The History of Labor Day
"In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.
People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.
As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.
On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view.
Labor Day is still celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season."
Come Try the InBody
What is the InBody Test?

What does your weight really represent? When you step on a scale, you can’t see how much muscle or fat you have. All you see is how much you weigh.

Go beyond the scale with the InBody Test, a non-invasive body composition analysis that provides a detailed breakdown of your weight in terms of muscle, fat, and water on an InBody Result Sheet. An InBody Test can take anywhere from 15-120 seconds, depending on the model used.

No more pinching. No more dunking. Get results you can trust so you can reach your health and fitness goals with precision and actionable objectives.

Do you want to take an InBody Test? The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy has appointments available for scheduling. 
If you would like to make an appointment to measure your weight breakdown please call us at (901) 756-1650 for pricing/scheduling. We would love to help you on your journey to health and fitness.

Whole Life Challenge
with The Smith Clinic

Need some help jump-starting your goals this year? 
Join us, as we partner with The Whole Life Challenge!
We will help you set your goals for 2020
AND give you the tools to get a jumpstart on them!

What if I told you that in 6 weeks you could participate in something that could change you? Actually transform the way you live and feel. For 6 weeks, you’ll make the choice to invest in yourself – whether it be sleeping better, eating “cleaner”, or simply drinking more water. Yes, it will be a challenge, but also an exploration and for those who make it to the end – an accomplishment. Whole Life Challenge is a program designed to improve one or all of the following 7 Daily Habits: Nutrition, Exercise, Mobility, Hydration, Sleep, Well-Being, Reflection. By participating in the Challenge you will break through your comfort zone and do something you might not currently think is possible. Our goal is to create a culture of wellness and inclusiveness around this Challenge!


Teaming up with our Smith Clinic staff,
together we will track the 7 key habits of health and wellness:


Registration fees are as follows: 
Package 1: $80 
Couple: $150
Family: $175
Package 2: $50
Couple: $90
Family: $100

Contact us at 901-756-1650 to register!
Covid19 Update
In the mist of so many unknowns, we are striving to keep up to date on all the current CDC recommendations. Our team is thankful to have close relationships with some of the Memphis area's most esteemed doctors. We been in close communication with these practices and are also following the protocols they advise. The Smith Clinic staff wants each patient to feel comfortable during their treatment and be able to receive our premier care.

Please remember:
Masks are required at all times.
Maintain a 6 foot distance between yourself and other patients.
We are asking family, caregivers, and drivers to remain in your car during treatment.

We are so grateful for each one of you and look forward to the day we get to see your smiling faces. Know that we are doing our best to move forward in a time where concrete answers are rarely available.
Paleo Lemon Bars (Nut Free)
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice about 4 lemons
  • Grated zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 3 large eggs PLUS 1 yolk
  • 1 Tbsp tapioca flour
  • 1/2 tsp coconut flour
Best Turkey Burgers
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt
  • Pinch of parsley flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Hamburger buns
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Mayonnaise

Who Can Benefit From Physical Therapy?
Medical News Today
Have you ever wondered if you should continue therapy? Do you have a loved one who might benefit from treatment, but you are not sure if they would qualify? Medical News Today recently posted an article outlining some of the most common reasons patients receive therapy. The need for treatment comes in a wide variety of forms that may surprise you. These needs range from cardiopulmonary conditions to post-op rehabilitation.
Your body is a machine that needs regular maintenance. Each one is created differently and needs specific attention to allow it to work properly. This is why physical therapy is exceedingly effective and can lead to changes that promote a healthy life style. Regular exercise can improve a host of issues including fall prevention, mobility, balance, and recovery.
Those involved in high-intensity activities like sports and weight training could also benefit if weakness in smaller muscles prevents an athlete from reaching their peak performance.
The Glory in Weakness and Loneliness
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (CSB)

During the last several months, it has been easy to focus on the weakness of our bodies, the country, or even our spirits. Months of isolation a mist a global pandemic can make us feel isolated and alone. These quiet moments have a way of allowing the lies of the enemy to settle into our hearts. He whispers, "You are alone. Your world is hopeless. Why follow a God who is keeping you locked away in fear and weakness." If we fail to stand on the promises of God, our souls will start to fill the empty hole in our hearts with lies that only crush our spirits. 

Looking at the life of Jesus gives us a road map, guiding us through the depths of weakness and loneliness. Jesus lived a life of weakness, starting his life in a manger. Many people pass over the significance of the birthplace of Christ and fail to grasp the lowly place in which the King of Kings started his life. The manger was a feeding trough where cattle, horses, and donkeys ate within the stable. Stop and think for a second about where you would typically picture the birthplace of a king. In that time, kings were born into a royal family which meant they started their lives in the palace. Not Jesus. The King of the world started His life in a place where animals came to eat. Dirty. Smelly. Lonely. Weak. 

For most of His life, Jesus was a wanderer, constantly traveling around preaching the gospel to strangers. Nothing about this life was comforting or popular. He spent his time being the center of rejection, anger, and pure hatred. Imagine the heartbreak when one of his children would reject the free, lifesaving gospel He offered them. Imagine the loneliness of never having an earthly home or being with those He loved most. Imagine the weakness in hours of torturous pain, hanging naked on the cross. Needless to say, Jesus is fully acquainted with the despair we feel when it seems we are in the depths of weakness. That empty feeling in our hearts is the birthplace of a life of joy and peace that only Jesus provides if we allow him the opportunity to hide Truth in the secret places of our hearts (Psalm 51). 

Isaiah 40:29, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” 

If you only look at Jesus' life on the surface, it might be hard to see the underlying glory and comfort that His long-suffering gives the Christian. When Christ came down from heaven, He left the right hand of God and laid in the lowliest place on earth... a manger. How comforting is it to know our Lord felt what it's like to live in the lowliest of positions. We cannot even imagine being in the full presence of God or what the Christian has waiting for them in heaven, but Jesus knew exactly what He was leaving. He knew the fullness He was surrendering and the brokenness He was choosing to experience. Why would He choose to abandon all glory in heaven? Because He loved us. He loved us so much that He would trade fullness for brokeness, the right hand of God for a cross on a hill. 

"And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
  and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Luke 2:12-14

Christ's birth was announced by a multitude of angels declaring the glory that had entered into Earth. If you look closer at the words of this verse, you see the angels address Jesus being born in a manger. Immediately, they began to sing, "Glory to God in the highest." The angles recognized the highest of beings had chosen to enter into the lowliest of places and gave God all the glory for His great kindness. How great is our Savior! He gave up his status and position in order to relate to His .

As He started His ministry, Jesus traveled throughout the known world, giving up daily comforts. There was never a safe place for Jesus. He was followed by opposition, usually by people who claimed to serve the God who sent Him. Christ lived His life in a way that would allow us to relate to Him in our most lowly times. We can look to Jesus when we feel most alone and know He felt the same feelings we do. Isn't it comforting to know that we worship a God that is not distant or unrelatable? 

In the last days of Christ's life, He walked down His most weak and lonely road. John Piper points out the physical road to Calvery is downhill. Jesus started his life in a low place, but ends His life in an even lower place. Jesus was never exalted on earth. His entire life was low, lower, to lowest. Jesus was constantly in a place of submission and weakness so that God the Father would receive all the glory. Through Christ's weakness, the world saw the kindness and compassion of the Father. We were able to see Christ's power be made perfect in His weakness. 

Although times are unpredictable, we do not have to focus on the news of the world that changes almost hourly. We can focus on the Truth that never changes like the shifting shadows (James 1:17). The Truth we claim is Jesus, our lowly Savior, has made a way for sinners. He conquered death. He makes the weak strong. He is near the broken. He continually holds us with His right hand (Psalm 73). He gives us peace in times of chaos. Do not be disheartened in this day, for the Lord has made all things new and will ultimately restore the Earth to its rightful place in the day of Christ. 

“This is how the Lord reigns: from infinite deity, to feeding trough, to final torment on the cross.”- John Piper
Smith Clinic Celebrations
September 2nd- Hannah Bowers
September 16th- Ellie Grace Darlington
September 21st- Meg Bolton