Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of women’s health on this International Women’s Day, check out the following guidelines and make sure the women in your life stay up-to-date with regular health exams!

Preventive Health Screenings for Women

Article from HealthyWomen.Org

Be proactive about your health by staying on top of necessary screenings and health care visits. This schedule is a suggested timeline for routine screenings. Talk with your health care provider for specific personal guidance. More frequent screenings may be recommended based on your personal health history.

General Health
What When Why
Physical examination Every 2–3 years; discuss with your health care provider. To screen for diseases; assess risk for future problems; discuss lifestyle habits; and keep vaccinations up to date.
Thyroid test Discuss with your health care provider. To identify an under- or overactive thyroid, both of which are very treatable and either of which can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.
Bone Health
What When Why
Bone mineral density test At least once beginning at age 65; earlier depending on your risk factors for osteoporosis. There are no obvious signs of osteoporosis until you fracture a bone. Bone density screenings identify problems early, enabling you to start treatment and prevent further bone loss.
Breast Health
What When Why
Mammogram Every 1–2 years starting at age 40. To identify possible early signs of breast cancer.
Clinical breast exam About every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women 40 and over. Not all breast cancers are found on mammograms; a good clinical breast exam can also help identify cancers relatively early.
Colorectal Health
What When Why
Colonoscopy Every 10 years starting at age 50. Alternatively, you may get a flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years or a double-contrast barium enema every 5 years or a CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy) every 5 years, but a colonoscopy will be needed if any of those results are positive. To identify (and remove) precancerous polyps or early cancers.
Fecal occult blood test (also called stool guaiac test) or fecal immunochemical test or stool DNA test Annually starting at age 50 for the fecal occult blood test or the fecal immunochemical test; stool DNA test may be given at intervals recommended by your doctor. To provide an early warning sign about colon cancer. Not as good as a colonoscopy in identifying cancers or precancerous cells.
Digital rectal exam Starting at age 50, every 5–10 years with each colon screening. To help find early signs of colon cancer in the anal canal and lower rectum. Because of its limitations, it is not recommended as the only test for colorectal cancer.
What When Why
Fasting plasma glucose test (also called blood glucose test) Every three years starting at age 45; more often or earlier if you’re overweight or at risk for diabetes. To provide an early warning sign of high blood sugar levels, which could mean an increased risk for diabetes.
Eye, Ear and Teeth Health
What When Why
Eye exam At least once from ages 20 to 29; at least two exams between ages 30 and 39. At age 40, get a baseline eye disease screening. Based on results, follow ophthalmologist’s recommendations until age 65. After that, complete eye exam every one to two years. To test your vision and screen for glaucoma and macular degeneration, two common, often age-related conditions.
Hearing test Beginning at age 18, then once every 10 years until age 50, after which it should be once every three years. To make sure you’re hearing all life has to offer.
Dental exam and cleaning At least once a year; twice a year is best. To remove plaque and bacteria that could lead to tooth and gum disease; to check for tongue and mouth cancer. Problems with your teeth can indicate osteoporosis.
Heart Health
What When Why
Blood pressure screening At least every 2 years in your health care professional’s office. The only way to identify hypertension is with blood pressure screenings.
Cholesterol screening Every 5 years starting at age 35. Begin screening at age 20 if you smoke, are obese, have diabetes or high blood pressure or have a family history of heart disease. Treating cholesterol abnormalities can help reduce your risk of heart disease.
Reproductive/Sexual Health
What When Why
Pap test and pelvic exam Every 2 years from ages 21-30; every 2-3 years for women age 30 and older who have had 3 consecutive normal Pap tests. Screening may be stopped at age 65 or 70 for women who have 3 or more normal Pap tests in a row and no abnormal test results in 10 years. If you have had your cervix and uterus removed, ask your health care provider if you need to continue screening. To screen for abnormalities that could indicate pre- or early cervical cancer.
HPV test Every 2–3 years along with Pap test starting at age 30 (and in younger women with inconclusive Pap tests). Helps identify women at risk for developing cervical cancer.
Chlamydia test Yearly until age 25 if sexually active; for age 26 and older, get the test if you have new or multiple sexual partners. Prevents spread of chlamydia.
Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening All sexually active women and their partners should be tested for HIV and other STDs before starting sexual activity. Prevents spread of HIV and other STDs, many of which can only be detected through testing.
Skin Health
What When Why
Skin exam by a doctor Talk to your health care provider about what’s right for you. If you have risk factors for skin cancer, your health care provider may recommend periodic skin exams. To track worrisome moles and identify skin cancer early.
Skin self-exam Monthly skin exam starting at age 18. To know your own skin and be able to report changes to your health care provider.
What When Why
Influenza (flu) vaccine Annually for everyone 6 months and older. Protection again some flu viruses (will include H1N1 starting in fall 2010).
Hepatitis A Given in 2 doses, 6-18 months apart, to children 1 year of age and to adults at risk or who want protection from hepatitis A. Protects against hepatitis A, a serious liver disease that can cause flu-like illness, jaundice and severe stomach pains and diarrhea.
Hepatitis B Given to children at birth in 3 doses at 0, 1 and 6 months. Also given to children or adults who weren’t vaccinated and are at risk for hepatitis B, such as health care workers. Protects against hepatitis B, a serious liver disease that can develop into a chronic infection.
Herpes zoster Once only at age 60 or older. Shingles prevention.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) Age 11–12 or 13–26 if not previously vaccinated; 3 doses at 0-, 2- and 6-month intervals; no booster necessary. Protects against four common types of HPV, including the two most likely to cause cervical cancer.
Pneumonia Once only at age 65 or older. Protects against pneumonia.
Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td/Tdap) Every 10 years. Protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis.
Meningococcal College freshmen, military recruits and other at-risk persons; discuss with your health care provider. Protects against some types of meningococcal disease (meningitis).
Varicella (chickenpox) Given in 2 doses at 0- and 4- to 8-week intervals to those 19 or older who have not been vaccinated or had chickenpox. Protects against chickenpox, a usually mild but highly contagious childhood disease, which can be serious in infants and adults.

March 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Just For Moms, Women, Women's Health. Leave a comment.

Physical Therapy Programs & Wellness Programs: Solutions for New Parents wanting to be Pain-Free and Injury-Free

Parents of infants and toddlers are always lifting and carrying car seats, strollers, and especially their young ones various times during any given day.

Without proper counterbalance measures (specific exercises to reduce muscle cramping, muscle tightness, and tendonitis), all parents are at risk for developing some muscle soreness or even pain during the first 3 years of their child’s life.

At Physical Therapy Solutions, we created specialized physical therapy programs for those experiencing pain, injury or muscle weakness that haven’t gone away as expected. These programs are designed to quickly reduce the pain, quickly heal the injury and quickly increase muscle strength so that this doesn’t become a repetitive problem for the parent. We all know that parents have so much on their plate already that having to baby a shoulder, a low back or even a wrist that keeps getting irritated with use, is frustrating. Within 4 to 8 sessions of physical therapy, we can significantly get you to a better place, where you may even feel better or stronger than before your injury.

If your situation isn’t severe enough that you feel like you need to do physical therapy, we offer Wellness Programs designed to take you through ‘Counter-Balance’ exercises for the purpose of improving muscle balance, muscle flexibility and muscle strength. Our Wellness exercise programs teach you what you should be doing at home, to prevent pain, injury or weakness. Our Wellness treatment programs include myofacial release massages, use of Biofreeze gel and even treatment sessions with the 830 cold laser. 

We are in the process of finalizing the details of our ‘Mommy Wellness’ programs, to be available January 2012. These programs will include all of the above in addition to Body Composition tracking, nutritional advice over group breakfast sessions, and a SPA DAY at the end of the 12 week Wellness Program, to celebrate accomplishing your goals.

For more information, stop by our clinic today! Also ask to receive a FREE SAMPLE of Biofreeze: a practical solutions for reducing muscle aches/pains. 

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November 14, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Just For Moms, Welcome New Parents!, Wellness Classes. Leave a comment.

12 Simple Ways to Fight Prediabetes

Happy Monday,

I am always reviewing articles and newsletters that come my way, especially the ones that focus on active prevention efforts.  This article is a great one for women who may be predisposed to diabetes.  I often think of new moms, families that have just begun, or even new grandmothers, and I realize the continued importance of choosing to stay healthy and choosing to be aware of all the things you can do for yourself to stay healthy.  These are one of those articles- simple, informative and shares a real story of a real person who succeeded.  Enjoy!


November 7, 2011. Tags: , , . FYI's for New Parents, Just For Moms. Leave a comment.

Thank You to all the Mom’s of little ones we work with

Why We LOVE Moms:
On behalf of Physical Therapy Solutions, I just want to thank all the wonderful mommies that we’ve gotten to meet and grown to love over the years. We’ve had many moms share valuable tips, tricks, promotions, etc. We’ve also had moms donate no longer used toys, books wall decals, etc. We also had a Grandmother of a baby we worked with sew rice bag pillow cases, which have become such a hit at the clinic that parents have asked where can they buy them! Just yesterday, we had a Mom donate $500 to our children’s scholarship fund! This fund is used to help those undergoing financial hardship who need physical therapy or wellness services. Look out for an newsletter I will post spotlighting this incredibly generous Mom!! Lastly, Moms truly are what makes the world go round…. so many have referred other Moms and little ones to us and for this, we are utterly grateful.

Why We LOVE helping Moms & Families:
We love the unique work that we do: helping little ones achieve their potential, teaching parents how to guide their growth and development, and acknowledging parents on doing an amazing job with their child. We love that we are a family clinic- also taking care of Moms and Dads who have developed body aches and pains as they have devoted themselves to their child many a sleepless night and many a time where an arm would go numb from carrying their child. Trust me, your selfless acts do not go unnoticed!

What we have created just for Moms:
Over the past month, my team and I have met regularly to put together services to offer just for Moms!!! We are so excited to be in the final stages of wrapping up the details for these special programs and will be promoting them soon. What we’ve done was take note on what Moms go through after birth and the changes their body goes through for the first 6 months after giving birth. Studies show that participating in a 12 week exercise program accelerates the body’s potential to return to a stable, strong and toned state AND reduces risk for post-partum depression. The programs we have created involve a 12 week exercise component, designed to be completed with other Moms in similar situations, and includes incredible perks: massages, breakfasts and at the very end of the program, a trip to an amazing spa! During the 12 week program, we will track your progress via pre and post body measurements to ensure successful weight loss, core strength, pelvic strength and body strength. After the program, you will be independent with a home exercise program, have the body strength to care for your baby without having any body aches and pains of your own, and be empowered to continue caring for yourself without compromising caring for your child.

Does this sound awesome or what?!!

I would love feedback from all the Moms with newborns and toddlers.
I would like to know what other perks and indulgences you would like to see included in a program like ours. Your opinion is valuable and will be considered. Please email your thoughts and ideas to me at yvette@ptsolutionsla.com.

October 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , . FYI's for New Parents, Just For Moms, Wellness Classes. Leave a comment.

Happy Mother’s Month!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous Moms out there, you actually deserve a Happy Mother’s Month! To recognize and honor you, we would like to give you a gift: call to book a free 30 minute consultation with pain treatment and/or postural correction work and receive 40% off our services for the month of May. Our goal: have you feeling empowered and resilient. Call us today!

May 10, 2010. Tags: , . Just For Moms. Leave a comment.