Campus Commons PT - February 2019

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LOVE AND BUSINESS PEAS AND CARROTS OR OIL AND WATER?

When you work with your significant other, the relationship operates uniquely. With my wife and I both involved in Campus Commons, it can be difficult to turn away from the business. I might be out at a soccer game and ask, “Hey, did you get that done?” Over the years we’ve noticed this tendency, and that’s why in 2019 I want to focus more on leaving the clinic at work and being less consumed at home. It’s easy to walk in the front door of our house and continue being an entrepreneur, but without the balance between personal relationships and work, life becomes more stressful. Finding harmony can be tough, and we often need to check ourselves. I was with a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago, and I explained that we’ve been running the business for five years now. In response, he quipped, “I could tell from the gray streak down the side of your head.” It was a good joke, but there is a lot of stress associated with the job because our livelihood is tied directly to the success of the practice. When you need to pay a mortgage and keep up with the monthly family expenses, it can be hard to take a step back. But as I get older, I see that no matter how much I justify working

longer hours, what really matters is the time I spend with my family.

Changing my schedule has allowed me to take a deep breath. Each month, my wife and I are going to do a date night and hold ourselves accountable to talk about anything but business. We committed to each other first, so setting aside time to invest in our relationship should take precedent. I want to focus on what we have together outside the confines of the clinic because it’s important to show love in more than one way. “WITHOUT HER, I WOULD NOT BE THE MAN I AM TODAY, AND OUR PRACTICE WOULD NOT BE NEARLY AS EFFECTIVE.” My wife is exactly my opposite. Everyone adores her because she’s empathetic and compassionate. She’s always positive and smiles at everyone she meets. I’m more serious, so she balances me out really well. She does a great job of joking around to get

me to lighten up. Every day she energizes our kids and continually nurtures them through challenging times. She’s the ultimate mother and wife. Everything is taken care of, even though it doesn’t have to be. Without her, I would not be the man I am today, and our practice would not be nearly as effective. Her birthday is in February, and I think it’s wonderful that I get to celebrate our love and her life in the same month. It might be the shortest of the year, but it packs a big love punch, and I couldn’t be more thankful.

–Mark Eddy

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AWALK IN THE WOODS IS THE PRESCRIPTION 3 WAYS CONTACT WITH NATURE IMPROVES YOUR HEALTH Our ancestors were deeply connected to their natural environment, mostly because their survival depended on it. With no Whole Foods available, those who could best track a mammoth, find water, and forage for edible were asked to take the memory test again. Group A, the students who had walked in the arboretum, performed 20 percent better on the memory test. Group B didn’t show any marked improvement. Additional research has corroborated the memory-enhancing effects of nature. A CALMING EFFECT Research also shows that spending time in nature reduces stress. In a study conducted by Chiba University in Japan, participants spent two nights in the forest. Researchers evaluated their levels of stress hormones during and after this period and compared it to their

plants kept themselves alive and passed on their genes. Given our history as hunter- gatherers, it’s no wonder contact with nature provides us with several health benefits. A MEMORY BOOST In a University of Michigan study, a group of students were asked to take a memory test that involved repeating numbers back to researchers. Next, researchers separated the students into two groups. Group A took a walk around an arboretum and Group B walked along busy city streets. Afterward, they

normal work days in the city. Across the board, participants’ stress levels were much lower during the days spent in the forest and for several days afterward. Today, we’re less connected to our natural environment than our ancestors were. Modern comforts and technology mean we don’t have to go outside to get our food. But nature is still accessible and you don’t have to go far to find it. In many of the studies, even minor exposure to the outdoors, like adding plants to your home or looking out a window during work, showed health benefits. This winter, find ways to bring a little more nature into your life each day. Your brain will thank you.

A MOOD BOOST Observing the benefits nature has for cognitive function, scientists wondered what effects it might have on individuals diagnosed with depression. In one study from the University of Essex, participants with major depressive disorder reported an improvement in self- esteem and mood after spending time in nature. Exercising while in nature resulted in even more of a mood boost for participants.

LIVING A PAIN-FREE LIFE LASER THERAPY If you’re experiencing pain throughout your body and have been unsuccessful in getting relief no matter what methods you’ve tried, deep-tissue laser therapy could be your solution. This type of therapy is noninvasive and gives patients an alternative means to get rid of their pain without the use of surgery or prescription drugs.

Treatments are painless, quick, and

yield almost immediate results. There are usually 3–5 sessions, which last anywhere

from 5–10 minutes each. Your body will experience the best benefits from the laser treatment 18–24 hours after the procedure, due to the increase of cellular activity. During the treatment, patients will feel a warming sensation on their skin as the laser gently penetrates the tissue, boosting the body’s natural regenerative powers. Laser therapy should never be uncomfortable for the patient. If you become uncomfortable at any time during the treatment, tell your practitioner immediately, and they will adjust the treatment accordingly. People who have grown frustrated while trying fruitlessly to relieve their pain now have a pain- and drug-free solution. Contact our clinic today to learn more about laser therapy and how it can help you return to a healthy and painless lifestyle.

Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation, which is the use of light to stimulate cellular metabolism and change the condition of damaged tissue. This technique is an effective treatment for pain and inflammation throughout the body, and increases the healing process, allowing the body to repair faster. By penetrating deep into the damaged area, laser therapy can treat a wide variety of pain, including both acute and chronic conditions. Our clinic uses LightForce™ therapy lasers with a patented Laser- Massage® treatment head, which allows the practitioner to deliver a steady stream of energy while manipulating underlying tissue and muscle. This treatment head enhances the effectiveness of the treatment, and provides the best results for our patients.

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POST-SURGICAL REHAB HOW WE TAILOR YOUR RECOVERY PLAN TO YOU!

Surgery can be one of the most challenging experiences in anyone’s life. The physical toll it takes on the body is so profound that no other medical procedure can mimic it. Injuries that result in surgery are mentally, physically, and emotionally difficult. And because each injury is different, each road to recovery is unique and complex. Helping a patient recover post-surgery requires a keen understanding of the nature of their injury. Every patient is different, and because of this it’s important that we tailor each rehabilitation program to the specific physical ailment. What works for a 55-year-old coming off back surgery is different than what works for a 23-year-old recovering from an ACL tear. We accurately identify your needs and make sure your plan gets you back to full health.

Post-surgical rehab is unique because there is no diagnosis needed. The type of surgery tells us precisely what is required for your rehab. This allows us to use proven therapy techniques and pair them with individualized instruction to smooth your path to recovery. Rehabilitation takes time and the key to its success is desire. That’s why we focus on helping you feel empowered throughout the process. Coming back from surgery may take a huge physical toll, but that’s only half the battle. Having the proper mentality is crucial, and our team takes great pride in its ability to drive patients toward success. We can help, but ultimately you are the key to your recovery.

TAKE A BREAK

SPICY SALMON TARTARE

Inspired by Epicurious

INGREDIENTS

1 8-ounce boneless, skinless salmon fillet

3/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated

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1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon lime zest 1/4 cup cucumber, seeded and finely diced

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1 1/2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, minced 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh chives, minced

1 1/2 teaspoons grapeseed or vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced 1 1/2 teaspoons shallots, minced

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Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Crackers or chips, for serving

DIRECTIONS

1. Place salmon in freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier. 2. Meanwhile, prepare other ingredients for mixing. 3. Thinly slice salmon into sheets and cut sheets into strips and strips into cubes. When finished, you should have 1/8-inch cubes. 4. In a mixing bowl, combine salmon with all other ingredients. Season with salt and pepper. 5. Garnish with chips or crackers and serve.

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The Challenges of Love and Business

3 Ways Nature Improves Your Health

The Benefits of Laser Therapy

Customized Post-Surgical Rehabilitation Plans

Spicy Salmon Tartare

Let’s Retire These Health Myths

u l e 3 HEALTH MYTHS YOU PROBABLY BELIEVE

We live in the golden age of information. The answers to many of life’s questions are just an internet search away. Despite this readily available wisdom, we still have a bad habit of believing health-related myths. Here are three popular health “facts” that are total works of fiction. THE 5-SECOND RULE KEEPS FOOD SAFE Obviously germs and bacteria don’t really wait five seconds to pounce, but snatching your chip off the floor fast keeps most of the germs away, right? Not according to a 2006 study published by Dr. Paul Dawson. He found conclusive

University School of Medicine pointed out, over 50 percent of bottled water is just filtered tap water. The same effect can be achieved with a home filtration system. Of course, if the tap water in your area has been contaminated, bottled water is a safer alternative. However, in most circumstances, bottled water is no healthier than tap water. CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS The connection between knuckle-cracking and arthritis came from studies where participants self-reported their habits. Modern medical research has shown these results to be false. The official stance from the John Hopkins Arthritis Center states, “There is no evidence that cracking knuckles causes any damage such as arthritis in the joints.” Still, chronic knuckle-cracking can lead to reduced grip strength, so you might want to break the habit anyway. You’ve probably heard these myths for years, but just because something is common knowledge doesn’t mean it is true. With information so easily available, always take the time to research the facts, especially when it comes to your health.

evidence that when food comes into contact with a contaminated surface, bacteria are transferred immediately. Even one second spent on tile, wood, or carpet is enough to infest your food with salmonella or another serious contaminant. BOTTLED WATER IS SAFER THAN TAP WATER Seeking out safer water alternatives increases the sales of bottled “spring water” each year. However, bottled water is more expensive, bad for the environment, and, as Dr. Morton Tavel of the Indiana

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