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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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finding the best fitting workout shoes
Well, it is that time of year again when the kids are back in school and enjoying a bunch of recreational activities. And, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, 85% of people wear running shoes that don't fit.   The Department of Health gives some useful tips for when and how to shop for athletic shoes. First, shop for shoes at the end of the day because your feet can increase up to a half size during a single day due to swelling. The socks that you will be walking or exercising in should be worn when trying on the...
taping for sports injury
OLYMPIC STRAPPING ! Did you know the skin is the largest organ in the body? Why not target it to heal? Taping or strapping has been used for several generations in a variety of ways to improve muscle function, reduce pain, and even to help prevent injuries. In the 2012 summer Olympics, kinesio taping was seen on many volleyball players, gymnasts, and basketball players. Many viewers were unsure if this bright pink or blue tape was just for show or if it was for an athletic purpose. But the kinesio tape seen on the Olympic competitors definitely added support for the...

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As we age our independence becomes one of the most important aspects of life. Losing the ability to drive can make us feel "trapped" and decrease our quality of life.  We don't want to be a burden on family members and often have a difficult time knowing or telling someone when we no longer feel safe driving. So, how can we improve or maintain our ability to continuing driving safely? First, the ability to turn your head and neck is very important for driving and this is something that becomes limited as we age. Gentle range of motion exercises for the...

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Each year we go through the ritual of acknowledging our moms on Mother's Day. But how can we demonstrate this love and ever lasting appreciation throughout the year? Recently, I have been spending more time with my mom. Instead of buying my mom gifts or flowers, which are always happily accepted, I thought about the times that I saw my mom the happiest. I thought I would try to re-create those moments with my two brothers. The happiest I've seen my mom is when she is telling us about when we were little and all the fun times we had. She...
Exercises that help increase mobility after a mastectomy
Breast cancer has become more prevalent over the years and research has helped make the recovery process more manageable. Although surgery is not always involved in the treatment of breast cancer, other forms of intervention can restrict a person's mobility and ability. A breast biopsy, lymph node removal, or a mastectomy, along with radiation can greatly affect how well a person can move their arm and even how they take a deep breath. Certain exercises have been proven to be beneficial for people recovering from breast cancer, but only after the doctor allows the start of gentle exercises. If radiation therapy...

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