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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.

how to correct your posture
Maintaining a good posture is not just about looking good. (Although, you will look more confidant and thinner!)  A bad posture can cause some serious damage to anyone who has osteoporosis because it increases the risk of spinal bone fractures. Ouch! In a video we created below, Cathy demonstrates what a bad posture looks like. She then shows what a proper posture looks like.When you look at the proper posture you will see that the chin is slightly tucked and the shoulders are back and down so that the ear is in line with the shoulder and the shoulder is in...

abdominal crunches for osteoporosis
Here are some modifed crunch exercises for people with osteoporosis. Keep knees bent and sit on a partially deflated exercise ball for added support. Slowly roll yourself so that the ball is placed in the mid to low back region, with hands supporting the head and neck. (Only use your hands as a cushion; don't pull on your neck. Easiest way to do this is the keep your elbows wide). This exercise will strengthen the abdominal muscles in a safe way because the position of the spine is only moving from a very slight bit of extension to a "neutral spine."...

how to do a plan video
Quadruped exercises, which use all four limbs, help build strong bones. These exercises allow a person to perform safe strengthening while bearing weight through the legs and arms.   In this video, you will see Cathy perform exercises on her hands and knees, as well as lying on her stomach on a partially deflated ball. The first exercise is called reciprocal extension, meaning if the right arm comes up the left leg will come up at the same time. Not only is this beneficial for weight bearing but it strengthens the muscles on each side of the spine and the abdominal muscles....

weight bearing exercies
Research has shown that exercises performed with light to medium weights will help improve bone strength. That along with weight bearing exercises (walking, jogging, jumping rope) should be performed at least 4 hours per week to achieve maximum bone strength. In this osteoporosis video, I will go through some of those weight bearing exercises, such as squats with different arm positions. This video can be performed daily to achieve a 4 hour minimum of weight bearing exercises in a week. In this video, the exercises are performed standing, with the use of two pound weights and an inflated exercise ball. The...

aging bones and osteoporosis
Got osteo? Are you concerned with the health of your bones because you were recently diagnosed with osteopenia or osteoporosis? If so, there is help out there for you! Recently, I was involved in making a video that focused on exercises to help people with bone density loss, whether it be from osteopenia, or full on osteoporosis. The video begins with gentle posture and stabilization exercises. Also, light weights are used in the stabilization exercises while lying on your back. The video shows proper positioning of the head and neck and the breathing technique that should be done during the stabilization...

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