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Physical therapist-developed exercise programs can reduce athlete's risk of injury by 41%  
American Journal of Sports Medicine 8/08

Hello to all our friends!  


Are you ready to get back to walking with less of a limp, lifting your arm up above your head with less pain or getting up with little to no back pain?

If so, please visit your physician and come visit us! It is time to take control of your health. None of us should assume that having pain and daily soreness is normal just because we are getting older. I frequently hear, "Well, I am getting older, so I expect to have pain."

I am aging as well as everyone else, but I plan on enjoying my daily life with little to no pain as long as I can. I am 58 years young and I am expected to take care of myself because I am a physical therapist. Just because I am a physical therapist or physician or other health care provider does not mean I take care of myself. We all have to choose to take control of taking care of ourselves.

What is your expectation as your chronological age increases? Please don't believe chronic back, neck, knee or shoulder pain is a way of aging! It isn't!

Just come in for a physical therapy evaluation and find out how you can better take care of yourself. Let me or your other physical therapist know that you are not only going to physical therapy to have your pain decreased, but also to learn a few simple ways to take care of your health.

Only you can
control your personal health. Choose to come in and learn to live a more pain-free life!



Fran McDonald






Smart Moves for Families-Getting Fit in 2013

Making a commitment to be physically active is one of the best ways families can prevent or combat obesity and its consequences. Physical therapists support the Department of Health and Human Services' Physical Activity Guidelines, which states:
  • Children should get 1 hour or more of physical activity a day.
  • Adults should do 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity.

Physical therapists' extensive knowledge of pre-existing conditions (such as type 2 diabetes and obesity) allows them to help people of all ages and abilities establish life-long patterns of physical activity. For those who already are obese, physical therapists can devise safe exercise programs that reduce pain, restore flexibility, and increase strength and cardiovascular endurance. For people with type 2 diabetes, they can design and supervise exercise programs that reduce the need for medications, lower the risk of heart disease and stroke, and help manage glucose levels, among other benefits.

The following tips were designed by physical therapists to help families stay active and incorporate physical activities into their daily lives:

"Smart Moves" for Families

  • Plan weekend family activities involving physical activity, such as hiking, swimming, bicycling, mini-golf, tennis, or bowling.
  • Help your child plan physical activities with friends and neighbors, such as skating or softball.
  • Have your kids brainstorm a "rainy day" game plan of indoor activities involving fitness games such as Wii Fit or Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Remember that your family does not need to join a health club or buy fancy equipment to be active. Walking isn't costly and it's easy. So is designing a backyard obstacle course. Weights can be made from soda or detergent bottles filled with sand or water!
  • Provide positive rewards for your child when he or she engages in physical activities, such as workout clothes, a new basketball, or an evening of roller-skating.
  • Provide positive feedback about your child's lifestyle changes. Remember not to focus on the scale (for you or your child).
  • Be your child's "exercise buddy." Plan daily walks or bike rides and set goals together for increasing physical activity rather than for losing weight. It's also great "bonding" time!
  • As you schedule your child's extracurricular activities, remember to plan time for exercise and activity as a priority for the entire family. Don't just "squeeze it in."
  • Encourage children to try individualized sports such as tennis and swimming. Studies show such activities are the basis of lifelong fitness habits.
  • Parents and children can do exercises while watching television (or at least during commercials), such as sit-ups, push-ups, or running in place. Discourage snacking or eating meals while watching.

 (Move Forward, APTA)

You have the right to CHOOSE your physical therapist, tell your doctor you want to go to McDonald Physical Therapy.  Wishing you a Happy & Healthy 2013! 



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