If you are reading this, there’s a good chance you or your child has scoliosis. I’m going to guess you have a pretty good sense of what scoliosis is. The most frustrating part for you might be trying to figure out what to do about it. Your MD may have said, “Come back in 4-6… Continue Reading →
SCIENTIFIC EXERCISES APPROACH TO SCOLIOSIS (SEAS)
Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) Method, Schroth Scoliosis Rehab, Inc. and now A Third Method to Conservatively Treat Scoliosis at Advance Physical Therapy Lisa Mangino, pediatric physical therapist from Advance Physical Therapy, traveled to Avanti Therapy in Boulder, Colorado in September to learn about the Scientific Exercises Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) method. The speakers, Michele Romano… Continue Reading →
Chronic Pain in Physical Therapy Students
Our own, Jean Massé, PT, DPT, PRC, OCS, ATC is an adjunct professor at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She teaches physical therapy students about chronic pain, scoliosis and diagnosis. Over the years of her teaching at UNC Chapel Hill, she has had many students approach her with their own chronic pain… Continue Reading →
All Scoliosis Braces Are Not The Same. You Be The Judge…
Comparison of the Boston and the Rigo-Cheneau Rigid Scoliosis Braces Having conservatively treated scoliosis for roughly 3 years now, my colleagues (Susan Henning PT, PRC, Advanced Schroth Certified, Jean Masse PT, PRC Advanced Schroth Certified) and I (Lisa Mangino PT, PRC, Advanced Schroth Certified) at Advance Physical Therapy are beginning to see the positive effects… Continue Reading →
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,… Continue Reading →
Tips to Change Habits for Tension Relief
Focal vision refers to being focused on something small at any distance, from your phone to a golf ball far away on the green. Technology is partly contributing to our society becoming more focally near-sighted. The more you focus on a bright device 6-12 inches from your nose, the stronger those brain pathways become. Other contributors include being too busy, always striving to be faster, better, to do more, and not taking time to rest… your muscles AND your eyes…. Continue Reading →
Tips to Change Habits for Tension Relief
Don’t Be Controlled By Your Focal Vision “Powered Peripheral Vision”, Tips to Change Habits for Tension Relief Adapted from Dr. Heidi Wise, PRI Vision, LLC Focal vision refers to being focused on something small at any distance, from your phone to a golf ball far away on the green. Technology is partly contributing to our… Continue Reading →
Pediatric Physical Therapist, Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC Featured at National Forum
Our very own pediatric physical therapist, Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC presented her unique approach to treating children at the annual Postural Restoration Institute® (PRI) meeting of PRI certified physical therapists and athletic trainers on April 18th 2015. She discussed how children tend to alter their posture and movement patterns with unbalanced muscle… Continue Reading →
Postural Restoration Institute™ Techniques in Children with Musculoskeletal Pain
Pictured left to right, with , Lisa Mangino, PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT, PRC is Postural Restoration faculty Mike Cantrell, MPT, PRC, Ron Hruska, MPA, PT, founder of Postural Restoration Institute, and James Anderson, MPT, PRC. In December 2014, our pediatric physical therapist, Lisa Mangino, completed the requirements for obtaining the designation of Postural Restoration Institute™… Continue Reading →
Awake Tummy Time: A Crucial Part of Infant Movement Development
It’s always a good time to be reminded about the importance of babies experiencing enough “tummy time” through their early developmental months. As happens with many interventions, the Back-to-Sleep campaign1 to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has produced some unintentional consequences. The campaign was successful in decreasing the occurrence of SIDS; however, parents… Continue Reading →
Concerns about the way your child or a child you know is moving??
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.
To Crawl or Not to Crawl?
Recently, a few parents have asked me if it’s okay for their child to skip the crawling phase of gross motor development. A quick look at the internet reveals an active debate with some people saying that crawling is quite important, while others don’t think it is critical for gross movement development. Here’s what I… Continue Reading →
What are your shoes telling you?
These are the shoes of an active, healthy 13 year old boy. He came to see me at Advance Physical Therapy due to left hip and back pain. His shoes told me that his posture was not centered because of unbalanced muscle use. He told me that his posture was unbalanced because he… Continue Reading →
Children and Back Pain
Last week there was a story on NPR about young athletes and back pain. http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/02/03/269521744/young-athletes-risk-back-injury-by-playing-too-much-too-soon The story was about children who are spending increased time with one sport, resulting in overuse injuries, particularly back pain. With the added excitement of the Olympics this month, young people are inspired to compete and to perform to… Continue Reading →
Another APT Therapist Certified in Schroth-Based Scoliosis Rehabilitation
The most recent class of physical therapists certified in Schroth-based scoliosis rehabilitation at Scoliosis Rehabilitation, Inc. with instructors Beth Orthwein, PT, and Beth Jannsen PT (front row). Our pediatric PT, Lisa Mangino, is in the second row on the left. As she returns to work after spending 9 days in Steven’s Point… Continue Reading →
Scoliosis in Adolescents Needs PT Treatment – Don’t Wait!
Last night I spoke with yet another concerned parent about their teenaged child. Like so many others, this child was diagnosed some years ago, as a preteen, with mild scoliosis. This mother sought out the best medical help she could find and was told by a doctor, “Just wait and see what happens – there… Continue Reading →
Advance PT Jumps at a Chance for Outreach in Guatamala
If you had a chance to go to another country and perform your same job in a place where you couldn’t speak the language… would you do it? A place where maybe they do your job a little bit differently, but where you had the opportunity to teach and share “tricks of the trade”? If… Continue Reading →
Advance Physical Therapy Global Outreach
Lisa Mangino, PT and Pediatric Specialist at Advance Physical Therapy, is headed to Guatemala at the end of April. As part of the UNC Physical Therapy School’s Global Outreach Program, she will join 7 other PT’s and 15 of their physical therapy students on… Continue Reading →
Lisa Mangino PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT joins Advance Physical Therapy!
We are so happy to welcome Lisa and her vast expertise in managing children with a host of medical issues. Please check out her bio below as well as her recent article about Toe Walking. Lisa Mangino PT, DPT, PCS, C/NDT joins Advance Physical Therapy Lisa graduated from Duke University with a Master’s in Physical… Continue Reading →
Parents can help their young ballet dancers prevent injury with Physical Therapy
Lisa Howell(B.Phty) is a physical therapist from Sidney Australia who has developed The Perfect Pointe Book. This is a great guide and program to be used with young dancers. Lisa advocates that dancers use a specialized dance physical therapist and their dance teacher to help them develop strong muscles and bones and correct dance form. … Continue Reading →