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Postural Restoration for Children

At the last Capitol District Physical Therapy Association meeting, my colleague, Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC, offered a terrific presentation on how she uses principles of Postural Restoration with children.

Lisa reminded participants that the human body is inherently asymmetrical and is biased toward patterns of extension. Sensory awareness of posture, the ground, and the environment contribute significantly to the development of movement patterns and postures. These concepts apply to humans of all ages, however, in her talk we explored these ideas in the context of pediatric physical therapy.

Lisa referred to children with scoliosis, those who walk on their toes, who appear to have difficulty with upright stability or have difficulty sitting still. Some of these children have a hard time standing on one leg or alternating their feet, as when climbing, skipping or stepping and many of them have breathing disorders. Other children will have more involved conditions making coordination and posture a clear challenge. Lisa offered an image of a child that demonstrates a typical pattern of postural instability and poor motor control.
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In this image, we can see a child that “hangs” onto her joints for stability, her knees are locked out, her pelvis is rotated forward, her low back is overextended, her rib cage is elevated and her head is forward. This is a child that will likely be challenged by human movements and perhaps injured by strenuous activities as her joints tend to rest in vulnerable positions.  Lisa showed us how she incorporates play and creative activities to help these children gain core control and improve joint position.
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This child is holding a safe, core activating posture as she blows little objects towards her feet (the goal posts!) through a straw. The inclusion of respiratory muscles for core muscle development is a foundational part of Postural Restoration.
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Everyone loves Twister!!! Lisa works with a child on motor control and core muscle activation and she thought she was just having fun!
We got to see an amazing before and after video of a child that had tremendous difficulty alternating her feet during skipping. In the video taken 9 months later, this kid looked terrific! It was lovely to see such dramatic changes take place that we feel so strongly will lead to healthier ongoing development and finally healthier adults.
If you would like to speak with Lisa about a child in your life, and or have your child evaluated for posture or movement challenges, feel free to give us a call at: 919-932-7266.

Schroth based Scoliosis Treatment in the Physical Therapy World

jean pictureOn 3/19/15, Jean Masse, PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC, was invited to speak to the UNC Physical Therapy Class of 2017 about scoliosis. Jean gave an eloquent and enlightening presentation to these students, inviting them to explore rehabilitation techniques utilized in Europe for nearly 100 years, but only recognized in the US beginning in 2008. The Schroth Method is based on the understanding that scoliosis is a 3 dimensional (3 planes of movement), asymmetrical development. Treating it with simple side bending activities or core strengthening activities does not address the 3 dimensional, asymmetrical changes. X-ray visualization of the spine helps clarify the unique, 3 dimensional pattern of each patient. This is followed by a thorough evaluation of multiple factors. Scoliosis specific rehabilitation can then be tailored to the specific curve pattern of each patient. This approach is not currently taught in PT schools in the United States. The students expressed great interest by their many questions. Jean covered many relevant topics including early indicators for scoliosis in young children and adolescents, how to read an X-ray, introduction to the Schroth curve types, examples of bracing as well as rehabilitation activities. She led the students through the Schroth pelvic corrections technique giving them a personal experience of the specificity required to perform these activities correctly. It was so well received that we had the idea to make this presentation available to others who might be interested. Jean will present this lecture again at Advance Physical Therapy on May 7th, from 6:00 -8:00 PM. Light refreshments will be served. Please call ahead to register your attendance at this special event since seating is limited. Phone: 919-932-7266

Chi Walking at Advance Physical Therapy: January 2015

ChiWalking logoThe dates & the times for the January ChiWalking workshop are:

Dates: Saturdays (January 10 & 24)

Time: 1:30–3:00

Let me know if you would like to attend this workshop. See below for more workshop details.

Happy Holidays, Beth

         

Walk effortlessly and injury-free by learning how to walk biomechanically.

ChiWalking is the most exciting walking instruction available.  Walkers get injured because of being tense, walking upright, and leading with their legs.  ChiWalking has you moving from your core muscles, while relaxing the rest of your body. This, combined with engaging gravity, makes walking effortless and injury-free. This is the essence of ChiWalking – relax and let your body do what it was built to do, walk faster and easier and leave injuries behind.

Since walking is such a basic, every day movement, when one’s walking form is improved, the benefits are far-reaching.

Workshop Information:

Open to all: all levels, any age, injured or not

Instructor: Beth Elder  (contact information:  (919) 949-6058    belder25@gmail.com)

Dates: Saturdays (January 10 & 24)

Time: 1:30–3:00

Registration no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, 1/2/15

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions (Payment due at time of registration)

Location:  Advance Physical Therapy, 77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (between Whole Foods and Staples)

Private workshops and lessons are available by request.

Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn the basic components of the ChiWalking technique. You will get lots of personal attention. The workshop will provide you with a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you walk effortlessly and injury-free for the rest of your life.

Class Format: I will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiWalking technique feels like in your body.  We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills…the nature of the workshop will be relaxed and fun.

The workshop will be held outside, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please bring snacks and water, if needed.

 

Beth Elderbeth

ChiRunning and ChiWalking Certified Instructor

NASM and ACE Certified Personal Trainer

PCC Pilates Certified Instructor

Functional Movement Systems Certified Instructor

TRX Certified Instructor

(919) 949-6058

belder25@gmail.com

ChiRunning Workshop at Advance Physical Therapy

 

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Do you want to run as you were born to run – injury-free and effortlessly?

ChiRunning is the most exciting running instruction available.  Runners get injured because of being tense, running upright, and leading with their legs. ChiRunning accomplishes injury prevention and energy efficiency by teaching you how to run aligned, relax your body, use your core, and lean to allow gravity to pull you forward. This is the essence of ChiRunning – relax and let your body do what it was built to do, leave stress, strain, and injury behind.

A ChiRunning workshop participant wrote me the following:

Hey Beth – I had a great run during the Tobacco Rd half-marathon on Sunday.  I used the Chi Running techniques I learned in your classes and they were so helpful!  I am a slower paced runner, so realistically my goal was to finish in 2:20 and absolutely no later than 2:30.  I finished in 2:09:54!!  I’m thrilled with my results. And no knee and hip pain for the first time ever!! Not even after the run – shear JOY!! I had a blast.  I wanted to share with you my wonderful experience! Thank You!!  – Amy 

Join me for two sessions and learn to run for the rest of your life!

Workshop Information:

Open to all:  all levels, any age, injured or not

Instructor: Beth Elder  (contact information:  (919) 949-6058    belder25@gmail.com)

Dates: Saturdays (Dec. 6 & 13)

Time: 1:30-3:00

Registration: no later Friday, 11/28/14

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions. Each session is 1 ½ hour long.

(Payment due at time of registration)

Location: Advance Physical Therapy, 77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (between Whole Foods and Staples)

 

Private workshops and lessons are available by request.

 

Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn the basic components of the ChiRunning technique. You will get lots of personal attention. The workshop will provide you with a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you run injury-free for the rest of your life.

Class Format: I will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiRunning technique feels like in your body.  We will not be doing lots of running (contrary to what you might imagine), so no matter what condition you are in, have no fear.  We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills…the nature of the workshop will be relaxed and fun.

The workshop will be held outside, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

Please bring snacks and water, if needed.

—-beth

Beth Elder

ChiRunning and ChiWalking Certified Instructor

NASM and ACE Certified Personal Trainer

PCC Pilates Certified Instructor

Functional Movement Systems Certified Instructor

TRX Certified Instructor

(919) 949-6058

belder25@gmail.com

Advance Physical Therapy and Fleet Feet Sports Wraps Up Winter Coat Collection for Area Children

Coats for kids

Dear Friends,

On October 19th we concluded our winter coat collection drive.   Together with Fleet Feet Sports we were able to collect 28 winter coats.   All of the donations went to the John Avery Boys and Girls Club of Durham; this organization provides a safe and warm place for kids to learn, grow and have fun.

Thank you to everyone who helped in donating and collecting winter coats for this effort. We all helped in giving the gift of warmth and health to local children this winter season!

Warmly,

Matthew Harwood, physical therapist at Advance Physical Therapy

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New ChiWalking Workshop in November

Beth working with a participant on body position

Beth working with a participant on body position

November ChiWalking workshop dates & times are:

Dates: Saturdays (Nov. 8 & 15)

Time: 1:30–3:00   

Walk effortlessly and injury-free by learning how to walk biomechanically.

ChiWalking is the most exciting walking instruction available.  Walkers get injured because of being tense, walking upright, and leading with their legs.  ChiWalking has you moving from your core muscles, while relaxing the rest of your body. This, combined with engaging gravity, makes walking effortless and injury-free. This is the essence of ChiWalking – relax and let your body do what it was built to do, walk faster and easier and leave injuries behind.

Since walking is such a basic, every day movement, when one’s walking form is improved, the benefits are far-reaching.

Workshop Information:

Open to all: all levels, any age, injured or not

Instructor: Beth Elder  (contact information:  (919) 949-6058    belder25@gmail.com)

Dates: Saturdays (Nov. 8 & 15)

Time: 1:30–3:00

Registration no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, 10/31/14

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions (Payment due at time of registration)

Location:  Advance Physical Therapy, 77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (between Whole Foods and Staples)

Private workshops and lessons are available by request.

Workshop Details:

In this workshop, you will learn the basic components of the ChiWalking technique. You will get lots of personal attention. The workshop will provide you with a rich learning experience packed with good information to help you walk effortlessly and injury-free for the rest of your life.

Class Format: I will be guiding you through many exercises and drills designed to leave you with a clear sense of what the ChiWalking technique feels like in your body.  We will spend time alternating between demonstrations, fun exercises and technique drills…the nature of the workshop will be relaxed and fun.

The workshop will be held outside, so check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Please bring snacks and water, if needed.

——

bethBeth Elder

ChiRunning and ChiWalking Certified Instructor

NASM and ACE Certified Personal Trainer

PCC Pilates Certified Instructor

Functional Movement Systems Certified Instructor

TRX Certified Instructor

(919) 949-6058

belder25@gmail.com

Coats For Kids Update

We still need more coat donations!

Dear friends,

I want to thank you for all the coat donations we have received so far for our Coats for Kids effort. But we still need more coats and we need your help. Let’s try to help as many children that we can!

My inspiration to initiate this effort comes from a couple of places. First, I recently become a father and I understand the wants of a parent to provide for their child, but maybe not all parents have the resources to do this. Also, last winter was extremely cold for our area and the forecast for this winter is to be the same or colder.

NOW is the best time to look into your closets or ask your family, friends and neighbors with children if they have outgrown winter coats that they could donate to our Coats for Kids!

Follow this link to learn about how to donate:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k8FzP7fULA&list=UUwnoVYi2EzOzAu2YGQ0uWkw

“I know there are so many causes to help with in today’s world.   Please consider assisting our cause which will directly help an area child stay warm this winter.”

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Thank you for your help in this effort,

Matthew Harwood, PT, DPT, OCS at Advance Physical Therapy

photoWhy Donate?  Because coats become outgrown quickly in a growing child. Rather than donating to a cause and not knowing who it is going to, donate your coats/jackets to a cause that is for local children.   The John Avery Boys and Girls Club serves children who did not have proper coats last winter. Their directors have told us that they had children come to the center in light jackets and sweat shirts.

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Here is how you can help!

What are we collecting? We are asking for new or gently used coats for girls and boys, ages 6-18.

Where can you make donations? Donations can dropped off at the Fleet Feet Sports stores in Carrborro and Durham.

When can you donate? Today, Tomorrow, Any day from now until October 16th!

Give the Gift of Warmth for a Healthy Winter Season

John Avery B and G club 2Being cold takes the fun out of winter.  Last winter was especially cold and nasty for us in the greater triangle region.  Thinking about this may make you cringe and go searching for your winter jacket!   For some children in our community, last winter was endured without the warmth of a winter coat.  During a recent conversation with the coordinators of Durham’s John Avery Boys and Girls Club, Greg Greene and Arielle Williams told us;  winter is especially hard for some of their club’s children.  They tell us children show up to the center in the middle of winter with only a light jacket or a sweatshirt.  Please join Advance Physical Therapy and Fleet Feet Sports in collecting contributions of new and/or gently used coats for children at Durham’s John Avery Boys and Girl club, (www.johnavery.org.) before this year’s wintery season knocks at our doorstep!    kid playing in snow

Here is how you can help.  Bring in your donation of new or gently used coats for girls and boys ages 6- 18 years to any of our three collection locations.   We will be collecting contributions from August 19th through October 15th.   Please tell your family, friends and neighbors to donate and make a difference for a child this winter!

You can drop off coats at any of these three locations or give us a call for more information at (919) 932-7266:

 

Advance Physical Therapy:   77 South Elliott St., Chapel Hill NC,  http://advance-physicaltherapy.com/directions/

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Fleet Feet Sports in Carborro:  300 E. Main Street Unit C  Carrboro, NC 27510, http://www.fleetfeetcarrboro.com/about/directions/carrboro-store

FF_horizFleet Feet Sports in Durham :  6807 Fayetteville Road Suite 105  Durham, NC 27713, http://www.fleetfeetcarrboro.com/about/directions/durham-store

Come See What We Do

We would like to welcome our colleagues, friends, clients and patients to a free public lecture reviewing the history, background and general “nuts and bolts” of the powerful work we are doing to address curvature of the spine.

“The Influence of Position and Breath In the Treatment of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis using Postural Restoration and Schroth Methodologies”.

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The lecture will be given by Susan Henning PT, PRC, BSPTS Schroth certified.  We are passionate about treating curvature of the spine early and aggressively, and are eager to educate and inform as many practitioners, parents and patients who may notice or be affected by curvature of the spine – like scoliosis or kyphosis.  We hope to see you there.

Where: Advance Physical Therapy – Certified Postural Restoration Center

77 South Elliott Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 932-7266 (please call to register for attendance as seating is limited)

When: Thursday August 7th, 2014

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

light refreshments provided

Concerns about the way your child or a child you know is moving??

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ADVANCE PHYSICAL THERAPY’S Pediatric Physical Therapist Specialist is offering FREE PEDIATRIC MOVEMENT SCREENINGS Wednesdays in July and August from 12-2 pm. Bring your child and/or talk to our specialist. Call ahead at (919) 932-7266 to reserve a time.

Lisa Mangino PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT

Lisa Mangino PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT