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Category: Exercise

Nov 29, 2022

Restless Legs Syndrome

Exercise Can Help! When a patient comes to our physical therapy clinic with lower back pain it is standard protocol to take a thorough history and complete a neurological exam. This is especially important if the patient has leg pain, tingling or numbness in one or both legs referred from their lower back. During the […]

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Nov 22, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving! Be Grateful…it’s good for your health!

The “first Thanksgiving” was in 1621 between the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoag tribe in present day Massachusetts to celebrate the harvest and other blessings of the previous year. In 1789, President George Washington, at the request of Congress, proclaimed Thursday, November 26, as a day of national thanksgiving. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln […]

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Nov 22, 2022

Exercise Can Improve Quality of Life for Those with COPD

Part II of II November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) month. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This problem refers to a group of lung diseases that causes damage to the airways and air sacs in the lungs. […]

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Sep 27, 2022

PREVENTION OF JET LAG

As more of us become more comfortable living with COVID 19, travel plans have exploded. For 2 ½ years many have put air travel for family vacations on hold and we are eager to get back to air travel. As you may have gathered from my previous columns, travel is one of my passions. My […]

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May 4, 2022

10 TOP BENEFITS OF CYCLING

Part I or II May is National Bike Month! In fact, Saturday, May 7, 2022 Lackawanna Heritage Valley’s Heritage Explorer Bike Tour is returning in person for the first time since 2019. For those who have a bike, now might be a good time to dust it off and enjoy the many beautiful and well-maintained […]

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Apr 21, 2022

Health Benefits of Dancing The last two columns in “Health & Exercise Forum” have been dedicated to the health benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, the use of dance was featured as a method to promote strength, balance, coordination and agility in this population. However, dance as a form of exercise and for the […]

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Apr 4, 2022

EXERCISE FOR THOSE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE

April is National Parkinson’s Awareness Month Part I of II Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic, degenerative disease that leads to slowness of movement, balance disorders, tremors, and difficulty walking. PD results from the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells in the brain. Dopamine is critical to stimulate the nerves of the muscular system in the […]

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Mar 7, 2022

Hip Fracture Prevention

Injuries due to falling are a very common problem in the elderly. Hip fractures are the most common injury due to falling in the seniors. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, each year more than 300,000 people are hospitalized for hip fractures in the United States. These fractures represent 72% of all fracture […]

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Feb 16, 2022

You Are Never Too Old To Exercise!

Part II of II You are never too old to exercise! This is the second of two columns dedicated to appropriate exercise for the elderly. Last week I discussed basic strengthening exercises. This column will address three additional components necessary for independence in the elderly: flexibility, balance and endurance. While it may not be as […]

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Feb 7, 2022

You Are Never Too Old To Exercise!

PART I OF II You are never too old to exercise! A reader who described herself as “elderly” asked me if she was too old to exercise. Without knowing her age, I replied that she was not. I did qualify my response with the fact that exercise must be adjusted to meet the individual needs […]

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