Zionsville: Getting Back In Shape After Quarantine


MAY, 2020


Has the social distancing caused you to lose progress and themomentumyou had going prior to the stay-at- home orders?We have been doing what is necessary to "stop the spread" of theCOVID-19, but nowwe have some "make-up" work to do! Your body, quite simply, wasmade to move. Withgyms and exercise classes closing down temporarily, it has been difficult for some folks to find the motivation to get their daily dose of physical activity while staying home. The sedentary lifestyle that somany folks have had toassume inorder tostudy, teachchildren, orwork fromhome has lead tomore aches, pains, discomfort and dismay. At times, anxiety and fear has resulted in sleeplessness and the negative effects of added stress.Whilemost of these sacrificeswere necessary, the body needs to rebound and begin to move again. There is light at the end of this tunnel! At Zionsville Physical Therapy, we want to make sure you are able to get back into your normal exercise routine once our stay-at-home orders are lifted. Not only have we remained OPEN to see patients with urgent post operativeandpain relief needs, butwehave implemented telehealth for those who have needed to keep a distance. Follow our tips inside for more advice and encouragement!


MAY, 2020


Dear ZPT family and friends,


I have started a letter to everyone so many times, in my head, but I stop when I think about how trite and foolish my words may sound. No doubt, this has been some of the most challenging weeks in our

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lives. At this time, the numbers of COVID -19 cases are still growing here in central Indiana, and the death toll climbs daily with victims whose lives have been shortened by a teeny tiny virus that wreaks havoc on the respiratory system, and spreads like wildfire to everyone close. So many families and friends have been plunged into grief, isolation and turmoil without being able to gather and support one another! As a team, we have cut back to "skeleton crew" of our now part time therapists, one tech, and our fearless office manager. As mentioned in other articles in this newsletter, we have remained open during this time, a decision I have taken very seriously, and initially was waffling back and forth, unsure which way to turn. At this time, we are seeing about a third of the number of patients we typically see, some of whom are doing their sessions via computer screens. For a profession of "touchers", testers, hands-on healers, this is very tough. However, we are following guidelines from the national and state levels, and keeping our practice alive and well.

Most importantly, we wish for you well-being, plus a very special time with your children, grandchildren (if you are with them currently), your spouses and partners, your siblings, and parents. We look forward to a time in the near future where we can greet you with a hug or a well-deserved session of hands-on physical therapy. Not just a smile through a mask, or a wave across the room, but we wish you closeness. Take a deep breath.

Pain down to zero while doing all my activities! "I came to ZPT due to lower back pain. When I first started I had a pain level of 7 out of 10 from just walking and standing. Coming in twice a week from just a few weeks had me down to a 0 pain level while I was doing all my activities. Thank you for all of your help." - Mitch Y. Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

God bless you!

Gratefully, Elaine

P.S. "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in Him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13

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More Patient Success "I was able to swim again!" "I used to be a swim instructor and after I had back surgery I was unable to swim - an activity I enjoyed the most. During my therapy sessions here at ZPT, I went on vacation and stepped into the water - I was able to swim! I was so thrilled that after going to ZPT I was able to get back to my favorite exercise activity. Thank you!" - Jane L.

- Jane L.

"Touchdown for Our Team!"

"On July 29, 2019, I had surgery on my right shoulder because I could no longer lift so much as a small drill above my head - which is important since I am an electrician. I could no longer "high five" fans at Colts games, which is also important as I am also a gorilla at all Colts home games. During the recovery process I had a second injury to the same shoulder, tearing everything loose that had been originally repaired. After a second surgery, rehab started for me on October 11, 2019. Emina, Taylor, and the rest of the staff at ZPT pushed this 63 year old man harder than I have ever been pushed, and in two and a half months I was able to put the gorilla suit on again and work the last Colts home game. It has taken an additional two and a half months to get me back in "good shape." The staff at ZPT will push you and ask you to do things you might think impossible, but trust and believe in them. Everything they ask you to do will not only make you heal faster, but you will be as good or better than you were before your troubles. I am not an expert on physical therapy but I know ZPT cares, and will do all they can to make your workouts as safe and enjoyable as possible. I want to thank them for helping me look forward to the next Colts season." - Jeff C, aka "Rilla"


- Jeff C, aka "Rilla"


Highly Recommended By Zionsville Physical Therapy Everyone: Drink lots of water, eat clean, organic, non-GMO foods, limit your sugar and processed foods, and exercise 30 minutes every day. This is a wake-up call for everyone to get healthier and boost our immune systems naturally. For those who are getting out currently: We are taking appointments for May and June for our past patients who were put on hold, for anyone who is preparing for orthopedic surgery and for those who have been working from home and straining their posture. If you are in pain, call soon to make an appointment for evaluation. Our cleaning and disinfecting procedures will continue. For those who are still sheltering in due to illness or age precaution: You might consider making an appointment for a virtual visit through a smart phone or computer, or simply call to request a phone conversation with one of our therapists. We want you to stay connected and healthy as we all get back to strengthening our bodies and minds, in order to return to purposeful living with our families, friends, and community members. Encouragement, Hope, Connection, Laughter, Inspiration, Reflection: Let's get there! Together. We can help.

We have some good news and some bad news: first the bad news. Marissa and her hubby and baby JJ are moving to Columbus, Ohio, and she thinks it is too far to commute to Zionsville. She has been a powerhouse brainy go-getter, a clinician who cares and encourages in every interaction. The good news: she is moving to be closer to family in Ohio, as she is a Buckeye, as is her hubby Jeff. We wish them all the best in their big move, and may God always bless you, Marissa! We will miss you!


Continued from the cover 1. At first, baby steps! We like to say, "Go slow, start low." When doing any type of exercise that you have not done recently, start back slowly, literally moving slowlywith good form, and only beginwith 5 to 10minutes of one activity before moving to the next. Low repetitions of each exercise and lowor noweights. You will gain momentum more quickly if you start in an easy-does-it manner and avoid injury. Our physical therapists can test your strength or flexibility in order to discern any problem areas and help you understand how best to regain your pre-COVID exercise momentum. 2. Wait, my weight! If ordering out and eating the same-old stuff at home has created some bad eating habits, take a close look at where you are relative to your ideal body weight. We have learned a few nuggets from this virus, and taking your body weight seriously or decreasing your co-morbidities (such as regaining cardio-vascular fitness and limiting respiratory risk factors) appears to be very important. Let us know if we can help refocus your goals to include more optimal fitness, before another wave of viral disease hits. 3. Proper rest, fuel and hydration. Let's face it: we have all been stressed in various ways over the past two months and now our nervous systems, our musculo-skeletal systems, our hormonal balances - all need a tune up to work properly. Start with plenty of good water (take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and use this number as the amount of ounces of water to consume each day), add in good nutrients (start by adding fruits, spinach, nuts, beans, onions) and go to bed without any screens or phones. Try for 8 hours of sleep.

4. Get outside. Go outside and take awalk, bike ride or a jog. Stretch and breathe deeply. Another "get outside" thing is to get outside of yourself. Reconnect with others and find a meaningful event or charity to help champion. Perhaps a service organization needs your special skills to gain their momentum again. Meaningful activities take on a new light in our post-COVID, postTwilightZone existence. Let's do this!

WE’RE STAYING CLEAN! Zionsville Physical Therapy is committed to the health and well-being of you and your family. In the wake of the recent pandemic spread of COVID-19, we remain open by appointment only, and are taking every precaution. Before and after every session, we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day we sanitize our equipment and facility. You may wear a face mask or ask your therapist to wear one if it makes you more comfortable while here. We are offering telehealth conferencing through computer or phone video for those interested in staying away from the clinic. Please continue to do your part, by staying home if you have any symptoms, if you do not feel well, or if you have recently been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Your cooperation during this tough time is what makes us able to continue to provide valuable services to you and our community. WE APPRECIATE YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT!

Call today for your appointment: 317.873.2033

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