LWell Presents “Meet the Physical Therapist” With Ashley Forrest, PT, MSPT

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The two events featuring Tidewater Physical Therapy will focus on the importance of good posture to health and wellness.

As part of a mission to help patients better understand the fundamentals of good posture, Tidewater Physical Therapy’s Ashley Forrest, PT, MSPT joins LWell in presenting two “Meet the Physical Therapist” events for the community.

Scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on February 18 and 6 p.m. on February 20, these free community events will be held at LWell at 301 Village Avenue in Yorktown.

LWell is a clinically-supervised, comprehensive wellness and weight loss program with an emphasis on the prevention of age- and weight-related diseases, particularly diabetes.

LWell, short for Longevity Wellness, bridges the gap between clinical treatment and lifestyle change, two effective components for effective weight loss. Its location in Yorktown includes space for classes, a fitness studio, consultations and more.

Forrest, the Tidewater Physical Therapy Clinical Director for the Denbigh location in Newport News, will present best practices on how to reestablish good posture, how good posture can improve pain and how good posture makes exercise more effective.

“The complications of poor posture include back pain, spinal dysfunction, joint degeneration, rounded shoulders and a potbelly,” Forrest said. “It all can be preventable.”

Lower back pain alone will afflict an estimated 80 percent of adults at some point in their lives, with many adults suffering from chronic back pain, often as a result of poor posture, according to Tidewater Physical Therapy.

Forrest, who attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, joined Tidewater Physical Therapy in 2001. She specializes in an exercise-based treatment approach and uses a variety of manual therapy interventions to help patients return to their active lives.

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Founded in 1986, Tidewater Physical Therapy remains a physical therapist-owned, independent, outpatient physical therapy practice, with more than 30 locations across Southeast and Central Virginia and two Performance Centers.

For more information about Tidewater Physical Therapy, visit http://www.tpti.com. Learn more about the Tidewater Performance Center at http://www.tidewaterperform.com.

Physical therapists (PTs) are health care professionals who diagnose and treat individuals of all ages, from newborns to the very oldest, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives.

PTs examine each individual and develop a plan using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. In addition, PTs work with individuals to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

Physical therapists provide care for people in a variety of settings, including hospitals, private practices, outpatient clinics, home health agencies, schools, sports and fitness facilities, work settings, and nursing homes. State licensure is required in each state in which a physical therapist practices.

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Stephanie Heinatz
Tidewater Physical Therapy, Inc.
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