Rehabilitation With A Difference
Expert Physical Therapists
Academic training, broad experience, superior communication abilities, and an open heart are the criteria used to select Nifty after Fifty physical therapists. Most of our physical therapists hold master’s degrees and have practiced extensively in a variety of clinical settings. All are experienced in and enjoy working with mature adults.
Our physical therapists utilize the latest techniques in orthopedic rehabilitation, soft tissue/ joint mobilization, and sports medicine. They are experienced and skilled in working with a variety of conditions, including lower-back pain, arthritis, fractures, and recovery from joint replacement, cardiac, and other surgeries.
Patients receive personalized care from our expert physical therapists. At Nifty after Fifty, our physical therapists form trusting, healing partnerships with patients. Physical therapy is open to all ages, and each patient is supported with warmth, caring, and encouragement on the path to full recovery. Follow-up and patient feedback is routine. Therapy appointments are conveniently scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. Nifty after Fifty accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare.
Nifty after Fifty has outfitted its centers with Keiser fitness equipment, specifically designed and clinically proven to provide optimal conditioning for mature adults. As appropriate, rehabilitative therapy may include use of specific equipment, clinically supervised by our physical therapists. With pneumatic designs, the Keiser equipment uses air pressure rather than weights to create resistance. This prevents shock loading to connective tissues and joints, which is particularly important for recuperating patients. Air pressure is adjustable in 1/10 pound increments rather than the 2-1/2 to 5 pound increments used with traditional weight equipment. This allows for increasing resistance in tiny steps that are both comfortable for patients and supportive of optimal recovery. Our centers also have Power Plates®, which use advanced vibrational technology to improve muscle strength, flexibility, and bone density.
Stimulus For Self-Care
After recovery, many patients are motivated to become Nifty after Fifty members to maintain and improve their strength, mobility, and stability. Unlike other fitness facilities, our members are seen for workouts only at scheduled appointments and are personally supervised by college-degreed kinesiology specialists. For new members who previously received physical therapist services, the initial fitness assessment and program design are a collaborative effort of the member’s physical therapist and fitness coach. The physical therapist also remains available for consultations with the member’s fitness coach for program adjustments.
The unique Nifty after Fifty approach to healthy aging has captured the attention of a variety of local and national media, including TIME magazine, USA Today, CBS, NBC, and ABC. To see media clips, click here.
Of course, the best way to learn more is to visit us. To schedule a meeting and personalized tour with a physical therapist, please call your local Nifty after Fifty center.
What Recovered Patients Are Saying
After a bad fall on a tile floor, I had to have a rod surgically implanted in my arm. As part of my recuperation plan, my doctor referred me to Nifty after Fifty for physical therapy. My physical therapist was so caring, and even called me the day after my treatments to ask how I was. After a few months of physical therapy, I was able to drive my car again, and now I’m back to playing golf and swimming.
Sarah, age 47
During a tennis match, I tore my Achilles tendon, which required reconstructive surgery and physical therapy. I’m the independent type, who doesn’t like to be fussed over. But I must admit that I very much liked my physical therapist and the way in which he helped me recover during our 12 weeks together. Since I enjoyed using the equipment and my fellow exercisers, I joined the center. Six months later, I’m in the best shape ever and back on the tennis court.
Art, age 54
Older and Wiser: Strength training can produce quantifiable effects on function of seniors with a high risk of falls. Zinberg SS, Furman DS, Austin J., Advance for Directors in Rehabilitation, April 2007.
Study: The pilot study, conducted at a Nifty after Fifty facility, looked at 529 frail, high-risk mature adults enrolled in the Fitness Studio with an average age of 77. The focus group was compared to 2,723 adults not enrolled in the fitness studio.
Results: The exercise group, which engaged in 20- to 30-minute clinically-supervised training sessions using Keiser equipment twice a week for 12 weeks, demonstrated an average increase in maximum usable strength of 100%. After 12 months, the exercise group had .081 days/person of hospitalization and .062 days/person of nursing home care compared to the control group, which had 1.14 days/person of hospitalization and 1.47 days/person of nursing home care.
Conclusions: When a program is properly supervised, facilities can anticipate marked improvements with few or no complications.