Celebrate Heart Month with these 4 Exercises

According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) guidelines, exercise should consist of four parts; cardiovascular exercise, resistance exercise, flexibility exercise, and neuromuscular exercise. Here are some ways to work in each:

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Exercising After Baby

Exercising After Baby

Congratulations on the newest addition to your family! Whether you’re a first time mom or a seasoned veteran, having a new baby can be a challenging time. Exercising may or may not be on the forefront of your mind; however it’s really great for both you and baby.

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Back on the Slopes After Knee Surgery (POM 3/15)

Coming Back from Knee Surgery

Meet Rosalie, our amazing patient of the month! Going through chronic pain and surgery can take it's toll on your body, mind and spirit; but this busy mom and athlete was determined to make a full recovery.

Even while she might be cursing Dr. Mayes as she gasped for air during her exercise program, she always had a smile, laugh and the determination to keep going! We are so excited to see Rosalie get back to the things she loves, but we will definitely miss her fun, feisty and kind-hearted presence in the clinic. 

Rosalie is also a successful realtor! If you need someone great to work with while buying/selling, then Click hereto see her info.

In her own words…

What brought you to Iron Physical TherapyUnfortunately, my knee surgery brought me to PT.  Prior to my surgery I had been experiencing knee pain for about a year which resulted in my injury.  

How have you benefitted from PT? Dr. Mayes has encouraged me to realize the importance of committing to a healthy and fit regimen that has ultimately changed my life. I'm eating healthy, working out, and thinking more positively.

What would you say to someone with the same injury? Exercise is not an option (especially after the 12th anniversary of my 30th birthday! LOL)  I have never felt stronger physically and mentally!  

What are you most excited about getting back to? I am looking forward to continuing my new regimen and I am especially excited about skiing and biking with my family!  

Patient of the Month (Feb 2013) - Tendinitis

Patient of the Month - February 2013

We couldn't pick just one person for our February patient of the month! Roxanne and Cheryl are each so outstanding that we wanted to honor both of them.

Meet Roxanne Below! To learn about Cheryl's Journey,Click Here

Name:  Roxanne K.

Occupation:  Senior Academic Advisor—Caldwell College

Injury: Tendinitis of the Hamstring

I can't imagine someone not loving Roxanne. As a patient she is committed, driven, and responsive. As a person, she is kind, compassionate, and thoughtful. No matter what the circumstances, she stayed positive through her therapy and even took the time to share thoughts regarding our business. We already miss her!

In her own words....

What brought you to PT?

Tendinitis of the hamstring

How have you benefitted from your PT experience (physically or mentally)? I limped in and I walked out—it doesn’t get any better than that!

What would you recommend to someone who has the same injury as you? to get themselves over to Iron Physical Therapy

What activities are you most excited about getting back to? Just being able to move with greater comfort makes everything easier.

Any new goals now that you are feeling better? Get rid of those extra pounds.

Just to add a few words—it was Dr. Mayes credentials and experience that brought me to Iron PT.  After being told by my orthopedic  doctor that my next course of action should be PT, I started doing my research.  What I found was that though many places claimed to offer PT, not everyone was a Doctor of Physical Therapy and had all the necessary background.  I enjoyed my time at Iron PT, it was a positive friendly environment—a place of healing and learning.

And yes Doc, I am still doing my exercises!

Does Physical Therapy Work?

If your problem is pain, then yes, physical therapy works.


  1. Relieves pain with NO Drugs, NO surgery, NO needles

  2. Provides immediate and long term results

  3. Lowers possibility of surgery

  4. Leads to better sleep

  5. Improves flexibility, mobility, and stability

  6. Keeps you active and maximizes injury prevention

When physical therapy "doesn't work":

1. Failing to do your homework

Often a big part of recovery is a following a home exercise program. If you fail to  complete the assigned exercises in between sessions, it will be a set back. Your homework is a physical therapist's "medicine", and your compliance is crucial to your overall progress.

2. Doing things on the "no-no" list

Your therapist will give you a list of things you should not be doing during your recovery. We know it is hard to rest (especially for athletes), but continuing to push your body can re-injure the area and may require more therapy.

3. Skipping Appointments

During your initial evaluation, the PT will tell you how many visits you need to complete each week. The frequency of treatment can be the difference between being in therapy for 3 weeks versus 6 weeks. A patient that comes once a week but was instructed to come 3 x/wk, will not recover as quickly.

4. Quitting Early

Life is busy, but you will only recover if you make yourself a priority. Often healing builds on itself, so you may not get the results you hope for if you terminate treatment prematurely.