In Motion O.C. June 2018


JUNE 2018

PUTTING IN MOTION O.C. INTO MOTION How Our Company and Calling Came to Be When my wife and I started this business in

While we’re proud of the fact that we’ve accomplished our initial mission — to provide the best customer experience available — it doesn’t mean we’re content. We’re fortunate enough to have the most five-star reviews in Orange County on Yelp, and you’ll find Google reviews follow suit. But what matters the most to us is the experience each patient has when they walk through the door. When you step into the lobby, you’ll find your name on a sign welcoming you. Our front desk staff will greet you by name and make sure you get exactly where you need to go. Therapists take you through every step of the process in a systematic, friendly, and professional manner. At the end of your first visit, you’ll be given a welcome packet and a complimentary gift. It’s easy to claim we’re the best, but we want everything about our clinic to back it up. We’ve attempted to create the most beautiful facility in the state, and we are one of the few clinics to offer aquatic therapy. It’s not just what we offer that makes us so successful; it’s how we approach services, too. Every experience is carefully crafted down to the smallest detail: the temperature in the building, the music, and the state-of-the-art locker rooms. All of it is an effort to provide you with an experience that shows how much we care. This comes from our desire to serve and the passion we have for others. We want to be an example of how to treat people well, and our clinic gives us an opportunity to do just that. When times get hard, or when we had to go through bumps, we’ve always been able to fall back on service. Serving others is the real success of our clinic and something we are honored to do on a daily basis.

17332 Von Karman Ave. Suite 120 Irvine, CA 92614

November of 2003, we set out with one mission: to provide the best customer experience in the industry. We also strive to assist our patients to get out of pain and reach their goals as quickly as possible. After 15 years of serving clients and thousands of lives impacted for the better, we are confident that this mission is being lived out on a daily basis. We’re proud to have achieved our goal, but our journey here was anything but ordinary. My wife, Natalie, started off in this field after her dad was diagnosed with breast cancer twice. She wanted to become a doctor to help her parents and be there for them in their times of need, but Natalie was torn by the realization that she wanted a family. It was during this time that a counselor suggested she try studying physical therapy, which would allow her to do both. Her knowledge and expertise are the foundations of our practice. semiprofessional baseball, and it took a significant toll on my body. Like any athlete, I had to deal with injuries. When I hurt my knee, I required substantial physical therapy to recover. I was amazed by what the process did for me. I was able to heal, and I felt great. I became much more athletic. I eventually got a job at the same place where I rehabilitated. They taught me the therapy method that had helped me so much, and I brought it with me to In Motion O.C. My journey into the physical therapy field began when I was a patient. I used to play



– Jeff Thomas


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In case you haven’t noticed, traveling is expensive . It can feel like you’re signing away your soul when you sit down to plan a vacation. But when it comes to flights, there’s good news: They’re getting cheaper! According to a 2017 report published by online travel company ODIGEO, long-distance trips across Europe fell 7 percent last year. Luckily, the same trend is reflected in North American airlines as they engage in a price war to woo a growing base of ultrafrugal travelers. Still, a $600 summer flight to Honolulu isn’t exactly pocket change. What’s worse, flight prices are slippery;’s 2017 Annual Airfare Study determined that the fares for any given trip go up or down an average of 71 times, about $33 each shift. When you purchase your flight is nearly as important as where you’re going. But how do you choose a booking window that will maximize your savings?

According to the CheapAir. com study, in which they evaluated 921 million

airfares, the best time to book is 21–105 days in advance of your flight, on average. If you want to get

even more specific, try to book 55–75 days out, and book on a Sunday. Many travelers swear by Tuesday and Wednesday bookings, but as Condé Nast Traveler reports, Expedia and the Airlines Reporting Corporation say that Sunday is the way to go, based on data from billions of flights. Tuesday and Wednesday are usually the cheapest days to actually fly, though. The study also pinpoints the absolute best windows for specific seasons: 54 days for winter trips, 75 days for spring, 76 days for summer, and 45 days for fall. Of course, these are averages, but if you stick to these rules and check fares regularly on sites like,,, and on the handy app Hopper, you can rest easy knowing you’re getting close to the best price possible.


Aquatic therapy has been a game-changer for many of our clients. The ability to have individually guided rehab while in the water is a service unlike any other. Once your body is partially submerged, it becomes freed of many limitations. As you move through the water with ease, a licensed physical therapist will take you through specific activities tailored to address your individual needs. The experience itself is amazing, but the benefits are what make this service so unique. These three benefits of aquatic therapy can help you achieve your rehab goals. DECREASED SWELLING The natural pressure on your body from the water acts as a pump of sorts, moving any swelling from its source and recirculating it through the body. This allows the site of the injury to heal more efficiently and gives you relief from the discomfort swelling causes. IMPROVED RANGE OF MOTION Once you’re in our 92-degree indoor pool, you’ll find that the freedom of movement increases your range of motion and

decreases your pain. The buoyancy of the water has the opposite effect of gravity, which means the water will naturally assist with the flexion and extension of your injury site. The temperature of the water also helps relax muscles, which can, in turn, increase flexibility. DECREASED JOINT STRESS Perhaps the best benefit of aquatic therapy is the stress it takes off your joints. When you’re able to limit the impact on your body, you allow the natural process of healing to work more efficiently. Since being in the water removes about 90 percent of your body weight, aquatic therapy becomes a perfect solution for those who have joint pain. If you’re interested in learning more about aquatic therapy, reach out to us. Our staff will be happy to walk you through any questions you may have and help you decide whether or not this is the solution you’ve been seeking. This service is covered under most insurance plans, so call us today!


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Too often, people decide that the way their body moves and articulates itself is unchangeable. Many Americans go through their jobs, hobbies, and athletics with this mindset. Unfortunately, this way of thinking limits their ability to prevent injuries and benefit from more efficient motions. That’s where the study of biomechanics comes in. Understanding how simple changes can make all the difference in your long-term health is critical to using your body to its full potential. ONE HARMONIOUS MACHINE Picture your body as a motor vehicle. Everything in your daily drive needs to work in harmony for the car to move. The motor needs to translate its power to the transmission, which then moves the wheels and sets the car in motion. You have to steer, brake, and drive within the limitations of your vehicle to be safe. If something is wrong with one part of this equation, you break down. The same goes for your body. IN THE SHOP A mechanic’s job is to make sure your car is running at peak efficiency and to have you ready to zip down Pacific Coast Highway. They look at the problems

you’re having, fix them, and get you back on the road as soon as possible. This is what physical therapists do for your body. When you have an injury, they work with you to set up attainable goals and help solve your problem areas so you can get back to your daily activities without pain. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE So, what’s the best way to keep your car out of the shop and prevent catastrophic damage? You need to take care of it. Regular oil changes, tuneups, and tire rotations will keep your car running in tiptop shape. The parallel to this is exercise. Your body needs regular exercise combined with injury-prevention workouts to limit the likelihood of injury. You can buy a new car, but you only get one body. Even with this understanding, so many of us still neglect our overall health and wellness. Whether you need a simple tuneup or a complete restoration, In Motion O.C. is the place to go. Contact us today at 949-861-8600 for your tuneup!


Inspired by Food Network


1 1/2 pounds skirt steak 2 tablespoons canola oil

2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

Salt and pepper to taste Grated pecorino Romano cheese

1 pound asparagus


1. Heat grill to high. Season room-temperature steak with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon oil. Any oil with a high smoke point, such as canola, will work. 2. Trim bottom inch of asparagus. Season with salt, pepper, and remainder of oil. 3. Cut steak into four portions and grill for 3–5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. Skirt steak is thin and will cook quickly. 4. Let steak rest for 10 minutes. While it’s resting, grill asparagus for 6 minutes, turning once. 5. Sprinkle cheese and crushed red pepper on asparagus. Serve alongside steak.

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17332 Von Karman Ave, Suite 120 Irvine, CA 92614

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In Motion’s Aquatic Therapy

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How Meditation Can Help the Aging Brain


THE HIPPOCAMPUS Your hippocampus helps you process and form new memories, and it’s very sensitive to stress. In fact, research shows that your hippocampus will shrink in response to stressful situations and chronic stress. The remedy? Meditation. Dr. Lazar’s study showed a positive correlation between meditation and a higher concentration of gray matter in the left hippocampus. THE AMYGDALA Often called the fear center of the brain, the amygdala is triggered by stressful situations. But unlike the hippocampus, which shrinks in response to stress, the amygdala has been shown to become denser. In one study, people who attended mindfulness meditation classes showed a smaller stress response in brain scans compared to those who did not attend the classes. Meditation may help to decrease the density of the amygdala and therefore increase your ability to handle stress. Of course, in addition to these benefits, there’s a good chance that five minutes of meditation each day will simply make you feel better. People who meditate report an increase in overall well-being. Why not give it a try?

Meditation has often been touted as a way to find inner peace and stillness. But what if meditating could reduce the effects of aging on your brain? According to research, taking a few minutes out of your day to meditate may improve cognitive function. As meditation’s popularity has spread, so have studies of the practice. The results of 100 studies examining the cognitive effects of meditation all show evidence of improvements in psychological and cognitive functions. Some of the results are intuitive, such as how meditation helps us deal with stress. But other results are incontrovertible, such as scans showing that meditation causes structural changes in the brain. For people facing age-related changes like memory loss, the results of these tests are especially relevant. The studies point to evidence that meditation can strengthen certain areas of the brain — the prefrontal cortex, the hippocampus, and the amygdala — that weaken as we age. THE PREFRONTAL CORTEX Your prefrontal cortex thins with age, which is associated with decreased cognitive function in your later years. However, meditation may reduce this age-related thinning. Dr. Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist specializing in the effects of yoga and meditation on cognitive and behavioral function, reports that long-time meditators don’t show a decline in the thickness of the prefrontal cortex.


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