Yesterday, I shared that I became a PT because I was allergic to cats!
Even though my dream of becoming a veterinarian was crushed by swollen eyes and tomato-paste colored skin, I was excited to be a Physical Therapist. I wanted to help people get back to doing what they love. I enjoyed using my skills and teaching people how to walk again, how to run again, how to play their sport again, or how to play with their grandchildren again.
Being a physical therapist is super rewarding. I get the privilege to impact people’s lives in a very positive way that is often life-changing for them...and me too. I love my people - yes, they are patients or clients - but to me they are My People. I want to take care of My People!
Here’s the thing, though. PT school did not prepare me. They failed to teach me One Big Thing!
They failed to share that I couldn’t just treat My People and help them get better. They forgot to tell me that this One Big Thing would:
You may know me as a physical therapist but what you probably don’t know is that I got into physical therapy because I wanted to be a veterinarian!
That’s right! I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was 5 years old. I volunteered at a veterinary clinic when I was 15 and then when I turned 16, they hired me as a “Vet Tech”. I cleaned cages, walked dogs, observed surgery, and gave diabetic injections to cats. I worked as a Vet Tech all through high school and then my freshman year in college, I developed a severe allergy to cats. I always had a “sensitivity” with watery eyes but at this point, my skin was turning red like a tomato and my eyes were swelling shut! I switched my major from Pre-Veterinary Medicine to Pre-Med and hated it!. I loved sports so I switched my major again to Sports Medicine and travelled with the sports teams as a student athletic trainer. Being on the road for almost my entire Junior year showed me that I really...
Wouldn’t it be scary if you were trying to exercise to improve your health and your exercise program was the wrong program for you?
That’s right – you could have started the wrong workout or you could have been doing the wrong exercises for years and not even know it.
Read on or Watch this video now to learn how to exercise properly:
First, there are thousands of exercises out there on the internet, in magazines, in blogs, etc. – the problem is that not all exercises are good for everyone. There is no “one size fits all” approach for exercise. If we are honest with each other, not everyone can do every exercise out there. In fact, you can get seriously hurt by trying an exercise that you just flat out are not ready for or not physically capable of doing.
Second, you could be doing an exercise that is right for you but you are doing it wrong. You aren’t strong...
Do you remember playing sports as a kid?
Even if you didn’t play for a school team, you probably played hopscotch or kickball, rode your bike, shot some hoops, swam in a lake, and the list could go on and on.
Kids used to be more active. Unfortunately, now it is estimated that 33% of kids born in the year 2000 or later will suffer with an obesity-related health problem like diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, osteoarthritis, or even cancer.
It is recommended that kids ages 6-17 years old participate in 60 minutes of play every day. Unfortunately, up to 43% of kids today do not meet this recommendation.
Kids who participate in high school sports are:
Are you among the millions of Americans who have high aspirations for how you’ll spend the extra time during your post-retirement years? Whether you plan to travel the world, pick up fly fishing, spend more time woodworking or sign up for a golf league, your physical fitness level will be a factor.
A 2010 study suggests that the fitness declines we typically attribute to advancing age are largely caused by living sedentary lifestyles—which are on the rise due to the prominence of desk jobs in the workplace and activity-limiting personal technologies including smart phones and voice-activated remote controls in the home. Still, this runs contrary to the widely held belief that any declines in our physical abilities are caused solely by biological aging. Do we really have control over how active we’ll be in our “golden years”?
In a word, absolutely. The study—which examined 900,000 running times of marathon and half-marathon...
How many times have you attended a holiday party and left with your feet and back aching?
Have you ever said, “Why does it hurt when I stand to talk to people?”
Well, look no further than down to your feet.
That’s right… look down at your shoes.
Guess what? Those high heels that looked so bedazzling are killing your feet and back.
If the toe of your high heels is pointy, then your feet are getting squeezed together and pinching the nerves in your feet… OUCH!
Those high heels are most likely causing your pelvis to rotate forward and increasing the stress on your low back.
All of this sounds like no fun and can be a recipe for a very long night.
Is it any wonder so many ladies end up kicking off their high heels the first chance they get?
Yes, those are pretty uncomfortable too – especially if they offer no arch support. Your feet are basically...
Huh? What is Fit Factor?
It’s a FREE survey created by The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association that helps you learn how your physical health compares.
Knowing your Fit Factor score will help you understand the areas of health you are successful in and the areas of health that need a little improvement.
Plus, you can receive immediate helpful tips to make improvements right away!
Just click the survey link below to get started – it’s that simple. You can create an account or sign in as a guest.
To Your Best Health,
If you have questions, comments, or concerns about your Fit Factor Score, please don’t hesitate to request a FREE telephone consultation with Dr. Jeanette to learn how to improve your score, and more importantly, your overall health.
November and December can be very stressful for many people because their normal routine is often disrupted by holiday breaks, the kids being out of school, work schedule changes, party requests, diet changes, gift buying excitement or woes, grieving the loss of a loved one, strained relationships, holiday concerts, travel traffic… and the list could go on… and on… and on.
Let’s be honest… some of us thrive on the chaos of the season… and some of us get a bit overwhelmed.
Whether you are an extrovert and enjoy hopping from party to party and event to event or an introvert and you prefer to snuggle under the blanket by the fire and sip on hot cocoa with marshmallows while cherishing your “me time”, EVERYONE NEEDS TO RELAX!
Your body needs to rest and relax so that you can feel rejuvenated and refreshed. The old saying, “we all need a little R & R” is very true.
Yes, I am purposely asking, “How Fast Can You Stand Up and Sit Down 5 Times?”
Make sure to time yourself with a stopwatch.
My time was 9 seconds. What is yours?
Now, the next question is, “Why am I asking this?”
I ask because a recent study shows that people who cannot perform this test in less than 12 seconds, are less likely to be able to walk 6000 steps per day.
A good walking goal to strive for is 10,000 steps per day. If you can walk 10,000 steps per day – the equivalent of walking approximately 5 miles per day – then you are less likely to be inactive.
Inactivity can lead to weight gain and joint stiffness. Obesity-related illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and some types of cancer are on the rise in America. Therefore, having the ability to walk 6,000-10,000 steps per day is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.
Why else is the Five Times Sit-To-Stand Test so important?
Because if it takes you >16...
I get this question all the time: “Dr. Jeanette, what’s the difference between a sprain and strain?”
Before I can answer that, I need to review a bit of terminology:
A ligament is soft tissue that connects bone to bone. A sprain is an injury to the ligament.
A tendon is soft tissue that connects muscle to bone. A strain is an injury to the muscle or to the tendon.
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