Author Archives: Marci Catallo-Madruga

Physical Therapy’s Scope of Practice Extends Beyond Aches and Pains

Physical therapy is an obvious choice when you’ve sprained an ankle or developed tennis elbow, but what about when you need to boost your mood? Though highly skilled in methods that improve mobility and reduce pain following an injury, physical therapists can also play a key role in improving a patient’s mental health.

Exercise, a core component of any physical therapy regimen, is known to benefit patients with mild to moderate mood disorders such as depression. Depression is an underlying condition often associated with chronic illnesses and orthopedic injuries that limit mobility and participation in daily activities. With depression affecting one in 10 Americans at some point in their lives, physical therapy is another avenue to diagnose and treat the associated symptoms. Physical activity reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and stress by improving the patient’s cognitive function and self-esteem. Moreover, studies have shown that aerobic exercise decreases overall tension levels, elevates and stabilizes mood and improves sleep. Because exercise’s mind-altering effects are temporary, however, patients should work with a physical therapist to develop a regular exercise routine to ensure continued benefits.

Patients can expect to work closely with a physical therapist to develop a custom treatment plan based on a thorough assessment and detailed patient history. PTs are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and identify the ways in which mental health disorders interfere with a person’s ability to enjoy life. Each individual care plan includes some combination of flexibility, strength, coordination and balance exercises designed to achieve optimal physical function.

Physical therapists may be trained to identify and treat a wide range of movement disorders including sprains and strains but they’re also adept at identifying and reducing symptoms of depression. Developing behaviors that maintain good mental health is an important part of overall health and wellness, and it’s never too late to get started.

Vertigo is Not Always Just Crystal Related

Whats wrong with self treating? This video gives some great information in regards to Crystal related BBPV only. This means that if crystals have been Knocked loose and travel into the Canal from the Utricle, It can help Immensely. When we as healthcare providers start isolated a disease process to one option only, We canContinue Reading

The American Healthcare Act Failed, Now What?

Many people are discouraged by what has happened since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010. Most don’t know enough about what was going on in healthcare prior to that to really have fact based opinions. What we all know is that change is needed, but how do we get there? How do weContinue Reading

Think of Food as Medicine

Food as Medicine “Let Food be thy medicine and medicine thy food.” -Hippocrates Before we had a medication to treat every condition, we had food.  When is the last time you went to the doctor’s office and were prescribed food to treat an ailment?  Don’t get me wrong, we have made many incredible advancements inContinue Reading

Preventative Rehabilitation for Hiking

Prehab for hiking It’s getting warmer, the snow is melting, and the days are getting longer. Winter is coming to an end (hopefully) and spring and summer are upon us. For some Coloradans, that means heading to the mountains to hike and explore the endless miles of beautiful trails this state has to offer. SomeContinue Reading

Preventative Rehabilitation for Orthopedic Surgeries

Prehab: It’s not a typo for rehab. You may have heard the term being tossed around by orthopedic doctors and rehab professionals. Prehab, an abbreviation for preventative rehabilitation, is the use of rehabilitation principles and strength training prior to any actual injury. Prehab can also be used to improve strength and endurance prior to aContinue Reading

Poor Balance, Dizziness, Vertigo all Cause Risks to Your Health

Poor Balance and Dizziness Cause Significant Risk to your Health Dr. Marci Catallo-Madruga, PT, DPT, CFDN, CWC, CTT, AIB-VR Did you know that dizziness is the number one cause of a fall in persons over the age of 70? Even more staggering the falls in this population are responsible for most Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)Continue Reading

Improving Lives of People with Parkinson’s Disease

Movement as Medicine Imagine living in a world where when you want to step forward a foot, you really step forward a mere 6 inches. Every step you take is half the size of what you expect but your brain can’t adjust and take a bigger step. It takes you twice as long to walkContinue Reading

Improving Communication is Absolute Key in the Current Social Media World

Recently, My husband and I have been attending classes with our Twin Boys to help them improve Brain Organization and Function at a higher level. See, as it turns out, Both of my children border on the Autism Spectrum of disorders. They have been labeled high energy, lack of ability to focus and even disruptive.Continue Reading

How Do We Combat the ever Rising Health Costs In the U.S.?

There is a great debate as to what we should do next and where we should go. Maybe not as a general consumer, but the practitioners are certainly having the debate. More and more private practices are being bought up by hospital groups or larger practices and Franchising so as to decrease overhead of Billing,Continue Reading