Pictured: Gerald Gallagher and Alison Brant, United Helpers staff

Improve Your Swing at Physical Therapy

When you suffer from a fall or serious injury, many people have disbelief that they will ever be able to regain the balance, muscle strength and/or endurance to do the things that they love to do in their daily life. The physical therapy team at the United Helpers’ Maplewood Campus disagrees with this assumption. By using their knowledge of the body and the understanding of the patient’s strengths and weakness, the physical therapists at Maplewood tailor each therapy session to the individual’s needs and interests in order to generate results in a fun, friendly environment.

Gerald A. Gallagher, 90, formerly of Waddington and currently living at United Helpers Partridge Knoll Retirement Community is an avid golfer and has been for years. “At 45 years old I was the St. Lawrence Golf Course Champion and two years later I was the Waddington Golf Course Champion,” said Gallagher.

When Mr. Gallagher fell earlier this year and needed physical therapy, Alison Brant, the physical therapist working with him, decided to incorporate his passion for golf into his physical therapy. After only a few sessions, both Gallagher and Brant have seen improvement. “By incorporating elements of golf into Mr. Gallagher’s rehab program he works on balance, weight-shifting, general strengthening and posture in a way that is familiar and fun for him, “ Brant said. “ All of these things contribute to him being better able to walk and get around on a daily basis with more confidence and independence.”

United Helpers offers out-patient and sub acute therapy services at Maplewood Campus in Canton. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 386-4541. Sub acute therapy is also available at the Ogdensburg Campus located at 8101 State Highway 37. For more information, or to schedule an appointment in Ogdensburg, please call 393-0730.

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