InMotion Physical Therapy October 2019

OCTOBER 2019

3001 HUNGARY SPRING RD., STE. D | RICHMOND, VA 23228

5711 S. LABURNUM AVE. | RICHMOND, VA 23231

804.756.8490

804.447.5355

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TRICK-OR- TREATING YOUR INJURIES HALLOWEENS PAST AND PRESENT, AND PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH I don’t think there’s a kid in America who doesn’t love Halloween. I know I loved it when I was growing up and when my kids were young enough to go trick-or-treating. What kid doesn’t like going around their neighborhood getting a bunch of free candy while wearing a goofy costume? I know I did. However, Halloween was more than just dressing up and getting sweets for me. My grandfather’s birthday was on Oct. 31, so I got to look forward to two celebrations in one every year. My granddad was never one to have a big birthday bash, but we always had a small get-together with my parents, siblings, and grandparents at our house after we got back from trick-or- treating. Granddad liked Halloween, so he was never displeased that he had to share his birthday with the holiday. His party and our trick-or-treating would blend into one big ritual as my siblings and I would examine the night’s haul of chocolate and sugar during his birthday party. Granddad would always wear a funny hat or a wig of some sort. I don’t know if it was because he wanted to get

in the Halloween spirit or because he wanted to give his grandkids something to laugh about. It was probably a bit of both. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a Halloween celebration quite like that. As I’ve grown up and my kids have gotten older, the holiday has unsurprisingly changed quite a bit. My granddad passed away around 30 years ago, I eventually got too old to go trick-or-treating, and now even my kids are too old to go out prowling around the neighborhood with all the other little monsters on Halloween night. Sometimes I miss those nights when I walked with them from porch to porch, asking for candy. Now Halloween is a little more laid back with a lot less ceremony. We still decorate our house and hand out candy to all the little kids who come by and maybe put on a scary movie. It is still one of my favorite times of the year, and we still have fun even if how we celebrate has changed. Ever since I became a physical therapist, October gained a new significance for me beyond monsters

and candy. October is National Physical Therapy Month, which

celebrates and raises awareness for all the good that physical therapy can do for people. We’ll be observing the occasion all throughout the month at InMotion Physical Therapy by offering free screenings and putting up some helpful tips on our website and around our clinic. I wholeheartedly believe, and science supports, that physical therapy needs to be the first line of defense against a lot of different injuries. Many times, the best way to help an injury heal isn’t with pain medication or surgery. It’s usually better to put in the time and effort to strengthen and rebuild your body with the proper stretches and exercises. If you have kids, I hope you’re able to take them trick-or-treating this Halloween. If an injury is keeping you from enjoying the holiday, don’t fret any longer. Come visit InMotion PT, or give us a call today.

–Tom Bohanon

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