A PT can help you choose the ideal workout plan

Are Your Workouts Giving You What You Want?

How much thought have you put into the exercises you’re going to use for your next workout? Did you choose them yourself, or did you find them on the internet or in a magazine? What’s your workout designed for? Do those goals match yours? Are the exercises even safe for you? Using the wrong program can lead to wasting time in the gym, frustration, plateaus in progress and injury. As physical therapists, the team at Southeastern Physical Therapy does more than help people overcome injuries.  Our team is also skilled in establishing and evaluating exercise programs to help patients live a healthier lifestyle.  Let’s take a closer look at what goes into program design and the cost of getting it wrong.

Exercise Selection

There are many things to think about when choosing specific exercises. Machine vs. free weights, isolation vs. compound lifts, number of reps and sets, etc. Each one of these factors affects the results, so making the wrong choices could lead to wasting time working on the wrong things, limit your results or lead to injury.

Technique

If you choose the right exercises, but don’t know how to do them properly you will again limit your results, or worse, end up injured. Poor technique leads to inefficient movement and limits the power your muscles can create. It also changes the load on your muscles, joints, and ligaments which can lead to pain and injury.

Volume

Volume is a way of thinking about how much work you’re doing during a workout. Doing a few reps with a heavy weight or a lot of reps with a light weight could end up being the same volume. Same goes for running a shorter distance quickly uphill vs a longer run at a slower pace on flat terrain. If your volume is too great you won’t recover well between workouts and create the possibility of injury. Too little volume and you won’t see results.

Progression

If you’ve been doing the same exercises with the same weight and the same number of reps and sets, you’re not progressing. Same goes if you jump on the treadmill for the same amount of time with the same settings each time. To make progress, things have to change and the program that works for your first 6 months won’t work for you 2 years down the road.

Designing an exercise program is a complex challenge with a lot of factors to consider. Most people have a history of injuries and don’t have perfect movement in every joint which further complicates things. If you’re not making progress or just want to make sure your workouts are as effective as they can be, have your physical therapist take a look at your program. Or, contact our team at Southeastern Physical Therapy.  Your PT can help design an individualized program to help you reach your goals while keeping you safe and injury free.

About Southeastern Physical Therapy

Founded in 1999, Southeastern Physical Therapy (SEPT) is locally owned by Darren Cady, a physical therapist. We are proud of our long-term commitment and service to Buncombe County, Henderson County and the surrounding areas.

Southeastern Physical Therapy leads the way in sports rehab and physical therapy – treating orthopedic, muscular, bone and joint injuries, ailments and pain. Whether it is a sprain or post- operative repair, we have the experience and expertise to do the best job and get the results you deserve.

Southeastern works with all provider networks and welcomes walk-ins. All insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. And, with 8 outpatient locations and over 50 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Southeastern will provide you the care and attention you need with the convenience of a clinic near you.

Learn more about Southeastern Physical Therapy at: www.southeastpt.com.

Why You Need a Physical Therapist on Your Healthcare Team

With health in sharp focus as a result of the pandemic, now is a good time to look at the team of experts you have in place and see if there are any improvements you could make. You probably have a family doctor, dentist, and optometrist. Maybe you have some specialist physicians, a trainer, or a massage therapist. If a physical therapist isn’t a part of your healthcare team, you’re missing out on taking care of a big part of your health. To understand why you need a physical therapist, you need to understand what they do.  Let’s give you a perspective from the team at Southeastern Physical Therapy.

Physical Therapists Help You Do Things

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) defines physical therapists (PTs) as “health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.” So physical therapists help you do things that you have trouble with. That could be going for a hike, playing with your kids, or getting through a day of work without pain.

Physical Therapists Reduce Pain

Chronic pain is a huge problem worldwide. A big part of that is low back pain. Statistically, around 80% of people will have low back pain in their lifetimes. Physical therapists are trained to treat pain without surgery or medications. If you have back pain, an arthritic knee, neck pain, or an old injury that won’t go away, a physical therapist may be able to help.

Physical Therapists Keep You Healthy

The APTA goes on to say that “PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.” That means that a physical therapist can help you determine your risk for injury, choose the right fitness program, and improve the quality of your life by improving your health and ability to move.

Physical Therapists Can Help You Live Longer

It’s well known that the risk of many of the leading causes of death can be reduced by exercise. Some of these conditions would include heart disease, cancer, lung disease, diabetes, and stroke. By helping you move better with less pain, finding the right exercise program, and helping you to make healthy lifestyle choices, a PT could help you live longer.

Physical therapists have a unique set of skills and expertise that can do a lot to improve your health and quality of life. If you don’t have one, consider adding a physical therapist from Southeastern Physical Therapy to your healthcare team.

About Southeastern Physical Therapy

Founded in 1999, Southeastern Physical Therapy (SEPT) is locally owned by Darren Cady, a physical therapist. We are proud of our long-term commitment and service to Buncombe County, Henderson County and the surrounding areas.

Southeastern Physical Therapy leads the way in sports rehab and physical therapy – treating orthopedic, muscular, bone and joint injuries, ailments and pain. Whether it is a sprain or post- operative repair, we have the experience and expertise to do the best job and get the results you deserve.

Southeastern works with all provider networks and welcomes walk-ins. All insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. And, with 8 outpatient locations and over 50 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Southeastern will provide you the care and attention you need with the convenience of a clinic near you.

Learn more about Southeastern Physical Therapy at: www.southeastpt.com.

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5 Reasons You Need a Physical Therapist to Coordinate Your Fitness Regimen

Physical therapists aren’t just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists (PTs) can also help healthy people improve their fitness by establishing a proper fitness regimen. Here are 5 reasons why the team at Southeastern Physical Therapy believes you should consider seeing yours.

You Want a Baseline for your Fitness Regimen

When you see a physical therapist to improve your fitness, you’ll get an assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This not only helps your physical therapist design a customized program just for you, it gives them a baseline to compare things to in the future should you start having pain or suffer an injury.

You Want Expert Guidance

Sure, other professionals could help with your fitness routine, but the fitness industry is not well regulated. Some certifications just require an online course and paying a fee. There are no licenses or other requirements to use many titles. Becoming a physical therapist requires at least a bachelor’s degree and most PTs practicing today have a doctorate. Every physical therapist has passed a national board exam and maintains a state license. That guarantees you that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement.

You Want to Prevent Injury

The physical therapists at Southeastern Physical Therapy don’t just work to heal injuries, they are also experts in preventing them. After a thorough assessment, a PT can help you design a program that will not only help you reach your fitness goals, but that can address any issues that increase your risk for injury.

You Want Unbiased Advice

Yoga instructors will want you to do yoga. Personal trainers will want you to come to their gym. Pilates instructors will want you to do Pilates. Strength coaches will want you to strength train. A physical therapist doesn’t have a bias or vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are only interested in helping you reach your goals.

You Have a History

If you have some kind of history that affects your ability to exercise, a physical therapist is the best person to help you design a fitness regimen. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old injury from athletics or work, back pain that comes up from time to time, COPD, arthritis or heart disease, a PT can help you safely work around it and meet your fitness goals.

About Southeastern Physical Therapy

Founded in 1999, Southeastern Physical Therapy (SEPT) is locally owned by Darren Cady, a physical therapist. We are proud of our long-term commitment and service to Buncombe County, Henderson County and the surrounding areas.

Southeastern Physical Therapy leads the way in sports rehab and physical therapy – treating orthopedic, muscular, bone and joint injuries, ailments and pain. Whether it is a sprain or post- operative repair, we have the experience and expertise to do the best job and get the results you deserve.

Southeastern works with all provider networks and welcomes walk-ins. All insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. And, with 8 outpatient locations and over 90 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Southeastern will provide you the care and attention you need with the convenience of a clinic near you.

Learn more about Southeastern Physical Therapy at: www.southeastpt.com.

Southeastern Physical Therapy Says: When the Weather Gets Cold, Don’t Forget to Warm Up!

We all know here in the Asheville, North Carolina area that colder weather means some changes to how we exercise. Of course, it’s harder to motivate yourself to get outside for a run or bike ride when the temperature drops, and the shorter days compress our schedules, but there are changes in your body that affect your ability to exercise too. For many people with arthritis or other joint problems, cold weather brings more complaints of pain. To stay warm, our bodies narrow blood vessels to reduce bloodflow to the skin, and more superficial muscles. That means that there is an increased risk of muscle strains in the cold. There is also an increased strain on the heart because of the narrowed blood vessels. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be active outdoors in the cold, it just means you may have to make a few changes to your routine. Here are a few changes the team at Southeastern Physical Therapy wants you to consider:

Warm up right

A good warm up is always important, but because of the tendency for joints to be stiffer, and bloodflow to muscles to be reduced in the cold, it’s even more important that you do it right this time of year. To start, do something to get your heart rate up a bit, maybe a brisk walk or light jog. Follow that up with a dynamic warm up rather than static stretches. This could include walking or jogging while pulling your knees up high to your chest. Maybe some high kicks in front of you with straight knees to get your hamstrings loosened. A walking lunge with an upper body twist can get your whole body moving. Cater your warm up to what you have planned in your workout. If you’re not sure how it should look, ask your physical therapist!

Dress right

Dressing in layers allows you to adjust your insulation to your activity level. After you warm up, you might want to take off a layer to avoid getting too hot during your main activity. You’ll have it there later to put back on when your activity level drops and you start getting too cold.  Don’t forget about the sun either – just because it’s cold doesn’t mean the UV rays are gone. Sunscreen and sunglasses aren’t just for the summer. A lip balm with SPF can protect you not only from the sun but from the wind too.

Stay hydrated

Drink water before, during, and after your workout. The temperature may be down, but you’ll still sweat and you’ll still lose water vapor in your breath. The drier air in winter lets your sweat evaporate more quickly, so it’s easy to underestimate how much fluid you’ve lost.

Cool down

When you’re done, don’t rush to get inside and crawl under a blanket. Cool down properly. Keep moving with a walk or another form of active recovery to let your heart rate come down. After exercise is the right place for static stretching. You can also head inside for some foam rolling or self-massage.  The days being shorter and the temperatures being lower don’t mean you’re stuck inside for all of your exercise. If you follow these tips, you can safely keep moving outside. If you’d like a customized warm up or cool down, or have questions about your exercise routine, your physical therapist is a great person to ask!

About Southeastern Physical Therapy

Founded in 1999, Southeastern Physical Therapy (SEPT) is locally owned by Darren Cady, a physical therapist. We are proud of our long-term commitment and service to Buncombe County, Henderson County and the surrounding areas.

Southeastern Physical Therapy leads the way in sports rehab and physical therapy – treating orthopedic, muscular, bone and joint injuries, ailments and pain. Whether it is a sprain or post- operative repair, we have the experience and expertise to do the best job and get the results you deserve.

Southeastern works with all provider networks and welcomes walk-ins. All insurances are accepted, including Medicare and Medicaid. And, with 8 outpatient locations and over 90 Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, Southeastern will provide you the care and attention you need with the convenience of a clinic near you.

Learn more about Southeastern Physical Therapy at: www.southeastpt.com

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Buncombe County has implemented a Stay Home, Stay Safe declaration effective at 8:00 PM on Thursday, March 26th, 2020 (click link below to read more).

Friendly reminder that Southeastern Physical Therapy will remain open under this declaration. The US Department of Homeland Security has classified Physical and Occupational Therapies as essential critical services. We will continue to follow all CDC recommendations and policies at our facilities. In addition to keeping our clinics clean and open, we are now offering Telehealth PT visits online and In-Home visits for anyone interested.

Call (828) 785-1486 or email darren.cady@gmail.com to learn more and see if your insurance covers these new services. Blue Cross Blue Shield, UHC, Cigna, MedCost, some Humana and some Aetna cover Telehealth PT services already.

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2020 Chilly Challenge

Southeastern Physical Therapy is on hand this snowy Leap Day supporting the runners of the 8th Annual Chilly Challenge! With us is our Marketing Department, Ryan Smith and Taylor McBride; along with therapists Bryan Hoofnagle, Celeste Nicholson and Vanessa de la Vega.

 

 

Below Bryan and Celeste are leading the group of runners through a dynamic warmup to get everyone ready for the run!

 

 

Our sign, made by some of the students from North Buncombe Middle School!

Headed back to the gym? Try these tips

By Darren Cady
Originally posted at Blue Ridge Now January 2020

Whether you are new to exercise or getting back into a routine after a break, it’s essential to start slowly and intentionally. With the following tips, you’ll set yourself up for success and reduce your risk of injury.

Note: Always consult with your physician before beginning an exercise routine.

Seek professional guidance: An exercise physiologist, certified fitness trainer or physical therapist can help you choose the right exercises for your body and health goals. He or she can also show you how to properly perform each exercise, so you reduce your risk of injury.

Start small: Begin with 10 to 15 minutes of exercise three days a week. As your fitness level improves, you can increase the intensity and duration of your workouts.

Go low and slow with weights: It’s easy to hurt yourself by attempting to lift weights that are too heavy. Even if you used to lift a certain amount a few months or years ago, you should still start lighter to avoid injury. Once you can comfortably complete a set of 10 to 12 reps with excellent form, you can gradually increase your weight.

Take rest days: Prevent overuse injuries and burnout by scheduling in at least one day off from exercise each week. This allows your muscles to rebuild and recover.

Mix up your workouts: For the best fitness results, incorporate cardiovascular activity, strength training and flexibility exercises into your routine.

Get your heart pumping: Cardiovascular exercise helps keep your heart healthy and releases feel-good endorphins. Try running, walking, swimming, cycling, kickboxing, aerobics, dance or recreational sports. Work your way up to 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week.

Incorporate strength training: Strength training boosts your metabolism, strengthens your muscles and helps prevent injuries. Try weightlifting, resistance band training, Pilates, barre exercises, or bodyweight exercises, like pushups, lunges and squats. Aim to do two strength-training sessions weekly for each major muscle group, including your upper body, lower body and core.

Don’t forget to stretch: Stretching can help decrease muscle soreness and stiffness, improve your range of motion, and the risk of injury. Stretching is safest when your muscles are warm from exercise.

Wear the right shoes: Supportive, comfortable shoes are essential to a good workout. Choose the right pair based on your activity of choice, whether it’s running, walking, cross-training or hiking.

Stay hydrated: While there’s no specific amount of water that’s right for everyone, the American Council on Exercise suggests drinking 17 to 20 ounces of water two to three hours before exercising, 8 ounces of water 20 minutes before your workout, 7 to 10 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes while exercising, and 8 ounces of water within 30 minutes after you finish working out.

Listen to your body: If you feel pain, are lightheaded or have trouble catching your breath, stop exercising immediately and take a break. If you are very sore or tired one day, it’s OK to take a day off to rest and recover. Contact your doctor if you experience chest pain or difficulty breathing.

The benefits of regular exercise:

If you need motivation, here are some benefits of regular exercise: more energy, healthy body weight, increased self-confidence, better mood and mental health, less stress, better sleep, improved balance and coordination, lower risk of falls, less arthritis pain, and reduced risk of diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

With the right plan and mindset, you can reach your fitness goals and feel better than ever this year.

To find a primary care provider near you, visit www.pardeehospital.org.

Darren Cady is the director of Pardee Outpatient Rehab.

TEEN NIGHTS AT YMCA at MPHC

Southeastern Physical Therapy is sponsoring TEEN NIGHTS AT YMCA at MPHC at the Y. Our very own Chaz Jackson, PTA is helping facilitate and work the event!

NO MORE BOREDOM – TEEN NIGHTS AT YMCA at MPHC

Are you tired of hearing your teen complain about being bored? Bring them to the Y for an evening of games, crafts, snacks, and a movie. A safe and fun evening. Ages 10 and up

Friday Nights 6-8pm
February 21
March 13
Members $5, non-members $10

For more information contact Natalie Sleik, Healthy Living Coordinator at nsleik@ymcawnc.org