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Operating as usual

Gave a 13-minute talk today to an audience on a corporate Health & Well-being group page today.
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Talked about the strong evidence for the benefits of exercise in cancer prevention in papers such as a 2017 review by Julia Hamer, HBSc and Ellen Warner, MD MSc, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal entitled "Lifestyle modifications for patients with breast cancer to improve prognosis and optimize overall health".
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The authors stated that "A recent review of the effect of lifestyle factors on breast cancer mortality concluded that physical activity has the most robust effect of all lifestyle factors on reducing breast cancer recurrence." This postive exercise effect is considered to be due to lowered endogenous hormone levels, reduction of inflammation and reversal of insulin resistance.
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I feel fortunate to have had such a wonderful platform on which I could share my breast cancer journey and educate others (& myself!) on primary & secondary cancer prevention.

#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #telephysio #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerawarenessmonth #movementismedicine #exerciseismedicine #movethroughcancer

October is National Physical Therapy Month and Mental Health Awareness Month too. Check out this 2015 randomized control trial research exploring the associations between posture and moods.
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Does this surprise you?
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Reference:
Nair S, Sagar M, Sollers J 3rd, Consedine N, Broadbent E. Do slumped and upright postures affect stress responses? A randomized trial. Health Psychol. 2015 Jun;34(6):632-41. doi: 10.1037/hea0000146. Epub 2014 Sep 15.
PMID: 25222091
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#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #nationalptmonth #mentalhealthawareness #posture #stress #stressrelief

Self care hiking day! #scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #hike #takeahike #shenandoahvalley #appalachiantrail #movementismedicine #mentalhealthday

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Net Health Study Compares Telehealth Rehab Therapy with In-Clinic Visits

Very interesting research into the effectiveness of telehealth physical therapy!

https://www.nethealth.com/ground-breaking-net-health-study-compares-telehealth-rehab-therapy-with-in-clinic-visits/

nethealth.com Patients receiving therapy via telehealth methods do as well on average as those getting in-person care, according to a new study from FOTO. Read PR.

October is not only National Physical Therapy month, but also Breast Cancer Awareness month. As a physical therapist who was diagnosed with a Stage 1A breast cancer in January of this year, I am here to shout out this message from the American Cancer Society: GET YOUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM .
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My story: I was diagnosed with a tiny DCIS lesion, thanks to a screening mammogram followed by stereotactic biopsy. I underwent a lumpectomy with intraoperative radiation in early March, just before the pandemic shutdown. My 6-month follow-up mammogram in August showed no signs of cancer!
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Stay tuned for my breast cancer risk prevention story in my next post (hint: exercise is key!) ๐Ÿ’•
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #nationalphysicaltherapymonth #breastcancerawareness #breastcancerawarenessmonth #movementismedicine #exercise #mammogram #mammogramssavelives

Every Wednesday I lead a live midday movement break session for employees at a corporation that provides physical therapy support for all its employees. One participant thanked me recently for the sessions, as well as for individualized advice I provided her for a chronic neck problem. All of this is done over the internet (Workplace is the corporate version of Facebook). I love being able to help people with musculoskeletal concerns, even virtually!
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #workplace #workplacewellness #workplacewednesday #movementismedicine #movewellmoveoften

A #telephyzio patient told me this recently when I explained why her bilateral arm pain appeared related to a derangement of the upper mid back. A thorough mechanical evaluation, done online, led me to this conclusion. Her treatment? Two related movements of the neck & upper back to reduce irritation of nerves coming off the spinal cord in that area. Boom! I love to teach my patients new ways to understand their bodies.
#scudderphysicaltherapy #mckenziemdt #exposs #extremitypainofspinalsource #mechanicaldiagnosisandtherapy #elbowpain #forearmpain #movementismedicine

Think about this quote by Jean Rath, PT Dip MDT.

You can take neutral postural alignment, a strong core, and movement breaks with you wherever you go. But you canโ€™t always take a perfect chair or standing desk or keyboard tray or footrest or ergonomic mouse with you...if you even have those things.

Knowing how to find a mid- range spine position and how to move your body out of those commonly held prolonged postures or repeated motions will do you the most good.

I can help you in both cases!

My dear neighbor caught a fantastic photo of my husband and me out for a 7:30 AM walk with our grandson and our pup. Love starting the day with morning sunshine and with 3250 steps on the FitBit! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜€๏ธ
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #morningwalk #vitamind #sunrise #sunshine #grandparents #grandbabysitting #weekendvibes #riothelabmix

I am blessed to live in a neighborhood where rocks painted with inspiring messages can be found along walking paths and even in neighborโ€™s front gardens. Stumbling upon a message of love in a time of uncertainty, unrest and disharmony is such a welcome change. What will you do to enjoy the day today? Maybe start by sharing your own positive message with others ๐Ÿฅฐ
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #bepositive #sharelove #rockmessages #enjoylife #enjoythelittlethings #loveyourneighbor

Congratulations @jjarrighi & @carrighi42 on your new home! So glad moving in day went well!! Baby Kyle is pretty excited about his new big house! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

[09/10/20]   Itโ€™s Back to School Time!

Here are 3 ergonomic tips for kids for those of you with learners at home:

1๏ธโƒฃ Make sure desk height is not too high or too low. Table top surface should be near to parallel with your childโ€™s forearms when they sit upright with arms at their sides & elbows bent to around 90 degrees. Table too high? Add a seat cushion or pillows to raise their body up in relation to desk.

2๏ธโƒฃ Find a chair that fits their current body stature. Their feet should be flat on the floor with knees bent to around 90 degrees. A footstool may be necessary for many kids ( several reams of paper will probably do the trick!).

3๏ธโƒฃ Make sure kids get plenty of movement-based play breaks! The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes per dayโ€”and the more outside time, the better, to reduce screen time effects.

Have questions about how to improve your kidsโ€™ ergonomics for at-home school? I can help! I have 6 years experience as a school based PT, as well as another 5 years experience in corporate in-house ergonomics and wellness.

Best wishes in the โ€˜20-โ€˜21 school year to all mini scholars!
#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio
#backtoschool
#ergonomics
#homeschool #homeschooling #distancelearning #movementismedicine #posturematters #sitwelllearnwell

[09/10/20]   Itโ€™s Back to School Time!

Here are 3 ergonomic tips for kids for those of you with learners at home:

1๏ธโƒฃ Make sure desk height is not too high or too low. Table top surface should be near to parallel with your childโ€™s forearms when they sit upright with arms at their sides & elbows bent to around 90 degrees. Table too high? Add a seat cushion or pillows to raise their body up in relation to desk.

2๏ธโƒฃ Find a chair that fits their current body stature. Their feet should be flat on the floor with knees bent to around 90 degrees. A footstool may be necessary for many kids ( several reams of paper will probably do the trick!).

3๏ธโƒฃ Make sure kids get plenty of movement-based play breaks! The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes per dayโ€”and the more outside time, the better, to reduce screen time effects.

Have questions about how to improve your kidsโ€™ ergonomics for at-home school? I can help! I have 6 years experience as a school based PT, as well as another 5 years experience in corporate in-house ergonomics and wellness.

Best wishes in the โ€˜20-โ€˜21 school year to all mini scholars!
#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio
#backtoschool
#ergonomics
#homeschool #homeschooling #distancelearning #movementismedicine #posturematters #sitwelllearnwell

Enjoyed my very 1st group outdoor yoga session with @yogasix_ashburn. What a gorgeous Sunday morning for praising God while exercising!!โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #yoga #yogafaith #movementismedicine #movementisgoodforthesoul

[08/29/20]   Another great memory from our Mechanical Care Everywhere inaugural trip to Cusco, Peru, from this day in 2017. This was our 1st day working with patients in Ccorca, a rural mountain farm community outside of Cusco.
Hoping & praying we can go back next year!!
Jason Ward Lynn Grimm Laura Mannering Therapeutic Associates of Maui, LLC.

Spent a few hours helping @jts.pix and #vivaloudoun do some volunteer photography for @veterans_moving_forward. What amazing dogs, doing amazing things for veterans. #scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #volunteer #thankyouforyourservice

I find myself embarking on a new journey in life, on a path that is pointing me towards combining my enjoyment of yoga with my life-long career as a physical therapist. ๐ŸŒบ
Yoga is a wonderful way to focus oneself physically and spiritually in terms of the heart, the soul, the mind, and the body (strength). As a Christian I am learning that yoga is for people of all faiths and offers a way to worship through movement. ๐ŸŒผ
I am not entirely clear on the direction of this path, but am trusting that God will lead me we where He wants me to go. ๐ŸŒธ
Mark 12:29-30

[08/13/20]   And 3 years ago today...left for my first Peruvian adventure which was above & beyond amazing!

On this day in 2019! What a great week that was!! Lynn Grimm Jason Ward Lee Poston Daniel Jusinski Sara Shupe Ali Norton Betsy Voegeli Scudder Grant Watson

The team has arrived and #MCEPeru2019 has commenced. Only one (Susan Lawrence) has gotten delayed. Stay tuned for updates from the week!! #mckenziemdt #philanthropy #cusco

Top 5 Movement Tips When Stuck in Sitti g

My Top 5 Tips for Moving When Stuck in Sitting!

Here are 5 simple ways to move your body even if you canโ€™t get up and walk around. Sitting at the computer for back-to-back Zoom meetings? Or stuck in the car? Try these opposite direction motions to keep stiffness and soreness away!

Take Comfort on the Road!

Taking to the highways for your summer vacation? Listen to the tips here for making your car seat as comfortable as you can.
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Remember to take movement breaks during your stops, which ideally should be every 1-2 hours if you have a history of neck or back discomfort with prolonged sitting!
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Keep neck stress under control!

Look Up with Scudder Physical Therapy! ๐Ÿ˜Žโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿคฉ

TelePhyzio by Scudder Physical Therapy means one-on-one care, in a comfortable, safe, and COVID-free setting (your home, my home).
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It means I help you until you feel like you can help yourself.
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It means I can genuinely care for you, just like I did for this extremely satisfied medical doctor whom I recently helped resolve a low back and elbow pain problem.
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Let me help you too!

#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #elbowpain #elbowpainrelief #movementismedicine #telehealth #firstresponders #loudouncounty #loudouncountyva #virginia #maryland #montgomerycounty

Wishing all my patients past & present, friends, and family a fun, safe and blessed 4th of July holiday. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #movementismedicine #mckenziemdt #physicaltherapy

Happy Fathers Day from #scudderphysicaltherapy! Doing my part to keep lots of Dads & Granddads happy, healthy and active!
#telephyzio #physicaltherapy #movementismedicine #motionislotion #watersports #kayaking #goosecreek #potomacriver

My daughter Gabbie Scudder, on her own initiative, purchased beverages, snacks and Tylenol to pass out at the peaceful #blm protest in Wash DC yesterday. My husband Jeff accompanied her with his camera. Here are some of my favorite shots that he captured of this important, and humbling, moment in history. I am proud of my daughter for being one of many lights in our Capital city yesterday. She went with nourishment and relief for those in need, and came back empty-handed but full-hearted. #scudderphysicaltherapy #blm #lightoftheworld #racismisasinissuenotaskinissue @ Washington D.C.

Self explanatory.
Use as needed. ๐Ÿ˜Š
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #love #joy #peace #patience #kindness #goodness #faithfulness #gentleness #selfcontrol #fruitsofthespirit #grace

16 mile ride on the C&O Canal Towpath north from Whites Ferry, and found this gorgeous spot where the Monocacy & Potomac Rivers converge. ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿšด๐Ÿป๐ŸŒค #bikingadventures

Here is a quick video I put together as a corporate Work Place Injury Prevention Program Leader.
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Eye strain is an ergonomic concern and does involve the muscles of the eyes, so although I am not a vision specialists, recommending a simple eye exercise does fall within my realm of interest! ๐Ÿง
Try to 20-20-20 rule yourself and let me know how it helps!
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#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #ergonomics #eyestrain #exercise #injuryprevention

Doing some biking today for the Memorial Day holiday? My husband and I got in a 14-mile ride along the Potomac River on the Maryland side today!
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I snapped some photos at our half way break stop of some easy opposite-direction movements for neck/upper back extension, elbow straightening/ wrist bending and lastly, wrist distraction.
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Reach out if you have questions! Happy, healthy riding!
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #biking #movementismedicine #oppositedirection #stretching #candocanaltowpath

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#Graduation2020 ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ“

Please enjoy this graduation message from a dear friend. As her school PT, I helped her walk across the stage for her own graduation in 2013. She received numerous awards, including The Principalโ€™s Award for her outstanding achievements in high school. This young lady doesnโ€™t let anything stand in the way of her special abilities! She inspires me even still! โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“โค๏ธ Amy Stone

https://youtu.be/9mf9DXJK9xk

May is Mental Health Month, so I thought Iโ€™d touch on a somewhat delicate topic related to our brains, our emotions and pain.
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As this diagram from Louis Giffordโ€™s research paper shows, we receive information from our environment and our body tissues via our nerves. This information, in the form of electronic impulses, travels to our spinal cord and then from there may be sent up to the brain. Multiple areas of the brain process these signals and make a decision as to whether or not these signals indicate danger to the body. If the brain perceives danger, the result will be pain. Even though it is produced in the brain, all pain is real and causes us to behave in any number of ways, usually to move to get away from the perceived source of danger.
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Our mental health can have a significant impact on that process and will either ramp up or ramp down our sensitivity to these potential danger signals, particularly in situations when pain is long-standing (i.e., more than 3-6 months). If fear, anxiety, sadness, or stress is the mental status of the day (or week, month or year!), body pain may very likely be the output from the brain.
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Conversely, happy, joyful, contented and grateful mental states tend to ramp down the nervous system, and may even prevent messages being sent from the spinal cord up to the brain in the first place.
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One of the best ways to keep our mental health in check is through exercise. Our brain unlocks a number of โ€œfeel good chemicalsโ€ when we move, that can stabilize and even enhance our mental health state.
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And recent research (lots of it) is supporting the positive therapeutic effects of education about pain neuroscience. So, there you go!
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Gifford LS. Pain, the tissues and the nervous system. Physiotherapy 1998; 84:27-33.
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #pain #neuroscience #education #pne #mentalhealthawareness #movementismedicine #endorphins

Seat Too Deep??

Hereโ€™s a simple Work From Home tip from Dr.Scudder for seat pan depth issues (ie, the seat is too long from front to back to sit against the back of the chair!).
Be sure to tap the video for sound!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to deliver movement-based health advice using the MDT (McKenzie) method principles in the corporate workplace setting.
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I am blown away by the fact that I am able to reach hundreds of people globally each week. In the month of April I was able to present movement sessions and posture tips to nearly 350 employees from the US and the UK, Mexico, Brazil, India, Sweden, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia and Croatia.
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I was even able to use some of my language skills to speak with the employees in Guadalajara, and received some really great feedback! โ€œMuchas gracias Doctora, mi espalda se lo agradece!โ€
Iโ€™m feeling so blessed that my career has brought me to this point. ๐Ÿฅฐ

#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio #duffyrathsystem #mckenziemdt #workplacewellness #prevention #movementismedicine #movementbreak #posturematters #ergonomics

Welcome to Scudder Physical Therapy!

Telephyzio by Scudder Physical Therapy is the first and only telehealth-based pain relief delivery model in Loudoun County, Virginia. I help patients with a variety of musculoskeletal pain issues--low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, even ankle/foot and wrist/hand problems. Patients in Virginia and Maryland are evaluated and treated online, when and where they want, in the comfort of their own homes, or even in their work places. Each session is individualized to the patient, as a 60- or 30-minute one-on-one session with me, a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Using the McKenzie method to evaluate how movement effects pain behavior, I then coach patients to use simple movements and posture changes to relieve pain and prevent recurrence.

I am the owner and sole practicioner of Scudder Physical Therapy. The majority of my 30-year career practicing physical therapy has been spent in Northern Virginia. I have gained a wide range of experiences in outpatient orthopedics using various treatment methods. I became Certified in the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT or the McKenzie method) in 2003 and have been using that approach to patient care very successfully ever since. It is one of the most efficient and evidence-based approaches to evaluate the source of musculoskeletal pain, which then leads directly to a movement-based treatment protocol. Empowering patients to treat themselves, with my coaching, is the cornerstone of the success of this method (https://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm). To maintain my certification, I attended twice yearly continuing education courses and seminars, from which I always return with more knowledge and skill in relieving patients from pain.

While working as a school-based PT for Loudoun County Schools, I served for four years as the head coach for the Broad Run High School JV and Varsity volleyball teams. I also coached with local club teams over a 10 year period, and served as the Movement and Conditioning Coach for Virginia Elite Volleyball Club in 2008 as well. I love working with volleyball players!

I have been blessed with opportunities to help people around the globe. While living temporarily in Morocco I worked with disabled orphans. During a two-year stay in South Africa I earned an Honorary Physiotherapist license, working with cancer patients in a public hospital. More recently, I have travelled to Peru twice on week-long medical mission trips with Mechanical Care Everywhere, a MDT-focused humanitarian mission underserved Peruvian patients at free clinics are treated using the MDT method only, empowering them to care for themselves.

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20915 Ashburn Rd, Suite 215
Leesburg, VA
20176

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00
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