Monthly archive for August 2014

Corey Kuipers: Physical Therapist in Coopersville

Specialties: Sports Physical Therapy, Spinal Manual Therapy

I love the field of Physical Therapy because it allows me to use my skills and knowledge to empower others in taking an active role in their health and wellness. The staff at Northern is wonderful, and I love the variety of patients that I get to interact with on a daily basis. My areas of interest relate to spinal manual therapy and sports PT, along with obtaining future certifications in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, Orthopedic Certified Specialist and Sports Certified Specialist.

I am a graduate of Grand Valley State University where I received both my Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Exercise Science and my Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree.

I live in Holland, MI where I was born and raised and in my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and two dogs. Other hobbies include running, biking, and hiking. I love traveling and recently took a trip to Europe!

Extra Steps Can Help Those At Risk for Diabetes and Heart Attack

Walking can lower your risk of having a heart attack, as any doctor will tell you. Now scientists have found out exactly how many steps it takes to keep your ticker healthy.

Even people who are at risk for diabetes can cut their risk for heart-related events like a heart attack or stroke by 8%.

In research published in the journal Lancet, scientists report that among people with early signs of pre-diabetes, taking an extra 2,000 steps a day–the equivalent of 20 minutes of moderate-paced walking–helped them lower their chances of heart problems.

The research team looked at data from 9,306 adults from 40 countries participating in a trial called NAVIGATOR. All of the volunteers were assigned to a program to lose weight and exercise 150 minutes a week. They were given pedometers that they wore for a week at the beginning of the study, and again a year later.

Using statistical modeling, the researchers studied the association between the number of steps the participants took on average and their relative risk for heart events in that year, accounting for potentially confounding factors that could influence heart disease rates such as diet and the participants’ previous history of heart issues.

Two thousand steps seemed to be the magic number. Even before the study began, for every 2,000 steps a day one participant tended to walk on average compared to another, he enjoyed a 10% lower rate of heart problems by the end of the year. During the study year, there was an additional 8% lower risk of heart disease for every 2,000 steps walked a day. Here’s how the researchers explained the additive effect of walking:

If subject A took 4000 steps per day at the start of the study and did not change their activity levels over the next 12 months, and subject B took 6000 steps per day at the start of the study and increased their activity levels to 8000 steps per day over the next 12 months, by the end of the study (other things being equal) subject B would have an 18% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

That should be encouraging news to those who have added exercise to their daily routine. You don’t have to take your doctor’s word for it — now there’s pretty convincing data on exactly how much walking it takes to avoid heart disease.

This article, written by Alexandra Sifferlin, originally appeared in Time Magazine.

Dave Sefton: Physical Therapist in Cedar Springs

General Physical Therapy, Clinical Leadership

I believe that physical therapy is about empowering patients and their families to do what is meaningful for their lives. That is why as a physical therapist, I value the time I spend with my patients, getting to know their personal goals and working together with them to achieve greater things together. I am currently the team leader at our Cedar Springs clinic and we welcome patients from all surrounding areas, including Sparta, Greenville, Belding, Howard City, and Grand Rapids. 

I am a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program, and I count myself blessed to have received my bachelor’s degree in Chicago, at the Moody Bible Institute.

Outside of work, I like to spend time with my wife and family. We have two dogs, who keep our home lively, and an old house that I am slowly remodeling. I believe that incorporating exercise into life is a hallmark of healthy living, so I regularly run, lift weights, and find creative ways to be active outside.