Orthopedic professionals such as physicians and physical therapists often refer to the human body’s kinetic chain – the notion that all bones, joints and “links” are connected, and that movement in one area can affect function in all areas.

While not officially part of the kinetic chain, it turns out the human brain is affected by (and can benefit from) bodily movement and exercise, as well.

The evidence connecting the body and the mind was so strong, in fact, that in late December of 2017, the American Academy of Neurology issued new guidelines suggesting that exercising twice a week may improve thinking and memory in people with mild cognitive impairment.

“Regular physical exercise has long been shown to have heart health benefits, and now we can say exercise may help improve memory for people with mild cognitive impairment,” said Ronald Petersen, M.C., Ph.D., director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Mayo Clinic. “What’s good for your heart can be good for your brain.”

Exercise may also slow down the rate at which a person progresses from mild cognitive impairment to more serious conditions, such as dementia, said authors of the new guidelines.

“If we can push [cognitive impairment] back two, three, five years, that’s a big deals,” Petersen added.

Across the world, about 6 percent of people in their 60s experience mild cognitive impairment, or mental impairment that exceeds that of normal aging. The number jumps to above 37 percent for people 85 and older.

But regular exercise, said Joe Northey, a researcher from the Research Institute for Sports and Exercise, may improve these numbers.

“Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week, there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done,” said Northey who, in 2017, studied how the amount of one’s exercise can affect brain function.

According to the Mayo Clinic, adults who regularly engage in moderate aerobic exercise five to six times each week can reduce their risk of mild cognitive impairments (memory loss and comprehension) by up to 32 percent. They attribute these benefits to increased blood flow to the brain.

In addition to a boost in memory, physical exercise also improves mental function by boosting mood, helping with sleep, and reducing stress and anxiety.

“The links between depression, anxiety and exercise aren’t entirely clear — but working out and other forms of physical activity can definitely ease symptoms of depression or anxiety and make you feel better,” the Mayo Clinic states on its website. “Exercise may also help keep depression and anxiety from coming back once you’re feeling better.”

A physical therapist is professionally trained to assess and treat people who are dealing with pain, injury, physical deficiencies and other issues that make it difficult for them move or exercise regularly. If a physical roadblock is keeping you from striving toward both a sound body and mind, a physical therapist can help put you on path toward improved health and happiness.

June 15th, 2020

Dear Patrons of Move Strong,

Move Strong Physical Therapy is excited to announce that, pending Multnomah County’s approval to move to Phase 1, we are planning on re-opening our clinic doors on June 19th. Please call if you would like to make an appointment at 503-451-3750.

You will see some changes when you return to Move Strong. Our customer service, high level of patient care, and commitment to making you better all remain the same.

How we are keeping you safe:

Our staff will wear face masks all of the time while in the building, and face shields when we are very close to patients.

Our staff’s temperatures will be checked prior to the start of each workday.

We may schedule appointments to be 45-50 minutes long to ensure enough time to thoroughly clean equipment and the room between visits.

For those patients who may be at higher risk for COVID-19, our telehealth services are still available, and we encourage you to utilize them.

How we ask you to keep us safe:

You will be asked to answer some screening questions when you schedule your appointment, as well as at check in. You will have your temperature taken via non-contact ways.

We ask that you do not attend therapy if you have any of the following symptoms in the 5 days prior to your appointment

-Cough, fever over 100 degrees difficulty breathing or new shortness of
breath, muscle cramping, sore throat, nausea or diarrhea.

-We ask that you are symptom free for 5 days without medications before
returning to therapy.

-If you have had exposure to a known person who has COVID or is
suspected of having COVID, we ask that you do not come to therapy for
14 days.

Please wear a mask while inside of our building, and only bring a guest if they are needed for assistance.

You will see plexiglass around our reception desk to help both you and our staff.

Please make payments via credit or debit card; we cannot accept cash at this time.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this uncertain and challenging time. We look forward to seeing you in our clinic or via telehealth soon, and are doing everything we can to keep you and our staff healthy. We may need to change these policies as we are in practice and appreciate your flexibility.

Ariel