PT360 September 2017

Getting you back to the life you want to live.


S eptember 2017

In Touch

Now that PT 360° has been serving patients for 10 years, I have been reflecting back on what started me down the path to private practice ownership. I always knew I wanted to be a specialized manual therapist, as has everyone on our amazing team. That kind of specialized training and skill is hard-earned. It is a path that tends to focus all of your resources — physical, mental, spiritual, even financial. It is also easy to pour so much into that path that you begin to feel burned out. In 2006, I had a lot of things happen. My mom was diagnosed with stage III B sarcoma, I was in the finishing stretch of my manual therapy postdoctorate (year three), AND I got married. Following my mom’s surgeries and radiation, my husband and I went on a honeymoon. We had plans to travel Australia and New Zealand for four months. Before the trip, I had quite a few patients ask what they were going to do without me. How would they feel better without my hands and knowledge? My level of stress at that time was approaching burnout. My answer: “You’ll do just fine with ….” And I believed it. I trusted my colleagues. Until that time, however, I felt necessary . Allowing myself to be totally away from someone’s care, returning refreshed and rejuvenated, and seeing no one worse for wear allowed me to open the space to consider a bigger vision. I knew that my hands, knowledge, and skill would continue to evolve with my beloved patient population. I also started to see that the rest of the way in which I thought they should be cared for — providing great customer service, one-on-one care, educating to the nth degree, and getting patients to the place where they can soar, and not be constricted by other’s systems — would be a better place for my hands and heart to live. It was at that point that I took the first small, cautious step towards PT 360°, with the goal that I would bring in other great folks who share my vision for hands-on and personalized care. I am very proud of what PT 360° has become, and astounded by the great people who have come to join me. It all started because I needed to nurture myself. I am grateful that that nurturing created a path to more amazing patients and valued relationships. Thank you. F rom T he D esk O f Shelly Coffman

T he D ark S ide of S uperfoods Your Favorite Healthy Foods Will Destroy the Planet

We hear the hype all the time. A new “superfood” has hit the market, and this berry, grain, or nut oil cures everything from acne to cancer!

Superfoods are never a magic cure-all, but they usually contain enough protein or vitamins to make them seem truly super. Quinoa, kale, beetroot, and acai berries line the shelves of Whole Foods and claim to be the best thing since sliced bread. But are these superfoods more trouble than they’re worth? This isn’t a question of whether superfoods are actually super — some are genuinely exceptional; others are no healthier than your average apple — but of the impact their popularity has on the rest of the world. Here’s what you should know before you add another superfood to your grocery list. Children Are Starving Thanks to Quinoa Salads and Acai Smoothies. Many trendy superfoods hail from distant and “exotic” lands. Two popular examples are quinoa, from Peru and Bolivia, and acai berries, which grow in the Amazon rainforest. Both are genuinely good for you. Quinoa is high in protein, with more nutrients per 100 calories than any other grain, and acai berries are full of antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy fats. This is why these foods have been staples in the diet of local populations for countless generations, until

- Shelly Coffman

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