Rue & Primavera October 2017

National Physical Therapy Month October is National Physical Therapy Month, which is designed to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives. In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, here are some facts about physical therapy! 1. Physical therapists can work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, home health agencies, schools, nursing homes, and even the emergency room. You are sure to find a physical therapist wherever you need one! 2. In addition to working in different settings, there are many different kinds of physical therapy. These areas may include orthopedic, acute care, postoperative care, cardiovascular and pulmonary rehab, lymphedema management, wound care, and neurologic rehabilitation. 3. Did you know that physical therapists can treat vertigo? Positional vertigo — when you experience bouts of dizziness with changes in position or movement of the head — is the most common cause of dizziness. Vertigo is a dysfunction of the vestibular system in the inner ear, which can be successfully treated in as little as one session with a physical therapist. 4. One fact that surprises many patients is that physical therapists alone cannot diminish your symptoms. Physical therapy does not offer a magic cure for every ailment, but it is successful when the patient and therapist work together to create a treatment plan that meets the patient’s goals. Your role in the road to recovery is just as important as your physical therapist’s role.

5 Ways

to Tell if Your Child Is a Prodigy

Remember when your child spoke their first word or walked into your arms for the first time? Those firsts are magical moments, and they probably still bring you so much joy. They were big accomplishments, right? When compared to Aelita Andre, maybe not. Aelita’s paintings sell for thousands of dollars. This might not seem significant, except that she’s only 10. Aelita fits into a category of kids that are rare but often talked about: the child prodigy. Famous examples include Mozart, Picasso, and Pascal. Sounds great to have a kid like that, doesn’t it? With their talent, your prodigy can rake in the cost of a Harvard degree before finishing elementary school. If you’re wondering how to determine whether or not your toddler is on their way to becoming the next Mozart, here are some marks of genius you can keep an eye out for. They are exceptionally skilled at a very young age. Picasso completed his first painting at age 9. Drew Peterson played a piano concert in Carnegie Hall at 6. Child prodigies typically perform a skill at an adult level before the age of 12. They paint for 24 hours straight. Whatever the skill, the prodigious child has an intence drive to master it and is found performing during all of their spare time, without prodding. They have an advanced ability in a specific area. Prodigies are usually focused in the areas of music, math, athletics, and chess. Did your child pick up chess at age 3 after watching their older siblings play it once? That could be the sign of a prodigy. They have a crazy-good working memory. Working memory is more than the ability to memorize. It’s the ability to hold memory at the same time you manipulate incoming information. Mozart could memorize music while rearranging compositions in his head.

5. Finally, it is incredibly important to do your home exercise program. There is a reason that your physical therapist puts in the time and effort of designing a home program specifically for you. If you don’t follow their recommendation during therapy or after you are discharged, your condition won’t get better.

They experience loneliness. Unfortunately, because they are so advanced for their age, prodigies have a hard time relating to other kids. This can leave them feeling alone in school.

If you have questions about the role that physical therapy can play in your

life, give us a call at 360-279- 8323. Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Needless to say, don’t feel too disappointed if none of these qualities describe your child. Turns out, the path of a prodigy is probably a

pretty lonely (albeit a potentially prosperous) one. If your child shows the above signs, do all you can to nurture and support them. If they don’t, applaud the wonderful accomplishments they

will undoubtedly still have.

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