Exercise for Osteoporosis

With osteoporosis being the cause of 1.6 million hip fractures and 1.4 million spine fractures in the world in 2000, one should consider carefully how to prevent one of these. Up to 50% of women will sustain a fracture related to osteoporosis at some time in their lifespan if history continues to repeat. The problem…
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What Does “MET” Stand For?

Different aerobic exercise machines often have “METs” as one of the numbers on the display panel along with the time, distance, speed, incline, or other common descriptors. “METs” stands for Metabolic Equivalents. A MET is a relative unit with 1 MET being the energy expenditure at rest. All activities or exercises can be compared to…
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Best Types of Exercise to Improve Walking Speed

Walking speed is a good indicator of overall health. Check out my blog on walking speed if you’d like to know more. Normally, walking speed should be about 1.2 to 1.4 meters per second. If an elderly person is below 1.0 meters per second, it is recommended that they seek intervention. Why? Well, gait velocity…
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Walking Speed as a Vital Sign

Body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate are the four standard vital signs that are often medically assessed any time someone presents with an emergency. Pain is occasionally considered a vital sign, but pain is very subjective. The brain also can override an incoming danger signal if needed. This is how it is…
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Lessons from Flag Football in Moderation and Progressive Exercise

Every now and then, I give myself a good reminder of some of the key principles of physical therapy. Gradually progressive exercises with progressive loading of muscles, joints, tendons, and bones is important to a safe and effective aerobic or strengthening program. During and after playing three continuous games of flag football, I was reminded…
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5 Keys to Preventing and Treating Hamstring Strains

Hamstring strains are a common injury for high speed runners. Track and field, soccer, baseball and football are common sports where athletes will hit top speed. Hamstring strains account for approximately 12-16% of all injuries and re-occurrence of the injuries have been reported to be between 22-34%. The hamstring muscles are the three muscles located…
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3 Quick, Easy & Light Summer Recipes

The summer is the perfect time to spend outside and with all your loved ones. The last thing you need is to be spending too much time in the kitchen. Here are some quick and easy summer recipes that won’t sacrifice taste or your waisline.   Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad with Crème Fraîche…
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A Patient’s Thank You Letter to Todd

Dear Todd, I know this is cheesy, but I just wanted to say thank you for the past month or so. I have truly enjoyed coming to therapy and it always put me in a good mood thanks to you. You pushed me physically, mentally and emotionally. You helped me to gain confidence back in…
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Healthy Weight Loss

Trying to lose weight the healthy way can seem like an uphill battle. But it’s crucial to remember that there are good ways to go about it, and some not so good ways. How can you efficiently lose the weight and keep it off? Here are some do’s and don’ts that will help get you…
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Risk Versus Reward: High School Sports

If I jump out of an airplane with a parachute, there are some serious risks. Prior to a jump, skydiving companies make it very clear there are serious risks in skydiving that including broken bones, serious injury, or death and require an extensive release of liability paperwork. If I jump out of an airplane, there…
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