MARCH 2016
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LUCK is in the air this month! No one is born with 100% guarantee of a happy life and healthy body. Our lives unfold with the choices that we make. This month, "make" your own luck by taking care of your body and your mind. Try a new physical activity to get some extra exercise, get out of bed and do a few stretches, or perform a random act of kindness to give yourself a smile. And may the luck be with you.
DRY NEEDLING BY A PT: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a "dry" needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
Other terms commonly used to describe dry needling, include trigger point dry needling, and intramuscular manual therapy.
Dry needling is not acupuncture, a practice based on traditional Chinese medicine and performed by acupuncturists. Dry needling is a part of modern Western medicine principles, and supported by research. 
*Information courtesy of APTA.org
PHOEBE GETS NEEDLED

Phoebe lived with migraine headaches for decades, experiencing 2-3 episodes per month that could last for several days. Physical side effects included nausea and visual disturbances, all of which caused Phoebe to retreat from the life she loved, declining social invitations and professional opportunities in anticipation of yet another migraine.
*Information courtesy of APTA.org
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

NOBODY CAN GO BACK AND START A NEW BEGINNING, BUT ANYBODY CAN START TODAY AND MAKE A NEW ENDING.
ANONYMOUS

GOT MUFFIN TOP? TRY FLOOR "SWIMMING"

Got Muffin Top?  Add this exercise to your daily routine and you will strengthen your core while reducing your Muffin Top.



1. Lie facedown with arms and legs extended into an 'X' shape. Extend spine and lift chest, arms, and thighs off the floor, hovering above the mat (keep eyes focused down to avoid neck strain). Reach right arm up toward ear as left leg lifts slightly higher behind hip.
2. 
Immediately switch sides to complete 1 rep. Try to keep torso as steady and still as possible during the movement. Continue, alternating arms and legs.
Sets: 3   Reps: 20
Mistakes and Tips: 
To modify, keep your elbows slightly bent and concentrate on engaging the abdominals.
Think of widening your shoulder blades and sliding them down your rib cage as you lift your chest forward. You want to find an opening through your chest and an external rotation in your shoulders.

PHITNESS CALENDAR
BALANCE CLASS 
Wednesdays @ 1:15 with at Pearl clinic. 
An Individual Risk for Fall assessment can be scheduled with Cora.
TAI CHI CLASS 
Mondays @ 11:00 am at Pearl clinic
Tuesdays @ 12:00 pm at Meridian clinic 

TRX ClASS 
Mondays @ 7:00am & 8:00am at Pearl clinic.
Wednesdays @ 4:30 pm at Pearl clinic.
Only 4 spots available in each class so please reserve your spot now.
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION AVAILABLE
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!
FMS EVALUATIONS AVAILABLE
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.
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CLINIC NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS RENEE!
Congratulations to Renee Gonzalez for achieving the position of first sergeant.  A first sergeant is a special, senior non-commissioned officer position who provides a dedicated focal point for all readiness, health, morale, welfare and quality-of-life issues within his or her organization. For Renee, it means she has been given the distinct privilege, and entrusted with the duty and responsibility, of taking care of all Airmen and their families. As a senior NCO, she is required to follow general and specific guidance per military rules, but as a first sergeant, she focuses specifically on the people who execute the mission.  First sergeants live Air Force's core values 24/7-365 and are the epitome of integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all they do! 

First sergeants are selected by meeting with a formal board consisting of 5-7 senior leaders. These senior leaders ask a myriad of questions, both knowledge and scenario based. Once selected, a first sergeant candidate must attend a 6 week course (4 weeks on-line and 2 weeks in-residence) to finalize their new position. In Renee's case, the completion of the first sergeant academy helped her complete an associates degree in Human Resources with the Community College of the Air Force.

"Thank you to the PTIS owners and staff for their continued encouragement and support!" - Renee Gonzalez




Staff Birthdays This Month

Brandi Rice - March 19

PHIT IN THE KITCHEN
CHOCOLATE STOUT CUPCAKES
If you are not able to sit in an Irish Pub on St. Patrick's Day and slowly drink a nice cold Guiness, try this recipe instead.  And may the luck of the Irish be with ya!
 
MESSAGE FROM PTIS
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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