STAR PT: Staying Active & Becoming Better Balanced

February, 2019 NEWSLETTER PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM Low Cost! For patients who want to start Physical Therapy but don’t want to break the bank! Starting at around $ 20 a week * WE ARE PROUD TO BE ABLE TO OFFER YOU OUR NEW LOW COST PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM This program harnesses the power of technology to get you out of pain without hurting your wallet. So many people have expressed interest in our Low Cost Physical Therapy program. This is a brand new program that allows you to start for as little as $20 a week!

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NEWSLETTER February, 2019


INSIDE: • How Is Your Balance? • New Staff Spotlight • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

Staying Active & Balanced with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, There are a million and one tips that are passed down generation to generation about the key to a long and

find yourself running around the office, and how frequently you head out to the backyard to run around with your children or your dog. Balance in many ways works on the same principles. There are some activities that you do every day because you have to do them — work often falls into this category, as do household chores. But what about the activities that you simply love to do? What about the activities that you enjoy? Think about the last time that you sat down with a book that you loved and made yourself a cup of tea or coffee and really enjoyed the moment. Perhaps it isn’t reading that you wish you had more time for, but instead it is a garden that has grown weeds as it has been neglected. It could be a project at your home that you have looked forward to completing or an old car that you’ve wanted to fix up. There are special hobbies and interests that appeal to each of us, and spending time with those hobbies can help you live a more balanced life.

CALL IN! Call for your FREE BALANCE & DIZZINESS CONSULTATION Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

successful life. Some say the secret to a long and happy life is to focus on family; others say it all comes down to finding the right career. Whatever choices you make in your life, and whatever your values are, there are several fundamental truths that are almost always accurate: To stay healthy, you must stay active, and to stay happy, you must stay balanced. Mental and Physical Balance Staying active and staying balanced in many ways go hand in hand. Staying active refers to the amount of activity that you engage in daily. This of course can refer to how much time you spend at the gym, but it can also refer to how many steps you take in a day, how often you

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HOW IS YOUR Balance?

including those hobbies that you love, but also being active and engaging with the people you care about. Part of becoming a more balanced person means finding ways to spend your time more wisely and taking more time for yourself as needed. It’s Never Too Late You don’t need to grow up as an athlete to enjoy exercise as an adult. There is no point in your life where it is too late to start being more active than you currently are. There are plenty of ways to incorporate light activity into your lifestyle, such as: • Taking a walk in the evening with your family • Wearing a pedometer and trying to take more steps every day • Joining your local community center and using the pool to swim laps several times a week • Engaging in light weight training at home before work • Taking a yoga class These are just several examples of how you could incorporate more activity into your lifestyle without making many large changes to your way of life. If you feel that your physical health or an old injury is holding you back from being active, contact us. Working with a physical therapist can help you achieve improved balance and a healthy lifestyle. Patient Success Spotlight

Alongside with the task of becoming more mentally balanced with the things that you spend time with in your life is the challenge of becoming more physically balanced. There are certain markers that typically indicate trouble with maintaining balance, such as frequently tripping and falling or feeling dizzy when standing too long. But even if you are not having fundamental issues with your ability to stay balanced in this way, you may still have difficulty with whole-body balance. Yoga is a great form of exercise to use to improve your ability to balance, as yoga helps to strengthen core muscles and improve coordination.

You can improve your physical balance by: • Increasing muscle strength • Improving stamina • Improving core strength • Practicing balancing techniques

In addition, taking steps to ensure that you are getting a full night of rest, that you are exercising regularly, and that you are eating a healthy diet are all strong components to ensuring you are well-balanced. Think about the percentage of time that you spend working during the week. For most people this number is well over 40 hours per week! Then consider how much time is spent driving to and from work and around town on errands, and then consider the time spent doing things you have to do at home, like the dishes or the laundry. Then really think about how much time you are spending doing the things that make you feel better — Staff Spotlight: Sonia Correa, PT

We are excited to welcome Sonia Correa as our newest Physical Therapist. She joins Jeff and Mark in our Covington team. Sonia grew up in

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy spending time with my husband and two sons playing baseball and basketball. I also take pilates and zumba classes when I am able. I love to spend time at the beach because I come from the island of Puerto Rico, where beaches are all around us. Currently I am taking English classes since Spanish is my native language. What is she looking forward to at STAR? I am excited about working at STAR because this is are a versatile company. STAR is dedicated to helping people live their best life possible and is committed to meeting the needs of their patients. I am proud to a part of this family of excellent professionals. Weclome Sonia, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!!

Puerto Rico and received her Masters degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Health Professions. What do you love about being a PT? I love to listen topatients’needsand then help them live their best life possible. What conditions do you most like to treat? I really like treating neck, back and shoulder conditions. I love to improve patients’ posture awareness and flexibility. Usually I combine manual therapy techniques, modalities, therapeutic exercises, and pilates principles to relieve pain and improve movement.

“All of my Physical Therapists were so professional, focused on my specific needs and always gave me attention.” Success Story: Leana B. “When I began PT at STAR for leg strengthening and dizziness, I struggled a lot. All of my Physical Therapists were so professional, focused on my specific needs and always gave me attention. I truly enjoyed coming every week and I now feel so good and strong. I highly recommend STAR to everyone. I love all the staff here and will miss coming. THANKS STAR!”





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Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve hip pain.

Help for Dizziness and Vertigo

Our Vestibular System includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, a vestibular disorder can occur. The symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder can be truly frightening and difficult to describe. The most common complaints we hear are:

Strengthens Hips

HIP ABDUCTION While lying on your side, slowly raise up your top leg to the side. Keep your knee straight and maintain your toes pointed forward the entire time. The bottom leg can be bent to stabilize your body.

• The room starts spinning when I roll over in bed or sit up • A sensation of light-headedness • Dizziness that worsens in busy environments • Difficulty reading or watching TV • Staggering or losing your balance, especially at night • Difficulty driving

People with dizziness and vertigo can highly benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy done by the experienced physical therapists at Star Physical Therapy. No matter your age, if you suffer from dizziness or vertigo you will benefit from physical therapy exercises to strengthen your balance sensors, reducing your symptoms and risk of falls. Start feeling like yourself again, give us a call today!

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