,If you’ve never been through physical therapy, it’s understandable to feel hesitant, nervous, or even a bit scared about what the experience will entail. But rest assured, there is nothing frightening about physical therapy. In fact, it’s something you can look forward to, because it just might be the ticket to getting you back to 100% again.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about physical therapy:
What Should I Wear to Physical Therapy?
The main rule to follow here is to dress comfortably. You will be moving around, so I’d recommend you wear loose-fitting clothing, such as a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, shorts, or a pair of sweatpants. Comfortable footwear, like sneakers, are also a must. If you’re coming right from work and your clothes are constricting, simply pack a bag of comfy exercise clothes and change upon arrival.
Does Physical Therapy Hurt?
While all injuries vary in severity, and pain thresholds are different, physical therapy generally will not hurt. You may feel some discomfort, since the painful area or injury site is the focus of the therapy, but our amazing staff will work closely with you to ensure you’re feeling as little discomfort as possible while still receiving helpful therapy. It’s important to communicate thoroughly with your physical therapist, so he or she is aware of how you’re feeling at all times. The patient-therapist relationship is critical to your healing journey, so don’t hesitate to let your therapist know if you’re uncomfortable.
Do You Accept My Medical Insurance?
The Smith Clinic does accept most medical insurance plans, but you can find out for sure by calling us at (901) 756-1650. Just make sure to have your insurance card handy, and we’ll get started on learning more about your coverages!
How Long Is Each Treatment?
Each treatment session varies in length depending on your injury and what is being treated. In general, however, most sessions last between 30 minutes and one hour. We know you have a busy schedule, so if you need a quick session, just let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate your needs.
Do I Need a Referral?
You do not need referral or prescription from your doctor when going for physical therapy thanks to Direct Access, which allows The Smith Clinic to implement a treatment plan for 30 days in the state of Tennessee. No more prescriptions, referrals, or unnecessary doctor’s appointments standing in the way of you getting physical therapy!
If you need physical therapy, we are here for you! The Smith Clinic will ease your mind and remove any trepidation you might have about PT, and we will work with you closely to ensure you’re getting the most comfortable treatment that puts you on the road to recovery. Give us a call at (901) 756-1650 or fill out a form online to set up your first appointment.
When you think about a debilitating headache, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a migraine headache, right? Migraines are, indeed, a very serious issue, but there is another kind of headache that can be debilitating as well, and it’s called a tension headache.
A tension headache can be caused by several different factors, but most commonly, the cause is not enough sleep, skipping meals, decreased fluid intake, stress, depression, and anxiety. Tension headaches can occur in episodes of a few times a month, or they can be chronic, occurring 15 or more times a month over a three or more month period.
Some other facts about tension headaches:
You have probably taken ibuprofen or acetaminophen in an effort to get pain relief from your tension headaches. But when tension headaches begin to impact your daily routines, it may be time to try something new to rid yourself of the pain. Physical therapy just might be the alternative you need.
During your physical therapy appointments, your physical therapist will:
Call us today at (901) 756-1650 to get started, and we’ll be looking forward to helping you get rid of those tension headaches for good!
We have had another great year at The Smith Clinic! We want to say "Thank you!" to all of our patients, fitness members and their families for allowing us to serve and help heal you in 2019.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and blessed New Year, and if you need us in 2020, please remember you have a choice,..we hope you will allow us to serve you again!
The Smith Clinic had the privilege of celebrating Corey this week, wishing him well as he begins PT school in January. While we are sad to see him go, we are excited for Corey and his family as they embark on a new and exciting journey!
Best Wishes, Corey! We can't wait to see what the future holds for you!
The holiday season is upon us, and calendars are quickly filling up with parties, shopping and Christmas cheer. As the days roll by these next few weeks, may we not forget true Christmas magic comes in the form of giving & human kindness.
Will you join us in giving back this Christmas?
Room in the Inn-Memphis is a ministry that serves people experiencing homelessness, with the mission of serving in a safe environment of hospitality. The Smith Clinic will be collecting the following items through December 20th to help fill the Room in the Inn's guests' needs during the winter months:
For more information on The Room in the Inn or for additional ways to give, please visit: www.roomintheinn-memphis.org
In addition to collecting for Room in the Inn, The Smith Clinic is honored to participate in another special cause this year. On Saturday, December 14, Wreaths Across America will be at Memphis National Cemetery to remember and honor our veterans through the laying of Remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country's fallen heroes and the act of saying the name of each and every veteran aloud.
The Smith Clinic would love to honor a veteran that is near and dear to you, by laying a wreath in their honor.
If there is a veteran you would us like to honor, please send their name to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 9th. For more information on Wreaths Across America, please visit their website at:
It is with mixed emotions we announce that Corey and Analise will be leaving The Smith Clinic in the near future in order to further their careers as physical therapists. While we are absolutely thrilled for them and their bright futures, will will miss them dearly and are so grateful for the time they have spent at The Smith Clinic!
Read on below to find out where Corey and Analise are headed, in addition to what their time at The Smith Clinic has meant to them. Congrats, Corey and Analise!!
"I'm going to South College in Knoxville, Tn. They're Doctor of Physical Therapy program is two years! We're fortunate that my inlaws live there, because we're going to need help with the little guy. I've been advised not to work during this time...school and studying is my new job. I've been waiting a long time for this opportunity. Four and a half years ago, I was very lucky to have found a place like The Smith Clinic. I will miss everyone: my coworkers and owners, the patients, and everyone I train."
"Beginning in August 2020, I will be attending Belmont University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Nashville!
My time at The Smith Clinic has taught me so much! I’ve learned a whole lot from everyone, and I’ll take those lessons with me as I go through my time at school and as a future physician. Michael, Angie, and everyone who is a part of the clinic have really cultivated such a caring and positive environment for patients who are hurting to come and be taken care of and know they are loved. It’s very special, and I’m really thankful for my time working here!"
November is a time when we're called to give thanks for blessings in our life. Seasonally, it's a time of harvest, and the feast of Thanksgiving traditionally represents the bounty of the fields. But it's not always easy to abound with gratitude, especially if life doesn't seem to be going your way in this season.
Irving Berlin wrote and Bing Crosby sang the classic “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” for the 1954 movie, White Christmas. While it has become a song that is associated with Christmas, we think it is more appropriate for Thanksgiving. There is some wonderful advice contained in these lyrics: “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings, instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
Did you know studies have linked gratitude with a variety of positive effects? In fact, studies show that grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others. Grateful individuals demonstrate less envy, materialism and self-comparison. Thankfulness improves self esteem, enhances relationships, quality of sleep and longevity. In short, if gratitude came in pill form, it would be deemed the miracle cure!
Don’t just count your blessings on Thanksgiving - write them down daily! Some days you may have to look deep for the "good" instead of focusing so much on the “bad”, but there is always something to be be grateful for. As Paul says in Philippians 4:4, 11-12:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ...11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
So, wherever or with whomever you spend your Thanksgiving, enjoy your day and count your blessings...and know we count each of you as one of our biggest blessings!
As the temperatures begin to drop, we often see an influx of patients complaining of what we call, “cold weather pain.” As the winter goes on, and temperatures drop and the wintery weather continues, these cold weather pain complaints only get worse. So, what’s the deal with these cold weather pains? Are they real? Why does your body hurt more in the winter?
It’s common for people with arthritis or with a history of joint pain to notice when the cold and damp weather hits. Knee pain, hip pain and even pain in the chest, spine and thorax are often reported with increasing rates during the colder winter months. So what is happening inside the body to create these cold weather pains?
Here are a few theories on what may be happening inside your body if you suffer with cold weather pains:
2. Stay Hydrated.Sometimes when the weather is colder, we may not drink enough water. Water helps keep your system balanced, your joints lubricated and your system flowing. It allows for easy secretion of wastes and helps your body run smoothly.
3. Check your Vitamin D.In the winter months, we are more susceptible to being Vitamin D deficient. 70% of Americans have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, which often leads to muscle, bone and joint pain. Check your levels with your family doctor.
4. Warm Up!Taking Epsom salt baths, warm showers and saunas are a great way to relieve cold weather pains. The warmth improves circulation and mobility in those cold, stiff joints experiencing cold weather pains.
Once we reach the age of 50, orthopedic pain is the leading cause of disability for people worldwide. Keeping our bodies moving and healthy is the key to our quality of life. Whether you are suffering with a cold weather pain or some other body pain, physical therapists are always just a phone call away. Physical therapists are doctorate level-trained health care professionals who specialize in keeping the body moving and healthy throughout life. It’s never too late to start, and physical therapists can prescribe programs uniquely designed based upon what you need.
As always, if you are suffering with cold weather pains, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, ankle pain, foot pain, lower back pain, jaw pain, headache pain or neck pain, and you live in the Mid-south, feel free to The Smith Clinic to schedule an evaluation...it would be an honor to help you!
Strength training for seniors is safe and effective for men and women of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health and those who are aging. In fact, people with health concerns and older adults often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times a week. For older adults, a decline in muscle strength potentially has more severe consequences in daily living than a decline in cardiovascular fitness.
The aging process is traditionally viewed as a progressive decline in health, but studies show that this decline is often linked to inactivity. Strength training are activities that help you build strength, maintain bone density, improve balance, maintain proper posture, improve coordination and mobility, reduce your risk of falling, and help you maintain independence in performing activities of daily life. Strength training requires little time and minimal equipment.
What are the benefits of strength training for seniors?
Strength Training, Balance, and Falls
Falls are the most common of all accidental events in the elderly population, and lower limb muscular weakness is often the cause. Performing a regular strength training program will almost always result in improved balance, coordination, and a reduced risk of falling. It is important to understand, however, that some balance problems, particularly those caused by irregularities in the vestibular system, may be irreversible. But exercises that challenge balance on one or both legs, coordination, flexibility, antigravity strength, trunk strength, and ankle strength can significantly improve balance of older adults. An active muscular system depends mostly on muscle strength, which serves as the body’s most effective energy absorber. Therefore, muscle strength, gained through strength training exercises, can potentially reduce the severity of the impact if a fall does occur.
Frequency, Intensity, and Duration of Strength Training for Seniors
The frequency, intensity, and duration of a strength training program is going to vary from person to person, depending on their initial strength, physical fitness level, and other pre-existing health conditions. It is important to find the right balance between exercising conservatively to prevent injury and exercising consistently to increase strength.
Exercises to Improve Your Strength
These activities will help you build strength, maintain bone density, improve balance, coordination, and mobility, reduce your risk of falling, and help you maintain independence in performing activities of daily life. As you’ll see, strength training requires little time and minimal equipment.
Always perform a warmup prior to strength training (and stretching is NOT a warmup). To get your muscles warm and loose, walk for 5 to 10 minutes. Walking will help direct needed blood flow to your muscles, prepare your body for exercise, prevent injury, and gain maximal benefit from the exercise. Warm muscles respond better to the challenge of lifting weights.
Squats—Lower Limb Strength
In front of a sturdy chair, stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Cross your arms over your chest and lean forward slightly at the hips. Making sure that your knees never come forward past your toes, lower yourself in a slow, controlled motion, until you reach a near-sitting position. Pause, then slowly rise back up to a standing position, keeping your knees over your ankles and your back straight. Never let your knees touch throughout the entire motion. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then complete a second set of ten.
Wall Pushups—Upper Limb Strength (arms, shoulders, chest)
This exercise is less challenging than a normal pushup and will not require you to get down on the floor. Find a wall that is clear of any objects. Stand a little farther than arm’s length from the wall. Facing the wall, lean your body forward and place your palms flat against the wall at about shoulder height and shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows as you lower your upper body toward the wall in a slow, controlled motion, keeping your feet planted. Pause, then slowly push yourself back until your arms are straight, but do not lock your elbows. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Heel Raises or Toe Stands—Lower Limb Strength
This is a good way to strengthen your calves and ankles and restore stability and balance. Near a counter or sturdy chair, stand with feet shoulder-width apart. If needed, use the chair or counter for balance. Slowly push up as far as you can, onto the balls of your feet and hold for two to four seconds. Slowly lower your heels back to the floor, in a controlled motion. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Biceps Curl—Upper Limb Strength
This exercise will make lifting daily objects, such as a gallon of milk, seem much easier! With a dumbbell (or if you do not have a dumbbell, a soup can will work too!) in each hand, stand, or sit in a chair, with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at side, and palms facing facing in front of you. Slowly lift up the weights by flexing your elbow. Keep your upper arms and elbows close to your side, as if you had a newspaper tucked beneath your arm. Keep your wrists straight. Slowly lower the dumbbells back toward your thighs, keeping palms facing forward. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Refer to the Stretching section on the main page of Health Tips for proper stretches to perform for cool down. A proper cool down will prevent future muscle soreness and help prevent injury.
Regular physical activity is fun and healthy. Being active is safe for most people, however, before starting a strength training program you should check with your doctor to make sure your strength training plan is safe for your health.
Perhaps you’ve noticed more men sporting mustaches and facial hair this month. Or maybe you’ve heard of No-Shave November and Movember and wondered what all the fuss was about. Movember and No-Shave November are two movements dedicated to raising awareness for some of the most common health challenges faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental illness. The concept behind these movements is to go shave-free for the entire month of November (women can participate, too!). Then, at the end of the month, you donate the money you would have spent on shaving towards organizations that educate about cancer and suicide prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting these battles.
Throughout the world, women live longer than men, although this gap varies tremendously in less developed countries. According to the CIA World Factbook, in the United States, average longevity for women is 82.2 years for women and 77.2 years for men, a five-year gap. Many men have the mentality of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, so if they cannot see or feel an external stimulus, they will think there is nothing ever wrong. A majority of men are just not aware of what they can do to improve their health and live healthier and happier lives.
Being informed about the symptoms, risk factors, and available tests can empower men to lead a healthier life. So, in the spirit of raising awareness for men’s health during the month of November, we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about some of the most prevalent health concerns in men.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MEN'S HEALTH BEGINNING AT AGE 20 AND BEYOND
When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk and don’t take action. If you are worried about a friend or loved one and their risk factors, talk with them about early detection. Help them by reminding them to schedule an annual physical, if they don’t already have it on the calendar...it could save their life.