04/01/2020: A Lone Peak Update
We want to thank you again for you your continued support and loyalty during this uncertain time. We are wishing you and your families all the best and we are focused on putting out positive energy into the world. During this difficult time, our top priority is helping you stay safe and healthy, your physical and mental health is the most important thing to us. As you know, we are keeping our doors open for our essential clients that must be seen in person and we also want to serve our clients that are being forced to stay at home.
The Governor’s Stay At Home directive is not a reason to neglect your health, it is actually the perfect opportunity to take stock of your overall health and to reinvest your extra time into your physical and mental wellbeing. We want to make sure that you are remembering to do something every day to care for yourself and not neglecting the importance of remaining physically active during this quarantine.
During times of extreme stress, your main goal should NOT be to lose weight, build endurance, or break yourself down to build more muscle. Right now, it is imperative that you just focus on staying as healthy as possible, so that your body will be resilient in fighting off illness. To boost your immune systems you need to stay active every day. See the list below for our recommendations on the best way to keep yourself in top condition:
- Get outside and go for a walk, no matter the weather, every single day. Direct sunlight is our bodies main source of Vitamin D. Even just a few minutes of direct sun exposure will boost your vitamin D levels, which has been known to fight of illness.
- Take time to be in silence, and alone with your thoughts. One option may be to leave your headphones at home while you walk and use the time to meditate and clear your head of all of the uncertainty of the future. Setting aside designated time to reflect on what is truly important to you will ease your stress, lower blood pressure, and allow you to feel some sense of control in a time where much of our control has been lost. We wrote a blog post on this March, you can find it here.
- Designate time every day to focus on the magic of human movement, however that looks for you. Just make sure not to train to excess and overdo it. For some of you this might mean doing a virtual Yoga or Barre class, for other’s stretching, or even a basic “in-home” workout. Whatever you enjoy doing that gets you moving and out of your comfort zone will help you feel better mentally and physically. We are regularly posting workouts on our Lone Peak Performance Instagram to support you and keep you moving.
- Sleep like it is your job! Adequate recovery time is just as important as workout time.
- Drink between 2 and 3 liters of water every day, more if you are exercising. Staying hydrated will help your body stay healthy, prevent sickness and speed recovery.
- Eat as cleanly as possible. Cook with fresh ingredients and avoid processed foods. Now is the perfect time to learn to cook something new! If you are not sure what you can cook with the ingredients in your fridge/pantry, SuperCook can help!
One additional piece of good news is that we have been working hard over the past few weeks to build and implement a Telehealth service for our clients during this time of physical distancing. We are now fully operational with Telehealth and able to offer virtual therapy and/or personal training sessions online. We would love to be able to connect with you through this new service so please contact us if you are interested and we can better explain how this service works.
We are all going to get through this challenging situation and, we believe, be better for it when we come out the other side. Please join us in our mission of helping those around us to “Live Better” in all areas of life. Thank you again for being part of the Lone Peak family.
Your Lone Peak Physical Therapy team
03/25/2020: Message for our Clients
We sincerely hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe as we continue to feel the repercussions of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Pain and injuries are never planned. If you are currently experiencing either one, you may be unsure if seeking physical or occupational therapy treatment is appropriate and safe at this time. We want to assure you that we are taking every safety precaution and the we are committed to keeping our team members and clients informed and safe.
With that said, all Lone Peak Physical Therapy clinics are currently open for care that is medically necessary (client’s experiencing pain). According to official guidelines, healthcare businesses are still considered essential services, and we deeply recognize our responsibility to continue providing care for our clients who need it. Chronic pain doesn’t just go away, and the need for post-surgical rehabilitation cannot be minimized just because of this pandemic. More importantly, we have no idea how long this will continue, and with most people staying home and likely moving much less than before, conditions can certainly worsen and regress.
In light of the current COVID-19 concerns, we are taking these extra safety precautions to ensure safe and clean treatment environments.
- We have asked our staff to stay home if they are not feeling well or if they have been exposed to anyone who is sick in their household, to avoid spreading any form of illness. To further protect our patients, we kindly ask that if you are ill to please inform us and reschedule your appointment for a future date.
- After each patient encounter, we are washing our hands with soap and water. We also have alcohol-based hand sanitizers positioned around our clinics for frequent use.
- We are routinely cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as; mats, treatment tables, exercise equipment, computer keyboards, pens, phones, light switches, door handles, faucets, etc.
- We have moved treatment tables, True Stretches, waiting room chairs, and other equipment to create a safe distance between patients and staff, where appropriate.
- We are requiring all patients to wash their hands upon checking-in prior to starting treatment and again before leaving our facilities.
- We are asking every patient a set of classifying questions at the start of treatment to identify any potential risks.
- We have converted all “non-essential” team members to work-from-home status to reduce the number of people within our clinics
- We are offering Telehealth appointments for clients that are appropriate.
Thank you for being loyal patients and for continuing to support us through these uncertain times. We will continue to focus on helping all to LIVE BETTER, as we navigate this difficult situation.
Your Lone Peak Physical Therapy team
03/16/2020: Telehealth Now Available for Patients!
We are widely aware of the growing concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus in our community. While our clinics are taking every precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our clients and our patients, we understand that some of you may not want to venture out into the public domain. In order to continue to help you live better and healthier lifestyles, we are happy to announce that we are now offering Telehealth services.
Telehealth offers many unique benefits over in person care:
- Convenience. There is no need to leave your home for an appointment.
- Limited community exposure by removing contact with other patients and providers.
- Increased flexibility of appointments. Our providers are able to offer more flexibility in scheduling treatment and training times.
- We are offering telehealth services at a discounted rate as a self-pay option. Telehealth services will be $75 for those choosing to pay individually. If you would like to inquire about your insurance plan, and if they cover telehealth physical therapy, please contact your local Lone Peak Physical Therapy clinic.
- Completion of your treatment plan is vital for successful outcomes. We encourage you to utilize our Telehealth services if you are unable to make it in to the clinic for any reason.
- All cancellation fees will be waived as we continue to adapt to this situation.
03/16/2020: COVID-19 & Physical Therapy
If you’ve been watching the news, you’re probably already aware that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States is growing. We are working with our teams to provide you with the exceptional care that you have come to expect from us, and follow all CDC guidelines to ensure your safety within the clinics. We are open for our patients, and will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations to continue with you on your health journey in a safe and clean environment. Our professionals are still here to help you.
As a precautionary measure, we’d like to offer some recommendations and information about coronavirus as it relates to your care. Please read through the following FAQ and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Am I at Risk?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered the following advice:
- The majority of the American public is unlikely to be exposed to this virus, so generally speaking, the immediate health risk posed by COVID-19 is considered low.
- People in communities with a growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are at an elevated—though still relatively low—risk of exposure.
- Like other viruses, COVID-19 cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities, or racial backgrounds; exposure to the disease itself is the greatest risk factor associated with contracting it.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of coronavirus include:
- Shortness of breath
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we ask that you contact your primary care physician for further advice. In the meantime, as a courtesy to your therapist, our clinic staff, and your fellow patients, please do not come into the clinic at this time. Instead, please contact us to reschedule your future appointments—even if it's last-minute—by calling your specific clinic.
I'm only feeling a little sick. What should I do?
While it may be tempting to come in for your treatment if you “just have a cough,” we do ask that you reschedule your appointment if you are feeling at all sick. In the meantime (and if your strength allows), continue with your prescribed home exercise program, and reach out to your therapist via phone or in-app messaging if you have any questions.
For a helpful set of recommendations on how to keep yourself and others protected from COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases year-round, follow the link below.
We appreciate your willingness to help us with this matter.