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A NEW TAKE ON SPRING-CLEANING MAKING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SPRING WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
As far as the seasonal changes go, it doesn’t get much better than the place we call home. Although it can be hard for us Floridians to truly pinpoint a time when the weather changes from good to great, spring is in full swing, and we couldn’t be more excited here at FYZICAL Jacksonville. With the heat staying at bay until it escalates to its summertime climax, there’s never been a better time to shake out those winter cobwebs and enjoy all the beauty that our area has to offer. But with these changes can come a new wave of frustrations for anyone with a pesky injury that’s keeping them from truly soaking up the sun and doing what they love the most. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. With a team of dedicated specialists in all aspects of physical therapy, you’ll be able to stride with confidence back to your favorite pastimes.
As many treatments as we’re able to offer for injury rehabilitation — and we do have quite a lot of tricks up our sleeves to get you back in shape — we advise our clients to come in for a checkup before they return to their favorite springtime activities. Whether it’s concerns over a nagging case of tennis elbow or trouble with a knee injury that’s keeping you from taking your morning walks, we have the know- how and experience to make your ailments a distant memory. By being proactive in your preventive care, you’ll be able to dive head-first into your passions without having distracting worries holding you back from your full potential. Whether you’re enjoying your life as a spry retiree or gearing up to go to soccer camp while school is out for the summer, there’s no better peace of mind than knowing that you’ve had your previous concerns tucked away by a trusted medical professional. As if that wasn’t reason enough, we’re trained and certified in all aspects of the newest pieces of medical technology that make recovering and preventing injuries easier than ever. Our office has a Class IV deep tissue laser that allows your body to heal itself from the inside out by triggering
a reaction in your cells to rebuild the damaged tissues. Medical jargon aside, this means we’re able to easily and effectively treat pain, inflammation, and chronic clinical conditions from your muscles to your joints to the very bones themselves. All this adds up to faster recovery times than ever before. Between our expertise and our top-of- the-line equipment, you’ll be off the couch and out to the yard to play with your young ones in no time. You don’t need to keep putting it off, and you don’t need to worry about the typical monotony of a dreaded doctor’s visit. Here at FYZICAL Jacksonville, we work hard to make our office feel as relaxed as possible with a friendly and helpful staff to guide you every step of the way. A life of decreased mobility doesn’t have to be the life you live. We truly believe that if you treat your body well, your mind will follow. That’s why we do what we do to get you active again, so you can experience all the joys that this great world has to offer.
UPCOMING EVENTS Workshop: Sciatica & Lower Back Pain Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 Time: 6 p.m. Location: 4776 Hodges Blvd., STE 101 Jacksonville, FL 32224
-Dr. Joanna Frantz
If you would like to participate or have questions, please reach out to us as soon as possible!
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WALK TO WORK DAY A START TO A MORE ACTIVE LIFE
Everyone knows that walking is healthy for us, but not very many people have the chance to stretch their legs. With a busy schedule, you might not have the luxury to get up earlier and get a quick brisk walk in. But that doesn’t mean routines can’t be changed. Walk to Work Day is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to walk more in their daily lives. Finding the time to walk for 30 minutes a day can help you lose weight, reduce the chance of heart disease and diabetes, and improve emotional and mental health. A LITTLE HISTORY Walk to Work Day takes place on the first Friday of April every year and has been celebrated since 2004. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services promoted the holiday with enthusiasm as a way to counter the alarming rise in obesity and health issues throughout the country. Since its debut, Walk to Work Day has been picked up by people, businesses, and organizations across the world to inspire people everywhere to exercise more. OBSERVING THE HOLIDAY To celebrate Walk to Work Day, simply slip on your walking shoes, grab a portable breakfast, and head out the door! Be sure to bring an extra
outfit and shoes with you as walking in high heels, dress shoes, and/or dress attire can be uncomfortable. For people who don’t have the time, try taking a short walk around the workplace during breaks or lunch. Getting in a 15-minute walk during the day will help you feel more refreshed and ready to get back into the grind. You can also invite other coworkers or friends to walk with you. OTHER MODES OF TRANSPORTATION Although Walk to Work Day encourages people to walk, there are other ways to get to work without having to drive. Biking is an excellent means of transportation and can be helpful for people who might have a longer commute. If you don’t own a bike but are still in need of a quick transport between two locations, you can hop on an electric scooter. These scooters have appeared across America over the past year or so and have proven handy for individuals needing to get from point A to point B quickly. Walk to Work Day offers a perfect chance to change up your routine for a more active lifestyle. Let this holiday be the first step in many that will come!
AMID AN EPIDEMIC, PT HELPS CURB OPIOID ABUSE WHY EXERCISE THERAPY SHOULD BE THE FIRST STEP IN RECOVERY
2 • WWW.FYZICAL.COM/JACKSONVILLE Today, a startling number of Americans suffer from opioid addiction. According to a report published in the Annual Review of Pharmacology and Toxicology, more than 4 percent of U.S. adults misused prescription opioids in 2018. Prescription drugs can lead to enough tragic overdoses on their own, but as the physical aspects of addiction set in and prescriptions dry out, addicts desperately turn to more serious drugs like heroin and fentanyl. Opioid addiction is indiscriminate; it can strike anyone of any social class, race, gender, or economic standing. This is one reason the overprescription of opioids over the last two decades, coupled with a more recent flood of street opioids, led to more than 70,000 deaths in 2017. In an effort to stem the tide of opioid- related deaths, the CDC issued a set of
new recommendations to doctors in 2016. They questioned the effectiveness of opioids for the management of chronic pain and encouraged physicians to instead focus on physical therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other nonopioid pharmacologic options for long-term intervention. Studies show that physical therapy may have the potential to dramatically reduce opioid reliance, abuse, and overdose. In one 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, researchers discovered that, in cases where doctors referred patients suffering from low back pain to a PT as a first-line treatment, the odds that the patient ended up needing an opioid prescription decreased significantly. Other studies have also reinforced the same trend for treatment
post-surgery: When physical therapy is the first recommendation, patients tend to use fewer opioids and actually spend less on treatment in the long run. The evidence seems clear: If patients follow the recommendations of the CDC and consider physical therapy before taking pills, they substantially lower their risk of dependence on and abuse of prescription drugs. Of course, you should always follow the advice of your doctor, but consider requesting a referral to PT first — it’s just a safer, more consistent, and less expensive option. And who knows? It might just save your life!
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ACTIVE SEARCHING FOR ACTIVE PASTIMES FINDING THE RIGHT TIME TO GET YOUR CHILDREN INTO SPORTS Whether you were the star player or the kid who picked flowers in the middle of the field all game, almost everyone has memories of being on a sports team when they were young. Some lose interest over time and pursue other activities, while others find they really enjoy their sport, maybe have a real talent for it, and continue playing until they are young adults. Whatever the case, parents should take a couple of factors into consideration when determining if their child is ready for sports. If they begin playing too early, it might turn them off to the sport before they really understand it. It could also result in premature wear on muscles and bones that prevents them from playing their sport later on. Most experts believe that the proper age for introducing your child to sports is somewhere between 6 and 9 years old. When they are younger than 6, it is important for them to be
active, but their motor skills are not yet developed enough to play most competitive sports. Trying to get them to understand this fact at that age might only make them frustrated with the sport and make them dislike it before they can even give it a try. Even when children are between the ages of 6 and 9, they might not be ready for sports that require higher forms of coordination, like football or hockey. Instead, try sports like T-ball, soccer, or karate. They won’t be ready for more intensive sports until they are 10–12 years old. If your child does not seem to enjoy team sports, you might see if they may like more individual sports, like running or swimming. Their personality can be just as significant as their age when it comes to choosing the right sport. Some children might not show interest in organized sports at all. If your child does not seem interested in any sports,
even though they are old enough to understand the rules and are coordinated enough to play, you might want to consider other activities, like art or music classes. Still, it is essential that they are active for at least an hour every day, no matter their interests. Sometimes kids will get frustrated with the sports they play (even if they like playing them), and they might want to quit. If your child doesn’t seem to like the sport you signed them up for, encourage them to at least finish out the season. They might just need a little more time to warm up to it. However, if they still aren’t enjoying it at the end of the season, help them find other activities that they might like better. Ultimately, when a child is ready to play sports, it is important to stay in tune with what brings them joy and what keeps them mentally and physically healthy.
ROASTED RADISHES WITH RADISH GREENS
TAKE A BREAK!
Inspired by Food & Wine magazine
• 3 bunches radishes with greens attached • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
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. • Salt and pepper, to taste • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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.
4. Finish with lemon juice and
additional salt if desired. Serve immediately.
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IS IT OKAY TO SKIP BREAKFAST? THE TRUTH ABOUT THE FIRST MEAL OF THE DAY
Sometimes you skip breakfast simply because you don’t have time to eat. Other times, you skip breakfast because nothing really appeals to you. This is a common occurrence for many people across the country. But when you skip breakfast, you may find that you feel just fine. It begs the question: Is breakfast really that important? Do you need to eat breakfast?
It depends. Most people can skip breakfast and be totally fine. They’ll make it to lunch without skipping a beat. It all comes down to how you feel . Some people need breakfast or they’ll have to deal with mood swings — often referred to as being “hangry” — caused by low blood sugar. A healthy breakfast can stabilize your mood, helping you feel more positive, energized, and focused throughout the morning. We can, however, bust the notion that breakfast is the “most important meal of the day.” This phrase was used to market breakfast cereal in the last
century. In reality, it doesn’t mean anything. The most important meal of the day is whichever meal you get the most out of, whether it’s nutritional value, enjoyment, or both. Having a healthy, protein-rich breakfast does come with benefits, though. It gives you energy for the day and helps you avoid scrambling to find something to eat a couple hours later when hunger sets in. All too often, skipping breakfast (or having a carb-heavy breakfast) leads people to raid the vending machine or make unhealthy food choices they wouldn’t ordinarily make.
Along these same lines, skipping breakfast may encourage you to eat more later in the day at lunch or dinner. You may think you’re saving calories, but over the course of a day, you can end up consuming more calories than if you had simply eaten breakfast. With so much research on the subject of breakfast, one thing is clear: You should eat when you feel hungry. You don’t have to live by the conventional wisdom of “three squares a day.” When you listen to your body, you’ll feel better for it!
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