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Fighting Falls Balance and Stability Program Thriving at Cape Cod Rehab Physical Therapy & Fitness

Mashpee, MA (PRWEB) January 23, 2015

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 out of 3 adults (aged 65 and older) falls every year. Physical activity is a major factor in keeping good health and maintaining independence through the aging process. Fighting Falls, a balance and stability program at Cape Cod Rehab Physical Therapy & Fitness, was designed to develop balance, coordination, flexibility, and strength to reduce the risk of falls and improve activities of daily living.

The four week Fighting Falls program begins with baseline testing and discussions of risk factors followed by exercises targeting balance and posture. The number of participants in each group is limited to provide more individualized attention for each member.

Mashpee Fitness Center member, Marcia Thompson, was extremely happy to go through the Fighting Falls program. “[The instructor] Alan Harrison did an excellent job of tailoring exercises to each individual so that there was a sense of accomplishment no matter the level of achievement.”

Another participant, Ina Schlobohm, said, “Our instructor was thorough in his explanations of the relevance of the exercises we were doing and was patient with all of our questions. I am certainly going to continue with the exercises prescribed, in the hope that things don’t deteriorate but maintain status quo and perhaps even improve.”

Part of the Mission of Cape Cod Rehab is to help people improve their performance in everyday activities, sports and recreation. The number of individuals who incur a fall is at a staggering high (over 2.5 million in 2013) therefore the Fighting Falls program was born.

Joe Carroll PT DPT SCS, owner of Cape Cod Rehab, had this to say; “This past year we lost my mother due to complications that developed after a fall that fractured her hip and humerus. I’ve decided to put greater resources into our Fighting Falls program with the goal of preventing these devastating injuries and maintaining healthy lives.”

Cape Cod Rehab is taking a pro-active approach to try to identify those who may be at risk or those who may have had an injury that has weakened them, making them a greater fall risk. There is quite a bit of ongoing research on studying not only the causes of falls, but also what types of interventions can help those at risk for falls.

Carroll has invested in the HUMAC Balance System and placed one of these high tech devices in each of Cape Cod Rehab’s three locations. Rob Potash, Vice President of CSMi, the company that developed the HUMAC Balance System stated, “HUMAC Balance was developed for physical therapists to address the rising increase and cost of senior falls. Every 17 seconds, an older adult will go to the ER due to a fall related injury.”

The device uses force plates and biofeedback for testing to measure a person’s ability to balance themselves under different standardized protocols. Potash continued to say, “The most effective single fall prevention intervention is exercise, but first one needs to identify the weakness to prescribe the appropriate training.”

Physical Therapists and trainers are then able to use the data gathered with the HUMAC Balance System to develop a treatment program of strengthening and balance exercises. Results are stored and each training session is able to give feedback to track progress.

Last month Cape Cod Rehab formed a HUMAC Balance Team with representatives from each of its 3 locations. The team’s focus is on research, analyzing data from the program and looking into ways to constantly improve Fighting Falls.

Thompson added, “In the long run, teaching good balance is a win/win class for both the participants and the rest of the population at large. Being aware of balance and working to improve it has to be one of the most important aspects of life seniors can work on.”

Locally owned and operated for over 25 years, Cape Cod Rehab specializes in the Burdenko Method, Orthopedic and Sports Injury Physical Therapy, medical exercise prescription, along with the conditioning and training of athletes. With locations in Mashpee, Hyannis, and Osterville, their motto is “Getting you back on your feet and into the game!” For more information visit

Suncoast Rehab Center Offers Individuals in Recovery Seven Tips for a New Year Free of Substance Abuse

Spring Hill, FL (PRWEB) December 29, 2014

The emotional highs and lows accompanying the holidays and the New Year to follow can trigger substance abuse, especially for people battling or recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Planning for common holiday scenarios goes a long way toward becoming and staying sober, according to the nonprofit Suncoast Rehabilitation Center.

“Recovering from substance abuse is difficult regardless of the time of year, but the holiday season poses additional and significant challenges because of its emotional and social demands,” said Tammy Strickling, Executive Director, Suncoast Rehabilitation Center. “That’s why it’s so important to be proactive with a plan to stay on the road to recovery.”

Strickling offered the following tips to help anticipate some of the holiday challenges and avoid others:

1. Identify triggers. People experience stress for different reasons. During the holidays, which can be a time of emotional, family or social stress, it’s important to identify triggers and people or situations that drive a person’s tendency to drink or use illicit substances. Identifying triggers allows an individual in recovery to make plans to avoid them and create support systems in advance to successfully stay on track.

2. Have a nonalcoholic drink in your hand at all times. Sober gatherings can’t always be chosen, but indulgences can be. Keep a drink filled with something nonalcoholic. Sweets also can be a fun way to keep the hands, mouth and mind occupied.

3. Have an exit strategy. There’s no rule that mandates staying at any gathering where alcohol or drugs are present. Have a friend or family member to leave with if things get uncomfortable. Have a plan to leave early as necessary—and don’t be afraid to use it.

4. Celebrate with the right people. Choose people who will celebrate the holidays and personal goals for the New Year. Choosing to be around people who offer support and encouragement goes a long way in staying sober.

5. Be healthy and get active. Overcoming an addiction, alone, has resulted in a healthier life. Most likely the physical deficiencies and malnutrition created through drug and alcohol use have greatly improved. Stay healthy by continuing to eat nutritious foods and taking vitamins and supplements to keep your body functioning at its most optimum level. Additionally, being active and exercising regularly is one of the best things to do. Studies show running promotes success in addiction recovery.

6. Feeling down? Talk to a friend or volunteer. Rather than revert to old habits, connect with others in recovery, seek the help of a sponsor and consider volunteering at a shelter, church group or even around the neighborhood. Helping others is a great way to turn a focus outward.

7. Safeguard and treasure your sobriety. Recovery is a day-by-day process and one that should be celebrated continuously. Don’t take it for granted. Safeguard and treasure sobriety by not letting one day affect the positive lifestyle changes that have been made.

When the Choice is Treatment

An addiction to pills, heroin, alcohol or other substances requires treatment from a qualified rehabilitation program that will address and handle all aspects of the person’s addiction.

“Receiving treatment for an addiction increases an individual’s odds of success tenfold in comparison to attempting to overcome it alone,” said Strickling. “Suncoast’s programs are designed to get people off of drugs in a healthy, natural way and help them return to the person they were before their addiction took hold.”

For more information about Suncoast Rehab Center and its commitment to supporting recovering addicts, visit

About Suncoast Rehab Center:

Located in Spring Hill, Fla., with a 76% success rate, Suncoast Rehab Center provides long-term residential treatment, physical detoxification, life skills and cognitive behavioral therapy and counseling. Suncoast is licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and was recently awarded a 100% inspection score for the fourth year in a row. Suncoast has a mission to educate youth and adults about drugs and the dangers of drugs, with the aim of preventing future drug use and abuse. Suncoast handles the physical deficiencies, weakness and problems created through drug use, without the use of additional drugs. Clients are helped to uncover the issues that led to their drug use through counseling, therapy and life skills that put the client back in control of his/her life and future. Suncoast’s purpose in drug rehabilitation is to heal the whole person and give the person tools and education to remain drug–free. For more information, visit

North American Seminars introduces Pilates Rehab Integration Strategies, a new CA, NV, FL, NJ and IL state approved Continuing Education Course for PT,OT, COTA and PTA.

Franklin TN (PRWEB) October 31, 2014

This one day OT PT continuing Education Course course blends home study training from a professionally filmed and mastered DVD with online access with face to face interactive instruction and hands on lab sessions. The course has been carefully designed to maximize the learning experience by combining the self-paced online/DVD home study materials with a focused hands-on training session in the classroom.

Pilates is an effective treatment tool when properly integrated into a rehabilitation program. The proper integration of Pilates principles for orthopedic, neurologic, and geriatric populations will be presented during the online educational course and reinforced with a one day hands-on training session supported with lecture. Case study presentations with discussion of the supporting theories of Pilates exercises are integrated into the live and online materials. Expert HD video demonstrates, with narration, over 80 Pilates techniques and exercises and is delivered online and with a DVD. The live session reinforces these concepts and techniques and provides comprehensive lab sessions devoted to learning, properly executing, and cueing Pilates mat exercises. Small apparatus, including foam rolls, Swiss balls, and rings, will be used during lab exercises for modifications and advancements.

Supporting written material is provided for the online as well as live training sessions, and a DVD is provided for self-paced offline learning and reference. Specifically, participants will receive a comprehensive manual containing information on the evidence-based practice of Pilates in rehabilitation (including references to current research articles, types of exercises, effectiveness of Pilates, comparison of Pilates with other forms of exercises, and the use of Pilates in various patient populations) and a professionally filmed and mastered interactive DVD with online access.

This OT PT Pilates CME course will provide a deeper understanding of how to properly perform and instruct patients on Pilates techniques. This understanding forms the basis for integrating Pilates principles, fundamental and core stabilization exercises into your specific rehab programs and real life patient related functional activities. Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to immediately integrate their knowledge in the clinical setting to provide a Pilates-based treatment program to the orthopedic, neurologic, and/or geriatric patient for improved functional outcomes.

This Pilates Rehab Continuing Education Course will be presented at:

January 30, 2015-January 30, 2015 presented at UHS-Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, NV

Tuition: $ 399.00- 7 Live 10 Home Study    

March 20, 15-March 20, 2015 presented at San Ramon Regional Medical Center in San Ramon, CA Tuition: $ 399.00-7 Live 10 Home Study    

June 05, 2015-June 05, 2015 presented at Vital Rehabilitation in Chicago, IL Tuition: $ 399.00-8 Live 12 Home Study

October 02, 2015-October 02, 2015 presented at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, NJ Tuition: $ 399.00-7 Live 10 Home Study    

November 07, 2015-November 07, 2015 presented at Baptist Hospital of Miami in Miami, FL Tuition: $ 399.00-8 Live 12 Home Study    

For more information and to register visit

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