The Death of Roger Ailes and Bathroom Safety

Roger Ailes and retired Army General John F. Campbell

Roger Ailes with U.S. Army Gen. (Ret.) John F. Campbell. Source: Sgt. Christopher Tobey

The death of Roger Ailes reminds us of the need for bathroom safety for senior citizens, for whom falls are the number-one cause injury-related deaths. The former Fox News Chairman and CEO died on Thurs. May 18, 2017, because of head trauma from a fall in his bathroom.  Here are some tips to make bathrooms safer for older adults.

Floors Use non-skid floor mats on the bathroom floor, especially near the tub. If the bathroom is larger, consider using multiple mats, or non-slip socks. Last but not least, install safer floor tiles for longterm independent living.

Tub Install handrails in the stability during while entering or exiting the bathtub. Place a suction mat or non-slip strips inside the bathtub. DO NOT use towel racks as handrails.

Toilet Use a handrail or elevated seat to make standing from the toilet easier.

It is not known whether or not Mr. Ailes installed safety supports in his bathroom. He purchased his home a mere eight months ago, and photos of the mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, include a photo of a bathtub that could certainly use some safety modifications. This underscores the need for caution when traveling to unfamiliar places–or when moving into a new home. Make it a priority to make this space as safe as possible, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. The risks are too high. Be safe everybody.

Related: Balance, Dizziness and Falls Prevention Workshop

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Free Physical Therapy Exams for Healthcare Professionals for National Nurses Week 2017

Nursing facilities and hospitals experience the second and 13th highest incidents of non-fatal workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of those are injuries are related to direct care of patients. That’s why we’re dedicating National Nurses Week 2017 to healthcare professionals. From Mon. May 8th through Fri. May 12th of Nurses Week, we will be providing free exams for healthcare workers experiencing back pain, hip pain, neck pain-you name it.

Be Fit is the place where you can pursue your wellness goals, and wellness means not waiting to see if things will get better. Think of what would happen if your pain turned into something serious. It could happen, just like it happened to Be Fit owner Mary Lou Savino. She experienced pain while working at a skilled nursing facility but made the unfortunate choice to ignore her it. Since recovering from her injury, she has dedicated herself to helping others achieve wellness. She is a big advocate of taking time to take care of yourself. That way you can continue making others’ lives better. Schedule your free exam now for your stubborn, obnoxious pain! Call the (630) 964-4008 or click the link below.

Be Fit Nurses Week 2017 Week of Free Exams Flyer

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Former Be Fit Therapist Now Works in Canine Rehab


We were sorry to see Susan, our former physical therapist, leave Be Fit in January, but it’s good to hear that she’s applying her considerable talents to caring for dogs. Some vet clinics use lasers for pain management post-surgery. Others are led by veterinarians skilled in therapeutic modalities such as acupuncture, while yet others have veterinary technicians certified in canine therapy. Susan will bring 35 years of expertise and a love orthopedic care to the clinic where she works. That’s why her boss hired her even before she finished her 40-hour internship. Susan is now a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT).

Susan is fast becoming acquainted with the peculiarities of providing physical therapy in the veterinary setting. The peculiarities range from getting wet to being “kissed” by the patients, to being nearly bitten by them. But the upside makes it all worthwhile.

“It is amazing the things they do [here],” Susan says. “Granted, none of it is inexpensive, but these owners are dedicated to their dogs and having them maintain a good quality of life.” Susan has brought her own dogs a nutritional evaluation and supplements.

The similarities between physical therapy and canine physical therapy exist in the PT principles themselves: Susan provides physical therapy palpation, joint and range-of-motion assessments, and mechanical modalities such as laser stimulation. Another similarity is in gaining trust from humans. “You have to get the owner to understand that you know what you’re doing” she says. She provides the dog owner a printout of exercises to do at home. Plus, she provides some training the exercises during the appointment.

Dog on underwater treadmill

Dog on underwater treadmill. Photo by MAJic2288

But the similarities end there. After all, a dog’s vocabulary is limited 165 simple words. A patient almost bit Susan on her first day because she had not yet learned its non-verbal communication (e.g. ears, the “whites” of eyes) or perfected holding a dog. “The vet said, ‘If I give you the look, you better watch out.’” Also, Susan gets wet on the underwater treadmill. Employing it is not as simple as turning it on. Training dogs for proper movement involves her bending over inside a glass rectangular box (“I do a lot of bending over”) to prevent dogs from knuckling, which is bearing weight on the top part of the foot instead of the pad of the paw.

Nevertheless, Susan says that her work is gratifying, and sometimes getting wet is welcomed. This work is gratifying. “I come home covered in dog hair and slobber everyday,” she says. “But yesterday we fitted a dog [for a prosthesis] that came out of surgery and was not able to use her back legs. We put her in the cart and—Oh my gosh! You have never seen a happier dog. It was so heartwarming.”

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Special Announcement: 3-Part MELT Method Workshop Teaches “Mapping”

Attending the next MELT Method Workshop will be like getting two free workshops for the price of one. The cost of this workshop-in-three-parts is $30, which is a big deal since one hour-and-a-half workshop by itself is $30.

Here are the details:

May 4, 11, and 18, 2017 (3 Thursdays)
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm each day
At Be Fit Physical Therapy & Pilates
Cost: $30

The workshop-in-three-parts will teach more techniques–called maps–than are taught in the normal introductory MELT Method workshop. These new “maps” for the feet, hips, and back trace specific routes on the body to rejuvenate the connective tissues. The benefit is relief from low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fascitis, and SI joint pain.

While individuals who have previously attended an introduction workshop will build upon the skills they have, the three-part series will be beginner-friendly for those new to The MELT Method.

Don’t miss this opportunity to add an extra dimension of wisdom and know-how to your self-care regimen. Exercise mats and rollers will be provided for use at the workshop.

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Lucky Us. Be Fit’s IN.FORM Coach Is The Winner of A National Contest

Robin Lang, the certified health coach for the IN.FORM group at Be Fit, received top honors from Nature’s Sunshine in a nationwide contest of IN.FORM members.*

The award went to her because she made the most improvement in several biomarkers in addition to weight: body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, and metabolic age.

Robin finished her IN.FORM modules in October. She lost 28 pounds, dropped three dress sizes, and experienced other remarkable benefits.

While her “Type A” personality may have contributed to her success, IN.FORM  is something anyone can do. Robin credits her success to a certified health coach who was there to answer her questions; and a group of peers that was  there to grant her support. These are the same resources available to all members of the Mind Core Body program.

*Nature’s Sunshine, Inc., is the creator of the IN.FORM system.

See IN.FORM membership prices


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IN.FORM Student-Turned-Coach Details Her Successful Weight Loss

Robin Lang is a certified health coach who is teaching the nutritional wellness classes for our Mind Core Body program. Here she writes about her success being coached in IN.FORM.

I am a 56-year-old workaholic!  I work 2 full-time jobs and have always put everyone else first. My entire life I slept approximately 3 hours a night maximum. I have always had a weight problem not eating properly. No vegetables, rarely a meal. You could say I was a grazer. Except I lived on junk food and candy LITERALLY! I did not exercise and made no time for myself.

When I turned 50 things got worse.  I gained even more weight, had continuous heartburn to the point I would take a Pepcid every morning without fail.  The palms of my hands began to blister, itch and peel along with a red extremely itchy rash on my legs, and I felt sluggish and horrible all day. It seemed like I was falling apart quickly!

A good friend signed me up for a class with Nature’s Sunshine [the creator of IN.FORM].  I took the plunge and did the entire 13-week program with Linda, my coach, guiding me every step of the way.  Without her coaching I would have never been able to accomplish what I have.  I lost 28 pounds and lowered my metabolic age of 64 down to 39!  I no longer have that itchy rash; hands are clear, no blisters, and I no longer take Pepcid. I have dropped several pant sizes, from size 14 size 8. I am now much healthier, happier and sleeping on average 7 hours a night. I eat my meals and healthy snacks properly, and since starting the program, I have had NO candy.  Which is amazing being I lived on it for 56 years!

It is so wonderful to hear the nice comments from friends and colleagues on how wonderful I look and to be called skinny.  Never in my life has the word skinny been used to describe me.

My husband is my biggest supporter and tells me daily how great I look and that my skin is so soft and has a healthy glow now. Due to my success, my husband has also started the NS [Nature’s Sunshine] kit to get gut healthy and lower his cholesterol. So it is now our family way of life.

This journey was a life change for me and a fabulous one at that. I could not have done it without the support and accountability from all the wonderful people I met on my journey.  Linda and NS will always be a big part of my new, healthy lifestyle.

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Metabolic Age Answers Why You Haven’t Been Feeling Like Your Old Self

Our spring Mind Core Body session begins Tues. April 4th, and participants in the nutritional wellness portion, called IN.FORM,  will get the info, how-to and support to change their body’s metabolic function and lower their age—metabolic age that is. But what is metabolic age?

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The body’s metabolic process, among other things, uses good bacteria in the digestive system to clear out substances that are harmful to our bodies.

A metabolic age equal to or less than chronological age is desirable, while a higher metabolic age, or “slow metabolism,” is associated with higher weight and other undesirable health numbers. It’s similar to the Real Age that Dr. Oz talks about. They both compare chronological age with an amalgam of factors that determine that internal age. Yet, IN.FORM differs by focusing on nutrition and gut health .

If you’re struggling with your weight, chances are that you haven’t felt like your old self. Dieting can help to an extent, but if your metabolism is inefficient, diet won’t work no matter how hard you try, and any weight lost may be short lived.

So those are two cents from Downer Deb, but the good news is that IN.FORM participants will get tailored nutritional advice from a certified health coach. They will learn how to keep the weight off and put their knowledge to use with the support of other motivated classmates.

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Pain There From Elsewhere: Choosing The Right Pain Management Exercises

Engaging in physical activity is the best thing to do for pain management. And what better time was there to be active than last week! Those four record days of winter warmth were a godsend. Muscle strengthening and stretching are a physical activity that you can use to combat your pain, but when considering which exercises to do, remember this rule: The pain you feel “there” probably comes from elsewhere. Let us explain with three quick examples.

Knee pain

Knee pain can stop many people from engaging in the activities they like to do. When considering which muscles to strengthen, don’t stop at the quadriceps.

This hamstring stretch may be performed with an exercise band or a towel.

This hamstring stretch may be performed with an exercise band or a towel.

Instead, stretch and strengthen with balance in mind. Since the quadriceps muscles are already well developed, the hamstrings should be strengthened to balance the force placed on the knee by the quads. This advice is particularly useful for runners since knee pain is the main reason runners stop running.

Hip pain

Imbalance is again the culprit with hip pain, but not because of an imbalance of action. Indeed, most people have hip pain because of weakened hip extensors that they don’t exercise. Translation: All of the sitting we do leads to overstretched, weakened butts. Then, the body compensates for that weakness as we walk or run, and that’s why the pain eventually occurs.

The hamstrings along with gluteal muscles also serve as hip extensors. Thus, exercises and stretches of both muscle groups may help with hip pain.

Back pain

Keys of the physical therapy process used to fix pain

Keys of the physical therapy process used to fix pain

The first two examples may be no-brainers, but what about back pain? When walking, the back is like a ninja compared with other body parts: It flexes, extends and rotates, and during a five-mile run, it could rotate thousands of times. If there is stiffness at, say, level 1 of the spine, those thousands of rotations strain the back that many times!

Yet, if you’re having back pain find yourself using heating pads and such, the cause of your pain may be … your hips! Remember the weakened hip extensors and how the body compensates when the muscles are not pulling their weight? That compensation can be felt in the back.

As always, ask your doctor: she/he can help you rule out more serious causes of your pain and advise you on which exercises are right for you.

And of course, see a physical therapist if you find that your exercises and pain relievers are no longer working for you. (The longer you wait, the deeper the body sets into its pain pattern.) We can:

  • Find the cause of your pain and relieve it with special methods such as electrostimulation
  • Restore range of motion that the body has limited to protect itself
  • Come up with custom strengthening exercises that prevent further injury in ways generalized advice cannot

While we can’t control the weather, we can control ourselves. Everybody keep moving!

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Stenosis: Know When to Get Physical Therapy

A double-knee lumbar stretch can relieve symptoms of stenosis. Contact a physical therapist when it provides no relief.

Stenosis and Its Causes

Stenosis is pain, numbness or tingling in your lower back or legs caused by the pinching of nerves in the spinal column. It occurs when the discs between vertebrae breakdown, resulting in decreased spacing between them, which pinches the nerves. It may be the caused by an injury, or it may be the result of aging, just as cartilage between other joints break down as we age. For this reason, your doctor or orthopedist may call it arthritis or degenerative disc disease.

Order of Treatment

Selecting the right treatment for the cause of your stenosis can be confusing and frustrating. There are several options to choose from. However, after treating a number of people with stenosis in DuPage county, we advocate treatment starting from the least invasive and ending with the most invasive. So the progression of treatment would look like this:

  1. Exercise
  2. Hands-on Physical Therapy
  3. Medications
  4. Injections
  5. Surgery

The idea here is to only move on to the next step after the previous treatment has failed. So don’t take medication (3) until first you have done the right exercises for stenosis (1) and hands-on therapy (2) with an expert Physical Therapist who specializes in stenosis. This model is used by the healthiest group of people in the world. A similar system was mentioned in the #1 New York Times Best Seller The 4-Hour Body.

When to Call a Physical Therapist

This progression may not be for everyone. For one thing, you may be experiencing acute pain for which medication could provide more immediate relief. However, to avoid the side effects of opioid or anticonvulsant treatments, or to avoid the risks of surgery, exercise and physical therapy are better options. Between the two, start with exercise. Complete the appropriate exercise, such as a double knee-to-chest tuck, first thing in the morning for seven days. After that time, call a therapist if one of the following applies:

  • Your pain and symptoms do not change.
  • Your pain gets worse with this exercise.
  • You feel a little better with the exercise, but the pain is still there.

Some people will heal quickly. Others will need to take it to the next step. If you fall in that category, do not hesitate to contact a physical therapist. The longer you wait, the more difficult you condition may be to treat.

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Take Up Pilates for The New Year

Pilates has strength, balance, and pain management benefits. If getting in shape is your New Year’s resolution, our group Pilates classes are beginner-friendly and convenient for you , and no enrollment fee is required, unlike with other well-known gyms.

You will receive patient guidance from an experienced instructor. Sign up with a group of your friends for fun and accountability, or bring yourself and join a group/others. If you have a hectic schedule, you’re still entitled to a 10-class package (at $15-$35 per class). Keep track you using your punch card.  Sign up online, or or call us for more information: (630) 964-4008.

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