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    Welcome!  PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is built on the philosophy of delivering the best physical therapy to the patient by a professional physical therapist or physical therapy assistant with a continuum of care by the individual therapist or team from the initial patient evaluation to discharge.

    If you are looking for a physical therapy provider, we have a handful of reasons why to choose PEAK Physical Physical:

    1.  Hands-on Physical Therapy Care;

    2.  Consistent and constant supervision from the same provider;

    3.  Customized and specialized therapy for you;

    4.  The most innovative techniques and tools in the area:

    5.  Seamless progression from rehabilitation to fitness.


    Should you have any questions regarding physical therapy, please feel free to stop by, contact us via phone at 757-564-7381 or contact us via email.



    “The first treatment is to teach the patient to avoid what harms them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Karel Lewitt, MD




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    Napping: Do’s and Don’ts For Healthy Adults

    Napping isn’t just for children. Understand the pros and cons of napping and the best way to take a nap.

    If you’re sleep deprived or just looking for a way to relax, you might be thinking about taking a nap. Napping at the wrong time of day or for too long can backfire, though. Understand how to get the most out of a nap.

    What are the benefits of napping?

    Napping offers various benefits for healthy adults, including:

    • Relaxation
    • Reduced fatigue
    • Increased alertness
    • Improved mood
    • Improved performance, including quicker reaction time, better memory, less confusion, and fewer accidents and mistakes

    What are the drawbacks to napping?

    Napping isn’t for everyone. Some people have trouble sleeping in places other than their own beds, while others simply can’t sleep during the day. Napping can also have negative effects, such as:

    • Sleep inertia. You might feel groggy and disoriented after waking up from a nap.
    • Nighttime sleep problems. Short naps generally don’t affect nighttime sleep quality for most people. However, if you experience insomnia or poor sleep quality at night, napping might worsen these problems. Long naps might interfere with nighttime sleep.

    When should I consider a nap?

    You might consider making time for a nap if you:

    • Experience new fatigue or unexpected sleepiness
    • Are about to experience sleep loss, for example, due to a long work shift
    • Want to make planned naps part of your daily routine

    Could a sudden increased need for naps indicate a health problem?

    If you’re experiencing an increased need for naps and there’s no obvious cause of new fatigue in your life, talk to your doctor. You could have a sleep disorder or another medical condition that’s disrupting your nighttime sleep.

    What’s the best way to take a nap?

    To get the most out of a nap, follow these simple tips:

    • Keep naps short. Aim to nap for only 10 to 30 minutes. The longer you nap, the more likely you are to feel groggy afterward.
    • Take naps in the afternoon. The best time for a nap is usually midafternoon, around 2 or 3 p.m. This is the time of day when you might experience post-lunch sleepiness or a lower level of alertness. In addition, naps taken during this time are less likely to interfere with nighttime sleep. Keep in mind, however, that individual factors — such as your need for sleep and your sleeping schedule — also can play a role in determining the best time of day to nap.
    • Create a restful environment. Nap in a quiet, dark place with a comfortable room temperature and few distractions.

    After napping, be sure to give yourself time to wake up before resuming activities — particularly those that require a quick or sharp response.

    By Mayo Clinic staff

    Going the Extra Mile

    New Jersey physical therapist completes the Ironman Triathlon — and recruits other PTs to work this ultimate test of endurance.

    By Jonathan Bassett

    Posted on: October 23, 2012
    High-level fitness is written into Mike Eisenhart’s DNA. His father was a marathoner, he played contact sports growing up, and now he and his two siblings operate Pro-Activity Associates, a thriving 20-person physical therapy, sports conditioning and workplace rehabilitation operation in Lebanon, NJ.

    Still, Mike was never fond of long-distance endurance events until 2008, when his father expressed the desire to complete one final marathon before finally retiring from these grueling tests of physical and emotional staying power.

    “I was the anti-runner in the family. To me, running was torture,” said Eisenhart, PT, who has concentrated on workplace rehabilitation during the last few years of his PT career and now works with a large contingent of area employers. “But after the pressure from my father and my brother, I decided to give it a try.”

    Before long, Eisenhart found himself entering marathons, triathlons, and most recently, the 2011 U.S. Ironman in Utah and the 2012 U.S. Ironman in New York City.

    The Ironman

    This year’s New York City event was held August 11, a 140.6-mile race that included a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River, a 112-mile bike race along the cliffs of the Palisades Parkway, and a marathon that spanned a 26.2-mile course, crossing the George Washington Bridge and finishing in the heart of Manhattan, at 81st Street in Riverside Park. Participants in Ironman events have a maximum of 17 hours to finish the course.

    The U.S. Championship Race is a qualifying event in the Ironman Series, a set of 28 such events held around the globe that qualify top finishers to compete in the Ironman World Championship, held each October on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    “When you’re training for something like this, you basically choose one of three goals — to compete, to complete, or to win,” said Eisenhart, whose practice also helped train two other competitors for the U.S. Ironman. While he’s always in a training program of some kind, Eisenhart started training in earnest for the Ironman about eight months prior. Competitors must objectively calculate and track their miles and times for each of the three events, periodizing their training programs, scheduling proper rest breaks and learning their body-specific responses to what Eisenhart calls the “fourth discipline” of a triathlon: nutrition.

    “This event is a pinnacle of achievement for triathletes,” Eisenhart said. “It caps months of preparation and the most important thing for participants is to cross the finish line.”

    Recruiting other PTs

    During his intense conditioning period, Eisenhart was struck by an idea. Since physical therapists are uniquely qualified to treat event-day aches, pains and injuries, why not station one PT alongside a physician and nurse in each medical tent along the route?

    “It seemed like the perfect fit,” said Eisenhart, who also serves as membership director for the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey. After working with race organizers, he was able to secure 50 physical therapists to staff each medical station along the 140-mile race course.

    Going even further, Eisenhart sought approval from the New Jersey state board to educate these PTs in this special practice setting. An educational webinar was followed by hands-on instruction in the finer points of treating endurance athletes, and a state-approved CE course was born.

    “It’s a different kind of therapy,” said Eisenhart of the PTs’ medical tent responsibilities. “You have to shift your mindset of ‘we’re going to have this long-term rehab plan to get you back to full function,’ to doing whatever it takes to get the athlete to the finish line.” Most of the work involved hydration, dealing with the intense August heat, and minor injury triage. About 22 percent of competitors dropped out before the race began; another 6 percent had to drop out during the triathlon.

    Unexpected Setback

    So how did Eisenhart fare during his most recent Ironman challenge? While he was happy he finished, he was less than satisfied with the result. When you spend up to 17 hours swimming, biking and running, it’s often the freak accidents and equipment failures that can derail even the most conditioned and prepared ultra-athlete.

    Eisenhart hit a pothole just a few miles into the bike portion of the event, which broke the support that anchored his water bottle to the bike. Because the bottle held about 80 percent of the calories he needed to complete the rest of the course, it was a disastrous development.

    “They talk about runners hitting ‘the wall’ toward the end of a marathon,” said Eisenhart. “I hit the wall in mile 2.”

    But Eisenhart pushed through the pain and exhaustion to finish in 11 hours and 20 minutes — not bad for someone who’s only been in the long-distance game for 4 years.

    “In hindsight, I should have stopped right there,” he said of the water bottle incident. “I should have sacrificed the 10 minutes or so to get it fixed. These are the things that you learn as you go — there’s no real way to prepare for something like that.”

    Looking Ahead

    While the New York Ironman was a resounding success, the logistics of hosting an event of that magnitude in the congested New York area proved too challenging and expensive for the event to return to the area next year. Still, Eisenhart has his eye on other top-level races in the area that he hopes to continue recruiting physical therapists to staff and to receive CE credit for.

    “It’s a concept that I hope to expand on a larger level,” said Eisenhart. “I feel it’s a win-win for the participants and the PT profession. We are doing this out of our love for the sport and our passion for physical therapy. We hope that our efforts help communicate our expertise as motion specialists to athletes and to other physical therapists.”

    Jonathan Bassett is on staff at ADVANCE, and can be reached at jbassett@advanceweb.com

    Fall Prevention during Winter Months

    By Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.

    November 20, 2012
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    Let’s face it – winters can be tough. Months of frigid temperatures and heavy snow fall can make daily life difficult and isolation at home even more common for seniors. You can, however, safely maneuver through winter weather by realizing the high risk for falls during icy and snowy conditions and taking proper precautions.

    As a staff geriatrician for Hebrew SeniorLife, I regularly see injuries from falls during winter months and urge patients to be extra vigilant when outdoors during the winter season. Fractured ankles and broken hips (especially for those over 50) are two of the most common injuries and can mean lengthy, frustrating recovery periods for seniors.  

    Before attempting to shovel snow or rush out for that last errand before a storm, consider these tips for fall prevention.

    •  Focus on footwear: Rubber or neoprene soles, especially those with plenty of tread, provide better traction on snow and ice than   either leather or plastic soles, making them the best choice for fall prevention.
    •  Careful with cars: Many falls occur when exiting or entering vehicles. Always make sure your footing is clear when you get out of a car.
    • Beware of black ice: It’s just as slippery as regular ice, but difficult to see, making it a top winter safety concern. Stay on clear pathways or ones that have been treated with sand or salt.
    • Shovel safely: If you have to shovel, clear a level pathway to stand on so you won’t lose your balance.
    • Make winter safety a priority: Avoid rushing and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. Avoid short-cuts through snow or over icy areas.

    Remember, falls can happen quickly, but lead to long-lasting injuries.

    Safety first!