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IT’S THAT TIME ONCE AGAIN A SPECIAL DAY
A few years ago, I was driving to the clinic on one of those classic early-spring mornings. It was the last day of March; the air was crisp and leaves were beginning to return to the trees. I wasn’t paying much attention to the beautiful weather, though. I was too busy listening to a truly incredible report on the radio. According to astronomers, Jupiter and Saturn would align with Earth the following morning. These experts theorized that the combined gravitational pull of these gas giants would very slightly counteract our planet’s gravity, making us all momentarily lighter. In fact, the astronomers claimed that if you jumped at the exact moment of alignment, you’d be able to feel the extra hang time. I tuned in to the same station the following day. They’d set up a timer synced to the planets’ orbits to give listeners an exact time they needed to jump. Sure enough, the countdown started, and I’ll readily admit I was tempted to pull over and jump. In fact, if I didn’t have morning appointments to get to, I would have.
“PEOPLE WERE TELLING THE STATION THEY’D FELT IT! SOME CLAIMED TO HAVE STAYED AIRBORNE FOR A SECOND OR TWO, WHILE OTHERS HAD EVEN WILDER CLAIMS ABOUT WEIGHTLESSNESS.” It’s innocent gags like this that make me appreciate April Fools’ Day. Sure, we all know those people who take their pranks too far or fail to stick the landing. The As the moment passed, the phone calls came flooding in. People were telling the station they’d felt it! Some claimed to have stayed airborne for a second or two, while others had even wilder claims about weightlessness. Just as I was beginning to regret my decision to stay behind the wheel, a perceptive caller poured cold water on the whole experience. “To everyone who just tried this, remember that it’s April 1.” I couldn’t help but laugh — they’d gotten me good.
best jokes are the ones where everyone’s laughing in the end, and this one certainly brightened my day. Occasionally the Ulmer family will get in on the fun, with Zack trying to get us to believe one wild story or another, or Emilee and me telling the boys school is canceled — nothing quite so elaborate as gravity and planetary alignments. Maybe I should take a cue from the radio station and plant the seeds of the joke a day ahead of time. Then again, I should probably leave the pranks to the professionals. So, take it from me, folks — if you hear any wild stories as we approach the first of the month, it’s probably best to tune it out and enjoy the spring weather. If you’re looking for real ways to lose weight and jump higher, diet and exercise can help. Of course, if it hurts to walk, let alone jump, our therapists will be happy to help get you moving again.
That’s no joke,
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COGNITIVE FUNCTION BENEFITS Several studies have concluded that regularly consuming omega-3 fatty acids can help maintain cognitive function. While research shows no cognitive recovery in extremely elderly subjects who already suffer from dementia, evidence indicates that taking fish oil on a regular basis may prevent or postpone the onset of cognitive decline. Omega-3 consumption may also improve the quality of life for individuals suffering from depression or anxiety at any age. WHICH OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENT IS RIGHT FOR ME? If you eat fatty fish several times a week every week, you may already get enough omega-3s, but it can be difficult to get a therapeutic dose of fish oil from food alone on a regular basis. A fish oil supplement can provide additional fatty acids. Look for an ingredient list that specifically shows EPA and DHA; some brands use misleading labeling that only shows the total amount of fish oil rather than the actual omega-3s. Recommendations vary, but most sources indicate that a dosage of 1,000–2,000 milligrams (1–2 grams) of combined EPA and DHA provides benefits. If the smell or “fish burps” bother you, choose enteric-coated capsules, which dissolve in the small intestine rather than the stomach. Omega-3 caps also come in vegan options sourced from seaweed and algae.
Because fish oil is said to improve everything from heart health to chronic dry eye, it may sound a bit like, well, snake oil. But this brilliant little supplement packs a big punch, especially for older adults. HEART HEALTH BENEFITS The omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) have been shown to support heart health in multiple ways. The Mayo Clinic cites research suggesting that higher levels of EPA are associated with a reduced risk of congestive heart failure in older adults. Studies also report that people with moderate to severe hypertension typically see a positive effect on their blood pressure if they regularly take omega-3s. JOINT AND EYE BENEFITS Omega-3 fatty acids can reduce pain, stiffness, and swelling associated with osteoarthritis and other joint disorders by lubricating the joints and acting as an anti-inflammatory. As we age, our ability to produce tears diminishes. Fish oil’s lubricating and anti-inflammatory properties also make it a great treatment for and defense against chronic dry eye.
“Coming to Kinetic and working with Amanda has been a wonderful experience. I received her undivided attention and she always checked in with me before and during our sessions. I initially came because I felt pain when putting
“I am extremely happy I chose Kinetic for therapy. After breaking my wrist, I was in a significant amount of pain. I could not do simple daily activities like putting on a jacket, writing, or pushing a grocery cart. After
weight on my right leg. The pain is completely gone now. Amanda has given me some direction for follow-up. If I ever need more PT, I will certainly return to Amanda for further treatment.”
therapy, I have little or no pain and can resume my daily activities. I worked with Amanda, who was excellent! I would highly recommend her.”
– Patricia DeBartolo
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Do This Before Every Game
With the weather finally starting to warm up in earnest, we know many members of our community are eager to get back to the sports they love. While it’s certainly been a long winter for golfers and pickleball enthusiasts alike, remember that your game can always wait until after you’ve stretched. As tempting as it may be to start playing immediately, there’s no substitute for warmup exercises. The Value of Warmups There are two reasons warmup exercises need to be a part of your pregame ritual. First and foremost, they help prevent sports injuries. Our bodies weren’t made to go from a state of rest directly into feats of athleticism — that’s why even
pro players always set aside time to stretch their muscles and get their blood flowing. Doing some light exercises signals your body to anticipate the exertion to come, greatly reducing your chance of sustaining an injury. Second, pregame warmups improve your overall performance! You don’t want to be working out the kinks while teeing off on your second hole. Taking the time to get your mind and body in the zone will help you make sure that every shot counts. The Right Stretch for the Right Game Every sport brings
help improve their range of motion, preparing their body for the stress of repeated swings. Pickleballers should get their heart rate up with some light jogging so they’re ready for those long rallies. Play Pain-Free If you’re hurting before you start playing, you may need more than just a short warmup. Stiffness from the winter or old sports injuries may be holding you back, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up playing for good. If pain or stiffness keep you from getting out and enjoying the sunshine, stop by our clinic. We’ll help you treat your pain and give you some sports-specific exercises you can use before your next game!
with it its own exertions and challenges, making different
warmups more effective. Golfers will want to focus on stretches that
Roasted Radishes With Radish Greens
INGREDIENTS • 3 bunches radishes with greens attached • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oven to 500 F. While heating, trim radishes and wash greens. Pat both dry using a paper towel. 2. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over high heat until shimmering. Season radishes with salt and pepper, add to skillet, and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Transfer entire skillet to oven rack and roast for 15 minutes. 3. Once removed from oven, return skillet to stove. Over medium heat, stir in butter and add greens. Cook until they are wilted, about 2 minutes. 4. Finish with lemon juice and additional salt if desired. Serve immediately.
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INSIDE Celebrating a Light-Hearted Day PAGE 1
The Many Wonders of Omega-3s PAGE 2
My PT Story PAGE 2
Warming Up Right PAGE 3
Roasted Radishes With Radish Greens PAGE 3
Three Travel Myths Debunked PAGE 4
Traveling has many social and educational benefits, but some people have hesitations that prevent them from jetting off on new adventures. Below are three debunked travel myths to give you some ease as you plan your summer vacation! MYTH: Vacations are expensive. FACT: You can travel anywhere on a budget. Tracking flights to score the best deal, setting spending limits, and packing meals are a few ways to save money. Hostels and Airbnbs are great alternatives to spendy hotel stays. Additionally, you don’t have to cross the country to have a great trip. Every state has museums, unique roadside attractions, historical sites, and a booming nightlife. When you know your price limits and what you want to do, traveling can be a fun and inexpensive venture. MYTH: Traveling is dangerous. FACT: If you’re smart about what you do and where you go, traveling can be safe. Go with your gut and only stay somewhere that is approved by travel guides. Visit places you feel comfortable in, and do your research by reading travel blogs, websites, and books to find places that have been
vetted by others. Traveling in groups can also be a great way to lower your risk of danger. As long as you plan ahead, you will have a safe trip. MYTH: Jet lag is caused by a lack of sleep. FACT: While jet lag can make you sleepy, it’s actually caused by a disruption in your circadian rhythm. Our bodies are cyclical, and the circadian rhythm is set by both a natural need for your body to reset and outside forces, such as your job, time zone, and diet. Travel can disrupt this rhythm and routine, which leaves you lethargic during and after your vacation. Sticking to water before and during your flights and staying physically active during and after traveling are great ways to fight jet lag and get back into your normal rhythm. Don’t let these travel myths keep you from seeing the world. Set a budget, go with your gut, and prepare for a shifting rhythm to make your next adventure the best one yet.
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