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As physical therapists, we work on our feet all day long and it can sometimes take a toll on our bodies. Proper foot mechanics and support plays a significant role in the mechanics of your entire body.  Good work shoes are a must, especially for foot and ankle pain!  Lucky for us, we discovered the perfect work shoe that keeps our feet happy and we want to share it with you – the ZEROGRAND by Cole Haan.

“The ZEROGRAND shoe provides a professional appearance, while also delivering the support and cushioning needed to help our feet withstand long periods of standing as well as plenty of movement,” said Rich Baudry. “The athletic bottoms help us to be able to move quickly and demonstrate PT exercises with our clients, in style, and in comfort.”

Gone are the days of muscle fatigue from clunky dress shoes. The ZEROGRAND shoes are engineered with a classic, professional appearance on the top, but with fun, colorful sole with the flexibility of a running shoe.

“Most of the BRIO team sports these great work shoes daily and they’ve drawn so much attention that many of our clients have bought their own,” said Rich.

Good shoes are one of the most important investments you can make for your own health. We highly recommend these stylish kicks.

If you would like to talk to a physical therapist about the proper shoe for you, we encourage you to ask your therapist.  They will be able to help you decide which shoe is the best to meet your needs.  For more information on Baudry physical therapy and BRIO services, click here>>>

In the market for new athletic shoes?

If you are looking for a great athletic shoe, our friends at Varsity Sports have a great option to create custom running shoes and orthotic inserts. Their new Aetrex machine completely assesses your feet, arches, and weight dispersion to ensure you get the right orthotic inserts and shoes. If you’re looking for good athletic shoes, please go check them out on Magazine Street! Their staff is knowledgeable and very helpful!

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Have you ever experienced aches and pains while on a road trip riding in a car or airplane for extended periods of time? Our bodies are made for movement, but during long road trips, we are confined to our seats often leaving us with cricks, creaks, aches, and pains at the end of an exhausting drive. Then, to add insult to injury, when we finally reach our destination we have to unload the luggage. Ouch!

Here are a few strategies to help minimize your road trip pains:

  • Bring a small pillow or a rolled up towel and use them to support your back. Shift the position of the pillow or towel to alter the pressure on your back, as shown below. Be sure to adjust the seat position occasionally to redistribute your weight during the trip.
  • Keep your muscles active by:
    • Squeezing your “cheeks” to tighten your gluteal muscles. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
    • Pulling your navel in towards your spine to tighten your abdominals. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
    • Sitting tall stretching the back of your neck towards the headrest. Hold for 5-10 seconds.
  • Prolonged sitting will inevitably make your muscles feel tight. Take time to stretch when you pull over at the next rest stop by performing the following stretches:
    • Grasp hands together and reach overhead as far as possible. Hold for 10 seconds, 3 times.
    • Reach your arms out to the side and squeeze your shoulder blades back together. Hold for 10 seconds 3 times.
    • Perform back lunges, stepping back, into a lunge. For a little extra stretch reach the hands overhead. Perform slowly and do 5 on each leg.
  • Finally, when you’ve reached your destination, take a few minutes before unloading your luggage to walk around, swing your arms, and stretch. This will awaken and prepare your muscles for action.

Utilize these tips to help alleviate road trip pains and feel better on your next road trip!

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Sitting at a desk for long periods of time has been labeled the “quiet killer”, worse than smoking these days. As a result, standing desks have become extremely popular to combat the effects of sitting. But are standing desks really the solution?  First, we need to determine what is really going on with our bodies when we sit to really understand.

Our bodies will adapt to almost any situation. If you sit all day long, your body adapts to your position. Your posture begins to round, then the shoulders round and then the chest tightens due to the lack of movement. The body adapts by limiting range of motion and tightening muscles that are shortened regularly. You lose strength in the muscles and can cause tissue damage. In the end, you experience tension in the back and neck, ultimately leading to pain.

While sitting can be the cause of common neck, shoulder, and low back pain, you should remember the issue is really a lack of movement. 

So are Standing Desks the solution?

The answer is yes and no.  It’s not the only solution, but it can help many desk-bound workers alleviate low back and neck pain.

While standing will help with a lot of issues (poor posture, tissue damage, tight quads/hip flexors), you can’t switch to a standing desk and expect your pain to go away. Your body will adapt, but you should know that standing 8+ hours per day leads to its own set of problems, specifically with feet, calves, legs, and back.

The ideal solution is a combination of standing and sitting, as well as getting on a regular exercise program. Simply put, you need to move more!

Baudry Therapy Center does suggest standing desks, but there are some things to consider before purchasing one.  You’ll want to buy one that offers flexible height adjustment so you can alternate between periods of sitting and standing. Once your desk arrives and you’re ready to set it up, you should consider some basic ergonomics.

 

 Proper Standing Desk Ergonomics

 

Desktop:

  1.  When standing, your desktop should be roughly at the level of your elbows.
  2. Your desk surface should be clean and clear of clutter.
  3. If you read forms or papers frequently, you might look for a tool which would hold the paper up, next to your computer screen, so you don’t have to look down at it repeatedly.

Computer Monitor:

  1.  Your monitor should be set directly in front of you.
  2. The top of the monitor should be at your brow level.

Anti-Fatigue Mat:

  1. You may also consider an anti-fatigue mat, which offers an unstable surface that keep the leg constantly in motion.
  2. This constant motion goes practically unnoticed and allows us to stand longer with less detrimental effects.

Phone:

  1.  If you are on the phone a lot I would suggest a headset
  2. While using the phone keep your neck in an upright position.

Movement Alarm:

  1. Set an alarm for every hour to remind yourself to move around. This could be a few squats, a trip to the water cooler or a quick walk around the block.
  2. Have a set of reliable stretches/movements that you use throughout the day as needed to get relief.

At the end of the day, a standing desk can certainly help your neck, back, and shoulder pain, but to truly alleviate it you need to move more! If you are experiencing pain and want to get a jump-start, call Baudry Therapy Center today. We can help you with one simple consultation.

If a standing desk is just not for you, click here for 4 Tips on how to help your back and neck pain while sitting.

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Mardi Gras is exactly 4 weeks away. For those riding in parades, you’ve probably already purchased your beads and stuffed animals, had your costumes fitted and even decided what booze you might drink? But have you prepared your body to prevent injury?

Riding in a parade can be hard on the body, especially on your shoulders and back. One of the most common Mardi Gras injury occurs in the shoulder. Packing, carrying, lifting, and throwing 1000’s of beads, cups, and balls can leave your shoulder stiff and painful.

Here are 4 great exercises to protect your shoulders for the throws of Mardi Gras:

  1. Sportscord T’s: Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. while keeping your elbows straight pull each band out to the side making a “T ” with your body.
  2. Sportscord Y’s: Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. While keeping your elbows straight pull each band up and out making a “Y ” with your body.
  3. Sportscord W’s: Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. This time pull the back of your hands up and out allowing your elbows to bend to 90 degrees. At the end of the movement each arm should represent each side of the “W”.
  4. Sportscord Crosses: Stand tall with one foot in front of the other. While keeping your elbows straight pull one cord up and out and the other cord down and back. Be sure to stand up straight.

With Mardi Gras quickly approaching, start now to prepare for a better ride. These parade prep exercises will leave you with less pain, longer throwing time, and an overall more enjoyable ride.  If you have any questions about your Mardi Gras fitness routine, give us a call.

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Physical therapy alleviates pain from sedentary lifestyle

Diana Livaudais lived a pretty sedentary lifestyle. Inactivity caused her to experience knee and hip pain. The pain was caused from weak muscles in her pelvic area.  As a result, Diana developed a limp when she walked.

She had been to physical therapy before, but did not have much success. Then, she came to Baudry Therapy Center.

First, her BTC therapist performed a complete assessment. Then, they developed a customized treatment plan to help eliminate Diana’s pain. Her plan included dry needling, functional exercise and manual therapy  to improve her balance and hip mobility.

“Every Baudry therapist knew my care plan and gave me such positive encouragement. I am in awe of the therapists’ abilities. With their help, I know I will succeed,” said Livaudais.

During her physical therapy, Diana said she “could already feel her muscles getting stronger” and that she was “learning so much about her own body”.

“Diana looked for ways to get better. She was very interested in learning how to take care of herself,” said Josh Bryant, DPT. “In addition, she was disciplined with her exercise program. She loved to take on new challenges that she was given.”

As a result of physical therapy, Diana’s activity tolerance improved. She is now able to play cards with her friends and attend social gatherings without being limited by back pain or fatigue.

Living with pain is not really living

If you are someone you love is experiencing pain, consult a physical therapist today. You only get one life, so make sure you’re living yours to the fullest!  Invest in your #1 asset – your health.  Call Baudry Therapy today if we help you get back to LIFE!

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10 Things You May Not Know About Physical Therapy

1. Louisiana has direct access to physical therapy. You can make an appointment without a doctor’s referral. Most states now have direct access to physical therapy.

2. Physical therapists hold advanced degrees. We are required to complete seven years of formal study with at least six months of clinical training. In addition, we earn a doctorate degree and pass a national licensing exam.

  • Physical therapists have specific training which make them uniquely qualified to treat pain and movement dysfunction.
  • Physical Therapists are specialists at prescribing the right plan to improve health, fitness and functional abilities.

3. A physical therapy evaluation is a great first step when an injury occurs.

  • Working with a physical therapist, alleviates worry and initiates the healing process.
  • We know medical “Red Flags” and when to refer you to a physician for further medical testing.

4. A physical therapy evaluation is easy to book and only takes one hour. You can usually see a physical therapist the same day you experience pain.

5. A physical therapy evaluation is comprehensive. It identifies the source of the symptoms and provides a plan for injury resolution.

6. A physical therapist is one of the BEST resources available to learn about injury and how to overcome it.

7. Physical therapy is often a great alternative to medicine, injections and potential surgery.

8. Physical therapy frees the mind to help the body get better.

9. Physical therapists are energetic, positive professionals who lead people to reach their goals. We care about getting you back to doing the activities you love.

10. A relationship with a physical therapist means a lifetime of successful healing. At Baudry Therapy Center, it means you are part of our family!

For more on Myths and Facts about Physical Therapy from Move Forward PT. 

Ready to start your journey to wellness

At Baudry Therapy Center (BTC) our approach to physical therapy is simple: attention, competency and honesty. Your recovery is our top priority. Our team is committed to making you better off for spending time with us. We call it the Baudry Difference.

If you are unsure about physical therapy, give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions you might have. 

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Physical therapy helps turn back the age clock

Margie Morton, an active 77 year old, has a new lease on life after her physical therapy and wellness training.  Her amazing attitude on aging, along with her determination and hard work, allowed her to return to the activities that she loves pain-free…walking, biking, exercising, tennis and shopping! Here’s how Margie turned back her age clock:

I started experiencing hip pain this year, which resulted from two old car accidents. In both cases, I was rear-ended and suffered disc injuries in my lower spine and upper neck. I’ve always been active for my age, but I began walking with a slight limp so I decided to see hip and back specialist.

My doctor recommended a personal trainer to strengthen my muscles, but I have not had much success with trainers. My husband suggested Baudry Therapy Center where he is currently in therapy for Parkinson’s. He thought a fitness program run by physical therapists would be beneficial.

“The Baudry/BRIO team helped Margie work through the issues, by providing a pathway for success. And then all it took was the belief, hope and determination to get back on track,” said Rich Baudry.

Margie’s Physical Therapy and Wellness Results

After receiving manual therapy from the Baudry Therapy team, my limp was gone and my hip pain was much better. I increased the strength in my leg and no longer needed to push to rise out of a chair. Stairs are now a piece of cake.

My walks have even improved and I feel great after my hour-long workout. I can even shop the rest of the day!  Not sure if my husband is totally happy with that!

Unexpected benefits

I’ve lost a few pounds but I’ve lost significant inches in my core which has improved my posture. I’ve had to go down two dress sizes.  I feel better, look better and my pain level is much improved.

A New Outlook on Life

I began to accept that being out of shape and in pain was part of getting older, but Baudry sure changed my outlook. I feel confident about the exercise they suggest. Baudry therapists constantly assess your body and your progress. The facility is modern and and very well kept. I have recommended them to all my friends and several have joined. Everyone there is very helpful and friendly, from the receptionist to the therapists.

A Baudry | BRIO Champion

When asked about Margie’s PT success, Rich Baudry said, “Margie’s physical therapy and fitness program was built with her felt needs and desires in mind. Her success has been based on her trust in the team, and her willingness to put in the work. So often people give up on the things they love because of aches and pains they wrongly assume they will just have to live with. And many times the medical advice they receive squanders hope and falls short of solving the problem.  But through education, guidance, and commitment, there is always the potential to get better. Margie sure proved that, another Baudry/BRIO champion! We are proud of her efforts and love that she is able to again enjoy the things she loves.”

If you or a loved one is experiencing any type of pain, call Baudry Therapy Center.  We can help you turn back your age clock and get back to doing the activities you love!

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Kraig de Lanzac, MD has a busy schedule working as an anesthesiologist, but still fits in regular gym activity like cardio and strength training. Over the course of time, Kraig suffered from a lumbar disc extrusion, which caused him to have urgent surgery, secondary to foot drop and severe pain.

“This was my second back surgery and I worried about returning to my active medical practice of anesthesiology, as well as being as active and pain-free as I was before surgery,” said Kraig.  “In addition, I wanted to avoid future injury.”

Kraig visited Baudry Therapy Center | BRIO and received “customized exercise and additional tools to combat the occasional flare-up of back pain, thanks to the team at Baudry.”

Kraig gained confidence that when pain arises, he could use his training to help minimize pain and recovery timeframe.

After 12 weeks in physical therapy, Kraig returned to the gym and is working just as actively as he did before surgery.

“Kraig was committed to the recovery process from day one.  He frequently asked what he could be doing at work and home to get better.  He was very consistent with his exercise routine and made smart changes to his lifestyle,” said Kevin Dessauer, PT.  “Kraig took the time to learn what it takes to keep himself moving well, so he could heal well and reduce the risk of re-injury.”

Kraig added, “I loved going to my physical therapy sessions at BTC.  After being down about a second back surgery, I was looking for some positivity that I got from the team at Baudry.  We always had a good time, while getting the work done.”

If you are someone you love has had surgery and wants to return to the activities they enjoy, call Baudry | BRIO today and schedule your evaluation today!

The post Anesthesiologist makes full recovery with PT appeared first on Physical Therapy New Orleans: Health & Fitness Experts Baudry Therapy Center.

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Michael Arata is a fierce Track and Field competitor, contending in the Decathlon, Pentathlon and various Sprint races (50M, 100M, 200M and 400M). While training for these track events, Michael suffered a right Achilles injury.

“I couldn’t walk or perform any type of athletic training without severe pain,” said Michael. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to return to any form of competition.”

Michael relied on Baudry Therapy Center to get him back on track. Baudry PT Josh Bryant performed a comprehensive Return to Sport evaluation on Michael, which included Y Balance Assessment, Functional Movement Screen, running analysis, etc.

“As an athlete and PT, I know how important it is to get back to training fast,” said Josh. “I also understand how scary it can be to think that an injury can stop you from doing something you love so much.”

Josh devised a plan to get Michael back on the track, which included ASTYM, Dry Needling, Manual Therapy, Corrective Movements, and Functional Exercise.
Michael added, “Not only was I able to recover 100% from my injury, my rehabilitation surpassed my pre-injury strength, flexibility, and conditioning. I reached a whole new, higher level of ability.”

RESULTS DON’T LIE
“I’ve had physical therapy in the past and had an expectation of what I would get and how it would go, but the results at Baudry Therapy Center were so far greater and so much better than I could have ever anticipated. They developed a specific plan for my recovery and continued to adapt the plan as I progressed. That kind of personalized attention made me feel like I got the same level of rehab that professional athletes get. And the results proved it – I finished 4th in the nation in the 100 Meters and won the Bronze in the National Decathlon Championships. Next year I will win, using the program that Baudry developed for me. Thank you!”

MORE THAN JUST A PATIENT
“The Baudry staff took a real interest in my recovery and my success. They introduced me to other professionals that added to my recovery and conditioning and helped me achieve my goals.”

“One of the things that sets Baudry Therapy Center apart is our genuine concern for our patients,” said Josh. “Their success is our success and we want to give them every tool to reach their goals. Once we felt confident in his ability to return to an aggressive training schedule, we introduced him to Wyatt Harris, Owner of Sonic Boom Speed Conditioning & Strength Training Academy, who took Michael to the next level.”

Congratulations, Michael, on your recovery and your impressive results! We can’t wait to see what you accomplish in the next competition. Keep shining! Your friends at Baudry | BRIO are proud of you!

The post Track and Field Competitor Returns to the Field for a Bronze Win appeared first on Physical Therapy New Orleans: Health & Fitness Experts Baudry Therapy Center.

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Dominique Wessel is a loving mother to three amazing boys. In 2003, her youngest son Ben became sick with Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM) soon after his third birthday.  JDM is a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system rejects its own tissue, muscle, skin, GI lining and blood vessels.

Ben’s immune system began attacking his body tissue to get rid of them because it didn’t identify the tissue as being part of his body.  Ben has been in a battle for his life since then.

In 2015, just a few weeks into the first quarter of his freshman year at Jesuit High School, Ben suffered a fierce grip/flare of his JDM.  He was in the fight of his life and had to miss the remainder of the school year.   When he gained enough strength to sit on a sofa supported by pillows and stand for a few seconds on his own without support, Dominique called Rich at Baudry Therapy Center. Here’s her story:

I explained what was going on with Ben and Rich was happy and eager to work with him.  Rich was great therapy for me and Ben.  He understood what Ben was facing and moved with conviction step-by-step with Ben.  It was a long, slow battle for Ben but he could feel Rich’s confidence that he would succeed and get stronger.  They were “poetry in motion” and it brought tears to my eyes to witness!

Rich took care of Ben like he was the only person in the world.  Ben had his full attention.  Rich’s enthusiasm and sincere, thoughtful approach fed Ben in every way, not just physically.  They worked together on Ben’s goals, first to be able to hold his head up. Then they worked on sitting by himself, then standing and later to running around the clinic perimeter. Ben was even able to move his limbs with heavy resistance bands.  Rich worked his whole body.  They worked with Ben for a very long time.  The entire staff was wonderful.

Ben is a very calm and humble person.  He feels God’s presence every minute of every day.  What is so crushing and painful for his dad and me to watch, he faces with such grace and humor.  He and his brothers are best friends and they love spending time together.  We believe in Ben’s dreams and goals.  He is our hero!  He is starting his senior year at Jesuit High School in August and we are very excited for him!  He aspires to go to college and become a radiologist.  God lead the way!

God bless Ben and God bless Rich and Baudry Therapy Center!  I don’t know what we would have done without you.

Ben is OUR hero and it has been such a blessing to work with him. Thank you Dominique for sharing this beautifully inspiring story and for letting us be a small part of Ben’s journey.

The post PT helps Ben Wessel battle through Juvenile Dermatomyositis appeared first on Physical Therapy New Orleans: Health & Fitness Experts Baudry Therapy Center.

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