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Denver Physical Therapy: Common Measurements and Meanings


August 23, 2017

Life happens at a moments notice and eventually it is likely either you or someone close to you will be in need of some form of physical therapy. Whether as a result of simply aging with the passing of time, suffering a broken bone or bones, or for pain management the resulting plan of action can initially seem overwhelming to a subject facing treatment.

Often doctors or other medical professionals will schedule the entire process beginning with therapy that may occur in a rehab facility or hospital, depending on the extent of an injury and best possible plan for recovery. This is then typically followed by at-home movements and other exercises individuals can perform on their own or via scheduled services in a professional facility such as these.

While there is nothing to fear in regards to the physical therapy application, feelings of tentativeness and uneasiness are not uncommon for those facing a treatment plan during recovery. Coupled with often unknown and confusing medical terminology in addition to other generic terms, explanations are often warranted but rarely attributed unless specifically addressed.

To help, following are a few general terms and meanings a subject may encounter when involved with physical therapy treatment.

RANGE OF MOTION

Range of motion is commonly defined as the full movement potential of a joint. For example, normal range of motion in the knee goes from zero (0) when completely straight-legged to 135 degrees if bent fully. Physical therapists use a device called a goniometer to measure a joint’s degree of flexion. Over time and with proper treatment, patients can often either return to a full, normal range of motion or at least increase their movement from its’ current injured state.

FLEXIBILITY

Essentially flexibility is the ability of anything to bend without breaking into two or more pieces. For humans, this aspect focuses mainly on joints and ligaments holding them together. When increasing a subject’s flexibility, often the risk for injury is decreased and pain, if applicable, can be reduced considerably. Consistent, proper, and considerable stretching over an extended period of time can increase an individual’s overall flexibility and lead to improved movement while assisting in the recovery process.

GAIT

Finally, gait refers to a person’s manner of walking ultimately derived from stride length, pace, and step. Typically used in relation to lower body injuries which could impede an individual’s ability to walk, physical therapy can be administered allowing a return to a more normal locomotor function.

If in need of physical therapy or individual training our highly trained staff at ActivCore is ready and willing to answer questions, assist you in personal program development, and further explain any terminology for you. Redcord suspension system services are also available inside every office to assist in necessary physical therapy or correlate with your new fitness plan. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment.
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Target Audience for Redcord Suspension Training


August 16, 2017

The benefits of Redcord suspension training are plenty and one of the main reasons for such a rise in the growing use of training and physical therapy methods. A unique exercise method focusing on the individual and able to specifically target their desired needs, Redcord has a seemingly limitless impact on its’ users.

A leader in the suspension exercise and training industry for 25-years, Redcord offers available exercise for neuromuscular treatment, training, and performance. By leveraging an individual’s body weight as resistance most every exercise greatly reduces the risk of injury and focuses on stabilizing muscles as opposed to generic exercises targeting larger masses.

While the Redcord system is designed specifically for anyone, the following groups of people can greatly benefit from the incorporation of suspension exercise into their routines.

ATHLETES

Whether professional, collegiate, high school, recreation league, or younger - all athletes can benefit from Redcord suspension training. The ability of the mechanism to isolate and target specific muscle groups while supporting an individual’s body weight allow the system to be utilized by people of any age, shape, and size.

SURGERY RECOVERY

Another common use for suspension training involves a focus on the rehabilitation of injuries. Those suffering from specific surgeries can target their ailing area and decrease recovery time by using suspension training. Whether suffering from a shoulder or knee injury, the suspension training unit can specifically target any area of the human body.

INJURY REHABILITATION

Just like those recovering from surgery, less invasive injuries can also be rehabilitated through the use of Redcord. Twisted ankles, sprained wrists, and various other ailments can be targeted by the dynamic system and used to help get individuals back to a more normal functioning state despite their specific injury.

WEIGHT LOSS

For people concerned with weight loss and looking to find a workout program with results, suspension training is a good place to start. By incorporating the harnesses and anchor points allowable from a Redcord suspension system, those individuals looking to drop a few pounds can safely be allowed to do so with a variety of different exercises.

KIDS

Finally, Redcord suspension systems are designed to be beneficial for a large group of individuals. This includes children who may or may not fall into one of the above categories. Kids who are recovering from surgery, injury, or looking to lose weight can also reap the benefits of the suspension training system.

Redcord can benefit a variety of individuals whether you fit into one of the above described situations or not. If finding yourself in need of physical therapy or individual training our highly trained staff at ActivCore is ready and willing to answer questions or assist you in personal program development. Redcord suspension system services are available inside every office to assist in necessary physical therapy or correlate with your new fitness plan. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment.
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Physical Therapy in Denver Offers Pilates Benefits


August 9, 2017

Developed in the 1920’s, Pilates is a series of over 700 movement exercises specifically designed to improve both the balance and strength of an individual’s core muscle group. The name is derived from inventor Joseph Pilates of Germany, whose father was a metal worker and gymnast, while his mother worked as a housewife and dabbled in alternate medicines.

Growing up surrounded by the many physical exercise methods being invoked in his country at the time, Pilates elected to create his own unique blend of movement patterns. He developed machines to assist in his movements execution and believed they would alleviate pain while providing core strength benefits. The most famous apparatus, a term used by Pilates himself to describe them, was the Reformer which is still used today by Pilates enthusiasts.

The simple yet versatile movements associated with Pilates make it one of the best exercise options for individuals of any size, shape, or activity level. Also, prior training or experience with an exercise program is not needed as the movements can be taught and executed simultaneously. In fact, many of the exercises are performed while either seated or in a relaxed position.

Not only does the ease of accessibility make Pilates one of the top choices for individuals looking to tone their bodies while strengthening their core, but it also offers the following other benefits as well.

STRONG AND TONED MIDSECTION

One of the most integral aspects of Pilates is a supreme focus on the movements being executed as opposed to the number of repetitions being made. While most programs are restricted by reps or time, Pilates specific exercises focus more on breathing and proper movement.

These concepts help to develop a balanced and strong center, targeting the abdominals and lower back muscles for one of the main benefits of Pilates. Through proper development of a body’s center, an individual can alleviate back pain while improving their balance and posture.

IMPROVE BALANCE AND COORDINATION

Improved posture aids an individual by keeping all bones and joints in their correct location and functioning properly. The less stress placed on these joints during routine movements allows the muscles to be used more efficiently.

While the focus may be on the body’s core, Pilates exercises train the entire body as a whole. Each movement is developed to improve core strength but also focus on the extremities, improving body awareness and overall coordination.

FULL BODY AND MIND WORKOUT

Finally, Pilates is a complete full body workout. Since many movements are executed in a seated or relaxed position, an individual can focus more on their breathing patterns in association with the movements being performed.

Each session will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated.

If ready to reap all of the benefits available from Pilates participation, the highly trained staff at ActivCore Denver is ready and willing to assist you. Pilates equipment and Redcord suspension system services are available inside every office. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment.
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Physical Therapy in Denver: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing A Physical Therapist


August 2, 2017

Not all physical therapists are created equal, and it’s hard to find the perfect fit for your problem. Physical Therapy Denver is already specialized for each individual person and each appointment is a very personal time spent with your therapist. We specialize in suspension training. If you aren’t familiar, read up on the benefits of suspension training.

To make your physical therapy work for you, it’s important to ask the right questions before finding the physical therapist that will meet your needs the best. Don’t simply go off of a list your insurance company or your doctor, ask these questions and keep your goal in mind.

Do you specialize in treating my condition?

This is the sole reason why you’re trying to find a physical therapist, so it’s the most important question you can ask. If you find out that they don’t have expertise in your injury, it’s probably a good sign that you might need to find someone else. You should also ask how many patients they have treated with the same specific problem as you, and how long it took them to make progress in treating your injury or mobility. If you have a goal in mind, mention that to the physical therapist! They’ll be able to tell you how capable it will be to get you there.

Would I always be seeing the same therapist?

Building a relationship with your physical therapist is crucial because they will know your story and know your progress every time you see them. If you stick with the same person, each time you come in for your appointment, they will be able to appropriately assess your progress from the last session and adjust your plan if needed. By seeing the same physical therapist, you’ll have better communication and a more team approach to making your goals and rehabilitation. That’s not to say that switching between reputable physical therapists is a bad thing, as you would be able to see different approaches towards treating your injuries. If you would like the same physical therapist each time, be sure to ask if that’s a possibility.

How much time will I spend with my physical therapist?

Your initial evaluation with your physical therapist can take anywhere from one hour up to two, but typical rehabilitation appointments can last up to an hour. Read up on what to expect from your first PT during your first appointment. Some may be shorter, or longer, depending on your goals, injuries, and possible complexity of your treatment. Physical therapy is a long term commitment, as short as four weeks or longer (again, depending on your goals). Most patients attend physical therapy for a minimum of 12 to 24 visits over the course of weeks. When you’re scheduling your physical therapy sessions, be sure you have time blocked out in your schedule as this can be a big time investment.

Why ActivCore? We guarantee that patients spend at least 55 minutes of undivided attention with a licensed physical therapist during each session. ActivCore’s focused, one-on-one treatments and specialized equipment, including suspension trainers, helps patients reach their goals in fewer sessions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!
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Physical Therapy in Denver: Most Common Recreational Injuries


July 26, 2017

During the summer many Americans begin to head outside to enjoy the benefit of nice weather. While a variety of summer recreational options abound including biking, boating, hiking, water skiing, rock climbing, horseback riding, and more winter recreational activities result in more injuries. Despite the difference in climate, any misstep may lead to an injury and pain in need of physical therapy for treatment.

While risk management practices attempt to keep both summer and winter recreational opportunities resulting in an incident to a minimum, the unfortunate truth is that most any activity has inherent risks involved. Some factors will be a direct result of personal choice or decision in trying to accomplish a feat for which an individual may not be trained while some will be completely accidental. Following is a look at the three most common outdoor recreational injuries and the top five resulting activities.  

Fracture

The most common of recreational injuries involves a bone fracture. Medically, there is no difference between a bone fracture or break indicating possibly the broadest terms in specific injuries. A fracture covers anything from a small hairline crack to a compound break meaning the bone is protruding from the skin.

Similarly, most of these injuries occur to the extremities of the body. The hands, arms, legs, and feet are most vulnerable to a fracture during recreational activity. Often, the results are from falling while attempting to participate in the recreational activity of an individual's choosing.

Strain/Sprain

According to the Mayo Clinic strains and sprains are defined as similar injuries which share similar feelings but involve different parts of the human body.

“A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle.

A strain is a stretching or tearing of muscle or tendon. A tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects muscles to bones. Strains often occur in the lower back and in the hamstring muscle in the back of your thigh.”

These injuries are often the results of overexertion or similarly taking a tumble while performing almost any recreational activity.

Contusion/Abrasion

Less severe injuries but those may still require some type physical therapy treatment can also result from slips, falls, or spills. A contusion or bruise occurs when the skin tissue has been injured. Abrasions are when the skin is broken or torn away.

Each of these can cause varying amounts of pain depending on the severity of the injury.

Finally, a 2005 study published by Wilderness Medical Society revealed estimated amounts of outdoor recreational injuries according to activity type. Three of the five involve winter and colder climate activities while two should keep patrons alert this summer.
  1. Snowboarding 53,996 estimated cases per year
  2. Snow skiing 51,285 estimated cases per year
  3. Sledding 22,780 estimated cases per year
  4. Surfing 17,739 estimated cases per year
  5. Hiking 13,448 estimated cases per year
If a victim of an unfortunate recreational incident ActivCore Denver can assist you by offering advanced physical therapy and Redcord suspension system services inside every office. With two locations to better serve you, ActivCore is located within the Cherry Creek Wellness Center and Cherry Creek Athletic Club in Denver. Come in today or call 303-395-2931 to schedule an appointment.
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