Exercise Can Be a Boon to People With Parkinson’s Disease

Astym Therapy Goes to Rio

 

 

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Elite Athletes will be relying on Astym therapy to help achieve their highest and best performance in Rio. Certified Astym providers will be on hand supporting their athletes.

Astym therapy has been proven highly effective and safe in treating tendinopathies and other soft tissue dysfunction. In addition, Astym therapy improves muscle performance, as shown in this randomized, controlled clinical trial.

Athletes’ Performance/EXOS, the premier facility that trains and conditions elite and professional athletes, has Astym therapy as a core component of its training and conditioning program. Brittani Cookinham, PT, DPT, ATC of EXOS is one of the Astym-certified clinicians that will be in Rio to support athletes, and she plans to rely heavily on Astym therapy to get her athletes in top condition. “Astym therapy is essential for athletes to perform at their highest level.”

Peer-reviewed research confirms that there is nothing like Astym® therapy. Here are some important points contained in peer-reviewed publications:

  • The Astym approach is the only regenerative medicine treatment in therapy
  • Astym therapy is highly effective and safe, and has broad applications
  • Proven to be more effective than other available treatments, Astym therapy has also been shown to be safe and effective across large populations.
  • Astym therapy demonstrates impressive results, even where other treatments fail

For complete details, please see the Research Overview, which contains a summary of

peer-reviewed, published research.

Know someone interested in Astym therapy?  Have them give Rapid Rehabilitation a call!

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Breast Reconstruction

By: Frank J. DellaCroce, MD, Emily T. Wolfe, MD

INTRODUCTION
An estimated 300,000 women are affected by breast cancer every year in the United States, and another 2.6 million are living posttreatment. As diagnostic technology has progressed and the understanding of the disease process has evolved, the number of mastectomies performed in the United States has increased. Breast reconstructive techniques have commensurately become more sophisticated along the same time- line. The result is that those facing mastectomy have the potential to simultaneously retain physical beauty and wholeness. Despite these advances, only 33% of women who are otherwise candidates for immediate reconstruction at the time of mastectomy choose reconstruction. The 2 reasons most attributed to this remarkable statistic are failure of the treatment team to refer the patient to a plastic surgeon at the time of diagnosis/decision for mastectomy and the resultant lack of understanding on the patient’s part regarding her reconstructive options.

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NV Daily ‘Best of’ Award Nominations!

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Both Rapid Rehabilitation locations have been nominated for 2016 Best Rehabilitation Facility!

 

Voting is open Wed 7/27 to Friday 8/5

How to vote:

  • Visit http://www.nvdaily.com/vote
  • Select “Front Royal and Warren County”
  • Enter your name and email address
  • Select which local businesses you think deserve the title of “The Best of 2016”
    • Winchester office is listed under Rehabilitation Facility #143
    • Front Royal office is listed under Rehabilitation Facility #137

 

New Role Found For The Immune System

It’s a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching: researchers at the School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. “I really did not believe there were structures in the body that we were not aware of. I thought the body was mapped,” said Jonathan Kipnis, a professor in the Department of Neuroscience and director of the University’s Center for Brain Immunology and Glia. How these vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own.

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This summer’s Best Athletic Training Program

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ATHLETES: This summer’s Best Athletic Training Program will…

                  Strengthen Your Core and Power, while Improving

                  Your Balance, Agility, Speed and Confidence

 

Programs for ages 7-10 and 11-16 yrs+

 

Summer Session 1:  June 7-30

Summer Session 2:  July 5-28

 

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 8-10 a.m.at Rapid Rehab

 

HURRY!  Call Us Today – SESSIONS ARE FILLING FAST!

 

  $25 savings for early registration by May 30

$50 savings when registering for both sessions

For more information and registration forms, contact: 

RAPID REHAB, Front Royal Location

540-636-3500     info@rapidrehabilitation.com

A Brief History of AlterG’s NASA Technology – The Early Years

NASABy BRIAN GILLIS | Published: APRIL 22, 2015

First there was space…

This is how to run in space.

This is how you run in space.

In the 1960s, NASA started sending astronauts into space. At first, people spent only a short period of time outside the earth’s gravitational pull.

However, after the International Space Station was introduced, astronauts started extending their stay. The zero gravity environment began causing weight loss, muscle atrophy, and decreased bone density.   NASA was learning that exercising is hard when you can’t keep your feet on the ground!

To solve this problem, Dr. Robert Whalen, a NASA engineer, was tasked with developing a way for astronauts to exercise in space. He came up with a few options for NASA to consider, including a concept with a pressurized bubble that held astronauts down on a treadmill using air-pressure.

Just flip the pump!

All great ideas start in a garage!

While NASA decided to pursue one of Robert’s other ideas, his son Sean took a liking to his father’s concept of an air-pressure controlled treadmill. However, instead of adding gravity to run in space, he wanted to defy gravity to run on earth. By simply flipping the air pump, Sean created the concept for the Anti-Gravity Treadmill. While his father’s treadmill pulled the user onto the treadmill with a pressure-vacuum, Sean’s idea used air pressure to gently life the user off of the treadmill!

Sean and his father decided to make this idea a reality and went to work in their family’s garage in Palo Alto to develop the technology for what would become the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill. After many months of trial and error, Sean created the first working prototype in 2005.

Time to bring in the professionals

Alberto Salazar was the first to adopt AlterG technology with his Olympic athletes

Before the first prototype was even finished, Alberto Salazar (an Olympic runner and coach of the best runners in the world) heard about the technology and wanted to help develop it for his athletes to use. He saw the ability to unweight a runner and reduce the impact of training as an invaluable tool for any competitive long distance runner.

Alberto Salazar began using the prototype with his athletes, including 10,000m Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (see picture). After Salazar and his athletes got on board, local Bay Area teams like the Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors started using the prototype in their training rooms.

AlterG becomes AlterG

In 2007, AlterG sold its first commercial unit to the Washington Wizards. Soon after, other NBA, NFL, and universities started defying gravity, too.

While today’s Anti-Gravity Treadmills look different than the prototype, the concept behind the magic remains the same. By creating a pressurized lifting force around the lower half of the body, the “differential air pressure” can be controlled to produce a variable lifting force for someone to walk, run, and exercise with reduced and adjustable impact.

Help Available for Urinary Incontinence

Ladies and gentlemen, Don’t live with Urinary IncontinenceWe are here to help.  Call today for more information.

Given the increasing incidence of urinary incontinence in our aging population, greater attention is being paid to prevention. An easy preventive intervention would be learning proper technique of pelvic floor exercises or Kegels and performing them prior to the onset of urinary incontinence. Most patients currently perform Kegels incorrectly. All patients would benefit from confirmation of proper exercise technique by their physician or qualified pelvic floor physical therapist. Avoidance of chronic straining and maintaining a healthy weight also can reduce the risk of stress urinary incontinence.

In addition, patients with complaints of overactive bladder or urinary incontinence should be evaluated soon after the onset of the condition as patients with mild symptoms often have greater success with more conservative treatment options. Treatment of long-standing disease often involves more aggressive treatment with lower success rates.

The long-term effects of method of delivery, vaginal versus cesarean section, on urinary incontinence are currently controversial with conflicting data. It has been suggested that cesarean section protects the pelvic floor from long-term conditions including pelvic prolapse, urinary incontinence, and fecal incontinence but greater data needs to be analyzed prior to making clinical recommendations.

Call to schedule an appointment or to speak with Clinic Directors Michelle Beamer, PT, DPT, Cert MDT, ASTYM at 540 636 3500 or Sherisue Barber, PT, DPT, CLT, ASTYM at 540 665 2750.

 

Orlando Summit

Orlando2PartOrlando1 of the RR team was privileged to travel to Orlando this past month.  We were exposed to a high energy approach to new marketing opportunities which will give us innovative tools to use in promoting the many unique treatments and professional services we have to offer our community and other medical providers.  Rapid Rehab is unique in our hands on and personalized care of each patient we serve and we are excited about the many new opportunities to communicate that to the Winchester, Front Royal and surrounding areas.  Keep posted for informative newsletters, emails, letters and classes which will be offered to our communities.

Peggy Walk, Physician Liaison

 

Workshop on Running

Rapid Rehab Physical Therapists’ attended a workshop on Running!  Call us for more information!  Ask for Dr. Allison Bell or Megan King, PTA.

On April 11th the Shenandoah Valley Runner’s Club offered a running clinic featuring Dr. Mark Cucuzella, professor at WVU School of Medicine and greatly accomplished runner.  The clinic discussed nutrition for overall health, along with reversal of prediabetes and diabetes. Dr. Mark himself was diagnosed with prediabetes and gave insight to how he changed his diagnosis through better understanding of his diet and how the body processes food. A lab portion was also held outside, allowing Dr. Cucuzella to discuss running form and the importance of increasing mobility and strength with age.  Differences in running shoes and their effect on gait mechanics was discussed, as well as, the importance of being barefoot more often to help improve and adjust the proprioceptors in your feet, which in turn will reset the mechanoreceptors throughout your body. Dr. Cucuzella has been a competitive runner for over 30 years, competing at a national level. He is a two time winner of the Air Force Marathon, race director of Freedom’s Run race series in West Virginia, director of the Natural Running Center and owner of the nation’s first minimalist shoe store.running