The best thing about being a Physical Therapist? Brooke Owens, Physical Therapist at Encore Rehabilitation – Gordo says, “I love living in the community I work in and seeing patients functioning well in their daily lives after we work with them!”
Brooke has been a clinician for three years, all of her time with Encore Rehabilitation. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She is also Certified in Dry Needling, ErgoScience FEC Certification, and PPI Certification.
Thank you, Brooke, for your wonderful care. Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
And if you see Brooke out and about in Gordo, be sure to say hello!
At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!
We would like to recognize our Encore Rehabilitation of Foley Patient of the Month, Janice Daniel. Janice is from Silverhill and has been receiving physical therapy for five weeks. She came to Encore to regain use of her shoulder following a torn rotator cuff repair. Her progress is going very well. In 2010, Encore Rehabilitation helped Janice after her knee surgery. After her knee rehab, Janice was able to return to gardening and doing all the things she enjoys. Janice says, “Like with my knee, I want to be the best I can be. Encore is enabling me to fulfill my goal!” Keep up the good work, Janice!
At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!!
Congratulations to the Arab Encore Athlete of the Month, Kailyn Childress! Kailyn is in 7th grade and is a multi-sport athlete at Brindlee Mountain Middle School. She is on the Cross Country, Basketball, and Track teams. Kailyn has been on the varsity teams for a year now and wears jersey #1. She has won an All State XC title and Overall 1st Place at Sectionals. Kailyn is the daughter of Steven and Traci Childress.
Congratulations to the Foley Encore Athlete of the Month, Anna Langston! Anna is a freshman multi-sport athlete at Foley High School. She has been a member of the Swimming and Soccer teams for a year now and will graduate in 2020. She is the daughter of Adam and Diesje Langston.
Congratulations to the Diamondhead Athlete of the Month, Brooke Fagan! Brooke is a junior multi-sport athlete at Hancock High School in Kiln, MS. She has been a member of the Lady Hawks Softball and Volleyball teams for 5 years now and wears jersey #9 and #10 respectively. Brooke has quite a few impressive awards from her 5 year sports career- the 2015 South State MVP in volleyball and was a member of the 2015 All-State Volleyball team. She also has a 3.5 GPA and plans to play softball in college and major in sports medicine. She is the daughter of John and Jennifer Fagan.
We know what you’re all thinking, keeping your diet during the most wonderful time of the year is not as easy as eating pumpkin pie. But we’ve done our research! The CDC and American Heart Association have come out with two awesome guidelines to help you keep up your diet through the holidays– And they are more simple than you think.
Let us start with a few pointers from the CDC shall we…
1. Holiday-Proof Your Plan by Planning Ahead
- If your meal is served later than normal, eat a small snack at your usual mealtime and eat a little less when dinner is served.
- Invited to a party? Bring a healthy dish along. Plenty of people will bring the sweets. (Be the change).
- Don’t skip meals to save up for a feast. You’ll be really hungry and more likely to overeat (we’ve all done it, but you’ll be sorry about it later).
2. Outsmart the Buffet
When you face a spread of delicious holiday food, make healthy choices easier:
- Make a small plate of the foods you like best. Portion control is everything.
- Start with vegetables to take the edge off your appetite.
- Eat slowly. It takes at least 20 minutes for your brain to realize you’re full.
- Avoid or limit alcohol. If you do have an alcoholic drink, have it with food.
3. Fit in Favorites
Choose the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year, like Aunt Edna’s pumpkin pie (which has a lot less calories than pecan pie). Slow down and savor a small serving, and make sure to count it in your meal plan.
4. Gotta Keep Moving
You’ve got a lot on your plate this time of year (literally), and physical activity can get crowded out. But being active is your secret holiday weapon; it can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year. Get moving with friends and family, such as taking a walk after a holiday meal.
5. Get Your Zzz’s In
Going out more and staying out later often means cutting back on sleep. Sleep loss can make it harder to control your blood sugar, and when you’re sleep deprived you’ll tend to eat more and prefer high-fat, high-sugar food. Aim for 7 hours per night to guard against mindless eating.
“Most of all, remember what the season is about—celebrating and connecting with the people you care about. When you focus more on the fun, it’s easier to focus less on the food.”
See that wasn’t so bad! Now lets move along to what the American Heart Association has to say…
“This guide includes great tips and recipes to help you navigate the holiday season in a healthy way. Here are some simple ways you and your family can eat healthy. Visit heart.org/healthyeating to learn more.”
• Fruits and vegetables • Whole grains • Beans and legumes • Nuts and seeds • Fish & skinless poultry, or plant-based alternatives • Fat-free and low-fat dairy products • Healthier fats and nontropical oils.
• Sodium and salt • Saturated fat • Sweets and added sugars, including sugar-sweetened beverages • Red meats — if you choose to eat red meat, select the leanest cuts.
• Trans fat and partially hydrogenated oils
- Choose wisely, even with healthier foods. Ingredients and nutrient content can vary by brand and preparation.
- Compare nutrition information on package labels and select products with the lowest amounts of sodium, added sugars, saturated fat and trans fat, and no partially hydrogenated oils.
- Watch your calorie intake. To maintain weight, consume only as many calories as you use up through physical activity. If you want to lose weight, consume fewer calories or burn more calories.
- Eat reasonable portions. Often this is less than you are served.
- Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients your body needs.
- Prepare and eat healthier meals at home. You’ll have more control over ingredients.
- Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy diet. Learn more at heartcheck.org
**You can find delicious alternative recipes for family meals from the A.H.A. here.
Congratulations to the WCU Encore Athlete of the Month, Khaline Jacob! Khaline is a sophomore athlete at William Carey University. She is 19 years old and is a Forward on the Lady Crusaders Soccer team. Khaline is majoring in Biology and plans to attend Medical School/Masters after she graduates from WCU. Keep up the good work, girl! We are proud of you!
“Doctors often recommend Pediatric Physical Therapy for children and teens who have been injured or who have movement problems from an illness, disease, or disability. Physical therapists work to decrease pain and help the child return to their daily activities. They also teach children exercises designed to help them regain strength and range of motion, and also show them and families how to prevent future injuries.” (Kids Health, June 2014).
Doctors will often recommend PT for children with:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spina Bifida
- Brachial Plexopathy
- Pediatric Cancer
- Socialization Skills
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Down Syndrome
- Feeding Problems
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Gait Abnormalities
- Hydrocephalus Muscular Dystrophy
- Pediatric Medical Syndromes
- Pediatric Neurologic Disorders
- Premature Birth
- Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Seizure Disorders
- Sensory Processing Difficulty
- Vision/Hearing Deficits
- Sports Injuries
Advanced Specialization Training
- Astronaut Training Protocol
- Beckman Oral Motor Program
- Contemporary Neurodevelopmental Treatment
- Sequential-Oral-Sensory Approach to Feeding Program
- Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration including Administration of Sensory Integration & Praxis Test (SIPT)
What Pediatric Physical Therapists Do
At our two Pediatric Therapy Clinics located in Ocean Springs and Pascagoula MS, our therapists use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, and strengthen skills needed to complete daily activities.
- Gross Motor Development/ Conditioning Activities
- Neuromuscular Retraining Aquatic Therapy
- Movement Skills/ Function
- Balance/ Gait Training
- Coordination Skills
- Standardized Testing of Motor Abilities
- Assistance with Positioning & Mobility Equipment
- Orthotic Recommendations
- Power Wheelchair Assessment & Training
- Language Therapy
- Articulation Therapy
- Dysphagia Therapy
- Oral Motor Therapy
- Assistive Technology
- Fluency and Voice Therapy
- Handwriting & Fine Motor Skill Training
- Assistance with Activities of Daily Living
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Aquatic Therapy
- Custom Splinting for Neurologic Conditions
- Cognitive Retraining
- Constraint Casting & Treatment
- Neuromuscular Retraining
- Training with Adaptive Equipment
- Standardized Testing of Motor Abilities
Two of our Locations that offer all of the specialized Pediatric Therapy Treatments and Services are located below:
Phone: (228) 818-1211 • Fax: (228) 818-1213
3101 Denny Ave, Suite 120, Pascagoula, MS 39568
Phone: (228) 471-1520 • Fax: (228) 471-1525
1. Know Pain, Know Gain. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that understanding how our pain systems work is an excellent strategy in managing it. The great news is that you don’t need to know a lot! Simply knowing the basics of how our brain and nerves work, and their role in pain, can help reduce your chance for developing chronic symptoms. Learn more.
2. Keep moving. Gradually and steadily. Living an active, healthy lifestyle not only improves our general well-being and health, but can also reduce our chances of developing chronic pain. Our body was built to move, and we need to understand that not all aches or soreness is cause for concern. Learn more.
3. Spend time with a good PT. If you experience an injury, or develop the onset of pain, seeing a physical therapist (PT) early on can help address and manage your symptoms. PTs are movement experts who can diagnose and treat injuries and help you identify strategies to better manage your pain. The earlier you seek care, the better the chances you have for not developing chronic symptoms. And there’s no reason to wait: you can see a physical therapist without a physician’s referral in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Learn more.
4. Don’t focus on an image. While most of us want a diagnostic image (ie, x-ray, MRI) to tell us “why we hurt,” images actually give us little information about what’s causing pain. A study performed on individuals 60 years or older, who had no symptoms of low back pain, found that more than 90% had a degenerated or bulging disc, 36% had a herniated disc, and 21% had spinal stenosis. What shows up on an image may or may not be related to your symptoms. Once imaging has cleared you of a serious condition, your physical therapist will help guide you back to the life you want to live!
5. Addressing depression and anxiety helps. Your chances of developing chronic pain may be higher if you also are experiencing depression and anxiety. A recent study in the Journal of Pain showed that depression, as well as some of our thoughts about pain prior to total knee replacement, was related to long-term pain following the procedure. Make sure that you talk to your medical provider about your mental health throughout your treatment; it can help make your journey go much more smoothly following an injury or surgery.
The c launched a national campaign to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the safe alternative of physical therapy for long-term pain management. Learn more at our #ChoosePT page.
Authored by Joseph Brence, PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, COMT, DAC
*Complete Article can be found here.