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Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists



May 2012

In This Issue
Arthritis Pain or Fibromyalgia Stopping You from Exercising?
6Qs: Pauline Kemper, Receptionist & Fibromyalgia Warrior
Spring Salad Idea
Think About It...
Staying Active Tip - Prevention of ACL Injuries



Happy Springtime to you! We hope you enjoy our May issue of STAYING ACTIVE. This month's newsletter is full of tips related to keeping you active even with chronic pain. 


Arthritis Pain or Fibromyalgia Stopping You from Exercising?  by Robert Letendre, PT, CMPT


couple on bikesDid you know that two minutes of exercise a day can lower levels of neck, shoulder and back pain? I recently ran across a study that found that office workers who performed resistance exercise with elastic tubing two minutes a day experienced relief of symptoms. So for many who get pain during their work day this is great news. We as humans are meant to move, not to be sedentary.


This also got me thinking about those of us who struggle to adopt a regular exercise program. It really doesn't take much to get us on the path of good fitness - two minutes a day is a great start. It certainly won't improve cardiovascular fitness or help you lose weight, but what it does do is begin a pattern of exercise that will lead to better overall fitness.


We all know that regular exercise is good for us, but many may be asking themselves these questions: How can I start an exercise program without hurting? What exercise is appropriate? Where do I start? How do I know if what I am doing is effective?

As physical therapists it is our passion to help people get active, move better, and achieve their fitness goals. Consider coming in and getting evaluated to get a baseline of what your fitness level is right now, and let us help you get started.
6 QUESTIONS for Pauline Kemper - Receptionist & Fibromyalgia Warrior 

1. Where did you grow up? What school did you go to? My dad was in the military, so I traveled quite a bit. I was born in Furstenfeldbruck, Germany. When my dad retired from the military we moved to San Antonio, Texas where I graduated high school and still call home. I have 3 sisters and 6 brothers. I have been married for 34 years and have 2 children: a son who lives in Virginia and a daughter who lives here in Colorado. I also, have 2 grandchildren who are a blessing and so much fun to have around.


2. What did you want to be when you grew up? I always wanted to have my own center for children, especially children that did not have much, so that they could come and play and not worry.


3. What do you enjoy about your job at PTIS? I enjoy helping people, talking to people, and listening to what they have to say. When you listen to people, especially those older than you, you always learn something. I remember one person whom I meet, she would always say "no matter what kind of day you are having, if you smile you will always feel better".


4. What are your hobbies? I love to read and sew. I have made blankets for my children and grandchildren.


5. What is your favorite place in Colorado? I love going to the mountains in the summer, they are just so peaceful and relaxing.


6. What is your top advice for taking care of your health? Doing exercise, eating right, and getting help when you need it. Since I have fibromyalgia, I have found that just 20 minutes of exercise a day helps me a lot. I have a Wii exercise program and that has also helped me. And walking is also great. When I cannot control the pain on my own, I seek physical therapy which always helps (good thing I know some excellent physical therapists!).  




Try a New Salad This Spring

Arugula Pear Salad




Salads don't have to be boring. Try this recipe for a great spring salad. 

 Arugula, Pear and Gorgonzola Salad 







"To the world you might just be one person,
but to one person you might just be the world.

- Author Unknown


STAYING ACTIVE TIP - Prevention of ACL Injuries

by Janet Incitti, PT, OCS


runnersThe ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is one of the 4 major ligaments that provide stability to the knee. The majority of ACL repairs that occur each year are done on young athletes (under age 25) and female athletes. Females are 8 times more likely than males to sustain a non-contact ACL injury. Soccer, basketball and lacrosse rank among the highest in terms of injury. There is evidence to show that women can significantly reduce their risk of injury by performing special exercise programs. The common features of the programs include: improving balance, especially on a single leg, strengthening the core muscles around the pelvis, including the hamstring or back of the thigh, and plyometrics (jumps) with emphasis on correct landing position.

A physical therapist at PTIS can evaluate  you and instruct you in the correct exercises to help prevent an ACL injury and allow you to continue playing your favorite sport.



Get Ready for GOLF Season

With a thorough evaluation of your strength, range of motion and posture, we can tailor an individual exercise routine specific to your needs. Our golf package includes an initial musculoskeletal screen from a physical therapist and Pilates based exercise treatment lasting 60 minutes followed by four 45-minute exercise sessions tailored specially to each golfer's needs. Cost $225. Click here for more info.


Fit Test - Saturday, May 12th 

Using a battery of painless tests that you won't find at a typical gym or with a personal trainer, our licensed Physical Therapists will evaluate your fitness and show how you compare against national averages. Click here for more info.  Cost $99 for 90 minute test.


Mother's Day - Sunday, May 13th

Mother's Day celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. This year, instead of flowers or candy, show mom that you care about her health with a gift certificate for a massage or Pilates session. Or sign her up for a Fit Test, Balance Class or Golf Program. Mom's need to be healthy too! Call 303-757-1554.


6-Week Balance Class Starts Monday, May 14th

This is a unique 6-week program for back and leg strengthening, stretching for mobility, education and balance exercises. Come join a class to restore your balance, fitness and independence. Click here for more info. 


National Bike Month/Bike To Work Day - May 18th

National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city - and help get more people in your community out riding too!  


The Colfax Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 Miler and 5K - May 19 & 20th


The Bolder Boulder 10K - May 28th

Thank you for your interest in health and wellness. We believe Staying Active is important for WORK.SPORT.LIFE. 

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Happy Mother's Day!


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