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Get to Know Your Therapist: Brian Kimrey, RN, PT, DPT

Dawn Muller

During the month of October, we begin to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Here at THRIVE, we celebrate October to acknowledge our physical therapists! It is National Physical Therapy Month, and we cannot wait to introduce one of our newest PTs, Dr. Brian Kimrey!

 Dr. Brian Kimrey RN, PT, DPT

Dr. Brian Kimrey RN, PT, DPT

We asked Dr. Kimrey to share with us a few of the experiences which led him to become a physical therapist. We want our patients to know that our PTs are passionate about their practice, and will work to the best of their ability to assist you in your healing journey.

Why did you become a PT? 
It’s the perfect blend of being a scientist and an educator. Selfishly, it’s gratifying to have a role in improving life for someone else. I like to study the body - it’s a pretty miraculous thing.

What steps did you take to make your PT career happen? 
When I started working as a nurse in 2013, I began at a Rehab Center to be close to therapy services. Over the next 2 years, I garnered observation hours - enough to apply to programs. I got to stay in Tallahassee at FAMU and worked the occasional evening or weekend at the Behavioral Health Center through school. FAMU exposed me to Thrive and for that I’m grateful.

What were some of your jobs you had before you started your PT career? 
I’ve been a nurse (still am) and I worked for a contractor in the BP oil spill, staff for a gym and carried chairs and umbrellas in the beach service.

What is your favorite part of being a PT?
To be redundant, seeing people improve and being a part of it. I appreciate the ability to have real conversations and intimate relationships teaching people what I think they’d like to know about their bodies.

What are some of the jobs biggest challenges?
To be frank - documentation! I love to talk and I love to treat I don’t really like sitting in front of a computer. - If that’s the biggest challenge, it’s not very big.

I want to be as effective as possible but sometimes progress is slow..

How do you make certain that you are kept up-to-date on new research or PT practices?
I’ve spent some free time at FAMU with new students in the cadaver lab. I prefer a shotgun approach to collecting information bout the body and its physiology. I don’t subscribe to any journals or publishings specifically, but I usually wrestle with a question in my head for months, slowly gathering resources to help grow my own conclusions.

I look forward to taking courses provided by the Postural Restoration Institute to make me a more capable and effective clinician.

What is one interesting fact most of our readers/patients may not know about you?
I have an identical twin brother and if physical therapy doesn’t work out, I would gladly be a dog trainer..

Quick Facts:
Fav Color: Don’t have one
Fav Drink: Water - Gotta be hydrated, people!
Fav Food: pizza and ice cream. (But I do love a hearty salad, too!)
Favorite Activity: I’m a powerlifter at heart, but I love walking Sue’s and my dog, Buford.
Fav Vacation Spot: Universal Studios, Orlando
Fav Time of Year: the present
Morning Person or Night Owl: Night owl by preference but I am in transition
Favorite Quote(s): “Strength is never a weakness.’ - Mark Bell
“Our Greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” -Confucius

Guest Blogger Post: Behind the Scenes (Erin Vick)

Dawn Muller

Here at Thrive, we absolutely love mentoring up-and-coming therapists in their clinical rotations. We’ve had many professional relationships extended years past clinicals simply from working so closely together during such a formative time in the students’ careers.

Today, we’re pleased to invite our current Student of Physical Therapy, Erin Vick to share with you about her experiences.

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I have had the opportunity to work at Thrive PT as a student of Physical Therapy. I am from this area, but I had not had a personal experience with Thrive or any staff members. However, I had heard nothing but great things. I quickly realized that the good things I heard were more than true. The information I have learned goes beyond just knowledge about physical therapy.

I have spent the last three years learning about the human body related to movement and function. I quickly learned at Thrive that knowledge only takes you so far. Dr. Muller, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Kimrey do a wonderful job of using their knowledge to help and empower their patients. They listen to patient's and incorporate the patient's goals into their treatments. They also do a great job of creating treatments that are specific to each patient. Each treatment is one on one in a very calming environment.

Working here has been enjoyable. I may be working hard and treating patient's, but the environment is even soothing to me as a student of physical therapy. From the moment you walk in you are warmly greeted by the front desk staff. They may take patient's back to their own room that is set up with everything the therapist will need. The rooms are organized and have soothing music, decorations, and lighting.

The biggest thing I can take away from Thrive is that Physical Therapy is more than a job. It is a passion. Everyone here is passionate about what they do. I have also learned that patient's are more than their condition. I have realized that I could know everything there is to know about the human body and physical conditions, but without compassion and the ability to make the patient the center of the treatment it would not mean much. That is an area that Thrive has helped me grow in. They excel in providing patient-centered care. I am thankful Dr. Muller and Dr. Johnson agreed to take me under their wings as a student. I have had a great experience as a student. I hope I don't need physical therapy myself, but if I ever do I know where to come!

One Annual Health Checkup That’s Probably Missing from Your Calendar

Dawn Muller

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Some health habits are instilled in us at a young age. For as long as you can remember, for example, you made annual treks in the family minivan to both the pediatrician and the dentist. As you entered adulthood, you probably transitioned to a primary care physician, and maybe even a different dentist better equipped to address adult needs. Anytime you’ve moved or switched insurance carriers, one of your first priorities has been to track down new providers. Now you may even choose to schedule visits more than once a year, when necessary. You probably figure that between the two healthcare professionals, all of your health needs are covered, right? 
 
As it turns out, these healthcare professionals aren’t specifically trained to assess your musculoskeletal system, which is comprised of your muscles, bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues. Then who is the right healthcare professional to ensure that these essential internal structures are working properly and helping to support, stabilize and move your body? A physical therapist. 
 
At a yearly physical therapy “checkup,” your PT will gather your medical history and observe as you participate in screening tests and other assessments to establish a baseline of your physical abilities, fitness level and personal health. Physical therapists are educated on how your musculoskeletal system functions properly and are trained to identify dysfunctions before they grow into bigger problems. 
 
To maximize the encounter with your physical therapist, it’s important to be prepared before your appointment. To ensure that you cover everything and address any issues you may be having, make a list that includes: 
 
• Health issues like diabetes or high blood pressure

• Current medications, including supplements

• Physical fitness activities

• New activities you’re considering

• Fitness goals  
 
The information exchange between you and your PT is critical to forming an ongoing relationship, and to ensuring that you’re functioning and moving at top form. By understanding what sports and recreational activities you’re currently participating in and the fitness goals you’re aiming to achieve, your PT will be better prepared to make recommendations and tailor a home exercise program designed to help you achieve your goals. 
 
Making wellness a part of your everyday life and taking steps to ensure that your musculoskeletal system is functioning at top notch can be very empowering and rewarding. Why not begin—or continue—that journey with a physical therapist? Now that you know how to prepare for a physical therapy checkup, and understand what you can expect during the appointment, the next step is to call and schedule your annual visit. 

Rose City (Run) Ready!

Dawn Muller

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As of the writing of this article, we are about 2 weeks out from the Rose City 1 mile, 5k, and
10k walk/run on April 28, 2018 and the weather is getting perfect for lacing up the shoes and
hitting the pavement. But, first things first, let’s look at some training issues that could stop you in your tracks and keep you from crossing the finishing line.

● When was the last time you walked/ran/exercised? If the answer to that is "I dunno," then working back into your routine is best. If your last  run was 8 miles and your running
shoes have a layer of dust on them, then it is best to start out with a run that won’t take you
more than about 20 minutes.  Doing this will let you know if your body is ready for more miles or that you might want to build up more gradually.

● Are your shoes a little too worn or off little support anymore? It might be a good time to visit our friends at DASH at 127 E. Jackson St. to get a new pair and break them in before the race.

● Or maybe you've noticed your shoes are worn out along the insides of the shoes. You might be one of those “pronators”(where the big toe side of your foot rotates towards the floor and your arch flattens out). This can come from a number of things. Your arches might be naturally flatter for which an insert or specialized shoe might be just the fix. You might lack some strength and control coming from the hip that allows your foot to roll in.

Below, we’ll look at some strategies to fight that and work on preventing overuse injuries like
shin splints, knee cap pain, or ankle sprains.

● Ok, so maybe you have some knee pain when you go up and down stairs or when running ... so let's do a little test.  Find a mirror and perform a squat in front of it. Do your knees come towards each other when you are going down or up. No? Then grab a foot stool and slowly step down on the side. Does your knee wobble or hang out between the big toe and your leg that is off the stool (like having knock-knees)? If you answered yes to either of those two questions, it is likely time to pay attention to your hip strength. Check out the exercises below for some of my favorite strengthening exercises for improving the hip. (click on link, agree and click Verify to view)

https://www.medbridgego.com/access_token/FBZDBWMJ 


All written and filmed content on this blog is meant as instructional and informational. The authors of this blog are not responsible for any harm or injury that may result.

Your Smartphone Could Be Rapidly Aging Your Spine

Dawn Muller

Chances are that you probably haven’t given much thought to how your neck and back are faring in the era of the smart phone, but studies show that you most certainly should. It’s practically a reflex these days to pull out our smart phones when we’re standing in line, sitting at the airport or riding the subway. And while it’s great that we rarely need to venture beyond our pockets for entertainment, our bodies are beginning to retaliate—and mourn the pre-texting days. So, what exactly are these contemporary conveniences doing to our bodies? A surgeon-led study that published in Surgical Technology International assessed what impact surgeons’ head and neck posture during surgery—a posture similar to that of smart-phone texters—has on their cervical spines. With each degree that our heads flex forward (as we stare at a screen below eye level), the strain on our spines dramatically increases. When an adult head (that weighs 10 to 12 pounds in the neutral position) tilts forward at 30 degrees, the weight seen by the spine climbs to a staggering 40 pounds, according to the study. 

How pervasive of a problem is this? According to the study, the average person spends 14 to 28 hours each week with their heads tilted over a laptop, smart phone or similar device. Over the course of a year, that adds up to 700 to 1400 hours of strain and stress on our spines. As a result, the number of people dealing with headaches, achy necks and shoulders and other associated pain has skyrocketed. Trained to address postural changes and functional declines, physical therapists are well-versed in treating this modern-day phenomenon, widely known as “text neck.”

Over time, this type of poor posture can have a cumulative effect, leading to spine degeneration, pinched nerves and muscle strains. Scheduling an appointment with a physical therapist can help people learn how to interact with their devices without harming their spines. The PT will prescribe an at-home program that includes strategies and exercises that focus on preserving the spine and preventing long-term damage.

Exercise is an important part of taking care of our spines as we age, but what we do when we’re not in motion matters, too. So next time you pick up your smart phone or curl up with your e-reader, do a quick check of your head and neck posture. Your body will thank you for years to come.

Physical Therapists Want to Help You Meet Your Health Goals in 2018

Dawn Muller

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Celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of a new one has become synonymous with establishing resolutions for the 12 months ahead. Marking the new year with a list of goals—whether lofty or simple—is a chance to improve upon the year prior.

The practice requires a bit of introspection to identify the areas of life that weren’t quite up to snuff and a commitment to making changes. Either way, resolutions aren’t for the faint of heart, as the follow-through might be the hardest part of the whole process. In fact, a mere 8% of people achieve the goals they set for themselves on New Year’s Eve, according to research out of the University of Scranton.

As physical therapists, we acknowledge that we can do better, too. Whether it’s spending more time with our families, adhering to a more consistent sleep schedule, or learning a new sport, we scratch out the same lists everyone does at this time of the year. But on a professional front, we’ve added a new goal for 2018: attaching a better definition to the term “physical therapist.”

Chances are you know someone who recently had physical therapy, or maybe you even went yourself. But we are willing to bet you’d have trouble coming up with a quick way to define the service. We’re here to help! By background and training, physical therapists are movement specialists. Simple, right? We specialize in movement.

We spend our days helping those who are having trouble moving due to a variety of causes. We diagnose, evaluate, educate, treat, and prevent depending on the individual case. We handily teach patients how to prevent or manage their conditions in order to achieve long-term health benefits. Most of all, physical therapists help patients return to the activities they once enjoyed: time with family, school, work, and physical activities.

Much of the work in physical therapy involves setting goals for patients to reach. We develop plans to reduce pain, promote movement, and restore function and we help you meet those goals one step at a time. Let’s work together to reach our goals in 2018, and keep each other on track!