PHYSICAL THERAPY

Strength Training Critical for Active, Independent Aging

To the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, putting them at high risk of osteoporosis, Albany physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi has an important message: exercise is good medicine. But not just any exercise – weight-bearing, muscle-strengthening exercise. “As people get older, bone density certainly becomes an issue for many people, which can lead to unexpected falls, broken bones and even the onset of osteoporosis,” said Trimarchi, physical therapist of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. “But studies have proven that doing regular, weight-bearing exercise like jogging, walking, aerobics, dancing and resistance training can actually strengthen your bones. It’s a […]

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‘Why Movement Matters’ during National Physical Therapy Month

While the profession of physical therapy is often characterized under the generalized label “rehabilitation,” Albany physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi is eager to create a wider narrative – one that focuses on physical therapy’s overall ability to change lives by helping people move better. “When it comes down to it, physical therapy is all about experiences. It’s about making it possible for people to live and experience life to the fullest,” said Trimarchi, physical therapist of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. “Movement – not just exercise, but the overall ability to work, play and live optimally – just so happens to […]

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Pools offer both fitness, relief for older adults

While drinking plenty of water is critical to life, health and healing, simply submerging your body in water (i.e., a pool) opens up opportunities for relief and fitness for those who otherwise may have difficulty exercising. This is especially important for aging adults and those with chronic conditions, said Albany physical therapist Joseph Trimarchi. “When our bodies are submerged in water, such as in a pool, we become lighter,” said Trimarchi, physical therapist of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy. “This, coupled with the natural resistance water places on movement, makes water exercise ideal for many people who deal with issues […]

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Mind your Back(pack) during Back-to-School

From homework and tests to extra-curricular activities, students already shoulder plenty of weight during back-to-school time. Their backpacks should be the least of their worries, says Albany chiropractor Dr. John Traudt. “Backpacks are so practical, but they’re also so easy to misuse,” said Traudt, of Albany Chiropractic & Physical Therapy in Albany. “If they’re too heavy or just worn incorrectly, backpacks can cause strained muscles, sore joints, back pain and even injury in kids.” The American Occupational Therapy Association estimates that about 79 million students across the U.S. carry school backpacks. Among these, nearly 22,000 strains, sprains, dislocations and fractures […]

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Dog Owners More Likely to Meet Fitness Benchmarks

It turns out our furry friends have more to offer us than companionship and unconditional love. Multiple studies show that dog owners are generally healthier and more likely to meet national fitness benchmarks than non-owners.  According to the American Heart Association, dog owners are 54 percent more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity each day.    In general, pet ownership has proven to lead to a number of great health benefits associated with happiness, reducing stress, and lowering blood pressure but dogs are special. Because they need exercise and often demand it from us, they have a persistent way of […]

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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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