SEPTEMBER 2016

We hoped you enjoyed last month's newsletter about our wonderful PTs. We are back to our "regularly scheduled programming" dealing with health and wellness AND to announce our new location. And as always, please provide feedback on what you have been reading or what topics you would like to see in future issues.
PTIS OPENS NEW LOCATION OCTOBER 1

PTIS is excited to announce the opening of a new location. We have had the privilege of working with Crossfit Dove Valley over the past few years and will now be providing services in an adjoining space. 

Our new facility is conveniently located just east of I-25 and Dry Creek in the DTC area near Centennial Airport. We look forward to bringing our experience and high level of physical therapy to the community of Crossfit Dove Valley AND to the surrounding communities of Centennial, Aurora, Parker, Greenwood Village, and the South Denver Metro area.

The new location will open on October 1, 2016. The address is 12656 East Jamison Place Unit 6, Englewood, CO  80112.  More details will be coming soon.

BE HEALTHY FROM TOP TO BOTTOM TO TOE
Try these easy ways to stay healthy and strong from top to bottom to toe.

1. Be social. There's nothing wrong with doing crossword puzzles, sudoku, and reading books, but doctors encourage group activities as well for brain health. 

2. Drink water for your teeth. Sugary and sugar-free drinks can damage tooth enamel. It's the acidity, not just the sugar. Plain water is the best beverage for your teeth. 

3. Look up! A recent newsletter pointed out the issues with "text neck", caused by staring down at phones, tables and laptops. "Text neck" can lead to neck pain, back pain and herniated discs. Elevate screens to eye level and avoid actives where you are looking down.

4. Swallow some sunshine. Most people do not get enough vitamin D. If you can't get enough natural sunlight, consider a supplement.

5. Snore alert. Snoring is a red flag for obstructive sleep apnea. This can cause brain damage, high blood pressure and memory loss. If you snore, considering seeing your doctor.

6. Get off your rear. Sitting too much increases risk for cardiovascular disease. If you can't avoid sitting, at least get up every hour and walking around for 2-3 minutes.

7. Practice your alphabet. Every morning when you wake up, trace the alphabet while only moving your feet and ankles. This stretches muscles and helps you retain range of motion. 

8. Be a tree. Take up a low-impact activity like tai chi or yoga to stay flexible and strong. 

6 Qs FOR RENEE JOHNSON - PT & BIG LEBOWSKI FAN
1. Are you a native Coloradan? What do you love about CO?
I'm a native of Santa Fe, NM and I moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 after falling in love with Colorado during a PT school Internship. I enjoy getting into the mountains for trail running whenever possible and the microbreweries/craft beer culture. I always try to see a concert at Red Rocks whenever possible. My favorite place to snowboard is Wolf Creek and Steamboat, although I mostly go to Copper and Winterpark. 

2. Do you have any brothers or sisters? Children and/or pets?
I have an older sister and an older brother who both live in Santa Fe, NM. I try to get back there once a month to see my 2.5 yr old nephew and my 3 month old neice. I have a step-son who is 14 and an amazing guitar player and just received a scholarship for guitar from Manitou Springs School District.

To read more about Renee, click here.
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PHIA'S CLIMB FROM PAIN
By the time Phia graduated from law school as the top-ranked graduate in her class, she had years of experience pushing through the intense pelvic pain that had been escalating in severity since she was 19. But the pain ultimately overcame that willpower, and she had to postpone her wedding scheduled for the day after graduation. She also withdrew from a post graduation job, and cancelled her plans to take the bar exam.

To find out what happens next...click here.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH

There are 3 levels of PAIN.

1) PAIN 2) Excruciating PAIN 3) Stepping on a LEGO 

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PHITNESS CALENDAR
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.

TAI CHI CLASS 
Mondays @ 11:00 am at Pearl clinic
Tuesdays @ 12:00 pm at Meridian 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

Renee Johnson - September 3
Hillary Krisman - September 4
Wendy Hildreth - September 16
Brenda de St. Simon - September 28

EXERCISE OF THE MONTH
Hand Exercises

Make a Fist: 
  • Make a gentle fist, wrapping your thumb across your fingers.
  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds. Release and spread your fingers wide.
  • Repeat with both hands at least four times.
Claw Stretch:
  • Hold your hand out in front of you, palm facing you.
  • Bend your fingertips down to touch the base of each finger joint. Your hand should look a little like a claw.
  • Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and release. Repeat at least four times on each hand.

PHIT IN THE KITCHEN
Easy Fried Rice

Try this easy fried rice for a healthy, light option for a weeknight meal. Use different vegetables or add chicken or shrimp to your taste. 
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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