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Physical Therapist

Physical Therapist

Nancy Whelan,PT is the owner and director of the West Palm Beach Physical Therapy Center. She has 31 years of experience in the practice of Physical Therapy.

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Did you know that up to 60% of the human body is made up of water?  The brain is composed of 70% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water; and, 83% of our blood is actually water.  Therefore, one can draw the conclusion that water is important for our health.   How may glasses of water have you had today? One? Two? Maybe even three? One glass of water is 8 full ounces, and the recommended daily intake is 8 glasses for women and up to 13 glasses for men. However, modification of these recommendations may be necessary depending on...
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My son plays ice hockey.  It is amazing to me how many of his friends are injured from improper stretching before the game. A lot is done to condition and strengthen the athlete but stretching correctly is overlooked. Often times, I think there is a belief that kids are young and healthy so shortcuts are taken. Stretching any muscle works best after you have warmed up.  Warming up prepares the body and mind for exercise and can prevent injuries.  The term "warm up" describes light aerobic activities that are different from stretching and important to do before stretching. Often, it is the...

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Aging joints? Sports injury?  Yet, you still want and need to exercise. After a joint injury, a patient of mine recently began exercising in his community pool. He feels that the aquatic exercises complement his skilled physical therapy on land, and he is correct!  There are four benefits of aquatic rehabilitation: buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, resistance, and sensory stimulation. Buoyancy: Get into your pool so that the water is at shoulder level.  Do you feel lighter? You should, for you now weigh approximately 90% less than before you entered the pool!!  You can exercise with the water at your shoulders, or you can move...
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As we age, we can often start to feel tension or pain in our upper backs that can spread into our shoulders or down to our shoulder blades.  Prolonged sitting and poor posture can be the reason; both put stress on the muscles and discs of our neck and back. To compensate for this, take a break every 20 minutes and do these two one-minute stretches. They are easy to to do and they'll provide relief from pain relatively quickly.  First, while standing, clasp your hands behind your back, squeeze your shoulder blades together and tuck your chin in, not down.  Hold this...

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