Looking for a great way to stay fit this summer? Try a Road Bike!

August 4th, 2013

Remember that summer break feeling you had as a kid when the weather was finally warm enough to ride your bike?  The freedom to go farther than your driveway always called.  Now, you can with no restrictions!  Clubs abound everywhere there are roads and offer new friends, and fun adventures while cycling from town to town or among beautiful country roads less traveled.   Cycling offers not only great benefits in cardio but also strength!  Strong core muscles and upper body stability are developed as well as great strong, toned legs.  Summer is the perfect time to explore the fast growing community of Road Cycling.  Check out Bicycle Magazines 2013 entry level buyers guide: http://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/bikes-and-gear-features/buyer-s-guide-entry-level-road-bikes

Spring Cleaning!

April 3rd, 2013

Now is the time, while you’re cleaning out those closets, to re-think your workout.  Doing the same routine over and over is not only boring but the familiarity can lend itself to lack of proper effort, and concentration, and technique.  Review your program with a health professional today and re-invigorate your wellness program!  Need some ideas on where to start?  Click on the link and read these basic exercise programs that are safe and easy to do.  Then ask your professional on tailoring your program to fit your goals!   http://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/fullbody-dumbbell-strength-workout-women

Need Time to Heal?

February 20th, 2013

One of the biggest concerns patients have is how long it will take to recover.  With so many people staying active throughout their lives its no wonder that they want  back to regular activity and sport faster than ever.  A general  rule for most healthy, soft tissue injuries is 6 to 8 weeks.  However, depending on how severe the trauma was or if there was surgery, any preexisting physical conditions and your age – this will very.  Check out this link from About.com http://sportsmedicine.about.com/od/treatinginjuries/a/HealingTimes.htm for a list of general healing times for basic injuries.  And of course, ask your physical therapist about your specific injury.  Physical therapy is one great way to insure your injury heals faster and better!

To Stand or Sit? You may be surprised!

January 9th, 2013

Long has the debate been whether standing over sitting uses more energy at work.  I’m sure many productive hours at work have been devoted to finding out!  Well, read on and rest your weary swiss-ball-ergonomic-chair-devoted brain!  Harvard Business Review has done the hard work for you and released a new study using auto-analytics to compile their data and give us an informed result!  http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hbreditors/2013/01/to_stand_or_to_sit_at_work_an.html

No time for it? How about 15 mins!

November 14th, 2012

Yes, yes, we all mean to do it, even plan to do it – right down to our heavily used Franklin Planners.  But, somehow we manage to miss that window in favor for other activities.  Now, with a study published in Lancet last year, it’s going to be hard to find an excuse to exercise everyday.   That’s because we only need 15 minutes!  Click the link to the Video shown on CBS and find out why with 15 minutes  a day you can extend your healthy life by three years! http://abcnews.go.com/Health/15-minutes-exercise-day-adds-years-life/story?id=14307995

Health and Nutrition – great food in a flash!

October 23rd, 2012

Winter is on it’s way and you may think that it’s the end of grilling season.  No more easy fresh grilled veggies with your turkey burger – but wait!  Click the link and find a great fast way to make smoked tomatoes and trout indoors in less than 30 minutes!  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/rainbow-trout-smoked-tomato-50400000124460/

Core Strength and Alternative Medicine

October 20th, 2012

So you have Back Pain and what should you do about it?  Acupuncture, Sports Massage, Chiropractors, Yoga, Tai Chi… but what about that core strength you keep hearing about?  Can alternative medicine help?  Well, research is still out and it’s continuing to look promising as a aid  to helping people feel better along the way.  But, there’s a mountain of clinical evidence that shows strengthening the abdominal, especially the transverse abdominal, definitely will!

Click the link to the Mayo Clinic and learn about the easy ways to start strengthening your core to protect your lower back and have a pain free future!





So you made it! What should you do next?

October 13th, 2012

Congratulations Chicago!  You’ve finished your Marathon, you feel great, your self esteem is at an awesome level!  You deserve to celebrate your accomplishment!  A great dinner with friends, of course!  A great massage for those tired muscle, yes!  A brand new designer hand bag or watch…well that’s up to you.  But how about continuing to develop your new skill?  The best way to honor your new level of conditioning it to keep it going!  But how and when is to much for your tired legs to contemplate.  Not to worry – start here with Runner’s Worlds’ Coach Jenny’s tips for a post marathon transition.  It’s just one of many great ideas for programs to keep you moving forward with your highly conditioned awesomeness! http://askcoachjenny.runnersworld.com/

Once you’ve returned to your new regular running program, don’t forget to check into AccessCenter Physical Therapy to address those minor injuries that may have developed after your epic run.  We offer Free Screens every day!  Call or email us today to set up your appointment and return to running in optimal condition!  Info@AccessCenterPT.com or call (312) 573-1441



Your Health Insurance at the End of the Year!

October 5th, 2012

The year’s end is fast approaching, and while we are starting to focus on the holidays and the cold weather to come – don’t forget about health insurance!  If you have been avoiding the doctor now is a good time to get that last minute check-up, test or evaluation.  You’ve probably paid up most or part of your deductible and now is a great time to follow through on those yearly tests and checkups or strengthen your joints with physical therapy in preparation for a future surgery or repair in the new year. Click the link for a few good reminders about your year end health insurance! http://blogs.webmd.com/health-insurance-navigator/2011/12/use-your-health-benefits-before-the-year-runs-out.html

Have a Great Sunday Run at the Chicago Marathon!

October 3rd, 2012

This Sunday October 7th is Marathon Day here in Chicago!  Make sure your run is fun, safe and sucessful!  Read these great tips to for a perfect running day!  http://www.redorbit.com/news/entertainment/1112705417/chicago-marathon-medical-director-offers-tips-for-a-healthy-race/