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Should You Wear a Face Mask during COVID-19?

Should you wear a face mask to your PT or other medical appointments? In the community? According to current guidelines from the CDC:

“Wear a facemask if YOU are sick.

If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.

If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.”

The N95 mask with face shield or goggles should be reserved for hospital workers actively engaged in the care of patients with COVID-19 and other contagious illnesses. These masks must be fitted to your face and require instruction on how to donn (put on) or doff (remove) with gloves and gown. If you have extra of these masks it is recommended you donate them to first responders and hospital staff. An N95 mask worn without eye protection and used incorrectly, is worthless and a waste of valuable resources.

The surgical mask is designed to protect others from YOU. So if you are sick you should wear a mask to avoid coughing or sneezing on others. They will NOT protect you from microscopic viruses (note how loosely they fit). However due to panic buying, even these masks are in short supply. If you have extras that you don’t need, you may want to donate those as well.

Bandanas, scarfs etc. These items worn covering the face may not protect you from much, especially as your eyes are uncovered. However they MAY remind you not to touch your face. Along with hand washing or sanitizing this is one of the ways you can avoid infection from contaminated surfaces. Just remember that if you touch the outside of the scarf, you must make sure that side doesn’t end up touching you.

The important thing to realize is that there are appropriate uses for various types of masks and face coverings. Wearing a mask incorrectly or a homemade face cover may give you a false sense of safety which could lead you to engage in risky behaviors, such as forgetting to wash your hands, getting into an elevator, or attending unnecessary activities in the community — all of which could INCREASE your risk of infection.

A Bit About the Biz – OrthoSport Hawai’i in the MIDWEEK

Treating And Preventing Injuries

MIDWEEK STAFF on March 4, 2020 at 10:54 am
www.midweek.com/treating-preventing-injuries

By THOMAS FASULO OrthoSport Hawai‘i Medical Gym director

In 2009, Dr. Michael Turner started OrthoSport Hawaii as an outgrowth of his own passion for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. While Turner’s original intention was to operate strictly as a physical therapy clinic, he began to see a glaring issue in the current medical model. This model does little to stop the revolving door of re-injury and largely ignores the need for prevention.

So, he developed the Medical Gym, combining the best of both worlds — injury treatment, post-injury care and preventative wellness. Kinesiologists, athletic trainers, physical therapy assistants, postural specialists, medical massage therapists, and registered dietitians joined the physical therapy team to create a one-stop-shop for injury prevention and wellness needs.

Working closely alongside each other, we have created medical fitness programs such as a boxing class for Parkinson’s patients; the BrainFit workout, which combines physical and mental training to promote healthy brain function; and many other specialty group fitness classes. These classes, along with one-on-one rehab and training sessions, can make an active, healthy lifestyle an achievable reality for anyone, no matter their age or ability level.

Anne Davis, an Egoscue postural specialist, provides medical fitness training on The Shuttle.
Anne Davis, an Egoscue postural specialist, provides medical fitness training on The Shuttle.

In 2015, we expanded our services to the heart of downtown Honolulu. In addition to our Kaka‘ako location inside Queen’s Island Urgent Care on Keawe Street, we recently opened a 1,600-square-foot clinic on the lobby level of Topa Financial Center at Bishop Street and Ala Moana Boulevard.

Catering to professionals suffering from pain associated with desk work, the avid golf or tennis player, young athletes or simply downtown residents, the downtown and Kaka‘ako clinic teams are prepared to help you remain injury-free and return to the hobbies and activities you enjoy.

Standard medical, auto and workers compensation insurance generally covers physical therapy but may require a doctor’s referral. All other Medical Gym services are not typically covered by insurance but remain one of the most effective and affordable ways to prevent health issues and maintain wellness.

OrthoSport Hawai‘i can be reached at 373-3555 for any questions or scheduling needs.

Meet Our Staff — Personal Trainer Sydney!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.1114.

“Aloha! My name is Sydney Thompson and I am excited to be working with you as a Medical Trainer at OrthoSport. I received my B.S. in Exercise Science at Eastern Washington University. My focus is on Therapeutic Exercise and Fall Prevention. I love my job because I get to help you feel better, as well as prevent injuries so that you can do all of the things that you love! In my free time I am usually playing volleyball or enjoying nature!”

Meet Our Staff – Medical Gym Director Thomas!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Thomas is the director of the Medical Gyms in our Niu Valley and Downtown locations. He first came to Oahu in 2006 to attend the UH Kinesiology program and is also a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer.  He has experience working with youth as young as 8 years old, seniors as young as 94 years old, and everything in between. He believes the entire spectrum of wellness is important to consider and strives to make sessions as personalized as possible.

He utilizes soft tissue mobilization alongside strength training to ensure each client is treated as an individual with custom needs and goals. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, boxing, and eating all the food in the world.

Meet Our Staff – Licensed Massage Therapist Kaliff!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Kaliff is a massage therapist licensed in Hawaii from Remington College and the lead massage therapist at OrthoSport Hawai’i. His specialties are Deep Tissue, Sports Stretching, and Lymphatic Drainage. He speaks Japanese on a conversational level, which he learned from living in Japan. His clients are amazed at his skill level and knowledge of human anatomy. He’s strong enough to work out the toughest knots but understands the importance of light touch where needed.

The physical therapists refer many patients to Kaliff because they know they can trust in his ability.  You can schedule an appointment with Kaliff today. He takes both Worker’s Comp and Auto No-Fault insurance as well as offering cash pay services in our Downtown and Niu Valley clinics.

Alphabet Soup – What are all those initials after your names?

If you look at the OrthoSport Hawaii website under About Us/Staff  you will see quite a wide variety of initials after the names of our team members. These initials represent extensive education and training on medical and fitness topics which is why we have some of the most experienced physical therapists and medical fitness trainers in the state. In addition, most of these certifications require yearly continuing education. We are always updating our treatments and protocols to match the current evidence-based science in our fields. 

PT  – Licensed Physical Therapist – all Physical Therapy school graduates must pass a rigorous licensing exam after completing their clinical rotations in various medical settings.

DPT – Doctor of Physical Therapy – All PT graduate programs are now doctorate level and include courses on pharmacology, differential diagnosis, radiography/imaging, psychology, wound care, as well as the expected musculo-skeletal, cardiopulmonary, and nervous systems education.

MPT – Master of Physical Therapy

MPH – Master of Public Health

MEd – Master of Education

OCS – Orthopedic Clinical Specialist – a PT who completed a residency or OCS coursework and passed their exam to become board-certified in Orthopedics.

MTC – Manual Therapy Certified – a PT who completed a post-graduate training program in osteopathic manual therapy.

FAAOMPT – Whoo! This one means a PT is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists. A “Fellow” is a physical therapist who has demonstrated advanced clinical, analytical, and hands-on skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal orthopedic disorders and is internationally recognized for their competence and expertise in the practice of manual physical therapy.

LMT – Licensed Massage Therapist – in the state of Hawai’i massage therapy students complete 500 hours of study and hands-on training then sit for their state license exam.

ATRIC – Aquatic Therapy and Rehab Institute Certification indicates someone has specialized training and has passed an exam to become a certified Aquatic Therapist.

CSCS – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – Fitness professionals with at least a Bachelor’s degree must pass a certification exam through the National Conditioning and Strength Association. They apply scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. The CSCS is one of the most respected strength coaching certifications.

CPT – Certified Personal Trainer – our staff are certified through a variety of recognized organizations including the American Council on Exercise, the Athletic Certification Training Commission, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

CPT – also stands for Certified Pilates Teacher via the STOTT Pilates method which requires months or years of training and apprenticeship as well as written and practical exams. 

CES – Corrective Exercise Specialist – a designation in the NASM for those who have taken special training to address movement and postural imbalances.

ATC – Certified Athletic Trainer – requires Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited athletic training program and passing a comprehensive licensing exam. 

CWHC – Certified Wellness Health Coach through nutritional supplement and weight loss company, Optavia.

PN – Precision Nutrition Certification.

RD – Registered Dietician –  requires a Bachelor’s degree, internship, and national license exam.

 

Whether you are looking to decrease pain and stiffness, improve performance, lose weight, or recover from an injury, we have the professionals to get you to your goal. Call 808.373.3555 for more information.

 

Meet Our Staff – Athletic Trainer Haj Takeshime!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Haj Takashime was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. He has been an athletic trainer for college athletics for 10+ years. He joined the Medical Gym after returning from China for a Major League Baseball academy stint. He is fluent in Japanese and Chinese Mandarin for your exercise pep talk. He loves to work with young athletes and anyone looking to improve their sports performance. Call 808.373.1114 to schedule a session with Haj!

Meet Our Staff – STOTT Pilates Certified Personal Trainer Cassandra!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

CassandraCassandra started participating in Pilates with her mom when she was 10 years old, and fell in love with Pilates at age 16. After taking an Anatomy and Physiology class her senior year of high school, Cassandra knew she wanted to have a career where she could help others improve their physical health and move without pain. Cassandra has a BS in Health and Wellness and an AA in Kinesiology. She is continuing her education with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapist. Cassandra moved to Oahu in September 2018 and has fallen in love with its beauty. In her free time Cassandra loves to be active outdoors hiking, swimming, kayaking, and walking her two dogs. If you’d like to get fit through Pilates, call 808.373.1114 to learn more about personal training sessions with Cassandra!

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Meet Our Staff – Certified Egoscue Specialist and Personal Trainer Anne!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees. The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Smiling Anne

Anne has been in the health and fitness field for 10 years. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology at Texas State University and specializes in Egoscue methods of postural therapy. In her free time she loves to play volleyball, slack line, and sing karaoke. She’s been VERY busy lately! The next time you are at the Niu Valley gym, ask her what she’s been up to…

Anne is very sought after by clients interested in improving their posture and strength. To see if she has any openings in her schedule, call our Niu Valley Medical Gym at 808 373-1114.

Meet our Staff – Certified Personal Trainer Alyssa!

Every week or so, we hope to highlight one of our amazing employees.  The folks who work at OrthoSport Hawaii come from many different backgrounds, have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share, and love staying active while helping others improve their health and fitness. To schedule an appointment or get more information please call (808) 373.3555.

Introducing Alyssa!

Head shot of AlyssaAlyssa on Rope

Alyssa has been a Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine since 2009. She started training specifically with marathon runners and then shifted toward weight loss and strength training. After graduating with a B.S. in Kinesiology from Biola University in 2012, she began to pursue personal training in the medical field. Alyssa specializes in corrective exercise, senior fitness, Parkinson’s fitness, weight loss, strength training, and more. In her spare time, you may find her hiking or performing aerial dance fitness.

Alyssa is very popular but has room for new clients now! Call 808 373-1114 to schedule an orientation or personal training session with her!