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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.

sports training through core strengthening
Core strengthening is vital for improved athletic performance. If you're throwing a football or baseball, kicking a soccer ball, swinging a bat or winding up for a slap shot, you need a strong core. Most of the movements performed in sports are multi-directional.  To move efficiently and exert more power, it's important to train the core with dynamic multi-directional exercises. With increased core strength, the athlete (or the weekend warrior) has greater balance and control during athletic movements. A stronger core can also prevent injury. Many athletes experience pain and injury from overused limbs. Hyperextension and excessive rotation in the shoulder...
sandals bad for the feet
We all know that wearing sandals are comfortable, especially in summer time, but how good are they for our feet? Most sandals are very flat and have no support. This can be bad for our feet for several different reasons. People that suffer from plantar fasciitis should not be wearing sandals unless they have some type of arch support. Even with an arch support, sandals should not be worn for long distance walking. Unsupportive or flat sandals can even cause plantar fasciitis, which is a very painful condition on the bottom of the foot. Research has proven that our toes try...
excercises to improve posture from sitting too long
Summer fun has ended and it is time to get back in gear for the start of the new school year! A little tip to remember when getting back to school is to watch your posture. Prolonged sitting in uncomfortable desks is something that students have not done all summer and now they will begin to sit for hours each day. It is important to try to maintain proper posture while sitting in class to avoid muscle fatigue and research even shows it even improves concentration. My little brother will be a junior this year and has told me that he...
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avoid stiffness and pain on the plane
Many people will travel during the next few months, and whether it is by plane or car there are a few simple tips to remember to avoid body aches and pains, and even life threatening issues. As a physical therapist many patients ask about different ways to avoid low back pain while traveling. A simple answer is a lumbar support, which looks like a small pillow but is curved to support the low back. This can be used by people with or without low back problems and can be small enough to travel with on a plane. There are larger lumbar...

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sun protection guideline
Summer is here and it is time to get outside for some fun! As we know it gets very hot, very quickly so there are some important things to remember when spending time outside. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. In a humid climate, like Florida, we sweat a lot more therefore we need to hydrate more to prevent heat exhaustion, and the more severe, heat stroke. Also, don't forget your sunscreen! In the summer, the sun is so strong and sunscreen should be worn as a daily moisturizer. Now you can find moisturizers that have SPF in...

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