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Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

By Janis Kemper, Physical Therapist and Co-Owner of NPT

It’s not easy to see your parents get older. We want nothing more than for them to remain independent, feel great, and enjoy life to the fullest. If your parents are anything like mine, they don’t want to “bother” you with their aches and physical limitations. Even though we all know, it’s no bother at all – my sister, 2 brothers, and I would drop everything to help them in a second. They’ve always been there for us and we’ll gladly do the same for them. Finding them the best care possible is always our top priority.

This post might seem a little bias, as it’s focused around my mom and dad, Glenn and Marilyn Smith, but the message is bigger. Many of my friends are going through the same thing that my siblings and I are – we want our parents to be active, healthy, and living a full life for decades to come. Because of my profession, I know there are opportunities out there to meet these needs, but not everyone knows where to turn. Physical therapy, senior based fitness classes, and programs like Silver&Fit are great options for older adults.

My parents have always been my biggest cheerleaders. They understand the ways that physical therapy can help them feel better, but it’s not because I’ve told them this, it’s because they’ve experienced it first hand.

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

Marilyn and Glenn were the very first clients at our Lowell clinic

My mom had back surgery in 2011 as a result of pain that was radiating from her hip to her groin, and down her leg to her ankle. Right around that time my dad had a few close calls with some balance issues. They both turned to physical therapy; mom after her surgery, and dad for balance therapy. The treatments had a positive impact on both of them because not only were they no longer living in pain or in fear of falling, but they could live more independently and participate in more family activities. You might say they gained a little of their youth back.

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

Marilyn and Glenn enjoy spending time with their family, including grandson Jack

Since the initial treatments, my parents have become frequent users of physical therapy. They’ve become welcome visitors at three of our locations and while the coffee and good company help, there’s more that keeps them coming back. Mom says she feels better and more relaxed after getting treated. Over time she’s learned how to make changes to the way she moves which have improved her posture, made her back stronger, helped with basic motions like bending over, and has made doing chores around the house easier because there aren’t so many aches associated with them. Dad has a better attitude about health in general because he feels so much better.

Helping Parents Live Life to the Fullest

“I didn’t realize how all these exercises and movement changes could make such a difference. I tell people to consider physical therapy because you never know how great the results can be until you give it a try.” Marilyn Smith

Upon the advice of their PT, my parents participated in a few of our fitness classes. They understand the importance of staying active on a regular basis, and they’ve noticed the change this has made to their overall well being. They like our SeniorFit class, which offers a low impact workout to improve upon cardio, strength, and balance.

While seeing our parents age is never easy, I feel better knowing that they’re in good hands and that their best interests are always a top priority. But my team members don’t just treat them this way because they’re my parents – they treat them this way because they care about each and every client that walks through the door and that gives me great peace of mind.

If you or your loved ones are living with pain, consider physical therapy. It’s a non-invasive treatment that can make a world of difference in the way we move, feel, and live. Ready to get started?

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Weight Loss & Bariatric Support Group

Join us for a comforting evening with friends who share your struggles and experiences. Each session will feature a special guest speaker with ample time for sharing and discussion afterwards. There is no cost to attend. Registration is not required, but if you choose to register you will receive email reminders before each monthly session.

Wayland – Second Tuesday of the month / 7-8pm (This new Wayland group starts on June 13)
Northern Physical Therapy, 709 W. Superior, Wayland
Call 269.792.4440 with questions. Janis Kemper is our group leader and she’s had her own struggles with weight loss. You can read her initial weight loss story here, and the follow up story that we did with her two years later can be found here. Alex Hoffman is our program coordinator. Registration is not required, but if you would like to register here in advance you will receive email reminders before each monthly session.


Grant – Last Tuesday of the month / 6-7pm
Northern Physical Therapy, 17615 W. Moore, Grant
In Grant only, following the meeting there will be an optional water aerobics class from 7-8pm. The cost for the class is $5. Water aerobics is an ideal workout because you experience minimized stress on your joints due to the buoyancy of water. Participants do not have to know how to swim. Call group leader, Dawn Roberts at 616.292.6222 with questions. Registration is not required, but if you would like to register here in advance you will receive email reminders before each monthly session.

Pregnancy and Motherhood on WOOD TV’s eightWest

Life is full of excitement when you’re expecting a baby or have a little one at home. But at this stage in life your body goes through a lot of unexpected changes. As mothers, it’s easy to stay focused on our babies and not take time for ourselves, but the reality is that many pregnant women and new moms experience aches and pains that they think are just a part of pregnancy or caring for a newborn. We stopped by the studios of WOOD TV’s eightWest and talked with Rachael Ruiz about ways you can relieve some of that discomfort.
Pregnancy and Motherhood on WOOD TV's eightWest

Terri and Ashley gave tips on things you an do right now to make pregnancy and caring for a newborn a little more comfortable. They also demonstrated some exercises and talked about ways to incorporate your new baby into your workout mix.

Pregnancy and Motherhood on WOOD TV's eightWest

We also talked about the free presentations we give to local women’s groups and mom’s groups, they’re always a lot of fun and very educational. Topics can be specific to your group, but suggestions include how to handle your changing body, how to begin an exercise program, and how to manage incontinence and pelvic pain. If you’d like us to speak with your group, call 616-997-6172.

If you’re having trouble with back pain, incontinence, or any other issue, we’re offering a free consultation to the first 5 viewers who call. And, the first person who gets through and schedules their free consultation will receive a free Fitbit!

Watch the segment in it’s entirety here.

If you missed any of our previous eightWest segments, you can see us talk about our step challenge, senior fitness, healthy kids and teensproper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan.

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