“Showing gratitude is one of the simplest yet most powerful things humans can do for each other.” – Randy Pausch
As the holiday season begins, we hope all of our colleagues, clients, patients, caregivers, family and friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving. As therapists we are grateful for the opportunity to provide care to our patients and have the opportunity to watch them regain their independence.
It’s beautiful to watch as the rehabilitation programs revolve around a patient’s individual needs and how they become more active and engaged in their activities of daily living. Sometimes we get to watch as a family member walks again for the first time following an illness. We are thankful to have selected a career that affords us this opportunity.
We hear stories of how our staff go above and beyond to help our patients, patients’ families, our clients, fellow team members as well as facility staff. Whether it be a gentle reassurance, an empathic ear, a last-minute treatment session, a piece of durable equipment, a referral for outpatient services, or just a helping hand – our team has an innate interest in helping others.
We all have plenty to be thankful for.
This Thanksgiving steer the conversation into safe waters by sharing breathing techniques. Here are a few tips shared by Yaffa Liebermann, PT, GCS, CEO has within her Benefits of Exercise to Your Wellness that can help with all the baking, cooking and eating this Thanksgiving season.
“Exhalation is a forced movement of the body while inhalation is an automatic movement. Long and deep exhalations are necessary in order to clear your lungs and make room for oxygenated air. Correct breathing requires long exhalation versus short inhalation. Breathe out twice as long as when you breathe in. The ratio of breathing should be 2:1. You may practice while walking or going up and down stairs. Breathe out for 8 steps and breathe in for 4 steps. Trunk position during breathing: when bending down, breathe out and then when straightening up, breathe in. Example: breathe out when reaching for a cup of water. Breathe in when straightening back to drink the water. Practice breathing when you are not stressed, so when you get short of breath, your body already has the knowledge on how to overcome the activity.”
On behalf of the entire Prime Rehabilitation Services team, Outpatient and Mobile Therapy Services, we wish you and your families a healthy and happy holiday season and hope you continue staying safe.