Thursday, October 18, 2012

Hayashida PT's are Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

On October 6, 2012 Hayashida & Associates physical therapists and trainers joined up with other community leaders in the fight against Breast Cancer by participating in a 5k non-competitive walk in Santa Ynez. The walk was a beautiful one with many great supporters of this just cause. As you may notice the Hayashida & Associates Physical Therapy team was honored to wear blue ribbons as they were one of the top fundraisers for the event.  HAPT thanks all of our friends, families, patients and clients for helping raise over $2700.  This money will go directly to patients for counseling, treatment, and research. This small event is held in Santa Ynez annually and raised a record setting amount this year, over $22,000. We were proud to be a part of this event and look forward to participating again next year.

Hayashida PT In the Community: Westmont Physicals

Every Fall, the physical therapists of Hayashida and Associates participate in an injury prevention program at Westmont College; this year screening over 250 athletes. The therapists use the Biomechanical Scan (BMS), to efficiently scan each body region and identify any impairments and/or faulty movement patterns. These impairments, if not addressed, often cause abnormal wear and tear throughout the season and can predispose these athletes for injury. The therapists then work with the athletic trainers of Westmont College in designing and implementing individualized and proactive exercise programs to address the faulty patterns to optimize the athletic careers of each athlete.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Check Your Posture Before It Is A Problem

Postural issues and dysfunctions run rampant in our society, especially for those who sit all day and are hunched over their keyboards, staring at computer screens.  Many patients and clients come into the clinic not aware that their posture is an issue. Correct posture is something that is often overlooked in our society but it is an issue that affects us in many areas of life.  I can lead to headaches  shoulder and arm pain, low back pain, and leg pain.  Posture is the first thing evaluated during at our physical therapy clinic to make sure the patient and/or client is setup for optimal healing from their movement dysfunction.

It would not be a bad idea to examine your posture before you're at to the point of pain and dysfunction.  There is an easy way to grossly analyze your posture.  Have a friend of family member take a picture of you from the front and side.  Then compare your normal standing posture with the graphic above.

There may be some issues that can be addressed on your own and some of these corrections can be found in a recent Men’s Health’s article.  Found here.  But for any medical or fitness related problem you should contact your physical therapist or physician prior to initiating anything mentioned in the magazine article.