Thursday, October 22, 2009
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ALMH Rehab's health fair offers something for everyone

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[October 22, 2009]  Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital's Rehabilitation Services department is celebrating National Physical Therapy Month by inviting the public to become more involved in their well-being.

Rehab is hosting a health fair featuring various tests and screenings from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the ALMH Rehab department.

"We usually do something internally to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month," says Alyssa Schmidt, senior physical therapy assistant who helped organize the fair. "This year we wanted it to be more global, something to benefit the community."

Some of the tests that will be available during the health fair are body fat analysis, vascular testing (ABI screening), Proprio 5000 balance testing, nutrition screening, compression stocking fitting and proper shoe fitting, to name a few.

Dietitians will be available to answer questions, and the Running Center in Springfield will offer a wet fit test, which will recommend the proper running shoes.

The Proprio 5000 machine will be available for balance screenings. This technology is used in many types of rehabilitation therapies and can help anyone who is struggling with balance issues.

"Anybody can come and see what their balance is like, but it's especially useful for the elderly who might be a fall risk," Schmidt says.

Reservations are not required, and anyone is welcome to attend.

[Text from file received from Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital]


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