Today's Tip comes from Lauren Matherne. Lauren is one of our pediatric Occupational Therapists. Lauren would like to emphasize the importance of tummy time for development. The longer babies spend on their backs and in seating devices can affect their movement, posture, and shape of their skull. Tummy Time is important to develop the following skills: upper body strength, crawling skills, creeping into sitting skills, hand strength, maintaining the sitting position, balance, and pulling into standing. Tummy Time should be started within the first month of life for as little as 30-60 seconds at a time several times a day working up to 20-30 minutes 2-3 times per day. Ideas for Tummy Time include: lying on your back with your baby on your chest in the prone position so that your baby experiences tummy time while cuddling, providing interesting black and white contrasting images for baby to look at so they are raising their head, placing your baby on your lap on their tummy, placing a rolled towel under your baby's chest during tummy time. Make sure that your child is alert and supervised during tummy time with nothing obstructing the nose and mouth. Also, avoid tummy time after eating.Read more
Tip Tuesday! Did you know that we offer NeuroPlus Attention Training in our 3 locations in Bay City, Saginaw, and Standish. Neuroplus Attention Training is a great method for working for children with ADHD. NeuroPlus utilizes neurofeedback to help individuals exercise their brain and practice attention skills. Research into neuroplasticity shows such training can make your brain better at paying attention over time. Users wear a wireless headset that measures their brainwaves while playing a game. While playing the game, body movement, muscle tension, and focus are monitored. When attention is lost the character in the game will not move. The program has been shown to improve impulse-control, calmness, and decision making.Read more
Spring has finally come to mid-Michigan. Is your back ready for yard work and gardening season? The yard and garden is where people of all ages and fitness levels go to show their green thumb and their ability to produce beautiful plants, veggies, fruits and landscaping. As with all increased physical activity there is always a chance of injury. Most people see gardening and yard work as their time to get away from the fast-paced world that we all live in, without realizing the strain and stress that it can put on the body. These outdoor activities can cause strain on your back, legs, neck and arms due to improper body mechanics while digging, planting, weeding, mulching, raking and lifting. Follow these tips for a successful year of gardening and yard work:
- Always start with a warm-up, go for a brisk walk to warm up your muscles so they are ready to do the work. Follow that with 5-10 minutes of stretching of your back, legs and arms.
- Drink plenty of water.
- If you have to lift heavy objects such as bricks, mulch or bags of dirt you are going to want squat down to pick them up as though you are sitting in an imaginary chair. You have to stick your bottom out and bend from knees and hips and not from your back.
- If you have to kneel put one foot on the ground and your opposite knee down on a soft surface. You will decrease strain on your back in this position.
- Don’t try to be Superman. Make more trips when carrying objects and hold them close to your body.
- Your wheelbarrow or garden trailer is your best friend. Use them whenever you have to unload the truck or car.
- Having a strong core will go a long ways toward helping your back through the season. You have to tighten your tummy before you lift and not after you have that rock six inches off the ground. Also don’t bend forward and twist at the same time. Always move your feet, so you are squared up to the object before you lift it.
- Once all your hard work is finally done and your green thumb is exhausted you need to take the time to stretch again and continue to drink water.
Today we would like to share with you our patient of the month in the Bay City office. We found it difficult to choose just one patient so we have a husband/wife duo sharing the patient of the month award. Leslie and Wilma Anderson are the patients of the month! Leslie underwent surgery to repair the right shoulder and Wilma underwent surgery to repair the left shoulder. Leslie wanted to be able to bowl again and Wilma wanted to be able to do her hair. We are happy to report that Leslie is now able to bowl an entire game and recently scored 165. He is also able to now cut his grass and rake his yard. Wilma is now able to hold her hair dryer and do her hair. Leslie and Wilma have been very diligent at completing their home exercise programs and attending their scheduled therapy appointments. We have chosen them as the patients of the month for this reason. Now that they are discharged, they continue to be dedicated to their recovery by attending our step down program where they come into the facility to exercise on their own. Congratulations Leslie and Wilma! We have enjoyed working with you and watching you progress.Read more
This week's Tip Tuesday comes from Sydney, one of our pediatric occupational therapists, about handwriting. Technology has a tendency to dominate today's society, which can make handwriting less important to some individuals. Handwriting is still important for all children even as technology becomes more dominant in their lives. Did you know that hand writing skills can be linked to how well a child does in school? If they are having to focus more on writing the letters and spelling the words, they miss the content they should be learning. Here are some "Red Flags" to look for while your children are writing according to the authors (Colleen Beck OTR/L, Cindy Chuan OT, Tonya Cooley OTR/L, Lauren Greutman COTA/L, Claire Heffron OTR/L, Anna Meadows OT, Margaret Rice PT, Jamie Spencer OTR/L) of "The Hand Writing Book": 1. Poor posture while writing 2. Movement is not coming from the fingers 3. Pain, tiredness or weakness in the hand area while writing 4. "Pencil pressure" is either too hard or too soft If you think your child might benefit from an evaluation with one of our Occupational Therapists for their handwriting message us or give our offices a call at (989) 402-5133.Read more
This has been the last week at Paramount Rehabilitation Services for a few of our students. At Paramount, we contribute to the education of speech, occupational, and physical therapy students. This was the last week for Victoria who was working with our speech therapist Heather Merritt in the Saginaw office. Victoria will graduate in May from Central Michigan University with her Speech Therapy Degree. Congratulations Victoria!! This was also the last week for our two first year physical therapy assistant students from Delta College. They will be graduating in April of 2018. Marissa was working with Scott Garzell and Julie was working with Kelly Erdody in our Bay City office. We would like to wish all of our students good luck in their future endeavors! We have enjoyed having you. :)Read more
Chronic pain sufferers can feel like they are grasping at straws as to how to manage their condition. They can hear things like it is bone on bone or even let’s get you scheduled for surgery. When they are told things like this, they are left with more questions than answers. Chronic pain, which is defined as pain that lasts for several months, or in some cases, years, affects millions of Americans everyday. Chronic pain is contributing to the growing epidemic of opioid medication use and abuse. If you are looking for ways to manage your condition without medication physical therapy may be the answer you are looking for. Physical therapists can help you to understand the underlying cause of the pain. They can also properly strengthen and improve your flexibility. Most of us want a visual image to give us answers such as x-rays or MRIs. The answers you may get are stenosis or degenerative changes without realizing that these conditions occur naturally in the body as we age. What shows up on an image may or may not be related to your symptoms. Once imaging has cleared you of a serious condition, your physical therapist will help guide you back to the life you want to live! If you experience an injury, or develop the onset of pain, seeing a physical therapist early on can help address and manage your symptoms. PTs are experts who can treat chronic pain and help you identify strategies to better manage your pain. The earlier you seek care, the better the chances you have for not developing chronic symptoms. Physical therapy plays a vital role in helping patients manage and overcome chronic pain. We encourage our patients to never give up because this does not have to be a way of life. If you would like more answers about chronic pain contact your physical therapist at Paramount Rehabilitation Services of Standish. We are here to help return you to the life you have been missing out on.Read more
Today we have Scott Garzell, LPTA demonstrating proper sit to stand. 1. Scoot your bottom to the edge of the chair. 2. Lean forward with your chest over your knees. 3. Tighten your core abdominal/trunk muscles as you rise into the seated position. 4. Push through the heels as you rise. If you have difficulties moving from sitting to standing contact 989-891-9800 for physical therapy.Read more
When: April 7, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. Where: 6161 State St. Saginaw, MI 48603 What: 2 Easter Egg Hunts with no prior registration needed for children 13 and under. The first hunt begins at 5:15 p.m. and the second hunt begins at 6:15 p.m. From 5-7 p.m.: Children’s Games and Prizes, Coloring Station, Easter Bunny Meet and Greet with Free Digital Download Photo, Snacks and Refreshments OUR EVENT IS 100% INDOORS.Read more