M3 PT - August 2019


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Hello readers! Many of you may recognize me as our West Hills clinic’s wonderful office manager, though many more of you probably know me as “that strict PT assistant.” That’s fair. When it comes to making sure you have proper form while doing planks and wall squats, I don’t mess around. A few patients have even compared me to a drill sergeant. But just know, if I ever come off as tough during a workout, it’s because I want you to believe in yourself as much as I do. I learned from a young age just how much a person can accomplish when they give something their absolute best. When I was 10 or 11 years old, I began what I’ll loosely call my softball “career.” My parents always wanted my siblings and me to be active, so the moment it became clear soccer wasn’t for me, I was pushed up to the plate. My family has a long history of baseball and softball players, a fact I was all too aware of once practice started. Whatever “softball gene” my parents had definitely wasn’t passed down to me. On defense, I was in the way-way outfield, and I liked it that way — the last thing I wanted was to be where the action was. Of course, I still wanted the ball to come to me, but, every time it did, the pressure got to me and I froze up. Batting wasn’t that much better. Hitting the ball was so rare for me that every time I managed it, it was a big deal. Being on a small team, everyone was incredibly supportive. Even when I hit a pop fly, parents and coaches would jump up and cheer! I celebrated, too; just stepping up to the plate despite my fear was a big accomplishment for me. Bearing all that in mind, the fact we still made it to our league’s championship game says a lot about my teammates. We had some amazing players; some even went on to be star college athletes. The excitement surrounding the championships makes my memory of STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE WHAT SOFTBALL TAUGHT AMANDA TIGAR

our last game a little foggy, but, for some reason, I was playing second base.

It was the last game of my first season of playing, which made my winning move that much better! So, I found myself right in the middle of the action at the bottom of the final inning. Our team was winning, but not by much, and our opponents were on their last out. That’s when the batter hit a ground ball right at me.

Suddenly the fear was gone. I wasn’t thinking about all the what-ifs, and I didn’t care about how many people were watching. At that moment, it was just me and the ball. As

if I were just doing a drill, I scooped up the ball, pivoted, and threw to first. Even as cheers erupted, it took me a moment to wrap my head around what had just happened — I’d made the game-winning out. From that moment on, I really understood the value of stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying my best no matter what. My whole time playing softball I avoided the infield at all costs, and yet, that’s where I was really able to make a difference for my team. So, no matter how many times I get knocked down, I get back up there and have fun with it. As my parents used to say, “never lose your silly.” So, I may give a little tough love when it comes to helping you through your exercises but only when I know you can do it. As my parents taught me, sometimes other people need to root you on before you believe in yourself. But, if you can push through and have fun while doing it, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Never lose your silly,

–Amanda Tigar

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THE ASUS ZENBOOK PRO DUO This latest addition to the ZenBook line is an artist’s dream — so long as they have the cash. With two 4K displays, the Pro Duo isn’t cheap, but it may well be the new king of function and fidelity. The crisp, responsive 32:9 touch screen is perfect for sketching with a stylus or arranging video clips on a timeline. Meanwhile, the 15-inch primary display can render your handiwork in all its ultra-high definition glory. LENOVO’S THINKPAD X1 (REAL NAME TBA) The most experimental on this list, the teased addition to the ThinkPad line doesn’t have a name yet, let alone a launch date. However, Lenovo feels this mystery model could be the first of an entirely new device that’s neither laptop nor tablet. Mock-ups show a clamshell computer with two nearly seamless displays and no keyboard. Essentially, it’s one big screen that can fold in half. While it’s unclear how users will respond to this laptop- tablet hybrid, it’s certainly an ambitious move from the world’s leading PC company.

This summer, the tech world took another step toward creating the omnifunctional devices that science fiction has been promising us. Multiple big-name computer companies

have unveiled their spin on the latest design craze: folding display laptops. The idea of a portable, dual-screen PC seemed like a gimmick a few years ago, but, with HP, Intel, and Lenovo all jumping into the game, this may be the future of laptops. Here’s a look at the exciting new designs. INTEL’S HONEYCOMB GLACIER Intel is looking to do the impossible: prove once and for all that laptops can work for hardcore gamers. With a 15.6-inch, 1080p display perched above a 12.3-inch, 1920 x 720 touch screen, users certainly have plenty of real estate to play with. The idea is that the primary screen can be dedicated to actual gameplay, while the touch display can be used for anything from minimaps to Discord chats. Throw in a Tobii eye-tracking camera, and you have the potential for an on-the-go Twitch streaming studio.


Since it’s back-to-school season, we thought we’d return to basics when it comes to recovery. Whether you’re a high school football player getting ready for the season, or a retiree on your morning jog, the most common injuries you’ll face are strains and sprains. When these painful inconveniences strike, it’s important to remember to RICE: rest, ice, compress, elevate. This handy acronym will help you treat these minor sport’s injuries, but if your pain is severe, you should seek a medical professional. REST When you injure a part of your body, it’s always important to avoid doing any more damage to it. Don’t grit your teeth and try to play through the pain. If you believe you’ve pulled a muscle or sprained a joint, do all you can to remove pressure from the affected area, and avoid strenuous activity for at least 24 hours. ICE Putting your injury on ice will keep inflammation and swelling under control. Apply an ice bag to the affected area in 10-minute increments, taking breaks

in between. This should be done for up to three days. If the pain does not subside, you may have a more serious injury. COMPRESS The other way to combat swelling is to keep your sprain or pulled muscle compressed. There are plenty of compression sleeves on the market, but you can also use an elastic bandage to wrap the affected area. ELEVATE Swelling and bruising are caused in part by blood collecting at the site of an injury. By lying down while keeping your injured limb elevated above your heart, you force the fluid to travel uphill, minimizing this effect. After several days of sticking to RICE, you should be feeling ready to become active again. However, there may still be some tenderness caused by being at rest, so you should take things slow. If you have difficulty getting moving again, physical therapy can help. We aid in the rehab of athletes of all ages every day here at M3, and we’re confident we can get you back to the sport you love.


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It’s so common it’s almost a trope. Your middle-aged friend stands up, winces as pain shoots through their knees, and then admits to the room “I’m getting old.” If you’ve ever been the one to give this excuse for knee pain, we’ve got news for you. Aging might not be the culprit. MORE THAN ‘WEAR AND TEAR’ In the past, people believed joint pain was just a natural consequence of getting older. These flexible junctions in our body just begin to wear out with time, right? Well, thanks to modern medicine, we know that this isn’t exactly accurate. The painful sensation you feel is likely caused by a disease that afflicts the whole joint — osteoarthritis. UNDERSTANDING OSTEOARTHRITIS Osteoarthritis, or OA, is characterized by a steady degrading of the cartilage in and around the afflicted joint. Without this flexible tissue, inflammation quickly sparks between our bones, making it painful to move. This joint disease is common in middle-aged

and elderly people. In fact, it is one of the top causes of disability among senior citizens, with 46% of the population developing OA in their knees during their lifetime. Other joints, such as the hips and spine, can also be effected. TREATMENT Unfortunately, a cure for osteoarthritis has not been discovered yet, so clinicians focus on prevention and mitigation. For those who have not developed OA in their knees yet, maintaining a healthy weight is the best thing you can do. This keeps the pressure of excess weight from contributing to the breakdown of cartilage in your joints. If you are already experiencing OA, getting and staying active is one of the best ways to reduce pain and keep symptoms from becoming debilitating. The temptation to be inactive due to OA only leads to weaker muscles and even more difficulty moving. A physical therapy professional, like our expert clinicians at M3 PT, can help you ease back into an active lifestyle without excessive pain. You don’t have to surrender your mobility to “old age.” Give us a call today, and take your first step toward relief.




• 1 cup coconut water • 1/2 cup mango juice • 2 large Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped • 2 cups romaine lettuce, packed • 2/3 cup parsley leaves, packed • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, packed • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks • 1/4 cup avocado • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice

• 1 tbsp turmeric • 5 large ice cubes


1. In a blender, combine all ingredients, beginning with coconut water and mango juice. 2. Blend on high until smooth. 3. Pour into glass and serve. Any leftovers will keep for up to 24 hours in the fridge.

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to traditional travel accommodations. Today, with annual revenue in the billions, the service is an industry unto itself. While most people use Airbnb to “live like a local” while traveling, you can find some truly wacky lodging options if you spend some time searching the platform. Here are just a few of the many contenders for the title of “Weirdest Airbnb in the U.S.” For ease of searching, the listings here have the same titles as they do on Airbnb.

Airbnb super hosts Dan and Deborah have no shortage of quirky properties for rent — including yurts and treehouses — but their apartment fashioned out of an airplane hangar surely takes the cake. You’d be forgiven for thinking it was a theme restaurant featuring eclectic aviation. Memorabilia lines the walls with a bar front and center, and the bed is in a loft high above the ground.


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Earthships, houses run by clean energy and featuring reused materials, are a fixture of the Taos area. This one, which looks almost like a crashing wave with a living space in its undertow, combines the rustic charm of truly getting away from it all with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and in-home laundry. It’s a truly unique living space surrounded by pristine nature and not far from the historic Taos Pueblo.

As you approach the Dog Bark Park Inn, you won’t have to guess if you’re in the right place. After all, how many buildings are shaped like beagles? When describing the space on Airbnb, the hosts make no bones about who this rental is aimed for. “Stay in a giant dog!” they say. In addition to being inside a massive wooden dog, you’ll find canine-themed games, books, and more. Talk about ruffing it.


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