapy, Liz coaches for a travel softball team organization. Liz has a special interest in nutrition and injury prevention in adolescent athletes, which she looks to improve upon by attaining her ISSA Sports Nutrition Certification in the future.
MOLDING NEW FUTURES
On May 30th, we had the pleasure of spending the evening celebrating the accomplishments of this year’s gifted graduates of The Patchogue-Medford High School, class of 2019. Each year, Professional Care Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation provides a scholarship to a deserving graduate who will be pursuing a career in the field of Physical Therapy. We are happy to announce that Ms. Dayna Torre was the recipient of this year’s scholarship! Congratulations to Dayna and all of the students this year. We wish them much success in their future endeavors and we are honored to be a part of this annual event.
· Conditioning/energy systems development · Injury Prevention · Nutritional programming · Body composition
· Linear speed development · Multi-directional speed/agility training · Strength/ power training · Plyometrics
With the use of our PCAP Movement Analysis Software and our Bar Velocity Monitoring System, our Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists are able to analyze each athletes’ movement patterns and force output to gain an overall view of the athlete’ performance profile. This data allows us to focus specifically on an athletes technical proficiency/mechanics and force generating capabilities at a level of detail not commonly seen. For more information about this program, please contact our East Patchogue office to schedule an evaluation with one of our Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists!
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It was a cool and damp May 4th,, but that didn’t stop these little sluggers from having the best opening day ever and Professional Care PT & Rehabilitation was happy to be part of the festivities! We had a fantastic day on the baseball fields at this year’s NPMYAC Jamboree held on Saturday, June 15th. We loved watching our Professional Care PT sponsored players in action and enjoyed meeting so many new people from the Patchogue-Medford co mu ity! Congratulations to Shawn , the winner of our Father’s Day Table-Top Grill! NPMYAC BASEBALL JAMBOREE It was amazing to see our ProCare sponsored team in action and we can’t wait to watch their journey this baseball season!
PAT I ENT SUCCESS SPOTL I GHT
a home-care PT routine, Luke made the decision to join our Riverhead Professional Care PT family in January of this year. Luke and Dr. Powell have been working closely together several days a week over the course of six months and we are happy to announce that Luke has made tremendous strides in his recovery. He has developed significant muscle mass in his leg, can bend his knee and activate his foot motions with more control and can walk freely without assistance. Luke’s goal several months ago of living a more active and independent lifestyle with his friends and family has now become a reality, and everyone at Professional Care Physical Therapy feels blessed to be part of his recovery process. Luke recently shared that he has hopes one day to inspire those that are battling cancer and that are on a similar journey as his. Little does he realize that he inspires everyone at Professional Care PT each and every day, just by being the strong, determined and courageous young man that he is!
Everyone at Professional Care Physical Therapy is tremendously proud and happy for our patient, Luke Bragoli! Not only has Luke been working hard towards his recovery, but next month he will also be celebrating his one-year anniversary CANCER FREE! In February of 2018 after feeling a small painful lump on his knee, 20-year old Luke underwent surgery to remove what was then discovered to be a cancerous mass, known as Osteosarcoma. Upon his diagnosis, Luke’s surgeon Dr. Fazel Khan of Stony Brook Orthopedics wasted no time and scheduled Luke’s procedure for a full knee replacement and skin graft which was performed by Stony Brook Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Duc T. Bui. Luke is grateful for his team of caring physicians for acting so quickly and ultimately saving his leg from amputation and his life. Followinghissurgery,Lukeunderwentchemotherapy treatmentsandcould not walk for 8 months. After much time being bedridden and following
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