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09/14/2020

Congratulations @jjarrighi & @carrighi42 on your new home! So glad moving in day went well!! Baby Kyle is pretty excited about his new big house! 😃😃😃

09/10/2020

It’s Back to School Time!

Here are 3 ergonomic tips for kids for those of you with learners at home:

1️⃣ Make sure desk height is not too high or too low. Table top surface should be near to parallel with your child’s forearms when they sit upright with arms at their sides & elbows bent to around 90 degrees. Table too high? Add a seat cushion or pillows to raise their body up in relation to desk.

2️⃣ Find a chair that fits their current body stature. Their feet should be flat on the floor with knees bent to around 90 degrees. A footstool may be necessary for many kids ( several reams of paper will probably do the trick!).

3️⃣ Make sure kids get plenty of movement-based play breaks! The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes per day—and the more outside time, the better, to reduce screen time effects.

Have questions about how to improve your kids’ ergonomics for at-home school? I can help! I have 6 years experience as a school based PT, as well as another 5 years experience in corporate in-house ergonomics and wellness.

Best wishes in the ‘20-‘21 school year to all mini scholars!
#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio
#backtoschool
#ergonomics
#homeschool #homeschooling #distancelearning #movementismedicine #posturematters #sitwelllearnwell

09/10/2020

It’s Back to School Time!

Here are 3 ergonomic tips for kids for those of you with learners at home:

1️⃣ Make sure desk height is not too high or too low. Table top surface should be near to parallel with your child’s forearms when they sit upright with arms at their sides & elbows bent to around 90 degrees. Table too high? Add a seat cushion or pillows to raise their body up in relation to desk.

2️⃣ Find a chair that fits their current body stature. Their feet should be flat on the floor with knees bent to around 90 degrees. A footstool may be necessary for many kids ( several reams of paper will probably do the trick!).

3️⃣ Make sure kids get plenty of movement-based play breaks! The CDC recommends at least 60 minutes per day—and the more outside time, the better, to reduce screen time effects.

Have questions about how to improve your kids’ ergonomics for at-home school? I can help! I have 6 years experience as a school based PT, as well as another 5 years experience in corporate in-house ergonomics and wellness.

Best wishes in the ‘20-‘21 school year to all mini scholars!
#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio
#backtoschool
#ergonomics
#homeschool #homeschooling #distancelearning #movementismedicine #posturematters #sitwelllearnwell

08/30/2020

Enjoyed my very 1st group outdoor yoga session with @yogasix_ashburn. What a gorgeous Sunday morning for praising God while exercising!!☺️🙏🏻
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #yoga #yogafaith #movementismedicine #movementisgoodforthesoul

08/29/2020

Another great memory from our Mechanical Care Everywhere inaugural trip to Cusco, Peru, from this day in 2017. This was our 1st day working with patients in Ccorca, a rural mountain farm community outside of Cusco.
Hoping & praying we can go back next year!!
Jason Ward Lynn Grimm Laura Mannering Therapeutic Associates of Maui, LLC.

Spent a few hours helping @jts.pix and #vivaloudoun do some volunteer photography for @veterans_moving_forward. What ama...
08/28/2020

Spent a few hours helping @jts.pix and #vivaloudoun do some volunteer photography for @veterans_moving_forward. What amazing dogs, doing amazing things for veterans. #scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #volunteer #thankyouforyourservice

08/22/2020

I find myself embarking on a new journey in life, on a path that is pointing me towards combining my enjoyment of yoga with my life-long career as a physical therapist. 🌺
Yoga is a wonderful way to focus oneself physically and spiritually in terms of the heart, the soul, the mind, and the body (strength). As a Christian I am learning that yoga is for people of all faiths and offers a way to worship through movement. 🌼
I am not entirely clear on the direction of this path, but am trusting that God will lead me we where He wants me to go. 🌸
Mark 12:29-30

08/13/2020

And 3 years ago today...left for my first Peruvian adventure which was above & beyond amazing!

On this day in 2019!  What a great week that was!! Lynn Grimm Jason Ward Lee Poston Daniel Jusinski Sara Shupe Ali Norto...
08/10/2020

On this day in 2019! What a great week that was!! Lynn Grimm Jason Ward Lee Poston Daniel Jusinski Sara Shupe Ali Norton Betsy Voegeli Scudder Grant Watson

The team has arrived and #MCEPeru2019 has commenced. Only one (Susan Lawrence) has gotten delayed. Stay tuned for updates from the week!! #mckenziemdt #philanthropy #cusco

07/30/2020
Top 5 Movement Tips When Stuck in Sitti g

My Top 5 Tips for Moving When Stuck in Sitting!

Here are 5 simple ways to move your body even if you can’t get up and walk around. Sitting at the computer for back-to-back Zoom meetings? Or stuck in the car? Try these opposite direction motions to keep stiffness and soreness away!

07/22/2020
Take Comfort on the Road!

Taking to the highways for your summer vacation? Listen to the tips here for making your car seat as comfortable as you can.
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Remember to take movement breaks during your stops, which ideally should be every 1-2 hours if you have a history of neck or back discomfort with prolonged sitting!
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TelePhyzio by Scudder Physical Therapy means one-on-one care, in a comfortable, safe, and COVID-free setting (your home,...
07/08/2020

TelePhyzio by Scudder Physical Therapy means one-on-one care, in a comfortable, safe, and COVID-free setting (your home, my home).
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It means I help you until you feel like you can help yourself.
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It means I can genuinely care for you, just like I did for this extremely satisfied medical doctor whom I recently helped resolve a low back and elbow pain problem.
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Let me help you too!

#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #elbowpain #elbowpainrelief #movementismedicine #telehealth #firstresponders #loudouncounty #loudouncountyva #virginia #maryland #montgomerycounty

07/03/2020

Wishing all my patients past & present, friends, and family a fun, safe and blessed 4th of July holiday. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #movementismedicine #mckenziemdt #physicaltherapy

Happy Fathers Day from #scudderphysicaltherapy!  Doing my part to keep lots of Dads & Granddads happy, healthy and activ...
06/22/2020

Happy Fathers Day from #scudderphysicaltherapy! Doing my part to keep lots of Dads & Granddads happy, healthy and active!
#telephyzio #physicaltherapy #movementismedicine #motionislotion #watersports #kayaking #goosecreek #potomacriver

My daughter Gabbie Scudder, on her own initiative, purchased beverages, snacks and Tylenol to pass out at the peaceful #...
06/07/2020

My daughter Gabbie Scudder, on her own initiative, purchased beverages, snacks and Tylenol to pass out at the peaceful #blm protest in Wash DC yesterday. My husband Jeff accompanied her with his camera. Here are some of my favorite shots that he captured of this important, and humbling, moment in history. I am proud of my daughter for being one of many lights in our Capital city yesterday. She went with nourishment and relief for those in need, and came back empty-handed but full-hearted. #scudderphysicaltherapy #blm #lightoftheworld #racismisasinissuenotaskinissue @ Washington D.C.

Self explanatory. Use as needed. 😊#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #love #joy #peace  #patience #kindness #goodness #...
06/03/2020

Self explanatory.
Use as needed. 😊
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #love #joy #peace #patience #kindness #goodness #faithfulness #gentleness #selfcontrol #fruitsofthespirit #grace

16 mile ride on the C&O Canal Towpath north from Whites Ferry, and found this gorgeous spot where the Monocacy & Potomac...
05/31/2020

16 mile ride on the C&O Canal Towpath north from Whites Ferry, and found this gorgeous spot where the Monocacy & Potomac Rivers converge. 🚴‍♀️🚴🏻🌤 #bikingadventures

05/29/2020

Here is a quick video I put together as a corporate Work Place Injury Prevention Program Leader.
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Eye strain is an ergonomic concern and does involve the muscles of the eyes, so although I am not a vision specialists, recommending a simple eye exercise does fall within my realm of interest! 🧐
Try to 20-20-20 rule yourself and let me know how it helps!
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#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #ergonomics #eyestrain #exercise #injuryprevention

Doing some biking today for the Memorial Day holiday?  My husband and I got in a 14-mile ride along the Potomac River on...
05/25/2020

Doing some biking today for the Memorial Day holiday? My husband and I got in a 14-mile ride along the Potomac River on the Maryland side today!
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I snapped some photos at our half way break stop of some easy opposite-direction movements for neck/upper back extension, elbow straightening/ wrist bending and lastly, wrist distraction.
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Reach out if you have questions! Happy, healthy riding!
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #biking #movementismedicine #oppositedirection #stretching #candocanaltowpath

05/22/2020
#Graduation2020 🎉🎊🎓

Please enjoy this graduation message from a dear friend. As her school PT, I helped her walk across the stage for her own graduation in 2013. She received numerous awards, including The Principal’s Award for her outstanding achievements in high school. This young lady doesn’t let anything stand in the way of her special abilities! She inspires me even still! ❤️ 👩‍🎓❤️ Amy Stone

https://youtu.be/9mf9DXJK9xk

May is Mental Health Month, so I thought I’d touch on a somewhat delicate topic related to our brains, our emotions and ...
05/16/2020

May is Mental Health Month, so I thought I’d touch on a somewhat delicate topic related to our brains, our emotions and pain.
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As this diagram from Louis Gifford’s research paper shows, we receive information from our environment and our body tissues via our nerves. This information, in the form of electronic impulses, travels to our spinal cord and then from there may be sent up to the brain. Multiple areas of the brain process these signals and make a decision as to whether or not these signals indicate danger to the body. If the brain perceives danger, the result will be pain. Even though it is produced in the brain, all pain is real and causes us to behave in any number of ways, usually to move to get away from the perceived source of danger.
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Our mental health can have a significant impact on that process and will either ramp up or ramp down our sensitivity to these potential danger signals, particularly in situations when pain is long-standing (i.e., more than 3-6 months). If fear, anxiety, sadness, or stress is the mental status of the day (or week, month or year!), body pain may very likely be the output from the brain.
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Conversely, happy, joyful, contented and grateful mental states tend to ramp down the nervous system, and may even prevent messages being sent from the spinal cord up to the brain in the first place.
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One of the best ways to keep our mental health in check is through exercise. Our brain unlocks a number of “feel good chemicals” when we move, that can stabilize and even enhance our mental health state.
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And recent research (lots of it) is supporting the positive therapeutic effects of education about pain neuroscience. So, there you go!
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Gifford LS. Pain, the tissues and the nervous system. Physiotherapy 1998; 84:27-33.
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #pain #neuroscience #education #pne #mentalhealthawareness #movementismedicine #endorphins

05/15/2020
Seat Too Deep??

Here’s a simple Work From Home tip from Dr.Scudder for seat pan depth issues (ie, the seat is too long from front to back to sit against the back of the chair!).
Be sure to tap the video for sound!

I am so grateful for the opportunity to deliver movement-based health advice using the MDT (McKenzie) method principles ...
05/09/2020

I am so grateful for the opportunity to deliver movement-based health advice using the MDT (McKenzie) method principles in the corporate workplace setting.
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I am blown away by the fact that I am able to reach hundreds of people globally each week. In the month of April I was able to present movement sessions and posture tips to nearly 350 employees from the US and the UK, Mexico, Brazil, India, Sweden, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Poland, Estonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia and Croatia.
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I was even able to use some of my language skills to speak with the employees in Guadalajara, and received some really great feedback! “Muchas gracias Doctora, mi espalda se lo agradece!”
I’m feeling so blessed that my career has brought me to this point. 🥰

#scudderphysicaltherapy
#telephyzio #duffyrathsystem #mckenziemdt #workplacewellness #prevention #movementismedicine #movementbreak #posturematters #ergonomics

Love my work in the corporate injury prevention realm, especially when I get feedback like this!“Once again, thanks so m...
04/30/2020

Love my work in the corporate injury prevention realm, especially when I get feedback like this!
“Once again, thanks so much for your advice on ergonomics and all the work you do for colleagues across the company. Keeping us in good health is really invaluable!”
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #corporatewellness #workplace #injuryprevention #movement #movementculture #movementismedicine

I love learning and have been on a journey these past few years relearning the physiology of pain. 🤔So much has changed ...
04/26/2020

I love learning and have been on a journey these past few years relearning the physiology of pain.
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So much has changed in this area of science since I first learned about it 30+ years ago in PT school, and even in the past 12 years since I returned to grad school for my Doctor of PT degree.
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Pain is not simply damaged or injured body tissue. It’s information from our nerves, our environment, our beliefs, our experiences, and our memories, all working together to help our brains decide whether or not the body is biologically in danger. If the brain decides yes, the body is in danger, then boom, there’s the pain. And when that happens, all the 9 or so areas of our brain that are part of this matrix are unable to function normally. This may be why it’s hard to move normally or think clearly when we have pain. The brain is “high jacked”. When we have long term pain, well, the word “enslavement” was used here by Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, pain researcher and instructor of the Pain Neuroscience Education course I’m currently taking.
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The good news is, just learning about how pain works, in combination with movement, can make a world of difference. And that’s what I am striving to do: to help people MOVE and KNOW that they don’t have to be held captive by pain.
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #pain #neuroscience #isolearning #studentforlife #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #neckpain #neckpainrelief #kneepain #kneepainrelief #shoulderpain #shoulderpainrelief #loudouncounty #loudouncountyva

04/22/2020
Duffy-Rath System

Some basics from the best in the business, Wayne & Jean Rath, Dip MDTs

How To Do A Press-up: an important tool to restore/maintain your backward bending range of motion in your lower back - Step 3 in the DRS Prevention Blueprint. #duffyrathblueprint #drs #musculoskeletalwellness #msw

04/19/2020

I love my @nexstand_eu laptop stand for my #wfh setup. Elevate your monitor and save yourself a major pain in the neck! #scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #nexstand #workfromhomelife #ergonomics #posturecorrection #posture #neckpain #neckpainrelief #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief

I am so thankful for so many opportunities to move while staying home!  Thank you Melissa & Angela @yogasix_ashburn for ...
04/14/2020

I am so thankful for so many opportunities to move while staying home! Thank you Melissa & Angela @yogasix_ashburn for today’s awesome remote Power & Restore combo yoga class! Loved it! ❤️🧘🙏🏻
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #teleyoga #yoga #namaste #movementismedicine #movementisbetterthanmedicine #breathe #painrelief #anxietyrelief

As a contractor with the Duffy-Rath System, I have been fortunate to continue to provide musculoskeletal wellness advice...
04/09/2020

As a contractor with the Duffy-Rath System, I have been fortunate to continue to provide musculoskeletal wellness advice to corporate employees located literally all around the world during this pandemic. Here I am leading a virtual mid-day movement break class to employees in Maryland, Virginia, Guadalajara, Mexico and Chennai, India! Love what I do!
#scudderphysicaltherapy #corporatewellness #musculoskeletal #health #workplacewellness #workplace #injuryprevention

Telehealth + Physical Therapy (aka Physiotherapy around the world) = TelePhyzio! 👩🏼‍💻Experienced, efficient and effectiv...
03/27/2020

Telehealth + Physical Therapy (aka Physiotherapy around the world) = TelePhyzio!
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Experienced, efficient and effective.
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That’s what Scudder Physical Therapy is all about!
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I can help you resolve musculoskeletal pains from the comfort and safety of your home. I also do Ergonomic Work From Home evaluations.
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Let me help you today!
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #ergonomics #workfromhome #lowbackpain #lowbackpainrelief #neckpain #neckpainrelief #shoulderpain #shoulderpainrelief #kneepain #kneepainrelief #hippain #hippainrelief #virginia #maryland

Coming soon: a brand new service called RioPhyzio!  🐾Rio is being trained in all the manual techniques that we humans ar...
03/26/2020

Coming soon: a brand new service called RioPhyzio!
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Rio is being trained in all the manual techniques that we humans are not able to do given our new social distancing norms.
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He should be ready to take on new patients in the next few weeks! NOTE: TelePhyzio sessions with Dr. Scudder, PT will continue to be available.
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Inquire at www.scudderpt.com. Link in bio! 🤣😷🐾🐾
#scudderphysicaltherapy #telephyzio #riothelabmix #socialdistancing #dogsdontsocialdistance #caninetherapy #therapydog #loudouncounty #virginia

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20915 Ashburn Rd, Suite 215
Leesburg, VA
20176

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 19:00
Thursday 09:00 - 19:00
Friday 09:00 - 19:00
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00

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(571) 332-3074

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Welcome to Scudder Physical Therapy!

Telephyzio by Scudder Physical Therapy is the first and only telehealth-based pain relief delivery model in Loudoun County, Virginia. I help patients with a variety of musculoskeletal pain issues--low back, neck, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, even ankle/foot and wrist/hand problems. Patients in Virginia and Maryland are evaluated and treated online, when and where they want, in the comfort of their own homes, or even in their work places. Each session is individualized to the patient, as a 60- or 30-minute one-on-one session with me, a Doctor of Physical Therapy. Using the McKenzie method to evaluate how movement effects pain behavior, I then coach patients to use simple movements and posture changes to relieve pain and prevent recurrence.

I am the owner and sole practicioner of Scudder Physical Therapy. The majority of my 30-year career practicing physical therapy has been spent in Northern Virginia. I have gained a wide range of experiences in outpatient orthopedics using various treatment methods. I became Certified in the Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT or the McKenzie method) in 2003 and have been using that approach to patient care very successfully ever since. It is one of the most efficient and evidence-based approaches to evaluate the source of musculoskeletal pain, which then leads directly to a movement-based treatment protocol. Empowering patients to treat themselves, with my coaching, is the cornerstone of the success of this method (https://www.mckenzieinstituteusa.org/method-patients.cfm). To maintain my certification, I attended twice yearly continuing education courses and seminars, from which I always return with more knowledge and skill in relieving patients from pain.

While working as a school-based PT for Loudoun County Schools, I served for four years as the head coach for the Broad Run High School JV and Varsity volleyball teams. I also coached with local club teams over a 10 year period, and served as the Movement and Conditioning Coach for Virginia Elite Volleyball Club in 2008 as well. I love working with volleyball players!

I have been blessed with opportunities to help people around the globe. While living temporarily in Morocco I worked with disabled orphans. During a two-year stay in South Africa I earned an Honorary Physiotherapist license, working with cancer patients in a public hospital. More recently, I have travelled to Peru twice on week-long medical mission trips with Mechanical Care Everywhere, a MDT-focused humanitarian mission underserved Peruvian patients at free clinics are treated using the MDT method only, empowering them to care for themselves.

I enjoy an active lifestyle including biking, kettlebell training and playing volleyball. In my quiet moments I enjoy hiking and travelling with my husband and our rescue dog Rio, visiting our three grown daughters and two Cavapoo granddogs whenver we can.

I look forward to meeting you, and hearing your story!

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