Careful with your shovel!!

coment Friday, February 19th, 2010
Ergonomic snow shovel

Ergonomic snow shovel

An ergonomic shovel will help prevent injury to your neck shoulders and back. Its worth the money to avoid needless injury because we all have to shovel during the winter season. It is important to be especially aware of your body mechanics during the spring because the snow is very wet and heavy. Rather than lifting the shovel, try to push the snow. Here is a link to an ergonomic snow shovel.

The Reformer – Rehabilitation Based Pilates Instruction

coment Wednesday, November 18th, 2009


At AC Physical Therapy we utilize the reformer (pictured on the left) for rehabilitation based Pilates instruction.

Pilates teaches body awareness and posture with easy, graceful movements that improve flexibility, agility and motion.  Pilates is designed to develop a strong “core” or center of the body. The core consists of the deep abdominal muscles, and the muscles closest to the spine, which are critical to spinal health. The exercises are designed to develop core control while moving your arms and legs.

Pilates is safe, sensible exercise using a floor mat or specialized equipment. One piece of equipment is the Pilates reformer, which can be modified to provide the right amount of resistance or assistance for people of any age or fitness level. The reformer provides finely tuned exercise resistance that allows one to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength, and flexibility. No other exercise system is so gentle to your body while giving it a challenging workout. Many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and almost all are low impact and partially weight bearing for those recovering from surgery or with significant arthritis.

No matter age or condition, it can work for everyone. Pilates exercises train several muscle groups at once in smooth, continuous movements. By developing proper technique patients are actually re-training the body to move in safer, more efficient patterns of motion – invaluable for injury recovery, sports performance, good posture and optimal health.

In conventional workouts, weak muscles tend to get weaker and strong muscles tend to get stronger. The result is muscular imbalance – a primary cause of injury and chronic back pain. Pilates conditions the whole body, even the ankles and feet. The major benefit of Pilates is that it does not compartmentalize the injury; rather it works with the injured limb as it relates to the rest of the body. The body is an amazing machine requiring cooperation between all of the joints in the upper or lower extremity in order to achieve optimal performance. No muscle group is over trained or under trained. Musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned, helping patients enjoy daily activities and sports with greater ease and less chance of re-injury.


Pelvic Health and Wellness

coment Saturday, May 30th, 2009

There are a variety of treatment options available for pelvic related pain and dysfunction. Conservative treatment can come in the form of pharmaceutical management but did you know that physical therapy can also help you regain continence, relieve pelvic pain, decrease constipation and strengthen the pelvic floor.
Physical therapy has demonstrated effectiveness in the treatment of stress and urge related incontinence.  If you have ever heard of a “Kegel” exercise and you were not sure you were doing them correctly you are certainly in the majority rather than the minority. Even still, if you think you are doing the Kegel exercise correctly and you are not seeing any change in urine leakage or urge you may actually be doing the Kegel exercise correctly but strengthening the pelvic floor isn’t really what you need. You may have underlying pelvic muscle tension that creates overuse of muscles in the pelvic floor.  Often if you feel anxious about leaking urine, the muscles of the pelvic floor can be subconsciously contracting. This can result in pain syndromes, incomplete voiding of bladder contents, recurrent urinary tract infections, painful sex, constipation and even low back pain.
There may be a host of different reasons for pelvic pain, incontinence and sexual dysfunction so first and foremost we recommend you be thoroughly checked by a physician prior to initiating physical therapy. More and more people are talking frankly to their physicians about their symptoms which has lead to a surge of research and articles being written on pelvic symptoms and proposed treatment options. There are a variety of treatment options available including surgery, therapeutic Botox injections, physical therapy, psychotherapists specializing in pain management and sexual dysfunction, pharmaceuticals and acupuncture just to name a few options.
Talk to your physician if you are having symptoms of heaviness, pain or incontinence and ask them to help you explore which option of treatment would be most appropriate for you.
Pelvic pain and/or dysfunction is a private and personal matter but people everywhere have been finding the courage to seek out help for their symptoms, refusing to adjust to the demands their conditions have placed on their daily lives.
Physical therapy for pelvic health related issues typically involves a separate evaluation apart from the examination the physician performs. Interventions include education on the diagnosed dysfunction, therapeutic exercise, gentle and progressive manual techniques to reduce pelvic floor tone when appropriate, and modalities including visual and auditory biofeedback and electrical stimulation for improved pelvic floor awareness and neuromuscular re-education techniques.  Patients are given exercises to perform at home and typical follow up is one visit weekly or biweekly depending on symptoms.
Seeking treatment for symptoms has prompted research and increased public awareness that propel medical technology into the future.  What is critical to recognize is that you are not alone and that you can empower yourself by knowing and understanding your options. Don’t delay, the best treatment outcomes are with early intervention.

AC Physical Therapy, Wheat Ridge, CO

coment Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

4045 Wadsworth Blvd. Suite 10
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Phone 303-940-1611

Fax 303-432-2296


At AC Physical Therapy we strive to provide quality, customized, and compassionate patient care for a variety of conditions and injuries.  Our skilled Physical Therapists work one-on-one with their patients to facilitate resolution of pain, restoration of function and return to activity.

We look forward to helping you achieve your goals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

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