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Water Sport Ready

Summer is fast approaching and due to Covid-19 more individuals have been enjoying activities close to home rather than traveling and due to our beautiful home in the Pacific  Northwest those activities often include water! You might have noticed more people are kayaking and boating and if you’ve tried to purchase a paddle board they can be hard to come by. If you are new to water sports or just want to reduce your chance for injury here are some helpful tips to prepare you for this summer’s water activities. 
 
  1.  Take a swimming lesson. Oftentimes we think if we’re on a boat or paddle board we don’t need to worry about swimming but that’s not the case. Conditions can change quickly and rough water can cause people to fall into the water. Even if you’re wearing a lift jacket it’s a good idea to make sure you are aware of how to swim yourself to safety. Check out one of our local aquatics centers for information on lessons.
  2. Practice your balance. All water activities require some form of balance and practicing your balance is the best way to improve it. See the section below for some quick ways to work on your balance.
  3. Train your core. Balancing requires being able to find stability and at the center of your stability is your core. Many of us over the past year have increased our sitting time and decreased our activity levels which not only decreases general muscle tone but especially impacts our core strength. 
  4. Strengthen your shoulders. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating can place a lot of strain on our shoulders. Follow our Instagram during the month of June for some simple exercises to keep your shoulders protected from injury.
If you feel your balance, core, and shoulder strength aren’t where they should be or have any concerns about them one of our therapists would be happy to evaluate you and get you where you need to be. 

 

Finding Your Balance

Perform the exercises below at least 3-4x a week to improve your balance.

Place one foot in front of the other, keeping your knees soft. Slowly raise your head up and lower it back down while maintaining balance. Repeat 10-20 times. You may also try turning your head from left to right.

Stand on one leg with opposite leg lifted to hip level. Gradually rotate your trunk left and then right. Repeat 10-20 times.

Stand on one leg with opposite leg lifted to hip level. Slowly kick lifted leg backwards bending slightly from hip into a runner's position. Return to start and repeat 10-20 times as able.

Meet Sarah Spivey!

Sarah obtained her doctorate in physical therapy from Regis University and enjoys treating orthopedic conditions with a specialty in pelvic health. She has undergone advanced training in pelvic health and is a member of the Academy of Pelvic Health Physical Therapy. Lets get to know Sarah a little better.


What’s something interesting about you?

Hmm…it’s always hard to decide what other people will find interesting. I guess something that I am proud of is how I came to be a physical therapist. My first career was as a Pilates Instructor and I owned a studio for many years. When my children were fairly young, I decided I wanted to become a PT, knowing I wanted to specialize in pelvic health. It wasn’t easy and my family sacrificed a lot, but I made it and I LOVE my job!

What is your favorite activity to do in your spare time?

I got a Peloton bike in February and I am obsessed. When I’m not in the clinic, you can find me riding with my favorite instructor, Cody.

What is your favorite food or meal and why?

Hmm…probably a perfectly cooked piece of fish and seasonal vegetables. I grew up in Alaska and have a real appreciation for great seafood.

If you could teach everyone one thing what would it be?

Wow, this is a tough one. There are so many things I wish everyone knew. If I had to choose just one thing, I want everyone to know it is so important to be kind to yourself. If you have something going on with your body, or in your life, beating yourself up about it is not the answer. I hear things like “my body is so messed up.” It is not. Your body is resilient, and we can work on the things that aren’t going well. How we think and talk about ourselves matters.

What do you hope patients take away from their treatment sessions with you?

Oh man, so many things. But first and foremost, pelvic floor physical therapy can be fun. I like to use humor in my treatment sessions. Many of my patients are nervous about coming in and it is my hope that everyone leaves feeling a little more comfortable talking about their pelvic floor.

 

Our Promise to You

Flex Physical Therapy continues to be committed to your health and safety during the COVID-19 response. We are available for telehealth and in-person visits to suit your individual needs. We continue to sanitize and clean our office daily, adhere by social distancing standards, provide hand sanitizer for client use, and utilize masks to decrease risk for exposure. If you have any questions regarding physical therapy during this time please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to serve you. 

Our Services

-sports injuries
-post-surgical rehabilitation
-work injuries
-motor vehicle accident injuries
-back and neck pain
-joint and muscle pain
-pelvic pain therapy: for men and women
-incontinence
-instrument assisted soft tissue work
-Pilates

Contact Us

12900 NE 180th St. Suite 110, Bothell, WA 98011
Phone: 425-483-4270 Fax: 425-483-4268
info@flexpt.com

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