In Motion O.C. August 2018



PASSION IS CONTAGIOUS How Athletes Inspire Our Practice

When I was 3 years old, baseball was all I knew. I remember being out in the backyard with my dad hitting whiffle balls ever since I could hold a bat. Times like these were my favorite parts of being a child. In the years since, baseball has become the mechanism through which I approach my life — and ultimately, our clinic. Growing up as a Dodgers fan in Southern California, I believe my father raised me right. I don’t have anything against the Padres or Angels, but if you’ve ever seen Dodger Stadium, you understand what I’m talking about. I loved playing high school and semipro ball. After I was done playing, I felt a part of me was missing. A lot of our clients struggle with this adjustment period as well. So much of the identity of an athlete is wrapped up in the ability to contribute on the field. When they’re injured or their time comes to focus on new aspects of life, they struggle to let go.

patient, using physical therapy as our vehicle. I remember going through my physical therapy, and the philosophy of treating the entire body not only helped me recover, but it also changed my mindset. I could move easier, and I felt light, but what got me hooked was what those improvements did for my mentality. It’s this experience that shaped In Motion O.C.’s passion for providing that same services to others. and discipline on their faces. Our staff and patients understand this and adopt a lot of the same qualities. I’m a competitive person, and the athlete in me wants that competitiveness in my career. I don’t want to rest until we’re the best in the country. Once we are, I don’t want to settle and stop there. Every customer deserves unsurpassable results from us, and we won’t be content until we give it to them. The best way to approach life is to engage with everything you have. That’s how you end up on top. At In Motion O.C., we tackle every day with this mindset. We’re competitive but compassionate. We’re dedicated but determined. But we don’t want to be the best for selfish reasons — our Google and Yelp reviews aren’t just the best in California because we are competing against other practices. We’re competing against ourselves to be the absolute best for you. Our entire team wants you to experience a fulfilled life, free from physical limitations. Whether you’re an athlete or not, struggling with physical burdens shouldn’t have to be your reality. We want to change that. Contact us, and let’s hit pain out of the park. Athletes inspire us to give better service. When they come into our office, you can see the commitment

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When I tore my hamstring playing semiprofessional baseball, I had the same

experience, and ultimately, it’s what led me to create this practice. The creation was just the beginning. Our approach is to embrace the whole

– Jeff Thomas


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Summer is drawing to a close, but there’s still time to make some great memories. Camping trips are a summer staple. Fortunately, you don’t have to drive hours into the mountains to find the perfect campsite. Your backyard is right there waiting for you! Here are a few tips to help your family say farewell to summer with a perfect backyard camping trip. PACK FOR AN AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE. Your back door is literally a few yards away, which can be great in the event of an emergency. But if the kids are running in and out of the house all night long, they might end up deciding they’d rather be inside playing video games after only an hour. Be sure to pack everything you would need if you were really going into the woods for the night so no one is tempted to go back inside. This means tents, sleeping bags, flashlights, pajamas, books, binoculars, a compass, water bottles, and a cooler of food with snacks and dinner. Treat this like a “real” camping experience right from the beginning!

grill or a store-bought fire pit. If you have enough room in your backyard, you could even try building a bonfire. Just make sure to check your city ordinances and get any necessary permits first. You can find advice for building the perfect campfire at expert-advice/campfire-basics.html. REMEMBER: IT’S OKAY TO CALL IT A NIGHT. For kids, the most exciting part of camping in the backyard is getting to sleep in a tent — that is, until they actually have to sleep. After stargazing, some kids will want to stay up all night whispering and giggling in the tent, and that’s great! But other kids might decide they’d rather sleep inside, and that’s okay too. Your camping trip isn’t a failure because everyone spent the night in their own beds. It’s not about where everyone sleeps; it’s about how much fun your family had together before bedtime. The best part of backyard camping? It doesn’t take a lot of planning. Just grab your gear and your family and hike out into the great backyard.


Don’t have an in-ground fire pit? No worries! You can still enjoy hot dogs and s’mores with a charcoal


OUR PROGRAM Before even starting our program, we begin with an evaluation. It’s important to us that there is a proper assessment to find out what your body needs to correct the issue you face. This one-on-one evaluation will help us identify the causes of your pain and design a customized plan of attack to solve it. Once we’ve developed a comprehensive program, we then will take you through the treatments and give you the tools to take care of yourself for life.

You may think that slips and falls are just a byproduct of getting older, but the causes behind falling don’t stem from aging. Even more so, they should not be accepted as a regular occurrence. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 20 percent of falls result in severe trauma. But the complications don’t stop there. A fall is also the most common cause of serious brain injury as well. That’s why we offer our fall prevention program aimed at keeping you stable and upright. ORIGIN Falls can stem from a variety of root causes. It could be an injury that has not fully healed, a compromised joint, degradation of muscles, or balance issues. The good news is, all of these problems can be solved with a little bit of physical therapy. Our personalized fall prevention program is aimed at tackling your specific issues and finding a quick resolution that will be sustained.

If you’ve struggled with falling, reach out to us today. We want to help you live a life free from pain and limitations.


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TENDONITIS Symptoms: Tendonitis can cause pain around the patella and tibia from repetitive motion or acute injury. Treatment: In some cases, pain relievers will be necessary, but rest is often the best way to treat tendonitis. SPRAINS OR TEARS Symptoms: A sprain is much different than a tear, but both are acute injuries that involve an immense amount of pain. When ligaments become compromised, they will also affect stability.

Knee pain can originate from a variety of sources, each of which is characterized by different symptoms. Here are the four most common causes of knee pain and how you can overcome them. ARTHRITIS Symptoms: Reduced range of motion and significant pain may indicate arthritis, a degeneration of the joint. Treatment: Stretching, massage, or range of motion exercises can help increase the overall functionality of the knee joint. INFLAMMATION Symptoms: Inflammation is not always visible. While it is common to see an inflamed joint with the naked eye, it is also characterized by heat and pain. Treatment: Controlling your diet is one of the best ways to fight inflammation. Ice and compression will also help with inflammation caused by acute injuries.

Treatment: Serious tears will often require surgery.

The one common treatment not mentioned in all of these causes of knee pain is physical therapy. More often than not, the best route you can take for all of these is by consulting a PT. If you struggle with knee issues, reach out to us today.



Inspired by Bon Appetit magazine.


4 boneless, skinless halibut fillets, about 5 ounces each

2 pounds mixed tomatoes, sliced 1/2 cup hearts of palm, drained Basil leaves, for garnish

1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling

1 lemon

Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste


1. Lightly oil grill grates and heat grill to medium. 2. Grate 1 teaspoon lemon zest onto halibut fillets. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 3. Grill halibut, turning just once, for about 5 minutes on each side.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine

tomatoes, hearts of palm, juice from lemon, and oil. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish salad with basil. Spoon salad over grilled halibut. Serve.

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17332 Von Karman Ave, Suite 120 Irvine, CA 92614

How the Passion of Athletes Changes Our Practice The Best End-of-Summer Activity In Motion O.C. Slip and Fall Program Do You Struggle With Knee Pain? Sleep Better and Feel Great

HOW TO ACHIEVE A MORE RESTFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP A good night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. One study published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research found that the quality do need an alarm, consider a wake-up light. Wake-up lights mimic the sunrise, slowly brightening the room, waking your body in a natural, gentle way.

of your sleep is much more important than the quantity — that is, if you want to feel rested. And we all want to feel rested. So, what can you do to improve the quality of your sleep and get the rest you need? LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. This, above all else, is crucial to a good night’s sleep. Your body knows when it’s time for bed. Generally, you want to go to bed when you feel tired, whether that’s at 8 p.m. or 1 a.m. Whenever your body tells you it needs rest, you should make a habit of going to bed then. The more consistent you are, the better your sleep will be.

KICK THE SCREEN HABIT. You’ve heard it before, and you’ll hear it again: Looking at an electronic screen — a TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone — before bed is

detrimental to sleep quality. Light from these devices is disruptive to your brain’s suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which helps regulate your circadian rhythm, and screen time before bed can throw off normal SCN function.

Put your excuses for staying up too late to bed. Say no to “one more

episode.” And all those emails? They can wait until tomorrow. Not getting enough quality sleep is harmful to your mental and physical health. When you get into the habit of following these three tips, you’ll find

WAKE UP NATURALLY. Jolting yourself awake with an alarm or radio isn’t doing your brain and body any favors (it can be stressful on the body and even elevate blood pressure, which is not good first thing in the morning). If you

yourself feeling rested and refreshed in no time.


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