Full Potential. Letter From The Owner


February 2019

Health Tips that will save you time and money! A LETTER FROM THE OWNER

INSIDE: � Exercise Essentials � Patient Success Story

� Healthy Recipe � Healthy Recipe

Health & Fitness


The Newsletter About Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Well-Being

LETTER FROM THE OWNER As we start our new calendar year it usually coincides with the restarting of deductibles with a patient’s insurance as well. Patient’s costs are often significant when it comes to health care and this can weigh heavily on whether to seek care of just do the wait and see approach and hope the pain goes away, or just put up with the pain and the limitations it creates. What are all the hidden costs of being in chronic pain? 1. When you are in pain, you’re not usually enjoying your time; life can become an ongoing drag without much of a future. If you value your time and what you enjoy doing with your time, losing your enjoyment of it can be an ongoing loss.

Perhaps the most common way we perceive the cost of something is related to an actual monetary cost but as I was talking to a patient who had a high deductible recently I came to realize the many hidden costs associated with not addressing a problem that is not going away. Costs relate more than to just a direct expense out of a patient’s pocket, actually to my surprise and my patient’s, pain and an inability to move well have many associated costs. Let’s add up a few of the costs that pain robs a person from in life. These can be overlooked in trying to decide whether to take action and handle a back, neck, shoulder or knee problem. So the question becomes:

2. When you are in pain it robs you of your energy and even the simplest of tasks are work; one usually becomes less productive and are not able to get as much done. Just getting out of a chair can be a painful challenge. What is the cost of the frustration when you lose your ability to do simple tasks? Frustration is a common emotion of people in chronic pain. 3. A person can miss work more frequently which can influence their productivity at their job. Job reviews can be affected and possible advancement as well. This could be a big cost.


Hello From the Owner

Ask yourself this question– “What would feel better six months from now?”

4. You may have to miss events in life you would like to participate; you become more of a spectator or even that is difficult to do (sitting for long periods is not easy, especially on bleachers). Simple activities like playing with your kids or grandkids are not as possible. Life is often about family and social events, and not enjoying or missing such a fundamental part of life is certainly a loss for people in chronic pain. 5. Your problem may get worse and so you get forced into solutions that are more expensive and invasive (surgery and injections) which often have negative side effects and risks. 6. Being in pain and less active can lead to other health problems with depression, weight gain, deconditioning and arthritis. The hole gets deeper and makes the job of getting better “someday” less real. Pain and inactivity become the new norm. 7. Many people in chronic pain are emotionally more stressed and less enjoyable to be around. They are grumpy; people tend to stay away and they become more isolated and lonely. This costs someone in deep ways as their relationships suffer. 8. If you use painmedication as a primary solution, it usually has associated negative side effects. It would be hard to not be aware of the opioid epidemic gripping the US now. Painmediation does not treat the problem, it only covers it up to make the moment bearable but the future is not any brighter. When the future is hopeful, life feels lighter and you are more energetic to make something happen. Always sacrificing your body’s future to save money will eventually give you no future. 9. How much money did you not make because you were caught in the pain trap? 10. How many flair ups happen per year which completely sets you on your back and cause loss in wages, time, energy, and confidence in your body to handle life?

a. I chose to not do PT and continue coping with the pain and limitations but I am not in more financial debt but my life is full of loss from numbers 1-10. b. I chose to do PT and really committed to helping myself get better but had to go into debt to do so. I am really feeling good and in control of my pain problem and I am not trapped by numbers 1-10 anymore; I actually understand how to help myself now. The future looks much brighter; I am actually more productive and can work more and can actually payoff my PT debts more easily. People I have treated who followed plan b. were overwhelming pleased with their decision when they finished their program. Their attention was not on the debt they may have incurred but on how much brighter their future had become and how much more opportunity there was to enjoy life and advance themselves. Our lives are really not very long and watching it pass by because of pain and its limitations makes it even shorter. Full Potential has helped thousands of people get back into life. (See the Success Story in this newsletter for one person’s account of how life changed for them) What plan b. is called is an investment. PT can pay back its benefits for years and years if you apply what you learn. Decide to invest in yourself in 2019 and get a solution that can reap benefits for years to come.

To your decision to get healthy,

Vincent Hanneken, PT Owner and the Full Potential Staff


Patient Success Story

“One of the biggest differences I have made since being here is how I view my body, what it needs, and the benefits of staying in tune with its needs. The staff are all kind, patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging. They made my path to recovery easy to understand and didn’t make it intimidating at all.” “Kind, patient, knowledgeable and encouraging!”

“I now have better balance, I am stronger, and I have less fatigue. Full Potential’s strengths are listening to the patient, encouraging the patient and affirming progress. They have a very clean facility and equipment as well. The therapists are very knowledgeable not only on all different therapies but on what therapies will help the individual patient the best.” “I now have better balance, stronger, and less fatigue!”

“I can finally exercise again!”

“I have been able to go about my daily activities with zero pain and I can finally exercise again! Full Potential PT is filled with knowledgeable Physical Therapists, friendly and great service, and flexible scheduling. Luke did a great job explaining what was wrong and what the solution to it was.”

-Christian D.

-Joshua R.

-Dennis R.

Practice News

You Help Us, Help Others Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

PLAY THE REFERRAL GAME! At Full Potential, we know that a referral from our patients is the biggest compliment. Let us thank you with these 3 simple steps! 1. Start by handing out the referral cards located at our front desk to your friends and family that are in need of our help!

2. The card with your name on the back must be returned to us at their first appointment!

3. You win! Come in to claim your prize!

Thank you to the following for referring your friends and family!

• Bill VanBruggen • Rita Nykamp • Melody Freckman • Lynda Redder • Bev DePree

• Martha Woltman • Patti Schonfeld • Carlene Ramirez • Ann Nieuwkoop • Judy Allen

• Michael Tubbs • Kerri Stoel • Ruby Kickert • Amanda Dykhouse • Angela Eding

• Darrin Dreyer • Jeremy Smith

Hello from Ben & Nate!

Hello from Ben &Nate! Twin baby boys of Amanda Collins

Ben is Buzz and Nate is Woody. Our little chunks are almost 9 months old! It has been some of the longest days but the shortest weeks! They finally conquered sitting and love how much they can interact with their toys now. They love stealing each other’s pacifiers and rolling is their primary mode of movement. Their favorite word is obviously “Dada” but we spend lots of time practicing “mama”...some day it will stick! We are loving these two sweet boys with all we have and try to savor every day!

Healthy Recipe

Spiced Pear Tea

Ingredients • 1 orange

• Small orange slices, halved (optional) • Stick cinnamon (optional)

• 4 inches stick cinnamon • 1 tsp whole cloves • 6 tea bags

• 3 cups water • 2 (11.3 to 12 oz) cans pear nectar • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Directions Using a vegetable peeler, remove three wide strips of peel from the orange; set peel aside. Juice the orange into a large saucepan. Add the water, pear nectar and honey (if using) to orange juice in saucepan. For spice bag: Place the 4 inches of stick cinnamon, the cloves and the orange peel strips in the center of a 6-inch square of double-thickness, 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with 100%-cotton kitchen string. Add spice bag to pear nectar mixture. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag; discard. Serve in warm mugs. If desired, float orange slices on top of individual servings and serve with additional stick cinnamon.

Outstanding relief for your aches... Try these simple exercises to keep you moving... Exercise Essentials

Strengthens Core

Stretches Lower Back

Single Knee To Chest While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 10 counts. Repeat 6 times on both sides.



Superman Lie on your stomach as shown. Lift your arms and legs off the floor slightly at the same time. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 3 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program It’s time to get Full Potential Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury PAIN FREE DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE At Full Potential Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.


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