Penrose Physical Therapy
26
Aug 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

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

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!) 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. What’s The Alternative and What Are The Benefits? If you can learn to bend correctly, you will decrease your risk for creating a compression fracture. Think about all the… Read More
06
Aug 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Balance: “Why Does My Wife Keep Falling Over?”

A gentleman called the clinic the other day with growing concerns about his wife and asked us: “Why does my wife keep falling over?” He continued to tell us that his wife, Sally, 71, generally has good health. But lately she’s been having difficulty controlling her balance and loses confidence every time she falls. So much so, that she’s scared to leave the house without him, or their daughter by her side just in case. The Fear Of Falling Is Real Losing your balance is a scary thing. And it’s something we hear people worrying about all the time. It’s not uncommon that as we get older we begin to feel unsteady on our feet. People have told us that when they’re shopping they have to rely on the shopping cart. Fear of falling spoils their confidence to leave the house alone, or even get up and move around the house independently. It’s a worrying thing that happens. And most of the time, people don’t understand why it’s happening to them all of a sudden. So why is it that falls are one of the main causes of accidents and injuries in people aged 65+? Here’s just some of the reasons why falling can become more of an issue as we get older… When Senses Begin to Fail Poor eyesight and difficulties with hearing are one of the most common changes that comes with ageing. Any issues with hearing and eyesight will make you feel unsteady. Let… Read More

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