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Holiday Health Tips

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

The most wonderful time of year is here! It is a time of celebration and sharing fond memories but, did you know holiday related injuries are on the rise? Approximately 250 injuries occur each day during the holiday season according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The most frequent injuries reported were falls, lacerations, and back strains. While many of us are compiling lists and checking them twice PPRC has compiled one of its own. This list includes tips for injury prevention and wellness. Dr. Aaron Jones, DPT, and Director of Physical Therapy at PPRC states “the most common cause of low back pain is due to inactivity (sitting, lying, etc.) rather than physical activity in our modern society and happens more so during holiday events”. He also sees many issues related to poor lifting mechanics. Dr. Jones offers the following tips to combat low back pain: 1. Try to stand and move around once per hour. A good habit to get into is standing and moving around at each commercial break. 2. Perform simple standing back extensions once symptoms begin, not before they become unbearable. Extensions also help to reduce the pressure in the back of our spine that can lead to worsening conditions. Simple standing back extension details below: a. Place your hands on your hip (in standing). b. Lean backwards at the waist to the point where discomfort just begins or until our balance becomes unstable. c. Repeat this movement 10 times or more and you will begin to experience relief. If in fact you do suffer from a holiday related injury this season call PPRC so we can help relieve your pain and assist you on your path to wellness; in the meantime have a happy, safe holiday! PPRC is now on Twitter follow us @PerfPlusRehab for valuable...

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Diabetes and Physical Therapy

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Diabetes is a serious disease affecting millions of people in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 29.1 Million people or 9.3% of the U.S. population have been diagnosed with diabetes. The CDC defines Diabetes as a group of diseases marked by high levels of blood glucose resulting from problems in how insulin is produced, how insulin works, or both. People with diabetes may develop serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, nerve disease, blindness or premature death. The CDC says most adults diagnosed with the disease (about 95%) have Type 2 diabetes. The risk for developing type 2 diabetes is associated with older age, obesity, family history of diabetes, history of gestational diabetes, impaired glucose metabolism, physical inactivity, and race/ethnicity. In addition to the serious health risks associated with diabetes, the disease also costs our nation billions of dollars in direct and indirect medical costs. According to the CDC, the estimated cost to the United States in 2012 in direct medical costs was 176 billion dollars. Indirect medical costs which include disability, work loss and premature death resulted in an additional cost of 69 billion dollars. Physical therapy can help diabetic patients obtain a higher quality of life and manage the disease better. Aaron Jones, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) with Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center (PPRC) says “Diabetes is a disease that affects the whole body and can leave a relatively healthy individual nearly debilitated due to diabetic foot pain, balance deficits and overall fatigue. Diabetic patients often lose sensation in their feet and without proper sensation in their feet they are at a heightened risk of falls, which is a leading cause of death in older adults.” PPRC has developed a diabetic physical therapy program to help patients deal with these issues. The program uses several modalites to treat the pain associated with diabetic neuropathy including balance training, proprioceptive training, and peripheral nerve stimulation to increase circulation. Dr. Jones says, “Our program has helped many, many patients get relief from pain and improve their overall quality of life. After going through our diabetic program most people are more independent and capable of maintaining that level for an extended period of time.” For more information contact Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center at...

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Chiropractic care and physical therapy work together to relieve pain

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

October is National Chiropractic Health Month as well as National Physical Therapy Month. Probably just a coincidence but I think that it goes well with how treatment for back pain should be viewed. Most low back pain is due to joint dysfunction caused by a lack of proper joint alignment, flexibility, strength and usually a combination of them all. With this in mind if someone has low back pain the combination of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy works well by addressing all of the causes. Also with this in mind it becomes easier to know how to prevent low back pain. October is a month when people tend to do fall cleanup such as leaf removal, tree trimming and all sorts of activities that require bending, lifting and twisting. Lets break down the causes of low back pain and how to prevent them. Alignment: It is critical that when bending and lifting we slow down and focus on good core alignment by contracting our abdominal muscles prior to the bend and lift. This helps keep the spinal joints in their proper alignment. Always try to bend the knees to lower the body instead of flexing the spine. Flexibility: Joint flexibility is important in all ages but especially as we age. Take the time to properly stretch the hips and low back frequently; if you do not know how to properly stretch, take the time and learn from a Physical Therapist or experienced Personal Trainer. Strength: Proper core muscle strength is critical to support the joints of the low back. Now is a good time to start a core exercise program; again if you are not sure how to properly strengthen your core muscles get professional help as improper exercise can cause more harm than good. I hope that as fall weather gets nice and you become more active you take time to consider your back health. Nothing worse than watching the leaves turn from inside your house because you injured your low back and cant get off the...

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National Chiropractic Month

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Do You Suffer from back pain? It’s 2015 National Chiropractic Health Month! Now is the time to do something about it. For the entire month of October we are offering a Complimentary Spinal Exam and X-Rays (If needed). Call 816-232-5113 for an Appointment Today. This offer is good for all three of our locations in Platte City, Gower and St. Joseph.

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Women and Strength Training

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

From Pilates to Zumba, running programs to workout DVD’s, different types of exercise opportunities abound. While any opportunity to get in a little more physical activity is fantastic, one of the most looked over forms of exercise for women is weightlifting. That’s right, picking up heavy objects repeatedly can actually be one of the best ways to get in shape! The benefits of regular strength training are clear. Weight-bearing and resistance exercises increase bone density, thereby decreasing risk for developing osteoperosis. Building muscle mass also increases your metabolism, which means your body burns more calories, even when you are not working out. Improved strength can improve your posture and body mechanics, which translates to less stress on joints and ligaments and a decreased risk of degenerative conditions like arthritis. Improved body composition (less fat, more muscle) means a slimmer, trimmer, leaner physique. Who doesn’t want a little more definition in those arms and legs? So why do so many ladies shy away from such a fantastic form of exercise? One common reason is the misconception that frequent weightlifting will suddenly turn you into the incredible hulk with bulging biceps and a gigantic neck. False, ladies. The natural physical differences between men and women play a huge role here. Women simply don’t have the level of hormones (testosterone and human growth hormone) that men do that allows the “bulking up” to occur. While an increase in muscle mass does occur with regular weightlifting, the aesthetic effects for a female are quite different from their male counterparts. A second reason that many women avoid the weight room is that they simply don’t know what to do and weights can be, frankly, a bit intimidating. There are machines, dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, pull-up bars, plates, bands – where do you even start? Without the guidance of someone who really knows what to do, lifting can be confusing at best and downright dangerous at worst. The great news is that it doesn’t take much to get started. If you are a gym member, resources are often available to help instruct members in the proper use of machines and equipment. For those who are just beginning strength training, machines may be a good place to start; movement is generally well controlled and learning proper form is fairly simple. However, once you feel confident in doing workouts on machines, don’t be afraid to branch out to other methods of strength training. Some of the very best exercises are ones that require the whole body to work together. For example, performing a squat with a barbell across the upper back requires strength in the legs, hips, back and abdominals. Try a deadlift and you will be working your arms, your shoulders, your back, your abs and your legs. Pick up a kettlebell for some swings and you’ll soon be feeling your arms, shoulders, back, hips and legs, plus you’ll be getting your heart rate up! Why spend time trying to work single muscles when you can strengthen them all at once and in a way that is more like normal movement? The body is designed to work synergistically, not as individual parts; why would we not want to train it that way? Now, if the sight of a squat rack still scares you, or racks of dumbbells makes you feel like turning and walking back to the elliptical machine, have no fear. You won’t be, and shouldn’t be, trying to figure it all out on your own. Finding someone to guide you in learning the proper way to lift and progress your exercise is important....

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