Horizon PT February 2018

physical therapy and rehabilitation February 2018

3600 Miller Road, Flint, MI 48503 • 810.620.8042 • horizonptflint.com

TO MY WI FE AND SON All of My Heart I’m looking forward to this Valentine’s Day because, while my wife and I have been together for almost nine years, this will be the first Valentine’s we celebrate as a married couple. We aren’t planning on doing anything too extravagant. That’s just not our style. This year, Valentine’s Day means celebrating our love for each other and our love as a growing family. Samantha and I met at a club, like many people do. We talked, we danced, we exchanged numbers, and a week or two later, we hung out again. The more time we spent together, the more I realized what an amazing woman she was. Over time, Samantha and I fell more and more in love with each other. We were both committed to making the relationship work, no matter the circumstances. Commitment is a rare thing to find these days, and Samantha is one of the most committed people I know. When Samantha puts her mind to something, she doesn’t let anyone stop her. When there’s work to be done, she’ll always give it her all, even when she’s tired. Once she’s committed herself to some task or project, you can bet it’s going to get done. Some might call this stubbornness, but I call it dedication. Samantha doesn’t let the world push her around, and she inspires me to be just as dedicated. We were together for almost seven years when we had our son, Jerome Adams III. Samantha and I were really excited when he came along, and I was ready for a son. As a man, you always want to be able to take care of your responsibilities, and having a family is one of the biggest responsibilities in this life. Your wife looks to you for support, and your son looks to you as an example. After working hard for years on our relationship and on myself, I felt like I had reached a point where I could manage taking care of a family. Two years after our son was born, Samantha and I were married, on Aug. 12, 2017. It was a busy day — a busy week, really! I spent the day before my wedding attending the rehearsal and running around trying to get everything we

The loves of my life Samantha and Jerome Adams III

needed for the reception. Samantha and I wanted everyone who came to the wedding to really enjoy it. The wedding was certainly fun, albeit a little hectic. For example, when my son was brought down the aisle, he immediately ran back up the aisle looking for his mom! I can’t say I blamed him. I couldn’t wait to see her, either. I’ll never forget when my soon-to-be wife walked down the aisle. She looked absolutely beautiful, and her expression was part excitement, part nervousness. I thought I would feel nervous, too, but I didn’t. I was ready to take this leap. When you want to do something and you’re prepared to do it, there’s no reason to be nervous. It’s a great thing to find someone who truly supports you. I’m blessed to have Samantha in my life and proud to be raising a son with her. It’s not always easy, and sometimes you find yourself asking if you can really do it. Fortunately, when you have a partner next to you who wants to lend you their strength and help you succeed, you can accomplish anything in life.

-Dr. Jerome Adams



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How to Find a Reliable Babysitter Narrow the Field and Find the Perfect Fit

great local resource to turn to. Often, teachers and assistants will moonlight as sitters, bringing with them a host of child care skills. Surf theWeb There are great web-based resources for finding babysitters. Make sure the sites you visit are properly accredited and have plenty of good reviews. Most national sites do a full background check on all of their listed sitters. These almost always charge a membership fee, but many parents feel that added layer of security is worth it. Conduct Interviews Ultimately, the only way you can know if a candidate is the right babysitter for you is to meet them yourself. Make sure the whole family is present; you’ll want to pay attention to how your potential sitter interacts with your kids during the interview. Ask questions specific to your family’s needs and keep the needs of the sitter in mind, as well. Finding a babysitter who can give you and your partner peace of mind is essential. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of local and web-based resources you can pull from. With a little inquiring, you’ll be able to leave home knowing your children are in great hands.

Date night is good for the whole family, and the University of Lincoln found that, even when all other factors are removed, couples who regularly go out together are more likely to stay together. But child care is a full-time job, and it doesn’t leave much room for romantic moonlit strolls. Having a great babysitter will free up your schedule for some much-needed couple time. But how do you find a sitter you can trust? These tips and resources will help you find a sitter your whole family will feel comfortable with. Seek Out Personal Recommendations When you’re looking for a high-trust service like babysitting, it’s often best to ask friends and family for recommendations. This is especially true if you know people whose children are a similar age as your own. Be sure to ask questions about the referrals you receive andmake sure your potential sitter will be a good fit for your family’s needs. Turn to Trusted Local Organizations Colleges, neighborhoods, and places of worship often maintain lists of reliable sitters within the community. Asking members of these groups for testimonials will help you gauge a candidate’s professionalism. Kindergartens and day care centers are another

Leaving Pain Behind WORD ON THE STREET

–Jessie Davis I received relieved the pain and made my back stronger. I started out with basic exercises and progressed to more weight and more exercise. Over time, the pain started to leave! The treatment wasn’t intense, but it helped make me stronger. For the first time in years, I’m living with less and less pain every day. Thank you, Dr. Adams!” 2 horizonptflint.com “For the past two years, I suffered from terrible back pain. It made just walking a challenge. With Dr. Adams’ help, the therapy

“Having health issues? Need the right routines

and exercises to obtain and sustain better health? There’s no better place than Horizon PT. Dr. Adams and his team are the best around.” –Andre Hood

MATTERS OF THE HEART Physical Therapy and Heart Health It’s nearly Valentine’s Day, and we all have hearts on the brain: heart- shaped balloons or boxes of chocolates, red hearts on Valentine’s cards, and that special person who has your heart. It’s no wonder we use hearts to symbolize things of value. The human heart is an incredible biological machine, crucial to the body’s ability to function properly. Unfortunately, we can sometimes focus more on those heart-shaped chocolates than on the health of our own heart. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 610,000 people die from heart disease annually — that’s one in every four deaths. The majority of these tragic deaths are entirely preventable. Exercise has been proven to be the most effective treatment in preventing heart disease, and we don’t have to try improving our heart health alone. Physical therapists are experts when it comes to improving and maintaining the health of our hearts. By working with patients to create a customized workout plan, PTs encourage health and fitness while simultaneously identifying risk factors, limitations, and impairments. If you are looking to avoid suffering from a cardiac-related condition, physical therapy can be invaluable in improving your physical fitness, enhancing your quality

of life, and reducing your chances of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.

For patients who have survived a heart attack or who struggle with heart disease, rehabilitation programs offered by your physical therapist can put you on the road to recovery. In addition to creating a workout routine, your physical therapist can also recommend nutrition strategies, dietary supplements, and weight loss programs to help improve your heart health. Physical therapists are able to act in the role of personal trainer, helping guide their patients down the path that will best address their individual needs, rather than relying on a one-size-fits-all formula. This Valentine’s Day, don’t let fake hearts have all your attention. Show some love to your own heart by calling 810-620-8042. Let Horizon PT show you how easy it can be to improve your heart health and overall conditioning!


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Ingredients Celebrate Chinese NewYear in stylewith these egg tarts! Originally a Portuguese delicacy, thesemarketplace treatswere influenced by British custard tarts and eventually became aHong Kong staple.

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1 cup confectioners’ sugar 3 cups all-purpose flour

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2/3 cup white sugar

1 cup butter

1 1/2 cups water

10 eggs, beaten Vanilla extract

1 cup evaporated milk


1. In a medium bowl, mix confectioners’ sugar and flour. Mix in butter with a fork until crumbly. Stir in 1 beaten egg and a dash of vanilla until doughy. Shape dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and press into tart molds. Use 2 fingers to fold down edges of dough. 2. Heat oven to 450 F. In a medium saucepan, combine white sugar and water; bring to a boil. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, then let cool. Strain remaining 9 eggs through a sieve, then whisk in sugar mixture. Stir in evaporated milk and a dash of vanilla. Strain the mixture again and fill tart shells. 3. Bake 15–20 minutes, until golden brown.

(Recipe inspired by AllRecipes.com.)



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Give Up the Search for Happiness


As Frankl puts it, once a person findsmeaning, they know the “why” of their existence, and they will be able to bear almost any “how.” In the years since “Man’s Search for Meaning” was written, it seems we’ve forgotten a lot of its advice. The Centers for Disease Control found that 4 out of every 10 Americans do not have a satisfying life purpose, and yet, 60 percent of Americans say they are happy. What gives? It comes down to the pursuit of happiness versus pursuingmeaning in life. It’s the difference between “I’mgoing to buy this dress because it will makeme happy” and “I’mgoing to volunteer at a shelter because it will bemeaningful.” Happiness involves satisfying an immediate need, whereas findingmeaning focuses onmaking choices that give us a sense of purpose. Evenmore telling, the Journal of Positive Psychology found that meaningful acts usually involve giving, but reaching happiness oftenmeans taking. Because of this, leading ameaningful life, while oftenmore challenging, is alsomore satisfying. Is it possible that the pursuit of a meaningful life will lead us to happiness? Absolutely. Just don’t expect it to be an everlasting condition. Think of happiness the way psychologist Frank T. McAndrew does: “Recognizing that happiness exists — and that it’s a delightful visitor that never overstays its welcome —may help us appreciate it more when it arrives.”

... AndLook forMeaning Instead Howmany books have you seen with the word “happiness” in the title? A lot, right? It’s such a popular topic because the pursuit, journey, and, ultimately, achievement of happiness is supposed to be the key to a fulfilling life. Happiness is the ultimate human condition; reaching it is our purpose and will bring us contentment. But before you pick up that guide to happiness, there’s some new data you need to pay attention to. Turns out, we’ve been focusing on the wrong goal. More and more research is supporting the benefit of pursuing a meaningful life over a happy one. Viktor Frankl could be called a leading expert on the topic. Frankl lived through the Holocaust in a concentration camp and sawfirsthand howhumans deal with unhappy circumstances. As a respected psychiatrist, his observations became the basis for his book, “Man’s Search forMeaning.” Frankl found that the people who stood the best chance of surviving the horrific experience were those who saw some sort of meaning in their lives, even under the bleakest circumstances. For Frankl, thismeant providing therapy to others in the camp.



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