Penrose Physical Therapy
21
Jan 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Prevention is better than cure….. Time for your FREE Annual Physical Therapy Check Up!

Prevention is a much better choice than the alternative, which is to notice a problem (ex: poor balance since that is our focus this series!) and ignore it or assume there is nothing you can do about it and let it continue to worsen with time. I am amazed how many patients I meet that have resigned to “getting older” means I will just have to live with this balance problem or knee pain or weakness. Be Proactive! With this mindset, the issue will continue to grow bigger until it becomes a major problem (ex: hip fracture from a fall). Once you’ve traveled down this path, you know it takes more time, effort and energy to recover and manage the issue effectively. Being proactive about managing your health is even more important as you age since you are at a higher risk for experiencing declines in your overall health and in your ability to move around. If you want the secret to aging here it is: stay mobile and active and eat more veggies! We all know about prevention. This is why most of us go to the dentist 2x a year. It is also why we go to our annual physician check-up. However, how many of us go to an annual balance, strength, flexibility, stamina checkup? Zero that I know of. So Penrose Physical Therapy is offering a FREE event… Read More
15
Jan 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Was Told Not To Bend Or Twist With Osteoporosis; Yet Research Shows Yoga Increases Bone Density

Yoga has along list of health benefits. They include greater flexibility, stronger muscles, better posture, balance, reduced emotional and physical stress, and self-esteem. Yoga and its many forward folds have to be eliminated for the osteoporosis crowd. However, the rotational poses actually increase bone density as I will explain. Dr. Loren Fishman, a physiatrist at Columbia University in rehabilitative medicine has been gathering evidence on yoga and bone health. And his aim was to determine whether yoga might be an effective therapy for osteoporosis. But the idea that yoga helps bone density is not widely accepted in the medical community. Knowing more than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States, Dr. Fishman hoped that this low-cost and less dangerous alternative to bone-loss drugs is worth pursuing. Medication As An Intervention Bone-loss medications can produce adverse side effects like gastrointestinal distress and fractures of the femur. Indeed, a study published in “Clinical Interventions in Aging” found that among 126,188 women found to have osteoporosis, all of whom had Medicare Part D drug coverage, only 28 percent started bone drug therapy within a year of diagnosis. But most people do know that the prescribed medications come with complicating factors and risks. Dr. Fishman and colleagues wrote recently, yoga’s “side effects”,  “include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait.” How does yoga work to increase bone density? “Yoga… Read More
07
Jan 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

“My Doctor Told Me To Stop Bending At The Spine – Help!

This was a reply by one of my patients that really was at a loss of how to move without bending the spine. She truly loved Yoga and wanted to know if there was any possibility of modifying yoga. Yes it is possible and I will explain more. How to bend without bending at the spine is one of the most common questions I get from my osteoporosis and osteopenia patients. It is often one of the most difficult things to learn in the beginning and once you have it down it becomes how you move all the time. Anytime our body has to learn how to move differently it feels very awkward and difficult. Learning to bend without bending the back will also prevent a low back injury! (We really should move like this all the time for good spine health!) Why Bother Changing How We Bend? First of all, why is it critical to learn to avoid bending the spine with osteoporosis and osteopenia? Because bending the spine when it rounds like the letter “C” places stress on the softened bone and can create a compression type fracture. More than likely you won’t feel it! They call them “silent” vertebral compression fractures and the research says 700,000+ happen a year. It’s more common than cardiac and stroke events combined! One happens every 45 seconds. If you can learn to bend correctly, you will decrease your risk for creating a compression fracture. Think about all the… Read More

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