InSPIRe Rehab knows that many people are working remotely, many of us do not have a home office setup to promote good body mechanics. It’s tempting to work on your laptop seated on the couch or in the bed with it sitting on your lap; however, as comfortable as that may seem, utilizing poor body mechanics for extended duration is putting you at risk for several ergonomic related injuries. Ergonomic equipment can be pricey and with stores and online shopping limited, they can be hard to come by in a reasonable time to help you right now. Here are some simple adaptations you can make with things around your home to improve the setup of your workstation.
In addition to the setup of your workstation, remember to drink water and take stretching or mini breaks to switch the laundry, etc. throughout the day as these mini breaks, even in optimal environments, are needed to refresh your mind and body.
National Physical Therapy Month
According to the APTA “The goal of a physical therapist is to promote the patient's ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. Physical therapy is an essential element of patient care.”
The InSPIRe PT team has a wide variety of skills. A few specialties include; LSVT BIG, Dry Needling, Orthopedic related rehab, pediatric therapy, aquatic therapy, sports medicine, golf rehabilitation, neuro rehab, postural restoration, geriatric rehab and balance and gait analysis. The PT team members are also members of the American Physical Therapy Association and the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association.
Physical therapists work closely with physician and the patient during the patient’s treatment. Samantha Minnick, PT in Holdrege states ““I believe that teamwork amongst the physician, therapist, and patient is crucial for optimizing outcomes. This involves each member of the team openly communicating with one another and working at full effort towards the same goals. I listen to each patient carefully and adapt the plan of care as necessary to meet their individual needs.”
“I treat each patient in a way I would want my own family members treated. I believe communication is very important in physical therapy. I listen to my patient’s individual needs and then develop a comprehensive plan of care based on his or her diagnosis and goals. I believe ongoing communication with the patient’s physician is also essential to good quality care.” says Andrew Weides, PT, Co-owner
We would like to wish all the physical therapists and physical therapy assistants a happy PT month!
May is National Better Hearing and Speech Month
People often think that speech therapists are just there to help you retrain your voice when in fact they do much more. Speech-language pathologists often known as SLPs help people who have problems with speech, language, thinking and swallowing.
InSPIRe Rehab’s speech team has a variety of certifications and skills. A few specialties include but are not limited to; LSVT LOUD, Vital Stim, pediatric therapy, MBS study, and McNeill Dysphagia Method. The SLP team members are also members of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association.
Jennifer Marshal stated that her treatment philosophy is “I pride myself on providing a patient centered, therapist guided approach to therapy. I focus on listening to concerns, empowering families, and truly caring to make a difference in the quality of living. I develop individual treatment plans that address functional outcomes for each patient. I am dedicated to providing a respectful and caring atmosphere which utilizes a holistic and collaborative approach that considers communication needs in the home, at work, or in the community. I believe it is essential to provide ethical and excellent therapy services to all my patients and their families and ensure they are treated with the upmost integrity, respect, and compassion. I feel this is my responsibility as a Speech Language Pathologist.”
InSPIRe Rehab would like to wish the entire speech therapy team a happy better hearing and speech month!
HOLDREGE, Neb. – InSPIRe Rehabilitation was honored Friday, January 11, with a Patriotic Employer Award. Andrew Weides, PT and Co-owner of InSPIRe Rehab was presented the award by Mr. Garth Scism, a Nebraska Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) committee volunteer. The local therapy team was nominated for being highly supportive of Mattie Schake who is a physical therapist assistant and serves in the Air Force National Guard.
Ms. Schake nominated her team for her ability to take off work for military assignments including training and activity duty. She is currently deployed through July 2019.
“The Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve,” said Mr. Scism in his presentation. “Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s Guard and Reserve units, and it’s a pleasure for me to recognize InSPIRe Rehabilitation and the entire staff who work side by side with Mattie.”
He added, “Please continue to support Mattie while she’s deployed. A great way is through letters and care packages.”
Mr. Weides signed an ESGR Statement of Support publicly acknowledging their support for all Guard and Reserve service members.
Mr. Weides stated, “Our team is very proud of Mattie and her dedication to our country.” He added, “We are honored to receive this award and look forward to having her back following her return from deployment.”
ESGR, a Department of Defense program, seeks to foster a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.
InSPIRe Rehab serves Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege Memorial Homes, Christian Homes, Bertrand NH, local schools and home health in the area.
April is National Occupational Therapy Month:
The goal of an occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant is to help people across the lifespan participate in things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.
InSPIRe's OT team has a wide variety of skills. A few specialties include; LSVT BIG, Graston technique, neuro rehab, hand therapy, splinting and casting, upper extremity orthopedics, lymphedema, pediatrics, seating and positioning, and geriatrics. The OT team members are also members of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Having therapy being goal oriented is very important when it comes to a patient getting results. Lauren Erickson, OTR/L states “I try to treat the patient like I would like to be treated. I try to figure out what their goals are, where they are at now, and get them to where they want to be.” Molly Alexander OTR/L focuses on goals and also feels that therapy should be fun, she states, “I believe in client centered approaches that enable client’s to reach their maximum potential. I believe therapy should be fun, while still goal centered. I think a team approach brings the best results.”
“I believe it is essential as an Occupational Therapist to look at every patient as an individual instead of focusing on a diagnosis. I also believe that if the therapist and patient work together to establish a personal and professional therapeutic relationship it is more likely that the set therapy goals will be met, resulting in positive therapy outcomes for both the therapist and patient.” says Sarah Rimpley, OTR/L.
InSPIRe Rehab would like to wish all of our Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapy Assistants happy OT Month!