September 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to our September newsletter!

Read below to learn more about what’s happening at Active PT!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, September 23, 2017 — Fall Jam at Crossfit Future
Active PT will be at CrossFit Future again this year for their annual Fall Jam. Come try dry needling, SASTM, a Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and to hang out with your favorite physical therapists!

We’re excited to share with you a few new changes!

First, we hired Mattie August 14 and so many of you have had awesome things to say about her! We’re so glad to have her on our team. Read Dr. Mattie Bett’s bio here on our website.

Second, we are hiring a new new Physical Therapist! Dr. Leah Vertullo, PT will start September 11th. She is a recent grad from University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Read her bio below or click here!

Lastly, we would like to thank all those who came to our student presentations last month! If you missed their presentations here are the blog posts that the students wrote:

Francesca: Patience Sucess (click here)
Lauren: Motivation Through Fitbit (click here)
Alyssa: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (click here)

Meet Dr. Leah Vertullo, PT!

Dr. Vertullo received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Miami (FL) and her Bachelors of Science in Health Information Management from The Ohio State University.

Leah approaches fitness with an open mind and non-judgmental attitude as she believes as long as you’re movin’, we’re groovin’. Whether, its crossfit, yoga, or running you’re into, every person of any age deserves to have a positive movement experience and she wants to help you achieve that goal.
In her free time she likes to spend time with friends and family, Uber drive and do CrossFit.

September is National Childhood Obesity Month!

The month of September is National Childhood Obesity Month.  According to the Center for Disease and Prevention, approximately 1 in 6 children between the age of 2-19 are considered obese.  Childhood obesity can lead to various health complications including Diabetes, heart disease, and can also increase your chance of being injured with activity.

The topic of childhood obesity hits close to home, as growing up as an adolescent, I struggled significantly with my weight. There are many obstacles to consider when trying to overcome obesity from a physical, mental, and emotional perspective. Speaking from personal experience, trying to lose weight was such a daunting task. As hard I tried, it just seemed like a never ending battle. 

Click here to read the full article with 4 Tips to Combat Childhood Obesity!

 

The Truth About Foam Rolling

To roll, or not to roll?

If you’re anything like me and follow all your favorite health and workout gurus on social media you can see someone swearing by foam rolling/smashing, and without scrolling too far there’s the next guy saying the opposite!  How’s a person to know what’s right?  After a little digging, I could piece together an answer that satisfied my brain…and my muscles.

Recent research is finding the positive results of myofascial release through foam rolling or smashing are temporary in nature.  Increased range of motion and pain relief are both things gained from these techniques, but to make this a long-term effect we may have to add a couple things to our post rolling regimen.
  
The best practice to increase range of motion and gain pain free movement permanently is to immediately reinforce your rolling with movements that involve the muscle groups you just smashed.  Example: 
·         Problem: tight hips and limited squat depth
·         Fix: Rolling glutes, piriformis, tensor fascia late and hip flexors PLUS deep squat drills at rig, air squats, hip extensions, single leg Bulgarian split squats with front foot elevated for depth.

The “take home” here is roll and smash then utilized the new-found mobility with movements to re-educate your neuromuscular system it’s now able to push new boundaries.

Happy mobilizing and moving!
Dr. Mattie

Kat’s Challenge of the Month!

Eat your greens!

Green vegetables are packed with healthy nutrients such as Vitamins A, C, E and K (which are found in salad greens, kale and spinach). Many of the B complex vitamins are also found in broccoli, bok choy and mustard greens as well as fiber and calcium.
 
What makes green vegetables (and really all fruits and vegetables) so healthy is their abundance of phytochemicals. Phytochemicals are chemicals found in plants that help protect plants from disease, insects, injuries, etc.; they’re basically a plant’s immune system. And they work for our immune system too.

Phytochemicals have been shown to be effective in treating cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. They also help prevent cell damage and can decrease cholesterol levels.

Add green vegetables to your salad, sandwich, smoothie, or as delicious side!

 

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