Physical Therapy: Keep Moving this Summer

Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Team

Though this has been a challenging season for many, the Medical Center’s Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Department has had a very successful season. Through teamwork, compassion, and their multifaceted clinical skills, Department Manager Miguel Gonzalez, Meagan Starnes and Adriana Gonzalez have helped many return to the activities they love. The department will continue to see patients throughout the summer months and will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning May 17. People can also get more information on exercise, on Movement 101

According to the American Physical Therapy Association, “Human movement is a complex behavior within a specific context and is influenced by social, environmental and personal factors. Recognition and validation of the movement system is essential to understanding the structure, function and potential of the human body. Physical therapists are responsible for evaluating an individual’s movement system to promote optimal development; identify impairments, limitations and restrictions; and provide interventions targeting and preventing ameliorating activity. Physical therapists collaborate across the continuum of care with other health care providers and other disciplines to ensure that you reach your optimal goals.”

The Medical Center’s Miguel Gonzalez said, “The ultimate goal of a physical therapist is to improve a patient’s quality of life. As we approach the end of the season, we encourage everyone to continue their home exercise programs, remain active, and hydrate during the hot summer months. Remember core stability when exercising. The core muscles have two main functions: to spare the spine from excessive load, and to transfer force from the lower to upper body. This enables individuals and athletes to control their body position, generate optimum power, and transfer force along the kinetic chain. So, remember to engage your core.”

The Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Departments looks forward to adding advancements in technology and clinical interventions next season.