Advanced Physical Thearpy - March 2020

MARCH 2020

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AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP LET’S WARM UP, TOO!

Are you feeling as excited about spring approaching as I am? There’s a feeling of hope in the air as the days get longer and we see more of the sun. It’s nice to be outside when it’s not painful to breathe! I love when I can feel that we’re a little closer to golf season. Even if I can’t actually get on the course for another month, the progressively longer, brighter days are good motivation for me to start practicing my swing and getting my body ready for that first tee up. One of the best ways to soak up the next couple seasons is to get outside more and let your body take in the sunlight and fresh air. And one of the best ways to ensure you get to enjoy this time is by easing into activities, starting slow, and warming up. As you begin to jump back into your favorite spring activities, start slow. Whether it’s golf, running, gardening, or another activity, make sure you build yourself up after the long winter’s rest. Ease back into things to ensure you’re letting your body acclimate. When you haven’t done an activity for four or five months, you’re not going to be at the same place you were when you left off. That’s okay — you’ll get there, but it’s not going to happen all at once. We often see injuries when people try to push their bodies beyond what they’re ready for.

If you do have any areas that have been bothering you or causing you pain, now is the time to come see us about them so you can get healthy in time to enjoy the spring and summer. When it comes to physical therapy, warmer weather is another opportunity to get outside and incorporate exercises with fresh air and sunshine. A lot of exercises can be done outside, and it can be a great way to keep physical therapy interesting. Throughout the next season, we’re here for you. Let’s keep our bodies healthy and well and enjoy the season!

hurt their back. That swing is a pretty athletic movement requiring warm up and stretching to perform safely. I know you just want to get started on doing your favorite activity, but it only takes two extra minutes to warm up — and a lot longer to recover from an injury. I’m a big proponent of warming up before you do anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re gardening, jogging, or golfing. Warmups like arm circles and marching or running in place followed by stretching can help prepare your body for what you’re about to do. Warming up is one of the best ways to prevent injury. If everyone warmed up before they exercised, we’d have a lot fewer injuries. The warmer season is approaching; you don’t want to spend it in a PT clinic, right? Treat your body well so you can enjoy the season outside.

To a healthy and sunny month,

–Kevin Smith

I see it happen with golfers all the time: They go to hit their first tee, and they

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