800 South Raymond Avenue 3rd Floor
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone (626) 795-0800
Fax (626) 795-0854
488 E. Santa Clara St. Suite 101
Arcadia, CA 91006
Fax (626) 446-0495
|What is Physical Therapy?
Where does pain come from?
What happens when we get older?
Living a Healthy Life style!
Welcome to Active Rehabilitation!
You will be working with an exceptional team of professionals and we encourage you to read about our individual therapists.Our main objective is to get you to your full potential regarding function and pain. We also focus on giving you the best service possible. Please feel free to ask us questions or give us advice about any possible improvements we can make.
First, we will examine the injury and determine the cause of it. It is not good enough to treat the symptoms, we need to solve the cause of the problem. There is great variety in causes possible (bad posture, weakness, tightness, wrong shoes, bad training methods, etc.). Based on the diagnosis, the cause, and the symptoms, we make a plan of action, your treatment plan. We will explain your injury to you, the treatment plan, and what you can do to speed up the healing process.
Your first appointment will lasts about 1 hour. Follow-up appointments are between 30 to 60 minutes depending on your injury and the therapist's assessment of what is necessary.
To help you the most from the very beginning please do the following:
To schedule an appointment, call us at (626) 795-0800. Appointments can be made anytime from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday, and from 7:00am till 11:30am on Saturday. There is no charge for changing or cancelling your appointment as long as you give us at least 24 hours notice prior to your scheduled time.
We work with many health plans and insurance companies. There are some insurance plans, however, that we are not able to work with and still maintain our services at a good level of care. Although most insurance companies do cover physical therapy, what they cover specifically varies greatly. When calling our office to make an appointment, we will call your insurance and find out your benefits. We will let you know what your insurance will cover and if you are responsible for a part of the cost. Whenever you have any questions regarding insurance, billing or payment options, please don't hesitate to call us at (626) 795-0800.
Please print out and fill out all forms and bring them with you during your first visit! This will save you and your therapist lots of time.
Twice a month we send out free health letters to our community via email or fax. When you sign up for this free services you will also receive 4 free new health books about low back pain, posture, arthritis, and 10 best health tips!
What sets us apart from the traditional fitness centers?
We are bridging the gap between medicine and fitness. We use proven programs based on medically acceptable research and protocols. We have started the Fit for Life Program to provide a non-intimidating work-out environment overseen by physical therapists and certified exercise specialists with at least four years of exercise science. We provide top quality professionals who are specialized with out-of-shape individuals. We understand people who haven't worked out much or who have a specific injury or ailment (high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, cardiac problems, cancer, arthritis, balance problems, etc. We will also provide a Progress Report to your Primary Physician regarding the improvements you have made. Every 60 days we use the newest diagnostic technology to evaluate your metabolic rate, fat percentage, BMI, strength, and other functions to determine your progress. From there we will adjust your program to ensure continuous improvement.
Physical therapy involves using a variety of techniques to help you function better. We will be able to help your muscles, joints, ligaments, your nervous system, and your general condition (heart & lungs) function at its maximum capacity. Our goal is to help you become pain free and to achieve the best condition possible. Physical therapists are university educated and Board Certified professionals.
There are many causes of pain, but the most common causes of pain are:
1. Bad posture.
Bad posture result in increased stress on muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerve tissue, and joints. This inceased stress results in gradual deterioration of tissues. The quality of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints can decrease so much that even normal activities of daily living will irritate these tissues. This can result in inflammation (tendinitis, arthritis), partial- or even full tears.
For example: prolonged backward tilt of the pelvis (sloughing), can lead to a rounded shoulder position, creating an impingement of a rotator cuff tendon, leading to shoulder tendonitis.
2. Bad mechanics.
Due to muscular imbalance or "joint-stiffness" physiological movements can be altered, resulting into increased stress and deterioration of several tissues.
For example: when we lift an object with a rounded lower back because our quadriceps are too weak, we increase the stress on our lumber spine discs, making it vulnerable to "spraining", or even worse "tearing" it (herniated disc).
We make it a priority to find the real cause of your injury. This is our specialty. Only when treating the cause we truly help you and we will be able to prevent re-injury.
It is All About Quality Of Life:
When we get older, all of us experience our bodies do not work as well as when we were younger. From about the age of thirty years old, our bodies slowly start to function less effectively. The way we function, which determines our quality of life , depends mainly on the level of our condition, our fitness level.
What Is Condition?
Condition consists out of five aspects:
Have You Experienced Some Of The Following Symptoms?
The natural aging process decreases all five components of condition. This will result in the following symptoms: we get weaker, more easily tired (have less energy), stiffer, balance problems, slower, and more aches and pains. Have you experienced one or more symptoms?
The Good News:
Although it is inevitable to experience a natural decrease in performance, the good news is that all people can improve their condition. In other words, the process of de-conditioning is reversible, no matter what their current level of condition or age is. Even when you are in your seventies or eighties, you will be able to improve your condition by 5, 10, or 15 years. In other words, if you are eighty and you start taking care of yourself by exercising regularly, you will be able to function as if you are seventy years old.
There Is Only One Way!
There is only ONE way of improving your condition: exercise. There is no magic pill that will improve it.
It Is Never Too Late To Make A Change:
When we are in our 20s and 30s, we get away with not taking good care of our bodies. Once we start to hit our forties our bodies need regular tune-ups. If we neglect these warnings we start to pay a more serious price in our fifties and up. The way we function in our seventies depends largely on how we have taken care of our bodies on our fifties and sixties. Ultimately in our eighties and nineties, the difference fitness makes is the difference between being dependent or independent.
We are here to help you get in the best condition possible in the safest and most efficient way. To start your “Fit for Life” Program please make an appointment at the front desk or call us at (626)795-0800.
Be physically active!!!
Never resign yourself to the couch and think that "exercise is not for me". The ONLY WAY to prevent the following symptoms of aging (getting weaker, getting easier tired, getting stiffer, decreased balance, moving slower, and having aches and pains) is by exercising! To create a better quality of life, and to extend your life, you need to get active! Medication, massage, easy walking/gardening, even good nutrition won't get you in a better condition. Although these things can make you feel better and some are even necessary, they won't increase your strentgh, endurance, flexibility, coordination or speed. Be committed to be active for the rest of your life. You need to be active at least five times per week: speed walking, swimming, biking, jogging, etc. And at least twice per week strengthening training. Keep those muscles strong and active for the rest of your life!