Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness
Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness is an outpatient physical therapy practice specializing in care and prevention of orthopedic injuries.
Our focus is on YOU and our mission is to improve your quality of life by:
- providing expert, one-on-one patient care
- providing patient, caregiver, community and staff education
- promoting wellness
As our patient, you can expect care from highly-educated and skilled clinicians who exhibit integrity and professionalism. And you can expect convenience - we have early morning and late afternoon appointments available, and participate with most major insurances. * No physician referral is required for most insurances.*
Advanced Physical Therapy and Fitness can provide you with an individualized treatment plan to:
- Help you move better
- Ease your pain
- Help you recover from surgery
- Teach you how to care for yourself
- Help you prevent injury
- Improve your quality of life
We accept most insurance plans including Medicare, worker's compensation and auto. Please call us at 717-790-9994 for information about your insurance coverage.
Exercise: A Natural Remedy for Depression
As many people know, exercise helps prevent or improve a multitude of health problems, including high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis. However, research on depression and anxiety shows that the psychological and physical effects of exercise can also help improve mood and reduce anxiety.
How does it work? Scientists aren't entirely clear on the link between exercise and its effect on mood but they do know it has many benefits to the body and mind. Regular exercise may help ease depression by stimulating the release of endorphins, natural “feel-good” brain chemicals that improve your sense of well-being. Activity also helps take your mind off of your worries which helps reduce the cycle of negative thoughts that can feed depression. For many people they find that exercise improves their self confidence, gives them a healthy coping mechanism for stress and it encourages social interaction.
You may wonder how much and what type of exercise you should try, especially since depression may make exercise the last thing you want to do. The good news is, you can exercise in a number of ways. Walking, running, playing sports or taking exercise classes can all get your heart and body moving. But you can also increase your activity with smaller changes such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, doing yard work or parking farther away from work or school.
Completing 30 minutes or more of exercise a day for 3-5 days a week may significantly improve depression symptoms, but even smaller amounts may make a difference.
You should check with a health professional before beginning a new exercise program to ensure that it is safe for you. Exercise can be a helpful part of managing your depression, however please continue to follow the advice and treatment provided by a mental health professional.
Stephany Primrose, P.T.