Kinect: Prevent Injuries By Improving Balance

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FAMILY TIES: MOTHER/DAUGHTER DUO HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES!

Kinect Physical Therapy would like to welcome two of our newest PTAs Torie and McKenna! Not only have they been an amazing addition to the Kinect family, they are an incredible mother/daughter duo who went to PTA school together! They may not work at the same location, but they both have one thing in common; they both enjoy meeting new people and giving them back their lives. Q: What was it like going to school together? T&M: We really enjoyed going to school together. We were able to carpool and study together. We lifted each other on those days when assignments weren’t going right or preparing for a test felt impossible. Practicing manual techniques was easier with a study-buddy living in the same house, but the best part of going to school together was that we went through it all as friends. Q: How do you like working for the same company? T&M: Working for the same company is fun! We work at different clinics and we enjoy comparing notes on different treatments we have learned or seen, but we are really able to relate to each other on the day-to-day things. Plus we get to go to company events together! Q: What do you enjoy treating most? T: I enjoy treating knees and shoulders. It’s fun to help post surgery knee patients progress from pain/soreness and walking with a walker to walking all on their own. I injured my own shoulder earlier this year and all of my co-workers did a fantastic job helping me recover. Having lived through that pain and limited function, I love helping patients get back to pain-free shoulder motion. M: I don’t have a preference of what I like to treat most. Helping patients reach their goals and return to or even improve their quality of life is what I enjoy the most!

Q: Why did you both choose the field of Physical Therapy? T: I have been through physical therapy a couple of times and seen the huge difference that it made in my life. I enjoy helping others to have that same change in their lives and I love getting to know that patients! M: Growing up I played many sports and ended up with a few injuries throughout the years. I was always grateful and fascinated by howmuch physical therapy could help someone feel better. Now I am able to help patients feel better and change their lives for the better! Q: What is the greatest thing you have learned from each other? T: McKenna was a tech before becoming a PTA and I gained a lot from her about how to apply what we learned at school. Most of all she helped me stay courageous about going back to school! M: My momhas taught me somany wonderful things that I can’t pick just one. I would not be where I am today without my mom!

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PREVENT INJURIES BY IMPROVING BALANCE

Is Your Bad Balance Putting You In Danger? How well can you balance on one leg for 10 seconds? If you can’t, then it’s time to look closer at how your balance changes are affecting your body. Have you noticed you are tripping more, or having to fumble and reach for the walls at night? Do you ever feel a little unsteady on your feet, or find yourself shuffling? Does your back start to ache after standing for 10 minutes? These are all indicators of your balance reflexes starting to slow. Balance is a big deal in our everyday world, but we take it for granted. Just think how long it took you to master walking, running, and jumping as a child. Your balance system is incredibly complex, and allows you to walk around over steps, and obstacles without thinking. However, when your balance reflexes start to slow, it can set you up for a bad fall. Often, you realize your balance is bad when it is too late, and a fall has already happened. Many people feel the symptoms of their balance reflexes changing in their late 30’s, when they begin to have backache after standing for a long time. Your balance plays a critical role in the health of your spine, supporting your low and upper back. Given that back injuries bring interrupted sleep, additional aches and pains, and countless absences from work, most people would appreciate knowing a few strategies for avoiding such an outcome. Read on inside for some great tips on improving your balance and back health.

Being able to balance well can significantly reduce the number of back and lower extremity injuries. Consider this: Your body is far more able to handle unexpected changes, and uneven ground if you have a good sense of balance. Being able to do so results in far fewer falls, which are the number one cause of back injuries. In addition, better balance allows your ankle, knee and hip joints to function better, without as much strain that can cause abnormal wear and tear. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports, “in 2000, falls among older adults cost the U.S. healthcare system over $19 billion dollars or $30 billion dollars in 2010. With the population aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to increase.” Additionally, by increasing muscle stability and coordination, your spine will have greater support and guidance, thereby reducing strain. In turn, your back is able to function appropriately without irritation and inflammation. Protect yourself from injuries by improving your balance and strength. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone can benefit from stronger balance reflexes, just ask top athletes. Isn’t it time you handled your balance, before it becomes a bigger problem? Let the experts at Kinect Physical Therapy help you improve your mobility. Give us a call at the location nearest you today!

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Outstanding Patient Results

My stamina has improved! “I can now stand for longer periods of time without using any support! My upper and lower body strength has improved, my stamina has improved, and I am able to exercise more confidently.” - Jeanette D. My balance has returned! “I am so grateful to Kelsey! I can now walk through halls in my house without falling against the walls. I can now walk on uneven surfaces like asphalt or driveways without literally falling down. My balance has returned, and my husbanddoesn’t feelhehas toholdmeupwhilewewalkanymore. ” - Peggy G.

My balance is better! “My balance is better! I am now able to step up and down a curb easier, and I am able to get out of a chair without feeling like I’m going to fall. ” - Gloria M. I can walk without a cane! “Overall, I feel better! I can walk without a cane, I am stronger, and I can get up out of a chair better.” - Maureen G. I am walking better without falling! “My balance has greatly improved, and I am walking better without falling. I am able to get in and out of bed by myself, get off the floor without assistance, and am able to walk for longer stretches without getting tired.” - John J.

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Activities To Improve Your Balance

You can benefit from better coordination and balance activities at any age. A stronger, more balanced body relieves aches and pains, while improving your ability to move faster... Here are some activities to improve your balance: 1. Standing glut set - Stand with feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent. Squeeze buttocks together gently, knees should turn out a little. Do not squeeze so hard that you tilt your pelvis. Hold for 10 seconds, 10 times. • Progression - Repeat this exercise standing on one leg. This exercise should be done near a counter or in a doorway for support as needed. Balance for as long as you can up to 1 minute 3 times on each leg. 2. Single leg stance - Stand on one leg with knee slightly bent. Make sure your hips remain even. This exercise should be done near a counter or in a doorway for support. Balance for up to 1 minute using assistance as needed, repeat 3 times on each leg. • Progression - Repeat single leg stance standing on a pillow or cushion to increase difficulty. Visit a Physical Therapist: Physical therapy is very important to strengthening joints and learning the right exercises to improve balance. A professional at Kinect Physical Therapy can help you develop a program that plays into your strengths while increasing your ability to balance and reduce back injuries.

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Our Therapy Services

• Low Back Pain • Cervical Pain • Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Herniated/Bulging Disc • SI/Pelvic Pain • Arthritis • Sprains and Strains • Fractures

• Tennis Elbow • Rotator Cuff Injuries • Impingement Syndrome

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

• Balance Disorders • Difficulty Walking • Deconditioning • Muscle Weakness • Vertigo • And Many More!

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

We are your therapists for life! We want you to stay healthy so all your checkups with us are FREE. Just call our clinic and schedule.

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EXCLUSIVE: GAINING LASTING RESULTS FROM VESTIBULAR REHAB

• Do you have poor balance? • Do you have difficulty climbing down stairs? • Do you suffer from any dizziness? If you suffer from poor balance when you do normal everyday activities, then there is help with the proper treatment plan to get your mobility back!

Maintaining Results After Vestibular Rehabilitation

One of the most common concerns in patients with dizziness and vertigo who complete a vestibular rehabilitation program is, “Will my results last?” Researchsuggests that,with theproperpost-therapyexercise,patientswho successfully complete vestibular rehab will maintain their positive results long after leaving a physical therapist’s office. What Happens Next? Theaimofvestibular rehab is to improve functionand balancewhilereducingdizziness.This isespecially important inolderpatients who already bear a higher risk of falls as a result of age-related neuropathy, vestibulardysfunctionandahostofotherconditions.Asa result, thosewho haveexperiencedapositiveoutcomeasa resultofvestibular rehabareoften reluctant to leave the care of clinicians. To assuage this anxiety and extend theoutcomeof rehab,physical therapistswilloftenprescribeahome-based exercise program that reinforces therapeutic processes. The Mode Doesn’t Matter. In a study published in Rehabilitation Research and Practice, elderly patients who completed vestibular rehabilitation were randomly assigned a print-based exercise program or a computer-based exerciseprogramtodeterminewhichmodehelpedpatientspreservefunction, reduceddizzinessand improvedthepatient’squalityof life.Patientcompliance wasequivalent inbothmodesandpatientsachievednonoticeabledifferences in outcomes. What researchers did observe was that an at-home exercise program is vital to the patient’s quality of life three months after being discharged from the hospital or other therapeutic setting. Patient Outcomes Don’t Improve On Their Own. Bottom line, patients who are experiencing dizziness and vertigo will not experience improvement without intervention.This isespeciallytrue inelderlypatientswhosefunctional outcomesarevitaltotheirqualityof life.Vestibularrehabilitationasperformed byaphysical therapist is themosteffectivewayofproviding theseoutcomes

and a home-based exercise program upon release from physical therapy is the best way to maintain them over time. WithBalanceAwarenessWeekhappeningSeptember18-24,now is the time to consider physical therapy for those who are experiencing vertigo and dizziness. Not only will vestibular rehabilitation in particular improve their balance and gait, it will provide them with lasting results that will impact their quality of life long-term.

Source: Smaerup,Michael,etal. “TheUseofComputer-AssistedHomeExercises toPreservePhysicalFunctionafteraVestibular RehabilitationProgram:ARandomizedControlledStudy.”Rehabilitation researchandpractice2016 (2016).

Try these two movements that target the legs! If you struggle to complete these exercises, contact the clinic nearest you today to schedule an evaluation.

Balance | Forward + Backward Weight Shift. Stand near a support like a chair, in case you need it. Lean forward from the ankles. Now lean backward from the ankles. Repeat 5 times.

Balance | Hip Strategy + Lateral Reach. Stand with good posture. Reach to the side while keeping your balance. Keep knees straight. Return to start. Repeat 3 times.

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“Don’t Let Aches & Pains Slow You Down! ” EASY EXERCISES FOR BALANCE IMPROVEMENT

If you are experiencing poor balance and don’t find the tips below helpful, call and schedule a Free Consultation with one of our specialists who can further assist you in getting back to a more balanced life.

TRY THESE MOVEMENTS FOR BALANCE IMPROVEMENT!

SINGLE LEG BALANCE Stand next to a wall, counter or chair if needed. Stand on one leg for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 times.

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SINGLE LEG BALANCE + DESTABILIZATION Stand with good posture. Balance on one leg. Clasp hands together. In a controlled fashion, draw wide circles with your arms for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

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