ALS Fact Sheet
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) affects 100,000 people every year. This disease, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, affects people by degrading their neurons. The degradation of neurons makes people lose motor control. You may also recognize the term "ALS" from the Ice Bucket Challenge that was popular on social media in 2015. Sadly, this disease is fatal but can be more easily managed and understood with some simple lifestyle changes. This information is important for those who have contracted ALS and those that care for them: every day with an increased quality of life is priceless.
This information was compiled from a myriad of websites that can be accessed below for more information:
Craniosacral therapy is a type of manual therapy that releases tension in deep tissues that protect the central nervous system. This allows the central nervous system—your brain and spinal cord—to act more efficiently. By releasing this tension, mobility and motility, especially in patients with neurological deficits, are greatly increased. This is done through gentle pressure (no more than the weight of a dime!) in a massage-like fashion. The "massage" naturally eliminates pain and stress as it strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances health. These benefits are especially helpful for people with head injuries or back pain. Our therapists offer this service and others that have patients leaving the clinic raving about how "refreshing" it feels and "amazed at the immediate results." Inquire about craniosacral and other variations of physical therapy today, and discover the healing power of a gentle touch.
Sunny days like today make all of us here at CPT look forward to summer! This sunshine also reminds us how much we need Vitamin D--something that can be hard to find in the long Alaskan winters. Vitamin D is an essential nutrient involved in bone density, skin health, and preventing depression and autoimmune disease. Many Alaskans take Vitamin D supplements or eat Vitamin D rich foods such as fish (salmon, yum!), mushrooms, eggs, etc. The darkness is something we're all aware of December through January, but don't forget Vitamin D after the winter solstice. The lowest levels of Vitamin D found in Alaskan blood tests is in March. So don't forget to continue to take your supplements as the snow starts to melt! If you're not that into fish or taking supplements, a short 20-minute walk will give you all the Vitamin D you need for the day! Go get outside and enjoy the warm sunny weather while it lasts!
For more information, ADN did an article on Vitamin D specific to Alaska that can be found at:
Exercise and your Brain!
A fitness blog recently published an infographic on the effect that exercise can have on your brain and the importance of remaining active throughout your lifetime. That's right! Lifting weights and walking isn't just for the young bucks anymore! Just 20 minutes of physical activity can improve memory, boost creativity, reduce risk of depression, and release feel good hormones. The infographic is attached below. For more information, feel free to visit the original website at http://guysandgoodhealth.com/2015/04/24/how-the-brain-benefits-from-exercise-infographic/.
Don't Just Sit There!
We've had a number of patients ask us about our "Don't Just Sit There!" poster created by Bonnie Berkowitz and Patterson Clark in the clinic. Print off your own copy here!
We are happy to announce that the Chugach Physical Therapy website is up and running! On our website, you will find therapist descriptions, downloadable forms, insurance information, and more! Check out this blog for clinic updates and health articles!