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How Physical Therapy Helps with a Full Recovery

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How Physical Therapy Helps with a Full Recovery

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An athlete’s worst nightmare is hearing they might “never be the same” after a sports injury or accident. For surgery candidates, there’s a sense of uneasiness when a doctor says they might not be able to walk or run comfortably after their procedure. Sometimes, hearing these phrases can frighten patients and athletes and keep them from getting the treatment they need. 

This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The sooner you decide to see a physical therapist, the more likely you are to make a full recovery. Learn how PT can help you to bounce back, and conquer joint and muscle pain for good.

Early Treatment
The days just after a surgery or injury are the most important. Those crucial moments are when the body learns to rework itself. Physical therapy doesn’t only help you heal, it teaches your body how to heal in order to restore correct movement and proper form to your body.

Faster Healing
Physical therapy helps you heal faster to take full advantage of your recommended recovery time. Working with a therapist gives you the time to not only get past your injury, but to work beyond it to reach fitness goals you never knew you had. Don’t settle for “get better.” Move forward and get more.

Trusted Medical Advice
It’s only natural that after some time, friends and family expect you to get back into the game in terms of your normal activities and daily routine. There can be a lot of pressure to heal quickly, which may cause some patients to take on too much too soon. A licensed therapist helps you evaluate when you’re ready to lose that crutch, cane, brace, etc. Having an expert opinion ensures you’re healing at the right rate. 

Lifetime Prevention
Uncovering and treating the old habits and activities that may have been damaging your joints and muscles is crucial to creating a lifetime of healthy living. A professional examination gives you the knowledge and exercises to prevent what could become chronic pain later down the line. Give yourself a head-start on preventing pain.

A full recovery is not a far-fetched idea. Today is the day to take back your mobility. Don’t wait to start your journey. Schedule an appointment or read about more benefits of physical therapy at i’move.

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Physical Therapy Lowers the Risk of Reinjury

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Physical Therapy Lowers the Risk of Reinjury

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When you’ve gotten back to peak health, the last thing you want looming overhead is the idea of reinjury. Most people don’t want to think about another injury right out of recovery, but the statistics are alarming. For young athletes, for example, the risk of reinjury for a torn ACL is between 20 and 40 percent.

In order to fight off another injury, physical therapy can keep you in peak shape without blowing out a recently-healed knee. You’ll not only learn how to bounce back safely, but you’ll also learn proper form and how to maintain strength and flexibility – all things that help prevent an injury from occurring again.

Receive Intervention
The best time to treat an injury is directly after the accident or surgery. Physical therapy is the intervention needed to make sure your body heals the way it’s supposed to. Not following well-established protocols and best practices for healing can lead to many complications, which can create or further agitate pain and increase stress on joints and muscles throughout the body. Physical therapy creates an environment that allows your body to heal naturally, to stay healed for many years to come.

Remember Proper Form
Over the years, a funny way of crossing your legs, taking a stride or throwing a ball may have a major impact on your body. Quirks like these can unknowingly lead to reinjury if left untreated. A physical therapist can detect and treat unhealthy habits as you heal, setting you on the right path to a healthy future.

Build Healthy Habits
Recovery doesn’t stop after treatment. Continuing the exercises and techniques you learn during physical therapy helps you stick with the healthy habits you need in order to lower the risk of reinjury. Keeping up with what you learn at i’move a few times a week helps ensure your body stays strong.

i’move wants to give you a lifetime of health and wellbeing. Keep your body in great shape well after recovery and prevent injuries from happening again. Schedule an appointment with us or read about the benefits of physical therapy at i’move.

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Family Fitness: Instilling the Importance of Healthy Living in Kids.

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family bike rideEveryone wants their kids to be healthy. It’s an easy thing to say, but it takes planning and behavior modeling to actually reduce the likelihood of your children becoming at risk for many health issues that go along with being overweight.

The number one factor that puts children at greatest risk of being overweight is having obese parents, according to a new study by medical school researchers.

Modifying your family’s diet, exercise, and sleep are 3 practical ways you can teach your kids to live a healthier lifestyle.

Diet
Show your kids what it looks like to eat a balanced diet. Make sure that you are serving your family at least 3 servings of vegetables each day. Figure out what fruit your kids like and keep it around the house! Offer fruit as a dessert instead of cookies or ice cream.
Try to buy more whole grain carbohydrates. Most places offer whole grain options for bread, pasta, and crackers.

Exercise
Model to your kids that it is important to carve time out of your schedule to exercise. It is easy to be active when you are involved in sports, but what will happen when your child is no longer involved in their sporting activities? They will do what you do! Do you make the time to be active as an adult? Make time to get outside and “PLAY” with your kids. Invite them to workout with you.
Don’t spend too much time in front of your TV or on your phone.

Sleep
Get your kids (and yourself) on a good sleep schedule, at least 8 hours/night. Studies show that kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to be overweight. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children ages 6–12  regularly sleep 9–12 hours/day and teenagers ages 13–18 should sleep 8–10 hours/ day. Limit the use of technology in the evenings to improve sleep quality.

You don’t have to change everything all at once. Try tackling one of these tips at a time.
Your kids don’t do as you say when it comes to healthy living; they do as you do. Model to your kids how to live a healthy lifestyle and invite them to do it with you!

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Healthy Summertime Snacking

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healthy summer snackingSnacking is often looked down upon by the average person seeking to be healthier or lose weight, but science disagrees. Did you know snacking can actually be beneficial to those trying to lose weight or maintain health? Regular intake of calories throughout the day is essential to keep your metabolism running efficiently. This often translates to more opportunity to burn fat! Not only that, food is fuel and gives you the energy you need to accomplish tasks and feel good doing them. So why does snacking have such a bad reputation? It comes down to snack quality and quantity.

Studies show that after only three hours without eating, your blood sugar begins to drop. This loss often leads to desperate and copious snacking that can only result in grabbing fast and easy foods. These readily available and mass-produced snack options are often not as healthy for you, nor do they provide the energy your body is really needing.

To stay healthy and doing what you love, snack smart this summer! Check out the tips below to find out what to look for and how to implement smart snacking into your summer routine!

Eat whole foods: The closer food is to the way it would grow in nature is the best form in which to consume it (i.e. fresh fruits and veggies rather than frozen or canned, meats from the butcher rather than pre-packaged, split grain breads and crackers rather than bleached/processed wheat).

  • Eating whole foods minimizes bad sugars and other preservatives that negatively impact one’s health.
  • Eat what’s in season for you: not only does this provide more flavor, but also more nutrients when you choose to eat the produce that grows locally during the current season. Some research even suggests that the food that grows locally is filled with the appropriate nutrients your body needs specifically during that time of year

Prepare: One of the biggest challenges in the summer is a busy schedule that keeps you constantly one step behind. Beat this by putting some priority on planning ahead!

  • Know you’re going to an event? Bring a healthy snack to assure there is a good choice available to you.
  • Cut up veggies and keep them readily available in your fridge. For extra accessibility for you and your kids, store them in glass or see through plastic container so both you and the kids can find them easily when you go to the fridge so hungry, you’ll eat the first thing you see.
  • Keep some raw nuts in your car or purse for easy access.

Eat a snack that packs a punch: Eat foods that are higher in protein in order to fill yourself up without consuming a high calorie snack. Again, snacking isn’t bad, but it gets a bad rap because many overeat during snack time. Some great high protein/low calorie snack options are:

  • Veggies and hummus or raw peanut/almond butter
  • Raw nuts
  • Energy bites (see recipe below)

Science says snacking is smart when done right! No one is perfect in their diet, but by implementing one or more of these tips, you can keep yourself on a healthy track towards your best self!

Energy Bite Recipe:

1 ½  cups  Old Fashioned Oats

½ cup  Raw Almond or Peanut Butter

½ cup  Flax Seed, ground

½ cup  Raw Honey

1 tsp  Vanilla Extract

1 tbsp  Chia Seeds

Mix in bowl and roll into tablespoon size balls and refrigerate.

*Try adding one or more of the following for different flavors

Dried fruit (cherries or cranberries)

Unsweetened coconut flakes

Mini dark chocolate chips