Modern Physical Therapy NewsletterVolume 1
December 2010
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Welcome to the first edition of the Modern Physical Therapy Newsletter!  Our goal with this newsletter is to touch base with you about issues that are important to your health.  In addition we would like to use this newsletter to keep you up to date with information about our practice.  Please feel free to let us know what topics you would like to see in future editions.  Also please feel free to pass this along to your friends.  It is our goal to provide excellent physical therapy services to those in need as well as be your partner in your journey toward optimal health and wellness. 

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Question of the Month





True or False:  When you are injured specialized pain receptors relay the pain message to your brain?

(Answer at bottom of the page)

Winter Have You Singing the Blues? 
John Throckmorton PT



Winter is quickly approaching.  The combination of the days  getting shorter and the holiday stresses can result in a case of the "winter blues".  Here are 5 easy tips to help make those long winter months a little more enjoyable.

1.  Let the sun shine in.  When it's available, spend a little time in the sunshine.  Getting 15 min of light at a window or even better outside is a wonderful way to get some Vitamin D and lift your spirits.  If natural light is not available light box therapy is a great alternative.

2.  Let's get physical! How about that feeling you have after good workout?  Exercise produces a chemical cascade that is oh so helpful in improving mood.  But I don't want to go to the gym . . . Walking is a wonderful, natural, and inexpensive exercise program.

3.  Talk, talk, talk (my wife loves this one):  Seek out social interaction.  Make a phone call.  Join a club.  Volunteer.  Interaction with others recharges our batteries especially when you are helping those in need. 

4.  Balance . . . Your diet that is.  Turkey, mashed potatoes, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pie, more turkey . . . just writing this list makes me feel a little sleepy.  A well balanced diet can provide our bodies with the right balance of vitamins and nutrients we need for a healthy and productive day. 

5.  To sleep or not to sleep?  Getting the right amount of sleep allows your body to prepare for tomorrow.  Too much or too little sleep may affect your energy level. 

The winter blues should not be confused with Seasonal Affective Disorder which is a more serious medical condition and may require the assistance of a physician.  If you have any questions about your depression please contact your physician.

Modern Physical Therapy is also working with Total Health Psychology on a new treatment for depression called Therapeutic Lifestyle Change.  For more information you can contact Total Health Psychology at 816-420-8282. 

Clinician's Corner

John Throckmorton PT


John has been a licensed physical therapist for the past seven years and has been working at Modern Physical Therapy for the past year and a half.  He graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Pensacola Christian College in 2001 and with his Master's Degree in Physical Therapy from Southwest Baptist University in 2003.  He received more than just an education from Southwest Baptist University as he met his lovely wife (who is also a physical therapist) there. His personal interests include sports of any kind.  Recently, he became a certified medical professional in rehabilitation and development of golf exercise programs from Titleist Performance Institute for one of his favorite sports GOLF.  He is also the creator/commissioner for Modern Physical Therapy's fantasy football team.  Which has created quite the friendly rivalry in the clinic.  John's philosophy on physical therapy is that the patient and therapist form a team and together work toward one goal, the greatest level of recovery possible.   
Quiz Answers Here!


There are not specialized receptors for pain.  Nerves take information from various receptors and send it to the brain.  The brain interprets this information and then produces pain if this is the most logical response.  

This is similar to how nerves transmit information from light receptors in the eye to the brain which then processes this information and allows us to see.     
Have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

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