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Physical Therapy Questions
Balance and Golf/Bike Question

Q. Can you give me more information on healthy golfing and bike riding?

A. Golfing is a wonderful activity especially if you WALK!

The key to being a good golfer is trunk flexibility! Stretch before and after you golf and work to increase your shoulder range of motion for the best swing!

NovaCare has a golf expert on staff who can evaluate your swing and give you tips to improve your game!

Bike riding is a safe alternative and a wonderful cardiovascular exercise. However, a proper bike fit is extremely important to prevent knee and hip injuries. A trip with your bike to a bike store to be "fitted" is well worth it in the long run.

Make sure you don't venture out to far or attempt to tackle hills at first and as always, when starting a new exercise program, get clearance from your doctor.

Q. Is there anything that can be done to improve my balance?

The Doctor says there's nothing wrong with me, I'm just old. Thank you for your time.

A. Yes - therapists are realizing that balance needs to be "exercised" just like all of our other faculties!

As our reaction time slows down when we age, our balance can become effected. Balance testing is performed in physical therapy offices with special machinery and computers that can compare your balance to those of others your age.

Then a special program of balance training activities can be prescribed by the physical therapist for you to do at home. Protecting your balance abilities can be an important step in fall prevention!

To learn more about NovaCare Rehabilitation, with 24 NE Ohio outpatient clinics,please visit us online at www.novacare.com/neohio.htm

Or call 216-292-6363 ext. 236


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