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We’ve Got Your Back –Literally!

Did you know…

Half of all working Americans suffer from back pain.
About 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point.
Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

How Can I Treat My Back Pain?

While there are a plethora of treatment methods for back pain, consider physical therapy as the first line of defense. Now more than ever, in the midst of rising healthcare costs and an ongoing opioid epidemic, physical therapy provides a safe and affordable solution to back pain in a comprehensive approach that addresses not only the symptoms but also the root cause of the problem.

What Causes Back Pain?

Often, back pain can stem from a variety of different diagnoses, including the following: muscle or ligament strains, bulging or ruptured discs, arthritis, skeletal irregularities or posture, just to name a few. During an initial physical therapy evaluation, a full assessment is made to determine the cause of back pain before moving forward with the treatment. From there, an individualized plan is built to address the specific needs of the patient. Treatment plans can vary and may incorporate a combination of approaches, such as manual therapy, strengthening exercises, flexibility exercises, education, home exercise programs, modalities, or equipment based therapy (such as dry needling, for example).

How Long Should I Go to Physical Therapy?

While results are unique to each individual undergoing physical therapy, medical research shows earlier treatment equals faster results, which drives down healthcare costs in the long run. Even better, in the state of South Carolina, most patients can see a physical therapist for up to 30 days without a physician’s referral, making it easier to be seen and address any issues quickly.

“Extremely kind and motivated therapists! I could barely get out of my car and walk in because of low back pain, and within 3 weeks I was almost back to 100%, and in 2 months I was in better shape than I’ve been in years. Colby and the crew are fantastic.” -Google review

At Elite, it is part of our mission to accommodate any patients within 24-48 hours, as we understand the urgency of starting the recovery process as soon as possible. If you suffer from back pain, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

4th of July Workout

Did you kickstart your 4th with fireworks? Kickstart your day off with this 7-4-2018 workout! Pick seven exercises (Month), with four rounds (day of the week), at 20 reps for rounds one and three and 18 reps for rounds two and four (year). Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself during the holidays, so performing a HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) workout can be something short and simple to start with. A HIIT workout is a cardiovascular exercise focusing on short, but intense, bursts of exercise that typically last 30 min or less. To help you get started here are seven body weight exercises:

  • Squat Jumps: Start in the squat position with feet shoulder width apart and explode up. You want to land softly and absorb the jump going back down into a squat.
  • Side Planks: Start on either your left or right side with your body inline from your shoulders to your feet. Your elbow should be placed under the shoulder with your weight distributed through the forearm. Then lifting your hips off the ground maintaining a straight line.
  • High Knees: Stand in place with feet hip width apart. Then alternate bringing each knee up as high and fast as you can, while maintaining a tight core.
  • Push Ups: Hands should be placed slightly wider than your shoulders with your shoulders between 45-degrees to 60-degrees. Push up while maintaining a tight core.
  • Alternating Lunges: With upper body straight and core engaged, step forward with one foot and lower hips until both knees are at a 90-degree angle. Be sure to not let your back knee touch the floor and your front knee is above the ankle.
  • Superman’s: Lie face down with arms straight in front of you. Then raise arms, chest, and legs off of the floor. Use the muscles in your back and bum to make this happen.
  • Burpees: Start the in the squat position leading into placing your hands on the ground outside of the feet. You will then jump both feet back ending in a plank position. Once in the plank position perform a push-up, then in the up position bring both feet back underneath the hands and jump up as high as possible.

Go through all seven exercises with little rest between each exercise and then rest 2-3 mins between each round.

Women & Weightlifting

Who said strong was only for the boys? We are throwing that idea out and encouraging everyone to be stronger. Everyone can benefit from weight training, also known as strength training. Strength training not only makes you stronger, but it can improve cardiovascular health, mental health, balance, and weight loss. When we say strength training will make you stronger, we are referring to functional strength. Functional strength is the strength required to complete everyday tasks such as picking up children or carrying groceries. Women have often shied away from weight lifting for fear of looking “bulky” or “manly”, but we are here to tell you that those myths are simply that: myths. There are countless benefits for women who weight train and here are a few of my favorite reasons!

#1: Improved Sleep & Enhanced Mood

Regular exercise can improve sleep cycles by allowing you to enter into more restorative sleep cycles and stay in those phases longer. Weight training can be a natural remedy to common sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Exercise releases endorphins that promote serotonin and dopamine regulation and lead to better relaxation. These hormones help to regulate anxiety and depression symptoms allowing a better overall mood.

#2: Bone Density

As women age, they are more likely to develop osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become fragile and brittle. Also, during menopause, women lose estrogen, a hormone that helps protect bones, leaving them at a higher risk for bone fractures. Certain bone fractures, such as fractures in the hips or spinal column, can be debilitating or even life-threatening. However, bone density can be increased through regular weight training. According to Wolff’s Law, mechanical loading on the bones via muscles and tendons has a direct impact on bone growth. Therefore, during weight lifting the body adapts to the stress placed on it, and the bones feel it! Strength training creates pressure gradients within the bone’s canalicular framework. These changes in pressure cause the osteoblast and osteocytes to initiate cellular events that ultimately result in bone matrix production. Not only will you feel stronger, but you will notice increased balance and joint stability- both of which decrease the risks of falls and injury!

#3: Effective Weight Loss

Weight training is one of the most effective methods of weight loss. As you weight train, your muscles start to adapt. During these muscle adaptations your body composition changes, moving from adipose (fat) tissue to more lean muscle mass. As more lean muscle mass develops, there is an increase in the basal metabolic rate (BMR) because your body now requires more energy to run vital bodily functions while at rest. With an increased BMR, your body burns more calories throughout the day even after you have completed a workout. Strength training promotes a better balance between muscle and fat which aids in weight loss.

We’ve got you covered, from your head to your toes

Did you know June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month? If you suffer from frequent migraines or headaches, consider consulting with a physical therapist.

Headache pain is the third most common pain complaint worldwide. Both headaches and migraines can be caused by a variety of conditions including but not limited to sinus problems, vascular complications, or tumors. However, a large majority are caused by muscular and joint issues, such as muscle tension and tightness, disc pathology, lack of neck motion, poor posture, or tightness in the back between the shoulder blades.

So how can physical therapy help those suffering from headaches or migraines? …And is it actually effective?

First off, a licensed physical therapist will assess the patient to determine the type of headache: tension, migraine, or secondary pain stemming from an underlying condition. This will allow them to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. Second, dependent upon the type the pain, the physical therapist can manually address the issue using a number of techniques: heat or ice, soft tissue mobilization/massage, cervical traction, stretching, strengthening exercises, dry needling, and/or posture education. This will allow them to alleviate a headache or migraine quickly and effectively. From there, the physical therapist may be able to provide the patient with specific, custom exercises to address any future flare-ups on their own. In some cases, a physical therapist can address and relieve headache and migraine pain as quickly as one visit, but results may vary based on the severity of each individual case.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, give Elite Integrated Therapy Centers a call! With 7 offices across the Upstate, our licensed physical therapists are available to see you within 24-48 hours, no referral required. We are here to address any aches or pains, from your head to your toes!

New Home, Same Enjoyable Experience

Have you noticed a new physical therapy office on Grove Road? Look again! It’s Elite Integrated Therapy Centers. No, we’re not new. We’ve been in the Upstate community for 13 years. In 2006, Ben Hangen, PT, DPT, OCS and Paul Hecker, PT, DPT, OCS opened two physical therapy clinics in Anderson and Greenville with one goal in mind: to create the most enjoyable physical therapy experience in the Upstate. Now, with 7 clinics spanning the I-85 corridor, the Elite team focuses on making local residents better, happier, and healthier, and we absolutely deliver.

Don’t just take it from us…hear what our patients have to say:

“…the people here have been just absolutely wonderful to me. They listen. They just gave me so much confidence.” –Barbara V.

“There is a real generosity of spirit here. Everyone is very loving and supportive and kind. I saw different ranges of ages from little children to elderly people. Everyone was treated with warmth and kindness. A lot of integrity and concern. It’s a very supportive and nourishing environment, encouraging everyone to do their best.” –Terri J.

“When I came in, I was in a lot of physical pain. Now, as I have gone through the course of physical therapy, the pain has been relieved and I feel like a new person. I left with an experience every time knowing that I felt better than when I arrived.” –James

“…staff is inspiring and encouraging and although the sessions are challenging the results are undeniable. I am stronger, pain free and running faster and longer than ever before.” –Tim M.

“I am constantly smiling during my time at Elite. I feel wonderful. I feel loved, like everyone cares about the needs and care of the patient, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to a place other than Elite.” –Marvin M.

At Elite, we welcome patients of all ages: children to seniors and everything in between. We see a wide variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to muscle & joint pain, strength & conditioning, vertigo, women’s health, headaches, and TMJ. But that’s not all. Our services aren’t just limited to physical therapy….we offer occupational therapy, fitness & wellness, and massage therapy.

Curious as to what we can do to help you? Give us a call, send us an e-mail, or visit us in person or online. With 7 offices and growing, Elite’s got the Upstate covered!