4 Simple Reasons To Visit Beautiful Jamaica

3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383

219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-310-8278 11055 Broadway, Suite B Crown Point, IN 46307 219-386-4477 1405 East Lincolnway, Suite B La Porte, IN 46350

Specializing In: Lower Back Pain • Headaches and Neck Pain • Sciatica and Hip Problems Balance Issues and Difficulty Walking • Dizziness and Vertigo Shoulder Pain, Bursitis and Tendinitis Hip and Knee Arthritis and Joint Replacement Plantar Fasciitis • Laser Therapy • Graston Technique and Other Conditions

Inside This Newsletter

• A Letter From Arlan • Patient Spotlights • Jamaica Recipe • Tips For Flying With Back Pain • FREE Exams Days

4 Simple Reasons To Visit Beautiful Jamaica!

1. Beautiful Miles of Beaches Home to some of the Caribbean’s most impressive beaches, Jamaica offers a vast expanse of spectacular white sands. With breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, mountains, and crystal blue waters, the beaches are the perfect place to relax on vacation. Walk along the coast of famous Seven Miles Beach, or explore the rocky coastline of Cosmos Beach. No matter which area of the island you visit, the beaches will amaze you. Nearly every coastal city in Jamaica has a unique and inviting seashore to welcome you. 2. Tropical Climate & Weather Instead of staying cooped up in the winter months, throw on a bathing suit and make your way to a tropical island in the Caribbean! With an average temperature of 81˚ in Jamaica, can you think of a

better way to escape the dreaded cold?

Jamaica is home to the stunning Blue Mountains, can provide a relaxing cool down and lower temperature than the beachy lowlands. 3. Enjoy Local Cuisine Jamaica is well known for its exotic and locally sourced meals. While on the island, it is essential that you try the local cuisine. Fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and even eggs are all typically grown and sourced by the regional farmers in Jamaica. Of the first things to try are the jerk-seasoned dishes, one of the most well known cuisines. Usually served on chicken or pork, jerk and curry seasoning pack a delicious punch! Some consider it the second-national dish of Jamaica.

bird species and flora will astound you. Cameras can help you retain the memories, but seeing the wildlife for yourself is irreplaceable. Beautiful natural life and climate, exotic and local cuisine, spectacular outdoor activities and stunning beaches lining the coast of the entire island! These are all great reasons to take the trip of a lifetime to Jamaica. Make memories today!

The true national dish is ackee and saltfish; ackee is a locally grown fruit sautéed and served with onions, peppers, tomatoes and salt cod. Seafood is caught daily by the Jamaican fisherman, presenting you the freshest cuisine possible. 4. Nature Lover’s Welcome! If you love to experience nature, you will be delighted with the new experiences and adventures to take in while visiting Jamaica. Known for their exotic wildlife, the area


M O N T H L Y April 2017

Hello Friends, This coming April 28 marks our 14th year anniversary. It doesn’t seem so long ago when my partner, Noel Delrosario, and I started our practice in a small 900 sq ft clinic in the north side of Valparaiso.

Michael Pfeifer, DPT, ATC is our Clinical Director and lead PT for our LaPorte office. Dr. Pfeifer is well known in the LaPorte community and his energy and enthusiasm will be a big asset to our practice. Rebekah Shoop, DPT, MDT will be joining our practice in Valparaiso in mid-May. Dr. Shoop is moving to the area from Indianapolis, and brings with her knowledge and intensive training in hands-on care for the spine and extremities. Her sweet personality will surely be a big hit with our patients. Finally, we continue to educate and inform an ever-increasing number of NW Indiana residents through our workshops. We now host workshops on:

All we had was ourselves (literally- we did everything from typing our own notes, answering the phones, cleaning the office, etc) and our mission…to deliver the best hands on one-on-one physical therapy care in NW Indiana. 3500+ patients later, and we would not have been able to help as many people as we have without your support and your referrals. We owe you a big thank you! Those 14 years have also seen my kids grow from babies to now teenagers! Arlan Alburo, PT, MTC CEO, Co-Founder, OBTS

• Back Pain and Sciatica • Balance and Dizziness • Rotator Cuff Tears and Shoulder Pain • Neck Pain and Headaches • Knee Pain and Total Knee Replacement Rehab • And soon, Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

How do we keep growing and maintain our laser focus on YOU, our patient?

It can only happen if we abide by our core values. Here they are: • We will create and deliver a complete WOW experience for our patients and our team. • We will interact with every patient and team member intent on forming deep meaningful honest lifelong relationships. • We will treat every patient and every team member the way we want to be treated. • We will be passionate, driven, yet humble and vulnerable. • We will promote a fun, energetic team spirit. • Our team will embrace and drive change, and will continue to relentlessly pursue growth and learning. • We will be the number one source of healthcare information for our patients and community to help them make educated decisions about their condition.

My 17-year old daughter Alex is finishing her junior year at Valparaiso High School. I love her drive and dedication…so focused on getting into one of the top business schools in the country. My 13-year old 8th grader son, AJ, is 4 inches taller than me now… still loves playing basketball and keeps my weekends occupied with AAU Travel basketball…on top of being a straight A student! Not only have my children grown these 14 years, but our practice has…and continues to grow. On April 3, our 3rd office opens in LaPorte. We can’t wait to help the residents of LaPorte and surrounding communities like we continue to do for residents around our Valparaiso and Crown Point offices. Our team has also grown…from just two (Noel and myself) to now 21. Jane Alburo, PT, MTC has joined our practice and is now the Clinical Director and lead PT for our Crown Point office. Jane brings with her 20 years of experience and most of all, a compassionate and “go- above and beyond” approach to patient care.

You are the reason why we are here thriving 14 years later…and you will continue to be our focus the next 14 years!


Arlan Alburo

Tips for flying with back pain. Here are a few things to think about when you must fly with back pain. Some of them

in the galley part if you request politely of the cabin crew at times when it is not too busy. Wear clothing that allows you to move freely. Do not wear anything constrictive or heavy. Try not to fall asleep. This can be difficult but it is better to stay awake and move than to fall asleep and be in an uncomfortable position which may aggravate your

may sound obvious but it is good to be mindful of the things that will put you in a position to have the best outcome possible on a flight. Drink lots of water on the flight. Particularly if you are taking back pain medication and as you are at altitude your body will easily get dehydrated which is not good for anyone and especially not if you have back pain and disc problems. However the easy solution is to keep drinking water and to avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these only dehydrate you further. Move around as much as possible and at least once an hour get out of your seat and walk up and down the aisles. If you are following a back care stretching and strengthening exercise system then try to do some of these exercises. Do be courteous to other passengers but it should be perfectly possible to do the standing ones without causing any inconvenience in the aisles or

more comfortable. If it helps you put your feet on a raised area to bring your knees and hips in a better alignment, you will need to experiment with this. D o ask for assistance. Do not try to struggle with putting luggage in the overhead bins. These tips will help you get to your destination as comfortably as possible! Image courtesy of pio3 / Shutterstock.com

back pain. If you feel you may need to sleep take a headrest cushion with you and request additional pillows. W hen in your seat, use the pillows and take a lumbar support if you need to help you get in the most comfortable position you can. Airline seats were not designed for people with back pain but there is a lot you can do with blankets and pillows to make yourself


“Full range of motion!” “I want to thank Arlan Alburo and his team of physical therapists. Everyone has been very professional and helpful. With a diagnosis of a tornrotatorcuff,Iwasn’tsurethetherapywould work. Being inpainwithanymovement overmy head or behind my back, I was totally pleased with the progress that this programhas shown. Today, the pain is gone and I have a full range of motion. Thanks again to this group for their guidance and support.” - Paul Pivoris

“My vertigo is gone!” “My experience here was great! Everyone was so helpful and kind. Before I came here I had vertigo problems along with balance issues. After therapy, my balance is somuch better, my vertigo is gone! I would suggest to anyone if they are having issueswith vertigoandbalance to come here. They will be very pleased with the results!” -Donna Muchesko

“I canwalkwithout pain!” I believe that I have improved my mobility and range of motion. The difference between 7 weeks ago and today is remarkable. My lower back is still sore after standing or walking, but I am much more able to walk some distance without pain. The pain inmy legs has improved byasubstantialmeasure.Thestaffisdedicated andpositive.Theexperiencehasbeenexcellent.” -Alan Morrisson


Our St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

Our new LaPorte office will be opening April 3rd!

Special Thanks to Those Below Who Gave the Gift of Health, by Referring a Friend or Family Member 1. Angie Graham- Rodriguez 2. Bonnie Gunter 3. Tom Gazler 4. Brian Hartman 5. James Smith 6. Valerie Schlink 7. Joyce Jolly Cold Brewed Jamaica (Hibiscus Iced Tea) Makes 1 quart • 1/2 cup dried hibiscus flowers (about 1/2 ounce or 15 grams)

• 1 cinnamon stick • 4 cups cold water

• 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup simple syrup • Lime wedges (optional, for serving)

Place the hibiscus and cinnamon stick in a large jar or bowl. Add water. Cover and refrigerate overnight (8 to 12 hours). Add simple syrup to taste. Strain out the solids and serve over ice with a squeeze of lime, if desired.

Store the brewed jamaica covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe Notes Look for dried hibiscus flowers (also called flor de jamaica) at natural food stores, Latin markets or online. You can also substitute 4 hibiscus tea bags in place of the loose flowers. You can substitute honey, agave or your sweetener of choice in place of the simple syrup. (Start with 1 tablespoon and add more to taste.) Other aromatics you can steep in your jamaica: sliced fresh ginger, star anise, orange peel, allspice, or lemongrass.



Dear Valued Client, This April 28th marks our 14 years of service to our patients and our community. We want to do something special to celebrate! This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, our valued clients, we are having three days of completely Free Exams for: A THREE-DAY SPECIAL OFFER FOR ALL PRESENT AND PAST PATIENTS OF Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists OBTS 14 Years Old! • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients • All former attendees to one of our workshops on Back Pain and Sciatica; Balance and Dizziness; Rotator Cuff; Neck Pain; Total Knee Replacement If you are a past or present patient or a previous attendee to one of our workshops, then call 219- 476-3337 in Valpo, 219-779-8377 in Crown Point, or call 219-386-4477 in LaPorte to schedule your Free Exam. Please mention “Special Offer” when you call. If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate included in this letter and have them call 219-476-3337 in Valpo, 219-779-8377 in Crown Point, or call 219-386-4477 in LaPorte to schedule their Free Exam. The days of Free Exams will be on: Monday May 1 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Valparaiso Office Tuesday May 2 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Crown Point Office Wednesday May 3 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM LaPorte Office The Free Exam consists of a 220-point Motion-Strength-Balance Wellness Audit and Check-Up during an exclusive 20-minute one-on-one appointment with one of our world-class physical therapists. We will talk with you about the history of your condition. We will take measurements to test how well you are moving and to test your strength. After a thorough exam, we will give you a written copy of: 1. The cause of your pain or condition. 2. A plan for successful treatment. The appointments are free, but are limited as there are only 24 spots available in Valparaiso, only 20 slots in Crown Point and 20 slots in LaPorte. This letter is going out to 3796 patients. Call 219-476-3337 in Valpo, 219-779-8377 in Crown Point, or call 219-386-4477 in LaPorte now to schedule your Free Exam. Please mention “Special Offer” when you call. • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 3 months • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated


The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with:

Lower Back Pain

Balance issues including fear of falling


Vertigo and Dizziness


Shoulder Pain and Rotator Cuff Issues

Neck Pain

Knee Pain


Problems Walking

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see us and find out the cause of your problem. Call 219-476-3337 in Valpo, 219-779-8377 in Crown Point, or call 219-386-4477 in LaPorte to schedule your Free Exam for either Monday May 1, Tuesday May 2 or Wednesday May 3. Please mention “Special Offer” when you call. Sincerely, Arlan Alburo, CEO, Co-Founder, OBTS PS – As a Special Bonus, all people attending a Free Exam on May 1, 2 and 3 will receive a Free Report: “The Five Secrets and The Ultimate Guide to Beating Arthritis.” PPS – In honor of our 14 years in business, we will give away an OBTS Premium Coffee Mug. This is going to the first 10 people to schedule a Free Exam for May 1, 2, and 3, 2017. OBTS FREE EXAM CERTIFICATE WHAT YOU GET: FREE 20-minute one-on-one appointment with one of our Physical Therapists WHEN: Monday May 1 in Valparaiso, Tuesday May 2 in Crown Point and Wednesday May 3 in LaPorte WHY: OBTS is celebrating 14 years of service to our patients and community WHAT YOU NEED TO DO: Call 219-476-3337 in Valpo, 219-779-8377 in Crown Point, or call 219-386-4477 in LaPorte NOW. Only 24 total spots available in Valparaiso, 20 spots in Crown Point and 20 spots in LaPorte BONUS FOR FIRST 10 TO SCHEDULE: Free OBTS Premium Coffee Mug BONUS FOR ALL: Free Report: “The Five Secrets and The Ultimate Guide to Beating Arthritis”

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