Mayo Clinic gives a grant to support our Forever Strong Program

June 30, 2017 – Rochester, Minn. — Melanie Brennan announced today that Exercisabilities received an important grant from Mayo Clinic for the support of their Forever Strong Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation Program.

“Without donations from the community such as this, many of our clients with difficult physical abilities and medical conditions would not be able to afford access to this level of assistance with their ongoing rehabilitation and wellness.  The assistance that we provide is no longer covered by insurance but is greatly needed by all of our clients on a regular, lifelong, and long term basis”,  said Dr. Melanie Brennan, CEO/Founder.

About Exercisabilities, Inc

Exercisabilities is a 501c3 nonprofit company.  Our staff of 13 skilled Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, and Exercise Specialists strive to inspire individuals of all ability levels and ages to reach their full potential.  This important work reaches more than 1,000 community members and is growing at a new space at 2530 Broadway Ave N.  Keeping our community healthy and active, Exercisabilities programs improve our participants ability to interact more fully with the community and significantly reduces health care costs related to the potential side effects of illness caused by immobility.

 

About Mayo Clinic

 

Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy that the needs of the patient come first. Over 3,000 physicians and scientists and 46,600 allied staff work at Mayo which has sites in Rochester, Minn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Scottsdale/Phoenix, Ariz. Mayo Clinic also serves more than 70 communities through the Mayo Clinic Health System. Collectively, these locations treat more than half a million people each year.

 

For more information, visit: www.mayoclinic.org

Exercisabilities is hiring!

Job Description: Physical Therapist/PT Assistant May 25, 2017

Exercisabilities, Inc is a progressive, young, and growing nonprofit practice in Rochester, MN.
Exercisabilites, Inc is a physical therapy and medical fitness facility with a unique model of
blending physical therapy with medical fitness to service special populations including
neurologic disorders, geriatrics, and chronic pain management for all ages. We also offer
aquatic therapy, group exercise and specialized personal training, NRN based neurologic recovery for SCI and brain injury, PWR! parkinson’s exercise, and a falls prevention program.

We are looking for a PT or PTA for a temporary position part-time 15-20 hours per week to cover a 12 – week maternity leave starting in July, 2017. This position could have future potential for permanent employment following the temporary assignment.

As a team member at Exercisabilities, Inc, you will:

– Work as a team with the exercise staff in transitioning patients to our exercise programs.
– Be a participating member of the physical therapy team
– Accurately and thoroughly document patient care findings
– Maintain high level of professional conduct maintaining confidentiality and excellent patient care.
– Demonstrate continuous improvement seeking new knowledge to both advance your career
goals as well as your quality of professional interventions and interactions through many
avenues of learning with journal readings, education sessions, and asking questions of peers
both in and out of work time.

Qualifications:
– Degree from an accredited Physical Therapy or PTA School with active MN License
– Previous 2 years experience with geriatrics, neurologic, outpatient orthopedic, and/or aquatic therapy desired or internship at Exercisabilities
– Strong interest in working with many different diagnoses in a community based setting.
– Good organizational skills
– Ability to work as a team
– Communication skills that include receiving feedback well, being open to direction and advice
to change treatment plan, and active listening skills
– motivation to improve current skills and learn new skills that may not be current mainstream
physical therapy approaches but are research and evidence based
– Ability to be motivating and positive to all clients of all ages and abilities
– Confidence in clinical skills and independence

Please apply at Exercisabilities, Inc

info@exercisabilitiespt.org or melanie@exercisabilitiespt.org
507-259-7570
www.exercisabilitiespt.org

A Trainer’s Perspective on Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

By Zach Curry, CPT

I have been working with clients who are living with PD for the past three years now. I wasn’t sure how it was going to go or how I was going to feel about it. All I had ever heard when it came to Parkinson’s was that it was a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s and dementia and that researchers were trying to find a causation and a cure. When I first started with my clients I was a bit timid, I mean after all these people had this disease that affected their motor skills and I didn’t want somebody getting hurt during one of my classes. However, the more I got into the class the more I realized that people living with PD are not looking to be coddled. They want to be pushed, they want to be challenged because they know that’s how they will improve. The more we worked out of our comfort zone (always thinking safety first) the more we improved. Not only were they working hard but they were consistent. They came to class at least three days a week; and when they left for vacation they would exercise on their own. Intensity and consistency seem to be the formula for success when it comes to exercise and PD.

Exercise without a doubt is one of the most important factors for those living with PD who are seeking some relief. However, in addition to exercise one of the biggest factors I noticed for improving mood and overall wellbeing was comradery. Every time we get together I hear them asking each other about different symptoms someone may be dealing with, asking about each other’s family, discussing different research they may have read. They build each other up, they encourage each other to work hard, to put in a big effort and they even tease each other a little bit (only when they aren’t teasing their instructors though). They aren’t just workout partners to each other they are someone else they can depend on, someone they can go to when it feels like no one else truly understands what they are going through. It becomes so much more than just a fitness class, it becomes a place of relief. They are there for each other through the highs and the lows and for now, that’s what beating this disease is about. It’s about standing side by side and fighting it as one. If you have a loved one living with PD I highly suggest enrolling them into a fitness class, especially a class that is specific to Parkinson’s. It may not be a cure but it will improve their quality of life.

Exercisabilities holds both a high level PWR! 2 class and a gentle chair based class, PWR! 1, several times per week.  PWR! Boxing is also offered 1 afternoon a week.  Classes are Monday through Friday.  See Exercisabilitiespt.org for schedule and call 507-259-7570 to schedule your free fitness assessment to get started.

Yoga Comes to Exercisabilities!

Exercisabilities is excited to add Yoga to our class offerings in May!  Sara Atkinson, formally of Breath Yoga Studios, will begin to offer classes in our mind body studio on May 16th.  She brings more than 10 years of yoga teaching experience in the Rochester area.   Classes will include many different types of yoga with a focus on breath and movement awareness.  Sara has worked in consultation with Dr. Melanie Brennan, DPT, to develop themed classes around specific areas of the mind and body that may need addressed for decreased pain, improved movement, and emotional balance.  Her classes often have a combination of Pranayama (breath work), Vinyasa (move with breath), Yin and Restorative Yoga.  See the attached schedule for May and June for class listing.  Classes include Integral Yoga, Breathwork and Yoga for Pain Management, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Neck, Shoulders, and Back, Yoga for Emotional Balance, Yoga for Better Balance, and Back Care and Core Strength.

Classes are just $10.00 per class or $45 unlimited class 1 month pass.  Take advantage of our Mind Body Intro Offer of 50% off your first session OR your first unlimited class 1 month pass!  To see the full schedule online and register/pay,  go to get.mndbdy.ly/s1ud/3x8jQZJZBr to get the Mind Body Mobile App or  or click here  to view the schedule online.  You can also call our office at 507-259-7570 to register.  Drop in’s welcome if space allows.

We will see you on the mat!