Posture-Improving Exercises for Physical Therapy Patients

Patients of all ages looking to improve their posture may benefit from exercise. In extreme cases, where the spine is severely curved, there traditionally were few options for effective treatment. If a patient has a condition that is adversely impacting their posture, they may begin to feel frustration or embarrassment. Continue reading “Posture-Improving Exercises for Physical Therapy Patients”

What are the Best Exercises for Obese Patients?

Training obese and overweight clients require a balanced, incremental approach. Immobility and the inherent risk for injury, heart attack, and even stroke—it all makes starting with basic movements and stabilization exercises a must. But even the most basic stabilization exercises may be too difficult for overweight patients to attempt. The result can be a frustrated patient and physical setbacks with the potential to derail physical therapy and fitness programs altogether. Continue reading “What are the Best Exercises for Obese Patients?”

Exercise for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is progressive, debilitating, and often poses a major obstacle to regular exercise. In some cases, it precludes it entirely. COPD encompasses two general conditions, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, that cause breathing difficulties, phlegm-producing cough, shortness of breath, and other unpleasant symptoms. The cause? Typically, it’s what you might guess: cigarette smoking (although not always). And COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States, affecting approximately 16 million people. Continue reading “Exercise for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)”

Using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to Improve Running

In a sport like running—one so ancient and fundamental—each millisecond, each minute body movement, counts. The race against time, against ourselves, requires close attention to all that goes into that next bounding step, from gait to conditioning to recovery. And analyzing and improving running is something the AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® is particularly well suited for. Continue reading “Using the Anti-Gravity Treadmill to Improve Running”