Peak Performance Sports and Spine January 2019





Peak Performance Sports and Spine opened in Yakima back in 2006. Since then, I have had the pleasure of running my own clinic and putting all my efforts into helping the community. I've learned so much in my practice, from our talented employees and from the individuals who walk through our doors. As we enter the new year, I'm excited to get another year closer to our thirteenth anniversary as we continue helping patients get back to a pain-free life. Before I started Peak Performance, I worked in many different places. After I graduated from PT school at Washington University Medical School in St Louis, I worked in a medical center for federal prisoners, Sports Medicine Fairbanks, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and locally here on the Yakama Reservation with the Indian Health Service. Although I have dabbled in many therapeutic areas, my primary focus has always been in outpatient orthopedics. Over the years, I've faced several challenges. Most of them have revolved around being a small business

owner on top of being a physical therapist. Running a business includes a lot of worries most people might not realize. However, through all the difficulties that have come our way, my incredible team and I took them head on and worked our way past them, becoming a stronger clinic together. What I enjoy most about being a physical therapist is that it allows me to learn and grow as a person, especially in hard times. I'm always looking for ways to educate myself about new techniques and treatment methods to help as many people with different problems as I can. It's one of the rewarding aspects of my job. As our technology grows, new research emerges that allows physical therapists like myself to help our patients reach their goals. When patients come into our clinic with clear goals in mind, it's important to consider their physical and emotional health and how it frames their motivation. Everyone has a different incentive for why they've come to physical therapy. It's crucial for us to understand their "why."

If physical therapists don't try to comprehend this, then the patients' enthusiasm will diminish. I take the time to talk to my patients and learn what their driving force is, which enables me to encourage them.

In addition to supporting their emotional health, I strive to give

them access to the best cutting-edge treatment options I can to help achieve physical wellness, too. Similarly to how their motivation is unique, so too is their case. Each person who walks through our clinic is treated individually and specifically for the issue they are experiencing. I think it's important to treat each case differently, as no two people are the same. Even if they both come to me with lower back pain, it doesn't mean they need the same treatment approach. My goal is to educate and help each of my patients with the problems they face. I'm here to encourage them and provide the support they need to reach their goals.

–Greg Huefner

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When most people think of Pilates, they think of the exercise trend that was the butt of a hundred ’90s sitcom jokes. In reality, this system of stretches and workouts is a great option for people of all ages looking to stay active, tone their muscles, and improve their balance, all with minimal space and equipment requirements. One need only look at the history of Pilates to understand how this century-old discipline has helped shape exercise science today. UNLIKELY BEGINNINGS The man for whom the Pilates system is named, Joseph Pilates, was no stranger to health challenges. Born in Germany in the late 19th century, Joseph suffered from both asthma and rickets, making any form of physical activity difficult. But rather than shy away from exercise, he enthusiastically followed his father into gymnastics, later picking up bodybuilding and martial arts. Instead of being held back by his body, Joseph made it his life’s mission to help himself and others live healthy lives. Eventually, he would begin developing his own fitness theories. LIGHT IN A DARK TIME

defense after moving to England in 1912. Then the First World War broke out. Despite having worked closely with English law enforcement, Joseph’s nationality was enough to land him in an internment camp alongside fellow German citizens. As the world was consumed by the bloodiest conflict it had ever seen, the young fitness instructor did what he did best: He helped those around him get stronger and healthier. KNOWLEDGE THROUGH ADVERSITY In this internment camp, the system that would eventually become Pilates was developed. Because of the constraints of captivity, Joseph had to devise exercises that didn’t rely heavily on equipment and could be performed in tight, confined spaces. To this day, Pilates remains one of the most flexible, scalable fitness methods around. The techniques first developed by Joseph Pilates are still practiced today, helping thousands of people develop their core postural muscles, gain better fitness, and improve their balance. As a result of his forward- looking techniques and steadfast spirit of personal development, Joseph Pilates remains an inspiring figure in the world of physical fitness.

Joseph became a known quantity in the fitness world, going as far as training Scotland Yard officers in self-


3. SHIVERING Your body works hard to maintain a healthy temperature, and when that freezing wind rolls in, you’ll likely notice your body start to shiver. Shivering is a physiological response that produces heat through small, rapid muscle movements. It also assists with weight loss; you can burn up to 100 calories in 15 minutes of shivering. Of course, you should never purposefully make yourself chilly just to shed a few pounds, but if you have to be outside for a prolonged period of time this winter, know that your body is helping you out in more ways than one.

Winter can make it hard to stay physically fit. Between the aversion to stepping outside onto your ice-covered porch and the urge to drink that third cup of hot chocolate, these winter months can lead to unwanted weight gain. Nowadays, people will try almost anything to get rid of those extra pounds — yoga with goats, hula hoop fitness routines, and even underwater spinning classes. Believe it or not, you’re already working harder than you think this time of year. Here are three ways the winter weather helps you burn calories. 1. SHOVELING

2. SCRAPING In addition to shoveling snow, you can also get a workout by scraping those layers of ice off your windshield. In fact, you can burn up to 56 calories during a 15-minute scrape session. What’s more, you can’t slack off and skip this activity; it’s a necessary part of your morning routine.

Love it or hate it, if you live in an area with a lot of snowfall, shoveling is a necessary chore every time it snows. While the repetition associated with this task bothers a lot of people, according to a Harvard study, you actually burn approximately 230 calories for every 30 minutes you shovel.


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NOT HITTING ANY PRS LATELY? TIME TO EXERCISE YOUR MENTAL FITNESS Sports psychology has helped athletes, like Michael Jordan, and golf pros, like Greg Norman, become legends. “What separates the good from the great is between the ears, the way they talk to themselves, their inside communication,” says Dr. Sylvain Guimond, a sports psychologist. World- class athletes stay mentally tough and visualize their victories to propel them past competitors. This same strategy can help you take your training to the next level. Outside of the professional sphere, mental exercises based on sports psychology can help you hit new PRs by changing the way you think about your performance. Psychologists have found that believing you can succeed — whether it’s scoring a goal or stealing a base — is key to actually succeeding. One of the

newer techniques to enter the sports psychology scene, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), aims to instill this belief in athletes. While the subjective nature of NLP makes its effectiveness hard to verify, NLP reportedly increases confidence in athletes, as Rhonda Cohen notes in “Sport Psychology: The Basics: Optimising Human Performance.” It focuses on building confidence through visualization and speech patterns to help athletes tune into a winning mindset. While the name might sound complex, NLP is anything but — it can be as simple as choosing a song that you associate with confidence and playing it on repeat for 10 minutes as you visualize yourself getting a PR for squats. Before your next workout, play the song as an audio cue to go into that confident state of mind.

Mindfulness exercises can also be extremely effective at improving athletic performance. These exercises, like yoga and meditation, build a strong foundation for mental fitness. By learning how to ease your thoughts and calm your mind, you’ll be better prepared to call on techniques like positive thinking and mantras during your workouts so you can, as one NLP expert says, “consciously enter a state of peak performance.” Even as you’re incorporating sports psychology techniques into your routine, remember that they’re only going to be effective if you put in the work when you’re training. As Cohen says, “It is one thing to think about or want to change; it is another thing to go ahead and actually do it.”


BRUSSELS SPROUT HASH Inspired by Food Republic

DIRECTIONS 1. In a cast-iron skillet or large sauté pan, heat oil to medium. 2. Once simmering, add rosemary for 1 minute, then remove sprig. 3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add INGREDIENTS • 4 cups Brussels sprouts, finely shredded • 4 eggs • 1/4 cup onions, chopped

• 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 sprig fresh rosemary

• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and freshly ground pepper

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onion and garlic, and cook until onion softens, about 5 minutes.

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