Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy - February 2020

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FEBRUARY 2020

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Small-Group Training Sessions Penrose Power is designed to improve bone density and full-body strength. If you need more strength to make daily life easier or to return to hiking, kayaking, traveling, or whatever you love doing, this is for you! Penrose Posture and Flexibility is a modified version of yoga using a chair. This version focuses on poses that increase bone density while improving your posture and mobility. You will FEEL more fluid and taller after this class. flexibility, and balance! Tai Chi Quan Moving for Better Balance teaches eight forms adapted from the 24-form Tai Ji Quan routine. The class will improve your balance and help prevent falls. Monday: Penrose Power, 10 a.m.; Tai Chi Quan, 11 a.m. Tuesday: Penrose Posture, 10 a.m. Wednesday: Penrose Power, 10 a.m. Thursday: Penrose Posture, 10 a.m. Friday: Tai Chi Quan, 11:15 a.m. Saturday: Penrose Posture, 9 a.m.; Penrose Pro, 10 a.m. Penrose Pro is a circuit class addressing all six important functions of fitness: strength, endurance, cardio, posture,

FROM THE COURT TO THE CLINIC MY PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE IN PT

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surgery, the more set I was on my life path.

Can you believe it’s already 2020? The start of this year brought an entire decade to a close, and with all of these beginnings and endings on the calendar, I’ve found myself reflecting on my journey as a physical therapist. My drive to become a PT dates back to high school, when a tennis injury sent me to a physical therapy clinic for the first time. The injury was an odd experience: One day, I just couldn’t stand up straight when I got out of bed. A trip to our local PT revealed I’d hurt my lower back by using the wrong mechanics while swinging my racket. Miraculously, after just a week of physical therapy appointments, I was back on my feet, standing tall and even playing in that weekend’s tennis tournament. I thought the transformation was absolutely amazing, and couldn’t get physical therapy out of my head. The process of helping someone who couldn’t even move get their life back seemed like the perfect thing to build a career on, and I knew right away that I wanted to make that kind of impact. I started job shadowing PTs and even took a part-time job with one, all while I was still a teenager. The more I learned about how PTs change lives without pain medication or

comes a point where that insurance runs out, even though they aren’t quite back to

From the beginning, my goal was to open a clinic of my own, and I stuck to my dream through college and beyond. By 2001, I had graduated with my doctorate in physical therapy. In 2007, I opened Penrose & Associates Physical Therapy, and I’ve been dedicated to improving and expanding it ever since. Looking back on the last decade, I’m proud to say that I’ve accomplished my dream of creating a space where patients not only feel heard but also understood. My team is as passionate about improving the lives of our patients as I am, and they understand how important it is to listen. Looking forward, I’m excited about the ambitious goals we’ve set to expand our treatment options in 2020. We’re aiming to help even more people, and a big part of that will be through new initiatives like massage therapy and small- group training classes. These classes, which are held here at the clinic and limited to 6–10 people per session, are designed to function as a bridge between regular, one- on-one PT care and the return to everyday life. Many people can get their initial PT visits paid for by insurance, but

where they were before their injury or surgery. Stuck in that situation, they return to their old habits too fast, impeding their recovery. My goal with these classes is to give patients like you the option to continue that recovery in a welcoming, low-pressure group setting, where certified trainers will give you personalized instruction to improve your posture, strength, or flexibility. In 2020, my New Year's resolution is to make these training sessions even more helpful than before! these treatments as accessible as possible, current and past patients can attend their first class absolutely free. Just pick a class from the list on this page, and call our office today at 360-456-1444 to secure your spot. We offer trainings six days a week, and if you’re not sure which class would be the best fit, we can help with that, too! I hope I’ll see you soon. – Dr. Jennifer Penrose If you haven’t been to one of our classes yet, I hope you’ll consider signing up. Because we want to make

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