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THE PERFECT ROLE FOR ME GUIDING A PATIENT’S JOURNEY TO RECOVERY
This month, I’m so excited to turn the focus to my amazing teammate and the other physical therapist at Snyder PT, Jessica Lentz. After getting her undergraduate degree in sports medicine and working as an athletic trainer, Jessica returned to school and earned her doctorate in physical therapy. Her exceptional clinical skills, combined with the care and compassion she shows each patient, made her an excellent fit for our team. Here’s more in Jessica’s words about her journey to becoming a PT and what she loves about her role. –Brandon Snyder Being a physical therapist is the perfect job for me. It’s amazing to get to treat people and see their journey. I get to work with patients from 1 year old to 97 years old, and seeing each person advance through the stages of recovery is incredible. I tell patients all the time, “You don’t realize what you can do until you can’t do it.” For a lot of the aging population, and anyone for that matter, not being able to do simple activities — like driving or walking up and down stairs — can be life-changing. My first job out of college was working as an athletic trainer. I was at a Division I school, and I saw a lot of great athletic talent. I also got to see athletes go from getting injured, through the stages of recovery, and back to playing their sport. One athlete tore her ACL during volleyball practice. I witnessed
her journey from that day at practice all the way to the operating room, through surgery, and to the following year when she played at the national championships. Being part of that journey is what drives me as a physical therapist. I get to know people , not just their injury or pain. I have a lot more one-on-one time with patients, so I get to build a relationship with them. Originally, I was interested in orthopedics, and I studied sports medicine. As an undergrad, I was an intern for Penn State’s ortho clinic and worked under one of the lead physical therapists there. So not only did I see athletes in the athletic training room but in the physical therapy clinic, too. It wasn’t until my grandfather suffered a fall and fractured his hip that I saw the full scope of physical therapy. His injury really limited him — he couldn’t drive or even walk anymore. He and my grandma had been avid walkers before that. To see what he went through and the challenges both my grandparents faced as they got older made me really think about what I wanted to do in my career. After observing my grandfather’s experience, I became interested in getting people back to doing what they love. Although I loved sports medicine, I realized I didn’t want to limit myself; I wanted to work with different populations. Over the next
three years, I went back to school for physical therapy, working during the week and doing my doctorate program on the weekends. I knew Brandon while working as an athletic trainer, and he’s always been supportive and encouraging of my career. When the opportunity came up to work with such a fun, caring, compassionate, and extremely wonderful group of professionals, I couldn't pass it up. We make a great team. I’m from Schuylkill County, so it’s also great to be closer to home and treat local patients. Growing up, I was always involved in sports, including gymnastics and basketball. I ran the Philly marathon, though these days, most of my energy is spent chasing around my 2-year-old. I just love being active, so it’s a joy for me to help others find the motivation to do the same. Being a physical therapist is the perfect fit for me.
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WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT CAME FROM, ANDWHAT IT COULDMEAN FOROUR SCREEN TIME SHOULDYOUBEWORRIEDABOUTDIGITALDEMENTIA?
industrialized countries have accepted pain as a natural part of aging and don’t understand that the body can heal from everyday pain and ailments. Somatics involve short, hands-on movements to correct the body’s posture and mobility, which can then stimulate proper healing through further movement and therapy. The technique retrains the brain on proper movement, function, and positioning to align your body and your mind so you can heal instead of just living with pain. Somatic exercises come in two forms. The first method is done with the help of a physical therapist — or in some instances, a massage therapist — who pinpoints the areas of tension and guides you through hands-on exercises In the years since, speculation has abounded about the causes of digital dementia and how people can fight it. A 2017 Forbes article theorized that the problem isn’t just time spent with screens but how much we rely on our smartphones to feed us once- memorized information. “In theory, having a device to store phone numbers, dates, maps and directions, and other information like that frees you up to focus on bigger and theoretically more important things,” Tony Bradley wrote in Forbes. “If you just use your device as a memory crutch, though, and you don’t take advantage of the opportunity to put your brain to work on other things, you aren’t exercising your brain, and it will atrophy.” Psychology Today blamed digital dementia in part on the mental strategies encouraged by video games. According to one study, gaming encourages the “response” strategy of following the same rote
Studies show that 1 in 10 Americans lives with chronic pain for more than one year. When you’re in pain, you seek a way to cope. Some might attend regular physical therapy appointments to find the source of the pain and resolve it. Others might ignore the pain and adapt their lifestyle to avoid making it worse. Either way, the body continues to sustain real damage with these adaptations, which compounds pain and can make things worse. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean healing is a lost cause. Somatic exercises can offer a solution to long-term pain sufferers. Dr. Thomas Hanna taught the first class on somatics in 1990. He had discovered a disconnect between the industrialized world and healthy, pain-free living. Many people in Everyone forgets things. It’s not unusual to have trouble remembering the name of someone you’ve just met or recalling the face of a classmate you haven’t seen in 20 years. But it’s less normal — and a lot more inconvenient — to become chronically absent-minded. If you find yourself struggling to remember the minutiae of daily life, which page of a book you left off on, or when it’s time to pick your kids up from soccer practice, digital dementia could be to blame. The term “digital dementia” was coined in 2012 by German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer, who studies how our addiction to technology is impacting our brains. According to Alzheimers. net, Spitzer found that “overuse of digital technology is resulting in the breakdown of cognitive abilities in a way that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.” Because of the shared symptoms, Spitzer called the affliction digital dementia.
movements, while nongamers tend to use the “spatial” strategy of relying on landmarks when they navigate, which is better for mental sharpness. Whatever the root cause, we can take steps to fight digital dementia. As Dr. Carolyn Brockington told Alzheimers.net, the best strategies involve stepping away from screens and relying on brainpower. The next time you’re considering picking up your smartphone, try reading a book, playing a musical instrument, hitting the gym, or learning a new language instead.
CONNECTINGMINDANDBODY HOW SOMATICS CAN OFFER HEALING FOR LONGTIME PAIN SUFFERERS
that relieve the pain and align the body. The second method involves exercises patients can do at home according to their physical therapist’s guidance. You don’t have to live with pain. Healing is possible, and somatics may help you get on the road to recovery. To learn more about this therapeutic technique, visit Somatics.org or talk to your physical therapist.
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CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE? THE SECRET TO LIVING A LONGER, HEALTHIER LIFE
who is surrounded by supportive and caring friends, family, and loved ones.”
The human brain is an incredibly powerful organ. It solves complex problems, recalls forgotten memories, and triggers a dizzying array of emotions. But its most incredible power is the effect it can have on the rest of the body. When it comes to love, well, our brains certainly love it, and our bodies reflect that.
So, it seems the results are in: Loving someone is a healthy lifestyle choice. Even having a strong network of friends and family boosts your odds of living a long life by 50%. So, get out there and make the healthy choice for yourself and those around you by leading a life full of love.
LESS STRESS Human beings thrive on a sense of connection and belonging, and studies have shown that love actually has positive effects on a person’s physical health as well as mental. The security and commitment felt in a loving relationship are shown to reduce stress by stunting the production of cortisol, the body’s stress-inducing hormone. Less stress means lower blood pressure, a healthier heart, and a lower risk of stroke, especially in men. HEALTHIER IMMUNE SYSTEMS Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that calm, happy people can fight common colds and the flu more easily than those who are anxious or depressed. The physical benefits of love even go as far as healing wounds quicker. Small
injuries inflicted on a wide test group at Ohio State University Medical Center healed nearly twice as fast on people who experienced consistent warmth and care than those who experienced hostility. In fact, the latter group needed almost a full additional day to achieve the same amount of healing as the first group. LONGER, HAPPIER LIVES Being surrounded by love may even save your life. A statistic from the National Health Interview Survey states that single people face a 58% higher risk of mortality. Further bolstering that claim is the Harvard Health Blog, which claims happily married participants experience better health as they age when compared to peers in unhappy partnerships. In fact, the blog asserts, “People in stressful, unhappy marriages may be worse off than a single person
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1. COVER TITLE 1. JESSICA’S JOURNEY TO PHYSICAL THERAPY INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2. SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT DIGITAL DEMENTIA? DON’T LIVE IN PAIN ANY LONGER WITH SOMATICS 3. THE EFFECTS OF LOVE ON YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH HOMEMADE PALEO BREAD 4. YOU CAN HAVE FUNWHILE WORKING OUT
THISWORKOUTROCKS! 3 REASONS TO START ROCK CLIMBING
tie yourself to a rope, and climb up a wall while your partner holds the rope, ready to catch you. In other words,
back muscles, biceps, abs, and legs. Research published in The Scientific World Journal found that climbers can burn up to 10 calories a minute — without even getting drenched in sweat during their workout. IT IMPROVES YOUR SHOULDERS AND YOUR MIND! Physical strength alone won’t get you to the top of a wall. Rock climbing is a physical and mental challenge. Some problems call for fancy footwork, creative problem-solving, or going for a rock that seems out of reach. Teaching your mind and your body to work together while rock climbing can also build endurance and reduce stress. IT STRENGTHENS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS. Rock climbing, especially top rope climbing, is one of the best workouts to do with a partner. Top roping is a type of climbing where you strap into a harness,
No, these aren’t strange magic spells. They’re basic safety commands rock climbers use before they start their ascent. Rock climbing as a hobby and a workout has been growing in popularity over the last few years, thanks in part to popular documentaries like “Free Solo” and “Meru.” But if you’re still not ready to chalk up and start climbing, here are a few more reasons to add “belay on” to your vocabulary. IT’S A FUN FULL-BODY WORKOUT. Getting a full-body workout usually means hating every second of it. This isn’t the case with rock climbing, though. Most people take up rock climbing because it’s fun. Reaching the top of a wall is like solving a puzzle with your whole body. That said, fun doesn’t mean easy. An intense climb works out your
your partner “belays” you. It’s the ultimate trust fall. Facing
the challenges of rock climbing with your partner also teaches you how to overcome adversity together and improves communication as you both work to conquer the wall. The best part about rock climbing is that it’s easy to try out. Most climbing gyms rent out the supplies you need for a small fee. And with hundreds of climbing gyms open across the United States, there’s no wall blocking the way of you and your favorite new workout.
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