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For Father’s Day 2013, forget about neckties and golf balls as gifts!  Rather, remind yourself of this…

What are the most important things your father ever gave you?  Most likely it wasn’t a set of golf clubs, your first car or anything tangible.  Perhaps you can thank Dad for your witty sense of humor, problem-solving ability or knowing right from wrong.  These are the most valuable things we carry with us for the rest of our lives.  Show Dad your gratitude by giving him something just as important.

At Texas Back Institute, we’re focused on overall spine health.  As anyone who has ever experienced back and neck pain knows, a healthy spine is crucial to one’s quality of life.  “Use Father’s Day as a spring board for a new way of living,” suggests Dr. Rey Bosita, a Texas Back Institute spine surgeon, who himself is a father of four  young boys.  From that perspective, we recommend healthy activities and actions that will be a meaningful investment in your relationship with Dad.

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Dr. Bosita and his family are sure to have an active Father’s Day!

Go on walks together.  This will not only enhance your general well-being but will boost your neck and back health as well. “Ask your dad about his health and fitness habits.  If your dad has been sedentary, start off easy and build yourself up to longer and faster walks.  Most importantly, make a commitment to your dad to walk with him regularly.  Consistency over time is what will improve his and your health.”

Taking walks together also fosters conversation.  Dr. Bosita notes that “walking and talking can help reduce stress and emotional pain which is usually carried in people’s neck and back.”

Commit to Annual Exams.  And follow through!   Serious health issues can usually be prevented if discovered early.  We all know dear old Dad sometimes avoids going to the doctor.  Make it a family affair and follow with a lunch date!

Or better yet, do what Dr. Bosita did with his dad.  He made it a Guys Day Out!  The day started with morning golf followed by lunch.  The tour of check-up appointments followed, from 1-5pm that afternoon, including “the dentist, eye doctor, primary care physician and a specialist,” says Dr. Bosita.  And naturally one works up an appetite after all of that, so he and his dad finished the day at their favorite steak house for dinner.  Father/son time and investment in your quality of life all in one day – pretty good by any measure!

“You have to create the same efficiencies in your health care as you do in your job everyday.  It’s all about commitment.  Time and money are the same thing.  Put them where your heart is,” advises Dr. Bosita.

Summon the child within.  What are the activities you enjoyed as a child with your father?  What are the activities he enjoyed with his father as child?  Consider bringing out the fishing poles and dusting off the tent.  Or perhaps your dad likes strolling art galleries or working on a project.  Whatever it is, do it together.

Dr. Bosita brought along the grandparents with his family to Disney World!  He laughed saying, “my father-in-law sure got his exercise walking all around the Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center- while pushing strollers and carrying kids. It was tough but it was great to spend time together as a family.”

In fact, older adults make up many of Texas Back Institute’s patients.    They often seek out preventive measures for the sole purpose of being active with their adult children and grandchildren.  Physical therapy at Texas Back Institute is integral to this approach.   Physical therapy helps prepare you or your older parents for carrying luggage or children, handling squirmy toddlers or playing in the pool. The benefits include “improvements in core strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness and proper lifting mechanics,” says Dr. Bosita.  So, by planning ahead for such a trip, you will enjoy your experience more fully by being physically prepared.

Dr. Bosita observes that “there are many common neck and back conditions, which surface as we age, like chronic back pain, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease and others.”  However, he continues, “It is never too late.”  Start this weekend with Dad.  He may wear a tie you give him once a year.  But sharing a life full of wholesome activities and meaningful relationships will certainly be his life’s treasure.

 

 

 

 

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