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Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists



October 2011

In This Issue
Happy National Physical Therapy Month
The Plank - Is It Really The World's Best Abdominal Exercise?
6Qs: Bob Letendre, PT & Fitness Enthusiast
Think About It...
Clinic News
Staying Active Tip - What Do The PTs Do?
Bi-Annual: Buy 5, Get 1 FREE
Did You Know?



Welcome to STAYING ACTIVE, the newsletter that helps promote health and wellness. We hope you enjoy the topics we present. 


Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
PTs in WP
PTs in Winter Park

Mobility is the key ingredient to aging successfully and remaining active and independent throughout our lives. I think most will agree that is a universal goal as we grow older.


October is an exciting time for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This is our unique opportunity to highlight the fact that we are your trusted experts in restoring and improving motion, and we can improve your quality of life, helping you to keep healthy, fit, and active and avoid surgery and long-term use of prescription medications, in many cases.


Our focus for National Physical Therapy Month this year is sports injury prevention across the lifespan. Whether it's Little League or the Masters, participating in sports helps promote physically active lifestyles. Despite the documented health benefits of physical activity (weight management, cardiovascular endurance, improved muscular function, increased self-esteem, etc.), we know the potential for sports-related injuries exists. Participating in sports the right way is key to avoiding injuries that can sideline you for a significant amount of time.


The PLANK - Is It Really The World's Best Abdominal Exercise?

The Plank 

The physical therapists at PTIS spent one weekend at Winter Park this summer for some camaraderie and interaction. One thing we talked about was our favorite exercises. One of Gail Molloy's favorites is the plank.


So what does the plank actually do? It is referred to as a 'super stiffness exercise'.  Read more...




6 QUESTIONS for Bob Letendre - PT & Fitness BuffBob Letendre

1. Where did you grow up?  

I was born and raised in Middleboro, Mass. along with two younger brothers and a younger sister. I received my physical therapy degree from Northeastern University in Boston, and after living in the city for a short while I moved to Colorado and have been here since 1988. My original plan was to only be here for about a year but I found my life taking shape around me and it never seemed right to leave.


2.What are your hobbies?  

I most enjoy being around my family. I am married with two small children and love to play in the Colorado outdoors with them. I enjoy fly fishing and golf. I am involved in my church and lead a community group regularly. 

3. What did you want to be when you grew up? 

I grew up very close to my family. My grandfather owned and operated a local trucking/shipping company and I loved being around the plant and all of the trucks, so naturally I wanted to operate a big truck or tractor. 


4. What is your favorite quote?

"What we hear, doth us no good, unless we consider it." ~ Matthew Henry 


5. You spearheaded the PTIS Fit Test. Why?

I have been looking for a way to help take people from the end of their rehab with PT to the next level of fitness. Because in physical therapy we generally see people with underlying medical or health problems, I feel physical therapists have the best chance at helping them change their fitness and get healthier. With the help of other PTs, I was able to put together a fitness physical that would very thoroughly examine an individual's total fitness. PTIS began our fitness physical testing in the spring which is composed of a full musculo-skeletal exam, upper and lower body strength testing, flexibility testing, core strength tests, agility, balance, and coordination testing, as well as aerobic endurance testing. I am very pleased with our ability now to fully exam the overall fitness health of anyone, regardless of age or physical condition, and help them get on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.


6.One thing most people do not know about you that they would find shocking?

I once bleached my hair blonde on a dare.




Tell me and I forget, teach me and I will remember,
involve me and I will learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin


Welcome Back Sheri Morrow, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT

Sheri Morrow is returning to PTIS on October 12th. Sheri previously worked for PTIS for 5 1/2 years. Sheri is an outstanding manual therapist with 17 years of experience. For those of you that already know Sheri and those of you that don't, please join us in welcoming her back. We are excited to have her with us again. Her bio information will be available on the website soon.


Our 24th Anniversary 
PTIS is having it's 24th anniversary. Thanks for all your support over these 24 years.






From preventing and reducing back pain to developing a customized exercise regimen, physical therapists help people preserve motion and mobility as they age. However, they are also dealing with the physical challenges that accompany aging, and they are sharing their experiences to demonstrate that physical activity doesn't have to end with age.


Learn more below about the challenges physical therapists have encountered with age and how they have overcome them to stay fit and vibrant.


Lisa C. 

"A few years ago my back began to get stiff. It was worst in the morning, and because I was in my forties, I thought it was arthritis. As it developed slowly, it took a long time for me to realize it wasn't just me getting old. Even as a physical therapist it is hard to diagnose yourself."


Erik M. 

"Feet and ankle musculature lose their capabilities fairly quickly as we age. Poor foot/ankle fitness affects balance and your ability to stay "upright," and/or prevent falls. I work on single-foot balance activities and calf stretching to ensure my upright capabilities remain intact as I age."


Bernadette W. 

"Throughout my 30s and early-40s I competed in 5k and 10k road races and always strove to finish early enough to earn a medal or ribbon. Now fast forward to the present, I'm nearing 50, and while I still love competitive sports, my joints can't take the pounding they took in my youth. So, have I stopped exercising altogether? No, but I have made some modifications so I don't further damage my joints."


Patrice W. 

"Do I have pain? Often. What do I do about it? I rest a day or two, take an anti-inflammatory, and allow my body to recover. Then, I work back into the activity with gentle stretching and gradual strengthening. It is important for both muscle and heart health to warm up and cool down before and after exercising."


Robert G. 

"I had run my first marathon 10 years prior, and somehow along the way managed to trim 40 minutes off my marathon time! How was I faster at 42 than I was at 32? I realize that instead of maintaining the same training routine, I adapted in order to compensate for the changes that were occurring as I aged."


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For the month of October, if you purchase a Massage or Pilates 5-pack, you will get an extra Massage or Pilates session FREE. This sale is good for 30 min, 45 min, and 60 min massages. Sessions expire 6 months after purchase date.





For most insurance companies, a doctor referral is not needed for physical therapy.
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