Thomas Physical Therapy July 2019


JULY 2019

Randy’s Ramblings


This summer marks our 34th year in business. We want to do something special to celebrate!

To thank you, our valued clients, we have set aside time for Free Exams for those who meet the following criteria.

All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than three months.

All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers of our past and present patients.


Present clients who have another problem that is not currently being treated.

Fitness Culture in America

If you are a past or present patient or if you are referring a friend or family member, then call 386-257-2672 to schedule your Free Exam held on July 16th.

America is a nation obsessed with fitness. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association, over 60 million Americans are members of a gym or health club. Athleisure apparel, clothes designed for both the gym and everyday wear, is a multibillion-dollar industry, and a significant percentage of magazines you’ll find at the airport are devoted to, you guessed it, health and fitness. With the popularity of fitness culture at an all-time high, it’s easy to forget that working out is a relatively new national pastime. The history of fitness is a fascinating one that includes both the ColdWar and Arnold Schwarzenegger. In honor of Independence Day, let’s take a moment to explore this phenomenon. “Thinking of exercise as a foregone conclusion would be a mistake,”writes Shelly McKenzie in “Getting Physical: The Rise of Fitness Culture in America.”“The acceptance of exercise was a gradual process, and one that was met with tremendous opposition.” That may be hard to believe today, but you have to remember that in 1960, nearly 50% of American adults regularly smoked. Our idea of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle has transformed radically since then.

Sarah and Randy and very excited to welcome our new team members:

Lisa Capps is our Front Desk Coordinator and Tina- Marie Schultz is our Office Manager.

They are excited to meet you and look forward to serving you at our office.


Athletics has always been a way for Americans to prove their mettle against competitors from around the world. Think of Jesse Owens winning a gold medal in front of Adolf Hitler or Joe Louis’ defeat of Max Schmeling. This concept was never more apparent than during the ColdWar. The Soviet Union invested immense resources into developing

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national sporting and fitness programs in an effort to demonstrate superiority. During this long-simmering conflict, the Olympics evolved into more than just a venue for individual excellence; they became a referendum on cultural supremacy. Watching the rise of Soviet athletes, leaders at home rushed to create programs that prioritized physical fitness. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body,” President John F. Kennedy told the nation. “It is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”The trajectory of fitness culture has continually trended upward since JFK uttered those words. A Vox article, wonderfully titled “When Running for Exercise Was for Weirdos,” notes the existence of a 1968 Chicago Tribune piece detailing a new phenomenon: jogging. Seeing runners dot the roads is a regular occurrence for most of us, but it used to be reserved for boxers and other professional athletes. There EDUCATING THE PUBLIC

are even stories of regular folks being tailed by the cops simply because they went for a run.

As the ‘80s progressed, America’s appetite for exercise grew to epic proportions. You couldn’t turn on the TV without seeing an ad for a program designed to make you look and feel great.

As Americans grew more interested in fitness, they sought out ways to effectively work out. Before the internet, that meant scouring libraries for books and relying on word of mouth. The science itself was also in its infancy. Nobody had studied different exercise types or how much exercise we needed. Unsurprisingly, an approach that favored heavyweights and big muscles was one of the first trends to emerge. Released in 1977, the documentary “Pumping Iron” explored the world of bodybuilding and introduced Americans to a muscle-bound Austrian named Arnold Schwarzenegger. Not long after its debut, an increasing number of people — usually young men — began showing up to places like Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach looking to get jacked. Five years later, Jane Fonda released the first of her many aerobics videos, providing fitness instruction to a much wider audience.


As getting fit became a bigger concern for the general population, figuring out how to get fit became a preoccupation in academia. In 2016, more than 25,000 undergraduates received a degree in kinesiology, aka exercise science. These folks and their professors research the safest and most effective ways to approach fitness. The days of Hulk Hogan appearing as a beacon of wellness and telling us to “say our prayers and eat our vitamins” have long since passed. For many, the gym is their “third place,” the spot where they are most likely to be aside from home and work. That’s easy to take for granted in 2019, but it’s important to remember that exercise in America, like America itself, didn’t come from nowhere.

The Perfect Pushup Tips To Step Up Your Game

Have you ever noticed how military personnel can drop to the floor and crank out 30 pushups effortlessly? Believe it or not, so can you! All it takes is a little practice. Follow these tips to perfect your pushup. FOCUS ON FORM There’s a variety of pushup forms, and they vary both in difficulty and in which muscles they target. However, there is one pushup form that sets the foundation for the more technical and challenging moves. For the standard, military-style pushup, keep your torso lengthened in a straight line and your hands directly underneath your shoulders. When you drop to the ground, keep your body rigid and drop in one fluid motion, with the bend of your elbow pushing outward. ( Pro tip : While form should be your main focus, the faster you go, the easier pushups will be.) Once you master this style of pushup, you can begin to increase the difficulty. GET ON THE FLOOR After a quick stretch and warmup, start your pursuit of the perfect pushup by limiting the distance your elbows have to drop. Try doing

pushups with your hands placed on the seat of a stable chair and your legs stretched into a pushup position behind you to train your body for the form you need on the ground. Next, get into a standard pushup position with two yoga blocks underneath your chest. As you drop to the ground, watch your body for proper form and remove the blocks as you progress.


Rest days are essential to any fitness routine, but when your rest days are more frequent than your fitness days, your body isn’t going to adapt and grow. Keep practicing and tweaking your pushup technique. Set small goals, such as not dropping your hips, and make plans to meet them. Asking a friend to monitor your form is a helpful way to improve too.

With a little patience and plenty of practice, you’ll be doing pushups like a pro in no time!

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FOOD FOR A CLEAR MIND What We Can Learn From Cooking Without Alliums

Clinic/ Workshop Upc ming Workshops MARK YOUR CALENDAR Our workshops are full of great information to help you lead a healthier and more active life! A typical temple meal might include rice, mushroom fritters, fried potatoes, kimchi, fermented radishes, marinated tofu, and crispy greens. Despite missing the ingredients so many of us rely on for flavor, anyone who’s tried temple food attests to how aromatic and delicious it is. How is this achieved? With fermented foods, carefully aged sauces, and fresh ingredients picked straight from the source. Many temples grow their own food and use what’s in season, preserving vegetables and fruits at the end of summer to sustain them Can you imagine cooking without alliums, aka garlic, onions, chives, or leeks? In Buddhist temples in Korea, avoiding alliums is something that has been practiced for hundreds of years. Days are filled with prayer, meditation, and meals centered on vegetables and fermented foods — no meat, fish, or alliums. Monks and nuns who live in these temples cook with intention, to keep a clear mind and a healthy body. As one nun explains, “The food creates the entire human being.”

through the winter. Soy sauce is traditionally fermented in large jars throughout the year and can be aged for 50 years or more to elicit the deep umami flavor that makes temple cuisine so flavorful. Each meal is intended to be fulfilling and nourishing so residents can focus on their meditation and prayers. Several different cultures and religions, including Buddhism and Ayurvedic medicine, have traditionally avoided alliums because the pungent properties in them are believed to distract the mind. Those following a low-FODMAP diet (a diet restricting foods not well absorbed by the small intestine) and those suffering from IBS also opt to cut alliums from their diet to improve digestion. It may be worth avoiding alliums for a day or two and noting how you feel. Maybe, like the nuns and monks in Korea, you’ll find yourself graced with a clear mind and a happy belly.


Inspired by

Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.

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1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

1 block feta cheese, cut into small cubes

1 bunch fresh mint leaves

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Salt, to taste

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1 packet of bamboo skewers

Directions: 1. Assemble skewers by placing

2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.

Note: All clinics and workshops are free and are held 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full.

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Randy’s Ramblings PAGE 1 A Brief History of Working Out PAGE 1 Perfect Your Pushup WithThis Guide PAGE 2 Food for a Clear Mind PAGE 3 Upcoming Workshops PAGE 3 Watermelon-Cucumber Skewers PAGE 3 A Look at the Specialized Benefits PAGE 4

PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. CHIROPRACTIC Finding the Best Route for Pain Management In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors. Depending on a number of factors, one may be more helpful than the other, but if they’re used together, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating your pain. Let’s take a look at how each option can help you.

CHIROPRACTOR A chiropractor is a physician who treats issues involving the musculoskeletal system, which can have an impact on your body’s general function. By manipulating certain areas, their treatment will help free up your muscles and tendons to alleviate pain and improve your mobility. This normally means stretching or resetting your problem areas. In addition to helping with the pain from certain types of persistent issues like soreness, chronic discomfort, or lack of mobility, chiropractors can also work to alleviate symptoms of certain types of infections and even asthma! Their

treatments help you to avoid relying on dangerous pain medication or surgeries.

PHYSICAL THERAPIST If you’re looking to recover from an injury or surgery, you may want to consider physical therapy. While there’s no end-all treatment for any type of pain, physical therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and restore your range of motion. By fixing these underlying problems, you can get back to the things you love. While physical therapy is very different from chiropractic on paper, combining the two to treat your pain can generally be very helpful. Depending

on what you’re suffering from, physical therapists may use new age technologies like deep-tissue lasers or hydrotherapy to get you back on your feet again. Whatever you’re looking for, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Consulting a medical professional will allow you to understand the best option for your specific case.

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