May 2014 NewsFlash

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness employees, clients donate $1,000 to American Heart Association.

Access Physical Therapy & Wellness patients and employees have recently donated $1,000 to the American Heart Association.
Access physical therapists, PT assistants and aides at Access offices in New York’s Orange, Sullivan and Rockland counties, and in Pike County, Pa., raised the money through $5 employee contributions on “dress down” work days. Physical therapy patients have also pitched in with donations.
Michelle Conrad, the AHA’s regional corporate events director, accepted the donation April 4 from Access staff of the Port Jervis office.
“Access Physical Therapy is all about wellness,” said Stephen Albanese, who founded the company more than 10 years ago with his brother Christopher and their respective spouses, Shannon and Janet; the Albaneses are all physical therapists. “We’re happy to help the American Heart Association spread the word about keeping the heart healthy.”
The American Heart Association is also encouraging people – and their doctors – to consider physical therapy as part of their treatment for symptoms of such common conditions as tendonitis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
"We advise physicians to start with non-pharmacological treatments such as physical therapy and exercise, weight loss to reduce stress on joints, and heat or cold therapy," said Dr. Elliott M Antman, lead author of an Heart Association scientific statement published in the Feb. 27 issue of “Circulation.”
“Consumers need to know that physical therapy is an effective non-pharmacological approach to relieving pain. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives,” the Heart Association said in its scientific statement.
“There are many types of pain and inflammation that can be reduced by a physical therapist's intervention. For example, chronic pain in the back, shoulder, or knee, or pain associated with certain degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, can be reduced with the appropriate combination of medication and exercise. The physical therapist, in collaboration with the patient and the patient's physician, can help the patient manage his or her health over the long term.”
Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is a family-owned organization that provides quality physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy services in 19 locations in five states, nine in Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties. The company has twice been honored as one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and Best Companies Group.
Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is open weekdays 7 a.m.‐8 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m.‐noon. They accept most insurances – and new patients can almost always be seen within 24 hours. For more information about Access Physical Therapy & Wellness, contact Albanese at 845-636-4344;
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Michelle Conrad of the American Heart Association, third from left, accepts a $1,000 donation April 4 from Access Physical Therapy & Wellness office staff in Port Jervis, who recently participated in a dress-down days fundraiser to help the Heart Association. With Conrad are, from left: Office director/physical therapist Kristin Banse, physical therapist assistants Ellen Knapp-Hayden and Michelle Becker, and customer service specialist Danielle Rizzo.

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