In Motion O.C. July 2018


JULY 2018

DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH BACK PAIN? This Free Workshop Could Change Your Life

We see more patients for back pain and sciatica than any other ailment. It’s become something of an epidemic, and we want to help. That’s what drove us to hold a free back pain and sciatica workshop next month. The best way to prevent back pain isn’t with physical therapy; it’s through information. This workshop provides you with the opportunity to learn more about the causes of back pain and what can be done to prevent it in the future. Here are some of the main points we’ll cover.

Dr. Stephanie Levasseur and Dr. Haze Hernandez are experts on back pain and sciatica. They’ll be leading the course and taking you through all of the ways you can live a life free of ailments. The workshop is for anyone who has limitations because of pain. It might be that you’ve missed work or you just want to be able to pick up your kids again. This was the case for one of our clients, Mary. Mary was unable to play with her grandchildren after experiencing pain that extended throughout her body. The symptoms of sciatica started in her back and ran all the way down to her foot. The pain was so significant that she couldn’t stand without needing a break after a few minutes. After her final session of physical therapy, she reported going on long walks without pain. She was also able to take her grandchildren to the playground and even get down to their level without any flare-up of symptoms. We’re incredibly excited to host this event. Our end goal is to continually find ways we can improve our service and impact the lives of those in our community. This workshop is sure to be engaging, and I’m confident people are going to get a lot out of it. The workshop is open to anyone, but spots are limited. The course will be held at our clinic on Saturday, July 14 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. If you or someone you know could benefit from this information, head on over to our website at to learn more.

17332 Von Karman Ave. Suite 120 Irvine, CA 92614


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Sciatica frequently develops when your body becomes out of balance. As our society becomes more sedentary, our muscles atrophy, causing a lack of equilibrium. Some muscles begin to work harder, and others don’t work at all. The result of this imbalance is back pain.

– Jeff Thomas


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We all do it. You make a batch of chocolate chip cookies and spoon yourself a sample of the dough. Then the kids clamor for a taste. By the time the first batch of cookies comes out of the oven, everyone’s had their fill.

by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed the dangers present in flour. Both organizations have investigated illnesses across the country that have been traced to raw flour. What makes flour problematic? The flour you buy in the supermarket is minimally treated from the moment the grain is harvested to the moment you add it to your favorite cookie recipe. Bacteria in the wheat field can travel all the way to your home. The FDA recommends you avoid eating raw dough or batter and use proper kitchen hygiene — wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces before and after contact with raw flour. Wait until the cookies are fully baked and cooled before enjoying their amazingness. If you or your kids really love cookie dough — never fear! There are many recipes available online for flourless (as well as eggless) cookie dough. These recipes are great for anyone with food allergies and anyone who loves to indulge in raw cookie dough but doesn’t want the risk. Check them out!

But is eating raw cookie dough, or even cake batter, a bad idea?

We’ve all heard about the dangers of eating raw cookie dough, but how many of us actually know someone who has gotten sick after eating it? Years ago, conventional wisdom suggested that the raw eggs in cookie dough harbored bacteria that would make you sick. Everyone seemed to worry about anything that had to do with raw eggs. As it turns out, raw eggs are surprisingly safe. If the eggs are properly handled and stored, chances are they won’t make you sick, even if consumed raw. The danger of salmonella poisoning is negligible.

The danger, instead, comes from raw flour. Dry flour, as it sits in your kitchen cabinet, can harbor harmful bacteria, including E. coli. Research


ADJUST YOUR MINDSET Understanding any new limitations imposed by your injury is vital to minimizing the risk of aggravating it again. You can have the most rigorous injury-prevention routine known to man, but if you’re operating outside your body’s restrictions, that routine won’t serve any purpose. Unfortunately, many patients will attempt to rush back into tasks that their body cannot sustain. Accepting your body’s boundaries is an essential step for a healthy future. ACTIVITY While it’s important to understand your limitations, you shouldn’t stop being active. A consistent workout regimen will help your overall health, which will further reduce the risk of re-injury. One caveat is that exercises need to be executed with proper technique and biomechanics. We recommend seeing a trainer to ensure all your workouts are accurately done. We can help with all of these at In Motion O.C. Come see our state-of-the-art facility and let us show you how we can not only get you back on your feet but also keep you there.

Your physical therapy is done — now what? Well, just because your injury has healed doesn’t mean you can put recovery in the rearview mirror. The truth is that once a part of your body is injured, it always requires a certain degree of attention. For athletes, it can be easy to aggravate a pre-existing injury. But there is good news. Here are three tips to drastically minimize your risk of re-injury. STRENGTHEN POTENTIAL INJURY SITES Pitchers in baseball have recently been experimenting with a preventative technique aimed at avoiding time on the disabled list during their professional careers. Ironically, these players are opting for “Tommy John” surgery before they even injure themselves. Traditionally, this procedure was done to repair a torn UCL (a ligament in the elbow). The graft used in this surgery makes a pitcher’s UCL stronger and more durable, which may help prevent an injury before it occurs. Players further reduce their risk of injury by undergoing daily strengthening routines specifically aimed at developing the muscles around the injury site.


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If we’ve had the pleasure of serving you, then you understand how much we value service. It’s at the very core of our business model and who we are. We take our jobs very seriously and aim to create a unique experience for every client who walks through the door. That’s why we were incredibly humbled to be honored with three separate distinctions that encompass our value of serving others. YELP When someone looks for a physical therapist, Yelp is one of the first sites they visit. Well, Yelp ranked us the most trusted physical therapy provider in the United States. The designation is based on having the most reviews while maintaining a five-star average. Every year, our customers continue to rate us on how we’ve helped them meet their goals, and we’re thankful to have served every one of them. GOOGLE Google rated us third in the nation among physical therapy providers. The two clinics ahead of us are both in New York City, so to be recognized as the

best physical therapy practice on the West Coast is truly an honor. Your positive Google reviews are sincere affirmation of the work our team puts in. CITY BEAT NEWS The official release for the last award we were honored with states, “The Spectrum Award of Excellence in Customer Satisfaction was established to spotlight companies that give top- level experiences to their customers. Our research is done annually. Companies earning high ratings are honored with the award.” Without the great team we’ve been blessed with, our clinic wouldn’t have a single review, let alone an award with such prestige. These awards are not a recognition of us so much as a reflection of your generosity. We aim to create an unbeatable customer experience for you, but without word of mouth, so many others would never know our services are also available to them. From the team at In Motion O.C., we humbly thank you.



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4 boneless pork chops

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons raw honey 2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. Heat oven to 400 F. 2. Generously season pork chops with salt and pepper. 3. In a saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and thyme. 4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer gently for 5–6 minutes.

5. On high heat in an oven-safe saute pan or skillet, sear the pork chops for 1–2 minutes on each side. 6. Brush chops with half of glaze and transfer to oven. 7. Roast 6–8 minutes. 8. Remove from oven and brush with another coat of glaze. Let cool 5–10 minutes and serve. 3 In Motion O.C. |


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Do You Need a Workout Buddy?


When you work out alone, it can be tempting to cut corners and get comfortable. After all, if you cheat on a pullup or don’t swing that kettlebell as high as you should, who will know? That’s where a workout buddy comes in. Here are three ways hitting the gym with a friend can make your workouts safer and more effective — and a lot more fun! ENSURE PROPER FORM When you don’t perform an exercise correctly, you may not even be working the right muscles, which makes all of your hard work pointless. At best, you’ll cheat yourself out of the full benefits of your workout. At worst, you risk injury. By working out with someone else, you can spot one another and keep an eye out for lapses in form. You and your partner can keep each other honest, ensuring your routine stays safe and effective. GET A LITTLE COMPETITIVE Whether you make your workouts explicitly competitive or not, working out with someone is a great way to subconsciously push yourself to improve. Even if your partner is stronger, faster, or in better shape than you, the drive to close the gap between your capabilities can be a big motivating factor.

often push themselves to improve the most. Why not put this psychological phenomenon to work for you?

STAY ACCOUNTABLE The most valuable reason to have a workout buddy is

accountability. Just having a dedicated person to ask you if you’ve met your fitness goals can have a significant impact on how regularly you exercise. In fact, something as simple as a bimonthly check-in has been shown to help people increase the amount of time they spend working out. A Stanford University study on the impact of social support on physical activity found that an occasional check-in boosted test subjects’ workout times

by an average of 78 percent. This is part of a growing body of research that suggests positive social support may be a key factor in motivation. Even if you can’t actually exercise alongside your workout buddy, just checking in on one another’s goals can make a huge difference.

Psychologists call this mental push to avoid being the weak link the “Köhler effect.” In small groups, those who begin weaker


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