Archive for October, 2016

Halloween Safety Tips for All Ages

Halloween is a fun celebration for kids of all ages. Glowing pumpkins on every doorstep, shuffling through fallen leaves in costumes, and going home with a bag bursting at the seams with candy adds a smile to every little ghoul and goblin’s face. The most exciting night of October should be fun, but for some parents, there are many safety concerns. South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is happy to share some tips to keep your trick-or-treaters out of harm’s way.


Fighting Back: Reducing Opioid Addiction through Physical Therapy

It could never happen to me. This mindset is a belief many of us have felt when news of the opioid crisis began in our country. News of this escalating epidemic has been appearing on our social media feeds and in the mainstream media in recent years. 2.1 million individuals across America, including mothers and fathers, children, and friends, have surrendered to addiction linked to prescription opioid pain relievers, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.


Looking Beyond Breast Cancer

If you’re a breast cancer survivor, you’ve overcome the fight of a lifetime. So why does it often feel like the battles have only just begun after treatment ends? For the 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and those still undergoing treatment, the healing process can be emotionally and physically demanding. Patients might find themselves suffering from common symptoms, including loss of joint motion, fatigue, and pain. Depression, anxiety, and feeling scared that cancer might return, are all very real concerns during survivorship. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is raising awareness to let cancer survivors know they are not alone after treatment ends.


Fueling your Workout with Nutrient-Dense Foods

If you’re tired of dragging through your workout, consider what’s on your plate. Giving your body the right fuel before, during, and after a workout is just as important as the positive mindset and determination needed to swim one more lap when your arms feel like Jell-O, or do a few extra minutes on the dreaded StairMaster. To increase your performance and energy during your workout, incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your “fitness checklist.” You will most likely notice a difference before you step foot inside the gym or go out for a run.


Take Action During Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

A prostate cancer diagnosis can quickly turn life upside-down—not only for the affected patient but for the family, as well. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men, according to the American Cancer Society. However, it is also highly treatable. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) reports that when cancer is detected in local or regional stages, nearly 100% of patients will be free of the disease after five years. Every September, initiatives like Prostate Cancer Awareness Month help to educate the community and highlight important signs and symptoms. It’s also a perfect time to assess your risk factors, schedule a prostate screening, and take the “temperature” on your overall health.


Celebrate, Advocate, Empower: Down Syndrome Awareness Month

There is a beautiful excerpt written by Emily Perl Kingsley, a “Sesame Street” writer and advocate for individuals with special needs. Welcome to Holland describes a mother’s perspective on having a child with disabilities. Like a warm hug, this passage wraps around the hearts of many, providing inspiration and encouragement. Kingsley compares her experience as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome to planning a trip to Italy, only to find out you’ve been rerouted to Holland. It’s not what you expected, but the experience is no less special or beautiful. In fact, it’s filled with unexpected joys, many treasures, and most of all, love.


Don’t Fear Falls—Prevent Them

Every eleven seconds, an Emergency department sees an older adult who has experienced a fall. This staggering statistic was reported by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), an organization that spearheads Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is held annually on the first day of fall. Throughout the year, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) works with patients to reduce their risk of fall-related injuries, through its Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Program. We’re happy to share some helpful information to prevent falls and keep you and your loved ones safe.


Nicole Dupuis

1. How many years have you been practicing Physical Therapy?
I started my career at SCPT in 2005 as a Physical Therapist Assistant and worked until 2011 when I left to finish my doctorate degree at Springfield College. I graduated in 2012 with my DPT and rejoined SCPT in the summer of 2015.


South County Physical Therapy, Inc. provides educational program to residents of The Highlands

WESTBOROUGH _ On Friday, September 23, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) continued its mission of providing free health and wellness awareness programming for the benefit of the community, with an educational presentation for residents of The Highlands Gracious Retirement Living. The program was held at 129 East Main Street in Westborough and shined a spotlight on improving mobility, falls prevention and restoring and maintaining overall fitness health.

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