Kinetic PT - January 2019


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The year starts as a bit of a whirlwind for us Ulmers. January is both Emilie’s birth month and Nathan’s hockey tournament season, so there’s a lot of running around on top of the day-to-day operations of the clinic. In fact, these two occasions fall on the same day this year, so we’ll be celebrating my wife’s birthday rinkside. Believe it or not, the last time this coincidence happened a few years ago, Nathan scored his very first goal — talk about a present! As much joy as these family events bring me, I can’t help but worry this time of year. The winter is tough on so many of our patients; the ice and snow can cause us to be inactive, bring back old aches, and cause serious falls. I’ve made so many friends through our clinic who are at risk of these conditions that I really won’t rest easy until the spring thaw. That’s why I’d like to take a moment and ask you to add one more New Year’s resolution to your list: Stick with your exercises. If you’ve been assigned a stretch or exercise routine to help manage your pain, it’s crucial you keep these up over the winter. Sometimes people tend to get a

little lax with these until the aches come back, which shouldn’t be the case. For this pain management to truly be effective, you need to make it a routine. Otherwise, there may come a day when the pain doesn’t leave. I know it can be tempting to be inactive when it’s cold and dark outside. But keeping yourself limber is the best way to stay pain-free and reduce your risk of falling. So why not start the new year by picking up those old routines — or starting new ones? Over the years, patients have shared with me the ways they like to work their exercises into their day, so I thought I’d share a few of my favorites. Doing exercise first thing in the morning is my personal favorite. This way, you’re moving and feeling better throughout the rest of your day without stiff muscles or joints. This is particularly popular among my patients who like to go to the gym; it’s the perfect pre-workout. Of course, we can’t all be morning people. Many of the patients I work with have told me that they prefer to exercise while watching the news in the evening. So long as you

can multitask and ensure you’re keeping proper form, this can be a great way to work your pain management into your existing routine. If you have trouble setting aside the full length of time it takes you to get through your exercises, you don’t have to do them all in one sitting. Many people don’t know this, but it is perfectly acceptable to break your exercises into reps done over the course of your day. Whether you try any of these methods or come up with your own, what matters is that you stick with it. That way, these exercises feel less like a chore and more like a normal part of your everyday life. It may be difficult at first, but keeping up with your pain-management routine can be your best defense against those old and new aches alike. I don’t mind if that means you come into the clinic less as a result. If you can keep yourself mobile and pain-free using the exercises we’ve shown you, that’s a win for everyone. Here’s to putting our best foot forward in the new year, –Mike Ulmer | 1

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