PT Rehab Specialists: New Year, New You

The Therapy Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body NEW YEAR, NEW YOU!

One of the most common New Year’s Eve resolutions across the United States is to get in shape. Whether that means becoming a weekend warrior, signing up for nightly fitness classes, or simply making more of an effort to be active, physical therapy can help you. Our team at Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists is trained to help you in preventing injuries and making physical activity as easy as possible. For more information about how we can help you achieve your goals, give us a call today!

With warmth, The Staff At Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists

JANUARY 2019 The Therapy Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body SAFELY REACH YOUR RESOLUTIONS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHAB SPECIALISTS

Don’t forget the past! You may feel like a brand new, rejuvenated person in the new year, but your body undoubtedly hasn’t received that message. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is pushing yourself too fast and too soon. Let’s say you make a resolution to start taking morning runs in 2019. That’s great! However, if your body hasn’t been used to running in the past, you need to ease yourself into it. Your mindset may be focused on your marathon goal, but your body isn’t there yet. Start slow, perhaps with a half-mile jog around the neighborhood, then start pushing yourself to a mile, then two, then three. The gradual increase will make it much easier on your body (and a much easier resolution to keep!) than diving right in will. Starting off with that three mile run may feel liberating in the beginning, but your body will curse you after. The new year can bring great changes, but don’t forget the past.

Stay on top: Even if your resolution doesn’t leave you feeling achy or painful (and we hope it doesn’t!), we can still help you maintain your peak physical performance. Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists uses advanced methods and technology, such as injury prevention screening, gait analysis, and mobility evaluation to determine what exercises and therapies would work best for aiding in your physical excellence. We can help make sure you stay on top, avoiding any potential pain or injury. Additionally, you will have a team of supporters to encourage your goals and celebrate your achievements along the way! To meet one of our physical therapists and discuss how we can help you safely reach your resolutions, schedule a consultation today.


Lymphedema Therapy Lymphedema is a protein-rich swelling/edema that builds up in the tissue spaces causing decreased oxygen to tissues, decreased cell health, and with time tissue hardening, decreased function, pain and increased risk of infection and skin breakdown. Our certified therapist will design a program based on the patient’s individual needs and may include:

• Orthopedic and Sports • Aquatic Therapy • Back and Neck Rehabilitation • Women’s Health • Lymphedema Therapy • Work Injury Rehabilitation • Balance Vestibular Rehabilitation • Pediatric Rehabiltation

• Manual Lymph Drainage Massage (MLD) • Skin care (and wound care if needed) • Compression bandaging/compression garments • Patients/family/caregiver education

Orthopedic and Sports We are experts in getting athletes of all skill levels back to the sports they love. We can: • Help you heal, rebuild strength and flexibility, and minimize chance of re-injury • Provide pre- and post-operative rehabilitation Aquatic Therapy Our aquatic therapy program provides an ideal environment for progressive early intervention. Benefits of water therapy include: • Reduced pressure on joints, relieving physical stress and increasing flexibility for a faster recovery • Support for weight-bearing joints, allowing treatment to begin sooner Back and Neck Rehabilitation Lower back and neck pain affects 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives and can affect you physically and mentally. Our therapists provide: • Hands-on physical therapy to mobilize the spine • Exercises to alleviate pain for back and neck conditions • Various approaches to best match your particular problem Women’s Health Women often struggle with the physical, social, emotional, and behavioral components of incontinence and pelvic dysfunctions. Our team promises to: • Provide a private setting to consult with an expert • Design a personalized program of care

Work Injury Rehabilitation Our goal is to get injured workers healthy and back on the job as quickly and safely as possible. We strive to: • Educate workers on the healing/recovery process and appropriate expectations • Encourage activity at the proper time during healing • Minimize post-injury frustration, fear, anxiety, and depression Balance Vestibular Rehabilitation Balance and vestibular problems including dizziness, unsteadiness, and vertigo severely limit the activity levels of many people. Our highly trained and certified therapists can: • Improve the balance, regardless of age, to help decrease the risk

of falling and improve overall mobility • Treat all four components of balance • Teach proper exercise techniques for home

Pediatric Rehabilitation Early identification and treatment of movement disorders in children and young adults can impact future success in areas such as behavior, sports, and learning. We offer: • Specialized programs in movement, coordination, balance, strength, flexibility, and endurance issues • Personalized exercises and therapeutic play to address these issues

No Doctor Referral Necessary Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Michigan you have direct access to physical therapy!

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PIRIFORMIS STRETCH Try these movements if you are experiencing back pain. Exercise Essential “Teri Webster and PTRS have played an integral role in helping my son, Nathan, who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder as a toddler. Occupational therapy has been a crucial part of our early intervention plan. Ms. Webster’s work has helped Nathan build muscle control and develop joint attention skills so he is able to navigate the world around him with less frustration. Thanks to her, he enjoys playing with toys, something I once despaired he would never do. We are so grateful for her help. Without her, we would not have the same happy child we have today.” - S.Y. “Thanks to her, he enjoys playing with toys, something I once despaired he would never do. We are so grateful for her help.”

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See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

While lying on your back, hold your knee with your opposite hand and draw your knee up and over towards your opposite shoulder. Repeat 3 times.


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