PT Of Tennessee - October 2018

OCTOBER 2018

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EastTennessee Physical Therapy News

There are a lot of exciting things going on in our offices. However, I would like to include this testimonial from a patient. This sums up what we do best: take care of our patients: “I cannot sing the praises of Justin Smith and everyone here enough! I live in Colorado, where I sustained a very traumatic injury in early June (broke all of the bones in my ankle — compound fracture to top it off ). After I was cleared to fly, I flew to Tennessee, staying for 1 1/2 months due to my husband’s job. At the same time, it was time to start physical therapy. I researched several places in and around where we were staying and chose PT Services of Tennessee for their credentials. From the moment I walked in the door, I felt welcomed and ‘part of a family’. From the front office personnel to every therapist and assistant, everyone is so friendly, encouraging, and helpful. The level of care that I received was top notch and outstanding! Words truly cannot express my gratitude.” FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Smith

Since the turn of the century, fitness culture in America has exploded. According to the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), the fitness industry in this country went from $11.6 billion in 2000 to $27.6 billion in 2017. Along the way, more than 50 million Americans became gym members. Given how popular gym culture and fitness have become, it’s no surprise that researchers and experts are devoting untold time and energy to exploring the science of working out. But it wasn’t always that way. Just a generation ago, many top athletes regarded lifting weights as detrimental. “The coaches and trainers were against it,” recalls bodybuilder Eddie Giuliani. “They said it slowed you down. It was no good. Doctors were all against weightlifting because they said it was bad for your heart. It gave you high blood pressure. Everybody was wrong.” When a new discipline or field of study arises, there are inevitably businesses willing to take advantage of an uninformed public. The fitness industry is no exception. It produced plenty of hilarious products that were sold under the guise of helping people get in shape. Here are a few of the strangest workout fads in history. W eird , W acky F itness F ads T hat P eople A ctually T ried

- Traci H.

HAWAII CHAIR

For decades, late-night TV has been the best place to find less-than-reputable health products. Even among the illustrious pantheon of Shake Weights and Leg Magic X’s, the Hawaii Chair stands out as one of the most absurd “fitness” devices ever devised. The product promised to engage your core while seated, using a “2,800 rpm hula motor,” whatever that means. “If you can sit, you can get fit,” said the Hawaii Chair’s slogan.

–Danny

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