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asked them about their mental states, and they haven’t been able to articulate their emotional turmoil. Due to the ingrained societal emphasis on the physical injury, and the stigma involving discussions about mental health, patients don’t realize that it’s perfectly normal to feel depressed or anxious during any point of their treatment plan. There’s a minefield of emotions involved in recovery, and if patients already have a history of depression or anxiety, then accidents can definitely trigger or worsen those disorders. When you have a fundamental aspect of daily life removed from your routine, such as a broken limb or a totaled vehicle, it can be crippling. You don’t often realize how important your health is until you spend every day wondering if you’ll ever be back to normal again. It’s similar to being sick. When you’re struggling with a bad cold or virus, you gain perspective on what it’s like to be completely healthy. But unlike a cold, which lasts just a few days, an injury may persist for months, years, or even the rest of your life. It’s very discouraging, but helping patients battle that discouragement is a massive part of what my team and I do. I’ve been in this field for over two decades now, and in the last couple years, I’ve noticed that more professionals are starting to consider the emotional side of a physical injury. While discussions about mental health might not be commonplace yet, they are definitely becoming a major part of the conversation. I’m excited to continue helping patients with both their physical and emotional journeys to recovery and break down barriers surrounding discussions about mental health. If you have any questions about this significant part of rehabilitation, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
Physical Recovery Is More Than Just Physical How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Recovery
When people think of the recovery process following an injury, they have the tendency to focus solely on the physical manifestations. To a certain degree, this tendency makes sense. If you are injured, you’re likely in pain, and therefore, all of your concentration goes into finding a way to ease that pain. In the same way, if you are in a collision that totals your car, your mind is overcome with the stress of replacing your sole transportation method. Then if you seek legal advice from a personal injury attorney, you’ll talk about property damage and lost wages. From pain to paperwork, all of the conversations following an injury hinge on these physical manifestations. One aspect no one really wants to talk about is the emotional or mental struggle.
more prominent and perturbing than any physical manifestation. The vast majority of the population doesn’t realize that injuries don’t happen in a vacuum. Let’s say, for example, that you’re in an accident that causes you to break your arm. The break keeps you from working, so you seek help from a lawyer to get compensation to cover the damages to your car, your medical bills, the wages you lost during your recovery time, and something called “pain and suffering.” Even if you receive payment for pain and suffering, the term is still just arbitrary; it doesn’t get at the heart of what’s going on in your head. The stress, the financial distress, the relationship conflicts, and the anxiety are all common byproducts of a physical injury that often go unmentioned.
To me, the emotions associated with the rehabilitation process are perhaps even
I can’t count how many conversations I’ve had with past patients wherein I’ve
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To continue our tradition of spotlighting one of our vital team members here at Louisville Sports & Injury Center, we would like to introduce Kathryn Hillary. Kathryn is one of our licensed massage therapists, but she also lends a hand wherever she can to ensure that our operations run smoothly. Between helping with the front desk task and doing medical, scribing, and even custodial duties, Kathryn somehow manages to balance it all while still helping patients through their treatment plans to get them back to the life they lived before their injury. Kathryn has been with our practice for the last five years now, but she has been in the massage therapy field for even longer! Before she moved up to Louisville, she worked as a massage therapist at a spa. She explains, “There are a lot of differences between working in a spa and in a chiropractic office. There are more pragmatic changes like smaller beds or not having to deal with linens, but there are also more time- consuming ones, such as being diligent with note taking and preparing medical records. There is just so much more that goes into my job now, but still — I wouldn’t change a thing.” Kathryn describes her experiences working with patients at our clinic fondly. Throughout her five years here, she’s learned that each patient’s treatment plan is unique to their injury and who they are as an individual. Kathryn explains that when she meets a patient for the first time, she starts by analyzing and assessing their areas of pain and then tenaciously considers the best course of action to help them reach recovery. “Because patients come to me after a recent accident, they’ll often walk in the door feeling stressed and in pain,” she says “but I can tell that they are trying to keep it together. The amazing thing is [that] once they start getting through their treatment plan, I get to see their distinct personalities and get to know them on an individual level.” One Hardworking Massage Therapist Meet Kathryn Hillary!
WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY? 3 Myths About Our Favorite Furry Meteorologist
Despite the fact that most, if not all, meteorologists place little value on a furry marmot’s ability to predict an early spring, the annual tradition of Groundhog Day is still one that millions of people love to celebrate. Because it is based more on folkloric legend than scientific evidence, Groundhog Day is associated with shams and spoofs of varying degrees. There are many myths regarding the tradition as well as the famous Punxsutawney Phil himself. Myth 1: The predictions are accurate. Many event-goers put a lot of faith in Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions. Unfortunately, he is more likely to be wrong than right. According to studies based on Phil’s predictions and the weather patterns that follow, it seems Phil’s predictions receive an accuracy rate of only 39 percent. Myth 2: Groundhog Day is harmless. Much like humans, most groundhogs don’t like being suddenly jostled out of their sleep. Their frustration often leads to them biting their handlers. For this reason, the handlers usually wear heavy gloves to protect themselves. However, that isn't always enough of a precaution to ensure everyone's safety. In 2009, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten through his glove, and subsequent mayor Bill de Blasio dropped his groundhog in 2014. Myth 3: Phil is the only famous rodent. While Phil is probably the most well-known ground-dwelling meteorologist, he is not the only groundhog with weather predicting abilities. For example, General Beauregard Lee is the weather predictor for the city of Lilburn, Georgia. Staten Island Chuck takes care of the New York territory, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has three groundhogs of its own, which is probably due to its rich Pennsylvania Dutch history. Canada has even started a Groundhog Day tradition with Shubenacadie Sam in Nova Scotia and Balzac Billy in Alberta. Even though Groundhog Day is a holiday based on many myths, it still provides a great time for event-goers all across the world. You might not be able to fully trust Phil’s predictions, but the superstition and mystique associated with this unique and festive day make it one you shouldn’t skip out on.
When Kathryn isn’t in the office helping her patients, she likes to spend time with her family, her church, and her 2 1/2-year-old daughter who always wants her attention! We are so grateful to have Kathryn on the team. If you see her around the office, be sure to say hello.
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3 Ways Contact With Nature Improves Your Health A WALK IN THE WOODS IS THE PRESCRIPTION
Tiramisu Our ancestors were deeply connected to their natural environment, mostly because their survival depended on it. With no Whole Foods available, those who could best track a mammoth, find water, and forage for edible plants kept themselves alive and passed on their genes. Given our history as hunter-gatherers, it’s no wonder contact with nature provides us with several health benefits. A Memory Boost In a University of Michigan study, a group of students were asked to take a memory test that involved repeating numbers back to researchers. Next, researchers separated the students into two groups. Group A took a walk around an arboretum and Group B walked along busy city streets. Afterward, they were asked to take the memory test again. Group A, the students who had walked in the arboretum, performed 20 percent better on the memory test. Group B didn’t show any marked improvement. Additional research has corroborated the memory-enhancing effects of nature. A Mood Boost Observing the benefits nature has for cognitive function, scientists wondered what effects it might have on individuals • 6 egg yolks • 3 tablespoons sugar • 1 pound mascarpone cheese • 1 1/2 cups strong espresso, cooled • 2 teaspoons dark rum • 24 packaged ladyfingers • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish 1. In a large mixing bowl, use a whisk to beat together egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. 2. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. 3. Fold in 1 tablespoon of espresso. 4. In a small, shallow dish, combine remaining espresso with rum. Dip each ladyfinger into mixture for 5 seconds. Place soaked ladyfingers at the bottom of a walled baking dish. 5. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers. Top with another layer of ladyfingers and another layer of mascarpone. 6. Cover and refrigerate 2–8 hours. 7. Remove from fridge, sprinkle with chocolate shavings, and serve. Directions Ingredients
diagnosed with depression. In one study from the University of Essex, participants with major depressive disorder reported an improvement in self-esteem and mood after spending time in nature. Exercising while in nature resulted in even more of a mood boost for participants. A Calming Effect Research also shows that spending time in nature reduces stress. In a study conducted by Chiba University in Japan, participants spent two nights in the forest. Researchers evaluated their levels of stress hormones during and after this period and compared it to their normal work days in the city. Across the board, participants’ stress levels were much lower during the days spent in the forest and for several days afterward. Today, we’re less connected to our natural environment than our ancestors were. Modern comforts and technology mean we don’t have to go outside to get our food. But nature is still accessible and you don’t have to go far to find it. In many of the studies, even minor exposure to the outdoors, like adding plants to your home or looking out a window during work, showed health benefits. This winter, find ways to bring a little more nature into your life each day. Your brain will thank you.
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Louisville Locals! WHAT’S GOING ON THIS MONTH?
Biophilia Life; or, My Best Friend Has Four Legs and a Tail When: Saturday, Feb. 9; 6–8 p.m. Where: Carnegie Center for Art & History Admission: Free! With the prefix “bio-” meaning “life” and the suffix “-philia” meaning “love,” the title of this group exhibition literally means, “love of life or living systems.” Artists have explored the relationship between humankind and animals for tens of thousands of years. Anyone who has a pet knows how special they are. It is undeniable that they make a positive impact on health and happiness — serving as an excuse to get out and exercise, providing companionship, or easing anxiety as therapy animals. The works created by the artists in this exhibition celebrate the symbiotic, emotional, and biological bonds between people and their pets. Wrapped in Red Gala When: Saturday, Feb. 16; 6 p.m. Where: Omni Louisville Admission: $250 per ticket or $75 early bird pricing The Wrapped in Red Gala is the signature event of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter. The Gala has become one
of Louisville’s premiere philanthropic events, serving up a specially prepared three-course dinner, live entertainment, and a live auction featuring exciting trips and one-of-a-kind items. This year's gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at Omni Louisville. It will feature a live and silent auction, as well as a special appearance by country music artist Sara Evans! Classics: Kentucky Spring – Festival of American Music I When: Saturday, Feb. 23; 8–10 p.m. Performed as the full ballet, “Appalachian Spring” touches on the primal issues of marriage, survival, and eternal regeneration. The piece was commissioned and choreographed by the legendary Martha Graham and for the first time presented with new choreography by the talented Andrea Schermoly. Additionally, a new folk opera and film by Louisville native Rachel Grimes, “The Way Forth” highlights real and imagined perspectives of generations of Kentucky women from 1775 to the present day. Inspired by a treasure trove of family photos, documents, and letters, this opera sifts through familiar stories to explore lesser-told tales of the historically oppressed. Where: The Kentucky Center Admission: Tickets start at $27
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