Advance Physical Therapy November 2017


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

Gabriel, I always looked forward to our friendly turkey bowl. My friends and I went to a field and let loose with no-holds-barred tackle football. As I’ve become more mature, I stick to watching the pros, but I’ll always cherish those memories of running around, getting a little too rough, and having some laughs with my friends. On top of all these special traditions, I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I’m grateful to our wonderful community of patients for keeping the clinic busy and making work a joy. This year, I’ve focused on straightening my rudders, so to speak. I wake up every day with the mission to do my best. In return, I have faith that I’ll get the best results. And when it comes to patients and the team at Advance Physical Therapy, the best is definitely what I am fortunate enough to have. On a personal level, I’ve been very thankful that Michelle and I have been able to take care of my mother-in-law. We’ve built her a bungalow so that she has a space of her own, and it’s really nice to have her nearby. It’s really a gift to be able to help someone along. Counter to the stereotype, I couldn’t get along better with my mother-in-law. I want to wish everyone reading this a wonderful Thanksgiving. May your tables be stacked with delicious foods, and your seats filled with those closest to you. If you have a loved one that can’t make it this year, don’t forget to give them a call. And one more thing: If you have extra leftovers, there’s a spot in my fridge! My role is a hybrid carver, eater, and football game watcher.” “Thanksgiving dinner I leave to the experts.

SOME TURKEY, A LITTLE FOOTBALL, AND A NAP Giving Thanks for a Wonderful Yea r

When I think about my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving has to be near the top of the list. There’s no stress or extravagant pageantry, just a chance to spend some time with the people you care about most. Oh, and you to eat some great food and watch football. Who wouldn’t love that? In our house, Thanksgiving starts with breakfast. Every year I make a dish called Joe’s Special. The recipe was developed in the 1920s at a restaurant called New Joe’s in San Francisco. While that restaurant has been closed for decades, the specialty lives on at the Original Joe’s restaurants in California and at the Jones household. It’s basically scrambled eggs with ground beef, spinach, and spices. While I’d never claim to be a competent chef, I think I have this dish nailed down.

Michelle, my wife, is renowned for her pumpkin pie recipe. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. One of Michelle’s sisters also taught her a spinach soufflé recipe that has quickly become a staple. After we eat, there’s one last important tradition: my annual Thanksgiving nap. Sometimes we do a big family gathering, while other years it’s a more intimate affair.When Michelle’s sisters come up from California, they always play cards while the boys head off to the movies. No matter how many guests we expect, we always buy the biggest turkey possible, because leftovers are highly prized.We try to make them last as long as possible, but it’s rare that they make it to the NFL games on Sunday. If I have one last turkey sandwich during the college games on Saturday, I consider that a win.

Al Jones , PT, OCS, Cert. MDT

Thanksgiving dinner I leave to the experts. My role is a hybrid carver, eater, and football game watcher.

Football and Thanksgiving have gone hand in hand since I was a child. When I was growing up in San

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For thousands of years, sunny yellow turmeric has been a staple in curries as well as a spice renowned for its ability to treat a vast number of ailments. In recent years, this South Asian native has become a sort of “spice-of-all- trades.” Turmeric’s popularity has surged throughout North America. People are adding it to food and using it to treat everything from arthritis to heartburn. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the spice can treat just about every kind of inflammation, whether it’s joint pain or a headache. Have a stomachache or nausea? Try turmeric. Have a mild rash or burn on your skin? Try turmeric. Current studies are even looking into turmeric’s effectiveness as a treatment for diabetes and dementia.

When one substance is purported to have near-magical healing powers, you have to remember to take it with an additional dose of skepticism. Can one spice really cure everything that ails you? Let’s ask science. Researchers have identified over 20 distinct compounds that work similar to NSAIDs (such as aspirin and ibuprofen). Of those compounds, six are COX-2 inhibitors. COX-2 is an enzyme that causes inflammation and pain in the body. In short, these six compounds help block the enzymatic reaction that triggers inflammation. One of these compounds is called curcumin, which is often considered the active ingredient in turmeric. An article published in the medical journal Nutrition and Cancer found that, by weight, pure turmeric powder contains 3.14 percent curcumin.

However, clinical trials of curcumin have produced less-than-stellar results. A comprehensive review of 120 studies of curcumin, published in 2017 in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, found no evidence that the compound produced positive results as an anti-inflammatory or antioxidant. In fact, researchers found curcumin to be an, “unstable, reactive, non-bioavailable compound.” So what does this mean for people who use turmeric for its medicinal properties? If it works for you, continue to use it. If you’ve thought about adding it to your diet, give it a try. It’s safe to use, and studies have shown virtually no toxicity, even in high doses.



More than 50 million adults live with arthritis, a chronic condition characterized by inflammation of the joints. When you suffer from arthritis, it affects the things you love to do, limiting your movement and causing pain. Sometimes, it can feel impossible to get through your routine daily activities, let alone enjoy a walk or some exercise. It’s often enough to make a patient think they’ll never get better. They’ve tried exercising, it hurt, and now they’re reluctant to give it another go. But research clearly shows that proper exercise leads to less pain and improved mobility — the key word being “proper.” That’s where a physical therapist comes in. The team at Advance Physical Therapy is here to develop an exercise plan that will alleviate arthritis pain rather than exacerbate it. We will tailor your routine to your needs and goals.

While every treatment plan is different, we often focus on increasing range of motion, strengthening muscles, and increasing endurance. Range-of- motion exercises preserve joint function so that you don’t have to keep your joints in a certain position to limit pain. Strengthening targets the muscles surrounding the joints which often weaken due to arthritis. Endurance exercises, or aerobics, increase blood flow to all parts of the body. Not only does this decrease pain, but it also benefits your overall health. If you’ve given up your favorite activities because of your arthritis, know that not all hope is lost. With the right guidance, you’ll find that exercise can improve your condition and quality of life. At Advance Physical Therapy, we want you to get the most out of life. Arthritis can be painful, but it shouldn’t stand in the way of doing what you love.

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No Matter the Sport or Injury REHAB FOR ATHLETES OF ALL AGES

For an athlete, there’s nothing worse than being sidelined due to injury. Coming back from a serious injury often entails a lengthy recovery process. If you try to rush your recovery or don’t seek the guidance of a rehab professional, you run the risk of returning to the field with dashed confidence. No athlete wants to be in the middle of a game, worrying about recurring injury. Physical therapy can help rebuild your body so that you return from injury better than ever. At Advance Physical Therapy, we create individualized recovery plans to help you recover from both those persistent, niggling issues and more serious injuries. Whether you’ve torn your ACL, suffered a fracture, or acquired tendonitis, we will work with you to develop a plan to get you back to doing what you love. Our approach is collaborative, and we’ll monitor your progress so that you don’t overexert yourself during recovery.

When you experience an injury, it’s important to take the time to strengthen your muscles and regain flexibility. If you rush the rehab process, you run the risk of your body overcompensating for the injured area and suffering supplementary injuries. Your therapist will ensure that your mobility returns to optimal levels before you get back to the competition. Our multifaceted approach includes sports-specific training that tailors exercises to the movements and skills you’ll need. We never provide cookie-cutter rehab because we know every sport and every athlete is different. In addition to helping you recover from injury, we’ll teach you preventative tactics to avoid re-aggravating issues. We don’t just want you to return to your sport with the confidence that your body is running smoothly. We want you to have the peace of mind that will allow you to achieve your full potential.

Injuries are an unfortunate side effect of athletic competition. However, when you get injured, you deserve a safe, comprehensive path to recovery. As sports lovers ourselves, the team here prides itself on providing athletes with the tools and techniques to return to the field at the highest possible level.



My owners, Al and Michelle, always say that I’m my own dog. I’m not sure exactly what that means. I tend to pick up on their energy level toward me at any given time and try to react appropriately. You know, I look at them and wag my tail or walk between them and let them scratch my back. Sometimes I go to them immediately when they call, but depending on their tone of voice, sometimes not. Most of the time, I’ll run and chase a ball or some other toy, and if I make a good catch, I’ll release my “inner poodle” and give them a little poodle parade around the yard to make them really notice my talents. It makes them happy, and it makes me happy. Since I’m still pretty young, I get a little too full of myself sometimes. They get perturbed and try to tell me not to do something, but I do it anyway. I guess that’s why they say I’m my own dog. But what am I supposed to do when all I really hear when they’re talking is

“Harry, blah blah blah blah, Harry, blah blah blah blah.” I wish I could teach them how to speak dog. I’m kidding about teaching them dog, but dogs are like humans in a sense. For a good relationship to exist between dogs, or other pets (even cats), and humans, respect and positive energy toward each other is a winning formula, creating mutual happiness and contentment. That’s why I usually stop doing naughty dog things when they catch me. R.E.S.P.E.C.T. It opens the door for treats.


3 pounds sweet potatoes, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

5 cups chicken or vegetable stock

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, sliced

1 cup coconut milk

2 medium carrots, chopped

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


1. Place all the ingredients except for the coconut milk in a slow cooker. 2. Season everything to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. 3. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 4 hours.

4. Using a blender or an immersion blender, puree everything until smooth. 5. Add the coconut milk, give

everything a good stir, and cook for another 30 minutes.

6. Adjust the seasoning and serve warm.


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INSIDE This Issue

Some Turkey, a Little Football, and a Nap Page 1 The Secrets of Turmeric Don’t Let Arthritis Get You Down Page 2 Rehab for Athletes of All Ages Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup Page 3 Thanksgiving at America’s Resort Page 4

Thanksgiving at America’s Resort

Carve Your Turkey at The Greenbrier

This Thanksgiving, many Americans plan to go over the river and through the woods to sleep on the air mattress at grandmother’s house. But your family Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be crowded and uncomfortable. For generations, The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, has brought families together for a weekend of true American elegance. The local hot springs have been popular with travelers since 1778, but The Greenbrier didn’t come to life until 1913. The sprawling 710-room national landmark sits on 11,000 acres of rolling

hills and has been described as “‘Monte Carlo’ meets ‘Gone With the Wind.’” The blend of Colonial decor and Hollywood Regency flourishes make guests feel as if they have stepped back in time, while still offering all the modern amenities. Mom and Grandma relax in the spa, Grandpa enjoys a round of golf, the siblings all go off- roading in a Jeep, and later, the whole family will face off in a game of laser tag. With 55 leisure activities offered at the resort, make every day as busy or as relaxing as you want before enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of the resort’s six full-time restaurants.

The Greenbrier is a dream getaway anytime of the year, but America’s resort really goes all-out for the traditional American holiday, Thanksgiving. Family members from every generation can find something fun to do before the family gathers together for the massive Thanksgiving brunch in The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall. The award-winning culinary brigade serves up Thanksgiving classics, like soft rolls and roasted turkey, alongside marinated mussels and ricotta tortellini. Make time for the horse-drawn carriage ride and evening gala, and you have the perfect Thanksgiving.

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Have you experienced back pain in the last 30 days? Are you dealing with sciatica?

Do you think there’s nothing you can do to alleviate your back pain? Have you tried medications, injections, or surgery and still found no relief? Do you skip family activities because you’re worried about pain?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to know about the upcoming FREE Back Pain & Sciatica Workshop at Advance Physical Therapy.

At this event, you will learn:

• The biggest mistake made by those suffering from back pain and sciatica

• The three most common causes of lower back pain, including the sneaky cause that doesn’t usually show up on MRIs

• The top three strategies for

eliminating back pain for good

For details about the event and information on how to register, please see other side.


WHEN Saturday, November 18th, at 10am WHERE Advance Physical Therapy 9362 W. Overland Rd. Boise, Idaho 83709

Space is limited and spots will go fast. If you’d like to register:

Go to OR call 208.672.8144

Back pain and sciatica can be debilitating, but there’s always a way forward. You deserve to live pain-free. Sign up for the FREE workshop to learn how.

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