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Do We Football... Do We Not? That Is the Question. For Me, at Least. The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Thismonth, I may spark some conversation. If you want to dialogue after reading this, jump on the Pittman PT Facebook page (fb.com/Pittmanpt). Summer is gone and school is starting back up. It is going to be a lot different this year. We signed our kids up to go back to school. Then we were informed that it was going to be a hybrid system with them only going 2 days a week. We have to make a pivot in our plans. As do a lot of you. I just hope that my wife doesn’t go crazy on the three homeschool/virtual days. The kids have been out of school for so long, I hope they remember how to do it. Kid catch up. Brinkley has been dancing as usual. She had a great intensive at Studio 413. She is getting so big. Sophie is choreographing her solo this year. I can’t wait to see it and post it for you guys towatch. Foster just finished up baseball and is starting Football. More on that below. Stone worked a little this summer. It was just enough manual labor tomake himget really serious about what hewanted todo in college, take some classes and focus a bit. Sophie has been home all summer. LA is still shut down. We aren’t sure what is going to happen with that, but she has been really busy working on her online classes at Memphis, selling customshirts and teaching classes. The Lord only knows what is in store for her. We did start football conditioning and man, you should’ve seen those boys. Want to see what 5 months of staying inside and playing Playstation will do to a group, come on out. Wow!!! Foster almost (he said he was so close) puked. And he is in decent shape. As far as I know at this point, he will only have 5-6 games though, if that even happens. It will all depend on how the first few weeks of school goes I guess. Will we have college football??? The SEC is waiting til the last minute to make that decision. I get pretty opinionated on certain things. People

often disagree with me and the discussions are wonderful. I personally feel that we need football. We need it as a society. We need it for our sanity. We need something to cheer for. And the economy needs it. College football is a billion dollar industry. How many families are impacted by the loss of income from closing the sport. As far as I know, only Billionaire Mark Cuban has said that he was going to take care of his staff, down to the person that serves the popcorn at his arena. As for the rest of the people, themoney is real. Youmay disagree with me. That’s OK. With that being said, I posted something on Facebook the other day and I wanted to share it. In the midst of all of the confusion, controversy, anger, frustration, and concern over the pandemic and return to school, it is clear that the old saying is true. You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time. Our leadership is doing the best that they can given the circumstances that we are in. We can complain that our specific needs aren’t beingmet as good as we would like, but I just remember, IT IS NOT ABOUT ME! It is about doing what is best for the masses. I trust that the powers that be have taken all of the information that is given and done what is best for the masses. We have to remember that public schools, unlike private schools, ultimately have to follow the public school, county, and state mandates. Private schoolshavemorewiggle room. Support our community. It is a choice to look at the negatives or to look at the positives. I choose to look at the positives. Thank you teachers, administration, and Town of Collierville Leaders! Jeremy

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LIVING LIFE... Free from Migraines!

If you are one of the 15percent of the general population that suffers from migraines, you know that the worst part is feeling helpless. Whether you feel helpless when it comes to preventing amigraine or helplesswhen it comes to treating amigraine, you can’t help but feel enslaved by a condition that causes 91 percent of sufferers to miss work or other daily activities. Fortunately, the solution for migraine management may be simpler than you think. What is a Migraine? According to the AmericanMigraine Foundation, amigraine attack is not considered a headache but a neurological disease. Nearly twice as many women as men are affected by migraines. Attacks are usually characterized by painful throbbing or pulsing on one side of the head, usually accompanied by changes in vision, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, or sensitivity to sound. Migraine attacks usually begin in childhood but can begin during adolescence or early adulthood. What Causes a Migraine Attack? One of the most frustrating parts of a migraine is that there is no definitive cause, therefore there is no definitive cure. Some researchers believe that a migraine is caused by changes in the chemicals in the brain that regulate pain. Others feel that problems in the brainstem and its interaction with certain neural pathways cause migraines. Still others believe environmental factors play a role in migraines. Diet, exercise, light, heat, stress, medication, or

changes in sleep can all affect whether a person experiences a migraine attack. Other risk factors include age, family history of migraine and hormonal changes due to puberty or menopause. How is a Migraine Traditionally Treated? Since there is no definitive cause for migraine attacks, most physicians focus on limiting the duration or severity of a person’s symptoms. Medications are often prescribed that either target a person’s serotonin levels or relieve pain, but stomach problems due to frequent NSAID use or medication overuse sometimes result. Many of these medications are also most effective before a person is in pain. If they react to the warning symptoms that a migraine attack is coming, many times they can avoid the worst of their symptoms. Physical Therapy Can Help Migraine Sufferers Since there is no definitive cause for migraine attacks, most physicians focus on limiting the duration or severity of a person’s symptoms. Medications are often prescribed that either target a person’s serotonin levels or relieve pain, but stomach problems due to frequent NSAID use or medication overuse sometimes result. Many of these medications are also most effective before a person is in pain. If they react to the warning symptoms that a migraine attack is coming, many times they can avoid the worst of their symptoms.

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What’s Been Happening Around the CLINIC! Physical therapy targeted at migraines may include neck flexion exercises, postural exercises and recommendations for work or school accommodations that may help limit migraine frequency or severity. Additionally, regular aerobic exercise has been shown to reduce tension in the muscles that may be related to migraine symptoms. It can also help a person maintain a healthy weight that is essential to balancing hormone levels that may also contribute to migraines. Physical therapists are adept at prescribing customized exercise programs for every fitness level. of motion in the patient’s neck. This may include joint mobilization techniques, massage, physical therapy, or pressure point therapy. These manual therapy techniques reduce pain, but they also keep the head and neck moving the way they should. Manual therapies, especially massage, have also been shown to help migraine sufferers sleep better and experience attacks less frequently. Exercise

While there is no definitive cure for migraines, physical therapy is among themost promising ways to manage your symptoms both now and in the future. Drug-free manual therapies coupled with targeted exercise at the hands of a physical therapist may be the key to managing the frequency, duration and severity of your migraine attacks. The only way to find out if physical therapy is right for you is to contact us for a consultation. Let us help you get on the road to better management of your migraine symptoms.

Traditionally, people think of physical therapy as a post-surgical or post-accident process designed to improve mobility and balance. While this is an important function, its scope provides a narrow picture of what physical therapy can do. Physical therapists are trained to recognize limits to the body’s function and prescribe ways to restore movement, balance, strength, mobility, and harmony of the body’s systems. For instance, some migraine sufferers experience neck and jaw pain that triggers an event. Physical therapists can recognize the cause of this pain and address it with manual therapies and exercise that, in turn, relieve a person’s symptoms. Even if the cause of a patient’s migraine is undefined, a physical therapist’s approach is ideal for identifying and addressing the underlying causes that may be contributing

Contact Pittman Physical Therapy today at 901-850-5246. We’ll help you find relief for your migraines.

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Dry Needling Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility. When performing dry needling, our physical therapist will insert a sterile needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected. While it is a commonmisconception, dry needling is not acupuncture. It is based on a modern scientific study of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems.While there

are some similarities, dry needling is strictly based on Western medicine principles and research. It provides an environment that enhances the body’s ability to heal, ultimately reducing pain in the process. When paired with our traditional exercise-based physical therapy treatments and advanced manual therapy techniques, we have found that the vast majority of our patients achieved the pain-free goals they were aiming towards. Dry needling can speed up recovery time and allow you to return to your daily life as quickly as possible.

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PATIENT SPOTLIGHT "Pittman Physical Therapy has been there since the beginning of my injury adventures. Recently, I attended a basketball camp with my team at Briarcrest and dislocated my knee. Previously, Pittman had helped me recover from a foot surgery, so of course I went straight to them to help me with my knee recovery. I tried not to have surgery, but if I wanted to play Basketball my sophomore season, Dr. Biggers and my PT said I would have to have surgery. I was told that I would have a 6 month recovery, but with the help of my physical therapists and the hard work I put in, I fully recovered in 4 1/2 months. I worked with Mallory, Jeff, Tessa, Maranda, and a few other people in the practice. I will forever be thankful for the hard work they put into helping me play the sport I love most." Gracyn Steed GRACYN TEED and my PT said I would have to have surgery. I was old that I would h ve a 6 month r covery, bu with the help of my physical therapists and the hard work I put in, I fully r cover d in 4 1/2 months. I worked with Mallory, Jeff, Tess , Maranda, nd a few oth r ople in the practice. I will fo v r be thankful for the hard work they put into helping me play the sport I love most." Gracyn Steed GRACYN TEED Claire CLAIRE “When I cam t P ttman PT, I was recovering from a dance injury– a stress fracture in my back. The staff at Pittman PT are so friendly and helpful! They’ve allowed me to get back to dancing and be pain-free. I am stronger than before and that is all thanks to Pittman PT!” Check our our website at pittmanpt.com for more great testimonials from our patients! Elena ELENA “I have been so happy with Pittman Physical Therapy. The physical therapists are so knowledgeable and professional and the front desk is friendly and welcoming. With all the choices we have, I think Pittman Physical Therapy is the only choice.” PA IENT SPOTLIGHT "Pittman P ysical Therapy has been there since the beginning of my injury adventures. Recently, I attended a basketball camp with my team at Briarcrest and dislocat d my kne . Pr viously, Pittman had helped me recover from a foo surgery, so of course I went straight to them to help me with my knee recovery. I tried not to have surgery, but if I want d to play asketball my sophomore season, Dr. Bigger and my PT said I would have to have surgery. I was told that I would have a 6 month recovery, but with the help of my physical therapists and the hard work I put in, I fully recovered in 4 1/2 months. I worked with Mallory, Jeff, Tessa, Maranda, and a few other people in the practice. I will forever be hankful for the hard work they put into helping me play the sport I love most." Gracyn Steed GRACYN TEED PATIENT S OTLIGHT "Pittman Physical Therapy has been there sinc the beginning of my injury adventures. Recently, I att nded a basketb ll camp with my te m at Briarcrest and dislocated my kne . Previously, Pittm n ad helped me cover from a foot surgery, so f course I went straigh to them t help me with my kn e recovery. I tried not to ave surg y, but if I wan ed to pl y Basketball my sophomore season, Dr. Biggers Why Our Patients LOVE Pittman PT

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1. Trick yourself into exercising. It can be hard to find the time to exercise throughout the day – so try sneaking it in! Opt for the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Exit the bus one stop early and walk. Park farther from your destination. Maintain your yard. Take the dog on walks with the whole family. Walk up and down the field while your children are playing sports. 2. Maintain a healthy diet. Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to spoil yourself with treats every now and then. Nutrition is all about balance – so just make sure you balance those treats with some healthier choices. This includes: • Snack smart. Instead of those pretzels, grab some peanuts. Snacking keeps you at your best so that you can sustain your energy and stay positive. • Avoid “meal skips.” Eating consistently provides your mind and body with the fuel necessary to help you get and stay active. It also helps you avoid your blood sugar dropping. • Implement Uncle Sam’s recipe for health. “What is this?” you may ask – it is essentially the following: lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products; some lean meats or meat substitutes, including beans, eggs and nuts; andminimal saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugars. 3. Stay positive. If you go in with a positive mindset, exercise and eating right will become significantly easier. Research shows that a positive attitude can boost your immune system and increase your energy levels. Even if you aren’t really excited about getting up to go for a run, your body will believe what you think. 4. Ask for help! Your physical therapist can work with you to form an exercise andmovement plan that lessens your pain and increases your mobility. Don’t hesitate to contact Pittman Physical Therapy today! We’ll get you started on a plan that will help you live your life to the fullest. 4 Simple Tips to Improve Your Health, Strength, & Physical Activity David DAVID “I had a great experience with my physical therapy. Thanks to Tessa, my PTA, and Josh, my PT Tech. They were always professional and listened to my concerns. The therapy was a tremendous help, both physically and mentally. Everyone was always friendly and cordial. Thanks to Jeff, my DPT, for introducing me to Dry Needling.” “Outstanding experience, patient focused, considerate, welcoming. I healed and made consistent progress. Front desk ladies are absolutely sweet. PTA, interns, and PTs are really sharp and thoughtful. Props to Josh & Brad.”

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Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body Exercise Essentials

REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION TO FLOOR

Place one foot in front of your other in a heel to toe position. Maintain your balance. Return to starting position and repeat. Attempt this exercise alternating the opposite foot in front. For an added challenge while in this stance, slowly turn your head to the left and hold for 3 seconds. Repeat by turning your head to the right, up, and down, all of which holding for 3 seconds. BALANCE TANDEM STANCE Helps to Improve Balance

Sit in a chair with good posture.

Strengthens Back and Improves Posture

Hands on thighs. Let your trunk sag toward the floor use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Now use your arms to push yourself up. Repeat 10 times.

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Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

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