Stretch PT & Total Wellness - February 2019

February 2019

513-874-8800 www.stretchphysicaltherapy.com Painless News

2 Locations:

3143Western Row Rd Maineville, Ohio 45039

4851WunnenbergWay West Chester, Ohio 45069

It’ s Never Too Late

Keep Your Family —And Their Hearts —Healthy and Injury-Free

Watching my children succeed and grow in their favorite sports was always simultaneously exciting and terrifying. As a parent, you want to see your child do well and have fun in their sport while also learning along the way. But at the same time, you worry about the impact of some of their growing pains and, God forbid, the possibility that they might get injured. I remember one particular time when Megan wasn’t even injured playing her sport — which at the time was tennis — but she still sustained an injury that she had to bounce back from. She was in a car accident, which required her to do physical therapy. Luckily, I was able to treat her myself, and I was even able to help my son, who is predisposed to back pain and tightness. As a medical professional, I find I’m often offering advice and treatment options to my children, like any parent in my position would. Despite their injury setbacks, it was always important to me that they stay active and healthy as they were growing up, because I knew it would instill good habits in them as they aged. I know firsthand the effect that inadequate habits can have on your body and your heart health. When you teach your children to stay active, schedule and attend regular checkups for their posture and well-being, and promote a fresh diet free of preservatives and sugars, you are setting them up for success. (Learn more about tips for a heart-healthy diet on Page 3 of this newsletter!) But if you were never taught these habits in your childhood, teaching your children about living a healthy lifestyle can be overwhelming and confusing. It’s never too late to get your family’s wellness back on track, and we’re here to help you do that.

First, start with simple changes. Buy more fresh ingredients, rather than processed foods

and desserts. Swap out sports drinks and sodas for water infused with fruits. Instead of reserving the evenings for watching television, make time for hiking, walking, biking, or family activities. Soon, these small changes will become habits that your family won’t be able to live without. And if it’s been awhile since you adhered to a fitness routine, stop in for a mobility exam. Just like with our regular exams here at Stretch Physical Therapy and Total Wellness, a mobility exam is designed to help you learn about your limitations and areas for growth. These exams can help you prevent an injury as your fitness increases, and they give you a yearly marker to track your goals and achievements. Making lifestyle changes can be both exciting and scary. It takes a lot of courage to step outside of what you’ve always known and try to make yourself better, but it will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. Remember, you’re not just doing this for you. You could be helping your children and grandchildren lead happier, healthier lives — all because you took a chance on yourself.

–Kim Nartker

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