Monthly archive for January 2016

A Safe Start Exercise Plan

If you’ve taken a long break from a fitness routine or are starting up for the first time, its important to start slowly so you can make forward progress and avoid injury. We often see patients who are just a few days or weeks into a new fitness routine and they’ve started off a little ahead of themselves. Some were excited and others tried to start at the level which they previously left off. The injuries that occur are typically healed after just a few visits, but this definitely puts them much further behind on their fitness goals.

By starting a program under the guidance of a physical therapist or personal trainer, we can help you identify muscles that are weak and tight, ultimately locating those areas that are susceptible to injury.

In the video below, fellow APTA physical therapist Robert Gillanders will show you a series of exercises that are designed to help you ease into an exercise program. Take a look and if you have any questions on these or other exercises, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Feeling Good After A Total Knee Replacement

Ask any of our therapists and they’ll tell you one of the main reasons they love our profession is because of our ability to help people feel good. No one should have to live in discomfort so when we can take a painful situation and turn it around, we’re thrilled. We recently got the chance to work with a patient named Barb who had undergone a total knee replacement. Upon her discharge she took some time to tell us about her experience. Thank you, Barb, it was absolutely our pleasure to be able to help you!

Barb is back to work at a local grocery store and feeling great after a total knee replacement. She is pictured at work with one of her physical therapists, Melissa VanKampen.

“Following a surgery that left me with a total knee replacement, I needed physical therapy to help me get back to life and work. I was hoping to find a facility nearby to make the process easier. Northern Physical Therapy was there for me – locally owned and close to home. Getting started was rather easy, and within days the healing process began. I worked with a select few physical therapists who helped me regain mobility, stability, and strength in both my knees. The end process led me back to work, living life the way I had been before the surgery, only this time I was living pain free. Throughout my process at Northern Physical Therapy my expectations were met beyond what I could have imagined. I would gladly refer others to your facility – the therapists went above and beyond to make sure my experience was a positive one. The staff was very caring, fun to work with, and always there when I needed that extra push. Thank you Northern Physical Therapy!”
– Barb Pillow, Coopersville Patient

Fitness Frenzy with WZZM and My West Michigan

While some people may have already forgotten their New Year’s resolutions, we still have fitness on our minds. Since our Wayland Fitness Center Open House is this Thursday, we invited Catherine Behrendt and the crew from WZZM’s My West Michigan to stop by the Wayland Fitness Center for a tour and to get some tips on using a stability ball for exercising – at home, at work, and in the gym.

Janis is demonstrating how to use the ball to stabilize your core, and work your arm muscles.

John showed how the exercise ball can be used in place of an office chair. This method enhances balance while keeping your core engaged. In the background you’ll see Keith preparing to use the stability ball to increase the intensity of his push ups.

You can see the segment in its entirety below, or click here. And if you have any questions on how to use stability balls, or fitness in general, feel free to get in touch!

You can also check out our previous segments on My West Michigan where we talked about the 3 minute exercise routine
concussions in student athletes and senior health.