PT 360 March 2018

Getting you back to the life you want to live.


M arch 2018

In Touch

F eeling L ucky ?

Shelly Coffman

2018 is starting out with some bright spots, and for that, I feel lucky. Last year felt like a bad-luck year gone awry. Due to the weather extremes, we had to close a whopping 10 days last winter. On top of that, my daughter suffered a disastrous spinal injury in January, followed by doctors appointments, testing, and a recommendation for surgery. At the same time, in the midst of this personal chaos, we’ve been growing as a clinic, so our schedule was bursting at the seams. My natural response to chaos is to right the ship, get out the maps, chart a course, and try to stay ahead of the weather, all while whistling a happy tune — and that’s just what I did. My daughter is now doing well, thanks to lots of physical therapy and her newfound passion for hip-hop. She’s not out of the woods, but at least she’s on the edge of the woods instead of lost in the middle. At the clinic, our team is bigger and better than ever, and we’re poised for even more growth and joy at work. And for myself, despite loading up my plate even more than usual, I’ve managed to make time for myself by scheduling friend dates and heading back to the gym. Vinegar water is my new wine, and I actually like it! As a PT, I see a lot of people who have suffered from accidents. Car accidents, work accidents, falls, you name it. I have definitely noticed a phenomenon over the years:

The folks who embrace the PT experience as an opportunity to get better will be more successful than patients who focus on the accident, which was out of their control. They dig in to embrace the process and their own involvement, which is key to being successful in achieving PT goals. But they often also see the silver lining — the things they would never have discovered about themselves if they had never gotten hurt. They would never have a deeper understanding of how their body works. They would never have developed healthy lifelong habits to keep them from getting injured in the future were it not for this “bad” luck. Luck is subjective — it’s the outlook that’s not. Luck comes in both good and bad waves. Being able to ride a good wave allows us to enjoy the experience the joy of surfing, and dodging the crash of a rough wave keeps us afloat. Just floating is sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself at the moment — until that perfect wave comes. Feel that joy you weren’t expecting, and always ride.

Running is a great way to stay in shape and reap the benefits of cardiovascular exercise, but unfortunately, it’s not for everyone. If you’re recovering from an injury or experiencing chronic pain from inflammation, running might be too intense of an exercise for you. These limitations affect more than just physical fitness — they limit your overall quality of life. Running is a high-impact workout that takes a severe toll on muscles and joints. In many cases, the inflammation caused by the impact of running can be so severe that simple tasks like walking or getting out of bed become major challenges. Even if running is possible, it might not be the best workout strategy for you. Here are four low-impact exercises that will keep you fit and help you L ow -I mpact A lternatives to R unning K eep Y ourself A ctive W ithout the I nflammation

achieve your training goals. A lternatives to R unning Elliptical

An elliptical machine gives you all the benefits of running without the impact. It gives you the ability to push your cardio barriers while working similar muscle groups. Many adults with joint pain thrive on the elliptical because of how easy it is to use.

–-Shelly Coffman

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