Spine & Rehab Specialists - January 2021

JANUARY 2021

6358 EDGEMERE BLVD. EL PASO, TEXAS 79925 915-562-8525

11855 PHYSICIANS DR. EL PASO, TEXAS 79936 915-855-6466

SO, YOU MISSED THE MARK ON LAST YEAR’S FITNESS RESOLUTIONS. NOWWHAT? HARRY’S BEST ADVICE FOR MOVING FORWARD

achieve two of our three goals! It took a while, but we got those diagnostics up and running, and they’ve taken our services to another level. We also moved our Zaragoza clinic to a larger office at 11855 Physicians Drive with a bit more space, a bigger pool, and a more efficient layout to make caring for patients even easier. We put our plans for a new facility on the back burner, but we’re still aiming to open that clinic in 2021. I’m celebrating all of those things, even though I’m not any skinnier than I used to be! I know I’m not the only person whose New Year’s resolution to get in better shape ended up under water last year. The same thing might have happened to you. Gyms have been closed most of the year, and even mall- walking is off-limits for people with health risks, so most of us have been far less active. Plus, when you’re working from home it’s way too easy to reach for the snacks. I think we should all look back on 2020 and try to see the silver linings, but it’s also not too late for a do-over. If you’re still wary of going to the gym but you want to achieve your fitness resolutions this time around, our wellness program here at Spine & Rehab Specialists might be the perfect fit for you. You can skip the gym and come exercise in one of our safe, clean facilities either by yourself or with a small group. We screen everyone who

Thousands of people fail at their New Year’s resolutions every year, and in 2020, I was one them. I’m not ashamed to admit it. My big goal was to get healthier and lose weight, but when the gyms closed last spring, I put everything on pause to focus on the clinic. Honestly, I haven’t gone back to the gym since. I do work out in other ways, by taking walks or doing things at home, but I haven’t been as diligent as I wanted to be. Still, I’m not writing the year off — and you shouldn’t, either. I think the best way to approach a bad situation is to look for its bright sides. While I didn’t lose any weight last year, I didn’t gain any either, and I’m proud of that! Bonnie and I also met a lot of our professional goals for Spine & Rehab Specialists in 2020. One of our big goals was to get our diagnostics off the ground, adding services like electromyography (EMG) and musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasounds to help us pinpoint our patients' problem spots even more accurately. We also wanted to move our Zaragoza clinic into a new building and open another location on the west side of town. We were excited to help even more people recover from injuries and get back into their active lifestyles.

comes into our clinic for COVID-19, so you can feel safe and relaxed while working out. Not only can our wellness program help you lose weight, it can also assist with your recovery after an injury, work hand-in-hand with other treatments to mitigate the aches and pains caused by working from home, and improve your strength and balance to help prevent falls. All of the perks will keep you out of the doctor’s office and the hospital — which are the last places any of us want to be right now. I’m going into 2021 with energy and optimism, and I hope you’ll join me! If you want to learn more about our wellness program, call us at 915-562-8525. Our doors are open, and we’re here to help.

Of course, things didn’t turn out quite the way we hoped. But we did

–Harry Koster

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT YOUR PELVIC FLOOR HEALTH

bridges, squats, and cat/cow pose. While improving your pelvic floor health, try to avoid doing other exercises that can strain it, such as running or heavy lifting. (As your pelvic floor gets stronger, you can slowly add these exercises back into your routine.) Consulting with a physical therapist and developing a regimen to improve or maintain your pelvic floor health is a great way to treat or prevent pelvic floor weakness. The best part? As your pelvic floor health improves, other components of your life will too. You’ll see improvement with your digestion, you’ll never have to worry about sneezing or coughing too vigorously, and your personal relationships can improve. It’s worth having a discussion with a professional. Contact your physical therapy team today to learn more about how to improve your pelvic floor health, and, ultimately, get your life back.

musculoskeletal systems, so any time you eat, use the restroom, or simply sit or walk, your pelvic floor is working. But when it’s not working properly, many patients — primarily women, but men can struggle with pelvic floor health, too — experience pain during bathroom visits and sex (or an inability to do either), pain in the lower back, digestive issues, and leaking. This can happen for a variety of reasons. For women, pelvic floor weakness or prolapse is often the result of labor, but age, traumatic injury, and genetics can also affect your pelvic floor. Though pelvic floor issues are relatively common, patients may be embarrassed by the associated symptoms, and as a result, many avoid seeking treatment. The good news is that strengthening the pelvic floor often involves simple exercises and stretches, like glute

It can be awkward to talk about, but pelvic floor health can have a significant impact on your lifestyle and happiness. For many, the pelvic floor is a source of pain and incontinence, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Your pelvic floor is just like any other body part; with proper strength, it can function normally and pain-free. The pelvic floor consists of the pelvis and the muscles and organs that protect it and are housed within it. It functions with the urinary, reproductive, digestive, and

THESE CELEBRITIES ARE SOBER BY CHOICE

AND HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BE, TOO!

Step 3: Celebrate with a mocktail! Alcohol does not equate with fun! Just look at Kate Moss, who often abstains from drinking and has been known to have just as much fun — if not more! — while sober. Moss has even mentioned that she orders mocktails.

up drinking? Why do you want better skin or fewer hangovers? Why do you want more time with your family? These reminders can help you keep going! Step 2: Don’t quit cold turkey. Jennifer Lopez isn’t one to toast with water. The pop star is often seen taking a sip of alcohol after “raising a glass,” but that’s as far as she goes! J-Lo reportedly doesn’t like the adverse effects alcohol can have on the skin. According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, moderation might be better for your overall goal than quitting altogether. One study found that when drinking was so ingrained in patients’ daily lives, they found better success weaning off over time or practicing moderation. By creating your own plan to lessen your alcohol intake, you can improve your relationship with alcohol and better strive for your sobriety.

Making a conscious decision to live a sober lifestyle can be powerful. For some, it’s a necessity spurred on by addiction, while others choose to stay sober for their health. Alcohol has been linked to skin damage, cognition issues, high blood pressure, sleep dysfunction, and weight gain. So, if you’re considering making Dry January more of a year-round habit, get started with these three steps. Step 1: Consider your motivations. In 2019, Anne Hathaway announced she was giving up drinking for her son. She wanted to add more value to the mornings she got to spend with him instead of nursing a hangover. Finding a reason to stop drinking can make you more motivated to stick with it. In moments when you want to drink, write down your motivations and really dig into them. Why do you want to give

Why not have all the fun of cocktails without

the adverse effects? The best way to enjoy the moments traditionally filled with alcohol is to find a new way to appreciate them. Find a new hobby or make a fun, alcohol-free drink for your celebrations. There are plenty of ways to partake in these moments while staying sober!

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SOUP’S ON! PERFECT YOUR SOUP RECIPE WITH THESE 3 TIPS

and/or pasta can become mushy and underwhelming.

add vegetables to your soup based on cooking time and flavoring. Carrots, onions, and celery should “sweat” in the pot with oil and seasoning before you add the broth to capture the fullest flavor of these ingredients. Potatoes

Soup is perfect for sick days and alongside grilled cheese, and Grandma always seemed to have a recipe to make everything better. For as simple and comforting as soup can be, re-creating those memories from your stovetop includes a few tedious steps. Become a soup master with this go-to guide to winter’s favorite dish. Mind your peas and carrots. The magic of a hearty minestrone or old-fashioned chicken noodle soup comes from the flavors of vegetables to create the perfect blend of comfort and taste. However, overcooking or undercooking vegetables can ruin this delicate balance. So, consider the vegetables you want in your soup and plan accordingly. Start by chopping vegetables into bite-size pieces that will easily fit on a spoon. No one wants a spoonful of soup that’s just carrots after all! Then,

Season gradually — but generously. No one enjoys a bland soup, but too much seasoning can overpower the natural flavors of your ingredients. Add your

and other root vegetables can be added in the

seasoning to vegetables as they sauté in the pot

before adding the stock. Then, add the stock and the

boiling phase,

while leafy greens only need minutes in the pot toward the end to capture their full flavor.

remainder of your ingredients. Only add more

seasoning as the soup simmers and do a taste test. Add a bit of

salt and pepper until it’s perfect! If you over-salt, don’t panic. Adding more stock, potatoes, noodles, or cream can fix your soup in a pinch. Bonus Tip: Always serve your soup with bread, toast, or crackers. It’s the perfect vehicle to soak up all the flavors!

Simmer to blend flavors. Simmering is the key to a great soup. Once all your ingredients are in the pot, reduce the heat to a low simmer. This allows the flavors to play together without overcooking. If a soup is boiled for too long, the vegetables, meats,

EASY ONE-POT LENTIL SOUP

TAKE A BREAK!

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

• 2 tbsp coconut oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 shallots, diced

1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, shallots, carrots, and celery for 4–5 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. 2. Add potatoes to pot, along with more salt and pepper. Sauté for 2 minutes. 3. Add vegetable broth and herbs, then bring soup to a simmer. 4. Add lentils, stirring until soup returns to a simmer. Then, turn the heat to low and cook soup uncovered for 15–20 minutes. 5. Finally, add kale and additional salt and pepper as needed. Cook for 3–4 minutes, thin soup with additional vegetable broth as needed, and serve!

• 4 large carrots, sliced thin • 4 stalks celery, sliced thin • Sea salt, to taste • Black pepper, to taste • 3 cups red potatoes, cubed • 4 cups vegetable broth • 2–3 sprigs fresh rosemary or thyme, chopped • 1 cup uncooked green lentils, rinsed and drained • 2 cups chopped kale

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1. COVER TITLE 1. S , YOU MISSED THE MARK ON LAST YEAR’S FITNESS RESOLUTIONS. NOWWHAT? 2. DON’T SHY AWAY FROM TALKING ABOUT YOUR PELVIC FLOOR 3 STEPS TO A SOBER LIFESTYLE 3. 3 STEPS TO PERFECT, COMFORTING SOUP EASY ONE-POT LENTIL SOUP 4. MAKE RESOLUTIONS EASIER WITH FITNESS CHALLENGES INSIDE THIS ISSUE

ARE YOU UP FOR A CHALLENGE? FOCUS ON FITNESS FOR 30 DAYS

regularly hitting a number that is at least 5,000 steps beyond your baseline! (If you don’t have an Apple Watch, Fitbit, or other fitness tracking device, find an old- fashioned pedometer and get to work!)

Everyone’s done it. We’ve rung in the new year on the promise that this is our year to get healthy. We’re going to finally lose the weight, eat healthier, and feel better than ever. Sadly, many of us fail at this endeavor every single year . Let’s make 2021 different! Work toward your wellness goals by trying monthly challenges. These challenges allow you to focus on one area of your wellness each month, which will ultimately ensure you create sustainable habits. Here are three challenges to get you started!

February: Drink Up

March: Bulk Up

Tracking your water intake and challenging yourself to drink more can help you feel more energized and make progress on your other goals. Start by calculating how much water you need to consume. Experts suggest taking your body weight, dividing it by two, and drinking that many ounces of water each day. (For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water.) Can you drink that much water each day for 30 days? If not, drink more each day throughout the month until you reach your goal. Give it a shot. We guarantee you’ll have more energy!

Choose one area of your body to focus on this month. Want to improve your arm strength? Work your way up from five to 50 pushups throughout the month. Follow the same formula with squats if you want to focus on your legs. Or, try planking to strengthen your core. Start the month by holding the plank for 30 seconds and work your way up to 2–3 minutes! As you progress in each challenge, you’ll notice significant improvement. For the best results, rest whatever area of your body you’re focusing on during your regular exercise routine. (That’s how muscle grows!)

January: Step Up

Getting extra steps in during the day is the quickest way to introduce more activity into your life. Start easy and just track your regular steps for one week. Then, set a goal to get 1,000 more steps than that in the following week and build from there. Keep going until you’re

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