Entries by PIVOT

Recognizing Fitness — and Physical Therapy — as Part of International Day of Persons with Disabilities

This past weekend marked a day that physical therapy and fitness and  not be aware is recognized globally: International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Writes the United Nations: “The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by the United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3. It aims to promote the rights […]

How Physical Therapy Can Help Manage Parkinson’s disease

The recent news that Rev. Jesse Jackson that he has Parkinson’s disease raised focus again on an important connection: Physical Therapy. Wrote Jackson: “For me, a Parkinson’s diagnosis is not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression.” […]

American Diabetes Month: Important Role for Fitness

November marks American Diabetes Month, the annual focus on the every day global health issue. As the American Diabetes Association notes: “Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the 24/7 work it takes to effectively manage diabetes. This campaign asks everyone […]

Turkey Trot: Avoid Injury for the Big Races

Besides the eating, few Thanksgiving activities have a finer tradition — or can be more satisfying — than a local Turkey Trot. These road races can bring a community together, help individuals stay fit during the holiday, and — unfortunately — result in small injuries that could require physical therapy (think muscle strains and more). […]

To Maintain Fitness, Healthy Eating Matters Even at Thanksgiving

Staying fit and employing the right techniques to avoid injury requires many different things to go right. And of course, when they don’t go right and physical therapy is needed, we’re here for you. Many of the techniques are out of one’s control. However, one area that is more directly within control: Healthy eating. Of […]

Aquatic Therapy for Improved Outcomes

Avoiding movement due to pain is incapacitating and can lead to long-term disability. Aquatic therapy is an effective treatment option that can not only help a patient physically, but psychologically as well (Koury). Problems including lower back pain, SIJ pain, hip pain, knee pain, and foot and ankle pain can all benefit from aquatic therapy. […]

Winter is Coming: Tips to Stay Fit (and Fight Off Injury)

There’s no avoiding it: Winter is coming. But if Jon Snow can help you with fight off White Walkers, he can’t necessarily help you fight off injuries — and find the best ways to stay fit during the cold months. We’d like to help. Here are some top tips collected from across the web. From Livestrong.com: […]

How Exercise Can Help with Diabetes Management, Prevention

In our continued focus on American Diabetes Month and the “types of physical activity are most important for managing diabetes,” according to the American Diabetes Association. We previously reported on the ADA’s emphasis on aerobic exercise. The ADA recommends “aiming for 30 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week or […]

American Diabetes Month: Fitness Plays Key Role in Prevention, Management

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to raise awareness around the prevalence of the disease as well as ways to help with prevention and management. As the American Diabetes Association notes: “Nearly half of all American adults have diabetes or prediabetes, yet most don’t understand the life-long burden of this chronic illness or the […]

How to Combat the Obesity “Spiral Effect”

The piece was originally published in Hampton Roads Physician Fall 2017  By Michael Satterley PT, DPT, SCS, CIMT, CMTPT, CSCS Everywhere we turn, it seems, we see new revelations about our increasing obesity levels and the serious health challenges they present. Addressing obesity is a particular challenge because of something I call the “spiral effect”: […]