APN Physical Therapy - February 2020

FEBRUARY 2020

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THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE OVERPRICED DATING HIGHS AND LOWS

puppy! I’d been wanting a dog for a while, and Zeus is one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. Ravon really knows how to sweep me off my feet!”

Valentine’s Day: a celebration of romance or a Hallmark holiday?

Between the ads and the crowds, it’s easy to be down on Valentine's Day. But at APN Physical Therapy, we’re always ready to celebrate the power of love! In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing our best (and worst) dates ever. “The best date I’ve ever been on was one of my earliest dates with my wife. We’d only been dating a few months before my birthday, but Cyndi really made it special. She brought me to a steakhouse and decorated our table with balloons. That was the first time I’d ever tried prime rib. I’d never even heard of prime rib until Cyndi ordered it that night. When I told her I’d never eaten prime rib before, she insisted I order some for myself. I’m glad she did. Ever since, prime rib has been one of my favorite things to eat.” “My boyfriend and I don’t usually make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. It’s always so crowded, and we’d rather stay in and cook with each other. Our ideal Valentine’s Day is staying in and watching a movie together. However, last year, Ravon really surprised me. Every year, he gets me some little gifts on Valentine’s Day, usually flowers and chocolate. Last year, he did the same thing and then surprised me with my – Peter B. McHugh PT

“Everyone has been sharing their best date stories, so here’s a Valentine’s Day gift for my fellow single people: This is the story of my worst date. The evening started out pretty nice. My then-boyfriend and I wanted to do something different, so we decided to find a nice restaurant in Red Bank. We ended up at a place called Nicolas, which turned out to be a lot nicer than we were prepared for. When we sat down, we tried to order wine and found out a bottle of wine cost $1,200! That was just the start. This was the kind of restaurant where you had to buy a three-course meal and you didn’t have a lot of control over those courses. I’m talking about clams with edible flowers! It was literally too rich for our tastes. We ended up telling the server we weren’t hungry after all and walked out. It was so embarrassing. Thankfully, we were able to get a table at LongHorn Steakhouse afterward.”

– Gabriella Aguiar

“My favorite date was celebrating my boyfriend’s 51st birthday. When he turned 50 the year before, I’d just gotten a procedure on my back, so I couldn't do anything for him. I was determined to make it up to him on his next birthday. It was an uphill battle. His birthday is on Labor Day weekend, so it’s always so crowded on the coast. First, we tried going to the zoo in Cape May, only to find out it was overfilled! We changed course and jumped on a ferry to Delaware instead. We spent the day on the water, which was nice, and planned to get a nice seafood dinner in Cape May. Unfortunately, on the way back, they couldn't get over the bridge! Rather than get discouraged, we changed course again and found a different restaurant in Somers Point. That’s how we ended up at The Crab Trap, eating the best steak and seafood dinner of my life. It started out as a disaster, but the day ended up really nice. My boyfriend had a good birthday, and that’s what really mattered.”

– Genna Aguiar

Whatever your plans are this year, we wish you all a very happy Valentine’s Day!

– Laura Chmielewski

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WHAT IT IS, WHERE IT CAME FROM, AND WHAT IT COULD MEAN FOR OUR SCREEN TIME SHOULD YOU BE WORRIED ABOUT DIGITAL DEMENTIA?

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

2 • WWW. APNPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM 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 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. 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.

CONNECTING MIND AND BODY 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. DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DATE 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 FUN WHILE WORKING OUT

THIS WORKOUT ROCKS! 3 REASONS TO START ROCK CLIMBING

type of climbing where you strap into a harness, tie yourself to a rope, and climb up a wall while your partner holds the rope, ready to catch you. In other words, your partner “belays”

doesn’t mean easy. An intense climb works out your 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.

“On belay?”

“Belay on!”

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

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.

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

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