Bessie Virginia Blount, pioneer physical therapist, inventor, and scientist

February 16, 2019


In observance of African-American History Month, each week in February Physical Therapy Specialists, P.C. will be highlighting an African-American physical therapist who has made a significant contribution both to the profession and society as a whole. This three-part series will be a collection of reposted articles from various sources within the online community. 
We kick off the series focusing this week on pioneer physical therapist, inventor, and scientist, Bessie Virginia Blount, via a […]


Get Back on Track with Your Resolution

February 14, 2019

Written by: Alena Walrath, PTA 
Just a month ago many of us made resolutions to start the New Year. How is your resolution going? If you are feeling defeated already, you are not alone. Believe it or not, most resolutions have to do with exercising or losing weight and inevitably fail by February. According to an article in Psychology Today, changing behavior or creating new habits can […]


Working Out During and After Pregnancy

September 15, 2015

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Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
Being pregnant is an exciting time, but it can also be an uncomfortable time. Gaining a few pounds is not the only change a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy. Whether you are pregnant, or someone you know is pregnant, you may be surprised at how much physical therapy […]


Back to School Shopping, backpacks…and POSTURE!!

August 27, 2015

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Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
Can you believe that it is back to school shopping time again? Some of you parents are wondering where the time went because you had such a great time with your kids, and others are very excited that the kids will be spending some time with […]


How to recover better and faster from your bike ride

July 3, 2015

Written By: Donald Stewart
Cycling is a fantastic form of exercise because your body is able to boost cardiovascular performance and Increase muscular strength and flexibility.  Although cycling is considered a low risk and impact exercise, you can still develop pesky issues due to your unnatural riding stance and repetitive nature.  So today I will share with you my ride routine that can help […]


A Great Way to Build Muscles and Core Strength for Seniors: The Stability Ball

June 16, 2015

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Written By:  Al Neumann, MS, BS, CSCS
Research has shown that seniors who focus on core strength and muscle building are capable of building muscles similar to younger people. However, a lot of seniors do not partake in the strength training necessary to build and maintain muscles. A great and lightweight way to build muscles and improve balance is […]


Readiness to Run

June 10, 2015

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Written By: Neil C. Greb, MS, CSCS
Safety First
While running is a terrific way to improve cardiovascular fitness, build stamina and endurance, and aid in weight loss goals, always make sure to consult a physician first.  Once medically cleared, proper stretching before and after a run is crucial to help prevent injury.  Finally, progress runs slowly.  Run at an appropriate pace that can […]



June 7, 2015

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Written By: Mark A. Cacko, MPT, OCS, DN Certified
Spring is here! The weather is getting warmer, which means many of us are looking to get back on the golf course. It has been a long winter, so it is a good […]


Stay Healthy & Enjoy the Coming Good Weather

May 21, 2015

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Tips to Prevent Injuries That are Common with an Increase in Activity
Written By: Patrick Brennan, DPT, OMPT, ASTYM Certified
Springtime for many people means becoming more active.  Soccer games, walking the dog, getting the yard back in shape; whatever your chosen activities, it is important to prepare your body, in order to prevent injuries that […]


The Position Technology Puts Us In

April 23, 2015

Article written by: Alena Walrath, LPTA
There are several ways that technology has made our lives better. We can now communicate with people across the world in an instant, access a vast database of information at the touch of a button, and save time and eliminate waste by keeping electronic records. Despite countless benefits, there is at least one major drawback to technology that comes to mind:
Take a moment to think about what you are doing right now. Are you reading […]


IASTM: Could this treatment benefit you?

March 26, 2015

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
Tendinous injuries and irritations are a fairly common problem among active individuals. They can occur secondary to repetitive activities or through overuse. Common chronic or resistant tendinopathies include epicondylitis (tennis elbow), plantar fasciitis (arch pain), rotator cuff/biceps tendinopathy, Achilles and patellar tendinopathy, and trigger finger.
A therapy that is used in physical therapy is called “Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). The goal of this therapy is to […]


Proactive Information On Safe Ways To Clean Up The Yard

October 31, 2014

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
I can’t believe how fast the summer has gone by, can you? As summer comes to a close we want to give you some proactive information on safe ways to clean up the yard. The leaves are falling, and as beautiful as the changing colors can be, it still means more yard work for most people.
We see many people […]


Balance Training to Decrease the Risk of Falls

July 25, 2014

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Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
Autumn is in the air, and it is the time of the year when leaves start to fall and the ground can become slick at times.  For this month’s newsletter, I wanted to discuss the importance of balance training to decrease the risk of falls as we moved into the fall and winter months.  There are things that […]


Strengthening and Stretching for Arthritic Conditions

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
This month we are going to be discussing the benefits of strengthening and stretching for arthritic conditions.  It seems that arthritis is a type a diagnosis that affects many Americans, and can affect patients young and old.  It seems that people may become affected in their early 30s and the frequency seems to progress as they age.  Weight-bearing joints […]


Proper Lower Back Care During Pregnancy

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
This month, I would like to discuss the importance of proper lower back care during pregnancy.  I can speak from experience on this one, as my wife is currently 6 months pregnant and experiencing mild to moderate lower back pain.  There are different causes of low back pain during pregnancy, as some people may have pre-existing conditions including degeneration, […]


Sleeping Right Tips

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
Have you ever gotten up in the morning with a raging headache or pain in your neck? Most people attribute this scenario to “sleeping wrong”. It is actually quite a common complaint heard in physical therapy. Many people have a certain amount of “wear ‘n tear” with regards to their neck joints, and it is very important to preserve […]


Using a Lumbar Roll to Deal with Low Back Pain

Article written by: Jim Storhok DPT, ATC
They say that April showers bring May flowers, and vacation time for most people is rapidly approaching! This is the time of year where families pile into the car and head away to their favorite vacation spot, cottage, or amusement park.  Those places are always so much more enjoyable if, when you arrive, you feel […]


Exercise for a Neutral Cervical Spine

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Article written by: Alfonse F. Neumann III BS, MSA, ACSM, CSCS
Cervical pain is so prevalent these days, that it seems everyone has experienced it once in his or her life. Are there ways to prevent this problem from ever happening? That answer can depend largely on you.
Research suggests that many cervical spine problems are preventable because they result from poor posture and poor […]


Exercises for Low Back Pain During Pregnancy

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Article written by: Alfonse F. Neumann III BS, MSA, ACSM, CSCS
Lower back pain is one of the most common discomforts of pregnancy. Women generally gain between 25 and 35 pounds while pregnant, so it’s no surprise that most women experience back pain at least once during their pregnancy. Not only do certain hormones increase in preparation for the birth of the baby, […]


Stretches and Exercises for People with Arthritis

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Article written by: Alfonse F. Neumann III BS, MSA, ACSM, CSCS
As you age, the risk of developing arthritis increases especially if you do not exercise regularly or at least maintain an active lifestyle. What happens is that the cartilage in your joints wears down, and then your joints hurt and feel tender and stiff. The stiffness and pain associated with the arthritis can […]