Gratitude Improves Health

Have you ever considered how being thankful can influence your health?

If you really stop and think about it, it makes sense.

We’ve all been around the person who complains all the time, views every situation with a glass is half-empty approach, or just has a flat low-energy negative personality.

You are probably picturing the face of someone now and immediately your posture sags.

How different do you feel when someone smiles in your direction, shares an encouraging word, or gives you a thumbs-up?

How thankful are you when the constant complainer is replaced by the cheery sunshine person with a bubbly personality?

Gratitude is a lot like that. The more thankful you are, the happier you are.

I recently started a Gratitude Game on my personal Facebook page. Every day I am either creating a Facebook Live video or posting about what I am thankful for. I plan to continue this Gratitude Game for as long as I can… which could be a very long time since I have an abundance of...

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Keeping Halloween Safe Instead of Scary

I have fond memories of Halloween – dressing up in costumes, going trick-or-treating, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday. Yes, she was born on Halloween. Because she was always giving away candy at the front door, we always had pizza and pop for dinner and then candy for dessert. It didn’t get much better than that as a kid!

As an adult, Mom, and health practitioner, I see Halloween through a different lens.

  • Can my kids see okay when it starts getting dark?
  • Can motorists see my kids when it starts getting dark?
  • What if I run out of candy to give out?
  • If I run out of candy, will my house get tricked?
  • Will my patients young and old be able to participate in Halloween even if they are recovering from an injury?
  • Will someone require physical therapy because of some unfortunate accident on Halloween?

Although no one can prevent 100% of accidents, here are a few tips to stay safe and enjoy the treats this Halloween?

  • Wear reflective attire or glow sticks to be easily...
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Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, so I would be remiss if I didn’t share how amazing this profession really is. What also amazes me is that so many people don’t really know or understand what physical therapists actually do.

When people think of physical therapy, they often think of a person who had surgery going to rehabilitation or an athlete in rehabilitation trying to get back to their sport.

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS SO MUCH MORE THAN REHAB AND SPORTS!

Yes, I am shouting aloud – not in anger or hostility – but in a loving fun and kind way because I admit that my profession does a poor job of teaching people about what we do

I want to change that.

Did you know that physical therapists like myself are back and neck specialists?

  • I know how to use 5 different levels of mobilizations to move the joints of the spine - this sometimes creates a “pop” and sometimes it doesn’t; although the “pop” sounds like something cool just happened,...
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