PHYSICAL THERAPY

Spring Healthy Habits

Spring Healthy Habits

As the weather gets warmer, consider how you can establish or improve healthy habits to help you look and feel great. Watch the video below for 3 tips from ACPT Physical Therapy Assistant Conor Maloney.

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2 Strategies for Back Relief While in Your Office Chair

2 Strategies for Back Relief While in Your Office Chair

Albany Chiro & PT Physical Therapist Assistant Conor walks you through 2 simple practices you can use to relieve back pain caused from sitting at a desk all day at work.

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10 Goals to Help You Focus on Health & Wellness in 2019

10 Goals to Help You Focus on Health and Wellness in 2019

Do you remember the fitness goals you set in 2018? These resolutions probably went something like: “I am going to hit the gym 5 times per week;” “I will do hot yoga at 6 am before work;” I’m going to cut out all carbs.” When reflecting on the past year, think about your progress. Did you achieve these goals as expected? If not, you’re not alone. In fact, according to Forbes, only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolution, When considering your resolutions for 2019, you can promote a healthier lifestyle without focusing solely on fitness or dieting. […]

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How to Avoid Injury While Shoveling Snow This Winter

Shoveling snow during winter is unavoidable, especially in Upstate New York, and can sometimes be a risk factor leading to hospital visits. However, you can perform this chore without hurting yourself. Here are some tips to prevent shoveling-related injuries.

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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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