Kinetic PT - September 2018


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Over the years, as our patients have learned about our two sons, Zack and Nathan, I’ve consistently gotten one piece of advice: Enjoy your time with your kids because they grow up quickly. I’ve done my best to take that advice to heart, but it didn’t stop them from growing up. It’s hard to believe, but this school year, Zack is headed into the eighth grade and Nathan into fifth. It seems like just yesterday we put Zack on the bus to school for the very first time. What I remember most was how excited Zack was. Jumping up and down with his new backpack, he was more than ready when the bus arrived. He ran up to the doors, said hello to the bus driver, and immediately found a seat and started making friends. Meanwhile, Emilie was crying and I just stood there trying to comprehend the fact that my little baby was on a bus by himself. Nathan shared his brother’s enthusiasm when it was his turn, and thankfully, it was a little easier for Mom and Dad to go through it a second time. But that’s how both boys have always been. They never cling to where they are at. They’re always ready to sprint on to the next

“THE FACT THAT BOTH REHEARSALS AND TRYOUTS GET GOING RIGHT AS THE SCHOOL YEAR ROLLS IN UNDERSCORES JUST HOW QUICKLY MY SONS ARE GROWING UP.” scripts he reads meticulously. It’s incredibly rewarding as a parent to see the hard work he puts in come to life on stage. Meanwhile, Nathan is hitting the ice for hockey tryouts to find out which travel team he’ll join this year. Watching him bob and weave around the rink, it’s hard to believe he complained that “the ice is too slippery” the first time phase of life. Slow has never been their style, and watching them meet each of life’s adventures head-on has been one of the most bittersweet joys of parenting. As I’ve talked about in the past, the boys have very different hobbies but approach them with the same drive. This time of year, Zack starts rehearsing for the school’s fall theater production, coming home with printed

we took him skating as a toddler. From the hockey stands to the theatre, it’s been magical to see the boys develop the passions they’ve chosen. The fact that both rehearsals and tryouts get going right as the school year rolls in underscores just how quickly my sons are growing up. They don’t seem to notice it, but I certainly do. When you’re a kid, five years feels like forever, but I know that for me, I’m going to blink and Zack will be going off to college. I’m not too worried about it though. I know he’ll meet that day with the same energy and enthusiasm he had on his first day of kindergarten, sprinting headlong into the next chapter of his life. Zack and Nathan, I’m so proud of the young men you’ve already become. Your mom and I can’t wait to see all the things you accomplish in your lives. Hold on to your passions and your unwavering enthusiasm, and both of you will go far.

Just don’t grow up too fast,

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Aside from financial concerns, the No. 1 question that most impending and recent retirees struggle to answer is how they will fill up all their time. While spending time with family and relaxing are priorities for most folks entering the post-career chapter of their lives, these aren’t enough to fill up the bulk of your newly acquired free time. Cultivating a hobby is a great use of your time at any age, but especially during retirement. As Dick Van Dyke once said, “To me, retirement means doing what you have fun doing.” Here are three questions to help you discover a hobby that’s right for you. DO YOU HAVE A DORMANT PASSION? Work has a tendency to put our other interests on the back burner. Maybe you painted for pleasure during college but put the canvas away to focus on your career. Perhaps you were once a chess fanatic, and today you find your board gathering dust from lack of use. Now is the perfect time to rediscover those once-beloved activities. WHAT HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO DO? Discovering new hobbies is just as rewarding as rekindling old ones. Have you ever heard about NEW AND REDISCOVERED PASSIONS IN LATER LIFE

a pastime and thought, “I’d love to do that, if only I had the time”? Former NFL quarterback Drew Bledsoe opened a winery after retiring from football. While you probably don’t have the financial resources of a professional athlete, there’s nothing stopping you from pursuing a newfound passion at the same velocity as the footballs Bledsoe threw. IS THERE A CAUSE YOU WANT TO SUPPORT? Volunteer work can be incredibly fulfilling, especially when you have the time and energy to devote to it. Many older adults find that giving back to the community adds meaning and purpose to their lives. The best way to figure out how to donate your time is to think about a cause dear to your heart. From there, find a reputable organization that supports said cause, and see what you can do to help. Retirement is the perfect opportunity to throw yourself head-first into something you’re passionate about. So what are you waiting for?

“I have had a long history of neck problems. Prior to PT with Emilie, I was waking with headaches several mornings a week. With Emilie’s direction, I have been

“Choosing Kinetic PT is the best decision I made to do my physical therapy. My PT, Emilie, is phenomenal. I can now shampoo my hair with both hands and put on my shirts without

thinking about it. I can reach up to shelves in my cupboard without difficulty. I came a long way from having pain every time I moved to almost no pain at all. Kinetic has helped me achieve this goal! Thank you, Emilie, for your empathy and support.” –Regina Acosta

able to decrease the severity and frequency of those headaches and much of the neck soreness. She taught me how to strengthen my neck and shoulders, and that seems to have helped me greatly.” –Joan Hahn

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The overprescription of painkillers in the past decade has lead to a staggering number of overdoses, ravaging communities across America. With the nation in the midst of a devastating opioid crisis, doctors and patients alike are looking for alternatives to pain management. If you are facing chronic pain, it’s important to know that you have options. In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control published a new set of guidelines for doctors treating patients managing pain. The CDC found that “opioids should not be considered first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain,” and instead urged “nonpharmacologic” treatments, like physical therapy. This is a big step in the right direction, but people living with pain have plenty of questions. How

do you know if physical therapy treatment is right for you? IT DEPENDS ON THE INJURY Physical therapy excels at addressing many of the most common conditions at the root of chronic pain. But don’t take it from us. Citing “high-quality evidence,” the CDC found that physical therapy for hip or knee osteoarthritis reduces pain and improves function immediately after treatment and that the improvements are sustained for at least 2–6 months. If you are unsure whether physical therapy is the right fit for your injury, talk to your doctor or a trusted physical therapist. IT DEPENDS ON YOUR GOALS Part of the more pernicious problem with opioids is that they

never actually treat anything. While the powerful drugs can mask pain, they don’t help your body physically recover. That’s why physical therapy can be a great alternative or addition to an opioid prescription. Rather than covering up your symptoms, therapy can get you moving and feeling better. When you suffer from chronic pain, it can be easy to feel trapped in your situation. That’s why it’s important to realize you can take action and find relief without the risks associated with extended opioid use. If you have been dealing with any sort of pain, please reach out to us. We’d be happy to evaluate your situation and help you understand if physical therapy is the right avenue for you!


Inside-Out Grilled Ham and Cheese

INGREDIENTS • 8 slices of bread

• 8 ounces ham, thinly sliced • 1/2 pound Swiss cheese, sliced • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard • 1/4 cup apricot preserves

(Pullman works best) • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (preferably Parmigiano- Reggiano)

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Butter each slice of bread on the outsides and sprinkle with Parmesan. 2. Layer ham and cheese evenly on top of 4 slices of bread. 3. Spread apricot preserves and mustard across the other 4 slices. Press sandwiches together. 4. In a skillet or large sauté pan over medium heat, grill sandwiches until golden, about 3 minutes per side. 5. Cut in half and serve. | 3



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INSIDE Back-to-School Time Already? PAGE 1

What Have You Always Wanted to Do? PAGE 2

My PT Story PAGE 2

Physical Therapy May Cure the Opioid Crisis PAGE 3

Inside-Out Grilled Ham and Cheese PAGE 3

International Talk Like a Pirate Day PAGE 4

DID PIRATES REALLY TALK LIKE THAT? The “pirate-speak” popularized in movies and Disney attractions probably sounds nothing like real pirates did in centuries past. Today’s swashbuckling phrases delivered in a strong Southwest England accent can be traced back to Robert Newton’s 1950 portrayal of Long John Silver in the movie “Treasure Island.” Historically, English-speaking pirates probably sounded more like Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Unfortunately, the pirates of the Golden Age didn’t leave behind any YouTube videos to confirm this. LEARN THE LINGO, LANDLUBBER Participating in Talk Like a Pirate Day is easy — you just need to know a few key phrases. “Ahoy, matey” means “Hello, friend!” “Blimey, that son of a biscuit-eater hornswaggled me out of me doubloons” means “Darn it, that jerk cheated me out of my money!” “Shiver me timbers, that old salt is three sheets to the wind” means “Wow, that old sailor has had too much beer.” And if a pirate (or your boss) says, “Swab the deck, ye bilge rat, or it’s Davy Jones’ locker for ye!” start mopping the floor immediately.

Ahoy, matey! Wednesday, Sept. 19, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Brush up on your pirate vocabulary, grab your eye patch, get your puffy shirt dry cleaned, and bring a little seafaring fun to your office or classroom.


The holiday began as an inside joke between pals John Baur and Mark Summers in 1995. For reasons not even understood by themselves, they began speaking like pirates while playing racquetball, saying things to each other like, “That be a fine cannonade” (“Nice shot, dude”) and “Now watch as I fire a broadside straight into your yardarm” (“But watch this”). They decided Talk Like a Pirate Day needed to become official, so they chose Sept. 13, which was Summers’ wife’s birthday (and the only date he could remember besides Christmas and the Super Bowl). In 2002, they pitched the idea to humor columnist Dave Barry, who promoted it in his syndicated column, and the concept quickly spread internationally.

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