Physical Therapy Services of Tennessee June 2019

JUNE 2019 EastTennessee Physical Therapy News 423-543-0073



1. Dare Day

14. Monkey

Around Day

2. National

Rocky Road Day

15. Smile

Power Day

3. Repeat Day

16. Fresh

4. HugYour Cat Day

Veggies Day

17. Eat Your

5. World

Vegetables Day

Summer vacation is a wonderful time of year. It gives kids a much-needed break from school and gives families a chance to bond. But three months is a long time, and soon the summer days of limitless possibilities turnmonotonous and boring. Make fun an intentional part of your summer by creating a summer bucket list in three simple steps. R ecipe for a G reat S ummer B uild Y our F amily ’ s S ummer B ucket L ist

Environment Day

18. International Panic Day

6. National

Yo-Yo Day

19. Juneteenth

7. VCR Day

20. Ice Cream Soda Day

8. World

Ocean Day

21. National

9. Donald

Selfie Day

Duck Day


22. National Chocolate Eclair Day

10. Ballpoint Pen Day


23. National Pink Day

11. National Corn on the Cob Day 12. National Peanut Butter Cookie Day


24. Swim a Lap Day

A bucket list is a great way to keep your family from spending the summer in front of the TV. It can also help your kids stay busy. When the dreaded chorus of“I’mbored!”starts, you can point to the list and suggest they check off a few items. Things like“Go camping”will require adult planning, of course, but the kids can turn a dog day of summer into a fun afternoon with“Build a pillow fort”or“Make homemade bubbles.”

25. National

Catfish Day

13. National Weed

Your Garden Day

26. Forgiveness Day

27. Sunglasses Day

Here are a few things to keep inmind to help your family create the ultimate summer bucket list.

28. Paul Bunyan Day

GET THE BALL ROLLING Some kids might instantly know 10 or more things they’d love to do this summer. Others might struggle to fill out their list. Take care to not make suggestions yourself; your kids’ideas should

29. Waffle Iron Day

30. Met eor Day


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be entirely their own. Instead, ask some questions to help spark ideas.

you opportunities to get a little creative this summer. For example, if your kids want to walk on the moon, a road trip to Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idahomight be in order. WHEN SUMMER ENDS You probably won’t get to everything on your bucket list. DisneyWorld might not be in the cards for your family this summer, or maybe you’ll run out of time. On the last night of summer, take the list down and talk about all the great memories youmade while doing the activities you checked off. Then, put the list somewhere safe and revisit it next summer. There may be things your kids aren’t interested in anymore or new ideas they’d love to add. A FEW SUGGESTIONS Here are a few great summertime activities to jump-start your family’s summer bucket list:

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What are your favorite things to do? What is something new you’d like to learn? What is something you’ve always wanted to do? Is there a place you’ve always wanted zto visit?

If your kids are only able to come up with three ideas, that’s okay! You can always addmore to the list as the summer goes on.

NO PRESSURE This bucket list isn’t meant to create the“perfect”summer. It’s meant to help your family have a fun summer! Let your kids know they don’t have to fret about coming up with incredible activities for everyone. Their list could include simple activities like“Lay in the grass,”“Look at the stars,”or“Watch a sunset.” DREAM BIG Let your kids come up with any number of outrageous ideas, without regard for budget or even the laws of physics.“Make s’mores”and“Watch fireworks” are summer staples, but don’t say no if your kids want to“Fly to Italy”or“Walk on the moon.” Encourage your kids to dreambig, but remind them that the bucket list is a wish list, not a promise. Just because something is on the list doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to do it. Of course, the“impossible”ideas might give

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Go to a drive-inmovie. Build a lemonade stand. Have a picnic in the park. Run through the sprinklers. Make lunch with food from a

farmer’s market. Ride a Ferris wheel.

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Fly a kite.

Visit the public library and find books to read before bedtime.

A summer bucket list is a great way tomake fun a priority and encourage your family to spendmore time together during summer break.

Have a fun and happy summer!

Unlikely Pro Athletes Who Beat the Odds Sometimes All It Takes Is the Power of Will

The life of a professional athlete can seem like all glitz and glamour, shaking hands, kissing babies, and occasionally performing in the spotlight under a little bit of pressure. But for every athlete you see on your television screen, there are actually hundreds more in the minor leagues fighting against all odds tomake it to the big stage. And some of those athletes have disadvantages that mean they have to work twice as hard just to get the same respect as those who’ve had an easier road. These professionals prove that sometimes all it takes to see your dreams come true is an ability to block out the noise, put your head down, and keep your disabilities fromholding you back. Here are two athletes who did just that. BILLY MISKE: FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE Boxing is a sport of extreme violence and diligent strategy. To be a winner, youmust be smart and physically capable. For a while, Billy Miske was both of those things—until he was diagnosed with the life-threatening Bright’s disease that severely affected his kidneys. Already considered a bit of an underdog, he chose to keep fighting to pay off his increasingmedical debts and give his family a shot at a better life. As his disease progressed and he realized his days were numbered, fate pitted him against heavyweight

Bill Brennan. Despite his doctor’s orders, and despite facing a much larger opponent while he was literally at death’s door, Miske shocked the world by knocking Brennan out and delivering the dream Christmas that he’d promised his children in the process. He died a few days later, immortalized by his fighting spirit and refusal to quit. JIMABBOTT: NEVER NEEDED A HAND After being born without a right hand, the odds of Jim Abbott playing baseball in any capacity seemed slim, but Jim Abbott didn’t care about the odds. After developing a one-of-a-kind fielding routine where he would switch his glove from his shorter arm to his dominant one, Abbott took his talents all the way to the major leagues. Fans around the world watched as he turned his disability into a 10-year MLB career that included throwing a no-hitter in 1993 against the NewYork Yankees, which was one of the most remarkable accomplishments in baseball.

Sometimes the sky isn’t enough. Ultimately, the only limits that hold you back are the ones you set for yourself.

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An Opportunity for Easy Money and Social Engagement Why Seniors Are Flocking to Home-Sharing Platforms

Take a Break! But home-sharing can do more than boost your income. By opening a room in your home to travelers, you’ll encounter all kinds of people you might never otherwise meet, prompting dynamic social interactions and meaningful connections. The rating systems on Airbnb and similar platforms almost entirely prevent would-be troublemakers from entering your property, and users report that when a rare negative experience does occur, the company typically has your back. It’s a great way to stay socially engaged while staving off loneliness. Home-sharing platforms can be a tremendous boon to a tight retirement budget. It’s an especially attractive option to elderly folks who find themselves rich in assets but struggling with liquid finances. Home-sharing allows them to tap into these resources. According to Priceonomics, U.S. Airbnb hosts bring in a monthly average of $924. The freedom of retirement certainly comes with its perks, but challenges of post-work living exist as well. Chief among them, for most elderly folks, are fears of social isolation and financial insolvency, as having coworkers and a regular income are not as common in retirement. Perhaps this is why so many retirees are flocking to home-sharing platforms like Airbnb or its seniors-only cousin, The Freebird Club. Airbnb reported last year that the 60-plus age bracket is its fastest-growing demographic worldwide, with the number of senior hosts as much as doubling every year.

Best of all, running a modestly successful Airbnb usually doesn’t take much work. It simply requires you to set up a neat, welcoming space, keep in contact with your guests, and ensure the check-in and check-out processes are as straightforward as possible. In fact, senior hosts seem to have a leg up on their younger counterparts, as elderly hosts earn the most consistently positive ratings across the globe. Airbnb and The Freebird Club won’t make you rich, but they’re relatively low effort enterprises that come with some massive benefits. If you’re looking for a little busywork, some extra cash, and a little social interaction in your retirement, hosting may be your best bet!

Inspired by Food & Wine Magazine

BLT Dogs

Is a hot dog a sandwich or not? We’re not here to weigh in on the ever- contentious debate, but when you combine a hot dog with a BLT, it definitely becomes more sandwich-like —and way more delicious


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4 strips bacon

1 head romaine lettuce, shredded 1 large tomato, seeded and diced Salt and pepper, to taste

4 hot dogs (ideally Boar’s Head Beef Frankfurters, but any all-beef variety will do)

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4 hot dog buns

1 tbsp mayonnaise


1. Heat a skillet tomedium and fry bacon until rendered and crisp. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. 2. Fry hot dogs in bacon drippings, creating a crust, and cook until warmed through. 3. Using a dry skillet or oven, toast buns. 4. Spreadmayonnaise on buns, place hot dog and bacon inside, and top with tomatoes and lettuce. Serve.

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Inside This Issue From the Desk of Dr. Smith PAGE 1 Create Family Fun With a Summer Bucket List PAGE 1 Athletes Who Fought Their Way to the Top PAGE 2 Why Seniors Are Flocking to Home-Sharing Platforms PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 BLT Dogs PAGE 3 2 Stretches to Improve Your Balance PAGE 4

For Better Balance and Fle xibi l ity 2 Stretches You Should Do Every Day Your fitness routine is likely centered on building strength, tone, and endurance. But what about your balance? As American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified trainer Robbie Ann Darby points out, improving your balance benefits everything you do. By improving your flexibility through stretching, you’ll be able to master the transitions between exercises and develop the power you need for better balance. Here are two essential stretches you can incorporate into your everyday routine. Our feet carry us every day, and when they’re tight, our balance can be affected. Help ease foot tension with this stretch (which is also great for anyone who suffers from plantar fasciitis): Kneel on the floor, arranging your legs under you so that your shins and the tops of your feet are on the floor and your glutes are resting on the bottoms of your feet. Maintain an upright posture. Raise yourself slightly, pick up your heels, and tuck your toes under. Slowly ease your weight back over your feet so that your glutes are resting on your heels and your toes are stretched. This can be an intense stretch, so ease into it. If it’s too much right now, start by sitting in a comfortable position with one foot in your lap. Gently pull back on your toes until you feel a stretch. Hold for one minute. FOOT STRETCH


Your calf muscles can limit your ability to place your feet flat on the ground while doing lunges, squats, and other movements. If your calves are tight, stability can be difficult. To stretch your calves, stand facing a wall and put your left foot behind you, toes facing straight ahead. Lean forward, keeping your heel on the ground and using the wall for stability, until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30–60 seconds, then switch sides. Try adding these stretches to your routine 3–5 days a week, building up to once per day, every day. If you’re experiencing balance issues or are concerned about falling, physical therapy can help. Whether you experience balance challenges related to aging or an inner ear issue, physical therapists can show you how to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility relative to balance — and make it fun in the process! Contact your local PT team to find out how they can help.

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