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Why You Should Visit Greensboro Physical Therapy Before Your Next Run

Fall is finally almost here and that means everyone from the elite runner to the weekend hiker will be out and about trying to take advantage of those cooler temps and lower dew points (no more running in a sauna!). As you increase your activity level/performance, you may find that you aren’t as physically capable as you once were, or maybe you have been ignoring a nagging pain for far too long or perhaps there’s a longer race distance looming on the horizon. Whatever the reason, just as a regular oil change promises to keep your car running at its peak performance, an evaluation by a Doctor of Physical Therapy(DPT) may be just what you need to rev up your own engine and get back on the road safely.

A recent health segment that aired on The Today Show, featuring sports medicine physician Dr. Jordan Metzl and a team of physical therapists from the Hospital for Special Surgery, shared tips for staying healthy as we enjoy a number of activities from bike riding and running to kayaking and swimming. Under the supervision of a Greensboro Physical Therapy DPT, you can learn exercises that will strengthen muscles and prevent injuries and will be given tools to ease pain and recover faster. We are highly educated and trained to take care of the entire kinetic chain, that is, all of your muscles from head to toe. After all, physical therapists are commonly referred to as “movement specialists.”

When you take your car in for an oil change, the mechanic changes the oil, replaces the oil filter and inspects your tires, air conditioning, battery and more. You’ll likely head home with a list of future needs such as rotating the tires or changing the air filter and your car will be good to go for the next 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Similarly, a we are trained to evaluate your strength, body mechanics, posture and mobility, and to set reasonable goals for your recovery or fitness aspirations. By gathering a thorough assessment of your strengths and limitations, the we can devise a therapy/performance plan that includes a home exercise and maintenance component.

Remember: winter is coming(yep, I said it). So, what are you waiting for? Making an appointment at Greensboro Physical Therapy can be the difference between puttering through life and riding at high performance. In most cases, no referral required. Request an appointment online or call us at 336.274.5006

Why You Need Our Doctors of Physical Therapy on Your Healthcare Team

With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now may be a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialist physicians, a personal trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn’t a part of your healthcare team, you’re missing out on taking care of a big part of your health that could save you time and money. To understand why you need a physical therapist, you might need to understand what they do.

Our Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPTs) Help You Do Things

The American Physical Therapy Association defines PTs as “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” So physical therapists help you do things that you have trouble with. That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting through a day of work without pain. Our physical therapists are Doctors in the profession, often with advanced education and certifications, such as Dr. Aart‘s oro-facial/trigger point certification, or Dr. Mike as a Board Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist.

Our DPTs Help You Reduce Pain

Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide. A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80% of people will have low back pain in their lifetimes. Our DPTs are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won’t go away, ours DPTs may be able to help.

Dr. Logan Barbour PT, DPT hard at work

Our DPTs Help Keep You Healthy

The APTA goes on to say that “PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” That means that our DPTs can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move. Not all physical therapy is about pain and post surgical care. There’s so much more to it that can help you reach your full potential.

Dr. Brad Banker PT, DPT with client.

Physical Therapy Can Help You Live Longer (and Better!)

It’s well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. By helping you move better with less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, our DPTs could help you live longer.

Our Doctors of Physical Therapy have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life, above and beyond what your typical PT might possess. Find more about them here.

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Adapted from Private Practice Section of APTA

Greensboro Physical Therapy and Telehealth

The COVID-19 pandemic seems to have stopped much of the world. Once busy streets and shops are empty, activities are cancelled and you may not even be going to work. One thing that the virus has not stopped is pain and injury. Some people were seeing a PT when stay at home orders were issued. Some people may be having more pain and soreness in their back or neck because of all the time spent in front of the computer working at home, or there may be injuries while doing yard work or exercising to relieve stress. How can people get the care they need while staying safe and maintaining social distance?

Telehealth

Technology like the internet, electronic medical records, online patient portals, smartphones and webcams open up treatment and intervention options that may be new to both patients and providers. Virtual platforms allow one-on-one interactions in real time. Patient portals allow uploads and updates of home exercise programs and educational materials. Not all our patients may be able to go to their PT, but their PT may be able to come virtually to them! Rules and regulations vary between states and insurers and are being rapidly updated to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, so the best way to find out what is available to you is to contact our office at Greensboro Physical Therapy.

What does Telehealth look like?

Here are some examples to illustrate how technology can help our physical therapists and patients:

-A physical therapist might use a virtual meeting to examine a patient in real time, asking the patient questions, assessing movements, and then educating them on some exercises or stretches to treat the pain.

-A patient currently being treated by a physical therapist might log into a patient portal to send a question about an exercise from their home program. The physical therapist could record a video of themselves doing the exercise correctly including tips and proper techniques. That video could then be uploaded to the patient’s portal for future reference.

-A physical therapist could use a video visit with a patient to review the patient’s home and help the patient determine which furniture or other items could be used to complete their home exercise program safely.

Coronavirus hasn’t stopped pain and injury, so the need for physical therapy remains just as strong as before anyone knew about “social distancing” or the best way to have a virtual meeting. Despite the challenges and unusual circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Greensboro Physical Therapy is dedicated to creativity, flexibility and technology to allow our physical therapists to continue delivering expert care to their patients.

If you or someone you know might benefit from telehealth, or you have questions, give our office a call for more info (336.274.5006).

Are Your Workouts Giving You What You Want?

How much thought have you put into the exercises you’re going to use for your next workout? Did you choose them yourself, or did you find them on the internet or in a magazine? What’s your workout designed for? Do those goals match yours? Are the exercises even safe for you? Using the wrong program can lead to wasting time in the gym, frustration, plateaus in progress and injury. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into program design and the cost of getting it wrong.

Exercise Selection

There are many things to think about when choosing specific exercises. Machine vs. free weights, isolation vs. compound lifts, number of reps and sets, etc. Each one of these factors affects the results, so making the wrong choices could lead to wasting time working on the wrong things, limit your results or lead to injury.

Technique

If you choose the right exercises, but don’t know how to do them properly you will again limit your results, or worse, end up injured. Poor technique leads to inefficient movement and limits the power your muscles can create. It also changes the load on your muscles, joints, and ligaments which can lead to pain and injury.

Volume

Volume is a way of thinking about how much work you’re doing during a workout. Doing a few reps with a heavy weight or a lot of reps with a light weight could end up being the same volume. Same goes for running a shorter distance quickly uphill vs a longer run at a slower pace on flat terrain. If your volume is too great you won’t recover well between workouts and create the possibility of injury. Too little volume and you won’t see results.

Progression

If you’ve been doing the same exercises with the same weight and the same number of reps and sets, you’re not progressing. Same goes if you jump on the treadmill for the same amount of time with the same settings each time. To make progress, things have to change and the program that works for your first 6 months won’t work for you 2 years down the road.

Designing an exercise program is a complex challenge with a lot of factors to consider. Most people have a history of injuries and don’t have perfect movement in every joint which further complicates things. If you’re not making progress or just want to make sure your workouts are as effective as they can be, have one of our Doctors of Physical Therapy take a look at your program.

Your GPT Doctor of Physical Therapy can help design an individualized program to help you reach your goals while keeping you safe and injury free. Give us a call to start your path to improvement.

GPT’s SPORTS RECOVERY PROGRAM NOW OFFERS THE HYPERVOLT PLUS PERCUSSION MASSAGE DEVICE

The Hypervolt Plus can percussively massage your soreness and aches away:

HyperVolt Plus Available at Greensboro Physical Therapy

Say goodbye to all the muscle knots in your body thanks to this percussion massager. The Hypervolt Plus. 30% more powerful than its predecessor, the Hypervolt Plus is aimed at fitness enthusiasts who, apart from having all the essentials in their arsenal already – such as protein powder, dumbbells and a fitness tracker – are also keen on a quick and effective recovery.

BENEFITS

Helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness

Improves range of motion

Promotes circulation

Accelerates warmup and recovery

Pricing:

-One – Time Orientation: $29 including session*. $20 /body part, (up to 15 mins)

-Earn Sessions: Buy 5 at once, Get 1 Free.

-Part of Unlimited Plan with LightForce Laser and NormaTec Compression for $99/month (one use of item/day)

-Part of One Day Pass with LightForce Laser, NormaTec Compression for $50.

Schedule by appointment during normal business hours to ensure availability.

*Orientation includes approx.. 15 compression session.

RECOVER FASTER, PERFORM BETTER @ GPT’s SPORTS RECOVERY PROGRAM