Ep 108 – Training Smarter, not Harder: Prevention and Recovery from Injury with Pure Physio

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I think it’s, too, just getting people used to what physical therapy means to us, and I think that’s a little bit different than what they’ve seen in the past, where, it’s their grandma had a hip replacement, and that’s what they think of physical therapy.  So, we’re trying to just kind of change the mindset not only here but hopefully through our social networks and things like that of kind of what PTs are capable of doing and what our scope of practice is, essentially.  And I’m sure that’s the same in the primary care world as far as looking at people as a whole and taking a much more in-depth look at them as a person and their activity levels and their training and their nutrition and all that kind of stuff. And hopefully we’re kind of that physical medicine side of things that helps bridges the gap for people.” – Matt Stevens, DPT

In this episode of Pursuing Health, I chat with two of my good friends and physical therapists, Matt Stevens, DPT and Ryan Summers, DPT, CSCS of Pure Physio.

Matt and Ryan share the mindset that physical therapy plays an important role not just in rehab and recovery, but also in optimizing performance.  Their approach focuses on one-on-one, individualized attention and includes both corrective exercises to address movement dysfunction and functional training to prevent reoccurring injuries.  At their practice in Strongsville, OH, they work with a wide range of clients, from elite endurance and CrossFit Games athletes to weekend warriors.

Matt, Ryan and I had a great conversation about the implications of life stressors on training readiness, the need to sometimes lower the intensity, and how everything from manual therapy to mindset can build a hedge against sickness.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Matt and Ryan decided to become physical therapists
  • What led Matt to open Pure Physio
  • How Matt and Ryan went from being business competitors to business partners
  • How Pure Physio is bridging the gap between sickcare and healthcare
  • The approach Pure Physio uses to treat patients who are interested in injury prevention and general longevity
  • Commonalities Matt and Ryan see among their patients, especially those who participate in CrossFit
  • The health implications of burning the candle at both ends and the need for balance
  • How can athletes in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and beyond can maximize their training longevity
  • The importance of individually assessing not only movement patterns, but also how your body is feeling and adjusting training intensity as necessary
  • How to directly access physical therapy care and start with physical therapy before progressing to more invasive treatments
  • The importance of addressing problems to prevent injury and properly re-introducing loading after injury
  • Myths about rest
  • What Matt and Ryan’s day-to-day looks like, and their own experience with injuries
  • The power of the mind
  • How being hyper-focused on optimizing health can become a stressor
  • Three things Matt and Ryan do on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on their health
  • One thing they struggle to implement that could have a big impact on their health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Matt and Ryan

You can follow Pure Physio on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.

 

 


Ep 107 – Play the Hand You’re Dealt: Choosing to Thrive Despite a Rare Genetic Condition and Congenital Heart Defect with Stephen Douglas

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“I had seen all these different elements come into play of how fitness can impact your life and how CrossFit was working for some people and how bodybuilding was working for some and now even the [Tough Mudder] races.  And it was like, okay, now I have some tools. I have a reason to do it. Let’s go.  And that’s really when I started training almost every single day and started seeing some pretty quick changes, and it’s just amazing because I realized, ok, yeah there’s a lot of things that I can’t help. There are a lot of things that were taken out of my control very early, but I’m not gonna focus on that, I’m gonna focus on what God has given me the ability to impact. I can choose how I use my time.  I can choose what my activities are.  Doctors, they can tell me, okay, your lungs are only working at 50 or 60%.  Your heart is only working at 50%. They can’t tell me what I’m gonna do with that 50 or 60%… and it’s been a crazy ride. – Stephen Douglas

From the day he was born, Stephen Douglas has faced more obstacles than the average person.  Diagnosed at birth with a heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, Stephen underwent open heart surgery at just 7 months of age.  Throughout his early childhood, his heart condition, combined with asthma, meant Stephen had to be cautious not to exert himself too much physically or participate in contact sports.

At the age of 10, Stephen was dealt another challenge after his dentist found a cyst growing in his jaw.  He was diagnosed with Gorlin syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes thousands of skin cancers, jaw cysts, and bone cysts.  He underwent treatment for the condition, but the numerous painful procedures and surgeries led him into a deep depression which persisted through his teen years.  Stephen stopped physical and social activity, gained weight, and his blood pressure increased.  By the age of 20 he weighed 300 pounds.  His doctor told him he needed to make a change.

Stephen Douglas

Inspired by athletes he saw while watching the CrossFit Games on television, Stephen began to make small changes which led to a cascade of events that helped him lose over 85 pounds.  In the process, he was able to lower his blood pressure, experience relief from his asthma symptoms, forge new relationships, and get in the best shape of his life.

I sat down with Stephen to learn more about what it’s like to deal with a scary medical diagnosis as a child and how he gained the tools he needed to make the transition from a sedentary lifestyle to a thriving one.

In this episode we discuss:

  • The health obstacles Stephen encountered at birth
  • His diagnosis with Gorlin syndrome at age 10
  • Stephen’s lapse into depression, weight gain, and high blood pressure
  • What one doctor said that triggered a turning point for Stephen
  • How he found CrossFit
  • How a Tough Mudder with friends cemented his desire to change his lifestyle
  • The steps Stephen took to start his fitness journey, and the changes he’s witnessed
  • What tools Stephen used to change his mindset from that of a victim to one of empowerment
  • How he overcomes days when he feels down or like he might fall back into old habits
  • His current health status
  • Advice he would give to others to help them through a low point in their lives
  • Three things Stephen does on a regular basis that has the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to Stephen

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You can follow Stephen on Instagram.

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If you like this episode, please subscribe to Pursuing Health on iTunes and give it a rating. I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments below and on social media using the hashtag #PursuingHealth. I look forward to bringing you future episodes with inspiring individuals and ideas about health every other Tuesday.

This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. By cutting out the middle man, Thrive Market delivers your favorite healthy food and lifestyle products to your doorstep at 25-50% lower cost than you would spend in the grocery store. Visit http://www.thrivemarket.com/ph to receive an exclusive offer from Thrive Market for being a listener of Pursuing Health: 25% off your first order + a free 30 day trial!

This episode is also brought to you by Siete Foods. When Veronica Garza was facing a series of major health challenges as a teenager, her entire family of seven jumped on board to help. Together, they adopted a low-inflammation, grain free diet. As a Mexican-American family living in south Texas, they couldn’t imagine life without tortillas and it wasn’t long before Veronica came up with a delicious solution and Siete Foods was born. Visit www.sietefoods.com to try some of their delicious grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly tortillas, tortilla chips, quesos, and hot sauces yourself and use code Julie19 for 10% off your order.

Disclaimer: This podcast is meant to share the experiences of various individuals. It does not provide medical advice, and it is not a substitute for advice from your physician or health care professional.