Physical Therapy Services, P.A. - June 2020

JUNE 2020

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EastTennessee Physical Therapy News

FROM THE DESK OF

DANNY D. SMITH

Everyone is affected by the coronavirus, so here are some tips to help you weather this storm. Follow the recommendations of the scientists and health care professionals. For example, if you are going outside (which I hope you are), around other people, or at the store, wear a mask. Masks and social distancing are the only proven methods for decreasiang the spread of the virus. Our office has been open on a limited basis since the shutdown. With Justin Smith, PT, DPT managing the office, and with his nursing background, we feel our staff and patients are safe. Every patient is screened as they come into the clinic, and if there is a suspected problem (such as elevated temperature), they are sent home. Should you have questions related to your physical therapy or the availability of our services, feel free to give us a call Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.,i at 423-543-0073 .

Unless you’ve been living under a rock since January, you know all about COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, and the global chaos it has caused, including massive quarantines, flight cancellations, and medical supply shortages. Understandably, people have since picked up new habits to avoid contracting the illness, like washing hands more thoroughly, wearing masks outdoors, and avoiding big crowds. Those are all good precautions, but according to The New York Times, there might be another strategy you can employ year-round to boost your immune system: regular exercise. If that surprises you, you’re not alone! Back in the 1980s, misleading research conducted on marathon participants spread the myth that a tough workout suppresses your immune system, making you more susceptible to illness. However, in recent years, new studies on both mice and humans debunked that theory. In 2014, scientists at Umeå University in Sweden found that elite endurance athletes — the people you’d think would be sick all the time if hard workouts really did reduce immunity — actually took fewer sick days than athletes who exercised less. And in 2005, a study on mice showed that jogging for 30 minutes a day over several weeks made them more likely to survive rodent flu. What’s even more interesting is that according to The New York Times, a 2008 study conducted on mice in Germany suggested that rather than dying off during exercise, immune cells “traveled to the animals’ lungs, guts, and other parts of their bodies potentially most vulnerable to germ invasions during exercise” CAN EXERCISE STAVE OFF SICKNESS? Why Your Workout Routine Might Protect You From Infection

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