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A quick message from Brian Mallon, PT, DPT at Full Range PT- West Chester! The season has finally turned, and the snow has fallen.  A quick reminder to all of us snow lovers that snow sporting activities are about to kick into high gear.  Be it skiing, snowboarding, sledding or tubing, winter fun is finally upon us. If you are like me, you wake up every day and check the Poconos ski report and the Poconos weather forecast.  You can’t wait to finally strap that equipment to your legs and let gravity control your destiny.  Here in Pennsylvania, we don’t get a particularly long season by comparison.  More notable ski locations do boast bigger mountains, more trails and the most divine snow you could ask for, but with COVID restricting our travel, we must make the most of every chance we have to glide down a slope of pillowy ice crystals. While we can’t make…

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By: Dr. Patrick Rutledge at Full Range PT- Drexel Hill   Whether recovering from COVID-19, pneumonia, or deconditioned from lack of activity, catching your breath, or even simply breathing may be difficult at times.  For some, this may be due to weakened lungs and cardiovascular system,  too much streaming and comfort foods during the pandemic, or even the daily donning of thick face masks to prevent the spread of the virus while out in public or at the workplace. Why does this matter? Typically, when someone is meeting with their doctor or medical professional, their vitals and general health is assessed through blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and oxygen saturation of their blood. These can be quickly measured via a BP cuff, finger pulse oximeter, and visually assessing their respiratory rate. However, a quick assessment that is often under utilized is called the Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE).  The…

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By: Dr. Brian Mallon at Full Range West Chester   It’s that time of year.  The Holidays.  Spreading cheer, love and happiness.  This year of course, all from a 6-foot distance.  It’s also that time of year for people to enjoy the many holiday treats we’ve come to expect over the years.  Holiday cookies, pumpkin pies, leftover candy from Halloween.  This does have the tendency to show a bit of our holiday cheer around our midsection, leading many to get that age-old New Year’s resolution “I’m gonna go to the gym and get in shape”.   This year, as we are all aware, due to the pandemic, everything has changed.  Gyms are closed in most areas again, and the cold weather does not serve as a great motivator.  That leaves us in a tght spot!  What can we do to get motivated, get in shape and shave off the results of those holiday treats?   Here are 5 easy tips to…

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Have you heard about instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, or IASTM?  It seems like there are new tools, new brands, and new trainings being developed all of the time, with some of the most familiar being Graston or HawkGrips.  But really this type of treatment has been around for a very long time.  IASTM is really a descendant of the art of Gua Sha.  Gua Sha is more than 2,000 years old and originated in Eastern Asia. Now referred to as IASTM (instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization), it is a technique we use to treat a wide variety of conditions.  Modern day tools are typically stainless steel and clinicians perform techniques to treat most muscular and soft tissue conditions, including tendonitis, muscle spasms, and more.  These tools are used as a compliment to therapists’ hands-on treatment. IASTM aims to address the root of the issue that is causing your pain…

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COVID-19: No Diagnosis, No Symptoms, Big Consequences   Since early March, our lives have been flipped upside down.  Social interaction has been discouraged.  We have been told to stay in and most have!  Many have followed the CDC, State, and Federal guidance in an effort to stay safe.  But a new reality has come to light, safe has many meanings!  Safety from COVID-19 is one aspect, but what about safety with general function? Many older adults have chosen to stay sheltered for months and have felt the consequences.  Some say that for every day in bed, it takes 7 days to recover to lost endurance, lost strength, lost flexibility, lost range of motion, etc…. But what happens when we shelter inside for months?  What happens when we get away from our daily routines, including walking, exercise, shopping, and typical life?  For many, the answer many be nothing.  We adapt and…

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Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, hit the world seemingly overnight launching a series of daily, weekly, and continuous changes to every aspect of our lives!  Included in those changes was the approval of telehealth.  We have had the good fortune of experiencing telehealth on a number of different levels and want to take a moment to give you our feedback! Telehealth, also called virtual visits, video visits, e-visits, etc…, was the topic of a number of updates that the government proposed.  While many details continue to unfold regarding back-end specifics, these visits ensure social distancing, no introduction of outside germs, and provide the ability for someone to get the care they need when they need it! Pro’s Telehealth gives us the ability to make a positive impact on a person in their time of need. Telehealth ensures one-on-one attention. Telehealth minimizes outside contact. Telehealth has the ability to address…

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Our Occupational Therapists are leading the charge to ensure that our at-risk community is safe during this difficult time!

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A few months ago, if someone was to ask you if the whole country, or even the world, would be forced into an isolation, what would happen?  It would likely be a question that you brushed off and thought would never be possible.  But you’d also think that people would be confined to their homes, glued to electronics, and almost become a real-life version of Wall-E. Well, here we are!  Over a month since the Coronavirus reared its ugly head in the United States.  Over a month after the NBA and other sports shut down.  Almost a month since we, at least here in Pennsylvania, were mandated to self-quarantine with the exception of essential services.  And what happened? From a big picture view, the United States has had more than 550,000 cases of Coronavirus, over 20,000 deaths and fears of healthcare system overload and lack of supplies.  Essential services have…

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PDGM: Please Don’t Get Mad   Healthcare is interesting!  While evolving with technology, services, professions, and systems, cost and reimbursement find themselves consistently under fire.  Some may say that United States Healthcare System is broken, some may say it works, but, regardless, it is changing!  Some of the most recent changes were implemented in October and January, including models coined as Patient Driven.  At first glance, they don’t seem too bad, but after further review, they pose a number of challenges for both patients and providers! PDGM, or Patient-Driven Groupings Model, was rolled out on January 1st for all home healthcare providers and patients with Medicare Part A insurance.  While being phrased as Patient-Driven, it actually limits access to care!  Your initial reaction may be… WHAT?  HOW COULD THEY DO THAT?  And while you’re not wrong (we had the same reaction!), we chose to stay dynamic and pivot in the…

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At some point in time, everyone has experienced a fall. Maybe the last time you fell was as a child, maybe it was last winter when stepping out onto an icy sidewalk, or maybe it was just yesterday walking your 7-month old German Shepherd puppy like me and the laws of physics were against you. But what happens when you start experiencing trouble with your balance on a daily basis, or, even worse, start to experience more than one fall in a year? Do you find yourself tripping when walking? Do you feel unsteady just standing in place? Have you become fearful of going up and down stairs? Have you been limiting your daily activities for fear of falling? Do you feel that all this is normal as you age? It doesn’t have to be. Let’s take the time to talk balance. What is balance? The technical definition of balance…

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