Free talk on physical therapy and osteoporosis

Mary Rocchi, physical therapist from the Ahlbin Rehabilitation Center in Southport will give a free talk, “Physical Therapy and Osteoporosis” Wednesday, June 10, at 10 a.m., at the Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace. Advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.

Mary Rocchi, P.T. earned her bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from State University of NY at Stony Brook. With more than 30 years experience, she is a physical therapy supervisor in charge of patient care and supervision of therapists and support staff.

According to an article written by Pauline M. Camacho MD, FACE and reviewed by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD, “You may want to visit a physical therapist to help you recover from an osteoporosis-related fracture. Physical therapy won’t heal the broken bone-but it will give you better odds of a successful recovery.

You don’t need to have fractured a bone to start a physical therapy program. If you have been told you’re high risk for osteoporosis, going to physical therapy is a proactive way to help prevent this bone disease.

Your physical therapist will create a program based on your specific case of osteoporosis. He or she will take into account your overall health, age, fitness level, and your personal risk for fractures, to help cater the rehabilitation program specifically for you.

In most cases, your physical therapy will include certain bone-strengthening exercises, such as weight-bearing activities (including walking or jogging) or resistance training (such as weight lifting or yoga).”

“To also help prevent further fractures, your physical therapist will help you improve your balance and posture. Better control over your balance will help prevent falls. And proper posture will take unnecessary stress off your spine, which will reduce your risk of spinal fractures.

Your physical therapist may even help you make changes in your home and/or office to promote a healthy recovery. He or she will also teach you safe ways to do everyday activities-from how to correctly lie down to how to sneeze properly-that will help you avoid fractures.

Physical therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for osteoporosis that may help restore healthy movement, function, and bone strength. A physical therapist will teach you exercises for bone health and ways to manage your daily activities so you’ll lessen your chances of having an osteoporosis-related fracture.”

People who wish to have advice on their own bone health should consult their medical provider. The public is urged to attend this very valuable free talk to learn more about osteoporosis and treatments available to help strengthen bones.

The Senior Center is handicapped accessible and free parking is available.

Bus transportation is available to Fairfield residents by registering in advance. Call 203-256-3168 to sign up for bus transportation. The Senior Center offers a $2 lunch. To reserve lunch, call at least three business days in advance to 203-256-3118 after 10 a.m.

Mary Rocchi, P.T.

Mary Rocchi, P.T.

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