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nature. For example, a great number of my patients are mothers, and they desperately want to ensure that they are healthy enough to care for their children. While their urges are completely understandable, by doing so, they embody the old adage, “Rob Peter to pay Paul.” They are merely discharging one debt to pay another. It is my role to get them to slow down long enough to take care of themselves. Skipping sessions or cutting corners in your treatment process not only extends the length of your recovery time, but it can also create many more severe problems down the road. My team here at Louisville Sports & Injury Center knows perhaps better than most that there isn’t a particularly good time to suffer an injury or put the responsibilities of life on hold to recover. But that is why we all try our absolute hardest to not only reduce your pain but to restore you back to normal as soon as possible. So this Christmas, here is the wish at the top of my list: While you and your family carefully select the perfect tree to go in your living room, string up those twinkle lights along your roof, and hide the mischievous Elf on a Shelf for your kids to find, take time to be grateful for the health you have, make plans to preserve your longevity, and contemplate ways to make
A Time of Reflection and Gratitude Let’s Be Thankful for Our Health This Month
As the end of the year rolls around and the holiday season is upon us, I find myself using this time as a point of reflection and gratitude — particularly in relation to my health. Every family or person has their own subjective meanings they associate with Thanksgiving and Christmas, but for me, the holidays serve as an important reminder that our health is our most important asset. It is easy to allow the chaos that surrounds the winter months to distract people from this fact. Between picking out Christmas presents for the kids, organizing a family trip to visit Santa Claus, cleaning the house before the in-laws head over, and preparing that
delicious holiday ham, your body is often the furthest thought from your mind.
“There is something wrong with the continuous deferment of making your health a priority in your own life.”
There is something wrong with the continuous deferment of making your health a priority in your own life. One of the most important conversations I share with patients centers around the significance of focusing on their own recovery and treatment before they try to help others. I know this process is difficult for many people due to their genuinely selfless
yourself even healthier this upcoming year. If you have any questions about how to do so, don’t hesitate to give us a call! All of our team members here at Louisville Sports & Injury Center wish you a merry Christmas and happy holidays!
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If you have come through our office doors seeking out a massage therapist, then chances are you had the opportunity to meet Katrina Miles, the Louisville Sports & Injury Center’s longest-standing employee. Katrina has been a valued asset to our team for the last decade, and everyone in the office agrees the day-to-day operations wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly without her presence. You see, in addition to assisting patients with their sore muscles and residual pain, Katrina fulfills multiple other roles, such as helping with accounting, scheduling, and follow-ups. Because the team is quite small — 10 people in total — Katrina is happy to lend a hand wherever she can. The small, close-knit team is one of Katrina’s favorite aspects of coming to work each day. She believes that she is employed alongside some of the hardest-working people she’s met. They all feed off of one another’s energy to ensure that patients get the help they need and deserve. She explains, “If it weren’t for the wonderful atmosphere my team and I share, I wouldn’t be here.” Katrina made the choice to pursue a career that allowed her to treat people’s pain when she was just a teenager. She grew up with five brothers, all of whom were quite active and constantly begged her to massage their sore muscles. She thought to herself, “I can do that for a living,” and enrolled in Advanced Massage Therapeutics, where she was taught by Charlie Watson, a massage therapist for the Louisville Cardinals. Through her classes, Katrina was specifically drawn to the more medical aspects of massage therapy. She decided from there on that she would aim to work in a chiropractic office rather than a spa. In addition to being a great massage therapist and team member here at Louisville Sports & Injury Center, Katrina is also in the Air National Guard, which she joined Get to Know Katrina Miles An Amazing Massage Therapist and a Vital Part of Our Team!
The story of the three wise men visiting Jesus is a focal point in the Judeo-Christian telling of the birth of the Christ. Their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh demonstrate reverence for the child through symbolism: Gold symbolized kingship; frankincense was commonly burned in temples and represented the spiritual stature that Jesus would hold; and myrrh was used in preparing bodies for burial, foreshadowing his eventual crucifixion. While the Magi’s role in the birth of Jesus is well-known, not much is understood about the men themselves and their connection to the baby in the manger. Historically known as Magi, the three “wise men” are known for their study of the stars. The Magi were some of the earliest astrologers. Until the 17th century, astrology and astronomy weren’t separate fields of study. Astrology included both the study of how the stars and planets affect human life and the position and motion of the cosmic bodies. In the Persian Empire, Magi were known as astrologer-priests, delineating the fate of men they saw written in the stars. But while they are known for interpreting the significance of planetary movements for human life, many historians suggest there could have been more to their jobs than astrology. “Magi” comes from the Greek word “magos,” which means magic. Early interpretations of magos included alchemy and sorcery along with astronomy. Speculations swirl among many biblical scholars about the true nature of the Magi, as some tellings portray them as illusionists or fortune-tellers. In a cultural context, the Magi were revered across the Middle East. Along with their knowledge, they had stature and wealth that allowed them to bestow gifts upon those they deemed important. The act of giving presents to a child wasn’t a regular practice for the Magi, and thus the event was significant for the time. While only three Magi are portrayed in the familiar nativity story, the real event would have included many servants. As a matter of fact, the Bible never mentions the number of Magi who visited Jesus, leaving interpretations open as to how many Magi traveled to Bethlehem. In the early seventh century, the Magi were pushed to the outer rims of Africa and India due to the rising popularity of Islam. Since someone could only be considered Magi by birth, it is widely accepted that the line of succession eventually ended, and the Magi faded into history. THE HISTORY OF THE MAGI Wise Men or Sorcerers?
nearly three years ago. So just as she spends her weeks hard at work in the office, she spends her weekends hard at work at the base. The next time you are at the office, be sure to stop by and give Katrina a quick hello! You’ll
quickly understand why her patients and our team find her completely irreplaceable.
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How to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth With Less Sugar SURVIVING THE SEASON OF SWEETS
Cookies, cakes, and pies, oh my! The holiday season is brimming with sweet treats of all kinds. Sometimes it can feel like candy and sugary desserts are around every corner, and yet you still want to indulge. However, when you consider that over 50 percent of Americans are insulin- resistant, prediabetic, or diabetic, that piece of pumpkin pie with whipped cream starts to look more dangerous than appetizing. During the holidays, how can you satisfy your sweet tooth without worrying about consuming excessive sugar and calories? at bay. Dried fruits, such as cranberries, pineapple, or apricots, are both sweet and nutritious. Just be sure to check the packaging for added sugars. You can even make your own dried fruit with a food dehydrator. This way, you are completely in control of the ingredients. No matter what you do, just be mindful not to overindulge. Dried fruit is high in sugar and calories, but the fiber and vitamins make fruit much healthier than just about any other sugary treat. Skip the candy and go for the fruits and nuts. Keeping a bowl of fruit and nuts nearby can help keep sugar cravings
Another way to cut down on your sugar intake is to use dark chocolate in all your chocolate-based treats. Dark chocolate has about half as much sugar as milk chocolate, twice as much healthy fat, less cholesterol, 4–5 times more iron, twice as much potassium, fewer carbs, and more flavonoids and theobromine. The antioxidant properties of the theobromine and flavonoids make dark chocolate as good for your heart as it is for your soul. If you have a recipe that calls for chocolate, reach for the dark stuff, whether it’s dark chocolate chips, cocoa powder, or baking chocolate. While it may seem as though everyone and their grandma is overindulging in sugar this season, know that you have the choice to opt for healthier sweets. And come New Year’s, you won’t have to spend the first few months of 2019 working off that extra cookie weight.
Buttery Roasted Chestnuts
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• 2 teaspoons kosher salt, or more to taste
• 2 pounds fresh
chestnuts, unpeeled • 2–3 sprigs rosemary • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
• Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Heat oven to 450 F. 2. Place a large sheet of foil on a rimmed baking sheet. 3. On a large, flat workspace, place chestnuts flat side down. Using a sharp knife, carve an X on the rounded side of each chestnut. 4. In a large bowl of hot water, soak chestnuts for 1 minute. 5. Pat dry and transfer to a medium bowl. Add rosemary, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Toss to coat and transfer to baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Gather the edges of the foil together, leaving an opening at the top.
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6. Roast until peels curl up, about 30–45 minutes. 7. Transfer to a platter and serve while hot or warm.
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Louisville Locals! What’s Going On This Month?
Breakfast With Santa! When: Saturday, Dec. 15; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Where: Galt House Hotel Admission: $15–$30
by about 90 minutes on the ice. These classes are all-inclusive, so if you have mobility issues, the Derby City Curling Club will provide delivery sticks, which ensure that stones can be delivered from a standing position or from a wheelchair. Additionally, they provide the equipment. All you need is warm, loose-fitting clothing and clean, rubber-soled shoes to change into for curling. Dancing Through the Decades New Year’s Eve Party When: Monday, Dec. 31 to Tuesday, Jan. 1; 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Where: Galt House Hotel Admission: $135, ages 21 and older only Ring in the new year by Dancing Through the Decades at the Galt House Hotel! With the purchase of a ticket, you can start the evening early with cocktails and some of the grooviest ‘70s tunes. Then you’ll make your way through the dinner and dessert buffets with a live band’s music of the electrified ‘80s. After all that, you’ll dance the night away to a DJ or sing your heart out via karaoke in our very own Studio 54 until the countdown and champagne toast at midnight. Get your ticket early to ensure that you can have a rockin’ good time ringing in the new year!
Santa will visit his Louisville workshop at the Galt House Hotel every Saturday morning this December to enjoy a breakfast buffet with his elves. You and your family are invited too! Along with a yummy buffet, kids can attend Elf School to make holiday crafts, ride the Peppermint Express train through a winter wonderland, watch circus-style performances by the elves, and get a photo with Santa himself at no extra charge. Learn to Curl When: Thursday, Dec. 20, 6–8 p.m. Where: Alpine Ice Arena Admission: $30 If you ever wanted to learn how to curl, this is your chance. The Derby City Curling Club’s Learn to Curl class will teach you the basics of curling, including scoring and technique. The class includes about 30 minutes of education in the classroom followed
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