WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - Physical therapists are among essential workers who are allowed to remain open during the coronavirus crisis.

Dr. Aylin Mahmut of Get Well Physical Therapy in Wood-Ridge, continues to be an essential healthcare professional who remains open to patients for post-surgical PT and pain management. Mahmut is implementing proper protocols, including having only one patient in the office at a time and practicing social distancing. She wears a mask and glove when treating a patient, and provides masks and gloves for her patients to wear during the appointment and on the way home.

Mahmut wrote the following article to provide some tips and advice move and stay active at home.

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Get Well Physical Therapy is located at 253 Valley Boulevard in Wood-Ridge, NJ.


Our top priority is the health and well-being of our patients, families, team, and the Tri-State community. 

In this unprecedented time, we are committed to keeping everyone safe through social distancing and other recommended practices to slow the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing should not discourage you from being active. Whether it is taking a walk in the neighborhood, walking your dog, doing your home exercise program or using a DVD/video to do yoga, please remember that movement is linked to every function and process in your body.

To a large degree, the movement of each specific aspect of the body is based on the philosophy of “use-it; or lose-it” principle. If there is a lack of movement a person will typically experience movement that becomes more difficult, stiffer, heavier, weaker or movement will be accompanied by pain. Bottom-line, you need to continually move so that you maintain the ability to move. Do not lose all the progress you have made so far in PT! 

The degree and type of external movement directly impact cardiovascular function, muscle development, hormones and every system of the body. Movement is required to pump lymph throughout the body and to aid in the return of blood from the extremities. The movement of blood, nutrients, oxygen, and cellular energy is dependent on external movement. Take a break from your Netflix show, and move. Don’t be a couch potato!

How much you move daily is also linked to your overall energy level. An active lifestyle combats fatigue and restores energy levels. Sedentary individuals, who begin to engage in regular movement, have reported an increase in energy levels and a decrease in feelings of fatigue. Think about starting with short workouts with only couple of exercises. Slow and steady progress will help you achieve your mobility goals!

Endorphins, the body’s feel-good neurotransmitters, are released during activity creating a natural feeling of well-being, decreasing anxiety. When one engages in movement the mind is focused on the body leaving little time for thoughts of life’s stressful events. Many of us snack are emotional eaters. Walking away from your snack cabinet is a great way to start your new exercise routine!

Resistance training and weight-bearing exercises, such as jogging or walking stimulate bone formation and decrease the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Daily movement is a key component to digestive health and can have a beneficial effect on immune function. Quality of sleep also improve when you start exercising regularly.

You do not need fancy equipment to do a workout. You can use your own body weight to perform exercises such as squats, push-ups, crunches, planks and triceps dips. You can also use common household items such as a bottle of water, a can of soup or a gallon of milk if you need to be challenged a bit more. You can use a scarf or towel to perform stretches for your arms and legs. If there is a will, there is a way. Remember!

We are going through a tough time as a community, and we will come out of this. Remember to keep active to the best of your abilities for your physical fitness and mental well-being.


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