ACPT NEWS & RESOURCES

Bad Posture Can ‘Sneak Up’ as Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain in older adults often appears suddenly, as if caused by a sudden trauma or injury. But for many, says ACPT physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi, shoulder injuries are often the result of musculoskeletal conditions directly associated with aging and, more specifically, weakening posture. Some people may think ‘I slept on it wrong’ or ‘I pulled something in my shoulder, but the truth might point to something more long-term. The pain might be something that’s been developing over time, perhaps due to taking on a tighter, less upright posture as they age. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), […]

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Parent Tip: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults

With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles. And the first step in teaching kids to be active is to be a good role model. “Kids are more often than not going to imitate their parents when it comes to activity level,” says ACPT Physical Therapist Joe Trimarchi. “If you’re an active person who goes for walks, bike rides, spends time outdoors and plays with them regularly, your kids […]

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Prevent Falls by Focusing on Strength and Balance Exercises

Aging couple outdoors helping each other keep balanced

During a time when the U.S. is so focused on reducing the cost of overall medical expenses, ACPT physical therapist Joe Trimarchi shared that a staggering number, according to medical professionals, could be significantly reduced through preventative care. $67.7 billion, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be the total cost of fall injuries experienced by older Americans (65+) in the year 2020. Medicare and Medicaid will cover about three-quarters of these costs. “This is a shocking amount of money, but the burden felt by older Americans goes beyond the pocketbook,” said Trimarchi. “Fall-related injury is a […]

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Playing Multiple Sports Leads to Healthier Kids

In an era of specialization in sports involving athletes of all ages, the professionals at ACPT join most medical experts in agreeing that young athletes generally remain mentally and physically healthier, achieve greater success, and learn to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness when they opt to play multiple sports.  Trimarchi adds that, in contrast, allowing youths to specialize in a sport year-round can lead to burnout, a greater risk of experiencing overuse injuries, and less long-term success.  “Encouraging our kids to specialize in a single sport throughout the year isn’t putting them on the right path toward success without risking injury and […]

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Importance of Balance and Flexibility Highlighted at the Winter Olympics

As millions marvel at the world’s top competitors performing athletic feats on cold, wet, and slippery surfaces during this month’s 2018 Winter Olympics, ACPT’s chiropractor, Dr. Traudt sees an ideal educational opportunity for local athletes and fitness-minded people. While we watch Alpine skiers speed through difficult downhill courses and figure skaters bound balletically across the ice, Dr. Traudt sees performances that vividly highlight the importance of two oft-overlooked elements of good fitness and training routines: of balance and flexibility. “When we work to prepare our bodies for a certain activity, or simply for the rigors of living an active lifestyle, […]

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Exercise Ball Lumbar Strength Program

SUPINE TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your back with an exercise ball under your lower legs, slowly roll the ball side to side to gently rotate your back. Repeat 10 Times Hold 3 Seconds Complete 2 Sets Perform 1 Time(s) a Day     PRAYER STRETCH While kneeling with an exercise ball in front of you, slowly lean forward and roll the ball forward until a stretch is felt. Repeat 5 Times Hold 5 Seconds Complete 2 Sets Perform 1 Time(s) a Day     PELVIC TILT – SITTING Sit on a large exercise ball and place your hands on […]

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Lumbar Strength Program – AROM

PELVIC TILT – SUPINE Lie on your back with your knees bent. Next, arch your low back and then flatten it repeatedly. Your pelvis should tilt forward and back during the movement. Move through a comfortable range of motion. Repeat 10 Times Hold 3 Seconds Complete 2 Sets Perform 2 Time(s) a Day     HIP ADDUCTION SQUEEZE – SUPINE Place a rolled-up towel, ball or pillow between your knees and press your knees together so that you squeeze the object firmly. Hold and then release and repeat. Repeat 10 Times Hold 3 Seconds Complete 2 Sets Perform 2 Time(s) […]

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Use Fitness Apps in 2018 … but Use with Caution

As more people continue to turn to health apps on their smartphones to help achieve goals related to exercise and weight loss, it’s important to use such tools with an element of personal caution, says Albany chiropractor Dr. John Traudt. According to a report by the firm Research2Guideance, more than 325,000 health apps were available to consumers in 2017. These include popular apps like Strava, Lose It!, Couch to 5K, FitStar Personal Trainer, etc. – apps available to help people achieve goals related to weight loss, healthy eating, and improved fitness. “The emergence of health and fitness apps is definitely […]

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Make your 2018 resolutions stick with the following goalsetting tips

A typical New Year’s resolution is doomed to fail – that is, if you believe in statistics alone. According to Albany physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi, research shows that around 80 percent of people who make resolutions on the first of the year have already fallen off the wagon by Valentine’s Day. That includes two of the most popular resolutions made throughout the U.S. each year: to work out more and to lose weight. “Fortunately, statistics don’t control the success or failure of any life change,” said Trimarchi, of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. “Medical professionals across the spectrum agree that success […]

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Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Collection!

The ACPT office is all decked out for the holiday season!! Today, we started a collection for Toys for Tots and are a registered Toys for Tots drop-off. Please feel free to stop by the office (1694 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205) with any new, unwrapped toy. Let’s help some children have a holiday to remember!! We appreciate your support!  

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