Zionsville: Winter Survival Guide

ZPT GaZette The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

December 2018

Dear Santa, I usually write a letter to my ZPT friends and family, but I thoughtyouand Ineeded tocommunicate thismonth,as it is yourbusiestmonthof theyear. Iwant togetyou ready for the big ride on the 24th of this month and am concerned about a few observations about your appearance and behavior. First of all, let’s discuss what everyone doesn’t want to talk about. You keep gaining weight. I know, the stories all tell of the “bowl full of jelly” and the roundness of your shape, but let’s get real. Your waist line should be smaller than your chest measurement. Can we start reducing your cookie intake now, and just save it for special occasions? You will feel so much better if you just cut back a little on the consumption each day: look at your serving sizes and use the ZPT Winter Survival guide for some great advice on foods to eat and winter activities to boost your calorie burn. You will have more energy and a quicker step when your weight is closer to its ideal. It will be so much easier to get up and down those chimneys, too!

difficult enough, let alone the exposure you must face with open-air riding on a sleigh behind so many reindeer. In order to get your immune system ready for this, I suggest plenty of rest, trying for at least7 to8hourspernight, good water drinking over the next several weeks (yes, that means lots


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of potty breaks), and strict adherence to your fruits and vegetables intake. Are you getting at least 8 servings per day?Themore thebetter,andavarietyof fruitsandveggies, wholegrains,nutsandseedsprovidenutrientsyour immune system needs to fight off most bugs, flus and diseases. I will be making a delicious, nutritious smoothie for you with all thisandmore,whichyouwillfindon thefireplacemantel next to my Christmas stocking. Lastly, I want to put in a request, Santa, which is actually a prayer: that God would bless my family, my staff members and their families, and all our patients and friends; bless them with a peaceful Christmas, and a wonderful holiday season. As you know, the season is filled with lots of false ideas for happiness, materialism and hectic busy-ness; however, the anticipation of young children, the way we reach out and help one another, and the warmth and love we share are the true gifts of the season. Take care and be blessed! Gratefully, Elaine p.s.And therewereshepherds livingout in thefieldsnearby, keepingwatchover theirflocksatnight.Anangelof theLord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them,and theywere terrified.But theangelsaid to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” Luke 2:8-15

Next, let’s talk about lifting. Yes, I’m targeting your back condition and body mechanics when you lift heavy packages and bags of toys. I really don’t want to have to come to the North Pole, triggering my cold-finger syndrome, to provide in- home physical therapy to the jolly St. Nick. Way too cold. So follow this advice: do some morning

I am the Poster Child... "When I began physical therapy at ZPT, it was in preparation for total knee replacement surgery. The staff knew exactly the exercise I needed to strengthen my legs. After surgery, I continued therapy for 6 weeks, 3 times a week. I looked forward to each session because of the friendly staff and professional treatment by the therapists. They were understanding when I had days that the pain was more than others and at the same time moved me to a path of advancing my strength each week. As a result of the therapy my doctor commented that I am the "Poster Child" for the knee replacement surgery. He asked me where I had therapy and was pleased with the results. I can now climb stairs and walk with strength in my right knee." - Sherry H. (aka the "Poster Child" for knee replacement surgery) Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

stretches including lowsquats,knee-to-chest,andhamstring stretches each day, and strengthen your core by doing bridges and planks. Perhaps Mrs. Claus can find a nice big Swiss exercise ball for you to sit on while reviewing your lists of Naughty and Nice kids; it’s easy to do some seated Swiss ball exercises while you work. When you are planning to lift some spirits by lifting your big bag of toys, please, please bend at your hips and knees to use your leg muscles. Your quads and gluteal muscles are meant to lift, so keep your back straight and pull in your belly to protect your spine. Another concern I have is this all-nighter thing you do on the 24th. We all know how stressful that must be to stay up all night working. Flying in an airplane for long hours is

END OF THE YEAR BENEFITS! LAST CHANCE to use your 2018 Health Insurance benefits, to save on the cost of physical therapy especially if you have met your deductible. If you are staying in town for the holidays we will be open the morning of the 24th, closed the 25th, and open the 26th, 27th, 28th, and 31st of December. Plan ahead and call for appointments. No prescription needed to come to PT. 317.873.2033.



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