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Late Night Health Radio Show, Mark Alyn talks with Marianne Ryan

Late Night Health Radio

Marianne Ryan was recently interviewed by Mark Alyn for his radio show on Late Night Health. Mark is a well-known and award-winning radio host based in Los Angeles and his show is broadcast on many major radio stations.
During the interview they discussed many aspects about the physical therapy profession. They first started talking about what a physical therapist can do, and how PT’s can help the listener if they are in pain or need to improve movement.
Mark admitted he really never knew what a physical therapist does until he went for PT  treatment for lower back pain one and a half years ago. He also mentioned that he was surprised most of his friends were not aware of what a physical therapist can do, and he wondered if Marianne knew why. Marianne went on to explain that there is a problem with consumer awareness, and even many doctors are not sure what a physical therapist can do.

The discussion continued and they talked about the different specializations in the physical therapy profession. There are some therapists who specialize in treating sports injuries, others may specialize in treating hand and wrist problems. Marianne Ryan mentioned that she works with a general populations of patients but also has advanced training in two specialties, Women’s Health and TMJ Pain.

TMJ dysfunctions can cause pain in the jaw, orofacial pain and headaches. Many people do not realize that there is a specific treatment program available with the right physical therapist.

MRPT Physical Therapy offers Women’s Health treatment programs for pelvic pain and issues related to pregnancy and postpartum. Stay tuned for furture shows where they will discuss an exciting new exercise program called Baby Bod® designed to flatten a woman’s postpartum belly. So far the Baby Bod® classes have been fabulously successful and MRPT Physical Therapy is looking forward to offering more classes this fall.
Listen to the show 

How Do I Know If I Should See A Physical Therapist?

Manual Physical Therapy on FootThis article was written by Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT and published in northernvirginiamag.com. 

Most people have heard the term “physical therapist,” yet when asked, they can’t answer the question, “What is physical therapy?” After 20 years in this field, I can honestly say that I still love what I do, and I’m excited to share my profession with you. I want to address some common misconceptions about physical therapy and provide information to help you get the care you need. 

1. Who do physical therapists treat and why?

Physical therapists care for people of all ages in hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, schools, home health agencies, sports and fitness facilities, nursing homes and work settings. Physical therapists often consult with other health professionals to work to improve your mobility.

2. What types of problems can a physical therapist treat?

Physical therapists can help you regain flexibility, joint range of motion, strength, endurance and balance after an injury, accident, illness or surgery. We can also help you minimize the risk of injury by designing an exercise program for you, and we can help you manage a chronic health condition like diabetes, arthritis or fibromyalgia.

3. What kind of degree do physical therapists have?

All physical therapists are currently required to receive a graduate degree–either a master’s degree or a clinical doctorate—from an accredited physical therapist program before taking the national licensure examination that allows them to practice. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices. Most physical therapists have a four-year undergraduate degree and a three-year Master’s or Doctorate level degree.

4. Do I need to see my doctor before scheduling physical therapy?

In Virginia, D.C., and Maryland, patients can access physical therapy directly. This means that you can call a physical therapist to schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation without having a doctor’s visit first. We will review your medical history and conduct a very thorough physical exam at your first visit. If the results of our examination lead us to believe that you need to consult with another healthcare professional, we will refer you to the appropriate provider. Studies show that early access to physical therapy positively affects outcomes, so if you are injured, you may be able to schedule a physical therapy appointment to start treatment without waiting for an appointment with a specialist.

5. How do I know if I should see a physical therapist?

If you have pain or discomfort that limits your daily activities like taking off a shirt overhead, fastening your bra, walking up and down stairs or getting in and out of the car, you may benefit from a physical therapy consultation. If you have nagging pain that prevents you from doing activities you enjoy, we can help you determine the underlying cause for your pain, and help you get on the road to recovery. If you have an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain, neck or back pain, or painful shoulder, we can help you through early evaluation and treatment before your injury becomes a chronic problem.

6. What should I expect at my first appointment?

You may be asked to fill out paperwork prior to your first visit. This helps your physical therapist in understanding your past medical history, and informs us of surgeries you have had and medications you take. You may be asked to change into a gown or shorts and a tank top. Your physical therapist will have a conversation with you to review your history and your reason for seeking treatment; then, he/she will conduct a thorough physical examination. Your physical therapist will discuss the findings from the exam, and explain the plan of care to you. You may receive treatment on the first visit depending on time. I spend one hour with all of my patients, and conduct all aspects of the evaluation and treatment myself. Some clinics utilize other staff to oversee the exercise portion of treatment. Our goal is always to find the source of your problem and provide treatment to get you moving again in as short a time as possible. These are just some of the ways that a physical therapist can help you return to your active lifestyle.

To see the original article on http://www.northenvirginamag.com click here.

To Contact Ann Wendel, PT, ATC, CMTPT use www.prana-pt.com

Scoliosis: The Schroth Method

Schroth-Method-2We are very excited to announce that our Therapist, Carola Monroe is now certified as a Schroth Scoliosis Therapist. There are less than 50 American therapists who are trained in this method and
Carola is one of the few New York based therapists who is a certified Schroth Scoliosis Preactitioner. As a result , we are seeing more and more scoliosis patients around the practice.

What is the Schroth Method for Scoliosis Treatment?

The Schroth method is a conservative physical therapy approach for people with scoliosis. It is used to treat patients of all ages as a measure mainly to prevent surgery, and also before and after surgery.

Used successfully in Europe since the 1920s, the Schroth method was originally developed in Germany by scoliosis sufferer, Katharina Schroth. She developed this program to counteract scoliosis deformities. The program has been the primary treatment method for Scoliosis in Europe for many years.

The method is based upon the concept of scoliosis as resulting from a complex of muscular asymmetries (asymmetric weight bearing or loading of the spine) that can be at least partially corrected by targeted exercises.

The Schroth Method first assesses and classifies the patient’s curve. Following this, the patient is taught exercises that are specific to his or her curve. The exercises are designed to help the patient counter the effects of gravity and uneven muscle pulls on their spines. They learn to correct their postural positions by incorporating exercises during their activities of daily living.

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Secret TMJ Pain Relief.

Do you suffer from TMJ pain?

Does the pain get worse during the day, especially at work?

Watch this video to learn a fast and easy tip to relieve your pain. It takes all of 10 seconds and it is FREE and EASY to do anytime of the day.

Posture Posture Posture…..Is This You?

For years I have tried to educate my patients, friends and family on the importance of good posture.

In our current world, where we seem to spend over 50% of our waking hours either using a computer, texting on our iPhones, or reading our Kindles, most of us complain about headaches, back pain, neck pain and other forms of i Pain”.

Did you know that the typical american teenager sends or reads an average of 3,417 texts a month? (according to a new survey from the analytics firm Nielsen)

Here are 3 fabulous videos on posture. See how you can make some minor changes in your every day activities to reduce the risk of developing back and neck pain, arm and wrist strain, and repetitive stress injuries.
Enjoy and feel free to share with your friends!

Traveling for Business

On Your Cell Phone

At Home

Easy Headache Prevention

By Marianne Ryan PT, OCS

Are you waking up in the middle of the night with a stiff neck and a headache?

Before going to sleep there are a few things you can do to prevent waking up in pain.

Take 15 minutes to sooth your tired and stiff neck muscles. First use a moist heating pad for 12 minutes while lying on your pillows in bed. You can do this while catching up with your favorite night time reading.
Then try performing the following stretching exercises:

1. NECK ROTATION:  Turn head slowly to look over one shoulder. Hold  5 seconds while breathing softly. Repeat toward other shoulder. Do this 5 times towards each shoulder.

2. NECK SIDE BENDERS: While looking straight ahead, bend head towards one shoulder and hold for 5 counts. Breath softly and then bend head towards your other shoulder. Repeat this 5 times to each side.

3. SIDE BENDERS WITH ARM HOLD: Grasp right arm above your wrist, tilt your head towards the left while gently pulling down on right arm. Hold for 5 seconds while breathing gently. Repeat on the other side. Do this stretch 5 times on each side.

Note: Physical Therapy exercise pictures copyright VHI

iSick: How Cell Phones Can Harm Your Health

Think you can’t live without your iPhone or smart phone?

With hidden health dangers such as chronic headaches, neck, shoulder pain and E. coli, the question for mobile phone users may be: Can you live with it?

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