Kinetic PT - April 2020

APRIL 2020

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As many of our readers know, Emilie and I started this clinic while our oldest son, Zach, was in kindergarten. I still remember blocking out my schedule so I could see him get on the bus for his first day of school — a bus he’s not going to need to ride much longer. This month, Zach turns 15, and I am terrified. I know I should be proud of how much he’s grown — and I am. But he’s going to be learning to drive now. I remember when I used to worry about him falling down as a toddler, and now he’s going to be out in traffic! This is a whole new world of parental stress. Looking back, I don’t know how my mom and dad dealt with handing me the keys for the first time. Thankfully, we have far, far safer standards for new drivers these days. There are very clear rules for whom they can have in the car with them and when — a far cry from my teenage years when you basically took a class and then were set loose. But still, there are more distractions than ever in today’s world. Teens might not be able to cram all their buddies into the car the day after getting their permit, but they do already have all their friends and every data byte of information on the planet right there on their phones. Honestly, I’m kind of glad I didn’t grow up with that level of distraction right at my fingertips. Zach is mature for his age, though, and I don’t have a doubt in my mind that he’ll take the responsibilities of getting behind the wheel to heart. It’s just that this new stage in his life makes it very clear that he’s growing up. Those sorts of milestones are always going to come with a bittersweet mix of pride and fear that I’m beginning to get used to as a father. But this stage in my son’s life is going to take me on more of a literal wild ride. It’s already been decided that I’ll be the one riding shotgun with Zach while he’s learning the ropes — Emilie made that very clear. Now I’m acutely aware

of the fact that, unlike learner vehicles, the passenger seat of my car doesn’t have an extra set of brakes. Still, my old car is better than Emilie’s full-sized SUV, so I guess I should have seen this coming. Thankfully, we live in an area with plenty of country roads and large, empty parking lots. This is all to say that if I seem a little rattled at your next appointment, well, you know why. But I am blown away by how much Zach has grown and how being a dad is still full of surprises. He may not be the little boy he was when we founded this clinic, but I’ll still block out my schedule to make sure I’m there for these incredible moments.

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You’ve worked hard for years to arrive at this moment: retirement. Now that you’re free of your 9-to-5 job, you have a lot more time for activities you enjoy. That extra time is what leads many people to turn to a nomadic lifestyle after retirement. Touring in an RV, sailing around the world, or even just retiring to a cabin in a remote locale are all popular options for new retirees. If the spirit of adventure is calling you, here are some financial tips to set you on the right path. DOWNSIZE BEFORE YOU GO Some folks choose to sell their home and use the income to fund their travels, staying in apartments and rentals as they go. If that seems too drastic, downsizing to a smaller home is also a good option, especially if you plan to travel in intervals but want a home base to return to. This also gives you the option of renting your home while you’re away and using the money to continue traveling. ASK OTHER NOMADS Crowdsource advice from friends and family members who’ve taken the leap. Lots of other people have shared your dream and made it a reality. Many have turned their experience into books or blogs, like Lynne Martin, who’s been traveling around the world with her husband, Tim, for the last three years. The Martins

used the sale of their home to finance their travels. They also take cruises to cut down on travel costs and often dine in to save money. DO YOUR RESEARCH If you have a specific place in mind for your retirement, like Hawaii or Texas, look at rental costs and other lifestyle changes that can affect your budget. For example, Hawaii’s cost of living is cheaper than other popular retirement states, like Florida, but basic commodities may be more expensive. If a boat or RV is more your style, be sure to add repair and fuel costs into your budget. As you go about researching and planning, be sure to consult with your financial advisor so they can help you look at your current situation and make adjustments. With the proper planning, you’ll be living your nomadic dream in no time.

Mike is a terrific PT. He helped me after my total knee replacement, strengthening my knee as well as increasing my range of motion. He also helped me with my back. I was not able to bend enough to put on my socks. Now I can bend much better, and my back is practically pain free. Thank you, Mike!

I’ve made good progress! Amanda was diligent and consistent with my therapy. I am now able to walk with a cane painlessly, climb up and down stairs, drive my car without problems, and I am much more confident about my mobility. All improvement has happened due to the caring therapists at Kinetic.

–Lorraine Soosloff

–Lai-Ming Ma

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The Value of Having Multiple Sports

We’re lucky to have a very active community here at Kinetic. From golfers and squash players to swimmers and joggers, many sporty patients rely on us to keep them in motion. We’re inspired by their example and want to give some advice to get even more out of their activities: Mix it up. WORK MORE MUSCLES Even the most physically demanding activities don’t give you a full-body workout. Adding a hobby that works out different parts of your body can be a healthy way to make sure you’re staying in shape. This can range from adding different strokes to your swim laps to picking up basketball in addition to golf. So much of keeping your body balanced and pain-free has to do with the overall strength of your muscles. The more you strengthen your muscles, the easier it is

elbow and rotator cuff tears come from repeating the same motion again and again. By varying the sorts of activities you do, you’re not only working out different muscles, but you’re also giving the ones you normally

use a much needed break. SPICE UP YOUR OF LIFE

Last but not least, trying something new can be fun! If you feel like you are plateauing in your go-to sport or finding the same old workout routine bores you, don’t let this be an excuse to throw in the towel! Adding an exciting twist to how you get active can not only give you a new way to work out, but it might even help you rediscover what you really enjoy about your existing hobbies. Of course, you want to be sure you’re physically able to start a new addition to your routine. If you aren’t confident in your balance or mobility, come in to see us. We can help ensure you’re ready to make the jump!

to move them. AVOID INJURY

While you may not be able to prevent every sports injury, you can certainly minimize the risk by adding a little variety to your routine. Many injuries like tennis


Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad

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INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3 tbsp shallots, thinly sliced • 1 tbsp honey • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper to taste • 6 beets, peeled and quartered

• 6 cups fresh arugula • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped • 1/4 cup dried cranberries or cherries • 1/2 avocado, cubed • 2 oz crumbled goat cheese

DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 450 F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. 2. In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, shallots, and honey. 3. Gradually whisk olive oil into the mixture and season with salt and pepper. 4. In a small bowl, toss the beets in dressing until they are coated. 5. Place coated beets on baking sheet and roast them for 12 minutes. Set the beets aside and allow them to cool. 6. In a large bowl, toss arugula, walnuts, and berries with the

remaining vinaigrette. Season with salt and pepper. 7. Top salad with beets, avocado, and goat cheese. | 3



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INSIDE Mike Takes the Passenger’s Seat PAGE 1

How to Make the Most of a Nomadic Lifestyle After Retirement PAGE 2

My PT Story PAGE 2

Is 1 Physical Activity Enough? PAGE 3

Beet, Goat Cheese, and Arugula Salad PAGE 3

Fight the Sneeze With These Holistic Remedies PAGE 4

POKE THEM AWAY Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment method that pinpoints specific pathways crucial to the flow of energy throughout the body and reopens them through strategic needle placements. While studies have yet to prove that acupuncture can serve as a stand-alone treatment for allergies, it has been shown to aid in symptom management. Acupuncture can also decrease pain and release built-up pressure caused by congestion. DRAIN THEM AWAY Have you ever just wanted to open your nose and flush out all of your congestion? With a neti pot, you can! Simply create your own saltwater solution with filtered water — do not try this with unfiltered water, as deadly organisms can enter your body this way — and 1 teaspoon of salt. Some experts even suggest adding a pinch of baking soda to the mixture to soothe the bite of the salt. Next, pour the solution into the pot. Tilt your head to one side over a sink, pour the mixture from the pot into one of your nostrils, and let it drain out the other side. Repeat on the opposite nostril and feel the relief!

The season of sniffles and sneezes is upon us, but you don’t have to let your allergies stop you from enjoying gorgeous April blooms and fresh spring breezes. Try these natural solutions to help combat your allergies and breathe a little easier this spring — though if your allergies are persistent, seek professional medical help. fight your allergies, but make no mistake: The nutrients in some foods can do wonders for your body! Use this to your advantage by choosing ingredients proven to fight the sniffles. Raw, local honey has the ability to soothe scratchy throats, which protects the airway passage from further damage. ( Warning : Children under the age of 1 should never consume honey.) EAT THEM AWAY Food is often overlooked as a method to Also on the sweeter side, the naturally occurring enzyme in pineapple, bromelain, has been shown to ease inflammation and swelling, while quercetin, found in tea, red wine, and apples, can act as a natural antihistamine. If you’re looking for something more savory, spicy foods can light a fire under your mucus, break it up, and clear your nasal passages.

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