EastTennessee Physical Therapy News
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My son, Dr. Justin Smith, PT, and I have just returned from a very exciting and educational Tennessee Physical Therapy Association meeting in Nashville. Approximately 300 physical therapists and physical therapist assistants attended the meeting. I continue to be amazed at the quality of scientific work being presented by very intelligent and talented physical therapists across Tennessee and the nation. The business of our profession was also discussed by some very knowledgeable and dedicated individuals. This business pertains to the laws in Tennessee which govern the practice of physical therapy and protect the people of the state of Tennessee. Recent changes in the laws allows us, as physical therapists, to evaluate and treat individuals without a referral from a physician as well as use dry needling in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. If you are interested in talking with me or one of our therapists about any orthopedic, neurological, or pediatric disorder, feel free to contact either of our offices at 423-543- 0073 or 423-543-2215. FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Smith
As you age, it may feel like you don’t recognize your own body anymore. You swear that manufacturers are printing product packaging with smaller fonts, you groan whenever you sit or stand, and you visit the bathroom at least once every night. Aging is an adventure, and staying physically active is a constant battle between your aching joints and the will to get moving. Starting a physical fitness routine may be one of the healthiest choices you can make. As we approach National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 29, take some time to evaluate your fitness activity level. You can use the following tips to live a more active lifestyle — no matter how old you are! Physical activity is one of the keys to a long and healthy life. For older adults, the benefits of physical activity are increased tenfold. When you participate in physical activity at least once per day, your chances of developing heart conditions, diabetes, and arthritis decrease. For patients who already have arthritis, low impact activities like water aerobics or walking can provide relief for the joints. Exercise is also essential to maintaining a healthy heart after a heart attack or stroke. Probably the most important benefit of staying physically active is helping you stay upright. According to the National Council on Aging, exercise helps prevent senior citizens from falling — one of the deadliest things that can happen to an older adult. According to GET STRONGER!
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