Ask the PT: About Longevity

What should I know about the role of exercise and longevity? by David Dansereau,MSPT I was recently asked this question by Emma Picard of the Attleboro based Sun Chronicle for their weekend edition focusing on Longevity  (read her article online here).  My response was simple yet this answer is often ignored and its effectiveness overlooked.  As PT’s we know this answer well and prescribe this to all our patients.  Exercise…

Ask the PT: About Improving My Balance

How do I Build Better Balance? Response from PT Cumberland Physical Therapist David Dansereau, MSPT Balance, a task we mastered early in life, seems simple enough. But as we age or encounter an injury or illness, balance may need to be relearned. Balance is controlled by a complex combination of your visual, muscular and neurological sensory systems that all work together.   To build better balance, the nervous system must…

Ask the PT: About Arthritis and my Balance

How has arthritis impaired my balance? Response from PT Cumberland Physical Therapist David Dansereau, MSPT One of the most common causes of falls,  particularly as we age,  is related to arthritis and inflammation in our joints.  This happens because the small receptors in joints that are constantly talking to your brain telling you what position your joints are in can become impaired.   This sophisticated balance feedback mechanism is also…