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Physical Therapy Blog
Because of COVID-19, more and more individuals have begun working out at home, including Hillcrest Physical Therapy clients. As we work with our clients through our telehealth services, there are many strength exercises that we have adapted to fit your at-home needs.
“When clients are referred to us with a diagnosis of osteoporosis we make sure to address it and make a very specifically tailored plan for them,” said Jenifer Johnson, PT, DPT, a physical therapist at Hillcrest Physical Therapy. “That includes strength training exercises and a lot of balance training exercises.”
With telehealth services, Hillcrest Physical Therapy can now bring the therapy you need to the safety of your own home.
“At Hillcrest Physical Therapy, the safety of our clients is our top priority,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator. “And during this challenging time amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the need to get and stay healthy is doubly important for aging adults.”
Excercise has been shown to be one of the best ways to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease. Exercise keeps the person moving, keeping their muscles active. Exercise is also much less invasive and has lower side effects than medications, making it one of the best options people with Parkinson’s
Kathy Ramaekers, an OTR/L and CHT at Hillcrest Physical Therapy who is also board certified in gerontology, says that one of the reasons she recommends Tai Chi to so many of her clients is because it can be adaptable for each client and their unique needs.
“We suggest doing a physical exam about once a year,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab at Hillcrest Rehab Services. “This provides a good picture for where the individual is physically and how we can help them keep their active lifestyle.”
“The people who achieve the most success in physical therapy and rehab are those who have a positive attitude,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab at Hillcrest Rehab Services.
Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab Development for Hillcrest Rehab Services, suggests seniors try these five exercises to help improve their balance.
“Generally speaking, a person’s risk of falling increases when they get older, but there are ways to vastly reduce this risk,” said Paul Gardner, Administrator of Community Rehab for Hillcrest Rehab Services.
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