It is with mixed emotions we announce that Corey and Analise will be leaving The Smith Clinic in the near future in order to further their careers as physical therapists. While we are absolutely thrilled for them and their bright futures, will will miss them dearly and are so grateful for the time they have spent at The Smith Clinic!
Read on below to find out where Corey and Analise are headed, in addition to what their time at The Smith Clinic has meant to them. Congrats, Corey and Analise!!
"I'm going to South College in Knoxville, Tn. They're Doctor of Physical Therapy program is two years! We're fortunate that my inlaws live there, because we're going to need help with the little guy. I've been advised not to work during this time...school and studying is my new job. I've been waiting a long time for this opportunity. Four and a half years ago, I was very lucky to have found a place like The Smith Clinic. I will miss everyone: my coworkers and owners, the patients, and everyone I train."
"Beginning in August 2020, I will be attending Belmont University's Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in Nashville!
My time at The Smith Clinic has taught me so much! I’ve learned a whole lot from everyone, and I’ll take those lessons with me as I go through my time at school and as a future physician. Michael, Angie, and everyone who is a part of the clinic have really cultivated such a caring and positive environment for patients who are hurting to come and be taken care of and know they are loved. It’s very special, and I’m really thankful for my time working here!"
November is a time when we're called to give thanks for blessings in our life. Seasonally, it's a time of harvest, and the feast of Thanksgiving traditionally represents the bounty of the fields. But it's not always easy to abound with gratitude, especially if life doesn't seem to be going your way in this season.
Irving Berlin wrote and Bing Crosby sang the classic “Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)” for the 1954 movie, White Christmas. While it has become a song that is associated with Christmas, we think it is more appropriate for Thanksgiving. There is some wonderful advice contained in these lyrics: “If you’re worried and you can’t sleep, just count your blessings, instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
Did you know studies have linked gratitude with a variety of positive effects? In fact, studies show that grateful people tend to be more empathetic and forgiving of others. Grateful individuals demonstrate less envy, materialism and self-comparison. Thankfulness improves self esteem, enhances relationships, quality of sleep and longevity. In short, if gratitude came in pill form, it would be deemed the miracle cure!
Don’t just count your blessings on Thanksgiving - write them down daily! Some days you may have to look deep for the "good" instead of focusing so much on the “bad”, but there is always something to be be grateful for. As Paul says in Philippians 4:4, 11-12:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ...11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
So, wherever or with whomever you spend your Thanksgiving, enjoy your day and count your blessings...and know we count each of you as one of our biggest blessings!
As the temperatures begin to drop, we often see an influx of patients complaining of what we call, “cold weather pain.” As the winter goes on, and temperatures drop and the wintery weather continues, these cold weather pain complaints only get worse. So, what’s the deal with these cold weather pains? Are they real? Why does your body hurt more in the winter?
It’s common for people with arthritis or with a history of joint pain to notice when the cold and damp weather hits. Knee pain, hip pain and even pain in the chest, spine and thorax are often reported with increasing rates during the colder winter months. So what is happening inside the body to create these cold weather pains?
Here are a few theories on what may be happening inside your body if you suffer with cold weather pains:
2. Stay Hydrated.Sometimes when the weather is colder, we may not drink enough water. Water helps keep your system balanced, your joints lubricated and your system flowing. It allows for easy secretion of wastes and helps your body run smoothly.
3. Check your Vitamin D.In the winter months, we are more susceptible to being Vitamin D deficient. 70% of Americans have insufficient levels of Vitamin D, which often leads to muscle, bone and joint pain. Check your levels with your family doctor.
4. Warm Up!Taking Epsom salt baths, warm showers and saunas are a great way to relieve cold weather pains. The warmth improves circulation and mobility in those cold, stiff joints experiencing cold weather pains.
Once we reach the age of 50, orthopedic pain is the leading cause of disability for people worldwide. Keeping our bodies moving and healthy is the key to our quality of life. Whether you are suffering with a cold weather pain or some other body pain, physical therapists are always just a phone call away. Physical therapists are doctorate level-trained health care professionals who specialize in keeping the body moving and healthy throughout life. It’s never too late to start, and physical therapists can prescribe programs uniquely designed based upon what you need.
As always, if you are suffering with cold weather pains, knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, ankle pain, foot pain, lower back pain, jaw pain, headache pain or neck pain, and you live in the Mid-south, feel free to The Smith Clinic to schedule an evaluation...it would be an honor to help you!
Strength training for seniors is safe and effective for men and women of all ages, including those who are not in perfect health and those who are aging. In fact, people with health concerns and older adults often benefit the most from an exercise program that includes lifting weights a few times a week. For older adults, a decline in muscle strength potentially has more severe consequences in daily living than a decline in cardiovascular fitness.
The aging process is traditionally viewed as a progressive decline in health, but studies show that this decline is often linked to inactivity. Strength training are activities that help you build strength, maintain bone density, improve balance, maintain proper posture, improve coordination and mobility, reduce your risk of falling, and help you maintain independence in performing activities of daily life. Strength training requires little time and minimal equipment.
What are the benefits of strength training for seniors?
Strength Training, Balance, and Falls
Falls are the most common of all accidental events in the elderly population, and lower limb muscular weakness is often the cause. Performing a regular strength training program will almost always result in improved balance, coordination, and a reduced risk of falling. It is important to understand, however, that some balance problems, particularly those caused by irregularities in the vestibular system, may be irreversible. But exercises that challenge balance on one or both legs, coordination, flexibility, antigravity strength, trunk strength, and ankle strength can significantly improve balance of older adults. An active muscular system depends mostly on muscle strength, which serves as the body’s most effective energy absorber. Therefore, muscle strength, gained through strength training exercises, can potentially reduce the severity of the impact if a fall does occur.
Frequency, Intensity, and Duration of Strength Training for Seniors
The frequency, intensity, and duration of a strength training program is going to vary from person to person, depending on their initial strength, physical fitness level, and other pre-existing health conditions. It is important to find the right balance between exercising conservatively to prevent injury and exercising consistently to increase strength.
Exercises to Improve Your Strength
These activities will help you build strength, maintain bone density, improve balance, coordination, and mobility, reduce your risk of falling, and help you maintain independence in performing activities of daily life. As you’ll see, strength training requires little time and minimal equipment.
Always perform a warmup prior to strength training (and stretching is NOT a warmup). To get your muscles warm and loose, walk for 5 to 10 minutes. Walking will help direct needed blood flow to your muscles, prepare your body for exercise, prevent injury, and gain maximal benefit from the exercise. Warm muscles respond better to the challenge of lifting weights.
Squats—Lower Limb Strength
In front of a sturdy chair, stand with feet slightly more than shoulder-width apart. Cross your arms over your chest and lean forward slightly at the hips. Making sure that your knees never come forward past your toes, lower yourself in a slow, controlled motion, until you reach a near-sitting position. Pause, then slowly rise back up to a standing position, keeping your knees over your ankles and your back straight. Never let your knees touch throughout the entire motion. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then complete a second set of ten.
Wall Pushups—Upper Limb Strength (arms, shoulders, chest)
This exercise is less challenging than a normal pushup and will not require you to get down on the floor. Find a wall that is clear of any objects. Stand a little farther than arm’s length from the wall. Facing the wall, lean your body forward and place your palms flat against the wall at about shoulder height and shoulder-width apart. Bend your elbows as you lower your upper body toward the wall in a slow, controlled motion, keeping your feet planted. Pause, then slowly push yourself back until your arms are straight, but do not lock your elbows. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Heel Raises or Toe Stands—Lower Limb Strength
This is a good way to strengthen your calves and ankles and restore stability and balance. Near a counter or sturdy chair, stand with feet shoulder-width apart. If needed, use the chair or counter for balance. Slowly push up as far as you can, onto the balls of your feet and hold for two to four seconds. Slowly lower your heels back to the floor, in a controlled motion. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Biceps Curl—Upper Limb Strength
This exercise will make lifting daily objects, such as a gallon of milk, seem much easier! With a dumbbell (or if you do not have a dumbbell, a soup can will work too!) in each hand, stand, or sit in a chair, with feet shoulder-width apart, arms at side, and palms facing facing in front of you. Slowly lift up the weights by flexing your elbow. Keep your upper arms and elbows close to your side, as if you had a newspaper tucked beneath your arm. Keep your wrists straight. Slowly lower the dumbbells back toward your thighs, keeping palms facing forward. Repeat ten times for one set. Rest for one to two minutes, then repeat for a second set of ten.
Refer to the Stretching section on the main page of Health Tips for proper stretches to perform for cool down. A proper cool down will prevent future muscle soreness and help prevent injury.
Regular physical activity is fun and healthy. Being active is safe for most people, however, before starting a strength training program you should check with your doctor to make sure your strength training plan is safe for your health.
Perhaps you’ve noticed more men sporting mustaches and facial hair this month. Or maybe you’ve heard of No-Shave November and Movember and wondered what all the fuss was about. Movember and No-Shave November are two movements dedicated to raising awareness for some of the most common health challenges faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and mental illness. The concept behind these movements is to go shave-free for the entire month of November (women can participate, too!). Then, at the end of the month, you donate the money you would have spent on shaving towards organizations that educate about cancer and suicide prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting these battles.
Throughout the world, women live longer than men, although this gap varies tremendously in less developed countries. According to the CIA World Factbook, in the United States, average longevity for women is 82.2 years for women and 77.2 years for men, a five-year gap. Many men have the mentality of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it”, so if they cannot see or feel an external stimulus, they will think there is nothing ever wrong. A majority of men are just not aware of what they can do to improve their health and live healthier and happier lives.
Being informed about the symptoms, risk factors, and available tests can empower men to lead a healthier life. So, in the spirit of raising awareness for men’s health during the month of November, we’ve compiled a list of what you need to know about some of the most prevalent health concerns in men.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MEN'S HEALTH BEGINNING AT AGE 20 AND BEYOND
When it comes to their health, too many men don’t talk and don’t take action. If you are worried about a friend or loved one and their risk factors, talk with them about early detection. Help them by reminding them to schedule an annual physical, if they don’t already have it on the calendar...it could save their life.
Fall may technically begin in September, but it really hits in October—a month of crisp, cool(ish) weather, punctuated by crunchy fallen leaves and an onslaught of pumpkins. Accordingly, you’re going to want warming, stick-to-your-ribs recipes at your finger tips. So, Take a scroll and get ready for a delicious month. These recipes are perfect for game day and holiday parties, so make a double batch and share with everyone you love. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know which ones you try!
Sweet Potato Stew
A delicious, hearty, and healthy sweet potato stew made in the crockpot (slow cooker). This stew is packed with sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, corn, tomatoes, beef, and plenty of seasoning!
Pair this sweet potato stew alongside a simple salad such as winter fruit salad or homemade dinner rolls for a complete, satisfying meal.
Healthy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats
These are full of cheesy Italian sausage or ground turkey, bell peppers, mushrooms, and the best crispy panko topping, and are ready in just 30 minutes!
Recipe from: https://www.lecremedelacrumb.com/healthy-italian-stuffed-zucchini-boats/
Glazed Apple Tart
If you're the type who prefers desserts that go heavy on the fruit, this apple tart's for you. Halved apples (that's right, no slicing or dicing) are roasted with brandy and maple syrup, then arranged on a pastry basewith almond streusel to add crunch and absorb any rogue juices. What you get is kind of like apple pie—if it were 70 percent fruit with the flakiest crust imaginable. Firm tart apples hold their shape even when cooked twice. You can make the dough and roast the apples up to 2 days ahead.
Recipe from: https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/glazed-and-flaky-apple-tart
Spicy Maple Roasted Butternut Squash & Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon
Sweet and spicy maple roasted butternut squash with brussels sprouts and savory, crispy bacon. This filling, veggie-packed dish is perfect for a side dish or a main meal!Ingredients
Almond Butter Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Cups
Easy apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups made with applesauce, fresh apples, oats, maple syrup and almond butter for a boost of protein + flavor. Freezer-friendly, great for kids or meal prep!Ingredients
We hope you enjoy trying some new and tasty recipes perfect for this time of year! As always, we would love to know what you think!
Nights are getting longer, leaves are beginning to fall, and you can probably already smell pumpkin spice in the air. When seasons change, they give us the opportunity to take inventory on our lives.
Maybe it's time to clean out the storage space, or to go through the closets. This is also the perfect time to check in with your personal health! Since this time of year is usually comprised of less activity, more food, and potentially more stress (the approaching holidays), preparing yourself is an excellent way to be ahead of the game.
So how do you stay happy and healthy this fall season? We've got 7 tips to get you started:
As most of you know, October is great cancer awareness month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, second to skin cancer, with one in eight women in the United States (roughly 12%) developing breast cancer in her lifetime. It is also the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.
Encouragingly, the death rate from breast cancer has declined a bit in recent years, perhaps due to greater awareness and screening for this type of cancer, as well as better treatments. How can you lower your risk for breast cancer? Knowledge is the first step in learning about prevention and lowering your risk.
We have compiled a list below of 10 important facts about breast cancer to help educate and build awareness.
While no one can tell you how to prevent breast cancer with any sort of guarantee, there’s evidence to suggest that certain healthy lifestyle changes can lower your breast cancer risk. Additionally, breast cancer awareness leads to earlier detection and better outcomes. If you’d like additional information about breast cancer and prevention, we suggest visiting the following reputable sites to learn more about all aspects of the disease:
The American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Facts & Figures 2015-2016
The American Cancer Society, Cancer Facts & Figures 2016
National Cancer Institute SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Breast Cancer
World Cancer Research Fund International
World Health Organization
If you’re a fan of fall, you’re certainly not alone. Something about the cooler temperatures and the changing season just puts many of us in a reflective mood. This, in turn, makes autumn a perfect time to hear what God is saying amidst the sound of fires crackling and the scent of pumpkin floating through the air.
As we begin to experience the majesty that fall beholds, may we be intentional in listening for His voice, reflecting on His goodness and the depth of His love for us. Below are a few scriptures that can help us get started:
1. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” —Psalm 19:1
The sky on a clear fall day can be the most incredible shade of blue—especially against the background of changing leaves. One glance gives us a clue that we’re a part of something bigger than ourselves. Take some time to enjoy the wonder of His work.
2. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” —Ecclesiastes 3:1
Whether it’s leaves changing in your backyard or you changing your clock for Daylight Saving Time, autumn reminds us that nothing stays the same forever. Change is one of the few constants in life, but that’s okay--God has perfect timing, and He has a purpose that stretches into eternity.
3. “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you.” —Psalm 31:19
God doesn’t just give us a few blessings. He pours out an abundance of good things on our lives. Fall offers the perfect time to reflect on His goodness toward us. His blessings really are new each day (Lamentations 3:22-23).
4. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” —Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
Fall is a season of harvest, so it’s good to remember that we always reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7). Sometimes, we get discouraged and wonder if the seeds we plant will ever sprout. Fall assures us that harvest day is coming, so we have to stick with the work.
5. “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain.” —James 5:7
Patience may be a virtue, but it’s never easy. This agricultural illustration with a fall flavor reminds us that we have to develop patience. God will work out His plan in His timing. We can trust His work, even when He’s not working on our timetable.
6. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” —Isaiah 40:8 (NAS)
Dried leaves crunch beneath your feet, and the grass is a sad shade of brown. The air turns crisp—maybe even cold. It’s the annual transition from the life of spring and summer to the hibernation of fall and winter. But while seasons shift, we serve a God who never fails. He stands forever—and new pages on the calendar can’t change that.
We pray that you experience Him this fall like never before!
October is finally here, bringing with it the first signs of Fall, pumpkin flavored treats, and most importantly: National Physical Therapy Month. Since its inauguration by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) in 1981, National PT Month has been a great opportunity to celebrate all PT professionals as well as recognize the transformative power of physical therapy. PTs and PTAs help restore and improve motion in many people’s lives. This year, APTA hopes to raise awareness about the risk of opioids and all the ways physical therapy can help with pain management.
The theme for this year’s PT Month is #ChoosePT. This campaign hopes to let people know about the dangers of opioid use and promote PT as a safe alternative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging health care providers to reduce the use of opioids in in favor of safer options, like physical therapy. Some of the potential side effects to opioid use are depression, overdose, and addiction. There are also possible withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. Because of these risks the CDC guidelines state, experts agreed that opioids should not be considered first-line or routine therapy for chronic pain
How is The Smith Clinic is Celebrating Physical Therapy Month?
The Smith Clinic is celebrating PT Month by building awareness and fun giveaways, so be sure check out our social media so you can participate!