Spine & Rehab Specialists November 2019


6358 EDGEMERE BLVD. EL PASO, TEXAS 79925 915-562-8525

1779 N. ZARAGOZA ST., SUITE A EL PASO, TEXAS 79936 915-855-6466


employees — it’s the opposite of a one- man show.

It seems like only yesterday I welcomed the very first patient to Spine & Rehab Specialists, but incredibly, as of Nov. 1, my practice will have been open for 22 years. It’s humbling to look back at how far we’ve come over the decades. Not only have we helped thousands of patients over that time, but we’ve also made strides toward setting a new local standard for physical therapy — which was my goal from the very beginning. Last month, when I was preparing for our quarterly staff meeting and looking over our company’s core values, it struck me that although a lot has stayed exactly the same year to year, other things have changed completely. growth. When I started Spine & Rehab Specialists, I was a one-man practice and imagined it would always be that way. I pictured going it alone, doing my best to introduce the Dutch methods of manual PT to Texas with only a front desk manager and maybe a technician to help me. Today, we have multiple locations, 10 clinicians, and 35 total The biggest example of the latter is my outlook on the company’s

Originally, I thought that as long as I was doing what I did best, created a good working environment, and treated my patients with the highest standard of care, then I had a great business model. Soon though, I realized my impact on the industry would be limited by the number of patients I could see in a week. I could only change the lives of the 60–80 patients I was seeing, and that wasn’t enough. I wanted to positively impact more lives, so I started hiring! Today, Spine & Rehab handles 600–650 visits per week, greatly expanding our capacity to set the standard of what PT should be. That standard has never wavered, even 22 years in. When I first came to America, my goal was to deliver the highest possible standard of care to my patients using the manual therapy I’d learned in the Netherlands. Those techniques weren’t part of physical therapy education in the U.S. at the time, but I’d seen how effective they were, and I wanted to do my part to

make them the new American standard. I also wanted to open a different kind of clinic, one fully focused on the patient experience, down to the smallest details. Not only did I want to offer the highest-quality treatment, but I also wanted to do it in a friendly, welcoming environment staffed with people who shared my mission. I’m proud to say I’ve succeeded, and the idea of putting the patients first has been Spine & Rehab’s guiding light since day one. To celebrate our anniversary, we’re doubling down on that ethos and giving back to our patients by offering our Greatest Promotion Ever: a limited number of FREE consultation times Nov. 18–22! Each free exam is a 15-minute one-on- one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice, tailored to address your particular aches and pains. If you suffer from dizziness, balance problems, arthritis, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, lower back pain, a sports injury, mobility limitations, or chronic headaches and migraines, these consultations are ideal for you.

In celebration of 22 years of providing El Paso with the best physical therapy, we have set aside a limited number of FREE consultation times Nov. 18–22! The free exam consists of a 15-minute one-on-one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice. The PT will talk with you about the brief history of your problem, whether it’s dizziness, arthritis, neck pain, shoulder pain, sciatica, or another issue. The appointments are FREE but limited. Call 915-562-8525 now to schedule your exam!

Slots are limited, so call 915-562-8525 now to schedule your free exam.

– Harry Koster

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TEA TIME Tea has been consumed for thousands of years and is the second-most popular drink in the world, with water being the first. It is the national drink of several nations, including China and India, and is an integral component of religious ceremonies the world over. Drinking tea has been known to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and improve sleep. In addition to these instant benefits, tea can also help improve a person's long-term health through regular consumption. YOUR HEART According to Harvard Health Institute, several studies show that those who regularly drink black and green tea are at a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease. These types of tea contain antioxidants and flavonoids, which are plant chemicals that help dilate arteries and reduce Most people believe physical therapy is mainly rehabilitation for people after an accident. While this kind of treatment is a substantive portion of physical therapists’ daily work, they offer so much more. Because physical therapists holistically examine patients’ entire musculoskeletal systems for abnormal muscle movement and microtraumas, they can often detect issues with skin or connective tissue. Since November is National Healthy Skin Month, here are some tips to help you keep your largest organ healthy all year long. ARM YOURSELF WITH PROTECTION. Even if you don’t see a lot of sunshine during these colder months, you should still keep skin protection in mind. If you plan on spending time outdoors, be


YOUR MOOD Tea leaves contain the amino acid L-theanine, which stimulates several feel-good neurotransmitters, like serotonin and gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). These neurotransmitters help boost your mood and alertness. According to a study by the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China, tea even has the ability to ward off depression. The study took 22,817 participants with 4,743 cases of depression over 11 studies, and 13 reports found that individuals who drank three cups of tea a day decreased their depression risk by 37%. So, the next time you want a warm beverage that will do your mind and body good, reach for some tea and bask in all the health benefits as you sip.

sure to use a broad-spectrum, water- resistant sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher on the areas on your body that won’t be covered. KNOW YOUR SKIN TYPE. Be sure to choose skin products (makeup, lotions, body wash, etc.) that complement your skin type. People with oily skin, dry skin, or even a combination of both have many options. Furthermore, if you have sensitive skin, be sure to avoid fragrant products, as they might cause further irritation. KNOW WHAT TO LOOK FOR. With approximately 9,500 Americans diagnosed with skin cancer every day, you should examine your skin regularly for symptoms. Look for new or unusual moles and pay attention to bad cholesterol. Studies also link tea consumption with improved vascular reactivity — how well your blood vessels respond to stress. YOUR BRAIN Flavonoids don’t only fight heart disease; these chemicals can also reduce any vascular damage to the brain. The National University of Singapore has conducted studies that link reduced risks of dementia in the elderly with regular tea consumption. The results speak for themselves: “The longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older has found that regular consumption of tea lowers the risk of cognitive decline in the elderly by 50%, while APOE e4 gene carriers who are genetically at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease may experience a reduction in cognitive impairment risk by as much as 86%.”


any unexplained changes or itches. You can look online or use the ABCDE rule to detect any abnormal symptoms. Because physical therapists use a holistic approach, they can help you with much more than injury recovery. Helping you become pain-free, confident, and healthy is the goal, and that includes your skin!

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with your running shorts. Simply attach the QuadBandit around your thigh under your shorts, push the lining of your short’s pocket under the strap, then slip your smartphone into your pocket until it’s secure under the strap. Your shorts hide the whole assemblage. These holders are less visible than armbands but are also less common, so buyers have fewer reviews to rely on when shopping. LEGGINGS WITH POCKETS Leggings are more popular among women than men, but they’ve recently been revolutionized with smartphones in mind. Brands like Fabletics, New Balance, and Old Navy have overhauled their leggings to include pockets, and, due to the tight, stretchy material leggings are made from, these pockets hold smartphones in place much more securely than regular gym shorts. If you’re in the market for a new pair, consider putting pockets on your must- have list.

If you’re struggling with your smartphone falling out of your pocket, bouncing distractingly, or impeding your movements, try one of these tricks to keep it stable and accessible next time you hit the gym. ARMBANDS For people who struggle with their phones slipping from sweaty fingers, an armband is the go-to option to secure them. Ranging in price from under $10 to over $100 and customized for most types of smartphones, these holders strap around your upper arm while you work out, keeping your phone within reach and giving you easy access to its screen. The main downside reported by reviewers is that some models are bulky and draw attention in the gym. THIGHBANDS This cousin of the armband has been gaining traction as the smartphone holder of choice for distance runners, basketball players, CrossFitters, and weightlifters. One option called the QuadBandit can even be integrated

Now that Sony Walkman MP3 players have gone the way of eight-tracks and floppy disks, most regular gymgoers rely on their smartphones for their workout soundtracks. Funneling in tunes is a good move — listening to music has been shown to make people work harder and enjoy exercise more — but when you’re sweaty and constantly moving, it can be difficult to keep your phone secure.



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TOO BUSY TO WORK OUT? 5 SIMPLE WAYS TO STAY ACTIVE Being active doesn’t have to mean going to the gym every single day. An active lifestyle can be as simple as going for a walk around the excellent low-impact alternatives to keep your body fit and healthy. neighbor or friend if they would like their dog walked, start a dog-walking service, or volunteer at a local animal shelter.

REDUCE TV TIME. It can be tempting to plop down in front of the television after a long day at work or after dinner, but you can also use this time to be active. Get the family together for a walk around the neighborhood, take a few minutes to dance to some of your favorite tunes, or do some light cleaning around the house. PUT A SPIN ON DATE NIGHT. Forget dinner and a movie. Instead, try taking your date out for a round of miniature golf, indoor rock climbing, an evening stroll, a bike ride, or dancing. You’ll have more fun while doing your body good. GRAB A LEASH. Having a dog gives you plenty of opportunities to stay active. If you don’t have a dog, try asking a

There are plenty of ways to make staying active a part of your daily routine! With enough creativity and motivation, you can turn any activity into an active one.

neighborhood for a few minutes a day. There are plenty of ways to exercise during daily activities like shopping, spending time with your kids, or hanging around the house. PARK FARTHER AWAY. A lot of people will spend several minutes trying to find a parking space as close as they can to the entrance of a store. However, parking a little farther away will help you score a better parking space and make sure you get your steps in for the day. DO SOME YOGA. You don’t have to push yourself to your absolute limit in order to stay active. There are other, gentler ways to exercise than running 5 miles a day. Tai chi or yoga are

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