We welcome Michael Tardio, DPT who recently joined our practice after completing the Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. Michael who is following in his father’s footsteps- Angelo is one of the owners of ESSMC- sees patients in the Plum office.

Congratulations to Darren Miller who successfully completed the Ocean’s Seven challenge by swimming across the North Sea on August 29th. Way to go Darren – we are proud of you! Read the full article now!

Darren USA

Remember to visit www.essmc.com to view our numerous videos covering multiple topics of interest, patient testimonials, and to get answers to your Physical Therapy related questions.

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  • Celebrate Monroeville:

Thursday, September 19th  at the new Monroeville Convention Center.  Celebrate Monroeville is a showcase of local businesses and resturants from around the area.  The “Taste of Monroeville” section gives you a chance to sample local favorites.  ESSMC will be on hand to meet and greet, and answer your questions about physcial therapy and our practice.  We hope to see you at this great community event!

  • Miles of Smiles 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk presented by Serving Other Souls
  • ESSMC / Elite Runner Combo Day spotlighting the ALTER G Treadmill
    • Murrysville Office
    • Sunday September 22nd 10 AM – 3 PM
    • Gait Analysis  – Flexibility Screens – Injury Clinic
    • Email john@essmc.com to reserve a spot


Important Insurance Reminders

We urge patients to be good advocates for their healthcare and to have a good understanding of the insurance plan provisions. One of the most significant points to remember is that you ALWAYS have a choice of providers for any service that you need. More often than we would like, we hear that patients are being directed away from our practice by physician groups owned by UPMC. Be aware of this and insist on choosing our practice especially if you have had a successful result in the past.

Be a good consumer and seek out what is best for you!

Co-Pay/ Deductible Challenges?

If you or someone you know is in need of our service, but is hesitating to schedule because of co-pays or deductible issues, please call the office and discuss the matter with our staff. We DO have options for you. Your conversation will be held in the strictest confidence.


Active for Life is a wellness program sponsored by The American Cancer Society.  This 10-week program encourages all adults to be more active on a regular basis by setting individual goals and forming teams for motivation and support.

Recently, they published some quick tips to kick-start health and fitness for those in the workplace and at home.

For more information, check out the American Cancer Society website at: http://www.cancer.org.


* More than 60 percent of U.S. adults do not engage in the recommended amount of activity.

* Approximately 25 percent of U.S. adults are not active at all.

* Physical inactivity is more common among:

‐ Women than men.

‐ African American and Hispanic adults than whites.

‐ Older than younger adults.

‐ Less affluent than more affluent people.

* Social support from family and friends has been consistently and positively related to regular physical



*Reduces the risk of dying from coronary heart disease and of developing high blood pressure, colon

cancer, and diabetes.

* Can help reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension.

* Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints.

* Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression and fosters improvements in mood and feelings of wellbeing.

* Helps control weight, develop lean muscle, and reduce body fat.


33 Ways to Increase Your Footsteps

1. Go 10 feet out of your way to pick up a piece of trash in the street.

2. Stop your car on a long trip and get out in the fresh air to stretch and walk a few minutes to

loosen up your leg and back muscles.

3. In the shopping mall, park where all the other cars aren’t.

4. Unload your shopping bags from the car in four trips instead of juggling four bags in two

arms while throwing out your back.

5. If you ever move again, consider selecting a multi‐level house or condo with a basement,

main floor and second level.

6. Take your dog out for one extra 5‐minute walk a day.

7. Take a walk and promise yourself you won’t stop until you find a penny.

8. Garden!

9. Cut your lawn with a non‐riding mower.

10. Play golf like a pro‐ without an electric cart.

11. Watch part of a movie, sports event or the news on a treadmill or stationary bike instead of

100% on the couch.

12. Get up from the computer occasionally to deliver your office e‐mail personally.

13. Enter your office building on the far entrance.

14. Take a family member for a walk anytime.

15. Take one or two extra flights of stairs each day instead of the elevator.

16. Walk about your house once a day to make one tiny home improvement.

17. Walk alongside the moving walkway at the airport.

18. Walk the length of the concourse while waiting for your delayed flight.

19. Rise off the couch and move during TV commercials.

20. Walk around the soccer field while watching your kids play a game.

21. Take a short 2‐minute walk outside when you feel your energy dropping.

22. Keep a physical activity journal for the rest of your life.

23. Set a goal to reach “x” footsteps per week.

24. Park your car in a central location and do your errands on foot instead of driving 30 seconds

to each individual site.

25. Walk away from your TV whenever a food commercial comes on.

26. Never sit for more than 20 straight minutes.

27. Change the TV stations manually once in awhile.

28. Rake leaves in the fall more often.

29. Return your supermarket shopping cart to its proper storage location.

30. Help a senior citizen carry a package at the shopping center.

31. In general, take more trips to carry less weight per trip.

32. Take a 5‐minute walk after dinner.

33. Think footsteps‐anytime, anywhere.

Adapted from‐ Active for Life ‐American Cancer Society


As we gear up for fall sports season, ESSMC is proud to be Sports Medicine Providers for Gateway School District and Plum Borough School District.  This is our 30th season at Plum High School and we are commemorating it with our ‘now famous’ t-shirts imprinted with a purple logo.

Click the links to view the school’s Athletics webpage:


Plum Borough

 Good Luck to all the Student Athletes this season!

Where has your Rehab Taken You?

Send us your photos of you wearing your ESSMC gear and we’ll post it in the next Newletter!