physical therapy and rehabilitation March 2018
3600 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48503 • 810.620.8042 • horizonptflint.com
HOW TO BE LUCKY Better Than a Four-Leaf Clover I don’t believe in luck. Too often, when people blame poor circumstances on “bad luck” or say they’re waiting for their “lucky day,” they deny themselves the opportunity to take responsibility for their life. Luck is often used as a crutch, and that’s no way to be successful in life. However, I do believe it is possible to be a lucky person. I have met people who seem genuinely lucky, though it’s not because their circumstances were predetermined by the Fates. Instead, their attitude and life choices lead them to great luck. Here are a few ways you can learn to be a luckier person. I’ve found moments of luck happen when we are prepared to take an opportunity when it presents itself. If you want to be lucky, you need to educate yourself, reach out to experts, and give yourself the tools you need to have the best chance at success. For example, I took my first PT job not because it would pay a lot of money, but because it would provide more experience than other higher-paying positions. That job ultimately built the framework of my career, providing the knowledge to run my own practice and introducing me to a number of people I still do business with today. I’m lucky to have met these people, but I made that luck by choosing to become a more prepared, knowledgeable person. A lucky person has never said, “I’m just waiting for my ship to come in.” Lucky people build their own ships. Some people spend years waiting for the “right time” instead of putting themselves in a position to have that lucky break. It’s like if someone is in pain but they don’t seek out remedies. Instead, they wait on another person to deliver a magic solution. How can they ever recover if they don’t find someone who can help them? BE PREPARED. DON’TWAIT FOR YOUR “LUCKY DAY.”
“I’ve found moments of luck happen when we are prepared to take an opportunity when it presents itself.”
If you think you are an unlucky person, chances are you’ve had a string of bad luck in your past. But did you know lucky people believe they are lucky? This is a self-fulfilling prophecy that comes frommaintaining a positive attitude. Lucky people don’t dwell on their bad luck, because if you spend time regretting what could have been, you will miss your next opportunity to enjoy good luck. The luckiest people are those who persevere through setbacks. I don’t mean lucky people blindly perform the same actions again and again. Instead, if something doesn’t work out like they wanted, a truly lucky person looks at what went wrong and comes up with a better plan. Lucky people learn from their mistakes, and they don’t make the same mistake twice. It is important to remember luck is entirely within your control. Your actions can decide whether or not you will be a lucky person. That said, if you’re looking for some luck in the lottery, the most common numbers drawn for Michigan’s Lotto 47 are 19, 18, 28, 43, 8, and 36. Go ahead, try your luck. If you win a couple dollars, don’t forget about me! DON’T GIVE UP.
-Dr. Jerome Adams
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Parenting Your Adult Child
LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN You can’t correct every parenting mistake you’ll ever make. If you find yourself trying to correct mistakes you made years ago, stop. You can accomplish much more by listening to your adult child now than you can by trying to right your past wrongs. Parenting young children involves a lot of talking. Now that they are older, take time to listen. LOVE THEM Just because your child isn’t under your roof anymore doesn’t mean they don’t need love. Love from a spouse or a child of their own will never fully replace a parent’s love. Let your child know you always have their back. Be proud of them and their accomplishments as an adult. Your love and support means just as much now as it did when you were raising them. Parenting an adult is an exciting adventure. Remember, while your relationship will change throughout the years, your child will never stop needing your love and support.
When your child packs their bags and strikes out on their own, your parenting journey isn’t over. It’s just different. Regardless of their age, distance from home, or stage of life, your child still needs a parent. You may not be changing diapers or teaching them to drive, but your child still needs your support. Here are three guidelines that will help you make the transition from parenting a child to parenting an adult. TREAT YOUR ADULT LIKE ANADULT No adult wants to feel treated like a child. They need a support system, but they don’t need help with their homework anymore. Give them space and let them feel free to explore adult life. Don’t tell them what to do. Offer guidance only when it’s wanted. Be open with them about your mistakes so they can learn from your experiences as well as their own.
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Free to Move
“For a year and a half, I have suffered from constant shoulder and neck pain. Since coming to this place, Dr. Adams gave me back at least 40 percent more movement in my shoulder and neck. If you’re living with pain, I can’t recommend Horizon Physical Therapy enough. They’re great!”
–Juanita Spooner- Arreguin and his staff are excellent. Thanks to them, I can stand and walk again!” “Horizon PT is the first physical therapy facility I have been to, and I don’t see myself going anywhere else. It’s been a good experience. Dr. Adams
REMOVE THE GENDER BIAS IN HEALTH CARE
Historically, women have been painfully underserved in the field of health care. There are countless instances where women have found their doctors dismiss reports of pain or distress as “overreacting.” In developing countries, women experience higher levels of mortality. While women around the world generally tend to live longer than men, a report published in the Cell Metabolism journal found that women are more likely to suffer from diseases. The average woman will spend 15 percent of her life in unhealthy conditions. Women deserve comprehensive, respectful health care. Physical therapists have developed exercise routines and treatment plans to address women’s unique health needs. Here are just a few areas in which physical therapy is able to help improve a woman’s overall health and well-being. Breast Care • Lyphendoam • Post-mastectomy rehabilitation Pregnancy • Relieving lower back pain • ●Developing a safe exercise routine • ●Musculoskeletal pain • ●Improving posture
• Osteoporosis Pelvic Floor Muscle Strengthening • Urinary incontinence • Pelvic pain • Endometriosis • Vulvodynia • Interstitial cystitis
Though many of these conditions can affect people of any gender, they disproportionately impact women. Additionally, the stigma around certain conditions can make it challenging for a woman to acquire adequate care. Women in any stage of their life can benefit from health care designed for their specific needs. If you or a woman you love is struggling to find suitable care, don’t wait any longer. Give us a call at 810-620-8042. Your skilled Horizon physical therapists are prepared to develop a customized treatment plan to help you improve your health and grant you a greater sense of well-being.
Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Have a Laugh
This simple and delicious one-pot recipe is perfect for aweeknight. It only requires about 15minutes of hands-onwork, but will taste like you spent all day building flavors. It’s a hearty comfort food that’s sure to delight eaters of all ages.
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1 tablespoon olive oil
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1 tablespoon sugar
8 small bone-in chicken thighs 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped
Salt and pepper
12 radishes, halved
4 large carrots, cut into sticks
1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. 2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Brown in pan for 6 to 7 minutes per side. 3. Remove chicken from pan and scrape off excess fat. Add broth and stir in radishes, carrots, and sugar. 4. Return chicken to pan, placing on top of vegetables. Gently simmer with lid on pan for 15 to 20 minutes. Finish with chives.
[Recipe inspired by Real Simple]
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Braised Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Spring Clean Your Utility Room
THE IMPORTANCE OF SPRING CLEANING YOUR UTILITY ROOM
HowOften Should You Replace Your Air Filter? • Homes withminimal foot traffic (single or double occupancy) and no pets or allergies: six to 12 months. • Family homes (three or more occupants) with no pets or allergies: three to six months. • Family homes with at least one pet or minor allergies: two to three months. • Family homes withmultiple pets or allergies: one to two months. In addition to changing the air filter, it’s important to schedule a routine inspection of your home’s HVAC system. This includes an inspection of the appliances themselves and any connecting ducts. Dust, dander, and mold can accumulate in the ducts and spread throughout the home, which can lead to health issues, including respiratory problems. A routine inspection will identify potential problems in your HVAC system. On top of that, you can get these systems professionally cleaned and maintained. These are simple steps that will keep your home’s air systems running smoothly for years to come. Plus, you’ll be ready for the summer months ahead!
The start of spring brings everyone’s favorite seasonal chore — spring cleaning! As you dust, vacuum, organize, and declutter, don’t forget about the one room that often gets neglected. This year, give special attention to the utility closet. The utility closet houses your furnace, boiler, water heater, A/C junction, and other similar large appliances. Homeowners often forget about these appliances because they are out of sight and out of mind, and this can cost a lot in the long run. Like all the other rooms in your home, this space needs to be kept clean. Dust, for instance, can be hard on HVAC systems. Over time, it accumulates in the HVAC intake and clogs the air filter, reducing its effectiveness and efficiency. This results in a short life span for your system, higher power bills, and a poorly heated or cooled home.
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