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  • Poor Balance is Not Normal in Older Adults!

    I'm here to tell you that there's nothing normal and nothing natural about having poor balance or falls as you get older. There's nothing normal, there's nothing natural about a guaranteed level of weakness just because you're 70 or 80 years old. There's nothing normal or natural about saying that pain is automatic as an older adult. Those things are simply false. When older adults are told those things and they are already struggling with balance problems or movement issues, how do you think that makes them feel? Hopeless? 😞 In our youth, we play! When we're younger, our bodies are constantly in motion. We're jumping, we're running, we're tumbling, we're rolling, we're turning quickly, we're at high speeds. We're doing all these things that you see children do. As you get older and older, your 20s and your 30s are probably still involving a lot of movement, a lot of work activity that involves physical motion. Your body during those times is in a high level of practice. 🏃‍♂️💨🤸‍♀️ But essentially what I'm trying to say to you is that when our bodies are younger, our activity level keeps us in shape. It keeps our balance systems calibrated correctly so that we don't lose our balance and fall. It keeps our muscles in great shape so that we have the strength and endurance to do what we need to do. As we get older, our activity level is moved more towards the requirements of adulthood, which sometimes aren't that fun. But if you think about how your life has changed over time, your movement patterns have changed drastically. That change is often the reason that people end up having struggles when they get older. 🔄👴🏽🔄 So let's think about the balance system. Let's think about this group of systems in your body that the whole design for that system is to make sure that you don't fall. When you're a young person and you're running and tumbling and rolling and twisting and turning, that balance system is constantly practicing, just like anybody who goes to a soccer practice, a basketball practice, piano lesson, anybody that practices drawing or painting or singing. All of those things keep those particular systems in tiptop shape so they're prepared for anything. 🧠💡🔧 But the balance system, as we get older, is not tested or challenged, and there's not as much practice. We typically walk in a forward pattern, we don't move quickly. There's rarely a need as an older adult to move quickly. We're not turning quickly, we're not rolling, we're not tumbling. So the balance system naturally calibrates at a much lower level. When that system does not practice high-level responses and activities on a regular basis, it's not prepared for when a high-level response is needed. 🚶‍♂️🔄🧘‍♀️ So even though as adults we reduce our activity quite a bit, if we're not exercising a lot and we're not walking at high speeds or running or jumping and things like that as we did in our younger years, there are still circumstances where that high-level balance is required and it's not available to you as it was when you were younger. For instance, if your normal life consists of spending a lot of time sitting, and you're an older adult and you don't go out often and you move slowly, and then all of a sudden you have to go out and step down a curb outside, that's a higher-level balance activity that your system may not be ready for. Or let's say you're walking on grass because you have to get from point A to point B outside. That's a high-level balance activity that your system may not be ready for. 🚶‍♀️🌿🏞 The same happens with weakness. Our strength and our endurance are maintained through that play and that high-level activity as a younger person. Older people have a natural tendency for their muscles to get weaker, but their weakness that affects their daily life and their mobility does not come only because of old age-related changes in the muscle. It comes from reduced activity. So if an older adult has to walk further than their average daily walk, they're going to struggle. If they have to go up and down the stairs more often than they normally would, there's going to be a big struggle. 🏋️‍♀️💪🚶‍♂️ So when people tell you as an older adult that the reason you're struggling is because you're older, 70, 80, 90, it's absolutely false. There's always something. And most people that I see as a licensed physical therapist have problems more associated with the fact that they don't move the way they did as they were younger and their body is not practicing doing things at a high level like they want to. And then people tell you that it's natural and normal and you just have to take it easy. 😡🛑😤 So what are you supposed to do? You're stuck. You're feeling bad with your balance. You may be falling. You may have weakness that is very frustrating. You're afraid to go out with friends and family. And then on top of that, people tell you that, "Well, it's natural and you just have to take it easy." That can only make things worse because you're just going to reduce your activity level even further. 🤷‍♂️🤦‍♀️ My experience guarantees number one, that the reason you're struggling is not always because you're older. Number two, the reason you're struggling can be reversed in many, many cases, and we're going to teach you how to do that on this channel. So if you've made it to the end of this channel, my hope, honestly, is to spread these videos like wildfire to reach anybody who can benefit from it. There's going to be more content so that you understand as an older adult what you can achieve. And there's going to be more content to actually how to do that through strategies and exercise and education on your lifestyle to reverse some of the struggles that you're having. 📈💡🎓 888-929-7677

  • Reduce Fall Risk in Your Home...Here's How!!

    So within the home, there's a few things that you can do, especially if you're a senior or if you're a family member of a senior who is living alone and is alone a lot of times. Let's make sure that we optimize some of the things in our home. You want to make sure that you get your medications checked. Side effects of medications can be drowsiness, dizziness. You want to make sure that there's not medications that are interacting with each other to cause those symptoms that will elevate your fall risk. The second one is always get your vision checked regularly. Make sure that your vision is as good as it possibly can be, whether you need glasses or not. Get your vision checked because vision is absolutely essential for your balance. It's one-third of our body's balance system in terms of how it helps you stay up and active and mobile. The other thing relative to that is you want to make sure that you keep your house very well-lit. A lot of people will fall in the nighttime when they have to get up and go to the bathroom because it's dark. So it leads back to that vision. If your vision is not as good as it possibly can be and the lights are out, you're taking away one-third of your body's balance systems in terms of the sensations it requires to help you keep steady. The next thing is, look around your house: throw rugs, cords that are running across the floor, any kind of object that's on the floor, narrow pathways. Those kinds of things can be disastrous with people who may not catch their balance if they lose it. If you're fortunate enough to have good balance, throw rugs aren't a big deal. You trip on the throw rug, and you'll catch yourself. But as you get older, that reaction might be much slower if you don't work on your balance regulary. The other thing that you can do is exercise safely. Exercise is extremely valuable. The better shape your body is in, the better your balance is going to react. It's like keeping your car fine-tuned all year round. You gotta keep your body in shape. Exercise, exercise, exercise. If you're sitting a lot throughout your day, don't let it happen. Get up and move around. Take a walk every half-hour in the home and get your lungs moving, get your muscles moving, get a little bit tired with that. It will keep your body working at its optimum level. More balance tips here: Go to the website and download our book full of tips to help you have better balance. In all, if you do have balance issues, you need physical therapy. Bottom line...the only thing that helps people with balance problems is physical therapy. AND!! It works...let us help you!

  • Walking Faster Means You'll Live Longer....

    🏃‍♂️🍎 The healthier you're going to live and the longer you're going to live can be connected to the measurements. 📏💪 This is one of my five measures that can give you a great deal of information for the rest of your life and can help you map your actions to help you live healthier for longer. So what I want you to do with these is some of them you can just generally check in on yourself, some of them you can be specific, and if you keep track of these on a regular basis let's say every month or every 3 months or every 6 months, you can compare any changes that are showing. If changes on the bad side, meaning your measurements got worse, if you're seeing those over a one or a three or six-month period of time, you have to implement something to improve. 📆📈 The second measure that we want to talk about is your speed of walking. 🚶‍♂️ The slower you walk, the more likely you are to have poor mobility, strength, cardiac issues, bone density issues. The faster you walk, the more likely you are to have less of those issues and the more likely you are to have a good health span and a longer life as you keep that pace up. 🏃‍♀️💨 So how do we measure it? Simply measure 20 ft. 📏 You can do it with a measuring stick, you can do it with a tape measure, you can simply walk one foot in the other to kind of make it as close as you possibly can get to 20 ft. Have a starting line and a Finishing Line. 🏁⏱️ You're going to take a stopwatch, you're going to take your phone, whatever method you can do to count the amount of time it takes you to walk that distance. 📱⌛ You can have somebody help you to do the timing, that works out really well. When you take your first step, you start measuring with the clock, when you pass the line at 20 ft, you stop measuring with the clock. 🕰️ Then what you're going to do is take 20 divided by the number that you get on your phone, on your stopwatch, okay? That will give you your speed in feet per second. 🚶‍♂️➗⏩ So if it takes you 20 seconds to walk 20 ft, 20 divided by 20 equals 1. It means you're walking 1 ft per second. You want to walk your normal speed, you don't want to rush it or walk too slowly because you want to have an accurate representation of what your everyday normal walking looks like and how fast it is. 🚶‍♀️⏲️ Now there are norms here, normal numbers that across testing have shown to be sort of averages. Good averages 3.3 to 4.9 feet per second is sort of an average for older adults. If you can walk faster than 4.9 ft per second, that's better. 📊👟 That's more indicative that your health and your mobility and your longevity are in a good hands, a good position. If you are walking slower than 3.3 ft per second, if it's considerably much less than that, your risk of falling is higher, your strength is going to be obviously lower, your ability to do the things you want to do is going to be less likely to occur. 📉🚫 So again, take that number, mark it down, and compare it every 3 months or 6 months to see where you're at and what you need to do because you may need some training to improve that and improve your overall system. 📝🔄 They are very connected to your overall health, extremely connected. The better somebody moves, the healthier they are. The better somebody moves, the healthier they are. The better somebody moves, the less likely they are to need medicine. The better somebody moves, the less likely they are to go to the hospital. The better somebody moves, the less likely they are to need pain medications or injections or anything like that. 🌟💊💉 So on the Movement Approach Youtube Channel, we are trying to prove to you through research that is done that functional movement and the ability to move connect to your overall health. And your overall health and well-being will allow you to live longer and live happier and a more fruitful life, doing the things that you want to and need to do as you get older. 🧠💪👵 And the bottom line and the foundation is exercise. 🏋️‍♂️💓 So I invite you to check all the other videos on this site. If you felt that this was beneficial, please share it, share it with family, share it with friends, education for people that you love is extremely important, so that they know things like this going forward to help them live a better life. 📚👨‍👩‍ 888-929-7677

  • Keep Mom Safe with The Gift of Better Balance!

    Nothing is more important than the safety of our loved ones and no one person is more important than your mother! If you are fortunate enough to still have your mother here with you on this big blue marble that we call earth, you may be worried at times about her safety. Maybe she lives alone at this point. Maybe she has gotten weak over the years (from raising you perhaps...haha!). Perhaps she has already fallen or just can't move the way she did when you were younger? Do you ever feel that there is nothing you can do? you try to find every available option to increase the likelihood of her safety being consistent and continuous? Do you manage her medications? Do you have an emergency call system setup on a chain around her neck? Do you have the neighbors check in on her daily, etc.? I'm sure that you do...your roles are reversed. She took care of you and now it's your turn! What if I told you that there is a very strong connection between someone's mobility and their overall health? What if I told you that there is a very strong connection between someone's mobility and their stability? What if I told you that I know a whole lot about helping older adults improve their balance, yes, improve their balance so that they can be safer at home alone and in the community? Would that be something that you'd take advantage of to maximize the safety of your mother? Absolutely true! A person's balance can improve and if your mother has balance concerns, perhaps a great gift would be to have us check her out to see how we can help her be as safe as's an amazing gift and one that goes well beyond Mother's Day. It will help her live safely for a very long time! The Achieva Rehab In-Home PT Program specializes in working with older adults to improve their balance so their loved ones don't have to worry. Give the gift of's as simple as a call to us to see how we can help! You owe it to mom! 888-929-7676

  • Great Back Pain Exercises - How McKenzie Does It.

    I’m going to teach you about something today called the McKenzie Method. - McKenzie back exercises consist of up to seven exercises and these seven exercises could help chronic lower back pain sufferers to restore the range of motion, as well as mobility, as well as the function of the lower back. - So, just a little note for everyone reading. If you are following along and you start to experience pain or find it difficult, please seek out a registered physical therapist to help you. But in the meantime, let's share some history: The McKenzie Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), was developed in the late 1950s by New Zealand physiotherapist Robin McKenzie. Its origins trace back to a serendipitous discovery in 1956, when a patient with chronic back pain inadvertently lay down in an extended position, resulting in significant pain relief. This unexpected outcome led McKenzie to further explore the effects of spinal positioning and movements on back pain. He developed a systematic approach based on patient education, self-treatment, and the identification of directional preferences for exercises that alleviate symptoms. The method emphasizes the centralization of pain, where symptoms move from the extremities to the spine, as an indicator of effective treatment. Over time, the McKenzie Method has gained widespread recognition and adoption for its evidence-based, non-invasive approach to diagnosing and managing back pain and related musculoskeletal conditions.   Before you exercise, a high majority of people with back pain have what we call a “directional preference” into back extension.  The other group has a directional preference for the opposite movement, flexion.  Extension is basically bending backward, and flexion is bending forward.  In order to determine which, you are, you have to test yourself fairly straightforwardly.  This series of exercises works really well with people who have extension or back bending as their directional preference.  If your directional preference is bending forward or flexion, these may not be as suitable, or you should enlist the help of a physical therapist to assist you in monitoring the movements.     So, let’s determine your directional preference.  Just like Forrest Gump does when standing on the shrimp boat, you will place your hands at your low back, just above your buttocks and lean backward.  If you hold it for five to ten seconds gently, if you see that your pain improves or in the case where you have pain down into your leg, that pain moves more to the center of your back and up and away from your leg, you probably have a directional preference of back bending or extension and these exercises should help you a great deal.  If you bend forward and it makes your pain improve, I would advise against these exercises for now unless you are with a trained therapist.   So, for the majority of back pain and sciatica sufferers who have a directional preference of back bending or extension, let’s go.   Exercise number one.   Lying face down.  So, you will lay down on your tummy with your face turning to one side.  You will hold this exercise for about two to three minutes. What this exercise will do is help to unload the lower back and also help to start straightening out the spine. Exercise number two is lying face down in and pushing up into extension.  To start this exercise, you basically put yourself in the position like exercise number one and then gently put elbows directly underneath your shoulders so you can lean on your forearms with a relaxed back. By leaning on your forearms, what this does, it actually helped to restore a little bit of the lower back curve bending backward. Exercise number three is extension in lying.  Start from the position of lying on the tummy and then put your hands underneath your shoulders and extend your elbows to push your upper body upward. And then come back down. Breathe in at the bottom. Come up, and at the end, breathe out. If you find that this is too difficult or if you find that you cannot bend back as much you can actually put your hands more forward to reduce the curve of the lower back bending. Exercise number four is extension in standing. Just like the directional preference testing, start by putting your hands behind the lower back to help support yourself bending backward. This helps her to restore the range of motion of bending backward for the lower back. However, it doesn't stretch as much as exercise number three, extension in lying, but it is more convenient. You can do it anywhere and anyplace. Now, these are all in a progression from the first to the last version of these.  You want to listen to your body to make sure you aren’t reproducing the pain.  I advise you to hold each position gently for about ten seconds and repeat 6 times.  You can certainly do more if you feel a great benefit and you don’t feel any spasms as a result of doing more than advised.  I like people to try this every hour or so and also as needed when pain might be higher after activity.  Again, this is certainly not the only way to approach back pain and it may not be for everyone, but the McKenzie Method has proven to be very useful for a great deal of our back pain patients.    Please always check with your physician before trying new movements and if your body is experiencing anything that makes you concerned and certainly if that concern is more painful, please consult a physical therapist.  These exercises are safe but work best when monitored by a professional. 888-929-7677

  • Getting A New Knee? What to Expect and Some Exercises to Get You Ready!

    ### Achieva Rehabilitation's In-Home PT Program: Your Guide to Recovery After Knee Replacement Hello, I'm Joel J. Digris, a Physical Therapist with Achieva Rehabilitation. If you are preparing for or recovering from knee replacement surgery, our in-home physical therapy program is designed to help you achieve a full recovery with an excellent range of motion. Let’s walk through the pre-surgery exercises you should be doing and what you can expect from your rehabilitation process after surgery. #### Prehab: Essential Exercises Before Knee Replacement Surgery Preparing your body before surgery, also known as prehabilitation (prehab), can significantly improve your post-surgery recovery. Here are some key exercises to help strengthen your knee and surrounding muscles: 1. **Quadriceps Sets**: - **How to do it**: Sit with your leg extended. Tighten the muscles on the top of your thigh, pushing the back of your knee down towards the floor. Hold for 5-10 seconds and release. - **Repetitions**: 10-15 times, 2-3 times a day. 2. **Heel Slides**: - **How to do it**: Lie on your back with your legs straight. Slowly slide your heel towards your buttocks as far as you can, then straighten your leg again. - **Repetitions**: 10-15 times, 2-3 times a day. 3. **Straight Leg Raises**: - **How to do it**: Lie on your back with one knee bent and the other leg straight. Lift the straight leg to the height of the bent knee, hold for a few seconds, and lower it slowly. - **Repetitions**: 10-15 times for each leg, 2-3 times a day. 4. **Seated Marches**: - **How to do it**: Sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor. Lift one knee towards your chest as high as comfortable, then lower it and repeat with the other leg. - **Repetitions**: 10-15 times for each leg, 2-3 times a day. 5. **Hamstring Curls**: - **How to do it**: Stand holding onto a chair for balance. Bend your knee, bringing your heel towards your buttocks, then slowly lower it back down. - **Repetitions**: 10-15 times for each leg, 2-3 times a day. Engaging in these exercises before surgery helps to strengthen the muscles around your knee, making your recovery smoother and potentially faster. #### Post-Surgery Rehabilitation: What to Expect After your knee replacement surgery, our in-home rehabilitation program is designed to provide you with personalized care and support. Here’s what you can expect: 1. **Initial Assessment**: - Within the first few days after your surgery, one of our experienced physical therapists will visit your home to perform a comprehensive assessment. This will help us understand your current mobility, pain levels, and specific needs. 2. **Customized Rehabilitation Plan**: - Based on your assessment, we’ll develop a tailored rehabilitation plan aimed at restoring your knee's range of motion, strength, and functionality. The plan will progress gradually to ensure safe and effective recovery. 3. **Regular Home Visits**: - Our therapists will visit you 2-3 times a week to provide hands-on guidance and support. This ensures that you receive frequent, personalized attention and that your progress is closely monitored. 4. **Exercise Routine**: - Your personalized exercise routine will include a mix of strengthening, flexibility, and functional exercises, such as: - **Range of Motion Exercises**: Gentle bending and straightening of the knee to prevent stiffness and improve mobility. - **Strengthening Exercises**: Exercises like heel slides, quad sets, and seated marches to gradually build strength without overloading the joint. - **Functional Activities**: Practicing daily activities such as walking, climbing stairs, and getting in and out of chairs to restore independence. 5. **Pain Management and Education**: - We provide education on pain management techniques, proper movement patterns, and strategies to avoid complications. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and skills to manage your recovery effectively. One of the significant advantages of our in-home PT program is that you can achieve full recovery without needing to visit a brick-and-mortar clinic. All necessary exercises and treatments can be performed at home, making it convenient and comfortable for you. This approach ensures you receive personalized care and attention, leading to a better than average range of motion and overall recovery. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we are here to support you every step of the way. If you are preparing for knee replacement surgery or have recently had surgery, our in-home PT program is designed to help you achieve a smooth and effective recovery. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us. Let’s work together towards your recovery goals! 888-929-7677

  • Understanding Parkinson’s Disease and the Benefits of In-Home Physical Therapy with Achieva Rehabilitation

    Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a progressive, chronic neurodegenerative disorder that primarily affects dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Dopamine is a crucial chemical that helps regulate body movements, affecting the speed, quality, fluency, and ease of movement. What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s Disease is characterized by the breakdown or damage of nerve cells, specifically those that produce dopamine. This leads to a range of motor and non-motor symptoms, which can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. Motor Symptoms: Tremors:  Often start on one side of the body, usually in the hand or foot, and are typically resting tremors. Internal tremors, where it feels like you are shaking inside, can also occur. Bradykinesia:  Slowness of movement. Akinesia:  Lack of movement. Hypokinesia:  Reduced size of movements. Rigidity:  Muscle stiffness. Freezing:  Sudden, temporary inability to move. Non-Motor Symptoms: Emotional Issues:  Anxiety, depression, which can begin before motor symptoms appear. Hallucinations:  Visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile, or gustatory, often as a side effect of medication. Cognitive and Memory Issues:  Changes in executive function, confusion, difficulty with word finding. Fatigue:  Exacerbated by the physical effort required to manage symptoms. Sleep Problems:  Including insomnia and restless sleep. Apathy:  Lack of interest or motivation. Numbness or Tingling:  Sensory changes. How is Parkinson’s Diagnosed? Parkinson’s is most often diagnosed based on a patient’s reported symptoms and medical history. Many patients only receive a diagnosis after the disease has progressed, often recognizing early signs in retrospect such as foot cramps, small handwriting, decreased arm swing, shoulder pain, depression, sleep problems, and constipation. There are no specific tests or imaging techniques that definitively diagnose Parkinson’s Disease. What Causes Parkinson’s Disease? The exact cause of Parkinson’s Disease is unknown, but it is believed to be a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. These may include exposure to pesticides, a history of head trauma, environmental toxins, genetic predisposition, and lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and smoking or drinking habits. Who is Affected? Parkinson’s Disease affects about 1.5 to 2% of people over the age of 60, with men being 50% more likely to develop the disease than women. It is rare for individuals under 50, accounting for only about 4% of cases. Stages of Parkinson’s Disease Early Stage:  Symptoms affect one side of the body, with decreased stride length or arm swing, muscle fatigue, hand coordination issues, reduced shoulder movement, changes in facial expressions, and small handwriting. Mid Stage:  Symptoms affect both sides of the body, with quiet speech, mild swallowing issues, bent-over posture, shuffled walking, and dyskinesia (involuntary movements). Late Stage:  Balance problems, increased shuffling and freezing, significant speech and swallowing difficulties, drooling, and body rigidity. The Role of Exercise in Managing Parkinson’s Disease Exercise is vital for managing Parkinson’s Disease. It helps improve mobility, balance, and overall physical function while also enhancing mental health by reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Regular exercise can slow the progression of motor symptoms and improve the quality of life. Achieva Rehabilitation’s In-Home Physical Therapy Program At Achieva Rehabilitation, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Our in-home physical therapy program is designed to provide the perfect combination of personalized care and effective exercise routines to help manage symptoms and maintain independence. Here’s why our program stands out: Personalized Care:  Our therapists conduct one-on-one sessions in the comfort of your home, tailoring each exercise routine to your specific needs and capabilities. Expert Guidance:  Our team is experienced in the latest techniques and research related to Parkinson’s Disease, providing expert guidance and support. Convenience:  In-home therapy eliminates the need for travel, ensuring consistent care without added stress. Comprehensive Exercise Plans:  We focus on strength training, balance exercises, cardiovascular workouts, and flexibility exercises to address all aspects of Parkinson’s Disease. Support and Motivation:  Our therapists provide both physical and emotional support, helping you stay motivated and achieve your goals. For more insights and exercise demonstrations, visit our YouTube channel . At Achieva Rehabilitation, we believe in the power of in-home physical therapy to make a significant difference in the lives of those with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one stay active and independent. More great information on Parkinson's Disease and exercise: 888-929-7677

  • The Benefits of Exercise Guided by a Physical Therapist for Multiple Sclerosis

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic illness that affects the central nervous system, leading to a variety of physical and cognitive symptoms. For individuals with MS, maintaining functional mobility and overall health can be challenging. However, exercise guided by a physical therapist can offer significant benefits. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we specialize in providing personalized, in-home physical therapy that helps individuals with MS manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. Benefits of Exercise for Multiple Sclerosis Improved Mobility and Strength: Exercise helps enhance muscle strength and flexibility, which are crucial for maintaining mobility. Physical therapists design specific exercises to target muscle groups that are weakened or affected by MS, helping patients move more freely and confidently. Better Balance and Coordination: MS often impacts balance and coordination, increasing the risk of falls. Through tailored balance exercises, physical therapists can help improve stability and coordination, making daily activities safer and easier. Enhanced Cardiovascular Health: Cardiovascular exercises, such as walking or cycling, improve heart health and overall stamina. For individuals with MS, this can mean increased energy levels and endurance, which are essential for completing everyday tasks. Reduced Fatigue: While fatigue is a common symptom of MS, regular exercise has been shown to reduce feelings of tiredness. Physical therapists can guide patients through low-impact aerobic exercises that boost energy without overexertion. Pain Management: Exercise can help manage pain associated with MS by reducing muscle stiffness and improving joint flexibility. Stretching and strengthening exercises prescribed by a physical therapist can alleviate discomfort and enhance overall physical function. Mental Health Benefits: Engaging in regular physical activity can improve mood and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, which are common in individuals with MS. Exercise promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural mood lifters, contributing to better mental health. Concerns with Engaging in an Exercise Program Overexertion: One of the primary concerns for individuals with MS is overexertion, which can lead to increased fatigue and exacerbate symptoms. It is essential to follow a program tailored to one’s abilities and limits. Physical therapists at Achieva Rehabilitation create personalized exercise plans that consider the patient's current fitness level and symptom severity. Heat Sensitivity: Many people with MS are sensitive to heat, which can worsen symptoms. Exercise programs should incorporate cooling strategies, such as exercising in a cool environment, wearing lightweight clothing, and staying hydrated. Risk of Injury: Due to balance and coordination issues, there is a heightened risk of falls and injuries during exercise. Physical therapists guide patients through safe and controlled movements, ensuring that exercises are performed correctly to minimize injury risks. Concerns with Not Participating in an Exercise Program Decreased Mobility: Without regular exercise, individuals with MS may experience a decline in muscle strength and flexibility, leading to reduced mobility and independence. Increased Fatigue: Lack of physical activity can lead to higher levels of fatigue. Regular exercise helps combat this by boosting energy levels and improving overall stamina. Worsening Symptoms: Inactivity can lead to increased stiffness, pain, and other MS-related symptoms. Exercise helps manage these symptoms by keeping the body active and flexible. Negative Impact on Mental Health: Not participating in an exercise program can contribute to feelings of depression and anxiety. Regular physical activity is crucial for maintaining good mental health and overall well-being. Tips and Strategies for Managing Functional Mobility with MS Consistency is Key: Engage in regular exercise, but listen to your body and avoid overexertion. Aim for consistent, moderate activity rather than intense workouts. Work with a Physical Therapist: A physical therapist can design a personalized exercise plan that addresses your specific needs and limitations, ensuring you get the most benefit from your efforts. Stay Cool: Exercise in a cool environment and use cooling strategies to manage heat sensitivity. Hydrate well and take breaks as needed. Incorporate Balance Exercises: Balance exercises are crucial for preventing falls and improving stability. Simple exercises like standing on one foot or walking heel-to-toe can be very beneficial. Stretch Regularly: Incorporate stretching into your daily routine to reduce muscle stiffness and improve flexibility. Use Adaptive Equipment: Adaptive equipment, such as canes or walkers, can help maintain mobility and safety during exercise and daily activities. Rest When Needed: Allow yourself to rest and recover. Pacing yourself and taking breaks can help manage fatigue and prevent overexertion. At Achieva Rehabilitation, our in-home physical therapy program is designed to provide personalized, one-on-one care that addresses the unique challenges faced by individuals with MS. Our goal is to help you maintain your independence, improve your quality of life, and manage your symptoms effectively. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can support your journey to better health. This is what can happen when you exercise when you have MS: 888-929-7677

  • Colin Potter's Journey with Parkinson's Disease: The Transformative Power of Exercise and Nutrition

    Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a challenging, progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement and can significantly impact the quality of life. Colin Potter, a remarkable individual living with Parkinson's, has shared his inspiring journey of managing the disease through exercise and nutrition. His story highlights the profound impact that a proactive approach can have on mobility and overall well-being. Understanding Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson’s Disease affects the central nervous system, leading to symptoms such as tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement (bradykinesia), and balance issues. These symptoms are primarily due to the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, managing the disease effectively can greatly improve the quality of life for those affected. Colin Potter’s Approach to Managing Parkinson’s Disease Colin Potter's journey is a testament to the positive effects of incorporating regular exercise and a nutritious diet into the daily routine of someone with Parkinson’s. Upon his diagnosis, Colin decided to prioritize his physical health through a disciplined exercise regimen and mindful eating habits. His story, detailed on his website, serves as an inspirational guide for others facing similar challenges. Exercise: A Key Component in Managing Parkinson’s Exercise plays a crucial role in managing Parkinson’s Disease. Colin's commitment to staying active has significantly helped him maintain his mobility and manage his symptoms. Regular physical activity helps improve muscle strength, flexibility, and balance, which are essential for individuals with PD. Some key benefits of exercise for Parkinson’s patients include: Improved Mobility and Balance:  Exercises such as walking, cycling, and swimming help enhance overall mobility and reduce the risk of falls. Strengthened Muscles:  Strength training exercises help combat muscle stiffness and weakness, common symptoms of Parkinson’s. Enhanced Mental Health:  Physical activity promotes the release of endorphins, which can help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety often associated with Parkinson’s. Better Coordination and Flexibility:  Stretching and coordination exercises improve flexibility and reduce the rigidity of muscles, making everyday movements easier. Colin’s exercise routine is varied and includes cardiovascular exercises, strength training, balance exercises, and flexibility routines. This comprehensive approach ensures that all aspects of physical health are addressed. Nutrition: Fueling the Body for Optimal Health In addition to exercise, Colin emphasizes the importance of a nutritious diet in managing Parkinson’s Disease. Proper nutrition provides the body with the necessary nutrients to function optimally and can help manage some symptoms of PD. Key aspects of Colin’s dietary approach include: Balanced Diet:  A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains helps provide essential vitamins and minerals that support overall health. Hydration:  Staying well-hydrated is crucial for maintaining bodily functions and managing symptoms like constipation, which can be a concern for people with Parkinson’s. Antioxidant-Rich Foods:  Foods high in antioxidants, such as berries, nuts, and leafy greens, help combat oxidative stress and may protect brain cells from damage. Healthy Fats:  Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts, support brain health and may reduce inflammation. The Impact of a Proactive Approach Colin Potter’s journey underscores the significant impact that exercise and nutrition can have on the lives of those with Parkinson’s Disease. By prioritizing these aspects, Colin has been able to maintain his mobility, manage his symptoms more effectively, and enhance his overall quality of life. His story serves as a powerful reminder that while Parkinson’s Disease presents many challenges, a proactive and holistic approach can lead to profound improvements in health and well-being. Tips for Managing Parkinson’s Disease For those looking to follow in Colin’s footsteps, here are some tips to consider: Consult with a Physical Therapist:  A physical therapist can create a personalized exercise program tailored to your specific needs and capabilities. Stay Consistent:  Regular, moderate exercise is more beneficial than occasional intense workouts. Consistency is key to reaping the benefits of physical activity. Listen to Your Body:  Pay attention to how your body responds to different exercises and adjust your routine as needed to avoid overexertion. Incorporate Variety:  Include different types of exercises in your routine to address strength, flexibility, balance, and cardiovascular health. Focus on Nutrition:  Maintain a balanced diet and stay hydrated. Consider consulting with a nutritionist to develop a meal plan that supports your health needs. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we understand the unique challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. Our in-home physical therapy program is designed to provide personalized care and support, helping you manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you achieve your health and wellness goals. For more insights into Colin Potter's journey and his approach to managing Parkinson's Disease, visit his website . 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  • Understanding the Difference Between Dizziness and Vertigo and How In-Home Physical Therapy Can Help.

    Dizziness and vertigo are two terms often used interchangeably, but they describe different sensations and have distinct causes. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we offer specialized in-home physical therapy to address these conditions, providing effective, personalized care in the comfort of your own home. What is Dizziness? Dizziness is a general term used to describe a range of sensations, such as feeling faint, woozy, weak, or unsteady. It is often associated with: Lightheadedness:  A feeling that you might faint. Imbalance:  Difficulty maintaining your balance, leading to unsteadiness. Disorientation:  A feeling of confusion or inability to focus. Common causes of dizziness include dehydration, sudden drops in blood pressure, certain medications, and various medical conditions like anemia or hypoglycemia. What is Vertigo? Vertigo is a specific type of dizziness characterized by the sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. Vertigo can be caused by problems in the inner ear (vestibular system), such as: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV):  Small crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and move into the semicircular canals, causing the sensation of spinning. Meniere’s Disease:  A disorder of the inner ear that can lead to vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. Vestibular Neuritis:  An inflammation of the vestibular nerve, often caused by an infection, which affects balance. How In-Home Physical Therapy Can Help At Achieva Rehabilitation, we offer comprehensive in-home physical therapy services to address dizziness and vertigo. Our approach is tailored to the specific needs of each patient, ensuring effective management and relief from symptoms. Here’s how we can help: 1. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Personalized Exercises:  Our physical therapists design exercises to improve balance and reduce dizziness by retraining the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system. Gaze Stabilization:  Exercises that help control eye movements, improving focus and reducing the sensation of spinning. Canalith Repositioning Maneuvers:  For conditions like BPPV, specific maneuvers, such as the Epley maneuver, are used to move dislodged crystals in the inner ear to a position where they no longer cause vertigo. 2. Balance Training Strengthening Exercises:  Strengthening the muscles in the legs and core to improve overall stability. Coordination Exercises:  Tasks designed to improve coordination and the ability to perform complex movements without losing balance. Functional Training:  Practicing daily activities in a controlled environment to build confidence and reduce the risk of falls. 3. Education and Lifestyle Modifications Fall Prevention:  Educating patients on how to prevent falls and manage dizziness in their daily lives. Hydration and Diet:  Advising on proper hydration and nutrition to prevent dizziness related to dehydration and blood sugar fluctuations. 4. Continuous Monitoring and Adjustment Progress Tracking:  Regular assessments to track improvement and adjust the treatment plan as needed. Patient Education:  Teaching patients and their families about the nature of dizziness and vertigo, and how to manage symptoms effectively. Keywords to Highlight Our Services In-home physical therapy Mobile physical therapy Physical therapy at home In-home rehab services Home-based physical therapy Elderly physical therapy at home Post-surgery physical therapy at home At Achieva Rehabilitation, our goal is to provide high-quality, convenient care that fits into your lifestyle. By offering in-home physical therapy, we ensure that you receive the attention and personalized treatment you need without the hassle of traveling to a clinic. Whether you are dealing with dizziness, vertigo, or other balance issues, our team is here to help you regain your stability and improve your quality of life. Visit our website  to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in managing dizziness and vertigo from the comfort of your home. More information on the difference between dizziness and vertigo... 888-929-7677

  • Managing Dizziness in Older Adults: A Guide from Achieva Rehabilitation

    As we age, experiencing dizziness can become more common and concerning. However, it's important to know that dizziness is not an inevitable part of aging, and there are effective ways to manage and even prevent it. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we specialize in in-home physical therapy designed to address the underlying causes of dizziness, helping to restore your quality of life. Common Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults Dizziness in older adults can stem from a variety of causes. Understanding these can help in preventing and managing the condition effectively: Vestibular Disorders : These affect the inner ear and balance. Common vestibular issues include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, and vestibular neuritis. Medications : Many older adults take multiple medications, some of which can cause dizziness as a side effect. Common culprits include blood pressure medications, sedatives, and antidepressants . Cardiovascular Issues : Conditions such as low blood pressure (hypotension), heart disease, and arrhythmias can lead to dizziness . Dehydration and Nutritional Deficiencies : Dehydration and deficiencies in essential nutrients like vitamin B12 can contribute to dizziness . Neurological Conditions : Diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and even migraines can cause dizziness . Anxiety and Mental Health Issues : Anxiety, depression, and stress can also manifest physically as dizziness . Preventing Dizziness: Tips for Older Adults Prevention is always better than cure. Here are some strategies to help reduce the risk of dizziness: Stay Hydrated : Drink plenty of water throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Healthy Diet : Ensure your diet includes a variety of nutrients, especially those that support nerve and brain health like B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Regular Exercise : Engage in regular physical activity to improve cardiovascular health and maintain balance. Exercises like walking, yoga, and Tai Chi are particularly beneficial. Monitor Medications : Regularly review your medications with your healthcare provider to minimize side effects that may cause dizziness. Manage Chronic Conditions : Keep chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease well-managed with regular check-ups and adherence to treatment plans. Avoid Sudden Movements : Stand up slowly from sitting or lying positions to prevent sudden drops in blood pressure that can cause dizziness. Managing Dizziness: What Can Be Done? If you experience dizziness, it’s crucial to seek help. Here’s how our in-home physical therapy at Achieva Rehabilitation can assist: Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) : This is a specialized form of therapy designed to address issues with the inner ear and balance. VRT includes exercises that help your brain compensate for the imbalance and reduce dizziness . Balance Training : We provide personalized balance training exercises to improve stability and prevent falls. This includes strength training for your legs and core, coordination exercises, and functional tasks to enhance your daily activities . Education and Lifestyle Modifications : Our therapists educate you on how to manage and mitigate dizziness in your daily life. This includes tips on posture, movement, and creating a safe home environment to reduce the risk of falls. Medication Review : Our team works closely with your healthcare providers to review and adjust medications that may contribute to dizziness. Restoring Quality of Life The most important takeaway is that dizziness is treatable, and there is definitely something that can be done to improve it. At Achieva Rehabilitation, our goal is to help you regain your balance, reduce dizziness, and restore your quality of life through comprehensive, personalized in-home physical therapy. For more information and to explore our services, visit our website at Achieva Rehabilitation . Don’t let dizziness dictate your life—take the first step towards better balance and well-being today! References: "Medication-Induced Dizziness in the Elderly," PubMed, National Library of Medicine. "Management of Cardiovascular Issues in the Elderly," American Heart Association. "The Importance of Hydration and Nutrition in Elderly Health," Journal of Geriatric Care. "Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy for Dizziness and Imbalance," Vestibular Disorders Association. "Balance Training and Fall Prevention in Older Adults," National Institute on Aging. "Anxiety, Depression, and Dizziness," Psychology Today. Here is an amazing story about the power of Vestibular Physical Therapy for Dizziness...

  • Vestibular Hypofunction and the Benefits of Vestibular Therapy with In-Home Physical Therapy

    Vestibular hypofunction is a condition where the inner ear balance system, known as the vestibular system, is not working properly. This can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, and difficulty with vision and coordination. At Achieva Rehabilitation, we offer specialized in-home physical therapy programs designed to address vestibular hypofunction and help you regain your balance and quality of life. What is Vestibular Hypofunction? Vestibular hypofunction occurs when there is reduced function in one or both parts of the vestibular system, which includes the inner ear structures and the brain pathways that help control balance and eye movements. Causes can include: Inner Ear Infections:  Infections such as labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis can damage the inner ear. Aging:  Natural degeneration of the inner ear structures. Head Injury:  Trauma that affects the inner ear or brain. Ototoxic Medications:  Certain drugs that can damage the inner ear. Symptoms of Vestibular Hypofunction Dizziness and Vertigo:  A sensation of spinning or moving. Imbalance and Unsteadiness:  Difficulty maintaining balance, especially in the dark or on uneven surfaces. Nausea:  Feeling sick to the stomach. Difficulty Focusing:  Trouble with vision when moving, such as reading or watching TV. The Role of Vestibular Therapy Vestibular therapy, also known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT), is a specialized form of physical therapy aimed at reducing dizziness, improving balance, and enhancing overall functional mobility for individuals with vestibular disorders. Key Components of Vestibular Therapy: Gaze Stabilization Exercises:  These exercises help improve control of eye movements so that vision remains clear during head movements. This can be crucial for tasks like reading or driving. Habituation Exercises:  These exercises reduce dizziness by repeatedly exposing the patient to the specific movements or environments that trigger their symptoms. Balance Training:  Exercises designed to improve overall stability and coordination, reducing the risk of falls. Functional Training:  Practicing daily activities and movements to build confidence and improve safety in everyday tasks. Benefits of In-Home Physical Therapy for Vestibular Hypofunction At Achieva Rehabilitation, our in-home physical therapy program offers numerous benefits for individuals dealing with vestibular hypofunction: Convenience:  Receive high-quality care in the comfort of your home, eliminating the need to travel, which can be challenging if you're experiencing dizziness. Personalized Attention:  One-on-one sessions with a licensed physical therapist ensure that your therapy is tailored to your specific needs and progress. Safe Environment:  Our therapists help you practice exercises and movements in your own home, making the transition to everyday activities safer and more effective. Continuous Monitoring:  Regular assessments allow us to track your progress and adjust your therapy plan as needed. Success Stories from Achieva Rehabilitation Our clients have experienced significant improvements through our in-home physical therapy programs. Here are a few highlights from our Google reviews: John M.  shared, "After struggling with dizziness for months, I started in-home therapy with Achieva. The personalized exercises made a world of difference. I can now move around my home with confidence." Susan L.  noted, "The convenience of having therapy at home was a game-changer. My balance improved dramatically, and I feel more secure walking in my neighborhood again." Robert K.  commented, "The one-on-one attention I received from my therapist was invaluable. I never felt rushed, and every session was focused on my needs. Highly recommend Achieva!" Conclusion Vestibular hypofunction can significantly impact your daily life, but with the right intervention, improvement is possible. Achieva Rehabilitation's in-home physical therapy program offers the perfect combination of expertise, personalized care, and convenience to help you manage and overcome symptoms of vestibular hypofunction. Don't let dizziness control your life—take the first step towards better balance and well-being with our specialized in-home physical therapy services. For more information about our services, visit our website  and discover how we can help you achieve your rehabilitation goals. Keywords:  in-home physical therapy, mobile physical therapy, physical therapy at home, in-home rehab services, home-based physical therapy, elderly physical therapy at home, post-surgery physical therapy at home. More great information about dizziness and vertigo... 888-929-7677

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