Fall Prevention Program for those over 65…

Falls are a major health concern among older adults.  Reports show that 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 65 will fall each year.  Research has also shown that falls can be decreased with physical therapy intervention.  Alpine Sports Medicine’s Fall Prevention Program provides a thorough balance assessment and individualized plan to address the found deficits.  For more details and information click here to see our brochure.

The following clip shows Karen Procino, PT working with a patient whom has Parkinson’s Disease and has multiple falls a year.  Since starting PT, he reports increased stability, ease of movement and decreased falls.

We look forward to working with you or your loved one to keep everyone healthy, active and doing what they love.

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ASTYM – Can it help you?

by:  Robert Cervantez (PT/CSCS/ASTYM Certified)

It is a proven form of treatment that has been around for several years with very good outcomes.

What is ASTYM?

ASTYM is a treatment approach used on soft tissue injuries to reduce pain and increase function. It

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Working ASTYM on the Forearm.

utilizes specially created instruments to mobilize the soft tissue and stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism for tissue remodeling in patients with degenerative soft tissue, fibrosis or chronic inflammation. This technique is at the fore front of non-invasive treatments for healing.

How does it work?

It is believed that ASTYM works by breaking down the dysfunctional tissue (adhesions, fibrosis, scar, etc.) and stimulating the normal body healing process. This is initiated by controlled microtraumas (i.e. use of instruments) for the restoration, regeneration and remodeling of the fibrosis/scar tissue and collagen. The tissue is influenced by specific stretching, exercise and physical activity. Where conventional treatment requires you to stop all outside physical activity, ASTYM does not. ASTYM wants you remain active in your job or sport to remodel the healing tissue along the lines of stress that it usually encounters on daily basis.

Who can benefit from ASTYM?

All types of individuals can benefit from the ASTYM system: from the everyday worker to the high level athlete. Moreover, any individual experience pain, loss of range of motion, loss of function following surgery or trauma, chronic irritation/tendonitis may benefit from this technique.

How is ASTYM different?

ASTYM is well supported by clinical outcomes and science with regard to its effectiveness. It has been demonstrated to be successful when other approaches have failed. It may decrease the need for surgical intervention. And again, ASTYM allows you to remain physically active while healing while re-establishing function.

Conditions that have responded well to ASTYM

Carpal tunnel, lateral/medial epicondylitis, DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis, shoulder pain, wrist sprains, chronic ankle sprains, hamstring strains, plantar fascitis, Achilles/patella tendonitis, IT band pain, post surgical scarring, & fibrosis, hip/shoulder bursitis, low back/SI pain and chronic tendinopathies to list a few..

ASTYM can only be administered by a trained and certified ASTYM clinician.  An ASTYM clinician can be located by going to www.ASTYM.com

Tanner Hall Working to Increase Core Strength.

Tanner Hall, Building Core Strength
Tanner Hall, Building Core Strength

For those not in touch with the world of freestyle and big mountain skiing, you’ve maybe never heard the name Tanner Hall.  In the ski circles, Tanner is big time, big time like Rock Star status in the sport – the guy has multiple X-Game gold medals, been voted male skier of the year by Powder Magazine (you get the idea). Unfortunately, he suffered a very serious injury to both of his legs last spring, requiring surgery on both of his knees.

So it goes without saying, it’s pretty cool to have Tanner engaged in his Physical Therapy at Alpine Sports Medicine here in Park City, UT, and the team is excited to get him back on the hill as soon as possible.  His primary therapist is Janna Mann, but Tanner has been working with Jason Morgan (a certified strength and conditioning specialist) on his days off from PT to work on some strengthening of other areas on the his body.  This work outside of his PT on his knee is what we will be discussing in this entry.

As a freestyle skier, Tanner and other athletes are constantly beating on their bodies, working on new tricks and pushing the envelope is what this sport is all about.  The nature of freestyle over the last decade is progression in spinning (and flipping), a lot of off-axis stuff (body parallel to the ground).  “The spinning and twisting falls area big component of what we are addressing with building Tanner’s core strength,” Jason stated, ” we want to give him a stronger posture which will give him more rotational stability.”  Jason went on to explain that the rotational stability and core strength will not only help with control of his body will frantically spinning in

Keeping Tanner Seated Reduces Interference with the Physical Therapy on his Repaired Knee(s)
Keeping Tanner Seated Reduces Interference with the Physical Therapy on his Repaired Knee(s)

the air, but also when there is the dreaded ground impact his body will withstand this better – minimizing potential for injury. As you can imagine, working with the medicine ball and doing these twisting exercises would put a lot of stress on the knees, Therefore Jason is focusing on techniques and exercises that reduce or minimize any weight on the knee(s).

We will continue to update the progress of Tanners rehabilitation, so watch right here as we help get Tanner back out on the snow.  You should check Tanner out at his new website as well, current info, videos etc…. Check it here TANNER