Altitude Physical Therapy July 2019

CALDWELL 1906 Fairview Ave., Ste. 410 Caldwell, ID 83605 (208) 454-9839 Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 465-9418 THE ASCENT NAMPA - MIDLAND 130 S. Midland Blvd. Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 461-5057 NAMPA - SOUTHSIDE 3151 E. Greenhurst Rd.

JULY 2019


I’m dreaming of evenings around a campfire with my family, nights in a tent, and breakfast over a camp stove. Anyone else looking forward to weekends in the mountains? It’s easier said than done. Last summer, we only made it out for one camping trip before it got too cold. This year, I’ve got to get away more than just one time! I’m making outdoor time a priority — you can hold me to it. I love what I get to do every day, so sometimes it’s hard to step away, even for a fun camping weekend. But at the same time, I know I’ll come back to work refreshed, more positive, and with new ideas for how to best treat our patients. Balance is crucial for performing at my best, both in my professional life and personal life. Day in and day out, I’ve found the best prescription for clearing my head and hitting the reset button is being outside. Even if I can’t head out for the whole weekend, a few hours on a walk or run does wonders. I do my best thinking on runs or hikes. It’s no coincidence; there’s a ton of research to back up the health benefits of

even just 15 minutes in nature. Blood pressure goes down, stress hormones take a break, and happiness levels soar. When I think about a connection with nature, the first thing that pops into my head is how our indoor routines at Altitude are crafted with the goal of getting people back to the outdoor activities they love. One of our patients loves to kayak, for example, but back pain was keeping her out of the water. She came to Altitude, and we worked with her to get her back in the boat. In addition to other strengthening exercises, we set her up on a “kayak” that we constructed from equipment on hand and simulated the motions she would experience on the water. (Didn’t I tell you we get pretty creative around here?) It helped her move toward her goal both mentally and physically, and you can bet there were plenty of laughs in the process. A big part of physical therapy is balance. We work with our patients to create treatment plans that strengthen their bodies and help them regain mobility, but we don’t push too hard or too fast.

We always meet people where they’re coming from. We know it can be hard when all you want to do is get back in the kayak or on the bike, and progress might feel slower than you’d hoped. But easing back into an activity and gradually increasing your intensity will help you heal, and hopefully, you’ll have some fun along the way. When I’m bouncing back after an injury, I try to live in the moment and not rush my body’s healing process. (Trust me; I know it isn’t easy.) I offer my patients the same advice: Accept your body where it is, don’t get frustrated with it, and give it time to heal while actively working toward increased movement. This process might be full of baby steps, but finding that balance of slow, steady, and dedicated will help you on the road to recovery. We’ll guide you along the way! Well, I better start planning that camping trip if it’s going to happen! I hope you have an awesome month, and I look forward to seeing you outside.

–Sean Weatherston

1 (208) 454-9839

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