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Monday, December 24th was a unique day at Full Range!  For the 2nd year, we have worked with the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County to provide 2 swimmers with a $250 scholarship, called the Full Range Scholarship!  Founder, Mike McDevitt started the Full Range Scholarship in 2018 to give back, but that’s not all!  One of Mike’s passions is coaching and over 15 years have been dedicated to the sport of swimming.  From 2004-2009, Mike was dedicated to the development and growth of the Lansdowne YMCA Marlins swimming program. The Full Range Scholarship seeks to highlight and reward swimmers who have set goals and demonstrated a strong work ethic to achieve those goals.  To qualify, swimmers must be 13 or older and demonstrate good character, via the submission of a letter of recommendation from a counselor, teacher, coach, or activity advisor indicating the they demonstrate the four core values of caring, honesty,…

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Some sports, such as football, baseball, hockey, golf, etc…, are always in the spotlight and are commonly recognized to have injuries and specific programming to return the field.  Then there are other sports, list gymnastics, cheerleading, dancing, and the performing arts, that we don’t hear much about regarding injuries and their specific needs when returning to competition and/or performing. Perhaps it is the grace of the performance that doesn’t allow us to see the struggle behind the beauty? Or simply the magic of showbiz that takes us somewhere special, forgetting that the performers are people that get injured, have aches and pains, and require consistent training to maintain their superb stamina and level of fitness. But who is a resource for these athletes and performers? A physical therapist with the experience and passion for the intricacies that are requires day in and day out to be flexible yet strong, soft yet…

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What is Powerlifting? Powerlifting is a sport that involves performing three weight lifting movements (Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift) during a competition. A competitor’s goal is to lift the maximum amount of weight for one repetition while maintaining strict technique. Three judges assess technique during each movement to maintain consistency among competitors. Powerlifting is essentially the ultimate test of full body power and strength.   The Common Misconception: What is the first thought that comes to mind when you think of powerlifting? Do you envision a muscle-bound man, maybe with the bulky physique of a young Arnold Schwarzenegger? Or do you think of the current, sixty-seven year old, lower muscle mass version of Arnold Schwarzenegger? Both answers are correct. The athletes at powerlifting competitions actually range in various degrees of age, gender, and body weight. At any given event, a spectator could witness any scope of variability among lifters. For…

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In a time when we are hurt, we get a rush of emotions, including fear, anxiety, hesitation, anger, depression, and many more.  It is a unique feeling because we are not quite sure what to do, what we did to cause it, and what is happening internally.  As physical therapists, we pride ourselves on being able to evaluate a condition by assessing symptomatic responses, weakness, range of motion deficits, and other tests and measures.  But what happens when the physical therapist gets injured? This past week was eye opening.  As the owner of a physical and occupational therapy practice, an advocate for the rehab professions, a McKenzie Certified clinician, and passionate practicing clinician, the tables turned, and I was the injured.  This wasn’t the first time, but it was the worst time.  Tuesday morning started with a tweak, ended much worse. Wednesday began with a failed running attempt but I continued…

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Help us help others by joining in the Full Range Focus! Drexel Hill, PA (June 30, 2018) – This July, we will be launching our new initiative, Full Range Focus!  Since 2014, it has been our goal to give back.  Initially, we had T-Shirts for various causes to bring awareness.  We had pink for Breast Cancer, green for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and purple for Alzheimer’s Disease.  Now, we are taking our efforts to the next level! Starting tomorrow, we will have a different focus each month!  For July, our focus is Parkinson’s Disease and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. We will contribute $5 for each new patient at each of our 3 locations. Additionally, we will contribute $1 for each social media “check in” by a patient.  All “check in’s” should include our hashtag #yourlifeyourgoalsyourway How can you help? Join us in the Full Range Focus by choosing Full…

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As a Physical or Occupational Therapist working with folks in their homes, we talk about falls on a daily basis.  We talk about the causes, the risk factors, the consequences, and how to prevent them.  This is a good approach; however, we are often talking to people who have had a fall (or two…) and understand what it feels like!  What would be great is if we had a global understanding of what falls are and how to identify risk factors and causes prior to them happening! Falls are in fact when someone hits the ground!  This is the general definition out there. But… That is NOT all!  When I talk about falls, I ask two questions: Have you fallen recently? AND Have you had any close calls? A fall is not only when someone hits the ground, but also an unexpected movement when you end up somewhere you didn’t…

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LSVT Big (BIG) is a treatment technique used by Physical and Occupational Therapists to improve a person’s, ability to produce larger more normal movements with walking and activities of daily living.  It is more commonly known as a treatment strategy to help those folks who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a type of neurological movement disorder. It can affect a person’s ability to perform common everyday activities. People with PD can experience a wide range of symptoms, including those that impact movement (motor symptoms) and those that do not (non-motor symptoms). The most common motor symptoms of PD are tremors, stiffness, or rigidity of the muscles and a slowness in movement (bradykinesia). Because PD impacts a person’s movement center, a person with PD typically experiences a decrease in their ability to regulate their posture, balance, coordination, and walking. Overtime, a person may be unable to…

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For years, healthcare has been looking for the “silver bullet”, or the perfect way to make the most money possible with the least services possible.  We could debate about this for days, but let’s call it what it is, healthcare is a business just like any other business.  The issue with this is that the subjects that are at risk are people, including our friends, family, and, at one time or another, providers themselves. We could take this in so many directions with different aspects of healthcare, but recently there has been a push for automation of therapy services, including Physical and Occupational Therapy.  These automation services include web or app based programs that have been presented and advertised as a way to minimize the need for therapy. At first glance this software is interesting to many people and organizations, especially with the dynamic nature of healthcare payments.  The software…

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Did you know that dizziness can be treated by Physical Therapists?  As a matter of fact, Physical Therapists are some of the highest trained medical professionals skilled in treating certain diagnoses causing this!  Dizziness is a symptom that can be caused by a large number of diagnoses, including both Vertigo and Concussions.  Recently, Dr. Megan Mills (formerly Patro) earned her certification in treating vestibular disorders. Vestibular Rehab is non-invasive, cost-effective, and, in some cases, very short term!  This type of rehab is beneficial for people of all ages and has been shown to be helpful with migraines, diabetes, concussions, BPPV (Vertigo), Meniere’s Disease, and Vestibular Neuritis.  Prior to treatment, an extensive initial consultation is used to determine what course of action is best suited to improve your situation. Following an initial consultation, a plan of care utilizing restorative positioning, visual training, compensatory measures and balance training is put together to…

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Its been around a while now! Social media has quickly become a primary source of information, good bad, or trivial! It is up to us to be able to navigate through the plethora of info and determine whether it is true or not. The inherent issue here is that once you’ve seen or heard the message, you cannot undo it. Recently, I have noticed a significant amount of experts emerging in the social media world. They are taking the time to bring information mainstream that will engage their followers. This is exactly what we are supposed to do, right? But what happens when posts include sarcasm that belittles others (intentionally or unintentionally), instruction or advice that has no proven foundation, or promote services that may be more sham than productive? Simply put, social media works to put us in touch with others, including friends, family, fans, acquaintances, and more. Inherently…

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