Rising Sun Physical Therapy August 2019

August 2019

MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s

Every day I see patients suffering from pelvic pain and dysfunction, and every day I help them gain a little more freedom from pain, immobility, or incontinence. There is no common factor that describes all my patients: young, old, male, female, active, or sedentary. It is a problem that can afflict anyone, about 1 in 4 women over the age of 20 and 1 in 10 men. Pelvic dysfunction comes in many forms, and it can be hard to talk about or share; however, even a slight discomfort or dysfunction now, left untreated, can grow into a serious problem. When in doubt, share, and ask your therapist what is normal, so you can be sure you are operating at optimal health. We want to hear about what ails you, so we can hear about how much better you are doing later. We are here to help you live your best life.

TheMagicalPull of thePool H ow to T ake the E xperience up a N otch

It’s no secret kids love water. When the summer heat waves peak, kids in bright bathing suits charge through sprinklers, shoot down hose-powered Slip ‘N Slides, and take turns perfecting their cannonballs at the neighborhood pool. This affinity for water is particularly powerful when they’re small; the single word “pool” can inspire them to eat broccoli or even clean up their rooms. But what makes the water so alluring? Susan Brown, an assistant director and parent educator at Commonwealth Parenting, has a theory. “I like to think of children’s fingers as if there are little brains on the tip of each finger,” Brown wrote in an article for Community Idea Stations. “When these little brains get stimulated through play, neurons begin to fire. This firing of neurons excites the brain, causing it to grow bigger, stronger, and more facile, setting the brain up for higher levels of cognition. One of the simplest ways to provide sensory play is through water activities.” In other words, kids love water because splashing around in it is literally helping their brains grow. For busy parents, this is a blessing: Letting the kids loose at the pool under the eye of an experienced lifeguard can be an ideal way to keep the summer fun rolling for kids and adults alike. Follow the tips below to enrich the pool experience for your kids and get those neurons firing. SPLASHTASTIC POOL TOYS If your kids are old enough for regular pool visits, it’s a good bet you already have a pile of perpetually damp inner tubes and pool noodles in your garage. Still, if you want to cement

–Bettina Neumann

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