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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

GET READY FOR THE TARHEEL 10 MILER

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            Race day for this year’s Tar Heel 10 Miler is just around the corner on April 26th!  Matthew Harwood, PT, DPT, OCS from Advance Physical Therapy shares his thoughts about efficient running form and running Laurel Hill!

The Tar Heel 10 Miler is a fun and challenging race for runners.  I have noticed a trend in seeing runners who suffered either a new injury or made an injury worse when running on the last 4 miles of the course, which includes Laurel Hill.  

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This particular section of the course features a lot of running down and up hills.  Running hills is challenging because the demand on our muscles and joints in our legs, ankles and feet increases.  Also, when we run uphill especially, the tendency will be to arch your back more and loose position in your mid-trunk around your ribcage and pelvis.  The ability to efficiently use the gluteal and hip muscles becomes less, and the runner will push off more from their legs and feet. These types of compensations will affect how a runner uses their legs and feet when they run.  When you combine inefficient running form with the physical demands of running up and down hills and also being fatigued at miles 8 through 9 of the race, then the risk for injury and delayed recovery for healing afterwards becomes greater.

To help reduce risk for injury in your legs and feet, Matthew advocates including hills as part of your training preparation. “Achilles tendon, lower leg muscle strains and plantar-fascia pain are the more common injuries I have treated for participants who have completed this race.  In order to finish the race strong and recover afterwards it is important to prepare well and seek injury management and runner specific physical therapy early before race day.  

Learn tips for running Laurel Hill by watching an instructional video by Matthew:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhv4vnkpJJc

Follow this link to learn more about Advance Physical Therapy’s running program:

http://advance-physicaltherapy.com/postural-restoration-running-program/

Hi Runners – New ChiRunning Workshop

 

You are welcome to participate in the upcoming ChiRunning workshop.beth

Dates & times are:

Dates: Saturdays (May 10 & 31st) 

Time: 10:00 – 11:30

See below for more workshop details. 

Have fun running forever, Beth

ChiRunning Workshop

Instructor: Beth Elder

 

          Do you want to run as you were born to run – injury-free and effortlessly? Then come to the ChiRunning workshop I am offering.

            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 (May 10 & 31)

Time:10:00-11:30

Registration: no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, 5/2/14

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. Since this workshop is a small group format, 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.

New ChiRunning Workshop at Advance Physical Therapy

ChiRunning logoChiRunning workshop

Dates: Saturdays (Nov. 23 & Dec. 7)

Time: 1:30 – 3:00

See below for more workshop details.

Hope you can attend, Beth

ChiRunning Workshop

Instructor: Beth Elder

          Do you want to run as you were born to run – injury-free and effortlessly? Then come to the Small Group ChiRunning workshop I am offering.

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 (Nov. 23 & Dec. 7)

Time: 1:30 – 3:00

Registration: no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, 11/15/13 (Space limited to 6 participants)

Fee: $70 total for the 2 sessions. Each session is 1 ½ hour long.  Repeat participants only 35.00.

(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. Since this workshop is a small group format, 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.

Upcoming November ChiWalking workshop

ChiWalking logoSee dates/times below. Let me know if you would like to sign up. Would love to have you, Beth

DatesSundays (Nov. 3 & 17)

Time: 1:30 – 3:00

ChiWalking Workshop

Instructor: Beth Elder         

            Walk and hike effortlessly and injury-free by learning how to walk biomechanically.  Attend the Small Group ChiWalking workshop I am offering.

            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: Sundays (Nov. 3 & 17)

Time:1:30 – 3:00

Registration no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, 10/25/13 (Space limited to 6 participants)

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. Since this workshop is a small group format, 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.

Find a need and fill it. ~Ruth Stafford Peale

I have been a member of the Community Church of Chapel Hill for over 15 years.  As a PT, I have occasionally visited church members in the hospital to help out if needed, I have adjusted a few canes over the years, and even seen a few members as patients in the clinic.   However, over the past year or two in particular, a troubling trend of falls and injuries among members of my church began to ring alarm bells in my head.

I discussed the problem with my co-worker Matthew Harwood DPT, PT, OCS and he was quick to come up with a comprehensive screening program to determine balance problems and calculate fall risk.  Our newest staff member Nancy Toole PT, was happy to jump in when she learned of our plan to implement a balance and fall risk screen at the church.

Nancy Toole PT, Matthew Harwood PT, DPT, OCS, Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC happy to be screening at risk adults for balance issues

Nancy Toole PT, Matthew Harwood PT, DPT, OCS, Jean Masse PT, DPT, OCS, ATC happy to be screening at risk adults for balance issues

I guessed we would have about 6 to 10 folks, but printed out extra forms, just in case.  With the help of the church caring committee  – who know all too well the awful consequences of falls on our church members, WE WERE SWAMPED!  We got through 16 screens in about 2 hours.  We identified some folks who were unaware they were at, or close to values consistent with the likelihood of a fall in the next year.  After discussing specifics about individual performance on the screen and the related risk of falling, we also provided options for local activities and services available to help.  Click here for our list of community resources.

We won’t know if the screening last week will prevent future falls, but something in my head said “This is a need, and you are filling it”.  Nancy, Matthew and I were so pleased to be able to provide this community service in hopes of preventing falls.  If you have a large group, and would like us to come in to perform free balance screening, just give us a call at the clinic (919) 932-7266 and we will try to accommodate your request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Don’t be the person who fell, be the person who got back up” -Jenette Stanley

 

Fall Prevention and Management Program at Advance Physical Therapy

 

The consequences of falling are, unfortunately, an area that therapists at Advance Physical Therapy know a lot about.  We regularly have patients coming to us to deal with the harsh consequences of a fall on their body, mind and spirit.  A person that experiences a fall can, of course, be left with a wide range of physical injuries.  However, even without physical injuries, fear of future falls can become just as harmful.  Fear of falling is associated with decreased balance confidence, leading to decreased mobility inside and outside the home, decreased fitness and strength.  Soon fear becomes reality.  The Centers for Disease Control reports 1 in 3 older adults above the age of 65 will experience a fall.  Once a person has a balance related fall, their chances of falling again are much higher than average.

Falls can be prevented!  Advance Physical Therapy offers services that can help identify a person’s risk for falling and establish a falls prevention program.  Specific balance and movement tests have been developed that identify risk factors, and when multiple tests are performed and compared, a clear picture and understanding of a person’s risk factors emerge.  There are many programs in our community that offer activities known to decrease the risk of falls.   The best outcomes from a falls prevention program occur when the program is performed for 12 weeks, 1-3 times per week.  Below are recommendations for some of these programs in our community that are helping people who are at risk for falling.  It is tremendously rewarding for us to help people heal and regain their confidence in walking, movement!

Physical Therapy (PT): is advocated as an intervention for reducing fall risk.  PT is highly recommended for those people recovering from injuries sustained after a fall, those who are highly fearful of falling, or those who might need a little extra time, patience and one on one care.  Physical Therapy is covered under medical insurance plans.

 

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Many local community resources exist that provide effective group balance exercise:

Orange County Department of Aging: provides several group classes that provide the types of exercises that are associated with improved balance and functional mobility in persons at risk for falling.  A full list of offered classes can be accessed through the Senior Times, which is a publication of the Orange County Department of Aging.  This publication can be read on-line for FREE at www.orangecountync.gov/aging. Some of these classes being offered include:  Balance, Tai Chi, Movement, Strong and Steady and Yoga.

Tai Chi: has been shown to help improve balance and reduce the risk for falling.  Advance Physical Therapy regularly offers Tai Chi for Arthritis class series.  This program follows the Sun style Tai Chi intended to offer a gentle introduction to tai chi, with movements that are safe for the joints.  This form can be practiced in standing and sitting.  To learn more about our Tai Chi for Arthritis program call 919.932.7266 or visit http://advance-physicaltherapy.com/fitness-classes/.

Aquatic Exercise: has been shown to improve walking ability and balance.  Aquatic exercise is a fun, safe way to improve balance, strength and whole body movement. 

Aquatic exercise classes are regularly offered at:

·      Community Center of Chapel Hill: 919-968-2790

·      Homestead Aquatic Center: 919-968-2799

Contact these locations to learn about the schedule and hours of these classes.

 

 

 

 

Advance Physical Therapy Provides On-Site Dance Medicine for Spring performance.

 

Working behind the scenes of Peter Pan:

Written by Matthew Harwood, PT, DPT, OCS

I recently provided behind the scenes physical therapy for the performance of Peter Pan, by Legacy Studios for the Performing Arts.  Providing “show coverage” offers a unique professional opportunity which is different than when I am treating dancers in the clinic.  The pace of working behind the scenes is faster, and if an injury occurs behind the curtain I have to determine whether a performer can continue with the show, or if they should not perform. 

My role this past weekend was to help dancers with warming up their bodies for the shows. This means performing manual techniques to prepare the muscles and joints for dance movement and also taking a dancer through warm-up exercises.  Also, because there were two shows on the same day, I instructed the dancers on ways to keep their bodies relaxed and loose between shows.  Fortunately there were no injuries and everyone danced well! 

Enjoy the photos taken from the performance on Saturday May 11, 2013.   You can see more pictures from the Peter Pan performance by “Liking” us on Face Book. 

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Learn more about Advance PT’s Dance Medicine program by following this link, http://advance-physicaltherapy.com/dance-medicine-program/