how can exercise help you keep your diabetes under control and decrease complications

A regular exercise program 2-3 times per week for 45 to 60 minutes can help you maintain better health. For those with diabetes the benefits are incredible!

A Regular Exercise Program Can……

  • Decrease your blood glucose (sugar)  level
  • Decrease your blood pressure
  • Increase your HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Decrease trigylcerides
  • Decrease stress level
  • Increase the strength of heart, muscle and your bones
  • Improve joint flexibility
  • Help with weight loss

We can help by setting you up with an exercise program in a supportive and safe environment so you can reach your goals!

Call us today or check out our fitness Program on our website.

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes has become an epidemic in this country. With the increased rate of obesity and the increased rate of sedentary lifestyles we are seeing type 2 diabetes in younger people even as young as teenagers. Maintaining your weight as close to your ideal weight and exercising regularly can prevent type 2 diabetes. If you have not had your fasting blood glucose (sugar) level checked you should! Elevated blood glucose levels may be the first indication that you are at risk or have type 2 diabetes.

Here are some Things You Can do to Prevent the Development of Type 2 Diabetes

  • Stop smoking
  • maintain your blood pressure within normal with medication if necessary
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes whole grains, vegetables, fruits, non or low fat dairy products and lean meats.
  • Be aware of portion control.
  • Exercise regularly including aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises.



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Where Does pain Come From

 There are several causes of pain, and they can be related to the mind, the body or caused by general stress. We live in a stressful world, and the most common causes of pain are:

1) Strain associated with day to day life
We live in a world that is increasingly stressful. Strain associated with professional or personal pressure can force additional strain on your overloaded, weak muscles. We make it a priority to strengthen your muscles in a systematic, progressive manner so you can finally live the pain free life that you deserve.

 2) Anatomical problems associated with bones, discs
The wrong type of motion and lifting techniques can cause a breakdown of weak tissues. We teach you the best way to use your muscles and joint and enable you to move and function with optimum efficiency

3) Deterioration in joints
The gradual deterioration of joint integrity is an unfortunate effect of aging. Repeated motion associated with activities can cause muscle weakness and joint destruction, especially if an individual is overweight. We enable you to be become stronger and healthier, thereby minimizing the effects of joint deterioration.




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What to Avoid

 We pride ourselves in quality and commitment towards our patients. You want to avoid facilities that are run like factories and take their time to schedule you or treat you the right way. You also want to avoid facilities with outdated equipment and therapists with little or no experience.

What sets us apart is our commitment to quality and reputation. We are known as the leading providers of physical therapy in our community and make every effort to uphold the highest standards in customer service. Our testimonials speak for themselves. We will provide you with personalized, individual care that you will not find in any other physical therapy facility, period.

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What is Physical Therapy

 Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who evaluate and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

The physical therapist as the person who helps patients function better and feel more confident. The Physical therapist is:

  • Known as: Coach/Teacher
  • Delivers: Knowledge
  • Offers: Independence
  • Focus: Understanding
  • Traits: Experts, advisers



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Healthy Lifestyle

Self Help Tips For a Pain-Free Life

Never push yourself past your own limit
Remember, each one of us has a certain limit. Always judge your limits, instinctively on a scale of 1 to 10. For example, 1 is relaxing on a Saturday reading the newspaper. 5 is carrying groceries. 8 is carrying groceries and walking up the stairs at a fast pace, while you are out of breath and 10 is 10 is a maximum effort, where your heart races faster than ever before. As a general rule, never push yourself to beyond 6-7, especially if you have a prior injury or are recovering from an injury. Always push yourself under the supervision of a licensed physical therapist at Biancos Physical Therapy.

Be physically active
You must keep your bones, muscles and joints in a constant state of motion. Never resign yourself to the couch, or think that ‘exercise is not for me”. The best way to fight pain and recover from injury is to stay active and maintain your fitness level.

Stretch and strengthen your muscles at least twice a week.
Make sure your muscles are properly stretched and strengthened under the supervision of your physical therapist. It is common for aches and sprains to occur, as a direct result of muscles that are tight (inflexible) or weak.



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Tips on Choosing a Physical Therapist


  1. Make sure your physical therapist is licensed.  Physical therapists are licensed professionals with an education focused on the major systems of the body. They have in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems.
  2. Visit the office – meet the therapist and staff. Ask questions about the treatment, length of treatment, follow up, etc.
  3. Ask the therapist if they are familiar with treating your issue. An office that deals mostly with stroke patients may not be as comfortable with a patient who just had a knee replacement.
  4. Ask if the therapist does hands on or manual therapy. You want the attention of the licensed professional to have the best outcome.
  5. You can choose to go anywhere. Your physician cannot insist you to go to his or her facility or a facility they may have an interest in – it is unethical and illegal.
  6. Ask if the office is in-network with your insurance. Many offices will say they take your insurance but if they are out of network a large deductible may apply.





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What Can physical therapists do for you?

Here are some of the highlights!!!!

Improve Mobility & Motion

Whether it is help getting moving again after an injury, illness or surgery physical therapists are focused on improving individuals’ mobility and function. They can do this through a structured physical therapy program or developing an individualized exercise program.

Reduce the Risk of Injury

Physical therapists are experts at proper body mechanics and understand the way the body works. Developing personalized treatment programs to work on strength, flexibility and conditioning is the key to avoiding future injuries. 

Improve Balance and Prevent Falls

Improving balance and coordination through a physical therapy program helps to prevent falls. Therapists are also trained to identify fall risks whether it is improper footware, poor eyesight or need of an assistive device like a cane.

Recover From Stroke

A stroke can impact one’s functional activity by causing weakness, muscle atrophy and fear. Improving strength, flexibility and regaining confidence to start moving again can be the difference in the recovery progress. Out-patient physical therapy is the perfect environment for the best outcome.

Avoid Surgery

Although it is not always possible to avoid surgeries physical therapy can reduce pain and improve function without the risk of surgery in some cases. Even if surgery is indicated pre-hab –physical therapy prior to surgery can improve recovery.

Eliminate or Reduce Pain

Physical therapists have techniques that can improve or eliminate pain many times with less or no pain medication.



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