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Posted by Alex Beaty on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 07:07 PM

Breakfast:
Tea, not even of tsp of honey and a splash of unsweetened almond milk. 1/4 of an avocado on sprouted wheat berry toast (there are about 6 ingredients and 1 of them is water. Uses dates and raisins instead of sugar.) 10 almonds and 2 dates.

Before dance snack: Smoothie with banana, orange, flax, broccoli stalk (yup, has more calcium than they greens of broccoli) and a pit of frozen pineapple

After dance snack: pea protein shake with water

Lunch: 2/3 cup brown rice, baked cauliflower and steamed kale

snack: mint tea… not a snack

Dinner: made a veggie and millet soup and a massaged kale salad with cucumber, fennel and walnuts. (While the soup was cooking I made some sweet potatoes for later in the week) Oh ya, I had a kombucha with dinner that I just finished.

Hope  you guys a a great first day! Keep up to good work guys!!!

Lets see your stuff! :)

Tags: Clean eating challenge, Food

WSPT 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge

Posted by Alex Beaty on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Welcome to the WSPT 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge!

This blog will be hosted by Alex Beaty and will feature posts by you and your clean eating peers.

Best of luck and have fun getting healthier!food

Tags: nutrition, Healthy Eating, WSPT 30-Day Nutrition Challenge

Hello February

Posted by Daniel Seidler on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 09:37 AM

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This time of year it’s easy to do nothing. The holidays are over, we’ve forgotten our New Years resolutions and it’s cold outside. These are all excuses we use to veg out and get out of shape. During the colder months we tend to slow down, put on weight and lose mobility. Unfortunately, bad habits often lead to a downward cycle of increased weight gain and additional health problems. The deeper into this cycle we fall, the harder it is to recover and every year this challenge becomes even more difficult.

By exercising regularly or starting a physical therapy program you can start slowly. There’s very little pressure at this time of year. You won’t be trying to look good in a bathing suit for a few months. Your walking tour of Italy isn’t right around the corner. You have time to get off the couch and prepare yourself at a slow and steady pace. You can build slowly so that you’re ready to run that 5K in the spring or wear heels to your daughter’s wedding in June.

The challenges of feeling good and exercising are even more extreme if you are afflicted with a chronic condition such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). It’s even more important to take control of your health. Pharmaceuticals can help, but like so many other conditions, exercise is the most effective means of battling this condition. That’s why we’ve chosen to focus on RA for our WSPT University presentation this month. If you have RA or are affected by it any way we urge you attend our valuable seminar.

Whether you’ve been meaning to do something or you’ve just recently fallen off, now’s the time to take control of your health. Take care of your joints, your muscles, your weight. Sign-up to find out more.

 

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Tags: exercise, arthritis, Pain, WSPT, aquatic therapy

Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness

Posted by Physical Therapist on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 @ 01:22 PM

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Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that typically affects the small joints in your hands and feet. This particularly painful disease can cause other than just pain, swelling and can result in bone erosion and joint deformity.

Physical therapy can be particularly beneficial to those suffering with Rheumatoid arthritis.  Though it may be tempting to say, "I hurt too much today. I'll do my exercises tomorrow," a physical therapist will tell you: “don't give up!”  Exercise and conditioning the muscles surrounding an inflamed joint affected by rheumatoid arthritis can be some of the best things that you can do to decrease the painful symptoms.

Treatments may vary depending on the stage of Rheumatoid arthritis that you may be experiencing at a particular time.  During a “flare-up” stage, where the joints are extremely painful and warm, using cold compresses can help decrease inflammation cause by the arthritis and will help desensitize the area and joints affected.  Feeling stiff and sore around your affect joints?  Well warm therapy may be the perfect solution to the “calm” stage of rheumatoid arthritis.  Warm compresses or even a warm aquatic pool can help relief the “stiffness” that you may be experiencing at this particular time. 

Even though, currently, there is no “cure” to rheumatoid arthritis, choosing to make the right decisions, and following through with exercises and stretching guided by a skilled professional, may help you live a happier and better life and one that will have long term benefits. 

For information about RA sign-up for our educational seminar and join us Thursday, February 21st, 2013 at 12PM

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Tags: physical therapy, arthritis, Arthritis Education, Pain, WSPT

Staff Spotlight: Ayonna Procter

Posted by Christina Lewis on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 @ 02:05 PM

ayonna resized 600Ayonna received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. She moved to the New York area in 2012 in search for better opportunities and diversity. She believed "if i can make it here, I can make it anywhere". Her interest in physical therapy comes from years of playing competitive sports, including playing on the University of West Alabama's Division II basketball team.

 

Ayonna believes that the best rehabilitaition comes from a team effort, including both patients and fellow clinicians. She has a special interest in orthopedic/sports populations and enjoys finding unique and motivating methods to have her patients achieve their highest potential. Outside of work Ayonna enjoys spending time with family/friends, exercising and shopping.ayonnastretch resized 600

Fibromyalgia and Aquatic Therapy

Posted by Daniel Seidler on Mon, Dec 17, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

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Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome characterized by widespread non-articular pain, stiffness, multiple tender points and fatigue. Other common symptoms include diminished pain threshold, sleep disturbance, fatigue, headaches, morning stiffness, parasthesias, and anxiety. Nonrestorative sleep is common in FM. About 75% of patients report sleep disturbances, including early middle or late insomnia, hypersomnia and frequent awakening. The organic nature of the abnormal central pain processing in FM has been demonstrated in many studies.

Patients experience that symptoms have a severe impact on their function in everyday life, including such basic activities as walking and upper extremity activities of daily living (ADLs). Patients’ muscular performance is often found to be impaired(6-8).

Initially called fibrositis, the name was changed to fibromyalgia when it became evident that inflammation was not part of this condition. The prevalence of FM is reported to be 3.4% in women and 0.5% in men, affecting women from 7-10 times more than men. Demographic and social characteristics associated with the presence of FM are Western culture, female gender, failing to complete high school, low income status and depression.

The etiology and pathogenesis of FM remain relatively unknown. In different patients, FM has had differing origins. Some patients report having FM symptoms since childhood. Others slowly develop FM in adulthood or become afflicted with FM following a traumatic or stressful incident. Patients have also reported “waking one morning with flu-like aches,” but never getting ill, just staying in pain. Commonly, there is an association with childhood stress or prolonged or severe stress.

Treatment of FM often involves a combination of medication, nutrition, physical therapy (PT) and psychological counseling. PT can be challenging because the overall objective is to increase movement, activity, and function. This can initially exacerbate the symptoms of FM, particularly if too aggressive of an approach is taken. The fine line a PT normally has to take in the progression of an exercise program is even more sensitive for patients with FM.

PTs are aware of the hazards of treating patients with FM, but often find themselves without the tools to effectively treat these patients. Pain modalities and soft tissue mobilization provide short-term relief, but do little to progress the patient towards their goals. Exercise can be intolerable due to pain and many FM patients drop out of their PT program due to the pain and discomfort they experience during or after exercise.

A proven solution to this dilemma for patients with FM is aquatic therapy. The buoyancy of water provides a weightless feeling to patients that often feel “weighed down,” movement is facilitated by the viscosity of water, and a warm pool (90F) all provide relief that FM patients don’t experience elsewhere. There is no risk of dropping a weight on one’s foot, overexertion is improbable and there is minimal risk of gravity forcing a joint into an angle beyond the normal range of motion. These positive attributes all contribute to the safe environment of an aquatic exercise program, helping the patient with FM overcome the roadblocks that lead to the avoidance of exercise, making them more likely to participate.

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Munguia-Izquierdo and Legaz-Arrese found that an exercise therapy program with moderate intensity performed 3 times a week for 16 weeks in a chest-high pool of warm water (32C) has no apparent negative effects and improves, pain, sleep quality, and physical and cognitive function, causing a great adherence to exercise in previously unfit women with heightened and long FM symptomatology. This shows that aquatic therapy achieves the major objectives of an FM exercise program – increased function, relief of the predominant symptoms and patient adherence to a program.

With the objective of progressing from gentle movement to increasing velocity and resistance, and eventually to functional activities, aquatic therapy should be a part of every FM patient’s program.

To learn more about Fibromyalgia and effective treatment, join us for an informative seminar on Wednesday December 19, 2012 at Noon

Tags: Bronx, physical therapy, PT, Fibro, Fibromyalgia, Pool, Pain, WSPT, aquatic therapy

The Physical Therapy Singularity

Posted by Daniel Seidler on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:43 PM

kurzweil resized 600Ray Kurzweil blew my mind the other night. His credentials as an inventor, scientist and entrepreneur are rivaled only by Edison and Einstein. He has his hand in so many arenas, all related to his world view of the exponential growth of technology in juxtaposition to our linear view of time. He talked about how rapidly something like computer processing is currently progressing. An iphone is billions times more powerful than the most advanced computer of 50 years ago - and it’s a million times less expensive. A teenager with a smartphone in Africa has access to more information than President Clinton did when he was the ruler of the free world.

Kurzweil’s massive theory, his “relativity,” is Singularity. He didn’t invent the concept, but he has popularized it in his writing. For Kurzweil, the Singularity is defined by a massive expansion of human intelligence and the potential for immortality facilitated by computer superintelligence.

Factors influencing this nearing possibility are:
  • The falling cost of manufacturing transistors
  • The rising clock speed of microprocessors
  • The plummeting price of dynamic RAM
  • The falling cost of sequencing DNA
  • The decreasing cost of wireless data service
  • The rising numbers of Internet hosts and nanotechnology patents


If these predictable trends continue, he anticipates the Singularity to occur around 2045.
What does that mean for our physical existence? I can foresee a distant future where we just download our brains onto a hard drive and exist as heads in a jar. Even the benefits of exercise could potentially be simulated with software programming. Isn’t all experience just our perception of what is happening? How is doing something any different than simply thinking, feeling and believing that we are actually doing it?

Imagine your brain could be programmed to simulate the experience of you riding a mountain bike through the woods of Aspen, programmed in such detail that you experience every sensation that you would if you were actually on that trail. You could even have the full sensation smelling the trees and feeling the bumps or falling off your bike and bruising your shoulder. Except your shoulder wouldn’t be bruised and you could get right back on the trail, at least in your mind.

That may be a bit far-fetched. So, more realistic is the arriving prevalence ofnanobots resized 600 nanotechnology in medicine. As per Sahoo in “Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine,” “...materials and devices designed to interact with the body at subcellular (i.e., molecular) scales with a high degree of specificity. This can be potentially translated into targeted cellular and tissue-specific clinical applications designed to achieve maximal therapeutic efficacy with minimal side effects.” The applications are endless. What if there were procedures that instantly cured patients with either rejuvenating cell injections or microbots that mended broken bones and ligaments and eradicated diseases. That time may not be far off. It may be sooner than you think.

I have to wonder when PTs will become obsolete. (Hopefully, not in my lifetime.) For now, we help our patients recover from injuries, regain normal function, and manage arthritis and complications from diabetes. We are an adjunct to medications and surgery for many patients. We are an essential piece of the medical puzzle. Even if physical recovery is significantly expedited, neural and muscular re-education still has to occur. People still need to relearn how to walk, run, throw a ball.


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In Kurzweil’s world, maybe technology advances us to the point where the Marine is given injections to recreate his original arm, but we’re not there yet. Maybe there won’t even be any more war. We’re definitely not there yet. For now, we still have injuries, diseases and traditional rehabilitation. Medicine and surgery works wonders and PT is an important piece of the medical solution.

Tags: physical therapy, arthritis, diabetes, WSPT, rehab, rehabilitation, Kurzweil, singularity, prosthesis, prosthetics

Effective Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy

Posted by Daniel Seidler on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 04:54 PM

People with diabetes often experience the effects of diabetic neuropathy. Symptoms include pain, tingling and numbness. As a result, diabetic neuropathy often leads sufferers to become less active which only makes the symptoms worse. Neuropathy can’t be cured, but if you do have it, the good news is that it can be managed and you can lead a normal life.anodyne therapy diabetes

With a few simple tips, you can effectively decrease your diabetic neuropathy symptoms.

The 6 most effective ways to manage Diabetic Neuropathy:

  1. Examine your feet every day. A small cut or blister can turn into an ulcer in less than a week. Inspect both feet entirely either using a mirror or having a family member assist you.
  2. Wear properly fitting footwear. Large or small shoes can cause blisters that lead to larger complications.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Large fluctuations in sugar levels can exacerbate symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy.
  4. Physical therapy modalities, including massage and infrared light treatment (often referred to as Anodyne Therapy) can reduce pain and enable increased activity.
  5. Be active. Decreased activity leads to weak muscles and stiff joints. Movement and activity increases healthy blood flow to the extremities, minimizing the effects of neuropathy.
  6. Rest and repair. Sleep deprivation has been shown to increase susceptibility to diabetes and increase symptoms. Consistently get 7-8 hours of sleep per night to reverse that effect.


If you have diabetes and diabetic neuropathy, follow these simple rules and you’ll find that your symptoms will reduce significantly. If you’d like more information on the management of diabetic neuropathy visit us at http://www.wspt.org/diabetes/. For Anodyne Therapy treatment call 914.771.9666 to schedule an appointment.

Tags: diabetes, diabetic neuropathy, Pain, feet, yonkers

Run Smart Book Review

Posted by Daniel Seidler on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 09:44 AM

RunSmart: A Comprehensive Approach to Injury-Free Running
by Allan Besselink
Run Smart

People run for a variety of reasons - fitness, racing, weight loss and overall well-being are just a few. The mistake many people make is that they assume that because running is such a natural activity, they don’t have to put much conscious thought into their technique or planning of their running program.

Allan Besselink, PT, DipMPT has written a comprehensive guide to running from a scientific and evidence-based approach. Allan is a physical therapist in Austin, TX. He’s worked with the US National Track and Field team on three occasions. He’s an adjunct faculty/clinical instructor at Texas State University and Austin Community College. As a coach, he’s had athletes qualify for the Ironman World Championship and the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. He’s currently a running coach for RunTex University.

Besselink provides for anyone, beginners to experienced runners, an entire framework of running technique, drills and planning. This guide is a roadmap to progress runners to faster times, more effective training or just a more enjoyable, pain-free running experience.

A guiding principle of Run Smart is that the human body has the ability to adapt to change if done properly with enough rest for recovery. Progress, such as more strength, increased mileage, or faster times occur if we provide a stimulus and then allow the body to accommodate to the new stress. According to Besselink, “Injury-free running is simply a case of balancing the rate of application of training loads with the rate of recovery and adaptation to those loads.” In other words, choose your speed, distance or challenging terrain, but not until you are ready and then allow your body to recover from any increases.

Sections of the book include:
  • Training
  • Sports Performance
  • Recovery-Centered Training
  • Mechanical Loading Strategies
  • Cognitive Loading Strategies
  • Nutritional Loading Strategies
  • Special Topics
    • Going Longer
    • Training in the Heat
    • Running for Triathletes
    • Footwear
  • The Injured Runner

Some of these topics may sound very technical, and at times they are. This book definitely speaks to health professionals, trainers and coaches, but it also is appropriate for anyone who wants to take a conscious approach to running and training.

For example, in the Mechanical Loading section, Besselink lays out his RunSmart Pyramid. This  demonstrates the progression of a running program from assessment and goal setting to strength training, plyometrics, running drills, neuromuscular power training and neuromuscular efficiency training. Each of these steps is described in detail in the Mechanical Loading section. The subsections on strength training, plyometrics, and drills are complete with exercise descriptions and images. They are easy to understand and apply to any running program.

As a PT I have already used RunSmart as a valuable resource for injured patients. As a running coach, I have employed the basic principles and many of the exercises in the book for my 6-week 5K program. Lastly, I’ve put many of the ideas into practice for my own running purposes. I feel very fortunate to have come across this great book. I now recommend it to everyone I know who runs.

“RunSmart” is not a book about the evolution of running like “Born to Run.” It is not a detailed encyclopedia, rife with pacing charts and specific training programs like Jack Daniels’ “Running Formula.” Instead, in “RunSmart” Besseling has laid out a simple, big picture, evidence-based outline of how to be a more effective runner without getting injured. Shouldn’t that be every runner’s number one goal?

For more information on Run Smart, visit www.allanbesselink.com.

Tags: running, Daniel Seidler, PT, book review, running exercise, training, weight loss

Staff Spotlight: Lauren Figueroa

Posted by Christina Lewis on Tue, Oct 02, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

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Lauren, affectionately called Lo Lo, has been a part of the WSPT family for 2 years.
 
Starting off as a part-time receptionist in October 2010 and moving up the ranks to her current position as Front Office Assistant Manager. Lauren is a vital part of this team keeping the front desk tight and always pleasant.

The mother of two beautiful girls, Jayla (2 years old) and Jenna (8 months), Lauren enjoys spending quality time with her girls doing arts and crafts, working out and playing basketball. On her own since the age of eighteen, Lauren prides herself on her ambitious and hardworking character. With an Associate’s of Applied Science in Medical Assisting and a certification in CPR, she hopes within the next 5 years to obtain her Bachelor’s in Nursing and eventually become a midwife.

When asked what she likes most about working at WSPT, Lauren responds, “I love that it’s more like a family. The atmosphere is comfortable and multi-cultural; with an easy-going and friendly staff. Plus, I have the opportunity to have an Ironman as my boss!"

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