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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

By Be Fit | January 11, 2020

What Is It? Vestibular therapy consists of the performance of an individualized group of exercises, designed to habituate excessive visual dependence or improve various balance strategies. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy – VRT is an alternative form of treatment involving specific exercises designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance function, and increase general activity levels.  The exercise program…

What’s Wrong With Manual Therapy?

By Be Fit | December 27, 2019

We hear complaints from doctors that there’s such focus on exercise in physical therapy practice that manual therapy is often excluded. This is ironic given that Google returns 50,400,000 results from “manual therapy” searches. Plus, the results are positive, and large chains even advertise manual therapy. The reason for this is a mystique of sorts …

The Effect of Pilates on Diabetes

By Be Fit | November 26, 2019

Doctors recommend medication and physical activity to successfully manage blood glucose levels. It turns out that Pilates is an effective exercise for diabetes management. A study conducted in Iran reported on the participation of women with Type 2 diabetes. Those who did Pilates for eight weeks reported better general health, lower disease symptoms, less anxiety,…

Laser Therapy For Dogs Workshop

By Be Fit | October 30, 2019

Deep-tissue laser therapy helps many dogs show signs of improved function. The Laser Therapy for Dogs workshop demonstrates how it promotes healing without side effects.

What is Frozen Shoulder?

By Be Fit | October 28, 2019

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is dysfunction of the shoulder joint as a result of shoulder tendons and ligaments tightening. Its progression runs a two- to three-year course: Freezing/painful stage (six to nine months) Frozen (four to six months) Thawing (six months to two years) Should I Suspect Frozen Shoulder? Sufferers of frozen shoulder,…

Hurts Psoas Bad

By Be Fit | August 27, 2019

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Is This Pelvic Floor Disorder?

By Be Fit | August 27, 2019

Symptoms of pelvic floor disorder can resemble other common conditions. Is your daily routine upside down because of pelvic pain or bowel/bladder incontinence? For those wondering if physical therapy can help, keep in mind that many “pelvic floor disorders” can have symptoms that resemble: Urinary tract infection (UTI) Osteoarthritis Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Piriformis syndrome…

Falling: Manage The Risk Factors

By Be Fit | July 31, 2019

Several factors combine to make falling in the home more likely. Here’s a shortlist of them, along with some suggestions on reducing the risk of falling. They can be divided into two categories: those physical therapists can help to relieve, and those that require the help of another medical professional. Muscle weakness Musculoskeletal conditions such…

Muscular Balance Stabilizes The Kinetic Chain

By Be Fit | June 26, 2019

The kinetic chain is an alternating sequence of mobility and stability joints that help us to move effectively. Dysfunction in one joint taxes the body to provide mobility/stability from other joints, and the same thing goes for muscles. The muscles in the kinetic chain serve either a mobilizing or stabilizing purpose. When we are stressed,…

Clients Rate Be Fit

By Be Fit | June 25, 2019

Our patients love us, and we have tapes to prove it! Check out our YouTube video, “Patient Voices of Be Fit.”

Golf and Tennis Elbow

By Be Fit | May 28, 2019

PT Translator 1.2 Tennis Elbow is a common golf injury. It’s the injury of the ECRB muscle (short for extensor carpis radialis brevis), which is the most active forearm muscle during golf swings. Forearm muscles rotate the forearm and bend the wrists during swinging motions. They also stabilize the wrist. Here we translate two examples…

Golf and Shoulder Injury

By Be Fit | May 9, 2019

Pain in the lead shoulder at the top of the backswing can be a symptom of shoulder impingement.

Tendon Conditions and Surgery

By Be Fit | April 29, 2019

When is surgery necessary? Tendons in the shoulder, hand and the foot (e.g., rotator cuff, mallet finger, plantar) are the most commonly injured. What happens to tendons when they are injured? Why do some injuries require surgery while others don’t? Mild tendinitis* is inflammation of a tendon. The tendon, which connects muscle to the bone,…

The Physical Therapy Business

By Be Fit | April 8, 2019

Mary Lou Savino was interviewed by the Beyond Your Marketing’s The Health Leaders Podcast.

How to Actually Activate The Multifidus

By Be Fit | April 5, 2019

Although it’s difficult to locate the multifidus, locating and using it are crucial to preserving spine health (saving your back, in other words). The multifidus is a deep muscle of the back that runs the entire length of the spine. Feeling it contract involves reaching behind the back and feeling the lower back muscles. Ultimately,…

What is Bulging Disc?

By Be Fit | March 14, 2019

Bulging disc, also called herniated or slipped disc, is one of the main causes of pain in the lower back. The progression of a disc problem is as follows: Healthy disc Bulging disc Herniated disc (protrusion) Ruptured disc (extrusion) As a disc bulges, herniates, and ruptures, it affects spinal nerves and can lead to a…

Medicare Rx Insurers’ Suspicious Practice

By Be Fit | February 27, 2019

Private Part D Payors Get $9B Windfall, and Watchdogs Cry Foul DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Feb. 27, 2019 — Well-known health insurance companies earned $9 billion extra from Medicare over the past 10 years by inflating their cost projections under Medicare’s Part D prescription coverage. That’s the essence of The Wall Street Journal report published in…

Eating to Beat Depression

By Be Fit | January 31, 2019

When sad, eating something sweet may boost mood. In the long term, though, eating sugar-added food regularly has been linked to depression. Research studies suggest that the gut microbiome, the millions of bacteria, fungi and archaea in the colon, benefits health—particularly brain health—in a variety of ways. Mood/depression is one of the aspects of brain…

The Kinetic Chain Is The Missing Link in Physical Fitness

By Be Fit | December 27, 2018

Aches and pains can be complex because of the interconnectedness of joints and soft tissue. The body consists of a “kinetic chain” of mobility and stability joints and respective soft tissue. They are arrayed in alternating order. Muscles and connective tissue surrounding joints form an integrative system that moves the limbs. So, what about pain?…

How Physical Therapy Helps Parkinson’s Disease

By Be Fit | November 28, 2018

Physical therapy may help delay the decline of motor skills in people living with Parkinson’s disease. Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative brain condition, presents with a number of symptoms. Tremors are the most prominent symptom of the disease. While other movement related signs and symptoms exist, others related to the mind (thinking) and mood (depression) are…