PT department at hospital offers variety of services

SPEAKERS AT ROTARY. Therapist assistant Stacey Busby and therapist Tessa Moody explained the services offered by the physical therapy department at Howard Memorial Hospital during last week’s Rotary Club meeting. The department provides a number of programs and has a SwimEx pool.

Physical therapy programs and equipment were the topics, last Wednesday, when two members of the Howard Memorial Hospital physical therapy department spoke to the Nashville Rotary Club.
Therapist Tessa Moody and therapist assistant Stacey Busby described opportunities at the Fitness and Aquatic Center, and through the “FROG” program. The latter is an acronym for Fitness Reaching Older Generations, and Busby said it included ‘resistance exercise’ which aims to promote balance and flexibility in persons over 55 years old. She said that new exercises are periodically added to keep interest up. The group meets for one hour, two afternoons a week in the hospital cafeteria. There have been as many as 42 participants although not are present every time.
FROGS is free, she said.
Moody described some of the equipment which is used to diagnose problems and to correct them. Persons who are recovering from surgery can particularly benefit from the physical therapy exercise programs.
In the Fitness and Aquatic Center, the public can sign up for membership and use gymnasium equipment under supervision. The ‘swim-ex’ program is unsupervised fitness in the pool which is advantageous for persons who have difficulty with balance or with placing stress on joints or muscles.
Several different levels of membership and rates are available, and the hospital is promoting a buy-two-months get-one-month-free membership.
Busby said that she was on the committee planning the hospital foundation’s annual gala which is set for March 29. Tickets are $150 each. There will be a live band, an Italian buffet, refreshments and doorprizes.

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