Advance Physical Therapy October 2017


9362 W. Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 October 2017

blue turf, but they leave with a sense of our team spirit and enthusiasm. Fall is also a time of anticipation for me. During the season, I await the first snowfall, gear up for the holidays, and prepare to hit the ski slopes. One event I always look forward to is the Festival of Trees that St. Alphonsus puts on every November. Just like the Broncos, St. Al’s is a local institution, and it does more good in the community than any amount of hyperbole could express. I try to support them in any way I can, and the Festival of Trees is one of the most fun ways to do so. Before I go, I want to wish everyone a happy Halloween and a transformative fall. Enjoy the leaves, the food, the weather, and the atmosphere. Oh, and go Broncos! Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT “Of course, I would be remiss if I talked about fall and the color orange without bringing up the blue and orange of the Boise State Broncos.”

A SEASON OF CHANGE What I Love About the Fall

Whenever I ask friends, relatives, or patients about their favorite season, it seems that fall and spring come up more than any other. Given our weather here in Boise, people are often itching for summer and winter to end after a few months. Fall, on the other hand, is a season we wish could go on forever. To my mind, it’s the most dynamic season, with every day offering something new and exciting. Fall is such a dramatic transition, a clarion call for changing times and the onset of the holidays, and it’s probably my favorite time of year. When I think about fall, the first thing that comes to mind is changing leaves. There’s no denying their beauty, but with that beauty comes the arduous task of raking. It seems like whenever I get all of them off my lawn, another batch falls. I guess that’s the price you pay for the beautiful autumn colors. Fall colors show up in the bountiful produce, as well. The red apples, the orange sweet potatoes, and the deep brown mushrooms all instantly evoke

the season. But, if you have an appetite like mine, you must balance the heavier fall fare with some lighter options. My wife makes a superb pumpkin pie, so it’s hard to resist. This year, though, I’ve been gently nudging her to mix in some apple pie as well. Whatever she makes, you can bet it will be delicious. Of course, I would be remiss if I talked about fall and the color orange without bringing up the blue and orange of the Boise State Broncos. One thing I love about living in Boise is that we have a community that’s always eager to come together, and that’s never more apparent than on Saturdays during football season. If you take even one step downtown, you’re inundated with fans decked out in Broncos gear, ready to cheer on the team. These days, I watch most of the games from my 50-yard-line recliner with a slice of pizza loaded with toppings in hand. Whenever I have a relative in town, though, Albertsons Stadium is always on the itinerary. They may come in only knowing us for the

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Fascinating Facts


3. Weight gain is most common in the fall. It’s not only the Halloween candy or Thanksgiving turkey. Researchers believe it’s primarily caused by lower levels of vitamin D. As the days shorten and temperatures drop, we tend to get less sun. It’s another reason to be careful about diet and exercise this season. 4. Autumn is good for the economy. “Leaf peeping,” which is a slang term for fall foliage tourism, is more than just a funny name. It’s also a $3 billion industry in New England alone. So, if you thought winter and summer were the only seasons that brought along seasonal tourism spikes, you thought wrong. 5. People fall in love more in the fall. Men and women’s testosterone levels tend to spike in the autumn, which makes women even more attractive to men than in the summer months. A data study on Facebook also found that more people change their relationship status from “single” to “in a relationship” during the fall than any other season.

The end of summer doesn’t have to signal an end to fun. How about sweater weather, Halloween parties, and football season? The list goes on and on. In fact, fall might be the most interesting season of them all. Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the season. 1. It was originally called “harvest.” The reasons for that should be fairly obvious. In a world that was far more agricultural, the season was defined by the harvesting of crops. It’s also a reference to the harvest moon, which was essential to farmers during the season. The name “fall” is used almost exclusively in America. 2. Fall babies tend to be impressive. Not only does the world’s most common birthday, October 5, land in fall, but those babies have built an impressive resume.The British Department for Education found that they tend to do better in school and also tend to live longer. According to Dr. Kase, there are four major functions of Kinesio Taping. The primary function of the tape is to support the muscle. Well-applied tape facilitates the muscle’s natural ability to contract, even when weakened, while at the same time reducing pain and fatigue. Secondly, the tape reduces congestive obstructions in the blood vessels, improving circulation and staving off inflammation and the buildup of other chemicals. Third, the tape bolsters the body’s natural healing mechanisms, fostering recovery. And finally, proper taping corrects joint problems, realigning maladjusted structures and improving range of motion. Kinesio Tape is a valuable tool for nearly anyone on the path to recovery, magnifying the positive effects of the stretches and exercises patients undertake with their physical therapist. Regardless of your injury, it’s likely that Kinesio Tape will be one step on the path to a pain-free life. SERVICE HIGHLIGHT


When you need to recover from an injury and eliminate pain at its source, there’s no single approach that will achieve the results you seek. Physical therapists use a wide range of methodologies to target every aspect of pain, not only remedying the issue and reducing irritation, but developing muscle strength and flexibility to ensure your injury won’t return. One technique used in our repertoire is Kinesio Taping. Developed by Japanese chiropractor Dr. Kenzo Kase in 1979, Kinesio Tape is an elastic therapeutic tape used for treating athletic injuries and a variety of other physical disorders. The tape is made up of a thin, elastic, porous cotton topside and an underside of sticky, water-repellent adhesive. Essentially, the tape microscopically lifts the skin of the affected area, reducing swelling and inflammation. At the same time, it applies pressure to misaligned joints and muscles, gently restructuring familiar movement patterns.

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Risk Reduction Techniques

With football season back in full swing, every sports fan has their fingers crossed that a star player on their team won’t end up on injured reserve with a blown-out knee. In fact, 33 NFL players tore an ACL during the four weeks of this year’s preseason. Even as knee ligament replacement and rehab have improved over the years, a ligament tear will leave any athlete on the sidelines for an extended stay. While the science is still out on whether you can truly prevent an ACL, MCL, PCL, or meniscal injury, there are some steps you can take to limit the risk. If you play football, basketball, or another sport that requires sharp, lateral movement, you are at a much greater risk for this type of injury. One thing that increases risk is wearing cleats, as they plant your leg more firmly on the ground. As more stadiums switch to artificial turfs, deep-spiked cleats are becoming less necessary. If you do feel the need to wear cleats, though, shorter spikes are better. Stretching and strengthening can also aid in injury prevention. Before practices or games, stretch and warm up to increase blood circulation. Strengthening muscles surrounding the knee, especially those in the thigh, will put less stress on your ligaments. Squats and lunges are a great way to safely add some strength and flexibility.

Many ACL tears occur when an athlete lands after a jump. Safe jumping technique, with your knees directly over your feet, will go a long way in limiting these types of injuries. You can ask a physical therapist for exercises that will promote safe jumping habits, providing you with strong muscle memory. Some injuries are just an unavoidable case of bad luck. But with proper, science-based training, athletes can decrease their risk of blowing out a knee ligament.



The Best Medicine

I’ve heard some humans say that laughter is the best medicine. Well, I think laughter is a really good thing that humans do. I know I feel better when my owners, Michelle and Al, are laughing, which they seem to do a lot. But I want to put in a few words for us dogs. I’ve also heard it said, and I agree wholeheartedly, that dogs are the best exercise equipment a human can have. At first I was taken aback by the statement, not thinking of myself as just a piece of equipment. But then I realized us dogs require getting out and walking, sniffing around, and taking care of business. Who helps us with our dog stuff? Humans! So, in return, we motivate them to get out and walk with us. It’s good for them, and it’s good for us. We’re happy and they’re happy. They are rewarded with a pleasant way to exercise with our companionship, and we’re rewarded with the same thing. Plus, we grow to trust that they care for us, and that’s huge for us. So, my point is this: We take care of each other with purpose, and that leads to joy and better health. I think that’s a great way to live. From a dog’s perspective, somebody needs to help cats with that. Harry

It’s a great time of year to warm up with a cup of soup, and this comforting, guilt-free dish comes together in a flash.


Cooking spray

1 (14½-ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped

6 ounces turkey breakfast sausage

2½ cups frozen bell pepper stir-fry

¼ cup uncooked quick-cooking barley

2 cups water

1 cup coarsely chopped fresh baby spinach


1. Heat a large saucepan over medium- high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Remove from heat. 2. While sausage cooks, place stir-fry and 2 cups water in a blender; process until smooth.

3. Add stir-fry puree, tomatoes, and barley to sausage in pan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat;

cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts.

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INSIDE This Issue

A Season of Change Page 1

How Farmers Grow Those GIANT Pumpkins Can You Prevent ACL Injuries? Sausage and Barley Soup Page 3 How Farmers Grow Giant Pumpkins Page 4 5 Fascinating Facts About Fall How Kinesio Tape Facilitates Recovery Page 2

Forklifts and cranes may be used mainly for construction work, but every fall, thousands of backyard gardeners use them as gardening tools — or rather, harvesting tools — for their largest single crop. Massive pumpkins aren’t practical, but they can become a minor tourist attraction in your hometown and even win a few thousand bucks if they’re really huge. However, with the time and effort it takes to get them that big, farmers aren’t in it for the money. They’re in it for the glory. Growing these monstrous fruits (yes, they are technically fruits) is kind of like breeding a racehorse. It takes practice, cultivation, and

even good genes. Competitive growers will often purchase the seeds of the previous year’s champions for their plant. After preparing the soil to make it extra fertile, they’ll plant the pumpkin in late winter or early spring. Before the gourd starts growing, flowers on the plant need to be pollinated. Farmers will usually take it upon themselves to pollinate, using pollen from plants with proven genetic lines. Winning pumpkins usually claim their “father” plant and “mother” seed, like racehorses. Growing a great pumpkin is practically a full-time job, with some farmers reporting spending 40 hours a week on it. Using heated soil, installing

fences to reduce wind, adding sand, and other specific cultivation techniques give the pumpkin a fighting chance to grow into a monster. But, in the end, there’s an element of luck. The competitive growing industry is getting bigger (pun intended). In 1979, the largest pumpkin on record was 438 pounds. Since 2008, the world record has been broken every year. The reigning heavyweight champion, grown in Germany last year, weighed in at 2,623 pounds. That’s as much as a 2018 Toyota Yaris or 1,748 standard pumpkin pies.

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