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The Scientific 7-Minute Workout
If you have been to my office you know that I do not have big gym equipment and often tell clients that the best workouts do not require any. Gravity, and our own body weight is often enough to work out and enhance postural alignment.
Well now scientists are on board too! Check out this article from a recent NY Times.
In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.
Osteoporosis Preventative Measures
This is a great article highlighting important tips to help prevent or slow osteoporosis and support good bone health. Because bone loss results from both genetic and environmental factors, experts recommend that you also understand your personal risk of osteoporosis.
A bone density test will measure a small part of one or a few bones to evaluate the strength of your bones and potential risk for osteoporosis.
Click on the pictures in this article to learn more. Weight bearing exercises and strength training are huge factors in supporting our bones. For more information talk to you PT and MD today.
Study: Physical therapy as effective as surgery for patients with meniscal tear, knee OA
Physical therapy was as effective at treating meniscal tears and knee osteoarthritis as arthroscopic surgery, according to this study from the New England Journal of Medicine.
Physical therapy reduces symptoms of migraine
Over the years I have helped quite a few people who suffer from constant and highly aggravating migraines. I find that women especially have been open to the idea of physical therapy for their migraines when they are trying or have become pregnant and need alternatives to migraine medication. I have seen great results using a combination of manual therapy techniques, with prescribed exercises for stretching, strengthening, re-alignment, and stress reduction. Most of the articles and studies like this one will open the door for more people to be aware that there are more options than suffering or intense medications to help with their migraines.
Fitness May Lower Dementia Risk
Being physically fit in midlife is associated with a lower risk ofdementia in old age, a new study reports.
“Dementia is a disease with no cure and no good therapies,” said the lead author, Dr. Laura F. DeFina, the interim chief scientific officer at the Cooper Institute in Dallas. Physical activity may be “a preventive way to address dementia instead of addressing the costs of a disabled elder.”