Welcome to the very first installment of Therapy Thursday!
Cowboy State Daily readers will find a new Thursday feature on their website news, via newsletter subscriptions and on Facebook thanks to Teton Therapy and Jeff McMenamy.
McMenamy, an occupational therapist, left the corporate world to start his own physical therapy business 21 years ago.
He utilized a remodeled garage in Riverton, which served as the original home for Teton Therapy. Fast forward to today and Teton Therapy is in a huge and completely remodeled Riverton facility and has just celebrated 10 years in Lander- and that’s just what’s been happening in Fremont County; Teton Therapy also has a phenomenal clinic in Cheyenne that will soon be presenting a Health and Wellness Fair – details to follow, so stay tuned and informed each and every Therapy Thursday, right here at Cowboy State Daily.
With three Teton Therapy locations providing both physical and occupational therapy, the bar has been set high by McMenamy. In physical and occupational therapy, small steps turn into big progress. And today you’re presented with 7 Simple Steps you can explore, whether you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution or not, to get on the path to good health moving forward in 2022. No matter where you’re living or your current physical state, these are highly achievable goals:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. In winter it’s easy to become dehydrated, after all it’s cold outside and you may not feel thirsty like you do on a hot summer day. Dehydration leads to a host of other issues, including overeating. A good rule of thumb is to divide your bodyweight in half and drink that amount daily in ounces of water.
- Eat a variety of foods. Try reducing and minimizing processed foods, added salt and sugar, and increasing the amount of healthy fruits and vegetables you consume – preferably fresh! Take advantage of food co-ops, farmer’s markets and shopping the perimeter of your grocery store or supermarket. Avoid packaged foods with long lists of ingredients you can’t pronounce. Since processed foods are generally loaded with fillers that often means an abundance of unhealthy sugars – frequently hidden by a variety of tricky names – and salt. Be sure you’re tasting your food before salting everything out of habit. Invest in a salt grinder (and pepper mill, too!) and choose sea salt or Himalayan pink salt as more health-minded.
- Maintain a healthy body weight and Body Mass Index (BMI). The past 22 month of the global pandemic was a great reminder that carrying around excess weight is a comorbidity factor for those infected with Coronavirus.
- Control your portion size. Many people are successful with Intermittent Fasting (IF) for controlling certain medical conditions and for achieving or maintaining weight loss. There are plenty of books, videos and blogs that explain the process and all that are reputable will encourage you to do what’s best for your body and your physiological composition.
- Be mindful and grateful. You may choose to start a Gratitude Journal or simply share aloud with family members around the dinner table what you are grateful for each and every day. Gratitude and appreciation are core practices that have been shown to boost physical, mental, and emotional health.
- Sleep well. A good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your health, almost as important as eating healthy and exercising. Unfortunately, there’s a lot that can interfere with natural sleep patterns. Whether you need to explore sleep apps, guided meditation or invest in a new mattress or pillow, quality sleep is vital. Is pain preventing you from achieving good renewed sleep? Schedule a FREE 30-minute consultation for answers to improve your sleep and eliminate the pain that keeps you up at night.
- Move your body and make it a habit! From simple activities to a new fitness regimen, your body is a wonderful and receptive canvas and you’re the artist who paints the picture.
Remember, you’re never alone or ‘on your own’ facing physical challenges because Teton Therapy’s therapists and technicians are ready to help you tackle your goals by providing a free consultation to make sure you get off to a good start.
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And yes, Jeff McMenamy, owner and CEO of Teton Therapy is still leading the charge to make sure all of Teton Therapy’s patients are living their best life with movement, strength and clarity.