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Your Success Newsletter - May-June, 2007 - Published Bi-Monthly
Exercise and Call Me In The
Morning

By Henry Ford

In today’s stressful and fast-paced world, it is easy to
take our health for granted.  Certainly, “If it’s not
Broke, Don’t Fix It” has its merit, but sometimes “It is
Broke,” but we either ignore it, or are unaware of those
ever so slight changes that become progressively
worse until a slight inconvenience becomes a major
issue.

Such was the case during this past winter as my body
began to ignore the promises I was making to “begin
exercising again.”  It was my left knee that finally
announced to my brain that “What Henry is not doing
speaks so loudly, I will no longer accept what he is
saying.”  Even though my left knee lost faith in my
words, you can still believe me when I state, if your
knee speaks loudly enough, you WILL listen!

For years now, I have experienced minor knee pain
sometimes when confined during air travel, or during
long automobile trips.  Those minor pains were slight
inconveniences.  This past winter, I began to
experience those pains multiplied several times, during
extended periods of sitting, like FIVE minutes.  That
changes the inconvenience to “It’s time for a visit to the
Doctor.”

So off I went to the doctor, and X-Rays, and back to
the doctor.  “Bone Spurs” she announced were the
cause of me having experienced such pain that I had
begun to work at the computer while standing.  My
doctor’s recommendation was several weeks of
physical therapy.  “If that doesn’t work, you will need to
visit an Orthopedic Surgeon” she announced.  
“Surgeons, those are the people with the knives” I
thought.  Recovering from surgery was not exactly my
idea of a way to spend the end of winter, or any other
time for that matter.  So even though I could not
understand how exercise was going to relieve pain in
the joints, I fortunately leaned not unto my own
understanding and followed my doctor’s advice to
contact one of the recommended therapists.  

A visit to Sternen Physical Therapy was the beginning
of my getting back to normal.  I had difficulty
understanding how I could exercise my way out of pain,
and others with just about as much medical
background as me (ZERO!) concluded “It will never
work.”  Fortunately my physical therapist had a better
idea, along with extensive training, experience and
compassion.

I was fortunate to be assigned to Ms. Cheryl Beight,
who from the beginning of our sessions proved to be
not only well-qualified, but also very tuned in to those
grimaces, silent grunts, and pauses that meant I had
temporarily reached a small “bump in the road.“  Some
of the things she told me I would be able to do within
several sessions, I was thinking “Yeah, Right!”  With
patience and persistence Cheryl gradually increased
my exercise routine until; almost too suddenly the
therapy was over.  What still mystifies me is how
quickly my pain was gone, and how much longer I am
able to endure sitting.  All this took place without any
pain medication, just doing moderate exercises as
prescribed.

While every individual is different, and this is NOT a
medical advice column, this story is one more vote in
favor of following healthy living habits, including proper
exercise.  Please do not embark on any exercise
program without first consulting a Medical Professional.

My thanks to Cheryl and the staff at Sternen for
helping me avoid “The Scalpel.”  Cheryl’s bio & photo
below are from Sternen’s web site at www.sptpt.com.

Cheryl received her Bachelor of Science in Biology
and Business from Muskingum College in 2002, and
her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Ohio
University in 2005.  Cheryl joined the team at Sternen
Physical Therapy after completing a 3 month
internship at our facility.  She treats a variety of
orthopedic patient populations, but specializes in head,
neck, jaw, and migraine patients.  Her treatment focus
is on a combination of manual therapy combined with
exercise to bring clients back to normal postures and
movement mechanics.  She is currently the research
coordinator for our clinic, and is starting a research
study examining flexibility in headache sufferers.  If you
are interested in being enrolled in the study, please
call 216-682-0413 for more information or email us at
info@sptpt.com.  Cheryl believes this quote by Colleen
Cobey, PT sums up her treatment philosophy, "There
are many tools in my toolbox, and if one doesn't work,
then I'll try something else".

IN THIS ISSUE

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1 -
Being a Mother

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2 -
Charysh Hudson

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3 -
Kevon Harris

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4 -
Jasmine Hudson

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5 -
Kaniah Beasley

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6 -
Dennis Vaughn

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7 -
Service Pays
by Willie Johnson

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8 -
The Case of
The Shrinking Mega Roll
A Consumer Warning

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9 -
News From Seville
by Maya Edwards

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10 -
Roy Richardson
A Tuskegee Airman
Honored

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11 -
Stress Management
A Few Tidbits

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12 -
Do Some Exercise and
Call Me In The Morning
Featuring Cheryl Beight, DPT

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13 -
Planning A Party?
Check out Boujetto's

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14 -
Old School Party

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15 -
Bless Your Enemies,
Bless Yourself
From
Rev. Jeanette Pintar

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INSPIRATIONS
and VISIONS

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HOME PAGE

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Cheryl Beight, DPT