Penrose Physical Therapy
30
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

I Didn’t Realize My Balance Was That Bad…Now I Know Why I Keep Falling Over!

That is a quote from a previous patient at our previous balance screening event. You don’t want to miss it! If you or a loved one have fallen recently, or felt unsteady on your feet – that it has knocked your confidence to move around independently, or even leave your house without someone there to help support you just in case you fall – then I’d like to invite you to attend this FREE balance screening! It may be the most important thing you do this year. It may help you find out if you have problems with your balance that you weren’t even aware of, and exactly what to do to get back on your feet and the life you deserve before balance issues struck… Think About This… A life where you can walk around the store without relying upon the shopping cart, or a loved ones arm to keep you steady… A life where you can move around the house independently and not take 20 minutes to move from the couch, without feeling lightheaded and dizzy… Onewhere you can pick up and play with your kids without worrying when a ‘dizzy spell’ is going to come on and leave you feeling worried… A life where you can do and enjoy all the things you see so many others doing and enjoying, but a fear of falling has kept you from going out and crippled your confidence… Basically, a life without the fear of falling and feeling unsteady on your feet. If… Read More
23
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

7 Tips To Help You Avoid Another Fall And Improve Your Balance

Over the last few weeks we’ve covered a lot of ground related to balance and osteoporosis and osteopenia. This included a wide range of topics; how it’s not normal to shrink and what you can do to gain height, as well as what can be done about soft bones, what things could be causing falls in your or a loved one and what you can do to prevent them at home. Even the common signs and symptoms to look out for when it comes to wobbly balance and an increased risk of falls. Why a doctor would be telling you to stop bending from the spine and how you can achieve that when it comes to having osteoporosis or osteopenia, the two types of vertigo and what “BPPV” is and last week we looked at the story of one of our patients who came in with balance issues, how we helped her improve her balance and mobility and what her treatment looked like to achieve this. That’s A Lot Of Ground To Cover! With any luck, you’ve had a chance to digest some of this information. Maybe you’ve even started trying some of the tips that I’ve given you over the last few weeks. Or maybe you’ve been able to share this information with a friend or loved one. If this sounds like you or a loved one, and you’d like more information about how to avoid another fall, regain confidence and maintain independence,… Read More
17
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Balance Tests You Can Do In Your Own Home!

There’s lots of little signs that your balance is off, and although some are more extreme than others like falling over unexpectedly and feeling worried to leave the house…Some are more subtle, but if you notice and act on them quick, you can help lessen the risk of falls and get better balance in good time. Low back pain is also a sign that your balance is slowly getting worse. The back and core help support the body and keep you standing tall, but if the muscles are weak and your back isn’t straight, then your back will be in pain. And believe it or not, low back pain can be brought on by bad balance and a weak core. In fact, all of them go hand in hand together! Stooped posture often happens gradually and with poor balance people start to bend their necks down to look at their feet all the time. It is wise to see what is coming but many people start a habit of looking down all the time and that affects their posture and their balance. Our current world has been built around computers, cell phones, reading, watching TV and many other activities that often cause us to slouch or stoop our posture. Here are a few balance and posture tests you can try (please be safe and be at a counter ready to hang on): 1. Stand with one leg in front of the other and see… Read More
10
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Balance & Fall Prevention: How We Helped Susan

If you’ve been following our osteoporosis, balance and falls series over the last 5 weeks, you might be wondering how to put all of this information together. In today’s article I’m going to help you do just that. I’ll do it with a story about a lady we worked with recently in the clinic. Let’s call her Susan. As I go through the story, I’ll tell you how we assessed her 3 Balance Systems as well as the other various factors that contribute to her balance. Then we’ll discuss how we used this information to design a successful treatment plan for her. Here’s Susan’s Story In A Nutshell: Susan came into the clinic after she fell 6 months ago while walking to her car in a gravel parking lot. She ended up with a couple bumps and bruises, but otherwise was uninjured. However, over the next several months, she became more and more worried about having another fall, so she started limiting her activity level, and she specifically avoided things like walking on uneven surfaces (since walking on the gravel was part of why she fell). She decided to come in for physical therapy because lately she’s been feeling even more unsteady on her feet, and she’s had several near-falls where she’s had to catch herself on a piece of furniture or a wall inside her home. Can You Relate? If you have had a few falls where you… Read More
03
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

What do you have control over during Covid-19?

I know so many of us have faced losses of various kinds these last 6 months. My grandmother passed away and still no funeral to have closure or celebrate her life with family members. My kids all have had disappointments and losses of various degrees. We are all tired of virtual gatherings and yet it is vital to stay connected in some way. We all feel like we have very little control over things in our lives right now. This is why this article will focus on what you can do and what you can control. Covid-19 is giving everyone more time at home. Now there are blessings and curses to that (Yes with 3 boys at home I’m sure you can imagine. I’ve survived 2 broken windows thus far). As much as all of our routines and planning has been thrown off psychologists still recommend that you establish healthy routines. Continue to get good sleep, eat well, and plan your exercise routine. In fact, many people have discovered with less time going to and from places they have more time to do their home workout. The Breakdown We are finding there are 2 types of patients since Covid-19. See which one you fall into. One group become more sedentary: more time on social media, zoom calls/work calls, teleworking, playing virtual games with friends etc. This group has noticed increased stiffness and aches in the hips, neck, back etc. Another group decided it was a great time to pick… Read More

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