G3 Physical Therapy August 2017


It’s the end of summer, and before fall and winter start to creep in, you can still take advantage of the warm weather and jump into the world’s fastest-growing water sport, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). This sport is exactly what is sounds like. You stand on a paddleboard — like a surfboard, but wider and more buoyant — and use a long paddle to glide across water. It sounds simple enough, but with a 200 percent boost in gear sales in the last year alone, SUP fans can tell you how much fun simple can be.

all be perfect places to paddleboard. Many outdoor gear providers across the world rent out SUP supplies now, so you can try it out with your friends before fully investing in the sport.

If you’re preparing to try SUP for the first time, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

• Hold the paddle with one hand on the shaft and the other hand on the top handle. Many beginners make the mistake of trying to hold the paddle with both hands on the shaft, but this will not allow you enough control. • Use your core, not your arms. Letting your arms do most of the work will tire you out fast. Instead, let your core and back muscles do the heavy lifting. • Despite the similarities, paddleboarding is not like surfing. Instead of a surfing stance, you want to keep your feet parallel and shoulder width apart, with your toes pointed toward the front of the board. Part of what makes SUP so fun is how the simple premise has been adopted into so many other activities. SUP enthusiasts created specially designed paddleboards for fishing, yoga, racing, and even touring the open ocean. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy these last days of summer and have some fun out on the water!

Stand-up paddleboarding has ancient roots in African, Peruvian, and Hawaiian cultures. Thousands of years ago, each independently developed traditions of traveling across the water while using a paddle and a longboard. However, it was the Hawaiians who surfed the big waves with a paddleboard. Most stand-up paddleboarders aim to battle the waves to challenge their balance and core strength, but you don’t need to live by the ocean to enjoy paddleboarding. Wide lakes, lazy rivers, and even fierce rapids can


“I have been to G3 for both my back and shoulder. The G3 approach that includes hands- on corrective procedures by the physical therapists, one- on-one training, and as-required

“Mike and all the staff at G3 are amazing — caring, patient, encouraging, and informative! Going to G3 has given me my life back by targeting my balance and physical needs with applied functional science strategies. The environment is welcoming, and the best part is getting to know and interact with all staff and patients. Appreciated all the encouragement to do my best within physical limitations as it motivated me to always continue on. Wish G3 was moving to New York with me! I feel confident that I can continue to apply the exercises and remain physically mobile within my physical limitations. Thank you for creating such an amazing facility that helps people live productive lives. Love all of you!” – Cathy W.

assistance for patient exercises has allowed me to regain and continually improve my body function and overall mobility. It’s also provided a method of continued self-care after the therapy finished. I had great success with my back and am well on the way to regaining normal shoulder function! It is a fun place to be, as well. It feeds the body and soul!” – Neal M.

“This is my second time back with this group, and they are the best! I would recommend this group to everyone. They are professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. They have truly helped with my shoulder and my knee so I have mobility again.” – Liz S.



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