APRIL 2017      

Happy April! It seems like every month I am "pushing" exercise. Want to know why?  BECAUSE EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR YOU! (and yes, all caps there is meant to be yelling that answer!). We've talked about brain health before but we are revisiting it this month as a reminder of how important keeping your brain strong is and how regular exercise can benefit your brain and your body. Also, this month we are doing our first SPOTLIGHT of a local physician. Read on my dear brainiacs. 

EXERCISE COUNTERS COGNITIVE DECLINE
A recent study in the journal, Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise, adds to the ever-growing body of evidence supporting the benefits of exercise. In addition to the plethora of physical benefits, it was found that moderate-to-vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of cognitive decline by 36%, as reported in Time ( Exercise Keeps the Brain Young: Study - December 29, 2016).

With an aging population and continued projected increases for age-related cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, these findings give hope that older adults can help delay the onset of cognitive decline. 

The study provided 6,400 people aged 65 years and older with an activity tracker for a week, and assessed their cognitive abilities during tasks. After 3 years, people who performed moderate-to-vigorous levels of physical activity were significantly less likely to experience cognitive problems than those who were sedentary or did light physical activity. 


As movement experts, physical therapists can design exercise programs for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease to include keeping them active and independent for as long as possible.
*from www.apta.org

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHYSICAL EXERCISE FOR YOUR BRAIN
In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.
  • Aerobic exercise is great for body and brain: it improves brain function and acts as a "first aid kit" on damaged brain cells.
  • Exercising in the morning spikes brain activity and prepares you for mental stresses for the rest of the day, and also produces increases retention of new information.
  • Activities that incorporate coordination along with cardiovascular exercise, such as a dance class, are great choices.
  • At the gym, opt for circuit work outs which quickly spike your heart rate and constantly redirect your attention.
  • Hitting a mental wall? Reboot your brain with a few jumping jacks.

SPOTLIGHT: DR. KATHY VIDLOCK
Dr. Kathy Vidlock is a local orthopedic physician. Her  clinical interests include non-operative sports injuries, concussion management, ultrasound for diagnostic purposes and injections and athletes with asthma, fatigue and other medical conditions. She enjoys helping athletes of all levels, competitive or recreational, get back to their activities.

RENEE ADDS A STRIPE
Our own Renee Gonzalez was recently promoted to rank of Senior Master Sergeant (SMSgt). This is the eighth enlisted rank in the  U.S. Air Force   and is a senior  noncommissioned officer  (SNCO). Promotion to senior master sergeant is the most difficult enlisted promotion to attain in the Air Force. 

SMSgts are key, experienced, operational leaders, skilled at merging their personnel's talents, skills, and resources with other teams' functions to most effectively accomplish the mission. SMSgts continue to develop their leadership and management skills in preparation for expanded responsibilities and higher leadership positions. SMSgts normally operate at the operational level of leadership.

Join us in congratulating Renee for her impressive promotion and in thanking her for serving for our country.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

ABILITY is what you are capable of doing. 
MOTIVATION determines what you do. 
ATTITUDE determines how well you do it.
Lou Holtz

PHITNESS CALENDAR
TRX CLASS 
Mondays @ 5:00pm at Pearl clinic.
Only 4 spots available so please reserve your spot now.

TAI CHI CLASS
Mondays @ 11:30-12:30 pm at Pearl clinic.
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!

FMS EVALUATIONS
The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry.

CLINIC NEWS
Staff Birthdays This Month

Bob Letendre - April 5th
Debra Baker - April 27th

Welcome Anthony Daniel to our Maroon clinic. Anthony comes to us with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education.
PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP BARS

It is rhubarb season again which is my favorite time of year. I usually make Strawberry-Rhubarb pie but this will be my next baking expedition. Try this recipe with me and let me know how it goes.
 
MESSAGE FROM GAIL, BEV AND BOB
We appreciate your support and business throughout the last 20+ years. We hope to keep helping you stay active for all your  WORK. SPORT. PLAY. for another 20+ years.

Sincerely,
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at  Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists
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