Physical fitness testing not only helps us evaluate what level of fitness we're at currently, but also what our risk of future injury may be! Our latest blog post shares 6 tests you can perform at home to asses your physical fitness. If you find some of these tests to be more difficult or painful than you anticipated, you may want to schedule an appointment with a therapist to discuss what could be limiting your movement or causing pain.
Our Fit for Life class is a great way to keep yourself healthy 🏃 We've designed this class to be a space where you can work out your whole self safely! With small class sizes and intentional instruction, these workouts are easily adapted for those who have movement limitations, or who are re-learning the basics. To register for class, call our office or schedule online on our fitness classes page!
Pain is never normal! You're supposed to feel at home in your body, not struggling with aches, soreness, stiffness, or other pain. If you don't feel as good as you should, give us a call! We offer free 15 minute consultations where we can discuss your symptoms and determine if further treatment is necessary. Schedule with us online, or call (574)318-4956 and get back to feeling good!!
Pelvic floor health can be daunting. But these muscles are essential for everyday life, and most people don't know much about them. Our latest blog post covers 9 of the basic things you should know about your pelvic floor muscles. Read more at penrosetherapy.com/news/9thingsyouneedtoknowaboutyourpelvicfloormuscles
We offer a pelvic core yoga class specifically for women with pelvic pain, as well as a pre/post natal yoga class, and a gentle yoga class. If you're looking to improve your quality of life, try registering for one of our yoga classes! Register for class at https://penrosephysicaltherapy2.fullslate.com/ - Read the article at https://journals.lww.com/jwhpt/Fulltext/2019/07000/Effects_of_Yoga_on_Quality_of_Life_and_Pain_in.5.aspx?WT.mc_id=EMxALLx20100222xxFRIEND
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Yoga has SO many benefits! Studies have shown that practicing yoga improves sleep quality, enhances spiritual well being, improves social function, reduces symptoms of anxiety, decreases symptoms of depression. Overall, yoga improves your quality of life. When you're well rested, focused, and aren't feeling the stress and exhaustion from the symptoms of anxiety and depression, you function better!
Healthy bones will carry you through your life (literally!). While a lot of our bone health is determined before our 20's, that doesn't mean that we can't work to keep our bones strong past those years! Our latest blog post covers the "basics" of bone health, you can read the full article on our website!
Keeping your heart healthy is so important. Did you know regular yoga has proven to help keep your heart healthy? Yoga helps lower blood pressure and heart rate, which lowers the risk of a heart attack or stroke. In studies done on participants over 40, yoga was proven to lower both overall and "bad" LDL cholesterol, as well as slow (and even stop!) progression of heart disease.
Chronic inflammation can contribute to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Yoga can lower inflammatory markers and protect against diseases caused by chronic inflammation, and can help reduce inflammation from over-exertion or exercise as well! Practicing yoga regularly (or even semi-regularly) can be so good in such a variety of ways. Join us for one of our classes this week and enjoy the many benefits!
Practicing yoga regularly is a great way to relieve anxiety! In a study done on 64 women with PTSD, regular yoga not only decreased symptoms of anxiety in all 64 women, but 52% of participants no longer met the criteria for PTSD at all! Centering your mind and body in yoga has science-backed benefits. If you feel like you need peace and balance, try joining us for yoga!
One of the most noticeable benefits of yoga is it's wonderful stress relieving benefits! Many people choose to practice yoga because of the relaxation it offers, and that relaxation is backed by science! Yoga is proven to decrease cortisone levels, the primary stress hormone. In studies done by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, participants who participated in regular yoga showed lower levels of stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression.
The workday can often leave us tense and stressed. To relieve some of that tension (both physical and mental!) try out some of these suggestions! Taking the time to de-stress can have huge benefits- read about 13 ways to de-stress in our latest blog post! www.penrosetherapy.com/news/13waystodestressduringtheworkday
These winter mornings can be tough! Getting up while it’s dark and cold feels like torture for some of us (even if there’s a warm cup of coffee involved!), and if you don’t wake up right, the rest of the day can feel so sluggish. One of the best ways to get yourself up and at ‘em is with a morning stretch. Try out the 5 stretches in our latest blog to get your brain and body moving in the morning! http://www.penrosetherapy.com/news/5stretchesforthemorning
Physical therapists usually work very closely with surgeons to help patients achieve optimal recovery. Surgery will often correct an anatomical problem, but it is important to have improved muscular control and function to help a person attain optimal outcomes after surgery. Research has shown that physical therapy prior to and after surgery improves patient outcomes as well as reduces the need for future surgery.
In order to specialize in pelvic PT, a therapist must have an advanced degree (doctoral/masters), as well as attend continuing education to gain the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to treat this complex population. This equals a total of 7 years of formal education after high school as well as significant amounts of continuing education.
While there are genetic components that can make someone more likely to experience certain conditions, there is always something that can be done to help! It is important to work with a team of healthcare professionals including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, psychologists and nutritionists to ensure a person gets comprehensive and holistic care to achieve optimal health.