What Direct Access Means For You!

If you recently experienced an injury or suffer from chronic pain that just will not go away, no referral or prescription is necessary to be seen right away by a physical therapist.

Currently, in forty-eight states and the District of Columbia, government ruling has enabled patients “direct access” for Physical Therapy services. In other words, individuals are allowed to go directly to a physical therapy clinic of their choice, and receive the resources and treatment they require for their rehabilitative treatment.

Direct access empowers an individual to take back control of their health, by allowing them to choose an approach that will best suit their needs in their recovery and rehabilitation. The laws also enables the Physical Therapist the right to establish a plan of care and design a treatment program for their patient. This direct method creates an atmosphere of one-on-one care; permitting the therapist to construct personalized recommendations for the individual. After all, when it comes to rehabilitation, “it’s all about the people”.

Ivyrehab accepts most insurance plans (which our office gets pre-approval from your insurance carrier) and will submit your office visit treatments for payment. You will be responsible for your co-payment depending on your particular insurance policy. Individuals that have Medicare, No fault or Workers Compensation Insurance will require a prescription to be seen for their first office visit.

For additional information and to be seen right away for an evaluation and treatment contact Ivyrehab Briarcliff at (914) 762-2222; or Ivyrehab Jefferson Valley at (914) 245-8807. You can also visit our website at www.ivyrehab.com.

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Staying on track, out of town.

Kendra2Earlier this fall, I traveled out of town for a few days on a business trip. I was excited, but also worried about staying aligned with my diet and fitness goals on the road. In the past, I haven’t been great about navigating or recovering from interruptions to my usual routine. This time, I spent some time packing and planning in advance.

Here’s what I did:

I packed multiple changes of workout clothes, and an alarm clock, which allowed me to grab a fresh set of clothes whenever I could squeeze in a few minutes at the hotel gym.

I packed a ton of healthy snacks, and tracked my calorie intake using an iPhone app. (I use MyFitnessPal.) On a business trip, you eat out a lot, and it can be hard to “guesstimate” an accurate entry for meals. By having healthy snacks to munch on during the day, I was able to keep my take-out meals (and the guesswork) to a minimum.

I brought my new MyZone 3 belt to track my workouts. By using the smartphone app to view my heart rate zone during my workout, I was able to make the best use of my limited workout time, just like when I’m at the Club.

I carried a water bottle to refill between work sessions to stay hydrated. This helped keep food cravings to a minimum, and kept me feeling great while I spent most of my day sitting in a seminar.

Sounds perfect, right? I am the queen of planning! I am a superhero and none shall put my forward momentum asunder! Still, the best laid plans can go awry, and I did learn some very important lessons. Here’s what I also could have done to set myself up for success.

Brought a lightweight exercise or yoga mat for my hotel room. I was surprised to find that the hotel gym was even smaller than my super-tiny hotel room. There was one elliptical machine, one recumbent bike, one treadmill, one rack of free weights, and not much room to swing a sweat towel, or even do some simply bodyweight exercises. Having extra cushioning for the floor in my hotel room would have helped me use that space for stretching, yoga, or a little core work.

Packed a bigger variety of healthy snacks, and more than I thought I needed. I brought enough to sustain me during my time out of town, but by the end of the trip, what I missed was choices. On my last day, I just didn’t feel like peanut butter chocolate chip protein bars anymore. I’d rather carry home a few uneaten snacks, but have enjoyed my snacks along the way, than get sick and tired of some of my favorites.

Penciled in workouts on my calendar for the days AFTER I returned. Sometime after I returned home, I was shocked when I realized that three days had passed without exercising. Even though I had kept myself on track pretty well during my trip, somehow that attention just flew out the window when I got back! I should have written a workout into my calendar for the days following, to ensure that making time for exercise was an intentional part of resuming my normal schedule.

Any other tips, Club Fitters? What has worked for you?

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Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Jennifer Padilla

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Briarcliff Manor – Receptionist

Jen graduated from Mercy College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science in Psychology. She is currently working towards her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Iona College. In her free time Jen enjoys reading, listening to music and playing soccer. Jen likes Club Fit for its atmosphere and is looking forward to working with the team.

Welcome New Club Fit Staff Member – Patrick Lynch

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Jefferson Valley – Referee

Pat received his BA from St. John’s University.  He also attended NYU to pursue a graduate degree in journalism.  Pat is the father of Connor and Emily, and the grandfather of Gavin.  Pat’s wife, Rosemary, has been a member of Club Fit since 1985.  Pat worked as an insurance investigator for 40 years.  He has officiated high school girls’ basketball for over 20 years.