PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW
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GETTING BACK INTO THE SPRING OF THINGS I’ve been looking forward to spring, and I’m glad it’s finally arrived! I love when the days get longer and the weather gets a little nicer. Better weather means I can start riding my bike to work. It will be good to get fresh air every day and keep up on that regular physical activity, especially following a busy ski season! On one of my recent ski trips, I noticed that my knee was starting to bother me. Of course, being a physical therapist, that puts me at a slight advantage over the average skier. Now it’s up to me to keep up with exercises I recommend for my own patients! If it works for them, it should work for me. At home, we just got a new dog — if you can believe it! Our newest member of the family has become a companion to our other dog, and they seem to get along well. Our new dog is a rescue, just like our first, and he’s about 10 years old. He has a great demeanor and is very mellow, which is good considering he didn’t have the easiest life before we adopted him. But we’re glad to have him as part of our family!
Speaking of family, my son is off to Europe! He’ll be taking a 2–3 month trip through Europe to see all the sights and really take in the different cultures along the way. This trip was a long time coming, and he certainly earned it as a recent grad from the University of Oregon. While he was working on his undergraduate degree, some of his friends had a chance to visit Europe, but he wasn’t able to join them at the time; he was just too busy. Thankfully he was able to set aside a couple of months to get some travel under his belt before he pursues the next big thing. It should be a lot of fun for him. With spring so close, many people are spending more time outdoors. Whether it’s a bike ride or an evening walk, taking the time to get moving can do wonders for your body. For remarkable effect on the way you feel. Studies have shown that it produces many health benefits, including lowering your risk for cardiovascular disease. instance, getting some physical activity after dinner can have a
In the evening, after you’ve eaten, physical activity puts your muscles to work. They can use that food as it’s converted to energy rather than store it as fat. Even better, you’re more likely to get a restful night’s sleep — which is critical when your body needs to heal itself. The better you sleep, the better your body can repair damage. This is especially crucial after an accident or injury. While physical therapy is beneficial, you don’t want to discount the power of sleep. As you do get out more and enjoy more physical activity, be careful. A lot of people injure themselves in the spring because they slowed down during the winter. You don’t want to jump back into riding a bike full time or running several miles without retraining your body. Take it one step at a time, and if you do have concerns getting back into swing of things, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP
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