North County Water & Sports Therapy Center October 2019


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15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128

Halloween is the headline holiday for October, by it’s far from the only topic celebrated or highlighted during the month. If you see all the pink during NFL broadcasts, you’re clued into the fact that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s also National Biscuit Month, National Piano Month, and National Roller Skating Month, among many others. While each of these designations is bound to put a smile on your face, whether by supporting an important cause or simply by virtue of their existence, they’re not the ones I’m going to talk about today. KINDNESS TOWARD STRANGERS HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) created National Physical Therapy Month as a way to raise awareness about the power of physical therapy and to encourage people to seek treatment. This year, at a time when more people than ever are looking for ways to treat pain without surgery or medication, the APTA has created a website,, specifically for the month. They’re encouraging therapists and patients to use #ChoosePT in social media posts about how PT has helped them or loved ones. As a participating practice, we’re engaging in a “PT Day of Service” doing community outreach. But we’re also asking our team and patients to do something a little more tangential, something that may not, at first glance, even register as being directly related to physical therapy. It’s a simple gesture known to all as a random act of kindness. We were inspired to celebrate in this way in part by one of our patients. He has a habit of buying the groceries of the person behind him in line at the store. He doesn’t do it for attention or accolades, but simply because it’s a way to help out somebody in his immediate vicinity. We love everything about this patient’s unwavering kindness, and we hope you can also find a way to spread some random kindness in a similar vein this month. October is National Physical Therapy Month, and I’d like you to help me celebrate it.

Why choose this form of celebration? Well, physical therapy is, at its core, about helping people. The most foundational quality any therapist needs is the ability to empathize with others and understand their situation. In my eyes, there’s no better way to commemorate National Physical Therapy Month than acting out understanding and kindness in the real world. One way you can do this within our little corner of the globe is through our anonymous compliment board. If you notice another patient giving their all, making a breakthrough, or being otherwise devoted to their therapy, we’d love for you to share it with us. Encouragement from us is ever present, but a few small words from a fellow patient can go a long way in making someone feel good about their progress. At the end of the month, we hope to have a permanent record of patient-to-patient camaraderie that will serve as a snapshot of our practice. Who knows? It may just end up becoming an annual tradition. Look, I’m not going to pretend that October is going to be known above all as National Physical Therapy Month anytime soon, but I hope that we can do a little to spread the word about the benefits and spirit of physical therapy.

–Beth Scalone

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JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN NOTHING BUT NET You can create eerie pumpkins using fishnet stockings. Spray-paint your pumpkin if desired — just make sure the design of the stockings will stand out. Once the paint is dry, cut the legs off the stockings, slide the pumpkin inside, remove the extra fabric around the stem, and use hot glue to secure it. COLORFUL PAINT Painting your Halloween pumpkins gives everyone a chance to participate. Be creative by using different designs, cutouts for silhouettes, drip paint to create a marble design, or nail polish and water to give white pumpkins a unique and vibrant look. A SPOOKY MONSTER By adding a witch hat, wrapping a pumpkin in cheesecloth, attaching spider legs, or tying on a vampire cape, you can create a pumpkin version of the most popular Halloween monsters. Along with these accessories, you can also use paint, construction paper, and other craft materials to add the details that will make your creation pop! NO-CARVE PUMPKIN DESIGNS!

Jack-o’-lanterns go hand-in-hand with Halloween, but digging through the inside of a pumpkin is not something everyone enjoys. If you aren’t keen on cutting open a pumpkin, here are a few no-carve ideas you can try this Halloween! HAUNTED HOUSE Take a few pumpkins, stack them on top of each other, and create a spooky pumpkin haunted house! Then, use paint, balsa wood sheets, and hot glue to create silhouettes, ghosts, windows, and doors for a haunting effect! CREATIVE WITH STRING Use cotton twine and hot glue to create a web-like design on the surface of your pumpkin. Don’t forget to add a few plastic spiders! You can also use string art to create ghostly words or images. Lay our your design with small pegs or nails and wrap the string around them to reach your desired effect.

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SURPASSING EXPECTATIONS “I came to North County Water and Sports Therapy Center for left knee pain. Through my exercise and home regimen, I am almost pain- free and able to resume my normal physical activities. I surpassed my goal of tolerable discomfort to almost no discomfort at all. I highly recommend the PTs at North County Water and Sports. I have been coming here for years for a number of physical challenges.”

–Jon Kent Schrock, 4/12/19 2


October is National Physical Therapy Month, making it the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people dedicated to improving the health and well- being of others. Physical therapists are an important part of our society, and their efforts deserve recognition. Here are a few things you need to know about this month’s observance. WHEN DID NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH BEGIN? Originally started in June 1981, the annual celebration of physical therapy took place for one week instead of a whole month. In 1992, the holiday was extended, dubbed National Physical Therapy Month, and moved to October to prevent any conflict with the annual American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) conference held every June. Since then, this holiday has become an icon for APTA members, physical therapists, and many health providers throughout the U.S. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT? The top priority for the APTA each year is to educate people on how physical therapy can help

improve health. Physical therapists want people to understand that they don’t have to rely on medication to go about their daily lives and that physical therapy can even help patients avoid surgery. In addition, National Physical Therapy Month offers a great opportunity to practice self-care to promote better physical and mental health. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CELEBRATE? The best way to celebrate National Physical Therapy Month is to appreciate your physical therapist, learn more about the benefits of physical therapy, and find new habits to become more active. Look into getting involved in a sport, yoga, tai chi, or any other activity that allows you to be physically active. If you know a physical therapist, take the time to talk to them about your goals. What do you want to be able to do better or to do again? Physical therapists are problem solvers, and we don’t need mountains of praise. Our motivation and reward comes from ensuring people return to living the lives they want. Remember, medicine adds days to life, but physical therapy adds life to days!



This super easy and fun way to create homemade treats provides your kids with a healthier and more delicious alternative to

packaged industrial candy. As a bonus, making it is an awesome Halloween activity for your family to enjoy.


1 package melting chocolate

• Assorted dried fruit, including apricots and mangoes


1. In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. 2. Place a large, heatproof mixing bowl on top of saucepan so that no steam can escape. Place melting chocolate in mixing bowl and double boil until melted. 3. Dip half of each piece of fruit in chocolate before transferring to a parchment-lined baking sheet to rest. 4. Let cool for 10 minutes until chocolate solidifies. 5. Place in school lunches, serve at parties, and indulge in a few for yourself.

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A Historical Haunted House


Most people associate San Diego with sun and fun rather than doom and gloom, but the city is not without its ghost stories. No tale looms larger than that of Thomas Whaley and his family home in Old Town. In 1857, Thomas oversaw construction of the Whaley House, a Greek Revival residence and general store that holds

the status of being one of the first brick buildings in California. Sadly, the Whaley House would become a home to tragedy almost as soon as it was finished. The Whaleys’ son, also Thomas, would become the first, but not the last, family member to die on the property when he succumbed to scarlet fever in January 1958. Soon enough, the Whaleys had relocated to San Francisco, eager to escape the memories of the recent tragedy. Eventually, though, they decided to move back to the Whaley House. When they returned in 1968, they were a family of seven. Two of those seven, daughters Violet and Anna, were married in the home on the same day. Anna, who married her first cousin, actually ended up with the happier story. Violet married a man named George Baltolacci, who turned out to be scamming her for a dowry. When Baltolacci disappeared, Violet was considered a pariah

within society. Tragically, she committed suicide in her family home on Aug. 18, 1885. A few more Whaleys, including Thomas Whaley himself, would pass away in the house before it fell into disrepair. Today, the Whaley House is a museum that serves as a testament to early San Diego history and the legacy of a doomed family. Some say the Whaley House was doomed from the start because it was constructed on the site where “Yankee Jim” Robinson was publicly executed. Others believe that the ghosts of the Whaleys haunt the site to this day. Whatever the truth is regarding these paranormal associations, there’s no denying that the Whaley House is frightfully fascinating. You can learn more about the Whaley House by visiting or checking out the episode of Buzzfeed’s “Unsolved” YouTube series devoted to the family and their property. 4


“Change happens through movement, and movement heals.” –Joseph Pilates

Sign up for a Pilates session today, and we will take $10 off your first session!

Surprise yourself with what you can achieve!

• Reduce aches and pains • Stay healthy to do the things you love

• Feel energized • Move more freely • Gain confidence in your strength

Call us today at (858) 675-1133 to start taking care of you. Sign up for a one-on-one introductory Pilates session with Beth or Chris (our certified Pilates instructors who also happen to be doctors of physical therapy). Claim your $10 discount for the first session by Nov. 25, 2019.

Not just for women… men, you benefit too!

“The mind, when housed within a healthy body, possesses a glorious sense of power.” –Joseph Pilates

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