Professional PT Inc April 2019

APRIL 2019

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How DoYou Create a Dynasty? By Avoiding Complacency at All Costs

It may be hard to believe now, but there was a time when Pats fans thought their team would never win the Super Bowl. After being on the receiving end of two Super Bowl beatdowns, many fans didn’t think we stood much of a chance before we played the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. The miraculous win against the Raiders in that year’s playoffs, with Adam Vinatieri hitting clutch field goals in the snow, still wasn’t enough to convince the long-suffering Pats Nation that championship was possible. We were massive underdogs in the game to boot. But we all know what happened on that fateful Sunday evening. In the 15-plus years since the Pats first hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy, so much has changed. The Pats have gone from lovable also-rans to the team everyone outside of New England loves to hate. We are, in short, a juggernaut. When we met the Rams again in Super Bowl LIII this February, they had moved cities since the last time we played them in the big game. Nobody was surprised when the Pats overcame the Rams again — this time to become six-time Super Bowl champions. We’ve become so good that some fans even complained that the game was boring. Can you imagine a pre-2002 Pats fan griping about winning the Super Bowl?! “In the 15-plus years since the Pats first hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy, so much has changed. The Pats have gone from lovable also-rans to the team everyone outside of New England loves to hate.We are, in short, a juggernaut. ” Two big things haven’t changed from the first title to the sixth. I’m talking, of course, about Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, the twin pillars of the Pats dynasty. While Tom Brady is arguably one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time and a wonderful example of how long an athlete can last when they treat their body with the utmost care, I want to focus on Belichick’s contribution today. He is the visionary behind the Pats prolonged success; he is the man steering the ship. He has one quality in particular that I think has kept him at the top of the heap in a profession where win-or- get-fired is the law of the jungle.

Most coaches, even the great ones, adhere to one philosophy throughout their career, like Bill Walsh did with the West Coast offense. Belichick, on the other hand, adapts constantly to the changing nature of wider trends in the sport and specific tendencies in his opponents. This year’s Super Bowl was the perfect example. As pundits and experts were praising the arrival of a new age of high-octane NFL offense, Belichick decided to grind the game down to a snail’s pace and win the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history. That ability to adapt, to never get complacent in your success, is essential for long-term success. At Professional Physical Therapy, we try to adopt this same philosophy of constant growth and evolution. We know that no amount of success today guarantees anything tomorrow. We have to figure out ways to improve our practice if we want to provide the best to our patients. This desire to adapt comes in many forms, from expanding our hours to offering new treatment options. We recently added a brand-new topic to our free workshop series. You can read more about it in the insert accompanying this newsletter.

Six rings later, the Pats are still hungry for more. That’s a recipe for a dynasty and one we’re eager to emulate.

Bear with me, as this may sound confusing, but it’s Belichick’s ability to change that has led him to be an unchanging fixture in the NFL landscape.

– Dr. Stacey Raybuck Schatz

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The ManyWonders of Omega-3s One Little Pill That Can Do Your Body Good

COGNITIVE FUNCTION BENEFITS Several studies have concluded that regularly consuming omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain cognitive function. While research shows no cognitive recovery in extremely elderly subjects who already suffer from dementia, evidence indicates that taking fish oil on a regular basis may prevent or postpone the onset of cognitive decline. Omega-3 consumption may also improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from depression or anxiety at any age. WHICH OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME? If you eat fatty fish several times a week every week, you may already get enough omega-3s, but it can be difficult to get a therapeutic dose of fish oil from food alone on a regular basis. A fish oil supplement can provide additional fatty acids. Look for an ingredient list that specifically shows EPA and DHA; some brands use misleading labeling that only shows the total amount of fish oil rather than the actual omega-3s. Recommendations vary, but most sources indicate that a dosage of 1,000–2,000 milligrams (1–2 grams) of combined EPA and DHA provides benefits. If the smell or “fish burps” bother you, choose enteric-coated capsules, which dissolve in the small intestine rather than the stomach. Omega-3 caps also come in vegan options sourced from seaweed and algae.

Because fish oil is said to improve everything from heart health to chronic dry eye, it may sound a bit like, well, snake oil. But this brilliant little supplement packs a big punch, especially for older adults. HEART HEALTH BENEFITS The omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) have been shown to support heart health in multiple ways. The Mayo Clinic cites research suggesting that higher levels of EPA are associated with a reduced risk of congestive heart failure in older adults. Studies also report that people with moderate to severe hypertension typically see a positive effect on their blood pressure if they regularly take omega-3s. JOINT AND EYE BENEFITS Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with osteoarthritis and other joint disorders by lubricating the joints and acting as an anti-inflammatory. As we age, our ability to produce tears diminishes. Fish oil’s lubricating and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a great treatment for and defense against chronic dry eye.


of the Month


“I chose the Dana Farber Cancer Institute because I know many people who have been diagnosed with many different types of cancer. This charity helps improve the support services and resources available to faculty. Researchers are working tirelessly toward a cure for this unrelenting disease. I’ve witnessed firsthand the negative effects cancer has on people and how those people continue to be strong and keep their hearts full of hope despite their afflictions. I chose to donate to Dana Farber so that hopefully, one day, cancer will be cured.”

If you’ve ever heard Nick’s story, you know he had quite the injury. Over the course of Nick’s rehab, he became a part of the Pro PT family. He came a long way, and his recovery was full of laughs as well as the occasional bump in the road. We all wish Nick the best and are happy to nominate him for Patient of the Month.

– Nick Schatz

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1 in 4 adults in the U.S. have been diagnosed with arthritis. Many others haven’t bothered with doctor visits and X-rays to confirm what they already suspect. The deep, dull achiness and joint stiffness of arthritis speaks for itself. • Do you avoid sitting on the floor to play with your grandchildren because you’re afraid you won’t be able to get up? • Are you missing out on the “golden years” of gardening, golfing, or traveling due to pain? • Have you given up on stairs, long walks, or kneeling because you know how badly it will hurt you?

Here’s an unfortunate statistic: Over half of Americans don’t seek help for their arthritis pain, often because they don’t think anything can be done.

The truth is that there are effective treatments for arthritis that don’t require medications, injections, or surgery.


We are proud to support our local community by offering FREE informational workshops to the public. We are pleased to announce OUR MOST REQUESTED WORKSHOP EVER! On April 17, 2019, from 7–8pm we will be hosting a FREE ARTHRITIS WORKSHOP at our Franklin

office at 620 Old West Central Street. Here’s what you can expect to learn:

• Treatment options for arthritis that do not involve medications, injections, or surgery • The single biggest mistake arthritis sufferers make • The best ways to overcome the disabling effects of arthritis and prevent it from getting worse • The newest technology available to the

general public and how it’s used with professional athletes for accelerated healing and recovery

Professional Physical Therapy 620 Old West Central Street Franklin, MA 02038 (508) 528-6100

How Much Running Is Too Much?

The Great Marathon Debate

trying to lift your max every rep is a good way to strength train, but there is still some science that touts the benefits of doing the cardiovascular equivalent. Many people will argue that marathon training is some of the best aerobic exercise you can do. However, people with certain conditions — especially heart issues, kidney problems, or biomechanical devices — should opt for a less intense aerobic workout. A study from Yale nephrologist Chirag Parikh found that 75 percent of marathon runners experience acute kidney injury after a race. This injury is not necessarily a bad thing for healthy people, but it can be detrimental to those with existing conditions. The best advice is to consult with your physical therapist before taking on any type of exercise. How much running is too much? It depends on the person. As unsatisfying as that answer is, it’s the best we’ve got for now.

The Boston Marathon is one of America’s great sporting events and an integral part of the city’s history. If you line up along Boylston Street to watch the finish this year, you’ll notice that only a very small portion of the 30,000 or so finishers are professional athletes. The vast majority are just regular folks for whom running the marathon is a lifelong goal. The intensity with which these folks approach the race varies, and that is probably for the best. When it comes to whether or not pushing yourself to the max for 26.2 miles is good for your health, the science is decidedly mixed. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that exercise is hugely beneficial for everybody, but we’re still in the process of figuring out exactly how much of each kind of exercise is optimal for most people. That may sound strange in a fitness-obsessed world, but exercise science is a relatively new field in the grand scheme of things. It was only a little over a generation ago that fitness was considered a niche concern. Conventional wisdom used to state that more is better when it comes to exercise. Lifting weights was about how much you could lift and running was about how far and fast you could go. Today, nobody would tell you that


“I had to start physical therapy because I fractured my knee and tore the ligaments. The first thing I had the most trouble with was going up and down stairs because I couldn’t bend my knee, but now I can bend my knee and go upstairs normally. I also had trouble with walking, but now I’m way more able to walk. My time here was great because I learned that perseverance pays off, and now I can walk better!”

Easy Bacon and Spinach Stir-Fry

–Jimmy Gallo


“After 30 years of fighting chronic postsurgical back pain, I had all but given up on ever having a pain-free life again. After one last ditch effort to go all in with a spinal fusion surgery, my surgeon gave me a 5 0/5 0 success rate due to my long-term damage. After surgery, I put my trust with the ProPT family to aid in my recovery, and I couldn’t be happier with the success of my treatments and the professional care that Alex, Amber, and Sue provided me. I owe my success in my new relatively pain-free life to them! Thank you!”

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3 slices bacon

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper Salt and black pepper, to taste

3 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped

Directions 1. Heat a large skillet to medium. 2. While skillet is warming, cut bacon into squares. 3. Cook bacon until fat is rendered and bacon is almost to your desired doneness. If desired, you can remove bacon fat from skillet and replace with 1 tablespoon oil. However, keeping the fat is recommended for flavor. 4. Add garlic and cook for 1–2 minutes. 5. Add spinach and crushed red pepper and stir-fry for 10 minutes. 6. Season with salt and pepper, and serve.

-Mike Mueller

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Belichick’s Lessons for Long-Term Success The Many Wonders of Omega-3s Patient of the Month The Running Conundrum Easy Bacon and Spinach Stir-fry

Don’t Believe These Common Hair Myths


absorbs when you dye your hair poses little risk to a developing baby. What’s more, many companies now have ammonia-free hair dyes, and some even offer organic, plant-based formulations that work just as well as their nonorganic counterparts.


You’ve probably heard this age-old adage from various women throughout your life, but the truth is, your hair grows at a constant rate even if you cut it often. Many people still believe this myth because regularly trimming your hair leads to less breakage and flyaways, which creates the effect of healthier, thicker hair. 3. RINSING YOUR HAIR WITH COLD WATER MAKES IT SHINIER. This myth is a little newer, and it likely came about because of another common skin care myth: Cold water “closes” your pores. Hair shafts don’t have any live cells, so they are not affected by cold or warm water. Cold water can technically cause the hair strands to lie flat, but anything you do to your hair afterward — blow-drying, towel-drying, or brushing — will negate this effect. Warm water is superior in terms of preserving hair health, as it removes built-up residue and restores your hair’s natural luster.

Long, beautiful hair has been a status symbol in many cultures for the past few millennia, so it’s no surprise that hair care tips have circled the globe over the years. Among these tips are a fair number of myths; many of them have been debunked, but several are still widely believed today. 1. YOU SHOULDN’T DYE YOUR HAIR WHILE PREGNANT. This myth has been circulating since modern hair dye became popular, but many researchers agree that the amount of chemicals your scalp

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