Wednesday, November 28, 2012

It Was a Pleasure!

The staff at THERAPY1ONE has been very pleasant and welcoming. They worked with me to get appointments that worked with my schedule. Josh was my therapist; he was excellent and very knowledgeable. This is my second time using THERAPY1ONE for my physical therapy needs and both times were pleasurable.

Thank you,
Donna C.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Caring for our Patients!

Mrs. Susie Garcia was very knowledgeable and caring of my shoulder surgery recovery. She gained my trust when stretching and manipulating my arm and my respect when she did not allow my complaints to disrupt protocol. My recovery has been exceptionally fast and I have Mrs. Garcia to thank for that. I will request THERAPYONE for any future physical therapy need.

Thank you,
Jonathon R.                        Panama City, FL

Susie Garcia, P.T.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Score with THERAPY1ONE for Sport Injuries!

Before I came to THERAPY1ONE I did not know that some of the things I was doing was making my ankle worse. With my therapist’s help I now know what I was doing wrong and have been shown through education and exercise how to maintain my improved condition. I have gained much needed strength in my ankle and have been provide with a home exercise program I will continue at home.
Zabella T. Panama City, FL

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

7 Great Reason to Workout!



No. 1: Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don't need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can't do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

No. 2: Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good," cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

No. 3: Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

No. 4: Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

No. 5: Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don't exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

No. 6: Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there's more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don't exercise.

No. 7: Exercise can be fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns

Thanks for the knowledge and experience from the Mayo Clinic

Monday, September 24, 2012

Goals Met!!!

I chose THERAPY1ONE for my physical therapy needs after knee replacement and I am so glad I did. I received excellent care and accomplished my goal in the allotted time.
Thelma W.    Panama City, FL

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Thank you Laura and Mike!

Laura and Mike were principal in my extensive shoulder replacement therapy and always exhibited a high degree of professionalism, knowledge and humor-which is quite necessary!  I end my therapy knowing they are (will be) readily available with assistance and information in order to further my recovery. All personal at THERAPY1ONE are extremely helpful and professional-I highly recommend this facility to everyone who may need their service and assistance!
Thank You!
William D
Laura Smith, P.T.A.

Monday, September 10, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:
I have had total knee replacements in the past few months. The first being in November of 2011 and I chose THERAPYONE for my rehab. James Cutchin worked with me, but due to my leg being extremely swollen I was not able to move it very much. The swelling went down after about four weeks and the doctor had to put me to sleep and bend my knee. This carried my rehab over into January and James was able to get me on a program that very quickly met the doctor’s expectations. In July of this year I had my other knee replaced and I did not have the swelling I experienced in my previous knee. The only problem is I had used all but 11 visits the insurance would allow for the year. Due to the success I had with my first knee I asked for James again. I explained the insurance would only allow 11 sessions for the rest of the year. James approached this with a very positive and professional attitude. He assured me he would do everything possible to reach my doctor’s goal in that time frame. James gave me exercises to do at home and made sure I understood exactly the proper technique to do them. As I improved James increased the level of treatment and he kept a close watch on my progress. Every session I had he encouraged me and gave me the confidence that we would meet the goal. I was able to return to work in less than three weeks after surgery and on my last therapy session I had reached the goal of a flat leg and 120 degrees. James suggested I continue my exercises at home and not hesitate to call on him if I felt there was a problem or anything he could do.
I do not have any doubts in my mind that without someone like James working with me and the facilities and staff at THERAPYONE my recovery would not have been as quick or as successful. I would like to thank the entire staff at THERAPY1ONE and especially James for getting me back on my feet again.

Rudy                      Panama City, FL

Friday, August 24, 2012

THERAPY1ONE staff are all dedicated and professionals in their respective fields, which made my therapy sessions both physically successful and very enjoyable. Susan and Nikki always greet patients with a warm “Hello” and a sincere smile and they do their jobs well! The THERAPY1ONE staff-Susie, Laura, James, and Josh were very skilled and knowledgeable-THANKS!!! Everyone took care of me, including Adam, he is a sweet man!
Equipment and tools were great! Fitness center is comfortable
Mr. Cox-You run a good business!
Patti R.     Panama City, FL

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Better Results

I came to THERAPY1ONE after going to another therapy center. Although very nice, they didn’t address my neck pain. The first visit to THERAPYONE showed more results than ALL the treatment before. The therapists were remarkable in how they got to the root of my problem and quickly my range of motion improved and pain level decreased. Not only that, they are so sweet and caring.
Thank You,
Frances J.     Panama City, FL

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Thank You James!

I have been referred to THERAPY1ONE for arthritis in the knee, Lymphedema and just overall bad movement issues from radiation. After having been through physical therapy twice before in proceeding years, I wasn’t expecting too much. My therapist made me do things I had never been required to do before and what was at first very taxing on me, became easier and it made me want to push myself harder. I can move better and walk farther because of it. THANK YOU SO MUCH JAMES!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Raise your hands!!!

When I began therapy, I could barely raise my left arm and it was really painful. I was afraid I would have to have shoulder surgery…….but NO! After 2 months of therapy @ THERAPY1ONE with James, I can raise my arm and the pain is gone. I can easily wash and dry my hair, fasten my necklace, and reach again. I would highly recommend THERAPY1ONE!
Thanks Again,
Gwen P.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Meet our Director-Josh

Josh Schenkel, M.P.T

Josh graduated from the University of Florida in 2003 with a masters degree in Physical Therapy. He has spent the majority of his career treating spinal disorders, sports, and work related injuries. He has a strong background in manual therapy for the spine, pelvis, and extremities. Josh is the clinic director for our clinic in Panama City (3210 Jenks Ave.).

Friday, August 10, 2012


THERAPY1ONE took a serious neck injury and taught me how to survive. Proper exercise and mobility training allowed me to return to a better lifestyle.
Ben S.       Panama City, FL

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Going Above and Beyond

The staff and clinicians @ THERAPY1ONE are a mile above outstanding! As a clinician myself I know the importance of skilled people assisting the pathway to patient’s recovery. The care and compassion I have received at @ THERAPY1ONE has been nothing shy of heaven’s best!!!
Thank you,
Narda W.    Panama City, FL

Physical Therapy Works!

I want to thank the staff and especially James (PTA) for being so helpful and professional. I will be back if I ever need therapy again.

Allen C.    Lynn Haven, FL

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Thank you THERAPY1ONE!

Excellent experience thanks to James, he is an excellent therapist. After a horrible experience with prior therapy at another outpatient center I was extremely worried of how it would be. I was at 98 degrees when I finished in April and 112 degrees on May 23rd ,when I saw my surgeon. I hope to be at 120 degrees with my knee on August 22nd. Therapy is awesome and the staff at THERAPY1ONE are wonderful.
Pamela F.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Choose THERAPY1ONE to relieve BACK PAIN

After an episode of low back pain has lasted two or three weeks, or if there are frequent recurrences of low back pain, it is reasonable to consider physical therapy for back treatment.
The goals of a physical therapist are to decrease pain, increase function, restore normal movement, and prevent recurrences.
Some of the treatments used for back pain include, but are not limited to:
Massage therapy-Increases circulation to the affected area. There are several techniques and devices used in massage therapy.
Electrotherapy-This involves sending gentle electric currents through the skin to stimulate muscular contraction, increase muscle strength, and increase the flow of neurochemicals to the area.
Ultrasound-Sound waves used to penetrate the skin and cause soft tissue to vibrate; creating deep gentle heat that increases blood flow, relieves pain and inflammation, and reduces muscle spasms.
Exercises can also correct back problems, help prevent new ones, and relieve back pain, particularly after an injury. Proper exercise strengthens back muscles that support the spine and strengthens the abdomen, arms, and legs, reducing strain on the back. Exercise also strengthens the bones and reduces the risk of falls and injuries. It is essential to speak to a physical therapist or M.D. before starting an exercise program.
THERAPY1ONE works with specialists from all over the United States to provide extensive patient education and customized treatment plans specific to their injury to help get them back to the things they love to do.
If you are ready for relief, and tired of “masking” your pain, treat the cause, not just the systems!
Access us directly-NO REFERRAL NEEDED

Two convenient locations:
3210 Jenks Ave.                                    12125 Panama City Beach
 ParkwayPanama City, FL 32405 Panama City Beach, FL 32407
(850) 763-0603                                       (850) 236-7497  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


After seeing THERAPY1ONE for a case of Plantar Fasciitis, I am in NO PAIN!  James, Lori, and Susie all worked on me showing me movements to do which will help me greatly in living a pain free life. Owners Jim and Lori run a fantastic establishment which helps a hurt muscle get better! Susan and Nikki did a great job of scheduling my physical therapy appointments.
Thanks to all!!
Mark C.  Panama City, FL

Friday, June 22, 2012

Kerri Walsh Power Waffle

Makes….1 Serving
1 Frozen waffle, toasted
1 TBSP raw almond butter
2 strawberries, sliced
½ small banana, sliced
2 tsb agave nectar
Spread waffle with almond butter. Top with strawberries and banana: drizzle with agave nectar.
Calories 245
 Fat 10.4g
Protein 7g

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Physical Therapy After Meniscus Surgery by J.S. Copper

Physical therapy after repairing a torn meniscus is important to ease your knee back to full recovery to handle daily activities. Work with your doctor to design a rehabilitation regime that includes physical therapy and home exercises.

1.    Meniscus Tear

o    A meniscus tear is a common knee joint injury that usually occurs while taking part in sports activities when the knee is twisted while it is partially flexed and the foot is firmly planted on the ground, says Yahoo! Health. The meniscus is a rubbery tissue that acts as a shock absorber between the femur and the tibia, evenly distributing the weight put upon the knee.


o    Immediately following surgery, your doctor may suggest that you stay immobilized for two weeks, not moving your knee more than absolutely necessary. After this two-week period, limited range of motion actions can be started to prepare your knee for your its daily workload. Activities such as running, tennis and basketball that put a high level of stress on the knee should be avoided for at least a couple months after the surgery.

Physical Therapy

o    The goals of physical therapy are to improve your mobility, relieve pain and restore overall fitness of the knee. Incorporating physical therapy into you postsurgery regime is said to accelerate the rehabilitation process by immediately bringing the knee to full rang of motion and allowing it to bear weight, according to a study in The Journal of Arthroscopic & Related Surgery.

Physical therapy is important to help you get back on your feet more quickly.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Spondylosis is a general term used by doctors to refer to degeneration of the spine. The term itself is derived from the Latin spondy, meaning spine; and losis, meaning problem. Many – but not all – doctors use the term to refer specifically to arthritis of the spine, or spinal osteoarthritis, which affects the joints between vertebrae. However, spondylosis also can refer to degenerative conditions affecting other parts of the spinal anatomy, including the intervertebral discs (degenerative disc disease), ligaments, and other tissue.

These symptoms normally can be managed using conservative treatment, such as pain medication or physical therapy.

Contact THERAPY1ONE for a free consult today!
850 763 0603 (in town) or 850 236 7497 (beach)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Is Scar Tissue Permanent?

Scar tissue forms after injury to the normal collagen cells in the body. If you cut yourself, have surgery, or tear tissue in the body, scar tissue will develop. The development of scar tissue is part of the normal healing process in the body.
What is Collagen?
Collagen is a substance that is present in all of our body parts. There is collagen in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. There is also collagen in skin and bones. The cellular makeup of collagen makes it very strong due to the alignment of collagen cells. It can resist tensile forces, such as stretching and pulling, without tearing or breaking.
How Does Scar Tissue Form?
After injury to a muscle, tendon, skin, or ligaments in the body, the inflammatory process starts to heal the injury site. This process helps to ensure that the injured site is cleaned up and new cells are brought to the site that will soon become healthy tissue. Some of these new cells are collagen cells.
Unfortunately, the body does not know exactly how to arrange the collagen cells so that they become healthy tissue that can resist tensile and stretching forces. The collagen cells become a balled-up clump of tissue called scar tissue.
Is Scar Tissue Permanent?
After scar tissue forms in the body, it is not permanent. The scar tissue can become stronger and better able to tolerate stretching forces through a process called remodeling. Remodeling scar tissue is a must to ensure that the muscle, tendon, skin, bone, or ligament becomes normal, healthy tissue again.
Remodeling Scar Tissue
Scar tissue remodeling occurs as you start to stretch and pull on it. The stretching of the scar tissue helps to align the collagen fibers to allow them to return to normal. This realignment of the collagen fibers makes the tissue better able to tolerate the forces that are placed on it during the day.
If you strain your hamstring muscle or tendon, for example, you'd follow the R.I.C.E protocol for a few days. After some healing has taken place, gentle stretching of the hamstring muscle is indicated to help ensure that the scar tissue is remodeled properly.
After fracture or injury to bone, weight bearing with the bone helps to remodel the bone tissue to make it strong again. Wolff's Law states that bone grows and remodels in response to the specific load applied to it. Therefore, bone becomes stronger as you place more and more stress on it. After fracture, your physical therapist can help you learn strategies to place the correct amount of stress in the correct direction to help with the remodeling process of bone.
If you have had surgery, a scar may be present near the site of your surgery. Scar tissue massage is another way to help remodel scar tissue in the skin. This can also help loosen any adhesions between the scar and the underlying tissue and fascia.
For example, if you have knee replacement surgery, a surgical scar will be present in the front of the knee. This scar can become adhered to the underlying tissue and prevent normal range of motion from occurring. Scar massage, along with knee flexibility and strengthening exercises, can help loosen the scar tissue and ensure that proper remodeling takes place. Remodeling of the scar tissue is an important step to achieving full range of motion in the knee.
Many people feel that scar tissue is a permanent or negative thing. Scar tissue is part of the normal healing process in the body. Scar tissue that has not been properly remodeled can become a problem. That is why it is important to speak with your doctor and physical therapist if you are injured or have had surgery. Learning the correct methods to remodel scar tissue can help decrease pain, improve range of motion, and restore normal functional mobility.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Could fats lead to aggression?

Could certain food cause aggression?
Maybe, according to a recent analysis of 945 adults in the online journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) One. Those who reported eating more food that had trans fat said they behaved with more aggression and were less patient compared with those whose diets had less trans fat. The troublesome fat is found in certain baked goods, fast food, and margarine.

Thursday, May 17, 2012


I had vertigo starting last year in December. I went to Dr. Caspary and he sent me to physical therapy @ THERAPY1ONE. After four sessions of physical therapy @ THERAPY1ONE I was relieved of the vertigo. After having lived with this problem for four months I cannot say thank you to THERAPYONE. I would recommend this facility to anyone!

Vetta      Panama City, FL

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day to all from THERAPY1ONE



God's Helpers

God could not be in every place
With loving hands to help erase
The teardrops from each baby's face,
And so He thought of mother.

He could not send us here alone
And leave us to a fate unknown;
Without providing for His own,
The outstretched arms of mother.

God could not watch us night and day
And kneel beside our crib to pray,
Or kiss our little aches away;
And so He sent us mother.

And when our childhood days began,
He simply could not take command.
That's why He placed our tiny hand
Securely into mother's.

The days of youth slipped quickly by,
Life's sun rose higher in the sky.
Full grown were we, yet every night
To love us still, was mother.

And when life's span of years shall end,
I know that God will gladly send,
To welcome home her child again,
That ever-faithful mother.
--George W. Wiseman

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THERAPY1ONE gets the job done!

I’ve been to several different places for physical therapy in the last 35 years. The personnel and staff at THERAPY1ONE are the most professional and personable I’ve ever seen, from the time I walked in the door until the time I walked out.
Thank you for everything!!!!
Bubba                   Panama City, FL

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Freedom of Choice
Some states require a referral from a physician before you can receive physical therapy. However, you always have the freedom to choose your own physical therapist. Although a physician may refer you to a physical therapy facility in which the physician has a financial interest, you are entitled to seek care from the physical therapist of your choice.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Getting back to life!

Physical therapy was extremely successful for my total knee replacement. I have no pain or discomfort & I am back to my normal routine. The staff was very professional and well qualified. I would recommend THERAPY1ONE to others.
James                 Panama City, FL

Monday, March 26, 2012

Getting Patients Back to Life!

Jim (PT),
I appreciate the therapy I received at THERAPY1ONE! You have provided me with the knowledge to maintain my improved health through your program.

James (PTA),
I appreciate you so much and am grateful for you skilled training.

Thank you both for helping me get back to life!!!!
Ed    Panama City, FL

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Laura Smith, your Physical Therapist Assistant at THERAPY1ONE was very helpful with my shoulder rehabilitation. My shoulder is much better thanks to her! I hope I never have the need for physical therapy in the future, but if I do I will return to THERAPYONE and request Laura as my PTA.

Thanks again,
Darrell C.     Panama City, FL

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Wrist Pain-Success Story!

When I started in January my wrist was very weak, but as time progressed it has helped me a great deal.  My wrist has gained strength in it. The therapists here are very friendly and I am very pleased with my results.

Carla                      Vernon, FL

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Physical Therapy the Art and Science of Eliminating Pain

I was sent to THERAPY1ONE for pinched nerves in my back and neck, causing a painful knot in my shoulder area. After a week of home therapy and individual therapy at THERAPY1ONE my pain was reduced by 50%, by the time my therapy was finished my pain was gone. I attribute this to the knowledge and personal care of THERAPY1ONE.

Thank You,
Phillip                    Panama City, FL

Monday, February 13, 2012


Misconceptions about exercise can sabotage your efforts to get in shape. Here are some common myths-and the facts.

THE MYTH-Your routine isn’t working if you’re not losing weight.
Do yourself a favor and pay less attention to the scale. “Exercise alone can cut your body fat and alter your body’s composition, which is most important for improving health. But it has a small impact on actual weight loss over the short-term---5 pounds or less a year” says Carol Ewing Garber, PH.D., an associate professor of movement sciences. While wanting to look good is a reasonable goal, exercise also provides numerous health benefits, including a lower risk of heart disease and stroke. If you want to shed pounds in addition to getting in shape, try cutting calories while you step up your workouts.

THE MYTH-A pedometer is all you need to track your exercise.
Pedometers are an excellent way to monitor overall daily activity and help keep you motivated. But counting steps isn’t a reliable way to measure exercise intensity or quality. It’s better to use a heart-rate monitor to track intensity, and aim for a target heart rate for a set number of minutes rather than a certain number steps.

THE MYTH-You don’t have to lift weights if you don’t want to bulk up.
Actually, strength training is critical for older adults to help prevent age-related bone and muscle loss, both of which can lead to falls and other serious injuries. Strengthening your muscles also decreases your body-fat percentage and increases the rate at which your body burns calories, which can help with weight management. Women in particular should not worry that they’ll pack on too much muscle mass by lifting weights because they have relatively low levels of the male hormone testosterone, which affects muscle growth.

THE MYTH-As long as you get regular exercise, it is fine to be a couch potato at other times.
Research has found that sitting for long periods of time actually causes a slight increase in the risk of several diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and possibly cancer—even among people who meet recommended levels of daily exercise. Find ways to spend less time sitting. A useful goal is to replace 6 to 7 hours a week of sitting time with something you do on your feet, whether it’s walking, playing a sport, or just puttering around your home of office. And try to cut your evening screen time.

THE MYTH-You can lose weight from specific parts of your body.
There’s no such thing as “spot reduction”. The calories you expend during exercise help you burn fat from your entire body, including whichever areas you’re targeting, says Jessica Matthews, M.S., an exercise physiologist with the American council on exercise. What’s more, concentrating your exercise on a specific body part can actually limit the benefits of training, since other muscle groups might be neglected.

THE MYTH-You should stretch before a workout to avoid injuries.
Researchers have discovered that’s not the case, In terms of increasing flexibility, you muscles will benefit more from stretching when they’re warm, after you workout. Stretching cold muscles could actually injure them. And stretching before certain high impact sports, such as basketball, might even temporarily reduce muscle power, Garber says.

THE MYTH-It is better to have a sports drink than plan water during exercise.
A sport drink is only necessary when you’ve lost a substantial amount of sodium and other electrolytes through sweating or you need extra carbohydrates to burn for energy. “For most people you engage in a moderate-intensity workout of up to an hour, water should be all that’s needed, “ Matthew says, Aim to drink 17 to 20 ounces during the 2 to 3 hours before a demanding workout and another 7 to 10 ounces every 15 minutes while exercising. Continue to rehydrate with plain water afterwards.

THE MYTH-Exercising before bedtime with help you sleep better.
Sleep experts do not recommend working out close to bedtime, even up to three to four hours before. Exercise has a stimulating effect and elevates body temperature, both of which can make it difficult to sleep.  But the corresponding fall in temperature 5 to 6 hours after exercise actually makes it easier. So aim for a workout earlier in the day if you have trouble sleeping.

THE MYTH-Calorie counters on exercise machines are accurate.
Don’t count on it, especially when the machine does not ask you for your weight, height, and gender. According to the American Council on Exercise, manufacturers use formulas to account for intensity and duration. If you want to make sure you’re using the most up-to-date formula, call the manufacturer to see if someone can walk you through an upgrade over the phone. Experts suggest trying to burn 1000 calories a week through exercise, though less than that can still have benefits. Any exercise is better than none.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Metabolism slows with age, but there’s plenty you can do about it

Great article from Health Magazine!!!
Metabolism slows with age, but there’s plenty you can do about it
It’s hardly a myth that many women pack on pounds after age 40. Although experts have attributed the average annual one-to-two pound weight gain to perimenopause and menopause, they really didn’t know why it was happening-until now.
A new study in Cell Metabolism reports that the dip in estrogen levels that occurs with menopause reduces activity in important estrogen receptors in the brain that control how many calories you burn. Less estrogen, it turns out, equal a sluggish metabolism-you burn 50 fewer calories a day. Your first line of defense: HIT THE WEIGHT ROOM. Regular weight-lifting (three sets of 10-12 reps of 8-10 exercises three times per week for 12 weeks) adds enough muscle mass to burn an extra 45 calories per day. That basically makes up for the hit your metabolism takes at menopause.
We would love to have you join our fitness program @ THERAPY1ONE. We have several Nautilus machines, free weights, Bikes, Elliptical Machines, Stair Masters, and much more.  When starting a fitness program one of our Physical Therapist Assistants will go over the equipment with you and show you how to use it safely and properly. We will also set you up on an exercise program if you choose.
Call us today!!! (850) 763 0603

Fitness forms can be found on our Webpage @

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

We hear about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome everyday. The moment your hand falls asleep and you get the pins and needles in your fingers, somebody is bound to suggest that it is CTS. However, this is because most people do not have a clear understanding of what Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is. Understanding the physiognomy is important if you want to understand CTS.
The wrist is the slimmest part of the human body. Slim wrists have been considered a sign of beauty for centuries, but people with smaller wrists, it is now known, are at higher risk for CTS.
The carpals are the bones you feel when you touch your wrist. In the wrist is the carpal tunnel, which is enclosed by the carpals on three sides, and on the fourth side, by a transverse carpal ligament. Within this narrow space, is not only the median nerve, but also nine flexor tendons. These tendons help you bend your wrist. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty tight squeeze. If for some reason the carpal tunnel is too small, or if the tendons within the tunnel become larger, your median nerve will be compressed.
It is through the median nerve that you get sensation in your thumb, forefinger, middle finger, and part of your ring finger. When the median nerve is compressed, sensation to these fingers will begin to reduce. You will begin to feel a sort of numbness, or a tingling – rather like your hand is falling asleep.
When you bend your wrist, to form a right angle, the carpal tunnel becomes much narrower. And when you stop to think about it, you will see that most activities, from playing the guitar to typing to having your lunch to pushing a swing, require your wrist to bend. Keeping it bent for prolonged periods of time – like when you type for a long time – compresses the median nerve, and causes the symptoms of CTS. If you do this repeatedly, you could be left with a clear cut case of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Another possibility is that repeated stress on your wrist can injure the tendons in the carpal tunnel. This makes the already narrow space even narrower, and can cause the median nerve to be compressed. This is why anti-inflammatory medicines give relief – once the tendons are back to normal, the carpal tunnel is back to normal, too.
In some cases, there might be a tumour in the wrist. This could also cause compression to the median nerve.
Some other reasons that might result in the inflammation of your tendons are hypothyroidism, pregnancy and diabetes. In such cases, the underlying causes need attention, though anti-inflammatory medicines could still help.
Knowing the facts about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is important, because a lot of other things, like tendonitis or even bursitis, are ignored after wearing a wrist splint because everybody seems to assume that ay pain in the arm anywhere is CTS. While wearing a wrist splint might not do much harm, it won’t cure anything, either.