North County Water & Sports Therapy Center - February 2020

PATIENT PULSE

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This year marks my 25th wedding anniversary, and it’s incredible to think about all the adventures we’ve embarked on together. Twenty-five years ago, we honeymooned in Paris, and it was filled with all the magic you can possibly imagine when you think of Paris. It holds a special place in both our hearts, which is why we were so excited to go back in January, both to celebrate our anniversary and my husband’s birthday. The first time you venture into the old part of a European city, you suddenly and swooningly realize how much history you’re standing in the middle of. Everything is so reminiscent of a time untold except in books and movies, which just can’t give you the same experience. The architecture is inspiring, there are flower markets on every corner, and you never want for cheese shops, bakeries, and butcher shops. You can walk nearly everywhere, and you do it among endless history and culture. It’s really no wonder Paris is deemed one of the most romantic places in the world. Seeing as we’re also avid foodies and lovers of art, there’s really no place better for us to go. There’s a perfect little creperie formerly called Gargantua (now Boulangerie Saint-Michel) that made such an impression on our taste buds that it’s now emblazoned in our minds. We could find that place blindfolded if we had to. I always go for a raspberry crepe, and my husband’s favorite is Grand Marnier and butter. We wrap them in bags, take them to go, and try to eat slowly while discussing what bread, cheese, and wine to pick up for lunch later on. Only in Paris. When it comes to art, we manage to see something new every time we visit because there’s such a vast array that you hardly know where to begin and can find no way to end. We love the Musée d’Orsay because we’re fans of impressionist art. The Louvre is always fascinating, but we’ve learned to visit less popular locations so we can see more. We finally had an opportunity to visit The Musée Picasso after years of wanting to go, and it did not disappoint. I’ve personally come to love sculptures and can never get enough of the Rodin Museum. But the truth is I’m not sure I’d be an art lover if it weren’t for my husband. He’s always loved art and even paints as a hobby. He introduced me to the appreciation you can have for art and showed me there’s more to it than ABOUT THE CITY OF LOVE THERE’S A LOT TO LOVE 15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128

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thinking something simply “looks nice.” He took the time to offer me insight about artists and the techniques they used. Through him, I found that the more you know about what you’re looking at, the more appreciation you gain for it. Exposing yourself to something through someone who has a true passion for it opens you up to the capacity to love it like they do. That’s why we’ve made it all the way to our 25th wedding anniversary. We share our insights and opinions constantly, but it’s never with the intention to change the other person. We accept each other for who we are. We enjoy each other in everyday life, like when we do the dishes or sort the laundry. And when we travel together, we get to share moments that are new to both of us. Life is about creating memories, but I truly believe that having someone to create them with makes those memories all the more special when you look back on them. Appreciating each other in that way has become the secret to our success.

–Beth Scalone

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VALENTINE’S LESSONS

TALKING TO YOUR ADOLESCENT ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS

RESPECTING OTHERS Dr. David Anderson, a clinical psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, believes it’s especially important to talk to adolescents about respecting boundaries. “One of the big lessons we want to be sending to kids at any age is that there are two people to consider,” he writes, explaining that adolescents tend to only focus on their own feelings and need to learn to consider how their crush may feel about them. This awareness might prevent them from overstepping someone else’s comfort zone. RESPECTING THEMSELVES At the same time, kids and teens should know the importance of respecting their own feelings. Setting boundaries can be especially important when your child is confronted with an unwanted Valentine’s Day card or request for a date and feels pressured to reciprocate. “Boundary setting is imperative to learn during adolescence because it is a time of identity formation,” writes Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell in Psychology Today. “Healthy boundaries allow teens to feel respected, valued, and empowered to build positive relationships in their lives.” It also helps them handle uncomfortable social situations with grace and maturity. Crushes and first dates are a part of growing up, as is learning how to contribute to healthy relationships. Much like a first step or learning to drive, patient, loving parental support makes all the difference.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, stores are filled with chocolates, stuffed animals, and cards for significant others. Love is in the air! Even though you may not realize it, your kids may also be feeling the pressure. Crushes, dates, and broken hearts are part of their lives, too, but they may struggle to talk with you about it. Thankfully, developmental experts have weighed in on how to approach these important and delicate conversations. NO LAUGHING MATTER Judith Myers-Walls, professor emeritus of child development at Purdue, urges parents not to treat their kids’ crushes as silly. We may know these early expressions of love aren’t that serious in the long run, but to an adolescent, the emotions are very powerful. “They are very easily embarrassed about those feelings,” Myers-Walls observes, “so parents and other adults should be respectful and not tease about those issues.” Rather than make kids feel ashamed of these early romantic feelings, let them know you’re there to talk to them about it.

PATIENT SUCCESS STORY

HEAR FROM CHRISTINA RODOCKER

There’s no greater compliment we can receive than kind words from our patients. We’re always humbled when a patient is willing to share their treatment experience with us and others. Here, in her own words, is how Christina describes her experience with North County Water and Sports Therapy Center. “I found myself in a situation where physical recovery was necessary to improving my well-being. When I first started out with North County, I had very little knowledge of just how long recovery can take. I learned that it was dependent on consistency, commitment to coming in regularly, and also doing my recommended at-home exercises.

After three months, I’ll admit I was feeling somewhat defeated because things weren’t improving as fast as I wanted them to. But after five months, I was feeling much better and getting close to feeling normal again. The exercises had become much easier, and I was feeling almost no pain. Somewhere in the 6–8-month range, I realized I was almost there. Everything was coming together. My brain had finally wrapped around everything I was learning, and I was easily applying it to my real life and exercise outside of therapy. I could never have achieved that without the help of North County.” –Christina Rodocker

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Studies show that 1 in 10 Americans lives with chronic pain for more than one year. When you’re in pain, you seek a way to cope. Some might attend regular physical therapy appointments to find the source of the pain and resolve it. Others might ignore the pain and adapt their lifestyle to avoid making it worse. Either way, the body continues to sustain real damage with these adaptations, which compounds pain and can make things worse. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean healing is a lost cause. Somatic exercises can offer a solution to long-term pain sufferers. Dr. Thomas Hanna taught the first class on somatics in 1990. He had discovered a disconnect between the industrialized world and healthy, pain-free living. Many people in industrialized countries have accepted pain as a natural part of aging and don’t understand that the body can heal from everyday pain and ailments. Somatics involve short, hands-on movements to correct the body’s posture and mobility, which can then stimulate proper healing through further movement and therapy. The technique retrains the brain on proper movement, function, and positioning to align your body and your mind so you can heal instead of just living with pain. CONNECTING MIND AND BODY HOW SOMATICS CAN OFFER HEALING FOR LONGTIME PAIN SUFFERERS

Somatic exercises come in two forms. The first method is done with the help of a physical therapist — or in some instances, a massage therapist — who pinpoints the areas of tension and guides you through hands-on exercises that relieve the pain and align the body. The second method involves exercises patients can do at home according to their physical therapist’s guidance.

You don’t have to live with pain. Healing is possible, and somatics may help you get on the road to recovery.

TAKE A BREAK

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Make date night simple with this easy shrimp scampi recipe.

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

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4 tbsp butter 4 tbsp olive oil

1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter with 2 tbsp of olive oil. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes. 2. Add shrimp and oregano, stirring frequently until shrimp is pink. Remove shrimp from skillet. 3. Add wine and lemon juice to skillet and bring the mixture to a boil. 4. Stir in remaining butter and olive oil and cook until butter is melted. 5. Add cooked shrimp to skillet and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. 6. In a serving bowl, top cooked linguine with shrimp mixture. Garnish with parsley and serve.

1 tbsp minced garlic 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/2 tsp oregano 1/2 cup dry white wine 1/4 cup lemon juice 8 oz cooked linguine

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1/4 cup parsley

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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Celebrating Our Love in Paris

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Crushes, Valentine’s Day, and Parenting

Patient Success Story

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Don’t Live in Pain Any Longer With Somatics

Easy Shrimp Scampi

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February Is Museum Month!

SAN DIEGO MUSEUM MONTH GET HALF-PRICED ADMISSION DURING FEBRUARY

SAN DIEGO AIR & SPACE MUSEUM (SDASM) With a mission to preserve the artifacts of air and space history and educate the public about the significance of these industries, the SDASM is a celebration of how far humans have come. You can stand underneath a hot air balloon from 1783, the first manned vehicle to lift humans above the Earth. Get up close with combat aircraft or explore interactive space exhibitions that take you to the stars. It’s a great way to learn all about how far humans have pushed their limits. LIVING COAST DISCOVERY CENTER Situated on the San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, the center has a proud history of nature and wildlife conservation coupled with a continuing goal to educate the public on how they can protect our natural world. They feature animal encounters and feedings with a variety of sea life and birds, like sea turtles and eagles. Their guided tours, like the Sweetwater Safari, take guests out on interactive

During the month of February, over 40 San Diego County museums will participate in Museum Month, which means their regular admission will be half-priced. All you have to do is pick up a free Museum Month pass at a participating San Diego County library, then decide which museums to visit! Here are a few great places to start. MUSEUM OF MAKING MUSIC Located in Carlsbad, this museum promises that you’ll hear a whole lot of music during your visit. Whether you want to learn about the rags of the early 1900s or the evolution of jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, or pop, this museum demonstrates how music connects and inspires the world by featuring those who make, sell, and use musical instruments. The galleries present a lesser-known, fascinating history of music, and interactive displays and instruments will inspire kids to discover the music that makes them sway.

hiking trails to learn about the flora and fauna around the center. If you’re a nature lover, this is a great way to spend a day.

See the full list of participating museums by visiting SanDiegoMuseumCouncil.org.

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DO YOU NEED A MENTAL BOOST?

GO FOR A WALK! BETTER YET, WALK OUTSIDE!

It is already February, and 2020 is now in full swing. Like the rest of us, you are probably easing back into everyday life after the holidays. Most of us know that adding walking or running into our routines can reduce body fat, improve blood pressure, improve endurance, and increase life span. But did you know it also has brain benefits? Read below for even more perks of going for a walk. • Improve your creative thinking. In a 2014 Stanford study, researchers found that walking increased creative output by up to 60%. Walking outside had the highest quality of this “divergent thinking,” or free flow of ideas. Need ideas on how to solve a problem? Go for a walk. • Reduce your anxiety. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of walking may be just as effective as a 45-minute workout in reducing anxiety. Stressed out with little free time? Go for walk. • Boost your mood. An Iowa State University study found that just 12 minutes of walking increased self-confidence, cheerfulness, stamina, and attentiveness. Walking outside, specifically in nature, was found to reduce negative thinking about past experiences, which also prevents depression. Need a mental pick-me-up? Go for a walk! Are you starting a new program or recovering from an injury or illness? Just ask your physical therapist to help. At North County Water and Sports Therapy Center, we can develop a safe, effective program for you to meet your goals. Call us today at (858) 675-1133 for your wellness exam and program development.

Looking for a hike? While you can always walk in your neighborhood, local park, or backyard, here are some recommended websites for finding the perfect trail for you. • IHikeSanDiego.com/san-diego-hikes • AmericanHiking.org

Want an app for your smartphone instead? Check out AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run . It provides difficulty levels, distances, and maps, and it even tells you if dogs are allowed on trails. If you need even more inspiration to take a walk, then check out these pictures of our team out on the trails with family and loved ones. If you’re going for a walk, take a loved one if you can!

Chris and his girlfriend, Alyssa, at the top of Iron Mountain

Britani and her kids at the beach

Tori with her boyfriend, Joe, and their two dogs

Leslie and her husband, Ryan, at Gliderport in La Jolla

Ryann’s kids, Amelia and Joseph, on Annie’s Canyon Trail

Call (858) 675-1133 to find out more.

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