Did you know that May is Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month?

On the heels of the 2021 Milliman Report’s state-based data addressing the differences in the economic and clinical impact of fractures suffered by older American, the Bone Health & Osteoporosis Foundation (BHOF) has asked state legislatures to reinforce May as Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month in order to spread awareness of the disease and its impact.  The State of Texas …

Our Ancestors May Have Held the Secret to Better Brain Health

It turns out that while our early ancestors spent their days out in the wilderness hunting and foraging for food, they may also have been keeping their brains sharp. Researchers at the University of Arizona have found a connection between the highly active lifestyle that was prevalent in those ancient days and the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and …

Sports: Benefits to Participation Throughout a Lifetime

It is common for Symmetry’s therapists to have clients tell us that they “used to be athletes”.  Often, people seem to think that participation in sports as youth athletes has set them up for whatever musculoskeletal aches and pains that they are experiencing later in life.  Someone might say “all that running must have been bad for my knees”, or …

To “RICE” or Not to “RICE”?

This post was written by Daniel Hernandez, a graduate physical therapy student in Texas State’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program.  Daniel is finishing up his last clinical internship at Symmetry and will graduate in May.  To “RICE” or not to “RICE”: the age-old question. The RICE method for treating acute injury has been around for decades and many individuals, including …

Update to Mask Wearing Policies at Symmetry

As of Monday, March 28th Symmetry has updated the mask-wearing policies for the clinic.  This policy change has been made in conjunction with the City of Austin and the Travis County Health Department’s recommendations and adjustments to county-wide policies. Masks will continue to be required in the clinic for all staff and visitors between the hours of 7:00 am & …

Patients Should Strive to Be More Educated Healthcare Consumers

Most people spend a lot of time researching and weighing options for a large purchase or a decision like changing a job. When it comes to healthcare, however, most people don’t do much research or consider options at all. A 2010 Gallup poll showed that 70% of people feel confident in their doctor’s advice and don’t feel the need to …

Elevate Your Heart Rate with Physical Therapy

Heart disease is a leading cause of death and disability. This shouldn’t be a surprise – it’s been at the top of the list for years. You know that taking care of your heart is important. That means doing things like eating right, avoiding smoking, and exercising regularly. For the purposes of this article, the focus is on cardiovascular exercise. …

Reset Yourself: 22 reasons to visit a Physical Therapist in 2022

(This article was published in the Austin American-Statesman on Jan 24th, 2022.  It was submitted via the USA Today Network by Dr. Virginia Reed, a physical therapist practicing in Fort Myers, Florida.) The pandemic threw off our health and wellness routines.  People changed their diets.  They broke fitness habits.  They skipped “non-essential” doctor’s appointments.  The last point is especially perplexing.  …

Expect to Get Better. You Probably Will.

Research has shown that positive expectations increase the chances of a good outcome. It’s the old self-fulfilling prophecy; your attitude determines your approach to situations. If you believe you’ll be successful, you’ll likely put in more effort. You’ll be more willing to try new things, take some risks and keep trying after failures or setbacks. A negative attitude will likely …