ACPT NEWS & RESOURCES

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, we shouldn’t only be focusing on strength and cardio fitness,” said Dr. Traudt. “It’s a good start, but if your balance and flexibility are below […]

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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 your hips. Next, arch your low back and then flatten it repeatedly. Your pelvis should tilt forward and back during the movement. Move through a […]

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Lumbar Strength Program

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) a Day       SUPINE HIP ABDUCTION – ELASTIC BAND CLAMS Lie down on your back with your knees bent. Place an elastic band […]

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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 a positive development in the healthcare world as many have been successful in engaging people and empowering them to take on a greater personal role […]

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Make your resolutions stick with the following goal-setting 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 comes through methodical goalsetting that helps you ‘see the change.’” One way to achieve “resolutionary success” is to mirror the process of goal setting and […]

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‘Prehabilitation’ Improves Post-Op Rehab

The stronger and more balanced your muscles are before orthopedic surgery (e.g., joint replacement surgery), the stronger and better off you’ll be after. That’s the philosophy behind prehabilitation, says physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. “The goal of prehabilitation is to improve a patient’s strength and functional capacity prior to surgery through a comprehensive exercise program,” Trimarchi said. “This not only prepares the body for the stresses of the surgery itself, but it better prepares the patient for post-operative rehab, helping lead to a more rapid and successful recovery.” Researchers have supported this claim. A study published in the October 2014 edition of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery determined that physical therapy before joint replacement surgery – a prehabilitation […]

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