WE’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR NEW RECEPTIONIST, JENNIFER! A NOTE ABOUT HER LOVE FOR HELPING PATIENTS, FAMILY, AND THE 4TH OF JULY!
One of the best holidays we celebrate here in the U.S. is Independence Day. While its historical significance certainly makes it worthy of celebration, the party associated with this great day is what makes it so memorable. Fireworks, sunshine, barbecues, and swimming are just a few of the ingredients that make the Fourth of July a favorite here at ROC Physical Therapy. Because our new receptionist, Jennifer, has one of the best Independence Day traditions of anyone on our team, we decided it was a perfect time to introduce her to our readers! After spending several years working in numerous medical offices in the Folsom area, Jennifer joined our office family this March. While she has yet to celebrate her six-month “workiversary,” Jennifer says she felt at home right away. “I was originally hired for a part- time receptionist role working three days a week, but Matt and the rest of the team have slowly brought me up to full time, which has been wonderful. The change has allowed me to spend more time interacting with the patients and learning their stories, which is my absolute favorite part of the job.” Jennifer is definitely a local, as she was born in Sacramento, raised in Rescue, and graduated from Ponderosa High School. She met her husband 24 years ago and has been married for 20 years.
office, she stays busy hanging out with her husband, Mike, and their three kids, Maddy (19), Alli (16), and Tristan (12). They also have three furry family members: two Chihuahuas named Tinkerbell and Chloe, and a Yorkie named Peanut. She spends as much time as she can with her family relaxing in their backyard poolside, firing up the grill, and taking family trips. She enjoys going to all her son’s basketball, football, and baseball games. Attending big- name country music concerts with her daughters is a favorite, since Jennifer loves wearing her boots and kickin’ up the dust to some country music. The Fourth of July holds a special place in Jennifer’s heart because she is extremely patriotic. She started a fun tradition in her neighborhood: a Fourth of July parade around the block. Everyone decorates their bikes, scooters, wagons, and strollers. Her fireman husband, Captain Mike, leads the parade with a Folsom Fire Department fire truck complete with air horns, lights, and sirens. This tradition has given many fun memories and good times to her family. As her kids have gotten older, they changed up their Fourth of July tradition the last couple years with some fun vacations to Donner Lake. The city hosts a fun-filled family day on the beach with a live band, water games, and activities, all situated right there in the warm sand. Jennifer grew up going on vacations to Donner Lake and has
really enjoyed taking her family there. “It’s been amazing to see my kids enjoy Donner Lake the same way I did as a kid. Renting a cabin up there each year has made for some of the best memories of my life,” Jennifer explains. One year that stands out is when Jennifer and her family rented a cabin on the water that had its own dock. After spending the day barbecuing on the beach, they all headed back to the cabin and watched the city’s fireworks show over the water. “With some of the brightest and most impressive fireworks I’ve ever encountered, Donner Lake put on a display like no other,” says Jennifer, “and watching them cascade over the water with my family made it even better!” All of us here at ROC Physical Therapy are so excited Jennifer has joined our team. We couldn’t be happier to have her serve as the first person potential patients meet when they walk through our office doors. If you see her around, be sure to introduce yourself and ask about her family’s adventures or photos of her dogs! You won’t be sorry!
–The Team at ROC PT
Even on the days when Jennifer isn’t busy helping our patients at the
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LIMBERING UP FOR YOUR NEXT ROAD TRIP
Even though road trips offer you a break from the monotony of your office, the stiffness in your muscles and joints that comes from sitting in one position for too long can follow you onto the road if you’re not careful. Whether in front of a laptop or behind the wheel, taking the opportunity to stretch and exercise on your summer road trip is a great way to prevent the soreness from following you back to the office. Here are a few stretches to keep in mind for the next rest stop.
your elbows at 90-degree angles, then lean forward. This will cause your chest muscles to open up. Hold this position for 15 seconds. You can do a similar stretch by bending downward while keeping your hands on your car door in front of you, stretching your entire upper body. While you’re driving, a good way to prevent sore hips is by making sure your knees are slightly elevated above them in your seat. Once you have the opportunity to stop, try doing some hip flexors. Kneel on one knee, slowly push your pelvis forward, squeeze your shoulders back, and open your chest. Hold this position for 15 seconds, then repeat while kneeling on the other knee. FOR THE HIPS
FOR THE NECK
your arms upward, and then lean your upper body forward. You’ll feel a pull in the back of your upper leg. Once you’ve done this for about 15–30 seconds, repeat the process with your left heel. The road may be long, but that doesn’t mean you have to feel it in your muscles. If you stop every couple of hours and take some time to limber up, your body will thank you.
Reach your left arm over the top of your head and touch your right ear. Then, gently pull your head to the left and hold it there for 15 seconds. Repeat this process with your right arm.
FOR THE CHEST
FOR THE LEGS
Stand in front of a door frame with one hand pressed on either side and
To stretch out your hamstrings, place your right heel on a small step. Extend
ZUCCHINI, AVOCADO, AND SWISS CHARD—OHMY! A GUIDE TO EATING SEASONALLY THIS JULY
When you eat something during its harvesting season, you get the most out of your meal. In-season fruits and vegetables are more nutrient-dense than their out-of-season counterparts, and there’s no matching the flavor profile of fresh, in-season produce. Even better, because in-season foods are so bountiful during their peak, you can save a lot of money by shopping with the season. This July, enjoy some tasty foods during their prime with this handy guide.
Don’t forget about the cherries and blueberries, too! Because these fruits are so plentiful this time of the year, it’s easy to find ingredients for your favorite recipes. Host a Latin-inspired foods night with fresh guacamole and salsa, or make a delectable shortcake with a blackberry and strawberry mixture on top. There’s no better time to fire up the grill than July, and not just because of the weather. Zucchini and corn reach their peak during July, and these grilling favorites pair well with steaks, burgers, hot dogs, or fish. Go low-carb by stuffing your zucchini with vegetables and a protein for a charred skillet bowl. Even better, add some corn to your fresh salsa to add GRILL GAME SO STRONG
an extra zing to your tacos. Regardless of how you utilize them, zucchini and corn are sweetest, juiciest, and freshest during July.
Filling your plate with plenty of greens is never easier than in July. Pick up a bundle of spinach, arugula, lettuce, Swiss chard, or any other leafy green, which are all juiciest and freshest during July. Cucumbers and green beans are bountiful this time of the year, as well. This July, add some fresh flavor to your water with cucumbers or create hearty salads with any of the leafy greens mentioned above. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate the middle of summer than by consuming its most delicious foods.
Avocado toast lovers rejoice! Your season is here. Avocados are in season during July, joining many other fruity favorites. Gorge yourself on scrumptious blackberries, sweet strawberries, and bountiful tomatoes.
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INSOMNIACS UNITE 3 FREE APPS TO HELP YOU CATCH THOSE Z’S
Everyone with a smartphone has heard time and time again that looking at your phone before bed is a bad idea. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “The use of electronic devices in the bedroom further disrupts the natural pattern of the sleep-wake cycle” primarily as a result of the blue light emitted
from the screen. While most scientific data pertaining to sleep recommends you place your phone in another room overnight, those who toss and turn regardless of phone location might benefit from using technology rather than tucking it away. Here are three FREE sleep apps that might help you get to dreamland faster. While there are many apps that claim to help people fall asleep quicker, very few are programmed to prevent sleepers from growing bored of the same monotonous soundtracks. Pzizz combines music, sound effects, and binaural beats, and an embedded algorithm generates a slightly different track each time you use it. PZIZZ
afterward. The inability to stay asleep throughout the night can stem from a multitude of factors, but snoring tends to be the most common. The Snore Report app records through the night to detect any snoring sounds and then provides the user with an overview of the previous night’s recording, including an index to determine snore intensity. Using this app might not help you fall asleep faster, but it could offer helpful information about why you aren’t able to stay asleep. Instead of setting an alarm to jolt you out of sleep at a specific time, choose a window of time to wake up with the Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock. The app will sense your sleep movements and ring an alarm when you’re in the lightest stage of sleep. This way, you’ll wake at the optimal time, feeling refreshed rather than groggy. SLEEP CYCLE ALARM CLOCK
Many troubled sleepers who are able to fall asleep are jolted awake shortly
TAKE A BREAK!
Inspired by Nom Nom Paleo
The main course on the Fourth of July almost always works with paleo diets, but that isn’t always the case with sides and apps. This salad offers a great way to enjoy some paleo fare without having to resort to only eating grilled meats.
• 1 small shallot, thinly sliced • 4–5 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom, seeded and cut into wedges • 6–10 medium basil leaves, cut into ribbons • 1 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Place shallots in balsamic vinegar for 15 minutes. Drain and pat dry using paper towels. 2. Assemble tomatoes on a plate, top with basil and shallots, and season with salt and pepper. 3. Drizzle olive oil over top of salad and serve immediately.
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INSIDE THIS ISSUE
1. COVER TITLE 1.
WE’D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR NEW RECEPTIONIST, JENNIFER!
2. 4 STRETCHES FOR STAYING LIMBER ON THE ROAD EAT SEASONALLY THIS JULY 3. 3 FREE APPS TO HELP YOU CATCH THOSE Z’S PALEO TOMATO BASIL SALAD 4. PAIN MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors. Depending on a number of factors, one may be more helpful than the other, but if they’re used together, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating your pain. Let’s take a look at how each option can help you.
treatment will help free up your muscles and tendons to alleviate pain and improve your mobility. This normally means stretching or resetting your problem areas. In addition to helping with the pain from certain types of persistent issues like soreness, chronic discomfort, or lack of mobility, chiropractors can also work to alleviate symptoms of certain types of infections and even asthma! Their treatments help you to avoid relying on dangerous pain medication or surgeries. If you’re looking to recover from an injury or surgery, you may want to consider physical therapy. While there’s no end-all treatment for any type of pain, physical therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and restore your range of motion. By fixing PHYSICAL THERAPIST
these underlying problems, you can get back to the things you love. While physical therapy is very different from chiropractic on paper, combining the two to treat your pain can generally be very helpful. Depending on what you’re suffering from, physical therapists may use new age technologies like deep- tissue lasers or hydrotherapy to get you back on your feet again. Whatever you’re looking for, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Consulting a medical professional will allow you to understand the best option for your specific case.
A chiropractor is a physician who treats issues involving the musculoskeletal system, which can have an impact on your body’s general function. By manipulating certain areas, their
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