Advance PT February 2018


9362 W. Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 February 2018

promoting the Special Olympics. He was the first African-American to win the James E. Sullivan award as the nation’s top amateur athlete. Not all of us can be a world-class athlete like Rafer Johnson, but we can all learn a lesson from the effort of Olympic athletes. The values of dedication, preparation, training, and working toward a goal resonate far outside the world of sports. Imagine the work a figure skater has to put in every day in order to shine for just a few moments once every four years. It’s the little things they do every day, the stuff that nobody sees, that makes them champions. We all have things we are working towards. As we get caught up in the grind of everyday life, we sometimes forget that progress doesn’t happen overnight. I’m sure there were times when Rafer Johnson or Kristi Yamaguchi thought of giving up on their dreams. But they persisted, and they made it to the podium. I hope I can approach the challenges in my life with the same enthusiasm. Just don’t ask me to do a triple axel. To me, the Olympic flame symbolizes the burning passion with which the athletes at the games have chased their dreams. As you watch the Olympics this year, I hope you can find that flame within yourself. The Winter Olympics may only arrive once every four years, but the lessons you can take from it can last a lifetime. Olympics are a tribute to exceptionalism if there ever was one.” “I may not know the intricacies of curling, but I know human excellence when I see it. And the


getting excited. I may not know the intricacies of curling, but I know human excellence when I see it. And the Olympics are a tribute to exceptionalism if there ever was one. When I was growing up, my favorite Olympic athlete was Rafer Johnson. That name may not ring a bell for everyone, but he was a hero to me. Johnson was a decathlete that participated in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. After winning silver in Melbourne, he returned to the games to take gold in Rome. I couldn’t believe the things I saw when I watched him compete. He was versatile, dedicated, and demonstrated incredible sportsmanship. If that wasn’t enough, he also played college basketball for UCLA.

“The way you become an Olympic champion is to start working now. It’s always worth it to put the time and effort into something you want to be good at.” –Rafer Johnson I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we live in a sports-crazed society. You can watch sports, or people talking about sports, 24 hours a day. As a lifelong fan, I’m not complaining. However, in the midst of all the overload, I do think that we tend to forget what makes sports magical in the first place. Even college sports have become commodified. A lot of times, watching a game feels like a three-hour commercial. The one event that seems to be immune from a lot of the toxic elements plaguing athletic culture is the Olympics. Whenever the games roll around, I start

Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Outside of athletics, Johnson was equally impressive. He joined the Peace Corps and was involved in

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bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. MATH Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from

delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully and comprehending what they’ve just read. CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients. NUTRITION Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added


Strengthening and stretching techniques also play a huge role in injury prevention. As your body becomes stronger and your range of motion increases, you can do more. Engaging in physical therapy is a bit a like an extended warm up. A pitcher would never take the mound without first throwing dozens of warm- up pitches. Similarly, you shouldn’t strain yourself without having a solid foundation of strength and flexibility. Whether you’re an athlete trying to minimize your time on the sidelines or just an average Joe who wants to get through the day without worrying about getting hurt, Advance Physical Therapy can give you the tools, techniques, and education you need. Of course, not all injuries can be prevented, but you can certainly reduce your risk. The peace of mind that comes from learning sound mechanics and improving your strength is one of the chief benefits of physical therapy.

If you ask 10 people what a physical therapist does, at least nine of them would say, “They help you recover from an injury.” That’s not an inaccurate description, but it fails to include a huge aspect of physical therapy. Physical therapists don’t only help people who have been injured get back to their best. They also teach risk reduction and prevention tactics so you don’t get injured in the first place. One of the ways that therapy helps to reduce the risk of pain and injury is through education on sound body mechanics. Many chronic conditions and repetitive stress injuries are the result of poor habits. A therapist can help you understand how body mechanics impact stress on joints and muscles. From there, they can teach you the safest movement patterns. Once you have that knowledge, you’ll be able to engage in daily activities, as well as more strenuous ones, without worrying about injuring yourself.

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Body Mechanics Are the First Step WANT A BETTER GOLF SWING?

time on the links pain-free and confident in your body. We can’t promise you’ll never have a putt rim out again, but we can help you make a round as enjoyable as possible. Golf, after all, should be a source of joy, not frustration.

your body can and can’t make, these physicals will diagnose the source of any pain you experience on the course. We even score these examinations with a “golf fitness handicap,” which you can then compare to top PGA Tour professionals. We don’t pretend to be swing coaches here at Advance Physical Therapy, but Dr. Jones is certified by the Titleist Performance Institute. TPI is the world’s leader in educating therapists and golfers alike on the connection between body functionality and a great golf swing. Our goal is to teach you sound body mechanics, which you can build your swing on top of. With this solid foundation in place, you’ll find your swing improving faster and your scorecard improving in turn. It won’t be long before the local courses start opening their doors for the season. Schedule a golf physical to ensure that you spend your

Every sport requires athletes to learn a specific set of mechanics. While even simple sports like ping pong involve a lot of technique, they pale in comparison to the complex mechanics of a golf swing. If you’ve ever been to a swing coach or taken lessons from a pro, you know that any number of issues could cause you to slice or hook your shots. From “chicken wing” to “early extend,” these mechanical inefficiencies can keep you from playing your best golf. Sometimes, you’ll know the issue and still be powerless to change it. That disconnect between mind and body could come from a musculoskeletal limitation. And that’s where Advance Physical Therapy can help. As part of our Advance Your Golf program, we offer golf physicals designed to pinpoint physical impediments to your swing. In addition to figuring out the movements



times, but I’ve never wanted to hurt her. I back off when she hisses at me. Well, long story short, when I go into the garage in the morning now to go to work with Al, she is usually eating or begging for breakfast. If I approach her like a good boy, she doesn’t do her cat growl at me or run away. These days, we just touch noses briefly. Then, she continues to beg or eat, and I jump into the car for another day at work. Message: Actions speak louder than words when developing relationships. Harry

We’ve had a feral cat living in our garage for about four years. It was there before I came along. The cat was adopted by my owners, Al and Michelle. They named it Betsy. Betsy comes and goes when she wants. Her job is to patrol and neutralize rodents in the garage. In return, she gets fed daily. It’s not a bad gig for a homeless, wild cat. We have tried very hard not to take the relationship to the next level where she is considered an “owned” cat. Owned cats in our neighborhood have short life spans unless they stay in the house at all times. There are too many critters outside our home that feed on cats. My relationship with Betsy started out as you might expect.When she saw me, her acute and honed feral instincts kicked in and she was gone in a flash. Sometimes, I would give chase, but I only wanted to play. Try to explain that to a cat! Anyway, over the years, she has gotten used to my ways when I’m in the garage. I have cornered her a few

Hoping to shave off those extra holiday pounds or keep up with your New Year’s resolution? Look no further than this easy winter detox salad!


For the Salad •

For the Dressing •

3 cups chopped kale leaves

1 large carrot, roughly chopped

2 cups chopped broccoli florets

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar

2 cups chopped red cabbage

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 cup matchstick carrots

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger

1 cup chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds

1 tablespoon white miso

1/3 cup sliced green onions

1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

1 diced avocado

Salt and pepper, to taste


salt and pepper or add extra honey for a sweeter taste. 3. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve immediately.

1. To make the salad, add all ingredients to a large bowl; toss to combine. 2. To make the dressing, add

all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth. Season to taste with

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Advance: To move forward; to make progress; to move ahead.

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INSIDE This Issue

The Spirit of the Olympics Page 1

Cook Your Way to Better Grades Physical Therapy BEFORE You’re

Injured Page 2

Do You Want to Be a Better Golfer? Whip Up This Winter Salad in

a Flash! Page 3

The Most Romantic Destinations on Earth Page 4

T h e B e s t Valentine’s Getaways to Fantasize About

hours ambling from shop to shop, sampling the delicious local cuisine, and maybe taking a dip along the 300-meter beach. THE MALDIVES From a water villa smack dab in the midst of the glassy, ultra-blue Indian Ocean, you and your main squeeze can enjoy utter seclusion. Sip champagne in the shade of a palm overlooking an otherworldly sunset or get a little more adventurous, strap on a mask, and check out the abundant aquatic wildlife. Many hotels in the area even include access to an array of boats, perfect for your own private excursion along the mild waves. Of course, you could also always just stare, dumbfounded, into the horizon, wondering how such a place could actually exist on Earth.

they stroll around the labyrinthine gardens that surround the elaborate cream-colored structure. Travelers can relax beside one of the many glassy pools sprinkled throughout the estate, all of which are enthusiastically attended by an unparalleled service staff. POSITANO, ITALY More than perhaps anywhere in the world, this place looks like it was lifted straight from a sappy romance novelist’s imagination. You and your partner can kick back on a balcony overlooking the entirety of this seaside town, taking in the century-old multicolored Italian architecture perched precariously on the verdant mountainside. Too small to accommodate swarms of tourists, it’s the perfect place to while away the

Valentine’s Day is for fancy dinners, heart- shaped boxes packed with subpar chocolates, and fantasizing about the magical places you and your beau would have escaped to — if only you had the PTO. So, grab a glass of bottom-shelf cab sauv, cuddle up next to your special someone, and try to make them feel bad for taking you to Chili’s instead of whisking you away to one of these picturesque fantasy lands. UDAIPUR, INDIA These days, meandering through the cobblestone streets of Paris with your loved one is très passé . All the real high-rolling romantics are migrating southeast to the famous Oberoi Udaivilas hotel in western India. Set in a traditional Mewari palace, visitors will feel like royalty as

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