Kaizen Physical Therapy - February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

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UNEXPECTED MESSAGE MEETING MY WIFE AND BUILDING OUR LIVES TOGETHER

In 2011, I received a mysterious message that would change my life. I was lying in bed one night when I saw a notification from Yahoo Messenger. Normally I would just delete these messages, but it said, “Here’s my information if you want to chat.” I was intrigued because I had recently tried online dating, and while I didn’t recognize the person who was messaging me, I sat on that message for the next three days, wondering how to respond. I finally did, and after three conversations, I knew the person on the other end of the screen was real. We decided to meet, and that’s when I first laid eyes on my wife, Theresa. To this day, we like to say we met almost by accident. Neither one of us was big into online dating. I was only trying it out to see what it was like, and Theresa’s sister was actually the one who pushed her into giving it a shot. It’s a little ironic, then, that it’s how we both met the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with. I was actually more excited than nervous when we finally met. She had this big smile on her face, and while there was some apprehension about what we were doing, we had a great time. And she laughed at all my jokes! I’ve never thought of myself as a funny person, but she seemed to think what I was saying was funny. It was such a little thing that went a long way for me.

We had plenty of laughs together as we were dating and getting to know each other. I remember one day when I was driving home, I let her know that I was going to watch the Mariners at 6:30 p.m. I wanted her to know that I likely wasn’t going to answer during that time. Unsure of what sport I was talking about, Theresa simply said, “Just call me at halftime.” I chuckled to myself and said, “Okay, I’ll call you at halftime.” The next morning, she contacted me a little upset, wondering why I never called. That’s when I explained to her that baseball does not have any halftime. We got a good laugh out of this situation! A year after we met, Theresa and I married on March 31, 2012. Today, we’re raising three kids ranging from a toddler to a teenager, and we still complement each other as much as we did when we first met. I believe one of our biggest strengths as a couple is knowing when the other person needs a little break from parenting or responsibilities. We’ve grown together as partners, and it’s been amazing to watch these little humans we’ve been raising grow up. There’s a lot to appreciate about Theresa. She’s business-minded, driven, and intelligent. I call her a renaissance woman because her ability to learn almost anything is uncanny. She even learned how to cut hair just by watching stylists in her

childhood hairdresser’s studio. This talent comes in handy, as Theresa is trusted with all our family’s haircuts. Likewise, she’s an amazing cook who doesn’t even need a recipe to make a wonderful meal. Every day, Theresa continues to amaze me, whether it’s with how she parents or the tasks she completes for Kaizen Physical Therapy. I’m just grateful she had the guts to message me that one night and that I listened to whatever intuition was telling me to respond. Happy Valentine’s Day, Theresa!

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WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT CAME FROM, AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR OUR SCREEN TIME SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT DIGITAL DEMENTIA?

Studies show that 1 in 10 Americans lives with chronic pain for more than one year. When you’re in pain, you seek a way to cope. Some might attend regular physical therapy appointments to find the source of the pain and resolve it. Others might ignore the pain and adapt their lifestyle to avoid making it worse. Either way, the body continues to sustain real damage with these adaptations, which compounds pain and can make things worse. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean healing is a lost cause. Somatic exercises can offer a solution to long-term pain sufferers. Dr. Thomas Hanna taught the first class on somatics in 1990. He had discovered a disconnect between the industrialized world and healthy, pain-free living. Many people in Everyone forgets things. It’s not unusual to have trouble remembering the name of someone you’ve just met or recalling the face of a classmate you haven’t seen in 20 years. But it’s less normal — and a lot more inconvenient — to become chronically absent-minded. If you find yourself struggling to remember the minutiae of daily life, which page of a book you left off on, or when it’s time to pick your kids up from soccer practice, digital dementia could be to blame. The term “digital dementia” was coined in 2012 by German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer, who studies how our addiction to technology is impacting our brains. According to Alzheimers. net, Spitzer found that “overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” Because of the shared symptoms, Spitzer called the affliction digital dementia.

industrialized countries have accepted pain as a natural part of aging and don’t understand that the body can heal from everyday pain and ailments. Somatics involve short, hands-on movements to correct the body’s posture and mobility, which can then stimulate proper healing through further movement and therapy. The technique retrains the brain on proper movement, function, and positioning to align your body and your mind so you can heal instead of just living with pain. Somatic exercises come in two forms. The first method is done with the help of a physical therapist — or in some instances, a massage therapist — who pinpoints the areas of tension and guides you through hands-on exercises In the years since, speculation has abounded about the causes of digital dementia and how people can fight it. A 2017 Forbes article theorized that the problem isn’t just time spent with screens but how much we rely on our smartphones to feed us once- memorized information. “In theory, having a device to store phone numbers, dates, maps and directions, and other information like that frees you up to focus on bigger and theoretically more important things,” Tony Bradley wrote in Forbes. “If you just use your device as a memory crutch, though, and you don’t take advantage of the opportunity to put your brain to work on other things, you aren’t exercising your brain, and it will atrophy.” Psychology Today blamed digital dementia in part on the mental strategies encouraged by video games. According to one study, gaming encourages the “response” strategy of following the same rote

movements, while nongamers tend to use the “spatial” strategy of relying on landmarks when they navigate, which is better for mental sharpness. Whatever the root cause, we can take steps to fight digital dementia. As Dr. Carolyn Brockington told Alzheimers.net, the best strategies involve stepping away from screens and relying on brainpower. The next time you’re considering picking up your smartphone, try reading a book, playing a musical instrument, hitting the gym, or learning a new language instead.

CONNECTING MIND AND BODY HOW SOMATICS CAN OFFER HEALING FOR LONGTIME PAIN SUFFERERS

that relieve the pain and align the body. The second method involves exercises patients can do at home according to their physical therapist’s guidance. You don’t have to live with pain. Healing is possible, and somatics may help you get on the road to recovery. To learn more about this therapeutic technique, visit Somatics.org or talk to your physical therapist.

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CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE? THE SECRET TO LIVING A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE

The human brain is an incredibly powerful organ. It solves complex problems, recalls forgotten memories, and triggers a dizzying array of emotions. But its most incredible power is the effect it can have on the rest of the body. When it comes to love, well, our brains certainly love it, and our bodies reflect that.

who is surrounded by supportive and caring friends, family, and loved ones.”

So, it seems the results are in: Loving someone is a healthy lifestyle choice. Even having a strong network of friends and family boosts your odds of living a long life by 50%. So, get out there and make the healthy choice for yourself and those around you by leading a life full of love.

LESS STRESS Human beings thrive on a sense of connection and belonging, and studies have shown that love actually has positive effects on a person’s physical health as well as mental. The security and commitment felt in a loving relationship are shown to reduce stress by stunting the production of cortisol, the body’s stress-inducing hormone. Less stress means lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, and a lower risk of stroke, especially in men. HEALTHIER IMMUNE SYSTEMS Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that calm, happy people can fight common colds and the flu more easily than those who are anxious or depressed. The physical benefits of love even go as far as healing wounds quicker.

Small injuries inflicted on a wide test group at Ohio State University Medical Center healed nearly twice as fast on people who experienced consistent warmth and care than those who experienced hostility. In fact, the latter group needed almost a full additional day to achieve the same amount of healing as the first group. LONGER, HAPPIER LIVES Being surrounded by love may even save your life. A statistic from the National Health Interview Survey states that single people face a 58% higher risk of mortality. Further bolstering that claim is the Harvard Health Blog, which claims happily married participants experience better health as they age when compared to peers in unhappy partnerships. In fact, the blog asserts, “People in stressful, unhappy marriages may be worse off than a single person

HOMEMADE PALEO BREAD

TAKE A BREAK!

Inspired by Delish

INGREDIENTS

• 1 2/3 cups almond flour • 2 tbsp flaxseed meal • 2 tbsp coconut flour

• 5 eggs • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tbsp agave syrup • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

• 2 tsp baking soda • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line an 8x5- inch loaf pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, flaxseed meal, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. 3. Add eggs, olive oil, agave syrup, and vinegar and whisk until smooth.

4. Pour mixture into prepared 8x5-inch pan and smooth top with a spatula. 5. Bake for 35 minutes or until top is golden. Remove from pan and slice when cooled.

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1. DR. SISCO HONORS HIS WIFE INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT DIGITAL DEMENTIA? DON’T LIVE IN PAIN ANY LONGER WITH SOMATICS 3. THE EFFECTS OF LOVE ON YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH HOMEMADE PALEO BREAD 4. YOU CAN HAVE FUN WHILE WORKING OUT

THIS WORKOUT ROCKS! 3 REASONS TO START ROCK CLIMBING

“On belay?”

back muscles, biceps, abs, and legs. Research published in The Scientific World Journal found that climbers can burn up to 10 calories a minute — without even getting drenched in sweat during their workout. IT IMPROVES YOUR SHOULDERS AND YOUR MIND! Physical strength alone won’t get you to the top of a wall. Rock climbing is a physical and mental challenge. Some problems call for fancy footwork, creative problem-solving, or going for a rock that seems out of reach. Teaching your mind and your body to work together while rock climbing can also build endurance and reduce stress. IT STRENGTHENS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. Rock climbing, especially top rope climbing, is one of the best workouts to do with a partner. Top roping is a type of climbing where you strap into a harness,

tie yourself to a rope, and climb up a wall while your partner holds the rope, ready to catch you. In other words,

“Belay on!”

No, these aren’t strange magic spells. They’re basic safety commands rock climbers use before they start their ascent. Rock climbing as a hobby and a workout has been growing in popularity over the last few years, thanks in part to popular documentaries like “Free Solo” and “Meru.” But if you’re still not ready to chalk up and start climbing, here are a few more reasons to add “belay on” to your vocabulary. IT’S A FUN FULL-BODY WORKOUT. Getting a full-body workout usually means hating every second of it. This isn’t the case with rock climbing, though. Most people take up rock climbing because it’s fun. Reaching the top of a wall is like solving a puzzle with your whole body. That said, fun doesn’t mean easy. An intense climb works out your

your partner “belays” you. It’s the ultimate trust fall. Facing

the challenges of rock climbing with your partner also teaches you how to overcome adversity together and improves communication as you both work to conquer the wall. The best part about rock climbing is that it’s easy to try out. Most climbing gyms rent out the supplies you need for a small fee. And with hundreds of climbing gyms open across the United States, there’s no wall blocking the way of you and your favorite new workout.

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HAVE YOU CLAIMED YOUR COPY OF COLIN SISCO’S NEW BOOK?

A special offer for present and past clients of Kaizen PT, chock-full of natural treatment secrets for your lower back pain and sciatica. 'Back to Normal' Natural Treatment for Back Pain and Sciatica

In this book, you'll discover:

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.doog rof acitaics dna niap kcab • The No. 1 mistake back pain sufferers make • How to know if physical therapy can help your back pain and sciatica • The three common causes of back pain and sciatica • The top three exercises for stenosis and arthritis • The three best exercises for herniated discs PLUS, you'll get to read the real-life stories from clients who've been treated right here at Kaizen PT. ...uoy oD .uoy .acitaics ruoy gnitavargga fo .efil ruoy gnivil naht rehtar pohskrow/moc.elttaesneziak

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BEFORE WE COVER HOW TO CLAIM YOUR COPY (AND WE'LL TRY TO TALK COLIN INTO PERSONALLY SIGNING YOUR BOOK), TAKE A SNEAK PEEK AT THE INTRODUCTION TO "BACK TO NORMAL."

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WHY READ 'BACK TO NORMAL?' ... continued from Front

This book was written for YOU.

The purpose of this book is to help YOU live a happier and healthier life. Inside, you will find tools and information to give you a better understanding of the human body and a better understanding of your own body. As many say, “Knowledge is power.” The more knowledge we have about something, the better we can control that area of our life. The more knowledge you have about how your body works, the easier it will be to live a healthier life. If you’re suffering with back pain and sciatica and feel like everyone else gets to live life and have fun while you’re sitting on the sideline ... You should read "Back To Normal."

Use it. Gain knowledge. Take control of your body. Happy healing!

–Colin Sisco

Physical Therapist

P.S. This book was written by Colin Sisco specifically for back pain and sciatica sufferers looking to heal naturally. If at any time you are reading this book and have questions, you can email me at KaizenSeattlePT@gmail.com.

We’re giving away copies of "Back to Normal." Why? Because you are the reason Colin published this book.

To claim your copy, call Kaizen PT at 206.524.6702 and schedule an appointment this month! We will run this until we give away the first 100 copies, so call today! Appointments are first come, first serve. This offer is limited to the first 100 people who call, so don't wait!

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