North County Water & Sports TherapyCenter - December 2021

PATIENT PULSE

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15373 Innovation Dr. #175 | San Diego, CA 92128 | (858) 675-1133 12171 World Trade Dr. | San Diego, CA 92128

MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE ONE PATIENT AT A TIME

I love the holidays because they provide a sense of happiness and warmth — a positive vibe all season long. People gather with family and friends, and everyone seems lighter and happier. Even though some are stressed from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it seems that this year, many are excited to finally be together again, even if it’s in smaller groups. This holiday season at North County Water and Sports Therapy Center, we have a large gift in the works for us to be able to better deliver our clients expert care. Instead of winding down at the end of the year and into the new year, we are ramping up as we continue to hire and grow. We are expanding in 2022, and our therapists have all been sending in their wish lists to help them better serve our clients and perform their very best work. But what additions and expansions do we have in mind? We will certainly be adding parallel bars and treatment tables along with other equipment. Our expansion will provide more space for dynamic activities and agility drills. Right now, while we get everything done efficiently, we work around each other. It will be nice to have ample room at any given moment.

Reflecting on 2021, the team has put in a substantial amount of amazing work to assist our clients in meeting some amazing goals and making great progress in their treatment. I am grateful we get to do what we love and help people feel better, move better, and live better. I am proud to be reaching even more people. The team and I share the same passion, and our goal is to make a difference in the lives of others, one client at a time. While some people make huge impacts on the world, every small deed and feat makes a difference and contributes to the greater good. After all, it’s the little things that add up to greatness. One client at a time, I believe we make the world better. I’m not sure any of us anticipated that in 2022 we’d still be wearing masks and struggling with the pandemic. In the office, the team does not complain about wearing the masks. Although we are uncomfortable at times, we are grateful for them, for they allow us to do what we need to do to help our clients. In fact, I think we are used to them. As more and more people get the vaccines, we are that much closer to a slight return to normalcy. While we are grateful for the “new

THE TEAM AND I SHARE THE SAME PASSION, AND OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS, ONE CLIENT AT A TIME.

normal,” we are all excited for the day when we can safely interact with each other mask-free.

This holiday season, we celebrate by preparing to give even more in the office next year. We are incredibly excited to wish you a very happy New Year. We’ll see you soon!

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It’s been a crazy year, so if you’re hosting, you might feel tempted to go all out and make your home as beautiful and cozy as possible. But there’s no need to make your decoration receipts any longer — make your holiday table setting even fancier without spending a ton of money. NO. 1: PAINTED ORNAMENTS AS SEATING LABELS Who needs boring cardstock seating labels when you can make them out of festive decorations? These days, you can find affordable ornaments anywhere. Use some paint to decorate your ornaments with an elegant white or pearl background, then green and red tinsel and leaves beside your guest’s name or initials. It’ll be a perfect, elegant touch and one they’ll take home to hang on their tree! NO. 2: NAPKINS WITH MINI BELLS You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to buy a packet of small mini bells and attach them to the ends of a colorful cloth napkin! It’ll add a magical, musical touch to any meal. NO. 3: FRESH CRANBERRIES FOR A UNIQUE CENTERPIECE If you found fresh cranberries at the farmers market, why not spend a few dollars extra for another bag or two, rather than an $80 flower arrangement? 5 EASY DIY TIPS FOR A LOVELY HOLIDAY TABLE

Fresh cranberries have beautiful greenery that can be easily arranged using mason jars, Epsom salts, and tea lights! Best of all, you can eat or cook with them after the party’s over. NO. 4: SNOWY SALT SHAKERS Alongside your table salt and pepper, get another clear salt shaker (or a couple) and put a mini plastic, snowy evergreen tree into it, and bam! You have an adorable, festive touch to any holiday table. It’s so simple and creative, it’ll be a surefire conversation starter. NO. 5: A MISTLETOE-TOPPED PARTY FAVOR Creating small wrapped party favors? Instead of a bow, tie a sprig of mistletoe to the gift! It’s a fun holiday touch and easy to find around the holidays at big box and home improvement stores. You can also visit a local tree farm for cuttings! These ideas are super easy, but we know it might not always feel easy to pull off a beautiful holiday party on a dime. However, it’s definitely worth it and can be a lot of fun! We hope you enjoy giving these ideas a try.

SUPPORTING SAN DIEGO’S FISHER HOUSE

There is no better way to spread holiday cheer than by helping worthy organizations and those in need. This year, North County Water and Sports Therapy Center will once again be participating in a holiday drive to benefit the San Diego Fisher House.

addition, we are holding a raffle; you can purchase tickets to win a variety of gift baskets, and 100% of the ticket proceeds go to the Fisher House. Check out our Facebook and Instagram feeds in the coming weeks to see all the goodies we have planned.

We are honored to work with such an amazing institution, and we hope you will contribute to our efforts. Supporting the San Diego Fisher House makes the holidays and the rest of the year a little brighter for active-duty service members, veterans, and their families. Fisher House offers a “home away from home” at no cost for families of patients receiving medical care at military treatment facilities.

Fisher House is looking for the following items:

Lysol, disinfectant spray, Lysol wipes Dial liquid hand soap, facial tissues Travel-size toothbrushes and toothpaste

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Toilet paper and paper towels

Jam/jelly, peanut butter, and other food items. Amazon and Target gift cards are always appreciated.

Each Fisher House offers comfortable accommodations that allow military families to focus on the medical care and

We are lucky to have such a strong veteran community, and we want to do everything we can to give back to them this holiday season. Join us in supporting the San Diego Fisher House and help brighten up the season for active military personnel, veterans, and their families. For more information, visit SanDiegoFisherHouse.org. Please contact our office at (858) 675-1133 for a full list of the most needed items for this year’s drive.

recovery of their loved one. Guests are warmly welcomed by caring and compassionate staff members who offer encouragement and provide families with information about the resources and services available to help meet their needs.

We will be accepting donations of needed goods until noon Thursday, Dec. 30, at our main office on 15373 Innovation Drive, Suite 175, in San Diego. In

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DIABETES MANAGEMENT

HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS WITH DIABETES

Wait, physical therapy can help those who suffer from diabetes? When you think of diabetes, things like blood sugar, finger pricks, and endocrinologists come to mind. But believe it or not, physical therapy is commonly used to help lower blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a condition in which the body is not able to produce enough of the hormone insulin, so blood glucose (sugar) becomes too high. Physical therapists are experts of movement who aim to help the body function, live, and move better. So, how do the two work together? Diabetes doesn’t have a cure, but there are ways to manage it. Physical therapy can help assist the body in regulating the disease by reducing your chances of developing health issues related to diabetes.

Physical therapists will assist you in engaging in activities and treatments to complement natural movement. The activities will begin with “passive” motions that the physical therapist will perform to gently get your joints moving and then will progress to “active” movements, which you will do while guided by the therapist. You will learn conventional strengthening exercises to incorporate into your routine because exercise is key to properly managing diabetes. In fact, exercise impacts blood glucose levels and insulin sensitivity in many ways. The cells in your body can better absorb glucose both during and after physical activity. Additionally, when your body engages in exercise, a non-insulin mechanism is simulated that aids your muscles in contracting

when certain movements are performed. Your blood cells can then utilize glucose for energy, even without insulin.

Physical therapists also aid in stretching tight muscles, improving walking ability, and helping patients regain endurance. This can also manage chronic pain experienced by diabetics. Many treatments and exercises can protect painful areas and make them less sensitive. Improperly managed diabetes can certainly wreak havoc on your body, but with proper treatment and the help of a physical therapist, you can better manage the condition to have a healthier and happier lifestyle.

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6 egg yolks 1/2 cup sugar

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1 pinch salt

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup heavy whipping cream

Cinnamon and whipped cream, for garnish

2 cups milk

1/2 tsp nutmeg

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE

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New Year, New Expansion

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A Festive DIY Table Setting Supporting San Diego’s Fisher House

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PT and Diabetes DIY Holiday Eggnog

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Best Christmas Lights

ALL IS MERRY AND BRIGHT WHERE TO CATCH THE BEST CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS

Brighten the season with some fabulous light displays! Experience the twinkle of the colors, the sparkle of the decorations, and the warmth of the ribbons and bows at some of the best spots in and around San Diego! JUNGLE BELLS AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO Be sure to visit and see the zoo aglow with tons of holiday cheer! Located in Balboa Park, just north of Downtown San Diego, the Zoo’s annual Jungle Bells celebration is the perfect spot to take in some of the best Christmas lights and decorations in town. You can even take a ride on the Polar Express or the Twinkle Light Trolley while enjoying holiday music and dance performances. THE FORWARD HOUSE IN BANKERS HILL On the corner of Ivy Street and 1st Avenue in Bankers Hill, the Forward House lights up the

holidays every year. For over 20 years now, the owner, John Olbrich, has been decking the house from head to toe and calls it a Clark Griswold-like display. This is one you won’t want to miss! SOUTH PARK’S LUMINARIA WALKABOUT Check out this light display in San Diego’s historic South Park. Holiday lights, cheer, and decor are on point from 30th and Fern streets all the way to Juniper, Grape, and Beech streets. Every lamp post, tree, shop, and roof is adorned with lights, ribbons, and bows. It’s a perfect time to stroll the area and take in the beauty of the season. 50TH ANNUAL SAN DIEGO BAY PARADE OF LIGHTS A sight to behold, the Parade of Lights is a boat parade featuring over 80 boats decorated with holiday lights and decorations. The parade is on

Dec. 12 and 19, and it’ll be a fun way to get in on the magic of the holidays with the whole family.

CHRISTMAS PARK IN CLAIREMONT A section of Clairemont is dubbed “Christmas Park” because more than 30 homes are beautifully lit up — and it’s surely a sight to see! You can drive through the area along Lana Drive and Jamar Drive with some hot cocoa and take in the sights! Grab your family and friends and head out to see some of the best parts of San Diego lit up for the holiday season! Fun will be had by all!

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‘Tis the Season for Construction and Candy Canes!

Leaving 2021 in the dust and building toward a better new year. No more wishing, no more hoping, just doing … .

Breaking down walls Taking measurements

Making room so we can help more

clients feel better, move better, and live better!

Happy holidays from the working elves at North County Water and Sports Therapy Center Beth, Jan, Ryann, Britani, Leslie, Adrianne, Ryan, Meghan, Ezio, and Naureen!

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