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Have general chronic low back pain? Then you need to get moving. Studies have shown that Physical Therapy can help alleviate or prevent low back pain recurrence. One recent study found that a rehabilitation plan that includes Pilates was an effective way to improve pain, function, and quality of life. If you need help with your low back pain or any other pain contact us and ask about our VIP PT program

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Body blade,

this odd looking piece of equipment is a great way to work on coordination and stability at home.
Studies have shown that using the Body Blade in multiple positions can help improve spinal (core) stability. It has been noted that larger movements results in great recruitment of the internal and external obliques. Keep in mind you should begin with lower level spinal stabilization exercise including the pelvic tilt prior to initiating large movements.

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BodyBlade Core X-Trainer

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We first encountered the TRX system in a gym class. Following class we immediately purchased one as we saw the benefit for our clients looking to get fit at home and our VIP PT clients working on rehabilitation. 

This system is a great way to get body weight based exercises in at home with minimal space. 

Click here for sample exercises one can perform using the TRX.

To learn more about the TRX or to purchase one for yourself click the image below.

 

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Dealing with chronic low back pain?

A recent study in the Journal of Physical Therapy found that 12 sessions of modified pilates based physical therapy exercises over a 6 week time frame resulted in less back pain and less disability.
The study also found that working one on one with a therapist was more beneficial than receiving a pamphlet and 'doing it yourself'.
To get yourself out of pain, contact us for one of one care. VIP PT

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Q&A with Cathy A. Shea, M.S., Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist

 

I was working with a client who was actively going thru chemotherapy. As we continued working together she often requested that I send a copy of her exercises to her personal trainer. When the client mentioned her trainer was a Certified Cancer Exercise Specialist I knew we needed to connect. Cathy and I met at her studio and since then we have partnered several times to offer Physical Therapy and Personal Training to clients. We share a common passion for the wellness of our clients and their families.  Blending our backgrounds enables us to widen our ability to reach a diverse group of people and achieve our clients goals.  Look at the below Q&A to learn more about Cathy.

 


How long has your passion been helping people reach their fitness goals?

I became a Certified Personal Trainer when I was 20 years old; 28 years ago. I have never lost sight of my passion to help people make changes in their lives

what has been the biggest challenge you have found in helping reach their fitness goals?

The commitment from a client is always a big challenge. It takes time, scheduling, and rearranging priorities. Many individuals struggle with staying motivated and dedicated.  This presents a challenge. Motivation is driven from inside a person. Unfortunately, I am not able to do the work for the client.

When did you become interested in specializing in exercises for cancer survivors

My Mother passed away two years ago from cancer. It was during her illness that I realized I felt a “calling” to become more involved with helping those stricken with cancer.

Since beginning your journey with specialization into a cancer exercise specialist what have been the surprises along the way?

A big surprise is insurance companies are unwilling to assist in reimbursement for my specialty. Many of my clients cannot afford additional expenses while they are undergoing treatment.

what has been the biggest challenge you have faced with your specialization?

Loosing a client to the devastating disease. I become emotionally attached to my clients and their families. I feel the loss on a deep level when a client faces death due to cancer.

how do you personally stay fit/healthy?

I have been a marathon runner for 27 years. I also combine weight training, Pilates, Yoga, and resistance training in my weekly routine.

what are you core beliefs around health?

I believe heath is similar to spokes on a wheel. It includes physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and environmental wellness. If one spoke on the wheel is “off”, the entire wheel will wobble. I believe it is important to balance our lives as the spokes balance the wheel.

 

To Learn more about Cathy and and her great services visit Http://www.exerciseagainstcancer.com

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Diabetes and exercise

 

Did you know that the number of Diabetics is expected to rise to 366 million in the year 2030. Exercises and nutrition are key components to avoiding the development of Type 2 Diabetes. Did you know that if you already have developed diabetes that it is recommended that you participate in > 150 minutes of exercise a week just to maintain your health? If you are diabetic and trying to lose weight the number rises to 250 minutes of exercise per week. Get in the healthy habit now.

 

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Have knee pain? A recent study found that muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise are effective means of pain relief. The type of exercise that was most effective in the short term was non-weight bearing strengthening exercises. To learn more about exercises to relieve pain schedule a consult with us.

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  A recent study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found that at least two exercise sessions per week are critical on impacting bone and muscle mass in subject over 65 years of age. Having greater bone and muscle mass can make a huge impact on independence, morbidity and mortality in the elderly.  Get in the habit of exercise now for better health later.

 

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