PT Of Tennessee March 2018

MARCH 2018

www.ptstn.net (423) 543-0073

TennesseeWellness Chronicles

FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Smith

A lot of people in our profession say that physical therapy is the best kept secret in the world of medicine. I am inclined to agree with them, and I am doing what I can to spread the word about what we do and how we do it. Back in 1977, when I first started working with athletes, I had tremendous support (and still do) from area physicians. We saw a need in the athletic community, and we responded. Later, upon attaining athletic training certification, I did not have to wait for orders from a physician before caring for athletes with injuries or concerns. More recently, physical therapists have been legally allowed to evaluate and treat all individuals without (or prior to) a physician referral. Now that we can legally and ethically treat these individuals, how do we get the word out to the community? That is one reason for this newsletter: to inform the public. We need to talk with our families, friends and neighbors about the availability of highly trained, dedicated health care professionals who can provide excellent care, consultation, information and — if needed — referrals to physicians. Should you have any questions regarding the availability of any of our staff, please do not hesitate to contact us at ( 423) 543-0073.

Mealtime with young children can often resemble a scene from“A Few Good Men.”Verbal warfare over being forced to eat vegetables can break out at any moment. If you’ve ever tried to convince a young child to eat something they don’t want to, you know the courtroom power struggle between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson often pales in comparison. What if there was a way to avoid this? Creating an environment that is conducive to trying new foods can be very difficult. The individuality of every child makes it even more complicated, because there is no overarching solution. The following strategies might not work in every situation, but give them a try if you find yourself struggling at the dinner table. TWO-THIRDS RULE An article on Good + Simple entitled “Raising Kids to Be Adventurous Eaters” explains what the author calls the “two-thirds rule.” By providing two food options you know your child would like and sneaking in a third option, you can encourage your child to slowly expand their palate and open their mind to trying new things. Even if they don’t eat one-third of the new food they dislike, your child will still have consumed a large enough portion to receive the proper nutrients. C an ’ t G et Y our K id to E at V eggies ? Try These Strategies

–Danny

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