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Brainwashed: Change requires starting with a clean slate.

Brainwashed: Change requires starting with a clean slate.

Brainwashed: Change requires starting with a clean slate This one’s for all the PT’s in the house. Most of the writing I do on my blog is for patients: to provide information, encourage, and teach self-care techniques. Today I’m writing for my peer group. I would like to preface this post by saying that I am not currently a member of the APTA. Before you leave this website or think that I have no right to have an opinion on an organization that I am not part of, let me explain to you the major reason that I am not a current APTA member: In October 2011, I left a job that was meeting all of my financial needs to pursue my dream of being a self-employed physical therapist. I took a risk, and the reward has been great. I opened my business without a single patient on my books. It was the scariest thing I have ever done; but, I believed that I had a unique service to offer and a community that would value that service enough to become my clients. In eight months, I have gone from zero patients per week to averaging twenty patients a week. Anyone who has ever run a business knows that this is no small feat. And, I did it without a small business loan, without six months of savings in the bank (I wouldn’t recommend anyone do this), without participating with any insurance providers, and without being in any way connected to a physician for referrals. I am proud of my accomplishments, grateful to my patients, forever indebted to my husband and children, and appreciative of the help of the other physical therapists I work in concert with on a daily basis. I believe that I have a unique viewpoint, and […]

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Catching Up

Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog in the past month! Here is a quick update of the fun things I have been up to: I have joined the Consulting Team for Whole 9 Life. I am so thrilled and honored to join such a talented, bright group! Here is a link to the services I now offer (just scroll down the page): http://whole9life.com/personal-consulting/ and here’s a link to my guest post for the blog: http://whole9life.com/2012/05/ann-wendel/ On a day when I thought things couldn’t get any better, my guest post for Robb Wolf’s blog went live on the same day as my post for Whole 9 Life! http://robbwolf.com/2012/05/18/paleo-autoimmune-illness/ I am still pinching myself to make sure I am awake! In the midst of all that excitement in the virtual world, we had some exciting happenings in the physical world! We moved to a new office space on May 1st, right across the street from our old space. Prana Physical Therapy at Core Wellness and Physical Therapy is now at 2212 Mount Vernon Ave. in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. We are ecstatic about our new, freestanding office, with storefront space in the heart of a neighborhood with a great deal of walk-by traffic. We had a great opportunity to meet with local residents during May’s First Thursday Health and Wellness Celebration. Stop by and see our beautiful new space, complete with a large, open gym area, Pilates Reformer, plenty of fun rehab equipment (Kettlebells, Pilates mat tools, bands and the dreaded foam rollers), and 2 private treatment rooms. Look for more health and wellness related classes and workshops to come soon! My monthly post for WebPT recently went up as well – the topic was new Tweet Chats for Physical Therapists and Healthcare Providers: http://www.webpt.com/blog/post/solvept-and-socialortho I am […]

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Interview with Bob McMillan of The Come Alive Project

Interview with Bob McMillan of The Come Alive Project

I was “introduced” to Bob McMillan through his guest post on the MovNat website awhile back. I was so excited as I read his story, and watched his video, that I sent him an email to thank him for sharing. I also commended him on not only staying active in his early 70’s; but, also encouraging other seniors to get outdoors and play. What I didn’t know was that Bob lives right here in Northern Virginia! He was kind enough to do an email interview with me, and I look forward to meeting him in person very soon! Bob McMillan is the founder of The Come Alive Project.  Bob has been an evangelist for senior fitness since the early 1990s.  Bob believes that with the Baby Boomers coming of age, the time is now for a real advocate for senior fitness to establish the kind of programs offered by The Come Alive Project. The Come Alive Project is a no-nonsense site for seniors over 60 who want to look better, feel better, and come alive for the rest of their lives. Interview with Bob McMillan of The Come Alive Project   1)   Tell us your personal story. How did you become interested in helping seniors “Come Alive”? About 10 years ago I proposed a senior fitness concept to Patrick Avon of the Sergeant’s Program, one of the nation’s first “boot camp” style fitness programs.  I had been an exercise nut all my life and as I got older, I felt “seniors” were not being served well by the fitness community. Patrick Avon and I worked together for a year; but, the program was eventually cancelled.  Then I formed Act 2 Fitness for people over 55.  It never really took off.  I returned to my previous life  for a few years and […]

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Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

The temperatures have been warm in the Washington, D.C. area leading to an early start to the grilling season. Last night I took advantage of the weather by grilling chicken and making homemade Caesar salad dressing! I also felt inspired after reading an article by Dr. Cate on how bad bottled salad dressing is for you (even if  it says organic or all natural). The reason that bottled dressings may not be the best is that they may not be made from healthy oils. Why wouldn’t they use 100% olive oil? Mainly to keep the cost down –  instead of using 100% extra virgin olive oil, manufacturers add soybean or sunflower oil.  Since I already go out of my way to avoid vegetable oils, making Caesar dressing from scratch and using 100% extra virgin olive oil makes it healthier and tastier! I recommend Kasandrinos EVOO  http://bit.ly/HgD5a8 Here are some images and the recipe that I used to make this delicious and easy salad! Start off with raw chicken breast, season with salt and pepper. Chop up two or more heads of Romaine Hearts. Prepare the Caesar salad dressing. 3 cloves garlic 4 anchovy fillets (optional) 1 teaspoon Real Salt 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 large egg yolks 1/2 cup E.V. olive oil Take garlic press and mash the garlic into a bowl. Add the salt and mash into a fine paste. This also can been done a cutting board with the side of your chef’s knife. Add egg yolks, Dijon, anchovies, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and pepper. Whisk everything together. Slowly add the olive oil while whisking, until dressing becomes thick. You can also do this in a food processor; but, be careful not to over mix the dressing as this can […]

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Review of Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance

Review of Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance

Review of Assess and Correct Assess and Correct: Breaking Barriers to Unlock Performance is a resource put out by Bill Hartman, PT, CSCS, USAW, Mike Robertson, MS, CSCS, USAW, and Eric Cressey, MA, CSCS in 2009. As they say on the DVD cover, “this is the first product to empower athletes and fitness enthusiasts with not only a series of self-assessments to identify muscular imbalances; but, also exercise progressions to correct those inefficiencies.” The resource includes: 27 dynamic self-assessments bad credit and i need a loanloans with guarantor1-hour online payday loan A Comprehensive Static Assessment Guide 78 corrective exercises for improving mobility and stability (based on the results of your self-assessment) A written collection of warm ups specific to certain athletic populations A complete guide to self-soft tissue work, and a rationale for it Assess and Correct gives you 2 DVD’s. The first guides you through the 27 assessments, while the second demonstrates the 78 corrective exercises showing progressions from beginner to advanced. Both DVD’s have helpful visual and vocal coaching cues to bring your attention to what you should focus on in each assessment and corresponding correction. Also included in the package are 4 e-books. The first is a 137 page manual that details all of the assessments and corrective exercises, the second is a 21 page resource of warm ups broken down by type of sport/activity, third is a guide to self-soft tissue work using foam rollers and other tools, and the fourth is a collection of stretches. www.uaclinics.com This resource would make a great addition to the learning library of any strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, coach, athlete, or active individual. I think it would be especially useful for coaches working with high school athletes, to heighten awareness of postural and developmental issues that can be […]

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