Advance PT July 2017

THE MONTHLY ADVANCE

9362 W. Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709 July 2017

“The past 17 years have been the most fulfilling of my life, and I hope that we can continue to give a little back to the community that has given us so much.”

After learning the details of Scotty’s condition, we focused our attention on giving him the best life possible. When middle school rolled around, we decided that the big city atmosphere of San Diego would be rough for him. Having honeymooned in Sun Valley, Michelle immediately thought of Idaho. We visited Boise and made the move not long after. Since we arrived in 1999, there’s been no looking back. The incredible teachers and staff of the Boise School District made Scotty feel welcome from day one. Michelle and I knew right away that we’d made the best decision for our family. I opened Advance Physical Therapy, Michelle began working for the Boise VA hospital, and Scotty has grown to love the city. He’s thriving now, with a daytime job and as independent a life as we could’ve ever hoped for him. I still worry about him — I guess that’s just the nature of being a parent — but I’m so proud of everything he’s achieved. We are so grateful for the life Boise has provided us, and we’re blessed to be able to call this great city home. The past 17 years have been the most fulfilling of my life, and I hope that we can continue to give a little back to the community that has given us so much.

A CITY TO THRIVE IN My Family’s Journey to Boise

Though I was born here in Idaho, I lived most of my adult life in Southern California. I had a thriving orthopedic and sports physical therapy practice. I never thought that I would purposely leave behind the sunshine, the lifestyle, and the friends that my wife and I enjoyed while living in San Diego for 18 years. No, Boise, Idaho, was never on the radar for us. Moving to Boise, though, ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I owe making that decision to my brilliant and beautiful wife, Michelle, and our adopted son, Scott. Michelle and I adopted Scotty in 1986, when he was 1. From the moment he came into our lives, he brought us so much joy. This joy, though, wasn’t without some challenges. Even as a toddler, it was clear that Scotty had some developmental issues. We couldn’t get him the services he needed without first pinpointing a diagnosis. Try

as we might, nobody could figure out exactly what was ailing Scotty. Nobody, that is, until we met Dr. David Cummings of the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. Michelle took 3-year-old Scotty to see Dr. Cummings one day. Scotty was all over the place, and Michelle was emotional. When Dr. Cummings walked into the office, he was utterly calm. He sat at his desk, observed Scotty, and immediately made a diagnosis. “Mrs. Jones,” he said “I normally wouldn’t diagnose a boy this young, but I can say for certain that Scotty suffers from Tourette’s syndrome.” It was the earliest that Dr. Cummings, an expert in Tourette’s, had ever made a diagnosis. He suggested that medication was a normal treatment method. Michelle, with her trademark sense of humor, responded, “Well, somebody is leaving here with medication!”

Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Advance: To move forward; to make progress; to move ahead.

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Yoga for Baby Boomers

LOW-IMPACT EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OF ALL AGES

The average yoga studio tends to be filled with young people contorting their bodies in all sorts of strange ways. This can be intimidating to older people interested in starting yoga. The truth, however, is that yoga can provide all sorts of benefits to baby boomers nearing their golden years. Yoga increases flexibility and functionality and can even aid in the prevention of chronic disease. Lots of yoga studios offer classes specifically aimed at baby boomers in order to create a welcoming environment. As Susan Winter Ward, author of “Yoga for the Young at Heart,” says, “there is no competition in yoga; there will always be someone ahead of you and someone behind you.” Yoga instructors will let you progress at your own pace. Some older folks are even certified as yoga instructors and tailor their studio to the needs of those in their age group. One awesome quality of yoga is that it’s a low-impact exercise that won’t put undue stress on your joints and muscles as you age. Yoga increases range of motion and flexibility, adding to your quality of life. Plus, practicing yoga can teach you relaxation techniques through

breathing and meditation. Yoga studios are also great social environments for meeting new friends of all ages.

Yoga can aid in the prevention of certain medical conditions that are prevalent in later life. According to a National Institute of Health study, 90 percent of people with chronic lower back pain found significant relief through yoga. That’s even more effective than the typical forms of medical care. Yoga can also lower blood pressure, relieve stress, and help alleviate depression. If you are interested in yoga, it costs very little to get started. Lots of studios offer classes for under $10, and you won’t need to spend a bunch of money on fancy equipment. Yoga gets more popular every year, so there are likely multiple studios in your surrounding area. Some teachers even offer private classes if you would prefer to work out at home. As you get older, it’s important to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen. For lots of people, however, yoga is a safe and effective method of fitness that you can continue later in life.

SERVICE HIGHLIGHT

TEACHING GOLFERS BODY MECHANICS Advance Your Golf

Here at Advance Physical Therapy, we have a passion for golf. That passion extends to helping golfers of all ages improve their body mechanics, leading to better swings and lower scores. Our “Advance Your Golf” program identifies and corrects mobility, strength, and balance issues that can affect the mechanics of your swing. Dr. Jones has achieved the highest level of medical certification from the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s leading swing education institute. As an avid golfer himself, he knows how much niggling injuries can cause irritation on the golf course. We would never claim to be swing coaches on the level of Butch Harmon, but we work with golf professionals so they can teach their students techniques from physical therapy that synergize with optimal swing form. We like to think of it as teaching the body mechanics from which a great swing can be built.

Successful golf swings are as unique as the golfers who wield them, but there are some things that all golfers strive to maintain. One of those things is a functional and pain-free swing. If you experience pain on the first tee, you’ll be feeling even worse by the 18th green. “Advance Your Golf” pinpoints physical dysfunctions that lead to flaws in your swing and inconsistencies in your ball flight. The program then works to correct those deficiencies, eliminating impediments and clearing the way for continued progress. If you suffer from pain on the course or think an issue with your body is adding a few strokes to your scorecard, contact Advance Physical Therapy in Boise and ask about the “Advance Your Golf” program. We love working with golfers, and you’ll feel the results on the course. “Advance Your Golf” will put you back in the swing of things.

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The Importance of Good Alignment Advance Your Posture

You probably have childhood memories of your mother telling you to sit up straight at the dinner table. While you may have thought good posture was simply a matter of etiquette, it’s actually strongly linked to your overall health and comfort. Posture affects how you carry your weight, and poor posture is often the cause of back and neck pain. At Advance Physical Therapy, posture is one of the first places we look when trying to diagnose the cause of pain. Developing bad posture can lead to all sorts of issues, ranging from daily discomfort and decreased range of motion to serious back pain and even headaches. The more science discovers the ways body and mind connect, the more we’ve realized just how crucial good posture can be to quality of life. When we teach posture correction to a patient, it’s amazing how quickly results can come. A lot of people spend a good portion of their work life seated at a desk. If they are not supporting their body well, they can become fatigued easier and lose focus due to discomfort. Patients who undergo posture correction report an increased alertness and level of comfort.

Good posture is also critical for athletes seeking to avoid injury. When you’re participating in strenuous activities like weightlifting, bad posture can lead to repetitive stress injury. You can suffer serious problems when your body is overcompensating for bad posture. Learning proper lifting technique always requires understanding the necessity of correct spinal alignment. These techniques are also useful for those in physically demanding professions. The value of good posture really cannot be underestimated, affecting everything from sleep quality to daily comfort. Let the professionals at Advance Physical Therapy teach you how to carry your weight properly. It will lighten your load and have you feeling a lot better.

Wisdom From Harry

RECIPE: Easiest Chickpea Curry

Here is a little wisdom from the animal kingdom, of which I am proudly a part.

Ingredients

Humans, don’t try to please everybody. Be concerned about being the best you can be at whatever you are doing at any given time. Don’t worry about what other people think.They don’t walk in your shoes.

2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3 tablespoons ketchup Salt and pepper, to taste Chopped cilantro (optional) Lemon wedges (optional)

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1 tablespoon olive oil

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1 large yellow onion, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick Pinch of ground cloves

Here’s a little story to illustrate what I’m saying:

An old man is walking his donkey on a hot day, and his young grandson is riding atop the animal. Some strangers walk by and say, “What a selfish boy! How can he sit there and let that old man walk in the hot sun like that?”The boy hears the comments and insists that the grandfather take his place.A little further down the road, some travelers walking by make the comment about the selfish man riding the donkey while the boy walks.These comments are also heard by the man and boy. So, further down the road, some travelers walking by notice that the man and the boy are carrying the donkey.

Directions

1. In a large straight-sided skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. 2. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until dark brown around edges, for about 6 minutes. 3. Add garlic, curry, cinnamon, and cloves and cook, stirring, until fragrant, for 30 seconds.

4. Add chickpeas, ketchup, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. 5. Uncover and increase heat to medium-high; cook until sauce is slightly reduced, for 5 minutes. 6. Serve with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges, if desired.

My message is this: It’s ridiculous to worry about what others think when you are doing your best at the time. Harry

Advance: To move forward; to make progress; to move ahead.

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INSIDE This issue

A City to Thrive In Page 1

Yoga for Baby Boomers Advance Your Golf Page 2 Advance Your Posture Easiest Chickpea Curry Page 3 It’s Time to Geocache In Page 4

Cache Your D R E AM S in the Great Outdoors

Treasure hunters once searched for caches of gold, priceless artifacts, precious gems, and other valuables. Now that just about any kind of outdoor adventure can be planned and tracked via smartphone, many outdoor enthusiasts look for geocaches instead. You can spend your afternoons hunting for hidden trinkets, and all you need is a GPS. While the term is relatively new, the concept is not. Geocaching has its roots in the 150-year-old game of letterboxing, in which people hid boxes containing small handwritten letters in outdoor locations. Once exclusively a tool of the U.S. Military, Global Positioning Systems are essential to geocaching. The hobby officially began in 2000,

when accurate GPS readings became available to the masses due to the military’s removal of Selective Availability, a program intended to limit non-military use of the system. Once people had access to the technology and its incredible accuracy, it didn’t take long for them to begin concealing and hunting caches throughout the world. Geocaching originally required the purchase of an expensive handheld GPS unit, but now it can be done using a smartphone. Location data for geocaching is readily available online, and caches can be found in nearly any area in the world. The easiest way to get started is to create a free account at Geocaching. com. Once you have an account, visit the

“Hide & Seek a Cache” page, enter your postal code, and click “search.” Then, simply choose any geocache from the list, and enter the coordinates of the geocache into your device. After you in find the hidden geocache, sign the online logbook and return the geocache to its original location, along with its new treasure. One really cool aspect of geocaching is how it marries technology with the great outdoors. It’s every parent’s solution to getting their child out from in front of the TV. Plus, it can be a fun side activity to add to any outdoor adventure. Most importantly, geocaching is an inexpensive way to spend quality time in nature, alone or with others.

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