Blog | Functionize Health & Physical Therapy | Atlanta, GA

5 Nutrition Tips to Stay on Track While Traveling

Recently, my husband and I flew to Paris to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary.  It had been awhile since I’d had to endure a 10 hour flight, adjust to a 6 hour time change (I don’t think I ever did), and navigate through a foreign city with endless culinary options. I have always loved to travel, but I don’t love the way my body sometimes feels if I’m not careful to implement some strategies to keep things running as normally as possible so I don’t totally derail my digestion and sleep. Whether your job requires you to be a frequent…

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A Punch to the Jaw

In the fall of 2005, I woke up in the middle of the night with my jaw completely locked closed. I could not open my mouth and I felt like I had a vice grip around my jaw. As I was half asleep, I could not really make sense of what was happening to me. I remember trying over and over again to open my mouth, but without any luck. After many failed attempts, I was scared, confused, and desperate, so what did I do? The sensible thing any teenager would do: punch themselves in the face. And I did….

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Three Signs Your Physical Therapist Is Letting You Down

Do you ever find that pain keeps you from doing your daily activities? Do you feel that “old age” prevents you from doing the things you love? Is your lack of strength and flexibility making regular work and gym activities a painful burden? Have you sustained athletic injuries that never seem to heal? Are you considering surgery because all conservative treatment has been unsuccessful at resolving your pain? Before heading under the knife or completely giving up the things you love, consider Functionize- where being pain-free is the new normal! As a physical therapist for 19 years, I’ve seen the…

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When your Birth Story takes an Unexpected Turn: The Story of My Twins’ Birth

Everyone has a birth story. Some are full of smiles and laughter, while others are filled with grief and sadness. Rarely do we hear the stories of pain, loss, and suffering. Today, I want to share the story of my twins’ birth. It is something I rarely discuss. The thought chokes me up and tears my heart as I recall that time in my life. I am sharing this because I’m not alone in my journey. This story is for every parent who has had a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). It’s hard to believe it’s been…

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3 Nutrition Habits to Consider for Optimal Health

When I meet with clients to help them establish a game plan for achieving their nutrition and health related goals, there’s a common denominator that is the foundation of every conversation: small changes can produce big results and lead to lasting habits over time. Healthy habits WILL translate to better health in the long run. In my experience, all too often, people are looking for the “quick fix” that will result in fast weight loss, optimal athletic performance, or improved lab results.  The problem with this approach is that when extreme measures are taken, even when a quick weight loss…

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Habit Stacking

Today I want to discuss the concept of “training in the in-between,” living with intention and reframing our mindset about fitness, health, and longevity to unlock untapped potential. By making premeditated decisions related to warm-up, recovery, and using small opportunities to manage or prevent symptoms, we might be able to live into a richer life. Turning potential energy into kinetic energy, if you can recall your old physics classes. If not, check out this horrible polka song explaining potential-vs-kinetic energy, you’ll be sure to never forget it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vl4g7T5gw1M … Just kidding, seriously don’t click the hyperlink. The song is annoying….

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7 Tips to Avoid Aches and Pains While Gardening

Spring has sprung in Atlanta. We are getting outdoors and are ready for the spring trees to bloom. However, common gardening activities, such as digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and raking can cause stress and strain on muscles and joints. Don’t let these common gardening activities get you down. The following tips can help minimize aches and pains: Get moving before you garden. A 10-minute brisk walk and stretches for the spine and limbs are good ways to warm up. Change positions frequently to avoid stiffness or cramping. Be aware of how your body feels as you work in your garden….

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Are You Living Your Dream or Still Dreaming of Living?

“Why did you open your practice?” I’m often asked this question, and I get it- who would leave behind a 16-year career at various established physical therapy practices with great PTs, good pay, and a stable work-life balance for the stress of opening a business on their own? I’ve been a Physical Therapist for 19 years. I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. It was a small, blue-collar town called Bloomsburg. Life in northeastern PA was simple. My parents never went to college, but my dad’s Midwestern upbringing made him a disciplined and rigid worker at the nearby nuclear power plant….

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5 Steps to Eating More Real Foods

My experience the past 20 years as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist working in a variety of settings has revealed to me that despite the many differences in health issues, lifestyles, schedules, and food preferences that each client is facing, there is a common underlying theme. One that I repeatedly highlight and try to weave into every single conversation: EAT MORE REAL FOOD. No matter what the diagnosis or goal may be, this is a common denominator in every encounter I experience. Some are doing better than others at baseline, but almost everyone needs the reminder to move in this direction,…

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The Power Of Consistency: My Personal Journey to Recovery

“We are what we repeatedly do…” said Will Durant in his text The Story of Philosophy; this quote has been misattributed to Aristotle, but that’s neither here nor there. I am of course writing this to speak about the power of consistency! I preach consistency ad nauseam to clients. As it is my belief that consistency is one of the requisite principles for achieving goals. So it is only right that I go into a further explanation of why I believe consistency to be so relevant to goal achievement from a health and wellness standpoint. Hopefully, you will find that…

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