Thomas Physical Therapy - December 2018



Randy’s Ramblings


Argue your limitations and surely they will become your own!

It’s easy to wrap our worries and fears around pain when we are injured, especially when we are unfamiliar with the recovery process. We need someone who understands the miraculous healing abilities of the body to encourage and motivate us and help us work through the dark times when we are feeling discouraged. Physical therapists are experts in function and the physiology of the healing process. A current patient who has become a friend had a total knee replacement and worried daily if he would recover. Constant reinforcement and encouragement helped him stay the course of his treatment and he now has more functional movement of his knee than any patient I’ve treated with this surgery. Please check out this brief video of him performing a“sit to stand”on a 9”stool bknees. He still has concerns and we will continue to support him to help him achieve his best post- surgical outcome.

The Benefits andDrawbacks of Outdoor Gyms ADULT PLAYGROUNDS

Fitness fads come and go rapidly, but one decade-old trend is still growing in America and all over the world. It’s rise in popularity comes at a great time too, given the shocking obesity rates in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 40 percent of adults in the U.S. are obese. With the litany of workout and dieting options all over the media, choosing where to start can be just as confusing as deciding what to do. Luckily, some U.S. cities are starting to develop outdoor gyms in convenient locations to help their residents to get fit, shed extra pounds, and have healthier lifestyles. Outdoor gyms have been popular since China began installing them in its cities to promote physical fitness ahead of the 2008 Olympics. The fad traveled to parks across Europe and is blazing its way through the U.S. Are these gyms worth the hype? For most residents, the answer is a resounding yes, but there are some concerns users should keep in mind.

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Let’s face it: Gymmemberships are expensive and getting to the gym can be a time suck. If you can incorporate a workout routine into your daily life, you’re more likely to stick with it. Outdoor gyms work great for busy parents who can take their kids to the park and get a workout in at the same time. They also work wonders for the casual walker who wants to jump in during their

-Randy Thomas

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