Tip Tuesday – Exercise is Medicine

by Bryan Monroe on March 28, 2017


At Paramount Rehabilitation Services we use exercise to help with many health issues, but you to can use exercise to help with you and your loved ones at home.  You can visit the Exercise is Medicine website to see a list of recommended exercise prescriptions for common health issues.  Health issues listed there include anxiety/depression, high blood pressure, Type 2 Diabetes, weight loss and more.  Always remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.


Exercise is Medicine and many other exercise professionals use F.I.T.T. to prescribe exercise.  F=frequency, I=intensity, T= time, T=type.  Frequency is how many days per week you'll want to exercise.  Usually 3-7 days per week depending on how active you were before and how difficult your work outs are.  Intensity is the level of difficulty.  The walking test is a good measure of how intense your workout is.  When you start to walk, your heart rate and breathing increase but you can still hold a conversation.  That would be light intensity.  Once you pick up the speed of your walk and it is difficult to hold a conversation, now you're at a moderate intensity.  Time is the amount of time per day that you exercise, usually 30 to 60 minutes.  If you can not complete the time all at once, you can break them up into at least 10 minute increments throughout the day.  Type is various exercises, walking, running, lifting weights for example.  Remember to start with light exercise or just walking to build your endurance and strength before starting anything to strenuous.


Try to find an activity that is enjoyable that will keep you interested. For example, if you hate to run, then maybe biking or swimming is more enjoyable.  Gym memberships are not always necessary either, many exercise programs can be changed to do at home using objects you might have sitting around.  A simple soup can or a jug of water can be plenty of weight.

  Enjoy a better, healthier you.

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Fun Friday!!!

by Megan Monroe on March 24, 2017


Fun Friday!! Today we wanted to wish Joyce a safe journey back to India. Joyce has been working at the front desk in our Standish, Saginaw, and Bay City locations. She is moving back to her home in India. We will miss her greatly and hope she has a safe trip home. We also wanted to introduce you to our new physical therapist, Peter! Peter is a graduate from CMU and you will find him working in our Saginaw and Bay City locations! Welcome Peter, we are excited to have you join our team!!

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Tip Tuesday! Proper Technique for Getting Out of Bed

by Megan Monroe on March 21, 2017

Today's Tip is demonstrated by our PTA, Jennifer Valley. Jenni is demonstrating the proper way to get out of bed. Many times we see our patients twisting their body when they get out of bed and this puts stress on the back. The proper way to get out of bed is to log roll onto your side which means you roll your entire body onto your side as 1 unit. Then the feet should come off the table at the same time that you are pushing up into the seated position with your arm. This will help prevent back pain and back problems in the future! The following 3 pictures will demonstrate the technique:   17349944_10212572059476945_5180417987694371187_o17390475_10212572058436919_2272547920475896317_o17434769_10212572055956857_4966750941735949317_o

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Fun Friday!

by Megan Monroe on March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Our staff and patients today dressed up in their green apparel to celebrate! 17359405_10212536941999030_2891742030479567693_o 17359038_10212536941679022_8351634527670028202_o Tomorrow March 18 we will be at the Saginaw County Medical Society 13th Annual FREE Health Fair from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. We will have free balance screenings and massages! We hope to see you there.

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by Megan Monroe on March 13, 2017

Tip Tuesday!   17311169_10212503590725269_2529232156893095457_o Today's Tip comes from Lauren Matherne, OTRL. Lauren works with our pediatric population. Brain Gym exercises are based on the theory that the brain functions with laterality, focus, and centering. Laterality are movements that involve crossing the middle of the body. Above, you see Lauren participating in cross crawls where she is crossing midline with her right elbow to touch her left knee. Cross crawls are particularly effective for children with sensory processing disorders. Children with sensory processing disorders often demonstrate lack of hand dominance, difficulty using both hands together, and difficulty crossing midline when writing on a chalkboard. Brain Gym exercises allow the child to develop coordination between the right and left hemispheres of the brain to improve bilateral integration. These movements help improve focus, coordination, vision and memory. If your child experiences difficulty with sensory processing contact our office to set up an occupational therapy evaluation.

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2016 Saginaw Township Business of the Year

by Megan Monroe on March 9, 2017

Resized952017030995133904   Congratulations to Sunil and Manju on their award! We are so happy to be a part of Saginaw Township.

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Vestibular Rehabilitation: Get Some Balance Back In Your Life

by Megan Monroe on March 7, 2017

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. When the vestibular organs are damaged with disease or injury, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, and other symptoms. Many people are able to recover from these symptoms on their own after a few weeks of normal activity because the brain has adapted with a process called vestibular compensation. Even individuals with long-term unresolved inner ear disorders who have undergone a period of medical management with little or no success may benefit. The vestibular system includes the parts if the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result, and are often associated with one or more of these symptoms:

  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Imbalance and spatial disorientation
  • Vision disturbance
  • Hearing changes
  • Cognitive and/or psychological changes
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Motion sickness
  • Sensitivity to pressure or temperature changes and wind currents
What to expect during therapy The first session will include a thorough evaluation beginning with medical history and includes observing and measuring posture, balance and gait. Using the evaluation results, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body, and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home. These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms, and increasing home-based activities and exercise in order to strengthen muscles.   By improving vestibular function and promoting mechanisms of central adaptation and compensation, VRT aims to do the following:
  • Improve balance
  • Minimize falls
  • Decrease subjective sensations of dizziness
  • Improve stability during locomotion
  • Reduce over dependency on visual and somatosensory inputs
  • Improve neuromuscular coordination
  • Decrease anxiety and somatization due to vestibular disorientation
The goal of VRT is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms. Vestibular Rehabilitation is offered at Paramount Rehabilitation Services of Standish. If you suffer from a condition that involves your vestibular system and causes poor balance or dizziness call your physician today for a script and we will take care of the rest. You can contact us at 989-718-3171 or 4489 M-61 Standish.

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Tip Tuesday! Oral Motor Sensory Tips

by Megan Monroe on February 28, 2017

Strategies for Children that Need to Chew   Have you ever craved crunchy or chewy foods? Have you ever bitten your nails or your pen cap when you are nervous? Everyone has oral sensory habits that they engage in to help them regulate throughout the day. For children with sensory processing deficits or Autism, chewing can be an extremely important sensory strategy to help focus and self-regulate while interacting in a multi-sensory environment. Below are several strategies that you can explore if your child is in need of oral-sensory motor input.

  1. Get to the bottom of why
    1. Children “chew” for many reasons: boredom, stress, anxiety, craving the act of chewing, reduce teething pain, help increase concentration and attention, and to help block out distractions when focusing.
  2. Don’t force them to stop
    1. Consistently chewing and mouthing non-food items is sensory based and provides input your child needs to regulate their nervous system.
    2. Encourage chewing on safe, germ free toys that will provide the oral sensory input they crave.
  3. Give them a safe alternative
    1. Chewelry, Y-Tubes, pencil toppers, bracelets, and Grabbers are a few of the most popular chew toys and vary by age and type of “chewer” your child is.
    2. Try putting chews in the freezer, warm water, or dipping in a variety of food textures for additional sensory input.
  4. How to successfully transition to chew toy from inappropriate items
    1. Be very consistent and patient, and get everyone that interacts with your child involved (teachers, grandparents, daycare providers, ect).
    2. Practice in the mirror for visual input.
    3. Quickly replace inappropriate items with safe oral sensory chew, repeating until your child independently chooses the chew.
    4. Reward your child every time they use the chew.
  5. Implement an Oral Motor Protocol
    1. Ad oral motor activities into your child’s daily routine to provide their mouth with the feedback needed, such as: tough or hard to eat foods, gum massages, blow through straws or whistles, blow bubbles through straws, drink thickened liquids through a straw, blow cotton balls across a table, and a vibrating toothbrush or Z-Vibe.
    2. Always supervise children with an excessive need for chewing for safety reasons.
Make sure to consult a therapist trained in sensory processing disorders to determine what type of sensory chew and sensory strategies would be best for your child.

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Team Collin Day!!!!

by Megan Monroe on February 20, 2017

A couple of months ago we were made aware on Facebook that a child named Collin and his family were selling Team Collin shirts to raise money to send children to Starlight Shores Family camp, a camp that Collin has attended in the past. The mission of Starlight Shores Family camp is to provide a safe retreat for children who are battling cancer and their families. We decided this was a great cause and wanted to help with buying shirts! We are happy to say that our entire staff in all 3 locations purchased Team Collin shirts and decided to have Team Collin Day to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer. The color for children's cancer is gold. Today is Team Collin day and it is very yellow/gold in our offices!! 16797629_10212289804460746_5842862832684342288_o16797171_10212289807260816_1728372285501118074_o16819194_10212289975465021_7228743049737318669_o

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Fun Friday!

by Megan Monroe on February 17, 2017

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