Physical Therapy Before an Injury?

Physical therapist around the county are feeling the same way as Dr. Leigh Roberts:  A musculoskeletal checkup is just as important as checking your cholesterol, blood pressure, and the many other areas physicians monitor.

This is why Dr Roberts developed the Healthy Body Check-up.  She wants her clients to be proactive about their health and fitness, not to wait for an injury to occur before seeing her.  The Healthy Body Check-up does the following: Leigh client training

  • Assesses your posture, balance, strength, flexibility, functional ability, endurance and aerobic capacity.
  • Summarize findings, including muscular imbalances, disease/injury risk and fitness level.
  • Monitor your musculoskeletal health to prevent injuries before they strike and track your changes over time to assess the efficacy of your workout routine.

Call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule your Healthy Body Check-up today!

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How to Make Exercise a Priority

Every January people start their New Year resolutions to commit to working out, but it only lasts a few weeks.  You don’t have to wait to January to start.  If you start now, you will be on track and exercise will be a part of your daily routine by the time the holidays roll around.  Here are some great ways to get motivated and stay motivated:

  1. Schedule your workouts. Whether you are meeting up with a trainer, going for a jog with a friend or simply just going to the gym, having it scheduled will make sure you get it done.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t get burned out too quickly.  Reaching a goal will not only make you want to keep going, but it will be rewarding to see how far you have come.
  3. Don’t compare your results to anyone else. Everyone is on their own fitness journey, and what works for someone else may not work for you, and that’s OK.
  4. Have fun and don’t get discouraged. There will be days that you miss a session or a workout doesn’t go well. Good thing is, there is always tomorrow’s workout and another opportunity to improve.

Dr. Leigh Roberts is a physical therapist, but also offers personal training sessions.  She can work out with you or come with exercises to do at home to get you to your goals.  Please email or call the office at 410.381.1574 to schedule your appointment today.

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CoreWorks Open House at Columbia Location: Saturday, October 28th, 12:00-4:00 pm

Come join us on Saturday, October 28th from 12:00-4:00 pm.  Meet the CoreWorks instructors, watch, and even, participate in their pilates, barre and yoga classes.  Additionally, masseuses will be here giving chair massages and there will be an acupuncture demonstration.  Front Signs

You will also have the opportunity to speak with Dr. Leigh Roberts about her services and receive a 10 minute consultation if you are interested in physical therapy or dance enhancement/technique sessions.  This is a perfect time if you are considering starting physical therapy or just want some general information about Dr. Roberts’ other services.  Stop by and see how CoreWorks and L A R Physical Therapy can improve your life.

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Physical Therapy Can Help With Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is a fairly common symptom in adults. The estimated prevalence of shoulder complaints is between 7 percent and 34 percent. Subacromial pain syndrome (SAPS) occurs when tendons of the rotator cuff and the subacromial bursa become irritated and painful.  Data analysis revealed that exercise therapy had high evidence of being as effective as surgery intervention to improve pain, function and range of motion for patients with SAPS. DSC00004

Physical Therapy should be considered a first treatment option for subacromial pain syndrome. Physical Therapists are trained in exercise prescription, joint mobilization and manual treatment techniques as those described in the above mentioned research.

If you are suffering with shoulder pain, please call 410.381.1574 or email to schedule an appointment.
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Backpack Safety

The kids have been in school for a couple of weeks and you might be starting to notice how full your child’s backpack is.  They might even be experiencing discomfort or even pain from carrying such a heavy backpack.  Over time, incorrectly wearing your backpack can do serious harm to one’s health, specifically the neck and back muscles as well as the spine.

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For younger adults, whose bodies are still developing, proper support is extremely important. Putting a lot of weight on the frame can cause the spine to compresses unnaturally, which can lead to serious health complications down the road. Adults are not immune to strains of improperly carrying a backpack either. Though an adult’s core muscles are more developed, carrying an unnecessary load, typically more than 15% of your body weight, can lead to serious strain on various muscles, ligaments and joints. These simple safety tips will help protect the body from the potential implications of improper backpack use.

  • Wear both shoulder straps as well as the waist strap to help balance weight distribution.
  • Carrying no more than 10-15% of your body weight in the bag.
  • Choose a backpack with multiple compartments to help balance the load. Be sure to pack the heavier items lower and towards the center of the bag – near your center of gravity.
  • When carrying items, be sure to have the pack fit snugly against your body to reduce unwanted swaying or shifting of your items.

Hopefully following these safety tips will keep you healthy, but if you are experiencing any neck, back or shoulder pain please email or call the office to schedule at 410.381.1574.

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#Stretching September

Can you believe summer is over, the kids are back in school and the weather is starting to cool down?  As you probably know by now L A R Physical Therapy is on Instagram!  This month L A R Physical Therapy will be posting photos of clients stretching the incorrect way vs. the correct way.  Stretching is the best way to end a workout, but doing it incorrectly can lead to injuries.  Please follow along @larphysicaltherapy to see if you have been stretching the right or wrong way.  If there is a particular stretch you would like to see, comment on the photo or send an email with your request.

September is here and we're calling it Stretching September! Over the month we will be showing the incorrect vs. the correct way to stretch different muscles. Here is one of our favorite clients demonstrating the incorrect and correct way to stretch the quadriceps muscle. The picture on the left shows her arching her back. The picture on the right shows her tucking her tailbone to lengthen the front of her hip and thigh.  You want to feel this stretch in the front of your leg in the quadriceps muscle. Let us know any stretches you want to see! #larphysicaltherapy #marylandpt #movemore #stretchingseptember #stretchmore #rightvswrong #goodform
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Using Pilates to Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis

The real benefits of doing Pilates go way beyond the holy grail of six-pack abs.  For people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), strengthening abdominal muscles can take pressure off painful joints and help maintain mobility.  Individuals with RA need to stay active, and Pilates can provide many benefits, like better postural balance, spine stability, flexibility, strength, better breathing, and movement control.  This low-impact technique is designed to improve posture through a series of small, targeted movements.

The strength and flexibility you gain from Pilates will help you handle RA episodes better and can lessen the risk of loss of mobility.  By gently exercising the surrounding muscles you help to regain alignment so that muscles work properly and you get range of motion back.

Pilates Class at L A R PT

Thinking about taking a class?  Dr. Leigh Roberts is a Physical Therapist and also a certified Pilates instructor.  She teaches a class Monday evenings at 6:45-7:45 pm at the Amherst House.  The new session begins September, 11th.  Call L A R Physical Therapy 410.381.1574 for more information.  Or call the Amherst House at 410.381.9600 to register; space is limited, so contact the Amherst House to reserve your spot.

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Dr. Leigh Presents at Summer Dance Intensives

Every summer Dr. Leigh Roberts travels to local dance studios to teach young dancers about their bodies.  This year’s topics are Foot/Ankle and Stretching.


Each year the dancers learn a lot and have fun.  If you are interested in having Dr. Leigh come to your studio, please email or call 410.381.1574.

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The Side Stretch You Should Be Doing!

The obliques are underrated. If they’re tight, everything else can be affected. Your obliques are responsible for both good hip function and shoulder function. If they’re not able to do their job correctly, you’ll experience a loss of strength, loss of performance and, in some cases, nagging pains that soon become injuries.

This stretch can help improve shoulder mobility, leg length discrepancies, and chronic lower back pain. Even if you have none of these issues, doing this stretch at the start and end of your workout will get you more mobile and help with recovery.

How To Do It

  1. Stand close to a rig or doorframe.
  2. Place the inside hand on the rig/wall beside your hip, knuckles forward.
  3. Reach up and over with the outside hand and grab behind the pole/doorframe.
  4. Lean out away from the rig/wall into the area you wish to stretch. Breathe.
  5. Hold, sway, or change hand or foot positioning slightly to get the best out of it.
  6. Repeat on the other side.

This is just one stretch Dr. Roberts might send you home with when you see her for a hip, shoulder or a back injury.  When you schedule a physical therapy appointment at L A R Physical Therapy, Dr. Roberts will perform a thorough examination, give you a correct diagnosis and send you off with a detailed home exercise plan.  Dr. Roberts wants to empower her clients to take ownership of their well-being with exercises to do at home to progress treatment and return clients to their daily and recreational activities more quickly.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call 410.381.1574.

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Personalized Physical Therapy is Proven to be Better Than Generic Exercises

A study was done on 70 patients who had been suffering from low back pain and split them into two groups. The first received personally tailored exercise regimens that focused on targeting their condition, while the second were given a generic exercise program. Patients were observed over the course of three months and were asked to report on their condition after each of five physical therapy sessions by filling out a questionnaire that tracked their level of disability caused by back pain. They were also monitored over a 12-month follow-up period, and it was found that both groups experienced improvement in symptoms that lasted through the 12 months. However, those who participated in the personalized physical therapy saw statistically better improvements in their level of disability and their functional ability.

While physical therapy has proven beneficial for treating lower back pain, this study highlights the need for more personalized treatment and diagnosis options. Better understanding the specifics of your condition could allow for more tailored therapeutic options and, as a result, expedite and improve the efficacy of treatment.

If you are suffering from low back pain, Dr. Leigh Roberts can help.  At your initial visit Dr. Roberts will perform a through evaluation, obtain an accurate diagnosis and design a specific treatment plan to meet your rehabilitation needs.  Please call 410.381.1574 or email us to schedule your appointment today.

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