Physical Therapy News

Physical activity could prevent or control cancer :: we’re on eightWest

Cancer prevention

The American Cancer Society is conducting research to explain how physical activity can help with cancer prevention or controlling an existing cancer diagnosis. Many people don’t get enough physical activity – either because they’re in pain or not sure where to start – but physical therapy can help with that. Gina Otterbein and John Otterbein stopped by the eightWest studios to give Rachael Ruiz and WOOD TV viewers some insight into the research and what the findings could mean for you.

Watch the segment below.

Many long-time patients know John as Gina’s husband, and he’s participating in an American Cancer Society study called Cancer Prevention Study-3, or CPS-3. After a select few members of his family passed away from cancer, John agreed to be part of the study – anything he could do to potentially reduce his chances of getting the disease himself would be worth it.

Over the last few years John has increased his level of physical activity and attributes group classes, such as our RunFit Couch to 5k program, part of his success because the group atmosphere keeps him accountable. Plus it’s more fun to work out with a group.

If you’re not sure where to begin with a fitness program, or you avoid exercise because you’re in pain, physical therapy can help. We offer free consultations anytime, where you can talk one-on-one with a physical therapist who will help determine the cause of your pain and the next best steps. Give us call to set up a consult – you’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
Did you enjoy our tips to prevent aches and pains during the holidays? You might like our other segments.

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: tips to reduce holiday stress, reducing your chances for a fall, is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Please note, beneficiaries of federal health care programs are not eligible to participate in free consultations.

A Worldwide Service Project :: Physical Therapists Helping Others

Serving others and bettering our communities has always been a priority for our team. Each of our clinics works on a local scale, year-round, to provide aid and items in need to families and organizations right in their own back yards. When we considered becoming a part of the Ivy Rehab Network, we were drawn to their like-minded desire to collaborate on service projects on a larger scale.

On an annual basis the Ivy Rehab Network regional and clinical directors gather together for a weekend of informative presentations, inspiring sessions, and collaborative activities. “Positioned to LEAD” was the theme of this year’s event. One highly anticipated portion of the weekend involved our annual director’s service project. This year we partnered with One World Surgery where we sent physical therapists on a mission trip to provide physical therapy services to patients who had recently had surgery, or who needed primary care.

Part of our group work involved supplying and packing physical therapy kits to send to Honduras. We provided a variety of tools and aids like Therabands, shoulder pulleys, and ice packs – all things we take for granted here in the United States, but incredibly valuable in countries where the need is high. In addition, we raised over $10,000 to directly benefit One World Surgery and the amazing work they’re doing.

The Summit was also filled a series of educational breakout sessions, led by people both inside and outside of the Ivy Rehab Network. A favorite among attendees was hearing guest speaker, Tom Burgoyne, author of the book“Pheel the Love!” This guy was a great companion as well!

Northern team member, David Sefton from Lowell, delivered a presentation on Direct Access, which gives patients the ability to visit a physical therapist with or without a referral from their doctor.

To round out the weekend there were a series of awards handed out. One of which went to Kristin Weller, clinic director at our Ionia location, as she was one of the top three finalists for the Rookie Director of the Year. Congratulations, Kristin!

We filled the entire weekend with collaboration, recognition, break-out sessions, and some great exercises that allowed us to get to know each other better. Overall, it was a really inspiring weekend that strengthened us as a team and left us feeling energized and full of fresh ideas to share.

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Coffee & Consults :: Talk with a Physical Therapist

We’re now offering Coffee & Consults on Wednesdays from 10-11am. This is a special time for you to stop by, no appointment necessary, to have a casual conversation with a physical therapist. You can ask us about pain you’re experiencing or have us take a look at what’s bothering you. There is no cost or obligation for this consultation, and no strings attached. It’s simply a time for us to talk, one-on-one, and answer your questions.

If you aren’t able to make it on Wednesdays from 10-11am, feel free to give us a call. We’d be happy to make other arrangements to see you at a more convenient time.


Please note, beneficiaries of federal health care programs are not eligible to participate.