How Occupational Therapy Can Address Sleep Performance

By Spencer Perry, MSOT, OTR/L, Outreach Occupational Therapist. Chances are, that at some point, you have had a night where you tossed and turned, struggling to piece together an hour or two of sleep. The next day can feel like it drags on and you are fighting a battle to think clearly and do even the most basic tasks.

Occupational Therapy’s Role in Fall Prevention

By Danielle Conklin, OTR/L, Outreach Senior Occupational Therapist. Year after year, falls continue to be a top threat to the health and safety of the older adult population. As per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019 falls contributed to 34,000 deaths, 3 million emergency room visits, and over $50 billion in medical costs to those who are 65 years and older.

Physical Therapy as a Form of Intervention for Cognitive Decline

By Alex Greenspan, MSPT, Outreach CEO. When you think of therapy for cognitive decline, what do you picture? Is it a Speech-Language Pathologist working on memory tasks? Is it an Occupational Therapist adapting the patient’s environment so that they can function better within it?

How Speech-Language Pathology May Help You Text and Email

By Ashley Goussak, M.A., CCC-SLP Have you ever had the feeling where you know what word you want to say, but the correct word won’t come out? That “tip of the tongue” feeling happens to many of us occasionally, but for people who have a brain injury, including a cerebral vascular accident – also known as a stroke.

Post-Pandemic Impact: How Screening for Social Frailty Might Save a Life

By Kyung-eun (Lilly) Park, PT, DPT Outreach Physical Therapist As we surpass two years since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are faced with issues resulting from the very strategy that helped to save lives: social isolation. Many…

Are Hip Precautions Still Necessary After Total Hip Arthroplasty?

By Andrew Wolfanger, PT, DPT Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) is a highly effective surgical procedure for those suffering from significant pain and disability due to end stage osteoarthritis. The procedure has been shown to consistently reduce…

Brain Fog

By Jan Michael Bacalzo PT, DPT, Outreach Physical Therapist and Melissa Roque, MS CCC-SLP, Outreach Speech-Language Pathologist Rachel is a 40-year-old working mother. One afternoon, as she was going back to her car after grocery shopping,…

Inspiratory Muscle Training and Low Back Pain

By David Wallace, PT, DPT The diaphragm is a thin pancake-shaped muscle that sits between the thoracic and abdominal cavities. Its main function is its ability to contract, thereby expanding the lungs and enabling us to draw in a breath. However,…

3 Ways an SLP Can Help With Eating and Swallowing During the Holidays

By Meghan Ahern, MS CCC-SLP As the holiday season approaches, a common unspoken theme runs through many of our activities. We lovingly spend hours preparing a roast turkey. We honor our family traditions by breaking out a battered recipe…

Urinary Incontinence in Older Adults

By Lacey Salberg, PT, DPT, Outreach Physical Therapist Is urinary incontinence (UI) a health problem that Physical Therapists can address? The answer is yes! While UI may be a common symptom among older people, it is not an inevitable part…

Building Therapeutic Relationships with Your Clients: Face-to-Face or Telehealth in the Age of COVID

By Stacey R. Lav, OTR/L As occupational therapists, we provide opportunities over prescriptions. Therapeutic relationships are key in the overall success of our clients and are a big part in motivating the client to participate in their plan…

Misconceptions Regarding Occupational Therapy and 5 Domains to Consider

"You help people who don't like their jobs?" "What is occupational therapy?" "Why do you work with older people if most of them are already retired?" "What can you help me with, I don't work anymore?" These are questions I have heard for…

Occupational Therapy Benefits On Patient With Parkinsons Disease

Parkinsons Disease is a chronic progressive neurological disease that is linked to decreased dopamine production in the substantia nigra and presents typically with symptoms of tremor of resting muscles, rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance, and a shuffling gait.

Numerous Benefits of Resistance Training in Older Adults

Resistance training for elderly patients is a powerful therapeutic tool with endless benefits. We conventionally think of resistance training as a tool to improve muscle strength, ease of transfers, and stair negotiation, but it doesn’t end there.

Outreach Rehabilitation Announces Partnership with Bright Side Manor Senior Living located in Teaneck, NJ.

Read this special announcement on the partnership of Outreach Rehabilitation and Bright Side Manor.

Preventing Injury with Heart Rate Variability

In recent years, with the advent of the smart watch, smart phone, and fit bit, the general public has become increasingly fixated on taking their health into their own hands. Learn more.

Laryngeal Penetration In The Normal Swallow

Dagger (2006) examined a group of healthy normal individuals and found that laryngeal penetration was a common occurrence in the swallow. Starting at age 50 she found penetration to occur in 16.8% of swallow. Learn more.

Blood Flow Restriction Training

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) is a relatively new advent to the strength training and rehab world, and has been (rightfully) receiving quite a bit of attention, and research. Learn more.

Addressing Well-Being of Caregivers of People with Major Neurocognitive Disorders

83% of help provided to older adults in the United States come informally from family members, friends, or other unpaid caregivers, and about half of these caregivers provide help to an older adult with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Learn more.

Resistance Training And Its Effect On Older Adults

Older adults exhibit a progressive decrease in muscle mass with aging, termed sarcopenia. An estimated 40-50% decrease in muscle mass is seen between ages 25-80. Learn more.