September Newsletter 2019

We are excited at Agile PT to be in our 11th year! As owner, I am proud to have been in connection to over 45,000 visits changing peoples lives. Agile PT has not wavered since our opening in 2008 with our focus in traditional and innovative medical values and treatment methods.

You may have noticed our appointment start times have changed. This change is a way to give more focused individualized care with less overlap. We know you will see, feel, and experience the difference without a compromise in our exclusive style of treatment.

Our new schedule relies on you being on time. Being late will result in a shortened treatment session ending on time or a charge for a missed session. Promptness will allow us to maximize your treatment time, facilitating your recovery.

Looking forward to the years to come!

Lisa Altamirano


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6 Sports for People With Parkinson's Disease

The effects of Parkinson's disease (PD) include difficulty with movement and thinking.

Although symptoms and their severity can vary widely, the chronic degenerative disease affects brain chemicals responsible for control of body movements, thought processes, decision making, moods, and body awareness and positioning.

However, this does not mean that people with PD can’t participate in sports they like; in fact, the opposite is true!

Research shows that a consistent exercise program, including fun sports activities, can improve all of those body functions, plus walking balance, strength, flexibility, and fitness in people with PD.

A physical therapist can help people with PD participate in these sports safely by conducting a physical evaluation and developing an individualized treatment plan that includes the person's preferred sport at the right level and intensity.

Sports and activities that have been shown by research to relieve symptoms of PD include:


The upper body motions of boxing (ie, punching, jabbing, protecting the face, aiming the fists) help to restore strength, endurance, body positioning and awareness, and hand–eye coordination. The lower body actions (ie, lunging, weight shifting from one foot to foot the other) help improve leg strength, endurance, and balance.


The repetitive motion of pedaling a bicycle has been shown to decrease tremors, improve walking ability and arm and leg control, increase endurance, strength, and sitting balance, and improve mood.

Tai chi

The slow and controlled flowing movement of tai chi has been found to help with coordination, body positioning and awareness, and standing balance.


The constant changing movement patterns in dance help improve coordination, flexibility, body positioning and awareness, balance while moving, and mood. Simply hearing music helps some people to move better, as music seems to stimulate brain signals to muscles in a different way. Many styles of dance have been shown to be effective, including ballroom, Latin, waltz, modern dance, two-stepping, and line dancing.


Training in "katas" (set sequence of karate moves) and fighting techniques improves balance, mood, and thinking ability.

Weight training

Lifting weights (or doing other kinds of “resistance” training) improves strength, endurance, and balance while moving. Weight lifting also reduces fatigue. Participating in any of these activities for up to 12 weeks has been shown to have long-lasting beneficial effects. Work with your physical therapist to pick the most appropriate sport for you.


Dahmen-Zimmer K, Jansen P. Karate and dance training to improve balance and stabilize mood in patients with Parkinson's disease: a feasibility study. Front Med (Lausanne). 2017;4:237. Free Article.

Subramanian I. Complementary and alternative medicine and exercise in nonmotor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2017;134:1163–1188. Article Summary in PubMed.

Hulbert S, Ashburn A, Roberts L, Verheyden G. Dance for Parkinson's: the effects on whole body co-ordination during turning around. Complement Ther Med. 2017;32:91–97. Article Summary in PubMed.

Storzer L, Butz M, Hirschmann J, et al. Bicycling suppresses abnormal beta synchrony in the Parkinsonian basal ganglia. Ann Neurol. 2017;82(4):592–601. Article Summary in PubMed.

Kwok JY, Choi KC, Chan HY. Effects of mind-body exercises on the physiological and psychosocial well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Med. 2016;29:121–131. Article Summary in PubMed.

Ventura MI, Barnes DE, Ross JM, Lanni KE, Sigvardt KA, Disbrow EA. A pilot study to evaluate multi-dimensional effects of dance for people with Parkinson's disease. Contemp Clin Trials. 2016;51:50–55. Free Article.

Arcolin I, Pisano F, Delconte C, et al. Intensive cycle ergometer training improves gait speed and endurance in patients with Parkinson's disease: a comparison with treadmill training. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2015;34(1):125–138. Article Summary in PubMed.

Combs SA, Diehl MD, Chrzastowski C, et al. Community-based group exercise for persons with Parkinson disease: a randomized controlled trial. NeuroRehabilitation. 2013;32(1):117–124. Article Summary in PubMed.

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Authored by Andrea Avruskin, PT, DPT

Article Courtesy of APTA


Recipe Corner

Bobby Flay's Hot Wings with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Sauce

  • Level: Easy

  • Total: 55 min

  • Prep: 15 min Inactive: 30 min Cook: 10 min

  • Yield: 6 servings


For the Sauce:

1 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese (Bobby likes cabrales)

2 tablespoons finely grated red onion

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Wings:

Peanut oil, for frying

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

3 tablespoons ancho chili powder

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

3 pounds chicken wings, split at the joint, tips removed

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 to 2 tablespoons pureed chipotle chiles in adobo sauce

1 tablespoon New Mexico chili powder

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 to 2 tablespoons honey

1 stick unsalted butter, quartered

Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish (optional)


1. Make the sauce: Combine the yogurt, blue cheese, red onion, cilantro, and salt and pepper to taste in a small bowl. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

2. Make the wings: Heat 2 inches of peanut oil in a large high-sided pan until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F.

3. Stir together the flour, salt and pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder and the garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Season the wings with salt and pepper and add in batches to the flour mixture to lightly coat. Tap off the excess flour, add the wings to the oil in batches and fry until golden brown and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper-towel-lined plate.

4. Bring the vinegar, chipotle puree, the remaining 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder and the New Mexico chili powder to a simmer in a large high-sided saute pan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and whisk in the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, the honey and butter until smooth. Add the wings and toss to coat. Garnish with cilantro, if desired, and serve with blue cheese sauce.

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