Fun Ways to Keep Kids Moving When You Can’t Get Outside

May 21, 2020

Written By: Alena Walrath, PTA
With children finishing up the school year online, it may be easy to overlook two important parts of your child’s day: recess and gym class. According to the CDC, school-age children should get at least 60 minutes of “moderate-to-vigorous physical activity” every day. Younger children, 3-5 years old, should be “active when they play” and aim […]


I Think I’ll Go for a Walk Outside

April 9, 2020

Written By:  Alena Walrath, PTA
Before the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), the Environmental Protection Agency reported that the average American spent 90% of his or her life indoors.
Now, with the social distancing measures that have been put in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, you can imagine the amount of time people are spending indoors is even greater than 90%.  Many of […]


Treating Jaw Pain With Physical Therapy

March 9, 2020

Written By: Alena Walrath, PTA
The temporomandibular joint, commonly known as TMJ, is located just in front of your ear on both sides of your head. It connects the upper and lower jaw, allowing you to open and close your mouth. If this joint is not functioning properly, it can cause symptoms such as stiffness, locking, clicking, popping, pain, soreness, ringing in your ears, […]


We Are Proud To Announce…

February 5, 2020

Dear Patients,

We are proud to announce our direct association with Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Mary Free Bed is the fifth largest free-standing rehabilitation hospital in the United States.
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, they have been offering rehabilitation services since 1891. Restoring Hope and Freedom to thousands of patients over the last 129 years. Starting on 12/01/2019, Physical Therapy Specialists, […]


Shovel Snow Like a Pro!

January 6, 2020

Written By: Alena Walrath, PTA
We’ve already seen quite a bit of snow this year in Michigan and it technically isn’t even winter yet. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re prepared for the next snowfall:

    Make sure you have the right equipment. When selecting a shovel, make sure the shaft of the shovel is long enough. A shovel that is too […]


(Re)Learn to Eat Intuitively

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Humans are born with an ability to recognize our bodies hunger and fullness cues. This natural ability is known as intuitive eating, a phrase used by Evelyn Tribole, M.S., R.D, and Elyse Resch, M.S., R.D., in their book, Intuitive Eating.
If you watch a toddler eat, they will walk away from food when they are full. As […]


Don’t Put Your Exercise Routine on Layaway

The cold temperatures may have you in hibernation mode, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a couch potato. Getting out to exercise is more challenging in the winter months, and while it is tempting to reduce your amount of physical activity, reducing or eliminating exercise could lead to problems down the road.
Here are a few reasons why you should […]


Why I Chose Physical Therapy

November 20, 2019

Written by: Alena Walwrath, PTA
Physical therapy restores movement and function, eliminates pain and the need for pain medication, and helps prevent future injuries. If this sounds like something you could use in your life, keep reading.
Before I worked in a physical therapy clinic as a physical therapy assistant, I was a patient. From that experience, one of the things that […]


Exercise as Part of Breast Cancer Recovery

Written By: Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT, PTS Fitness Blogger
Cancer is a serious matter. It is second only to heart disease as Americans’ leading cause of death. Of those cases, many will be invasive breast cancer. While these statistics are eye-opening, nearly half of these new cancers can be prevented through healthy lifestyle changes. In fact, some of them […]


World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day

October 19, 2019

By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
October 19 is World Pediatric Bone and Joint Day. Too often, bone and joint health are subjects we only think about as we age. However, adolescence is the time for building peak bone mass. Ninety percent of peak bone mass develops by age 18 for girls and age 20 for boys.
Good nutrition during adolescence plays a […]


World Food Day

October 16, 2019

By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
October 16, 2019, is World Food Day. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations started World Food Day to achieve zero hunger worldwide, through healthy lifestyle choices. The FAO has created a Recipe for a Healthy Life. This “recipe” includes diet choices, life choices, and planet choices, which will […]


The Problem with Posture

October 11, 2019

By: Alena Walrath, PTA
If poor posture has become normal for you, it may be time to see a physical therapist. Good posture involves keeping your back straight and maintaining the natural curve in your spine. Prolonged periods of time in poor postures can have a negative effect on your muscles, create joint imbalances and put unnecessary stress on your spine. […]


Physical Therapy as an Alternative to Pain Medication

October 9, 2019

By: Alena Walrath, PTA
According to the National Institutes of Health, pain is the #1 reason people seek medical care and is a leading cause of disability in America.
 Pain medicine is one common way to manage pain, and it is often the first treatment people turn to. However, there continues to be growing concern about the misuse of pain medications, especially opioids.
 Pain medications are used to treat symptoms. While a temporary fix may work short-term, in the long run it is […]


National Food Safety Education Month

October 7, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,

September is National Food Safety Education Month. Food safety is important to prevent food-borne illness. Here are some simple tips to keep your family healthy:

Wash hands before, during and after food preparation. Also, wash hands before eating. All
family members should make this a habit, even little children. This is the number one defense against the spread […]


How Would You Describe Your Pain

By Alena Walrath, PTA
If you could give your pain a number from 0-10 with “0” being no pain and “10” being the worst pain imaginable, what number would you give it?
 You may have been asked this question before. While coming up with a number to describe your pain may seem arbitrary, pain scales are helpful tools for medical […]


Progressive Muscle Relaxation For Stress Relief

August 30, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT,PTS Fitness Blogger
For many of us, relaxation means flopping on the couch and zoning out in front of the TV at the end of a stressful day. But this does little to reduce the damaging effects of stress. Rather, you need to activate your body’s natural relaxation response, a state of deep rest that […]



August 26, 2019

By Alena Walrath, PTA
If you are in a constant state of stress, you may not realize the effects stress can have on your mind and body. Prolonged periods of high-stress levels can lead to numerous side effects, including high blood pressure, back and neck pain, a compromised immune system, headaches, and difficulty sleeping, to name just a few. On top […]


Summer Corn Salad

August 21, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Summer is in full swing, and my garden is providing a bountiful crop of tomatoes and
cucumbers. If you don’t have a veggie garden, this is a great time of year to explore your local
farmer’s market. This is a simple, nutrient-rich salad to showcase some of that beautiful
summer produce.
2 ears sweet corn, grilled, roasted or steamed
1.5 cups small tomatoes (grape, cherry, pear), cut in half
1/4 cup […]


Gluten-Free for Weight Loss?

August 19, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Foods labeled gluten-free are everywhere these days. Will gluten-free foods help with weight loss? First, let’s take a look at gluten.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten helps to give shape, structure, and elasticity to baked goods.
Since the biggest sources of gluten are wheat, barley, and rye, you may assume you […]


Golf Tips

August 13, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, PTA
Before you venture out to the golf course again this summer, there are a few things to keep in mind to help prevent injuries.
Perfecting your golf game requires work both on and off the course. If you step onto the green without warming up first, you may be setting yourself up for injury. Also, […]


How Can Exercise Help with Depression in Kids?

August 2, 2019

Written by : Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT,PTS Fitness Blogger
Most of the research on exercise and depression has been conducted on adults, but symptoms often strike in childhood and can be as traumatic as later-in-life cases. Scientists are now turning their attention to the mood-boosting power of exercise in children as young as 6 years old and finding similar positive results. They […]


Help Find a Cure for Juvenile Arthritis

July 29, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, PTA
If you didn’t know that arthritis also affects children before reading this, then you can understand the need to get the word out and educate others about this disease. Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), the most common type of juvenile arthritis, occurs spontaneously before the age of 16 with no known cause. According to the Arthritis […]


Weight Gain in Juvenile Arthritis

July 26, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Children with Juvenile Arthritis (JA) can gain excess weight, as a result of the medications used in the treatment and limited physical activity. Excess weight can put added pressure on joints.Encourage healthful nutrition to support JA, instead of focusing on dieting for weight loss. Offer plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthful fats, carbohydrates, and […]


Nutritional Concerns for Children with Juvenile Arthritis

July 19, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Children need many nutrients to help their bodies grow. However, children with JuvenileArthritis (JA) may need more support to meet their needs. Both the disease itself and the medicationsused to treat the disease can suppress a child’s appetite.
Tasks that seem simple to a healthy person, such as chewing and swallowing, can be difficult forchildren with JA. […]


Exercise at Home vs Gym

July 15, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT, PTS Fitness Blogger
Everyone knows that exercise has many benefits but does the environment you work out in make a difference? It depends on your personal preferences and fitness goals. Here are some things to consider for both.
✔ Saves Time – No travel time is a huge bonus when considering […]


Can Children Get Arthritis??

July 5, 2019

a parent holds the hand of a small child
Written by: Alena Walrath, PTA
Most of us would associate arthritis with old age, but did you know it affects children too? According to The Arthritis Foundation, 2/3 of people with arthritis are under age 65, which includes children. In fact, arthritis affects approximately 300,000 children in the United States.
Arthritis affecting children, known as “juvenile arthritis,” is an autoimmune […]


Eat A Rainbow

June 19, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Summer is upon us! The warm weather brings lots of picnics, barbeques, and parties. As well as, a lot of good food. Summer is the best time of the year to experiment with fruits and vegetables that you’ve never tried.
Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals, which offer […]


Tips for Avoiding Back Pain

June 14, 2019

Written by: Alena Walrath, PTA
Back pain affects most of us at some point in our lives. It can also be very debilitating. Fortunately, there are things that you can do every day to help prevent it. Here are some basic tips:
1. Watch your posture. This is easier said than done and may require the help of a mirror or a […]


Protein: More than Just a Source of Energy

June 12, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition
Protein has many roles in the body. Protein aids in growth and repair of tissues acts as a messenger in the form of hormones, aids in immune function, and helps support fluid balance and proper pH.
As we age into our senior years, our bodies need more protein to keep up our […]


Watch Your Step!

June 7, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
We are often reminded to be extra careful in the winter months when the ground is icy and the
sky is cloudy, but don’t let the warmer weather of summer catch you off guard. Here are some
tips to avoid falling any time of year.
Are you planning to go to the pool this summer? Whether indoors […]


Exercises To Improve Posture

May 31, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT
PTS Fitness Blogger
To put it simply, poor posture affects our long-term health. Over time, it causes bone
and joint issues that jeopardize our quality of life. Poor posture can lead to debilitating
headaches, injury, and circulatory issues. From mild to severe pain and discomfort to
other health concerns caused by medication use, slouching can be the underlying issue
that if remedied […]


A Silent Disease

May 25, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN
May is National Osteoporosis Month. Osteoporosis can weaken bones and lead to fractures. Why is it called a “silent disease?” Often, there are no signs or symptoms that you have, until you break a bone. Half of the women and one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the National […]


Exercising with Arthritis

May 17, 2019

Always warm-up before jogging or injury occurs…Written By: Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT
PTS Fitness Blogger
Your joints ache, you’re tired and in pain. Getting up and active may be the last thing you want to do but it could be just what you need to ease pain, improve range of motion and energy level. Exercise plays an important role in managing […]


How Much Does Sleep Matter?

May 10, 2019

How Much Does Sleep Matter?
Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommends that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Are you getting enough? What are you willing to sacrifice for a few more minutes or hours of awake time?
Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on your immune system, how well you heal from […]


Reduce Arthritis Inflammation Through Diet

May 2, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
With the 2019 Walk to Cure Arthritis just around the corner, discussing nutrition strategies seems fitting. While there is no specific diet for arthritis, increasing anti-inflammatory foods may help ease symptoms.  Some suggestions include:
Eat plenty of non-starchy vegetables and fruits, which are good sources of antioxidants needed to quell inflammation.
Cook […]


Are You Suffering from Joint Pain?

April 30, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
If you are, you’re not alone. The reason for your pain could be arthritis. Arthritis is joint inflammation, which causes pain and stiffness in the joints. According to The Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects 50 million adults. People of all ages can have arthritis, but it is most common in older adults. There are also […]



April 25, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT
PTS Fitness Blogger

Exercise is a form of physical stress. Can physical stress relieve mental stress?

Regular aerobic exercise will bring remarkable changes to your body, your metabolism, your heart, and your mood. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress. […]


5 Tips for Making Sustainable Eating a Part of Your Life

April 22, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
April 22 is Earth day. A day to remind ourselves of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Do you know that your diet can have an impact on our Earth, too?
The practice known as sustainable eating is about making food choices that are good for our bodies and our environment.
How can […]


ReBlog: Serving Survivors

April 16, 2019

Written By Eric Ries | associate editor of PT in Motion
From pediatrics through palliative care, PTs and PTAs are playing important roles in improving the lives of survivors of cancer. Other health professions are taking notice and endorsing their efforts.
Lynn Tanner, PT, MPT, thinks of patients such as the girl, now 6, who was diagnosed with leukemia at 4 months old but learned to walk and […]


Why Do I Need a Home Exercise Program?

April 11, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
If you’re a physical therapy patient, you may wonder why you have a home exercise program in addition to your scheduled physical therapy appointments. It can be tempting to skip your home exercises, especially if you are beginning to feel better, but it is well worth your time to do your home exercise program. […]



April 9, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT
PTS Fitness Blogger
Exercise is one of the most important actions you can take to help guard against many types of cancer. Up to one-third of cancer-related deaths are due to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle, including two of the most common cancers in the United States, breast and colon cancer.
Many people […]


Where is the Pain Coming From?

April 4, 2019

Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
This may seem like a silly question. If you injured your ankle, it’s likely that your pain is coming from your ankle. However, not all pain is that simple.
Did you know that it could be possible for you to feel pain in a different location than the part of your body that is causing […]


April is Cancer Control Month

April 2, 2019

Written By: Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
Consuming a healthful diet may cut your risk for cancer. Recommendations from the American Cancer Society include eating a minimum of 2 ½ cups of vegetables and fruits per day, limiting your intake of processed meats (deli meats, hot dogs, bacon), and replacing highly processed grains with whole grain products. Also, […]


Do you have pain in the arch of your foot?

March 28, 2019


Written By: Alea Woloszyn, DPT
If you’re starting your spring walking trying to enjoy this nice weather, and have pain in the arch of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis.
Here are a few tips to help reduce discomfort
1. Stretch your calves

2. Strengthen […]


4 Simple Rotator Cuff Exercises to Improve Strength

March 26, 2019

Written By: Megan DeLuca Megan DeLuca, MEd, CPT
PTS Fitness Blogger
Rotator cuff muscles are prone to inflammation and tears during overhead activities due to muscular imbalances and/or wear and tear. An important way to reduce tears or possible injury is by strengthening these muscles. The exercises below will show you how to strengthen the muscles of your rotator cuff.
Be sure […]


Happy Spring!

March 21, 2019

Written By: Marc Tokie, LPTA
It’s that time of the year again….Spring, or at least that’s what the calendar tells us. As we wait for the warmer temps to kick in with anticipation of getting outside and cleaning up our yards and getting into our gardens we need to take into account some handy tips to prevent ourselves from […]


March is National Nutrition Month®

March 19, 2019

Lisa Perry, RDN, Lisa Perry Nutrition,
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my goal is to help clients lead their best lives by making healthful food choices, as well as, developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Nutrition affects each system in our body, including, cardiovascular, brain/mental health, immune, and musculoskeletal, just to name a few. As a result, […]


ReBlog: Four signs you should STOP working out

March 14, 2019

Four signs you should STOP working out
with advice from Mitch Kaye, PT
January often brings resolutions of better health and exercising more. After a month (or 6 weeks) of indulging, hectic holiday plans, and falling off the wellness wagon, it makes sense to try to improve your health through exercise. But there are times when you should listen to your body and stop exercising.
Despite the mantra “no pain, no gain,” if your body hurts, it’s trying to tell you something. Here are four things to […]


What is a Rotator Cuff, Anyway?

March 12, 2019


Written By: Alena Walrath, LPTA
Did you know that your shoulder joint has the greatest range of movement out of all of the joints in your body? Because of this, your rotator cuff is actually pretty important. Your shoulder depends on a group of 4 muscles that provide stability by helping keep your shoulder joint in place and performing […]


Choosing Physical Therapy over Opioids

March 7, 2019

Written By: Diana Francis, LPTA
It is no secret, opioid addiction is a growing problem in the US. The growing number of misuse of these drugs is alarming.
In 2016, the US department of Health and Human Services reported that 116 people in the US were dying every day from this epidemic, and 11.5 million people were misusing these drugs.(
In many […]