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The Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast with Dr. Karen Litzy features top experts in health, wellness and business with a particular focus on physical therapy. We take evidence based medicine and break it down making it easier to understand and immediately apply to your life. At Healthy Wealthy & Smart our goal is simple: to provide you with the best information to live a healthy and pain free life!
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Jul 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day to the American Healthy Wealthy and Smart family! On this week’s episode, Greg Lehman and I review the evidence and rethink effective treatment strategies. Greg is both a physiotherapist and chiropractor who treats musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model and simplifies pain science for clinicians around the world.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Why explaining pain leads to better treatment outcomes

-The case for and against repeated spinal flexion

-Does glute activation or inhibition affect pain?

-Functional training and the carry-over effect

-And so much more!

 

Greg stresses that most physical therapists should rethink what is valuable to their patients. He states, “The technical mastery is less important…It probably has more to do with how your patient feels comfortable and how you respond to them rather than you being a good robot who knows lines of drive and the biomechanics. That isn’t what is valuable and isn’t supported in all the research that we have.”

 

Greg also questions the effectiveness of being so specific with our interventions and takes a broader approach in his treatment philosophy. “I don't think there is any treatment that ever has to occur… It’s actually a neat, big question for therapy I would like to see addressed more. Is there ever a treatment that is absolutely necessary for a specific condition or are there a number of things that can be helpful? I tend to believe there are a number of things—I have my biases—but I think most things aren't that specific.”

 

Greg builds patient self-awareness with education and believes it is his most effective treatment tool. “I go right into education for low back pain. I am not too worried about getting them super active right away. I want to encourage them to getting back to doing the things that are important. If they tell me they are afraid to do a number of things that they like doing and they are meaningful activities, my go to intervention is to convince them they can start doing those things again.”

 

Greg suggests shifting our focus as clinicians from a purely biomedical approach to treatment and instead developing our psychosocial expertise. “I really believe it is okay to be simple. We don't really need the complexity that we try to do, especially the biomechanics. The big point of that is if you simplify your biomechanics, your physical interventions, it can allow you to develop your skills in the other areas, the psychosocial stuff and start taking more classes outside our typical training—psychologists, social workers, that type of stuff. That’s where we can build our skill set. There's not a better manipulation, there’s not that special exercise technique that you need to learn. It’s fun but it’s not necessary for patients with pain.”

 

For more about Greg:

  1. GREG LEHMAN BKIN, MSC, DC, MSCPT

He is a physiotherapist and chiropractor treating musculoskeletal disorders within a biopsychosocial model.

Prior to his clinical career he was fortunate enough to receive a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council MSc graduate scholarship that permitted me to be one of only two yearly students to train with Professor Stuart McGill in his Occupational Biomechanics Laboratory subsequently publishing more than 20 peer reviewed papers in the manual therapy and exercise biomechanics field. Greg was an assistant professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College teaching a graduate level course in Spine Biomechanics and Instrumentation as well conducting more than 20 research experiments while supervising more than 50 students. He has lectured on a number of topics on reconciling treatment biomechanics with pain science, running injuries, golf biomechanics, occupational low back injuries and therapeutic neuroscience. His clinical musings can be seen on Medbridge Health CE and various web based podcasts. Greg is currently an instructor with therunningclinic.ca and with Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science.  Both are continuing education platforms that provide clinically relevant research that helps shape and refine clinical practice.

While he has a strong biomechanics background he was introduced to the field of neuroscience and the importance of psychosocial risk factors in pain and injury management almost two decades ago. Greg believes successful injury management and prevention can use simple techniques that still address the multifactorial and complex nature of musculoskeletal disorders. He is active on social media and consider the discussion and dissemination of knowledge an important component of responsible practice. Further in depth bio and history of my education, works and publications.

For more information on where Greg will be lecturing next, make sure to visit his website and keep up with Greg on twitter!

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my latest blog post on Managing Expectations: It Shouldn't be That Difficult!

 

Jun 27, 2016

On this week’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart Podcast, Chad Prince joins me to discuss his book Physical Therapy Career & Salary Guide: Avoid the Income Ceiling and Put Your Career in the FASTLANE and strategies to add side income to your physical therapy practice. After working as a physical therapist for ten years, Chad transitioned into full-time administration seven years ago. Today, he manages an orthopaedic surgery practice. In his writing, he combines his years of professional business experience, his understanding of the healthcare world at large, and his personal journey developing a physical therapy product, the UELadder.

 

In this episode, we chat about:

-Chad's experiences with overcoming self-doubt and self-imposed limitations

-Unique PT opportunities to generate income without trading your time for money

-How to expand your audience globally and 10x the impact you can make

-How to get in the fastlane of healthcare innovation

-And much, much more!

 

As budding entrepreneurs, sometimes it is our mindset that is limiting us from achieving greatness. Chad suggests exploring these questions, “What do you want to give? What kind of impact do you want to have on the world? Who do you have to become to give that to the world? And you have to go ahead and believe that you are capable of that before you can become it.”

 

Chad addresses the limitations of the service model and the upside of taking an alternative view, “As long as we trade time for money we are limited by our amount of time…You might be able to work more but there is no way to 10x your work hours—it’s just not possible. But with online tools and with other types of businesses still inside physical therapy, it is possible to 10x your impact.”

 

As technology evolves in our profession, Chad stresses, “We’ve got to look ahead at changes that are coming and embrace those in a way that’s positive and healthy for the profession and our patients. That's ultimately going to be the sweet spot for us all.”

 

We wrap up the interview with some lessons from the memory of a legendary figure, Muhammad Ali, “He said I'm the greatest and said it over and over and over until he became the greatest… If we can have a full and complete understanding of our what, why, and how, we can say I’m the greatest at whatever it is we want to accomplish and we can go do it.”

 

You can find more from Chad on twitter and can follow his blog here! Get a copy of the book and check out Chad’s UELadder!

Be sure to check out the FREE 5 page report on PT Income Tips on the homepage, thanks to Chad!

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Check out my latest blog post on Managing Expectations: It Shouldn't be That Difficult!

Jun 20, 2016

This week’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast is a must listen if you are interested in learning more about CrossFit. Tune in, with Dr. Rick Daigle and me, to find out what CrossFit is all about and tips for choosing a box that’s right for you. Dr. Daigle is a physical therapist who is passionate about treating athletes and the Founder and President of Medical Minds In Motion which develops high quality continuing education courses for the allied health field.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Do you have to be in great shape to start CrossFit and is CrossFit a great way to get injured?

-Does CrossFit translate into daily movement?

-Must ask questions when shopping around for the perfect box for you

-What you can do to decrease your chance of injury

-And so much more!

If you’re interested in checking out CrossFit, it is important to find a box that challenges you but also modifies the workout of the day when your body is giving you red flags. Dr. Daigle suggests, “Doing things at the level that you are capable of doing it at and understanding regression and progression. And it goes that having a coach that understands regression and progression and understands that everybody is going to move a little bit differently.”

When first starting CrossFit, your box needs to understand your ability level to prevent injury. Dr. Daigle stresses, “You’ve got to earn the right to add load to a movement. You’ve got to kill the movement first, you’ve got to know it, you’ve got to own it without any load. So it’s the good box that will take that philosophy. And the not so good where they just put load on people, that's where injury happens.”

It can be challenging for the CrossFit athlete but always have the humility to accept the feedback from your body. “Listen to your body. If you're body doesn't want you to do something, oh well, then modify it and figure out how you can do a quality movement in a little bit of a different manner. The biggest things for injury prevention is having a good consistent mobility program and listening to your body. Your body will tell you when it's not ready to do something.”

CrossFit can be a great exercise program that incorporates variability and camaraderie. Dr. Daigle is a proponent for CrossFit and states, “It's about getting people moving. We live in a society that doesn't move enough. We live in a society that stays very, very stationary. I think CrossFit is a great avenue to get people moving and get people off their duff doing something different, doing something exciting, and improving quality of life.”

About Rick:

Rick Daigle, PT, DPT, FMT-C, is the Founder and President of Medical Minds In Motion, LLC™.  Dr. Daigle is a graduate of Simmons College in Boston and had the opportunity to do an extended externship at Cincinnati Sports Medicine. Dr. Daigle is an active member of the APTA and is a Credentialed APTA Clinical Instructor. His clinical expertise/philosophy is focused around a manual and movement based model. He utilizes assessment tools and techniques such as the SFMA, Trigger Point Dry Needling, Kinesiology Taping and many more. 

Dr. Daigle has worked with a variety of types of patients and has consulted with numerous collegiate and professional athletes. He has a special interest in Baseball Players and has studied the mechanics of pitching and how dysfunctional movement causes breakdown, leading to severe injuries. 

Dr. Daigle is the creator of “Kinesiology Taping: Movement Assessments & Corrective Exercise Strategies”, seminar series which is meant to expose clinicians to various taping techniques, movement assessments and corrective exercise strategies used to determine what taping techniques are appropriate. He created MMIM with the sole purpose of developing high quality continuing education courses for the allied health field.

 

If you would like to hear more from Rick, you can follow him on twitter and facebook and be a part of the facebook group Physical Therapy: Practice, Education and Networking for everything rehab related.

 

Check out Medical Minds In Motion’s continuing education courses and follow the blog and twitter.

 

Thanks for listening and subscribing to the podcast! Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! Show your support for the show by leaving a rating and review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page! Also, check out my latest blog post on Managing Expectations: It Shouldn't be That Difficult!

 

 

 

Jun 13, 2016

On this week’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, I had the pleasure of welcoming Dr. Emma Stokes onto the show to discuss leadership and advocacy in physical therapy! Emma Stokes BSc (Physio), MSc (research), MSc Mgmt, Phd is an associate professor and a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin. She is the deputy head of the physiotherapy programme and teaches on the entry to practice programmes in Dublin and Singapore. The focus of her research and teaching is professional practice issues that builds on her work with professional, regulatory and charitable organisations. She is the Minister for Health's nominee for physiotherapy to the Health & Social Care Professions Council & Physiotherapists Registration Board in Ireland. She is currently the President of WCPT.

 

In this episode, we discuss:

-Practical steps that create leadership opportunities

-Why self-awareness and the Power of No are integral to leadership

-Thoughts on what may impact women on their path to higher goals

-Dr. Stoke’s experiences with failure and building resilience

-A framework for advocacy in physical therapy

-How to get the most from a conference experience

-And so much more!

 

Dr. Stokes shares great advice for those who want to get involved in higher roles that before you can lead others, you first need to be able to lead yourself. To develop that self awareness you must, “Be clear about what your values are. So learn about your values—where they’ve come from, how they serve you, how you use them in the service of others, what they bring to you as a person. And if you understand them very explicitly then you will understand when they are challenged and whether you're prepared to have them challenged or whether you need to put your hand up and walk away from a situation.”

 

We also discuss the importance of looking to a mentor to help cultivate leadership characteristics within ourselves. Dr. Stokes suggests that you, “Identify something that someone does that you admire and have this conversation with them. Find out how they got to where they are. Sometimes it is just looking at a behavior and saying that is a behavior that is a positive behavior that I would like to adopt. It is mimicking.”

 

Dr. Stokes reminds us that to have an effective therapeutic relationship with the best outcome for our patients, we need to guide them on their journey and that, “The solution is owned by the client. You unpack that solution with them and it is something they own rather than us giving them a fix.”

 

Being an advocate for physical therapy comes down to, “Understanding what it is you want to achieve and really drill down into that. Once you understand what the outcome is, then you need to look at context. What is the environment in which you want this change to happen, who are the key people that may be the decision makers, understand who the people will be in terms of allies, who are the

people who won't be so positive about this change... Understanding the context then allows you to think about what you want to do, the strategy… find the [evidence] you need in order to [support] this.”

More about Dr. Stokes:

Education and work experience: Emma Stokes qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 [BSc Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin]. While working as a clinical physiotherapist at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin (1990-1996), she completed a post-graduate Diploma in Statistics in 1993 and MSc (Research) in 1995 both at Trinity College Dublin. She took up an academic position at Trinity College in 1996, completed a PhD in 2005 and a Master’s degree (MSc Mgmt, Business Administration) in the School of Business in 2008. She is an associate professor at the Department of Physiotherapy, Trinity College Dublin [1996 to date]. She was elected as a Fellow of the College in 2012. She commenced a Diploma in Leadership & Professional Coaching in September 2014. Since May 2015 she has been the President of WCPT.

 

Leadership: Emma Stokes has played a number of leadership roles over the course of her career. Since the early 1990’s, she has been an active member of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP). As well as acting as a professional adviser, she has chaired the Society’s Standing Committees for International Affairs and for Finance. In 2012, she was appointed as the Director of Professional Development and has led the establishment of the ISCP’s first professional development unit, in preparation for the required organisational transformation of the ISCP when the physiotherapy regulatory board opens. Drawing on key stakeholder and member engagement as well as her international experience, she led the project that has culminated in the establishment of a unit of 3 staff and more than 40 volunteers whose chief function is to position the ISCP as a key provider of continuing professional development in the coming years. In 2010 she completed a 5-year term as a College Dean at Trinity College Dublin [15,000 students] with responsibility for student discipline. She was the first woman to be appointed to this senior academic management position.

 

Board membership: Her experience of eight board directorships covers the health, education, regulation and charity sectors. She recently completed a term as the chair of the board of a charity for people with Parkinson’s Disease – www.moveforparkinsons.com.

 

Regulation: She is currently the Minister for Health’s nominee to represent the physiotherapy profession on Ireland’s regulatory authority – the Health & Social Care Professions Council. She has been an invited speaker at the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy Regulators (USA) leadership workshop and annual conference and the International Network of Physical Therapy Regulators. She is a member of the recently established (2014) Physiotherapists Registration Board that will regulate physiotherapy in Ireland.

 

Research, scholarship and teaching: Dr. Stokes has had two main research interests. The first has been in the area of rehabilitation with a focus on novel ways to mediate exercise intervention and participation post stroke and in people with neurological disabilities. Her current research focus is on national and international professional issues in physiotherapy. She has published widely in these areas in international peer-reviewed journals. She co-leads the teaching modules on professional issues for the entry-level physiotherapy students at Trinity College Dublin and at the TCD Singapore programme. She spent time on sabbatical at the University of Toronto (2010). She was privileged to deliver the 2013 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Founders’ Lecture in October 2013 - http://www.csp.org.uk/news/2013/10/11/physio13-founders-lecture-calls-physios-think-creatively In 2014, she was in receipt of a government scholarship from Taiwan as a visiting scholar and was invited to the University of Rhode Island as a Distinguished International Visiting Scholar - http://web.uri.edu/physical-therapy/2014/02/14/international-scholar-dr-emma-stokes-to-visit-uri/ She was appointed as an adjunct associate professor at the University of South Australia in August 2014.

 

International professional adviser: She has acted as an adviser to physiotherapy organisations advising on organisational development and capacity as well as professional issues. She was recently a member in a task force of the American Physical Therapy Association on scope of practice. She was the chair of a WCPT Working Group tasked with an organisational review of WCPT.

 

If you would like to hear more from Dr. Stokes, you can follow her on twitter! For more information on the IFOMPT Conference in Glasgow on July 4-8th, 2016, click here and if you’re interested in sharing your research in Cape Town in July 2017, head over to the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2017!

 

Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and as always stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page!

Jun 6, 2016

This week, Dr. Tim Gabbett joins me on the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast to talk about how he prepares athletes to perform at high levels of competition and mitigate injury risk during critical periods of play. Tim is an applied sports scientist who consults with elite international athletes and has authored numerous research papers that benefit the sports performance community.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Sport specific external and internal training loads

-How chronic training load history impacts training guidelines and injury prevention

-The mathematical relationship between fitness and fatigue and its effect on physical performance

-Why building trust with athletes supports the mental component of competition

-And so much more!

 

Tim stresses that it is more common for players to be undertrained than over trained when it comes to injury risk. He suggests, “High chronic load is protective against injury and gives you the physical qualities that allow you to compete.”

 

Tim also develops strong relationships with his athletes to help facilitate the training regimen. He emphasizes, “They need to know that I have their best interest at heart. I'm looking to keep them injury free and make sure they can compete as hard as possible. They know at the end of it I'm not asking them to do anything that will put them at risk, but it will prepare them better and keep them injury free.”

 

Our role as coaches and physical therapists is to guide our athletes during times of difficulty within training sessions for ultimate success in competition. “Winning games comes back to how often they have learned to win the session. The more often we can put players into sessions where they either dig in or give in, they learn to find a way to fight themselves out of the dark hole and the more likely it will be a familiar place in competition.”

 

For more information on Dr. Gabbett:

Dr Tim Gabbett has 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.

He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011), with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition.

Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles. He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world.

Tim has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes.

 

You can get in contact with Tim at his website Gabbett Performance and follow his updates on twitter!

 

Thank you for listening to the show and being a part of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart community!

 

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Xo Karen

 

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May 30, 2016

On this week's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, I welcomed Jason Glass to edutain, or educate through entertainment, on his rotational power training philosophy. Jason is one of the world’s top Golf Strength and Conditioning Specialists and owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance in Vancouver, British Columbia. He specializes in training rotary athletes, biomechanics, physical assessments and functional strength training.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Does rotational power only equate to explosive movement?

-Why Jason finds that his job is 80% psychological for better client-coach relationships

-Is functional training dependent on individual performance demands?

-Why Jason dropped his book and picked up a microphone

-And much more!

Coach Glass shared so many great pieces of advice especially on how developing relationships with his athletes was the difference maker in his career. Jason begins his assessment by asking the questions, “What would you like me to do for you? Why is that important to you? What are your strategies for this? Do you have the capacity or capabilities to do what you want to do? Do you have the skill set? You have the ambition; let's start with what you have.”

 

Jason also stresses the importance of aligning your training goals with your clients by, “Find[ing] their vulnerability, their fear. Can we take care of what we need to do and address their fears at the same time?”

 

Jason is a proponent for managing the psychological aspect of his training and not just focusing on his kinesiology expertise, "This is a human being that I'm training. If I can't communicate with the human being element and tell them this is why this is important… If they don't buy in, there will be no change."

 

Jason left us with these parting words that really resonated with me, “Dream big, over deliver, be undeniable." He reminds us to always stay true to yourself, do what makes you excited, do it well and you will be able to reach your goals!

Here’s more information on Coach Jason Glass:

Jason Glass is one of the world’s top Golf Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Jason owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance in Vancouver BC; specializing in training rotary athletes, biomechanics, physical assessments and functional strength training.

Jason is a consultant for many top professional athletes from the PGA Tour, European Tour, Nationwide Tour, LPGA to professional snowboarding. He is also the head strength and conditioning coach for the Canadian National Team. Jason is also the head of the Titleist Performance Institutes Fitness Advisory Board.

Jason has been featured on the Golf Channel, Golf Canada Magazine and CBC Sports. Jason has his own TPI TV show “The Jason Glass Performance Lab”. Jason has published 3 DVD’s specializing in creating explosive rotational power in athletes.

Jason graduated from University of British Columbia with a bachelor of Human Kinetics and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA.

Jason is a professional speaker and lead presenter for the Titleist Performance Institute. Jason has presented internationally on golf conditioning, functional training, corrective exercise progressions, and creating rotary power for all athletes. His enthusiasm, sense of humour and passion for training makes Jason a crowd favourite on the speaker’s circuit.

Digest and enjoy all of the content Coach Glass provides on his website here and check out his podcast! You can find more from Jason on facebook and twitter!

Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

P.S. Do you want to be a stand out podcast guest? Make sure to grab the tools from the FREE eBook on the home page!

 

May 23, 2016

On today's episode, we pick the brain of IT band expert, Mark Alexander. Mark is the founder of BakPhysio, a Sports Physiotherapist with a background treating the Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games Triathlon Teams, and a former lecturer/manager on the La Trobe University post-graduate Master of Sports Physiotherapy program.

In this episode, we tackle:

-Common misconceptions surrounding the IT band

-Possible causal theories of IT Band Friction Syndrome and does the cause effect treatment

-Intrinsic anatomical considerations and extrinsic effects on lateral knee pain

-Mark's treatment approaches to lateral knee pain and "treat what you find" philosophy

-And much more!

 

We cover so much in this podcast and Mark helps dispels quite a few myths. The IT band is continuous with the entire circumferential fascia and it is not something you can target and lengthen. As Mark says, "you can have an impact on the myofascial attachments, but you're not releasing the IT band. If a scalpel can't do it, you can't do it."

 

We also learn some new effective ways to evaluate and treat patients with lateral knee pain.  Mark recommends finding the extrinsic cause through the patient history. Mark’s key question and realization: “Ask them what their activity level has been over the preceding 3-6 months. What? How long? Intensity? Think about a graph with force or load on the y axis and x axis is just time and plot over time what the load has been like. In 80-90% of patients there is a spike! 3 weeks earlier they started to really ramp it up…Their IT band cannot handle that spike and load.”

 

Remember, every patient in front of you is unique! Understand the load and volume being put on their IT band and as ardently put by Mark, "treat what you find, challenge your assumptions, and compare to the other side." And for some guiding treatment principles, Mark suggests to, “Start with pyramidal foundation of stability and work up to strength.”

 

Thank you for listening to the podcast! You can find more from Mark on twitter and can reach him by email at mark.alexander@bakballs.com. If you want to learn more about bakballs, check out his company BakPhysio for more information!

 

Make sure to connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

 

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

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May 16, 2016

On this week's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, Michol Dalcourt joins me to discuss how to integrate health and wellness principles to achieve individual performance outcomes. Michol is an industry leading expert in human movement, the inventor of the fitness tool "ViPR" and founder of the Institute of Motion.

In this episode, we discuss:

-The Institute of Motion's principles and intervention strategies

-Why sympathetic workouts must be offset with parasympathetic workouts for longevity

-How to effectively communicate dosage, timing, and exposure for exercise programs for clients

-Has the health and wellness industry exhausted the word "functional"?

-The 4 Q training model

-And so much more!

Michol addresses the multifaceted aspects of longevity including the physical, mental, and social considerations from the cellular level to the systems level. If you are interested in the health and performance strategies discussed, visit the Institute of Motion.

If you want to discover the beauty and intricacies of the human body and apply your knowledge of anatomy to learn how to prepare tissues for performance, you can immerse yourself in the Anatomy Live Expanded course. You can sign up here for the course on June 10-12, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado!

Thank you for listening to the podcast! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

Connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

May 9, 2016

On today's episode, I am joined by a very ambitious duo, Dr. Dave Kittle who is the CEO of Vinitial and Dr. Annie Abbate who is a physical therapist practicing in Brooklyn, New York. We talk about the evolution of the Vinitial app, which allows healthcare providers to text their patients without exchanging personal phone numbers, and how becoming an entrepreneur impacts your life.

In this episode, we discuss:

-What led up to Dave and Annie's decision to start a tech company

-Dave's lessons from failure and key ingredients for a viable business

-Advice for entrepreneurs on managing work life balance

-The Vinitial app and how you can use it to improve your healthcare practice

-And so much more!

Dave and Annie remind us that if you have an idea and entrepreneurial spirit, you need to take action! Failure can be expected and it is necessary for growth and success. Embrace the journey and persevere!

If you would like to utilize Vinitial in your practice, you can find more information here! You can connect with Dave and Annie on twitter!

Thank you for listening to the podcast! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

Make sure to follow me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest!

Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

May 2, 2016

On this week's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Stephanie Nickolich who is known as the Millionista Mentor. Stephanie left an unfulfilling corporate job to start her own online coaching business which gave her the ability to control her time and achieve financial freedom. We discuss her most important marketing strategies that you can implement to gain rapport with prospective clients and ultimately generate sales.

In this episode, we talk about:

-How Stephanie overcame adversity in her career and finances to go on to start a thriving business

-What sales funnels can do to improve your business

-Do's and don’ts of launching a sales funnel

-The steps needed to build an efficient team to increase your productivity

-And so much more!

Stephanie shares nuggets of wisdom from her journey and shows how accountability and self-knowledge fueled her passion and propelled her to reach her goals. You can find more from Stephanie on her website here! If you're interested in becoming a legendary entrepreneur make sure to check out her program which gives you the fundamental building blocks for starting an online business!

Thank you for listening to the podcast! If you would like to support the show, be sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes!

Connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest!

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

Xo Karen

 

Apr 25, 2016

In today’s episode, I had a very candid conversation with Erin Jackson, who was a member on the patient panel at CSM. She bravely and openly discusses her personal challenges with persistent pain as well as her experiences navigating the healthcare system and being her own best advocate.

In this episode, we touch on:

-What led up to Erin's years of persistent pain

-The challenges of living with persistent pain and how to deal with other people’s perceptions of your journey

- Her advice for people who have persistent pain and her experiences with the path to recovery

- What clinicians can do to better treat patients with persistent pain

- How to deal with the ups and downs of recovery from the patient standpoint

- Much more!

I greatly appreciate Erin taking the time to come on the podcast and share her journey so that we can have a better understanding of those who are experiencing persistent pain. Hearing direct perspectives from patients allows clinicians to understand what they value, what their goals are, and how we can better treat and support them on their journey.

My hope is that this podcast can help people who have persistent pain know that there is hope for recovery. Although the journey is not likely to be quick or easy, the transition to being whole and functional again is rewarding.

You can find Erin on twitter and linkedin and if you want to learn more about her practice you can check out her website here!

Thank you for being a part of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart family. Make sure to leave a rating and/or a review on iTunes.

Connect with me on twitter to stay updated on all of the latest!

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

 

Apr 18, 2016

In this week’s episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, I speak with Ali Schoos, a private practice outpatient orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapist out of Bellevue, Washington. Ali joins me to discuss why her goal is to change the current PT mindset from episode based care to full lifespan primary care and why this change could be fundamental to your practice.

In this episode, we talk about:

-What is a primary care physical therapist

-Why we should treat every patient like a direct access patient

-How to incorporate patient education in your treatment plan

-How physical therapists can impact the growing Alzheimer's population

-The benefits of exercise on body and brain longevity

-And so much more!

Currently, about 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's and will ultimately die from the disease because there is no cure. By 2050, it is projected that 13.8 million people age 65 and older will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's and the associated costs are expected to grow to over 1 trillion dollars.

Physical therapists are uniquely qualified to help provide the care needed for this patient population through preventative education and exercise-based treatments. Ultimately, we can help reduce future healthcare costs, improve quality of life for our patients, and slow the progression of the disease.  

For more information, be sure to check out the Alzheimer's Association for great informative resources.

You can find more from Ali on twitter and check out her website here!

If you would like to learn more about the Graham Sessions, check out this podcast with Steve Anderson!

Thank you for listening and subscribing to the show! If you like what you're hearing, I would greatly appreciate you leaving a rating and/or a review on iTunes.

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

Apr 11, 2016

Live from CSM, I was fortunate to sit down with Dr. John Childs to discuss the new frontier of DPT education. He is a founder and CEO of Evidence in Motion and a partner in Confluent Health which includes EIM, 75 physical therapy clinics across the States, and Fit for Work which helps employers reduce workers' compensation costs through consultative services.

In this episode, we talk about:

-How Evidence in Motion bridges the gap between research and clinical practice

-Technology's role in facilitating a new blended educational model for entry level DPT programs

-Revolutionizing the curriculum for the clinical educational experience

-Common criticisms of the blended educational model

-And much more!

The future of DPT education is evolving toward collaborative learning which helps students grow and come together as a profession. This new model also is able to lower the cost of education and give nontraditional students more opportunities to pursue a career in physical therapy.

John welcomes your suggestions by phone ((210) 364-7410) and email (john@eimpt.com). You can find more information about Evidence in Motion here!

Thank you for listening and have a great week!

 

If you want to stay updated, make sure to connect with me on twitter!

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

Apr 4, 2016

On this week's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, Dr. Sarah Haag and Dr. Sandy Hilton join me outside the Disneyland Hotel post CSM to take the taboo out of discussing sex. They are both physical therapists who work with anyone needing to get back to doing what they love and who they love and are making the discussion around sex a little more comfortable and approachable.

In this show, we discuss:

-What every PT should be asking their patients

-Why you shouldn't make assumptions about your patients' sex lives

-How to differentiate UTI from DOMS of the pelvic floor

-How you can approach your partner who has pain with sex

-Guiding principles for pelvic health rehabilitation

-How to navigate sex in the nursing home system

-And a lot more!

Sex is part of normal human function and no other species makes it this complicated. If you are experiencing pain with sex and you want to live a happier and more fulfilled life, there is something you can do about it by seeking help from a pelvic health physical therapist.

You can find more on twitter from Sandy (@SandyHiltonPT), Sarah (@SarahHaagPT), and myself (@karenlitzyNYC)!

 

Thank you for following along and listening to the podcast!

 

Xo Karen

 

Mar 28, 2016

In this week’s episode, Paul Lagerman, the Naked Physio, and I co-host part Two of live from the San Diego Pain Summit in San Diego, California. The summit is all about applying pain science to clinical practice and we were fortunate to have a few of the summit speakers, who all come from different healthcare backgrounds, join us to discuss how we should be addressing patients with chronic pain.

 

Let me refresh your memory as to this fantastic panel of pain experts:

  • Ravensara Travillian is a massage therapist based in Seattle, Washington specializing in populations of refugees and veterans
  • Sandy Hilton is a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic pain in Chicago, Illinois
  • Greg Lehman is a physical therapist, chiropractor, and a research biomechanist from Toronto, Canada
  • Bronnie Thompson is an occupational therapist and a senior lecturer on pain and pain management at the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Michael Shacklock is a physical therapist and research academic with interests in neurodynamics from Dunedin, New Zealand

 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to manage chronic pain patients' expectations throughout your treatment plan
  • Techniques to get your patients excited about their home exercise program
  • We hear from San Diego Pain Summit organizer Rajam Roose
  • And a whole lot more!

Chronic pain is complex and this discussion really benefited from having a multidisciplinary panel provide their diverse insights and experiences. As healthcare clinicians, we can help make sense of chronic pain in our patients' lives but we need to deliver that information to them in meaningful and relevant ways.

If you want to hear more from all of us, check us out on twitter! You can find some highlights from the summit with #sdps2016 and #sdpain.

 Karen Litzy: @KarenLitzyNYC

Paul Lagerman: @nakedphysio

Greg Lehman: @GregLehman

Ravensara Travillian: @RavenTravillian

Sandy Hilton: @SandyHiltonPT

Bronnie Thompson: @adiemusfree

Michael Shacklock: @Neurodynamics

 

Thank you for listening and being a part of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart family!

 

Xo Karen

Mar 21, 2016

In this week’s episode, Paul Lagerman, the Naked Physio, and I co-host a panel discussion live from the San Diego Pain Summit in San Diego, California. The summit is all about applying pain science to clinical practice and we were fortunate to have a few of the summit speakers, who all come from different healthcare backgrounds, join us to discuss how we should be addressing patients with chronic pain.

Let me introduce you to this fantastic panel of pain experts:

  • Ravensara Travillian is a massage therapist based in Seattle, Washington specializing in populations of refugees and veterans
  • Sandy Hilton is a physical therapist that specializes in pelvic pain in Chicago, Illinois
  • Greg Lehman is a physical therapist, chiropractor, and a research biomechanist from Toronto, Canada
  • Bronnie Thompson is an occupational therapist and a senior lecturer on pain and pain management at the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Michael Shacklock is a physical therapist and research academic with interests in neurodynamics from Dunedin, New Zealand

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to explain pain to clients without leading them to believe that the pain is all in their head
  • How to guide patients away from biomedical explanations of pain
  • How to manage chronic pain patients' expectations throughout your treatment plan
  • Techniques to get your patients excited about their home exercise program
  • And a whole lot more!

Chronic pain is complex and this discussion really benefited from having a multidisciplinary panel provide their diverse insights and experiences. As healthcare clinicians, we can help make sense of chronic pain in our patients' lives but we need to deliver that information to them in meaningful and relevant ways.

If you want to hear more from all of us, check us out on twitter! You can find some highlights from the summit with #sdps2016 and #sdpain.

Karen Litzy: @KarenLitzyNYC

Paul Lagerman: @nakedphysio

Greg Lehman: @GregLehman

Ravensara Travillian: @RavenTravillian

Sandy Hilton: @SandyHiltonPT

Bronnie Thompson: @adiemusfree

Michael Shacklock: @Neurodynamics

 

Thank you for listening and being a part of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart family!

 

Xo Karen

Mar 14, 2016

On this week's episode of the Healthy Wealthy and Smart podcast, we have Dr. Sharon Dunn who is the president of the American Physical Therapy Association joining us to talk about the success of this year's Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California and what to look forward to for next year.

In this episode, we discuss:

-Her highlights from this year's CSM and how you can get more out of next year's conference

-Important insights from our patients and how it added to the CSM experience

-What the Free the Yolk movement is all about and ways you can help break a Guinness Book World Record

-The human movement system as it relates to physical therapy identity

-The important themes that emerged from CSM

-The importance of the individual sections within the APTA to the success of CSM

-And so much more!

It was a pleasure to have Sharon on the podcast again! If you weren't able to attend all of the amazing lectures at this year's CSM, you can find all of the presentations at the APTA website here. Let's continue the high energy level and high attendance rate at next year's CSM in San Antonio, Texas! I’m really looking forward to what is in store for us next year!

Make sure to follow me on twitter (@KarenLitzyNYC) and thank you so much for listening!

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

 

Mar 7, 2016

Live from the Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California, we have another great interview with Dr. Karim Khan where we discuss the role physical therapists play in the healthcare team and the importance of daily physical activity on overall health. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Khan on the show. He is a Canadian sports physician, a professor at the University of British Columbia, and the editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

In this episode, we talk about:

-Can physical therapists detect red flags and does direct access work

-Who is leading musculoskeletal research and pushing the evidence forward

-Physical therapists as leaders in exercise as medicine

-The importance of being physically active role models for our patients

-What macro nutrient is driving the obesity epidemic

-How you can utilize social media to garner interest in niche fields

-A live Q&A with Dr. Khan and Dr. Jill Cook

-And so much more!

It was great having Dr. Khan on the show! He offers great advice and support for the physical therapy profession and promotes an active lifestyle that can keep you Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

You can find Dr. Khan on twitter (@BJSM_BMJ) and make sure to tune into the British Journal of Sports Medicine Podcast!

Thank you so much for listening and subscribing! You can find me on twitter (@KarenLitzyNYC)

 

Xo Karen

 

Feb 29, 2016

I had the honor of sitting down with Dr. Jill Cook and busting some common tendinopathy myths.  This episode with Dr. Jill Cook was recorded live in front of an audience at the Combined Section Meeting in Anaheim, CA about 2 weeks ago.  It was a great experience and one of the highlights of my CSM experience. 

A little more about Dr. Cook: She is a professor in musculoskeletal health in the La Trobe Sport and Exercise Medicine Research Centre at La Trobe University in Melbourne Australia. Jill’s research areas include sports medicine and tendon injury. After completing her PhD in 2000, she has investigated tendon pathology, treatment options and risk factors for tendon injury. Jill currently supplements her research by conducting a specialist tendon practice and by lecturing and presenting workshops both in Australia and overseas. 

In this episode we talk about:

* Are eccentric exercises are the best and only way to treat a tendinopathy? 

* Can use the same tendon therapy protocol for every tendon and every person. 

* A tendinopathy always involves inflammation.

* Once you are pain free and back to sport you don't have to worry about the exercises you did in PT.

* Why we shouldn't be selling messages we can't deliver.

* and much more!

Dr. Cook shares so much information about tendinopathy in this episode that I think I learned more in 25 min that I have in the past 10 years!

Thank you again to the Private Practice Section of the APTA for all of their help to make this happen and thank you to Jimmy McKay, host of the PT Pintcast for the great intro!

Enjoy and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

xo

Karen

Feb 15, 2016

This week's episode features Laura Roeder who is the founder of LKR Social Media and Edgar, a social media automation tool that prevents your updates from going to waste. Laura was named one of the top 100 entrepreneurs under 35 in 2011, 2013, and 2014 and presented the value of entrepreneurship at the White House. Laura makes technology simple to understand and implement for small business owners.

 

In this episode, Laura and I discuss:

  • How software saves you time so you can do what you love to do.
  • How to utilize social media to bring in new prospects.
  • Why you should specialize your product because less is more to your customers.
  • How she builds and manages a successful remote team from all over the country.
  • The do's and don'ts of social media.
  • Her advice for a budding entrepreneur.
  • And a whole lot more!

 

Laura was a very special guest! She provided great insights on how to utilize tools for running your business and we get into the details about optimizing your social media presence to allow you to spend more time building relationships.

 

To find out more about Edgar, click here and make sure to follow Laura on twitter (@lkr) and facebook.

 

Thank you for listening and subscribing! You can find me on twitter (@karenlitzyNYC).

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy and Smart!

 

Xo Karen

Feb 11, 2016

Dr. Tim DiFrancesco, DPT, the lead strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers, joins us again on this week’s Thursday Quickie and we are talking all about the millennial generation.

 

In this episode we discuss:

  • How to engage with millennials to accomplish performance goals
  • The importance of linking your training principles and their primary motivation
  • What candy exercises are and how to use them to your advantage while training millennials
  • How to temper their expectations for immediate results
  • Why this generation needs collaboration during the goal setting process
  • And much more!

 

I had a great time chatting with Tim and I wanted to thank him for sharing great advice on how to engage effectively with millennials as well as helpful tips to apply to our patients, clients, and even fellow PT's. Make sure to check out his blog (tdathletesedge.com) and follow him on twitter (@tdathletesedge) and instagram (@tdathletesedge).

 

Thanks for listening to this week's Thursday Quickie and subscribing to the podcast! You can find me on twitter @karenlitzyNYC.

 

Have a lovely weekend and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

 

xo Karen

 

Feb 8, 2016

Do you want to train some of the highest performing athletes in the world and keep them at the top of their game? On today's show, I talk with Dr. Tim DiFrancesco who is the lead strength and conditioning coach for the Los Angeles Lakers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How he made the leap into professional sports.
  • How is top strength tips can work on every patient/client regardless of age or experience.
  • Why your workout should focus on time under tension and perfect form.
  • How to stimulate muscle growth by increasing volume of work.
  • Why breaking perfect form effects long term performance.
  • How a PT background sets you up for success in the strength and conditioning world.
  • And so much more!

 

This was a great interview with Tim on how his background as a physical therapist influences his strength and conditioning principles.  I learned a great deal from Tim on this episode and I hope you come away with some great insights to use immediately in your clinical or fitness setting!

 

Tim's Top Resources:

Kelly Starrett (http://www.mobilitywod.com/)

Dan John (http://danjohn.net/)

Pavel Tsatsouline (http://www.strongfirst.com/)

 

How to reach Tim:

Website: www.tdathletesedge.com/

Twitter: @tdathletesedge

Instagram: @tdathletesedge

 

Thank you for listening and subscribing to the podcast!  And remember you can find me on Twitter: @KarenLitzyNYC

 

Don't forget to tune in for the Thursday Quickie 2/11/16 with Dr. DiFrancesco on working with millennials!

 

Stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

 

Karen

Feb 1, 2016

If you are a physical therapist and you have not heard of the Graham Sessions...don't worry you are not alone!  The first time I heard about this meeting was last year and even then I had no idea what it was all about.  So this year I was able to register for the event which took place at the beautiful Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, AZ in January.  Because most PTs have no idea what the Graham Sessions are or they heard about the Graham Sessions on social media and are feeling left out, this podcast with one of the founders of the Graham Sessions, Steve Anderson, PT will hopefully answer all of the questions you might have about this meeting. 

In this episode we talk about:

* What are the Graham Sessions?

* How did the Graham Sessions come about? (It involves a late night at a bar)

* What were the topics covered in this year's Graham Sessions.

* What were Steve's thoughts about the meeting this year.

* What are Steve's thoughts on the future of the Graham Sessions.

I want to thank Steve Anderson, PT for being on the podcast and for being so generous with his thoughts on this conference and the future of the Graham Sessions.

As always thank you for tuning in and subscribing to the podcast! Have a great week and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

xo

Karen

Jan 28, 2016

This week's Thursday quickie is part two if my conversation with the Latin American Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Houston Astros, Rachel Balkovec.

In this episode we discuss:

* Her strength and conditioning philosophy and how she transfers that to her athletes.

* How she individualizes the workouts for each player and position.

* The way Rachel establishes respect in the weight room.

* Who her mentors are (this is very sweet).

* What is next for her in 2016!

This was another great talk with Rachel!  She shares more stories and great advice for anyone, but especially women who aspire to be in Major League Baseball.

A huge thanks to Rachel and to you for listening and subscribing to the podcast!

Have a great weekend and stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart!

xo

Karen

Jan 25, 2016

Are you a strength and conditioning coach or physical therapist interested in working in Major League Baseball?  Then this is the episode for you!  I talk with the Latin American strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros, Rachel Balkovec.

In this episode we talk about:

* How she found her self worth through strength training.

* How hard work, sacrifice and the right attitude got her to where she is today.

* What she needed to learn to work in MLB.

* The ways in which she goes above and beyond for her players.

* What it takes to be a strength and conditioning coach in MLB.

* Her biggest challenge so far in her career.

* Her advice to women wanting to get into MLB.

* and much much more!

Rachel is a true inspiration, a hard worker and a great role model for young women coming up in the strength and conditioning world. 

Thank you for listening and subscribing to the podcast!

Stay Healthy Wealthy & Smart,

Karen

 

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