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Why I Love Being a Physical Therapist
W hen a patient comes into a physical therapy practice, they’re often at a low point in their life. For whatever reason, their body has turned against them. An injury can be a heavy burden, and it can be difficult to think of anything else when your body is afflicted with persistent pain. “We can take a patient from their lowest point to their highest, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of that process.” In high school, I was an active athlete who had to overcome several injuries, so I understand the toll injuries can take on the psyche. Back then, basketball and football were central to my life, so when I dislocated my shoulder, brutally sprained my ankle, or tore any number of vital ligaments, it shook me up on a fundamental level. Even being off the court or field for two weeks made me feel terrible. There I was on the sidelines, watching some of my closest friends and teammates scrambling around trying to make it work without me. When you’re injured, you know it (usually) isn’t your
fault, but you still feel some degree of guilt, and that’s on top of the aches and restrictions the injury forces upon you. That’s why I find my work so meaningful. As a physical therapist, it’s my job to alleviate
patients’ pain, but it’s also my mission to help them emerge from that low point in their life and leave therapy feeling better than they did even before the injury. Over the course of the few weeks or months patients regularly come into the practice, I get personally invested in each patient’s story. I’ll ask them about their goals for the treatment, but beyond that, I’ll get to know and understand them as a person. Honestly, you’d be amazed at the kind of personal relationships you can forge when you see the same person twice a week for a couple of months. They come in depressed about their injury, and every week you leave them feeling a little better, until finally they’ve returned range of motion and eliminated pain at the source, and it’s time for them to take over the treatment for themselves. The moment when a patient leaves is always bittersweet. Obviously, I’m always proud of their progress and thrilled that they’ve
achieved their goals, but by that time, I’m often saying goodbye to not only a patient, but a friend. Luckily, we have a bunch of patients who stop by to say hello. When they come through the doors, at first I’m always worried. “Oh no,” I think, “What’ve they injured now?” But then, when I find out they’re just there to check in and chat for a minute, it’s incredibly gratifying. Transforming a patient’s body from a hindrance that they have to battle against every day into something that enables them to do the activities they love is the best part of the work I do. We can take a patient from their lowest point to their highest, and I consider it a privilege to be a part of that process
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4 FOODS for Youthful Exuberance
What we eat influences not only our overall health, but how we age. Diets high in fat and sugar tend to age us quicker — and they can be detrimental to our brain, especially when it comes to memory and cognition. Want to maintain a youthful spark and keep your mind sharp as you age? It’s all a matter of incorporating the following foods into your diet (while cutting down on the junk).
consuming too much of a good thing can negate the positive health benefits.
foods you already eat (freshly ground is best). Omega-3s help reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. Flaxseed is also high in fiber. These wonderful things come together to lower LDL cholesterol.
Blueberries These juicy little blue balls of goodness are packed with
Salmon This is one fishy
antioxidants, which keep cells functioning at peak performance. That includes cells in the brain and those believed to be associated with both short- and long-term memory. Eat blueberries as a snack, toss them in a smoothie, or add a handful to some salad, oatmeal, or cottage cheese.
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Avocados These green machines are high in healthy, monounsaturated fat. It helps maintain
omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is one of the heart-
healthiest sources of protein you can eat. Other varieties of fish are exceptionally heart-healthy as well, namely sardines and anchovies, but those can be an acquired taste for some folks (though they are great in salads).
Flaxseed One of the easiest ways to boost your omega-3 fatty acid intake is to add a few tablespoons of ground flaxseed to
a more ideal blood pressure and can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure as you age. Because avocados are high in fat, you still want to watch how much you eat. Like any of the foods on this list,
• cannot travel to a clinic for rehabilitation for whatever reason. • need assistance in the home or assisted living facility. • have families who need assistance with care or obtaining the necessary equipment to adequately care for their loved one. How do I sign up for home care? First, make sure that you’ve been fully discharged from any previous home health cases. If you have not been discharged, please find out your upcoming discharge date and let them know you will need proof of discharge. Then, call either our Four Corners (352-243- 9341) or Clermont (352-243-4422) office and speak to our assistant administrator. Make sure you have your insurance information readily available. They will get you set up with one of our highly qualified physical therapists as soon as possible. Take the first step toward living pain-free, right from the comfort of your own home, and call today!
Everybody knows that you can head to the local physical therapy practice to seek relief for your pain, improve range of motion, and even help you prevent a catastrophic fall in your home. But for some patients, it can be difficult to make it all the way to the office. Maybe they have issues with their mobility or don’t have access to a vehicle. Or maybe they would simply rather have a therapist come to their home for treatment rather than make the trip to the outpatient clinic. No matter the reason, these patients are in luck, because now, physical therapists at Four Corners are able to visit patients in their own home! If you live in Central Florida, including Groveland, Minneola, Davenport, Mascotte, or Monteverde, our therapists can provide you with almost any service we offer within the practice. In-home services are perfect for patients who: • prefer to be seen within the comfort of their own home. • have just had surgery and need home treatment for an allotted period of time.
THERAPY AND REHABILITATION in the Comfort of Your Own Home
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WHY STRETCHING BEFORE GOLF IS ESSENTIAL T o outsiders, golf may look like a leisurely stroll down the green, stopping every couple hundred If you have a scheduled tee time, make sure you show up 15–20 minutes early to get ready. You wouldn’t play basketball or football without an appropriate warmup, and golf shouldn’t be any different. (And How to Do It)
meters to tap the ball along the fairway. But those of us who regularly hit the links know better. When you’re swinging a metal club for over four hours, it’s only natural that strains, sprains, and repetitive muscle erosion can follow. And even without injury, it’s a consistently demanding physical sport. The tiniest restriction on your range of motion can create a bad habit that will throw the ball awry with every accidental slice. That’s why proper stretching is a vital part of playing successful golf. Stretching will not only help keep your lower back, core, shoulders, and arms working correctly while you’re on the course, it will drastically improve your performance. But how do you get the most out of your stretching routine? SUDOKU
Before stretching, get your blood pumping to your muscles with a general warmup. Fifteen minutes of brisk walking should do the trick. Then, do some dynamic stretches. Start with a few wide circles with your arms outstretched, moving through your full range of motion. Then, brace yourself against a post or wall, and swing your leg forward and backward, switching when you feel you’ve gotten a good stretch. After that, swing your legs outward to the side, as well. Follow that with a few lunges. Cross your arms across your chest and twist your torso as far as is comfortable back and forth, stretching your back in the process. Finally, lift one arm above your head and
stretch your back to the side, reaching for the opposite hip. Repeat this on the other side. After you’ve finished your round of golf, engage in some static stretches by touching your toes, pulling your foot up toward your waist while standing, and stretching your calves against a wall. This way, you’ll ensure your cool-down will go as smoothly as possible.
SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO SOUP INGREDIENTS
Grid n°72300 easy
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• 3 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped • 1 onion, chopped • 2 stalks celery, sliced • 2 medium carrots, chopped
• 1 tablespoon garlic, minced • 5 cups chicken or vegetable stock • 1 cup coconut milk • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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1. Place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a slow cooker. 2. Season everything to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours. 4. Puree everything until
smooth, using a blender or an immersion blender. 5. Add the coconut milk, give
everything a good stir, and cook for another 30 minutes.
6. Adjust the seasoning and serve warm.
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STRETCH BEFORE HITTING THE GREEN SLOW COOKER SWEET POTATO SOUP ICONIC MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE BALLOONS ICONIC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
Snoopy When it comes to balloon characters, none is more famous than the classic “Peanuts” beagle. His first balloon floated through the sky in 1968, and he’s been a regular fixture ever since. Charles Schultz’s famous pooch holds the record for most variations in a parade (eight) and most total appearances (40). Though Snoopy doesn’t come out every year, he usually closes the show when he does. Pikachu The Pokémon mascot didn’t appear until 2001, but he’s become a star attraction, showing up every year since. Bright, expressive, and impossible to miss, Pikachu checks off all the boxes for a successful balloon character. For 16 years, those who predicted that Pokémon was just a fad have gotten a big, yellow reminder of just how wrong they were.
largest parade. Over 3.5 million people attended the parade last year, with another 20 million tuning in from home. The main attraction is always the massive character balloons, which first graced the skies in 1927. Over the decades, some of these balloons have become nearly as famous as the character they depict. Felix the Cat When the Felix the Cat balloon appeared in 1931, it set the standard for all characters to follow. Sadly, the original balloon got tangled in wires and caught on fire, so it has been lost to history. Felix’s influence on the parade is so immense, however, that when Macy’s brought him back in 2016 for the parade’s 90th anniversary, they recreated his original design. Without Felix’s debut, the parade might look a lot different today.
Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, from turkey and stuffing to football and naps. Since 1924, the Macy’s Parade has grown to become not only a Thanksgiving staple but also the world’s
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