Entries by PIVOT

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”: […]

How Physical Therapy Can Address Lymphedema and Breast Cancer

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month and National Physical Therapy Month come to an end, we wanted to raise awareness about the important connection between the two – and the ways that a well-planned therapy program can help a common complication of breast cancer: Lymphedema. What is Lymphedema? The National Lymphedema Network writes: “Lymphedema is an […]

Fitness Matters: Nearly 40 Percent of U.S. Adults are Obese (CDC)

An important new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines a key health and fitness concern: Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese. The document is titled Prevalence of Obesity Among Adults and Youth: United States, 2015–2016. As the report notes: “Obesity is associated with serious health risks (1). Monitoring obesity […]

A New Way to Deal with Back Pain

“If you’re dealing with back pain — whether you spend hours sitting every day or are still nursing that weird high school injury — you know it can be a tricky thing to treat. But, new research may have found a surprisingly effective (and drug-free) way to ease the pain,” according to Refinery 29. “The […]

Why You Should See a Physical Therapist Every Year

“Why is it that superbly fit athletes can find themselves in as much back, knee, or neck pain as their flabby fans, who sit at desks all day long then watch sports from overstuffed sofas?,” St. Louis Magazine asks. Warns Dr. Shirley Sahrmann: “When you do an activity over and over again, your body adapts […]

Sit Up Straight!

From Good Morning America: “Back pain is an epidemic. It could be caused by our more sedentary lifestyle, a few extra pounds around the middle or looking at the phone for hours each day. But Silicon Valley posture guru Esther Gokhale says in non-industrial cultures, back pain is practically non-existent. Why?” “She thinks is because […]

How Physical Therapy Helps Stroke Victims

A new University of Florida study finds that “in the case of stroke survivors, the key to better recovery is to spend more time in an intensive physical therapy program.” “After a stroke, the brain and body can start recovering immediately and can show improvement up to six months afterward, said UF Health researcher Janis […]