Posts tagged with Free Seminar

2017 - Maybe Time For A New Approach to your Health Goals

Resolutions come and go, but changing up your health team may be a game changer. We've all heard about alternatives to Western medicine, but it's difficult to know exactly what route to explore. Integrative Medicine is "healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person, including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship between practitioner and patient, is informed by evidence, and makes use of all appropriate therapies" according to the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.

TherapyWorks invites you to learn more about Integrative and Functional Medicine on Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Neela Sandal and Dr. Stephen Stevenson of Atma Clinic will share information about their new practice in downtown Lawrence and how it may help you meet new health goals. Items discussed will include their specialized lab services, unique nutritional analysis, the importance of the gut biome, and genetic factors. TherapyWorks PTA, Lee Tucker, will share how a physical therapy prescribed exercise program compliments directives from your doctor or mid-level provider.

This is a free Helping You Help Yourself Seminar open to the public. Contact TherapyWorks at 785-749-1300 or for more information - RSVP is requested.


Women’s Health: It’s time to Know your Pelvic Floor

If I have heard it once I have heard it a thousand times, “I didn’t know you guys treated that”. We do treat “that”. In pelvic floor physical therapy, also known as women’s health, we get the opportunity to help individuals get their lives back by treating urinary incontinence, bowel incontinence, mild to moderate prolapse, pelvic/vaginal pain, and a host of other conditions that we don’t often talk about around the dinner table. Many of these conditions can be brought about by child birth, menopausal hormone and tissue changes, surgical procedures, and various other traumas to the pelvic floor.

If given a bull horn I would gladly proceed to squawk from the highest roof top, even given that I am terrified of heights, that there is hope for all of the above. Leaking when you laugh isn’t something that has to happen just because you had a baby, hit menopause, or did gymnastics. Pain with intercourse or a pelvic exam at “a certain age” does not have to be normal. Diastasis recti is not a death sentence for your abs just because you had a baby. You do not have to live with those symptoms any longer, because quite often physical therapy can help you meet your goals for a new normal.

If any of the above sounds familiar to you or someone you love send them over to our wonderful staff at TherapyWorks for either a free screen, without a doctor’s script, or a pelvic floor evaluation, doctor’s script needed for most insurances. We would love to help them, or you, get your groove back.

Join us for a free seminar on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:00 at TherapyWorks featuring Dr. Cathy Dahl and Manya Schmidt, APRN of Pelvic Health Specialists.

---Sarah White-Hamilton, DPT of TherapyWorks 1311 Wakarusa Drive, Suite 1000 Lawrence KS 66049


Physical Therapy Can Fix THAT?

I did not grow up wanting to be a physical therapist. When I was in kindergarten I wanted to be a doctor, nurse, dentist, or veterinarian, depending on which day you asked me. I only found and fell in love with physical therapy after tearing my ACL in high school soccer. Since my injury, and full recovery thanks to physical therapy, I have been deeply passionate about the field of physical therapy.

When I was going into physical therapy school I did not have a full understanding of what physical therapists could do. My limited understanding was that I would be able to help people walk, run, and return to their lives by becoming a physical therapist. The first revelation I had in physical therapy school was that PT’s treat wounds. While most of us do not treat wounds there are many PT’s who do. After getting out into more physical therapy clinics I was shocked to find PT’s effectively treating headaches, TMJ, vertigo, urinary leaks, fecal incontinence, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel, along with all the “normal” things I knew PT’s could treat: knee pain, back pain, ankle sprain, etc.

Now that I am out in the clinic as a physical therapist I consider it my great privilege to help people meet their goals, and I consider it my mission to get the word out about how physical therapy can help give people their lives back. Whether you are having leaks when you laugh, your little one has torticollis, you or a loved one are having falls, or you have back, neck, shoulder, hip, headaches, ankle, or foot pain know that there are physical therapists out there who can help.

If you have ever wondered if physical therapy could specifically help you TherapyWorks is having a free seminar in honor of National Physical Therapy Month on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00pm.

--Sarah White-Hamilton, DPT of TherapyWorks


We’ve Got Your Back: What You Need to Know About Back Pain

Back pain affects millions of individuals every day and can lead to decreased quality of life interfering with your daily activities of work and social life. Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disability around the world. In the United States, the cost of treating low back pain annually is over $240 billion! The more you know about back pain: spinal anatomy, symptoms, what causes the pain, ways to prevent it, and treatment options the healthier you can be!


Your spine is composed of small bones, called vertebrae that are aligned on top of one another. Surrounding the vertebrae are your muscles, ligaments, nerves, and intervertebral discs. All of these components help support your spine and help you move. There are 5 major segments of your spine (from top down): cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Due to the lumbar spine holding all of the upper body weight, the low back is commonly injured.


Everyone experiences back pain differently. Some people may have a sudden onset of pain (acute) while others may have back pain that has lasted for months or even years (chronic). Depending on what part of your back has been affected impacts the types of symptoms you will experience. Symptoms can include: muscle aches or spasms, shooting/stabbing pain, pain that extends down your leg, and limited back motion that interferes with daily life (walking, standing, sitting, bending, etc). Back pain can also refer to other parts of your body such as your groin, buttock, and upper thigh.


Back pain can be caused by numerous factors. Common reasons for back pain include: muscle or ligament strain, bulging disc, degenerative changes (arthritis), skeletal abnormalities (such as scoliosis), and osteoporosis. A common misconception about back pain is that if X-rays show degenerative changes that is why you have back pain. However, there have been numerous studies showing degenerative changes in adults who do not have back pain. Accidents and injuries can be causes of back pain also: car accidents, falls, and fractures.


Luckily, there are many ways to help protect your back and decrease your chances of back pain. Proper posture while sitting and standing, using proper lifting techniques (use your legs, not your back), staying at a healthy weight, participating in physical activity, smoking cessation, and proper footwear are among the top preventative plans. Other ways to reduce back pain is getting adequate rest- sleeping is when your body repairs itself, stretching, drinking adequate water, and being aware of your body. Don't ignore back problems as they can become worse if left untreated.


There are several treatment options for back pain ranging from medication to holistic healing approaches. Medications may include over the counter pain medication, muscle relaxants, and injections. Other treatment options include acupuncture, chiropractic care, and surgery. While medication can help with the healing process, it is not getting to the root of the problem. Physical therapy uses a variety of treatment options to help individuals with back pain. Hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and manual therapy all help with the healing while the exercises we teach you can improve your flexibility, strength, and core stability. These techniques can help ease your back pain and prevent the pain from returning!

If you are suffering from back pain, join us for our Free Helping You Help Yourself Seminar on Low Back Pain on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM for more information and tips from staff and guest speaker, Dr. Erin Griffeth of MedExpress.

--- Lauren Cerier, DPT of TherapyWorks


Men’s Health - Some Tips to Keep you Healthy

Kick off to summer and Fathers’ Health Summer officially kicks off in June and is a wonderful time to kick off a new exercise and health program! June also is a time to celebrate fathers and father’s to be. Men need to care about their health above the waistline as well as below. At TherapyWorks we are wishing vibrant health to all fathers and offer a few suggestions on staying well.

As you age, it's important to protect your bones, joints and muscles. Not only do they support your body and help you move, but keeping bones, joints and muscles healthy can help ensure that you're able to do your daily activities and be physically active. Research shows that doing aerobic, muscle-strengthening and bone-strengthening physical activity of at least a moderately-intense level can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age.

Regular physical activity helps with arthritis and other conditions affecting the joints. If you have arthritis, research shows that doing 130 to 150 (2 hours and 10 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, low-impact aerobic activity can not only improve your ability to manage pain and do everyday tasks, but it can also improve your quality of life.

Tilt up your rearview mirror, just far enough to force yourself into an upright sitting position to see behind you, which is good for your posture and your aching back.

Vary your workouts. The body gets very comfortable when you always do the same workout. You have got to keep varying your exercises, and they have to be an age-appropriate mix of aerobics, muscle training, and stretching.

Care for your prostate. The prostate grows as you get older. You’ll almost certainly have symptoms, like urinary problems. A really healthy, low-fat diet will reduce the likelihood of prostate growth and may reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Symptoms of all prostate problems include: - needing to urinate often, especially at night - difficulty starting to urinate - straining to urinate or taking a long time to finish - pain when urinating or during sex

Join us at our Free Seminar to learn more: Monday, June 27 @ 7:00 p.m. Men's Health: You're in Charge!  
Featuring Dr. Chad Johanning of Lawrence Family Practice Center

--Amy A. Hileman, PTA TherapyWorks 1311 Wakarusa Drive #1000 Lawrence, KS 785-749-1300


Free Talk on Back Pain

Our Helping You Help Yourself topic this month is back pain, featuring special guest Jeff Glasgow, CRNA of Advanced Specialty Anesthesia and our PT, Sarah Hammons. It will be Wednesday, September 17 at 7:00 at TherapyWorks 1311 Wakarusa Drive. Plenty of time for your individual questions. For more details see our Facebook page


Bone Matters: Free Seminar on Osteoporosis

Helping You Help Yourself Monthly Series

Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00pm

Dr. Joan Brunfeldt of Reed Medical and Libby Alvarez, DPT of TherapyWorks will share information on osteoporosis. What you can do to lead a safe and active lifestyle following this diagnosis and prevent fractures. Free seminar - no reservation required but feel free to call ahead 749-1300 or click on our Facebook event
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Dr. Joan Brunfeldt, Reed Medical Group

Dr. Joan Brunfeldt, Reed Medical Group by therapyworks