September 2019

In 1965, 4% of our population had a chronic disease.


Today, 46% of our children have a chronic disease.

In 1975, only 1 in 5000 children had autism.

Today, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with autism.

1 in 3 males are infertile.

1 in 4 females are infertile.

It is predicted that by the year 2100, the human race will become extinct.

We are injuring ourselves way faster than we can heal.

What can we do to change the trajectory of our health and the human species in America?


I’ve recently spent hundreds of dollars on doctor’s visits and blood tests ordered by our pediatric gastroenterologist, only to come to the conclusion that my 5 year old daughter has a gluten intolerance. After dealing with eczema, stomach aches, irritability, hyperactivity, constipation and incontinence, I finally received confirmation that she has non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Looking in retrospect, I regret that I didn’t just keep her on a gluten-free diet after seeing her symptoms subside and nearly disappear years ago. Instead, I needed validation from a medical doctor that she was truly diagnosed with gluten sensitivity. The doctor warned that if her genes tested positive for celiac disease, and continued eating wheat gluten, then she could be diagnosed with colon or stomach cancer as an adult. That scared me.

My daughter’s (and my entire family’s) gluten sensitivity isn’t just a genetic issue. It’s a food chain issue. Even if we eat 70% organic and 30% conventional foods, we have still experienced the negative effects of gluten sensitivity…which manifests itself through a variety of symptoms like anxiety and depression, gas and bloating, eczema and allergies, brain fog and hyperactivity. I do not want to continue on a path that could eventually lead to cancer, autoimmune disorders, autism and Alzheimer’s disease. This issue is not in wheat alone. It’s also a big problem in corn, soy, canola and many fruits and vegetables, listed in the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list.

After being introduced to Dr. Zach Bush while researching the latest science on cellular healing, Redox cell signaling, epigenetics and the gut microbiome, I learned more about the depressing state of the majority of our farmers being dependent on chemicals, namely Monsanto‘s Roundup Ready glyphosate and GMO cropseed.

As quoted by Dr. Zach Bush: “Since the inception of glyphosate in 1996, cancer and autism rates have exploded. Some massive environmental injury has caused this explosive rise in these chronic inflammatory diseases…not just early detection and diagnosis. The very foods that we consume on a daily basis are being chemically treated in heavily degraded soils, and are totally nutrient-deficient.”

Glyphosate in wheat, corn, canola, soybeans, sugar beets and vegetables should be completely avoided. As well as LibertyLink, the new gene manufactured by Bayer CropScience, the #1 Big Pharma company who recently bought Monsanto in 2017 for almost $70 Billion.

We have an opportunity to overcome the fear. There is a grassroots movement of Regenerative Agriculture, Food Independence and Planetary Evolution. Farmers are reclaiming their right to become independent from the pharmaceutical industry. A few of them can be found here at Farmers Footprint and Regeneration International.

Here are a few of the steps that my family and I have taken to fight the war on chemicals in our food by Big Agriculture and Big Pharma in order to sustain optimal health and well-being:

1. Buying as much organic food as possible, and staying up to date on the dirty dozen list.

2. Limiting gluten, corn and soy as much as possible. Avoiding conventional wheat altogether.

3. Consuming cellular health products such as ASEA and RESTORE to assist detoxification, detection, repair, and cell renewal in the gut, brain and entire body.

4. Avoiding all unnecessary vaccinations such as flu and HPV, as well as delaying vaccines to our children (practicing this since 2002).

5. Supporting farmers who are trying to break free from chemical GMO crop seed and transition to no-till, no-spray farms to allow healing and regeneration to their land within 12 months.

6. Consideration now of a Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet.

7. Being challenged to become more socially responsible to care for our precious earth and all living things.

8. Spreading the word.


“If you’ve never heard about the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture and land use practices to naturally sequester a critical mass of CO2 in the soil and forests, you’re not alone. One of the best-kept secrets in the world today is that the solution to global warming and the climate crisis (as well as poverty and deteriorating public health) lies right under our feet, and at the end of our knives and forks.”

~Ronnie Cummins, Regeneration International Steering Committee Member


“What transformed me as a doctor, is the realization that everything that I was taught in medical school, was at a very narrow perspective. And it wasn’t working in my patients. We had to re-evaluate at a much more global standpoint. But we can’t shift the momentum by working with one cancer patient at a time. It’s way too slow. I know I’m now at the root cause of the human epidemic. Patients and farmers will stew steep intellectual questions in multidisciplinary environments outside the hallowed halls of academia, far beyond the classrooms and look at Mother Earth as our template. We need to find our passion and purpose in not just fixing things, but just being still for a moment together, have respect for each other to listen to each other.”

~Zach Bush, MD


Be Inspired! 
Watch and Listen:

GMOs, Glyphosate, and Chronic Inflammation 
Farmer’s Footprint
Heal Faster Than You Injure
Dr. Zach Bush on Golden Secrets

August 2019

My Personal Health Challenges

We all desire optimal health. We try to do the best we can, but we are imperfect human beings just trying to live a balanced life.

I have been struggling with managing my hormone imbalances from neuroendocrine dysregulation in my 20s, 30s and 40s. I have had progesterone deficiency, endured multiple miscarriages, and most recently experienced adrenal fatigue. I have suffered from PMDD (PMS-related depression and anxiety) since my teens, and I was diagnosed in my early 30s with Adult ADD. I have also been on a chronic pain journey since 2005 and have rehabilitated myself for bulging discs in my neck and lower back causing radiculopathy, but had to give up high impact activities like aerobics, running, and HIIT classes and have replaced them with lower impact exercises such as Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Pilates to prevent symptoms of further joint damage. I also have chronic stress, raising 3 children spanning from preschool to college, and I run a private physical therapy practice while trying to manage financial health.

Since 2011, I have been studying functional medicine doctors like Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Ginger Garner, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Aviva Romm, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Zach Bush and have been trying to implement functional medicine into my daily life, but it is tough. Especially when I am exhausted or have low energy, it is difficult to exercise and eat clean non-GMO whole foods regularly. Approximately once a month, I give into my unhealthy cravings, and then the crazy cycle starts all over again! Brain fog, fatigue, irritability, insomnia…

I have been stuck. I blame it on a few things, specifically prescription medications like anti-depressants, anti-anxiety drugs and synthetic hormones. I am completely convinced that these meds used long-term, actually make people chronically ill. I have experienced unfavorable side effects like bloating, weight gain, headaches, ambivalence, exhaustion, brain fog, short-term memory loss, appetite suppression and low motivation. I have felt for quite some time, this strong internal need to detoxify all these toxins stored in my body!

Well, I’ve come across a breakthrough…a very significant breakthrough in science and medicine that is in the order of the discovery of penicillin and things that can change humanity. Something 100% non-toxic, native to the body, and completely safe with zero side effects. Thanks to my urologist introducing this to me, I have experienced miraculous changes in my health and vitality!


DEFY ILLNESS, AGING, AND CHRONIC DISEASE

Detox With Redox

ASEA REDOX is a scientific breakthrough in cell signaling. Redox signaling works at the genetic level to help protect, rejuvenate, and restore cells. It assists in communicating which cells need to die (apoptosis) to make room for cell renewal. Drinking ASEA REDOX daily can enhance the ability of every cell in your body to facilitate positive gene expression, allowing you to experience the vitality of true health and wellness! 

Since drinking ASEA REDOX Cell Signaling Supplement, I have experienced increased energy and endurance, improved hormone regulation, increased libido, improved mental focus and concentration, improved ability to manage stress, detoxification processes, complete mood stability, deeper restorative sleep, smoother skin, cleared sinuses, accelerated wound-healing, decreased muscle, joint and nerve pain, ability to do higher impact exercises such as jogging without pain, faster workout recovery, weight loss, suppression of unhealthy cravings, and the ability to discharge my prescription medications without any withdrawal symptoms! 

I know it sounds too good to be true, but it is true!

Now my children and dozens of my clients are experiencing their own unique benefits as well. I will be sharing more testimonials from those being impacted by this incredible biotechnology.

ASEA REDOX is safe for infants, children, adults, and even your pets!



If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine can help you live your life to the fullest. Schedule a complimentary 15 Minute Detox Phone Consult with her online or call (443) 822-3725 to discuss your health challenges.

July 2019

Yoga and Pilates are popular practices to improve stability, flexibility and alleviate joint, back and neck pain. While they provide many of the same benefits, including strengthening the core and providing stress relief, they have different origins and methods. If you’re considering exploring these methods of movement, understanding these differences can help you choose between them. To help you find the best fit for you, here’s a simple guide comparing yoga and Pilates. 

What’s the Difference Between Yoga & Pilates?

History

Yoga originated over 5,000 years ago in India. Traditionally, there are eight branches of this discipline that include meditation, healing, and physical movement. Asana is the branch most often practiced in yoga classes, and covers different poses.

Pilates on the other hand, was invented by athlete Joseph Pilates in the mid-20th century for rehabilitation, strengthening, and relief from issues like back and neck pain. Pilates began his practice in Europe and opened a studio in New York in the 1960s, at which point many dancers took up his method and brought it to the mainstream.

Variation

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Instructors typically sequence each yoga class to explore a different idea. The teacher will choose from thousands of poses, variations, and sequences with differing levels of difficulty. Sessions often incorporate meditation or chanting at the beginning or the end.

Pilates is more structured, and you’ll typically know what to expect from every session. Much like yoga, your instructor will tailor the class to your individual needs. For instance, some sessions may have exercises to improve joint pain caused by arthritis, while others are specifically designed to relieve neck pain with targeted movements.

Workout

Both practices have various positive effects, including improving strength, flexibility, and mobility. However, yoga typically involves working muscles throughout the body with a focus on boosting flexibility, restoring balance, and enhancing the mind-body connection. Equipment is limited to a mat.

Pilates, on the other hand, is designed to target the trunk of the body, including the core and spine. Instructors may use Pilates Apparatus equipment for that purpose, including a reformer, which supports various exercises that work on the shoulders, hips, core muscles in the abdomen and back. 

Breathing Techniques

One of the primary objectives of yoga is to provide relief from stress, pain, or mental exhaustion. Breathing and concentration techniques are vital to achieving these goals, so many yoga instructors dedicate time to breath work and mindfulness.

During Pilates, students are taught to breathe in through the nose and out through the nose or mouth, coupling the breath while performing dynamic movements with your body, such as swim prep, frog or mermaid.


If you’re interested in trying Pilates or yoga to optimize your health, turn to Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MDWith over 16 years of clinical experience, Veronica uses physical therapy, Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates to promote health, vitality and injury prevention. From arthritis to adrenal fatigue, she treats patients and teaches group classes with a broad range of ailments. Visit her website to learn more about her practice and methods, or call (443) 822-3725 to schedule a session. 

June 2019

Those who have arthritis tend to experience back and joint pain, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. These symptoms can often be relieved by practicing yoga. This is because its gentle exercises focus on flexibility, balance, and relaxation while also building strength. If you’re considering this option for pain management, here’s a guide to the different ways it can help you.

Why Choose Yoga for Arthritis Management


Gentle, Safe Exercise

When you have arthritis, it can be difficult to stay active, as the impact from many types of exercise can worsen your pain and stiffness. Running on the treadmill, for example, might make your knees ache. Yoga, on the other hand, is a slow, low-impact activity that is gentle on your body. This makes it easier to practice every day, ensuring you get the health benefits of regular exercise, such as improved circulation and lowered risk of high blood pressure. 

Improve Mobility

Arthritis

Bending and stretching every day will improve your flexibility, increasing your range of motion over time. This is still true when arthritis has taken a toll on your mobility. Slowly stretching out the joints with yoga poses helps loosen them and makes movement more comfortable.

Relieve Pain

Since yoga relieves joint stiffness, you’re less likely to feel discomfort when performing daily tasks like cleaning, which require a wide range of motion for bending and picking up items. Also, by boosting your circulation, you’ll promote healing and release endorphins in your brain, which improve your mood and reduce the perception of pain.

Lower Stress

Stress can sometimes worsen the inflammation caused by arthritis, increasing your symptoms. Yoga is a calm, relaxing activity that encourages you to move and be aware of your body. It also often involves meditation and breathing techniques, which help relieve stress. Not only will this work toward managing your pain, but it will also teach you to live in the moment and be mindful of your body.


If you’re looking for yoga lessons designed to help with your arthritis, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. Serving the Greater Annapolis area and Anne Arundel County, Veronica has over 16 years of clinical experience. Her Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ classes are offered for both private and group sessions to relieve associated symptoms. Learn more about therapeutic yoga online or call (443) 822-3725 to schedule an appointment.

May 2019

Free radicals are molecules that have a missing electron, which makes them unstable and reactive in the body. Antioxidants, minerals and nutrients found in certain foods, supply electrons to stabilize these molecules. Oxidative stress, which happens when there aren’t enough antioxidants in the body to keep free radicals stable, is thought to be a major factor in premature aging and many health concerns. REDOX cell signaling is an alternative medicine method for supporting cellular health by helping your body fight off this kind of stress. If you want to know more about this, here’s a guide to a few of the benefits taking supplements that support REDOX cell signaling bring.

3 Ways REDOX Cell Signaling Promotes Health

1. Improving Dietary Function 

Green superfoods like algae, sprouts, and alfalfa help your body produce an important antioxidant called Glutathione (GPX). GPX naturally combats oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals. Supporting your body with REDOX cell signaling supplements will help it produce and absorb your body’s own GPX by 500%, boosting your cells’ ability to fight oxidative stress.

2. Eliminating Cellular Waste

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When you work out, your body is placing stress on your muscles to force them to produce more ATP, or cellular energy. That’s why recovery after a workout is often more painful than the exercise itself. Though your muscles grow stronger, this process also produces excess lactic acid, cellular waste that needs to be flushed out. REDOX cell signaling supplement encourages waste control, accelerating the detoxification process significantly, helping your muscles recover faster and become less sore so you can return to your active lifestyle sooner than later.

3. Achieving More Restful Sleep

When you have chronic stress or anxiety, your body naturally adapts by heightening your “survival” chemicals. This means your sleep gets lighter and more fitful, which can lead to hormone deficiencies and adrenal imbalances. Alternative medicine’s REDOX cell signaling supplementcan help improve communication throughout the repair processes during sleep, allowing you to enter a deeper, more effective sleep cycle, leaving you refreshed and well rested the next morning.


If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. She specializes in integrative alternative medicine and yoga therapy. She can help alleviate chronic lower back and neck pain though Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine helps you live your life to the fullest. Learn more about her yoga and Pilates classes online or call (443) 822-3725 to book your first free class.

April 2019

Whether you sit at a desk all day or exercise 5 days a week, you might be suffering from neck pain or back pain. Therapeutic Pilates uses a range of exercises to promote spine stabilization, coordination, strength and flexibility. If you want to learn more about this specific type of exercise and how it can cure your back and neck pain long-term, here’s what you should know.

Statistics 

Over 80% of adults have experienced lower back pain at some point in their lifetime, and is the 2nd leading cause of job-related disability and missed work days. Back pain is extremely costly, with total costs estimated between $100–200 billion dollars annually, two-thirds of which are due to decreased wages and productivity.

Neck pain is also very common. It is estimated that by middle age, 30-50% of people will have an acute episode of neck pain within one year. 

The causes of neck or back pain can be the result of poor posture, poor body awareness, text neck, heavy lifting required in jobs like nursing or construction, or from an injury like whiplash. These conditions can worsen significantly if left untreated by a licensed medical professional.

Sadly, over 75% of people suffering from neck or back pain choose to manage it with medications, while less than 50% seek alternative treatments like physical therapy and chiropractic. This is not entirely the patient’s fault, because traditional medicine is not very effective in treating pain disorders. The most common recommendation by a primary care physician is prescribing pain medications and neglecting to take advantage of referring their patients to physical therapy and other skilled practitioners. This is partially responsible for the current opioid crisis we know about in the United States today.

Physical Therapy and Therapeutic Pilates can effectively cure neck and back pain in individuals so they no longer have to rely on medications or injections. This method is not a quick-fix band-aid solution, but rather targets the root cause: weakness, tension and poor alignment.

How Can Therapeutic Pilates Help? 

Pilates in general, targets the deepest muscles in the spine and core that support your vertebrae…building strength, stability and controlled flexibility. Pilates is low-impact on the joints and focuses on decompression of the spine, shoulders, hips and knees. Over time, Pilates can even align your spine, improve circulation, strengthen the diaphragm, reduce stress and improve flexibility, which can ultimately help you maintain proper posture automatically.Much like yoga, Pilates increases your body awareness, which helps you identify tense parts of your body during the day. When you know which areas to relax and realign, you reduce your chances of feeling pain at the end of the day.

Therapeutic Pilates is more specifically used for people with musculoskeletal issues like bulging discs, osteoporosis, joint replacement and arthritis. It is taught not only by a Professional Pilates Instructor, but more importantly a Licensed Physical Therapist who is an expert at biomechanical analysis and well-trained in pathology- diagnosing and treating medical conditions.

Try Therapeutic Pilates Today!

If you are in active pain and cannot tolerate many forms of exercise, it would be best to schedule a private Therapeutic Pilates session to create a customized Therapeutic Pilates Program to practice before taking a group class to optimize your safety.

If you have a more tolerable level of chronic neck or back pain and know you need to strengthen your core and stretch more often, try a group Therapeutic Pilates class. Before your session, talk to your instructor about your pain and any special conditions you have like degenerative disc disease or osteoporosis. She may recommend quick modifications for certain exercises to help you avoid worsening a pre-existing condition.

This is what sets apart Therapeutic Pilates from Classical or Contemporary Pilates. Don’t risk taking a traditional Pilates class if you know you have a specific medical condition. Seek a Professional Pilates Instructor who offers Therapeutic Pilates instruction. 


If neck or back pain are negatively impacting your quality of life, Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy can help you discover permanent relief. Located in Annapolis, MD, Veronica has over 16 years of experience treating patients with physical therapy, Therapeutic Pilates, and Medical Therapeutic Yoga™. After understanding your specific health needs and concerns, she crafts unique wellness plans including private and group sessions to help you manage your condition. Visit her website to learn more about Therapeutic Pilates, or call (443) 822-3725 to schedule an appointment.

March 2019

I’ll never forget that day I was walking home from school in 5th grade…that is walking on my hands on the sidewalk. After about 15 feet into it, I suddenly felt my elbows quiver, and then WHAM! I face-planted right into the sidewalk and skinned my cheekbone! I had the ugliest wound on my face for weeks and it was so embarrassing having to explain to anyone who asked what happened to me. As my parents always told me, I was a tomboy, a wild child and just constantly on the move!

My highly-energetic self took years of gymnastics and step aerobics classes from high school on, then I became a certified step instructor. I created my own strength training & cardio routines and dabbled a little into running, completing a few 5K races. I naturally gravitated towards yoga in my early 20s, and Pilates a few years later. I always felt deeply connected with physical movement and breathing, and enjoyed the mental health benefits too. I didn’t even know that I would one day become a physical therapist, spending the rest of my career analyzing biomechanics and treating musculoskeletal issues with rehab exercises! 

Fast forward into my 30s, where I was working in a Pilates studio earning hours towards my advanced Pilates certification. I had been fully devoting my daily schedule to practicing Pilates, yoga, weight lifting, running, parenting kids, running a private practice and treating dozens of patients with manual therapy and therapeutic Pilates. I knew I might be overdoing it, but had no choice other than to ignore the dull nagging pain in my lower back because life was just too demanding!

And then I sneezed. I felt an electric shock from my back shooting into my hips and felt sudden weakness in my legs. I could barely hold up my own body weight and couldn’t walk. I knew instantly that I had a bulging disc. I had already treated hundreds of people with bulging discs and now I was going to have to be a patient! I couldn’t believe it. How did I get to this point? Well, I knew it wasn’t just the sneeze alone…it took years of cumulative stress on my body, which likely started with those backfips, tailbone injuries, birthing a couple of kids, running a few races, teaching step aerobics and just trying to keep up with my busy life. 

The remedy for my back injury was not to do more exercises. It was actually quite the opposite: I needed to slow down. I was over-training and my body could no longer take it. So I had to go through the painstaking process of resting. Resting? What was that? How could one be productive, meet goals, raise a family, survive in a competitive market of healthcare and make a living by resting?

I quickly realized that without a healed spine, there would be no more business to run and my home would fall apart. I had to start eliminating activities that seemed healthy, but were actually harming me. My focus shifted towards 100% spine health and spine care. I became my own patient and healed myself through journaling my rehabilitation, my symptoms, my lifestyle, my moods, my medications, my diet, my sleep, my relationships and my spiritual health. Everything was way out of balance and it became clear what I needed to do.

I had yet to be introduced to Dr. Ginger Garner, the pioneer of Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ which didn’t happen until 6 years later and here I was almost practicing her Method. It was taking a Biopsychosocial approach to medicine, focusing not only my physical need for healing, but also my emotional, social, spiritual and mental need for restoration. I had to evaluate why I was pouring so much time and energy into the things I did. Was I supporting my most important core values and enforcing healthy boundaries…or was I over-scheduling myself to the absolute limit?

As I went through my own rehabilitation journey, I took the necessary time of 3 months to get manual physical therapy, progressive spine rehabilitation, evaluate what I was doing and how I could make my life a little less exhausting. I outlined my top priorities and eliminated anything that was competing for my precious time. I restored my spiritual, emotional and social needs in addition to my physical healing. It was absolutely the best thing for me…and further deepened my empathy for my patients as I would experience first-hand what it was like to endure severe pain and temporary disability.


HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE:

  1. Pay attention to your breath. Can you breathe using your belly vs. your chest? Train yourself to belly breathe so that you maximize oxygen, increase lung capacity, and effectively lower your stress levels (sympathetic nervous system response) by using the diaphragm, which stimulates the vagus nerve (rest, relax, digest- parasympathetic nervous system response).
  2. Meditate everyday. Spend the first 10 minutes every morning being quiet. Practice your abdominal breathwork during this time, focus on and set an intention for the day. Resist the temptation to look at emails, click on social media apps, or engage in robust conversation when you first wake up- you’ll just end up hitting the ground running. Just be still. You may be surprised how much more grounded you feel for the entire day!
  3. Stop ignoring the pain. Tune into your body. Notice pain or odd symptoms when you’re exercising or doing daily activities. Address it with a physical therapist or medical provider and be sure you’re not worsening a condition that could be preventable. If you find yourself needing to take medications for pain relief for more than 7 consecutive days and you haven’t had a particular injury or surgery, then it’s time to seek medical help. 
  4. Cut out or modify activities that cause cumulative joint & spine compression. For some of you who are overly-active, that means reducing your cardio workouts from 6x/week to 3x/week. For others who are more sedentary, that means changing your prolonged sitting habits and adding in a daily walking routine or buying a stand-up desk. Certain activities and postures increase joint and spine compression and you need to be educated on how to prevent this with body mechanics training.
  5. Eat healthy foods. Limit highly inflammatory foods like concentrated carbohydrates, sugar, white breads or grains, alcoholic beverages, hydrogenated oils and unhealthy fats. Your diet plays a very significant role in systemic pain and inflammation!
  6. Get Restorative Sleep. Make the effort to create a successful environment for you to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night. This is the only way your body and brain can heal and restore itself. Plug in your cell phone or tablet in the kitchen, use blackout drapes or wear an eye mask and ear plugs or use a Dohm white noise machine.
  7. Do mindful movement exercises consistently. Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ will create a deep sense of stabilization and balance in the body by training you to breathe well, move well, and educate you on how to modify movements for conditions such as arthritis, stenosis or osteoporosis. This disciplined movement practice will improve your neuromuscular patterns and increase interoception, your body’s ability to detect harm or injury. Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ will not only help you live with less pain, but will contribute to the longevity of your life by becoming integrated into your activities of daily living so that you can mindfully reduce joint & spine compression all day long.

If you’re interested in alternative medicine methods for staying healthy, visit Veronica Whetsel Integrative Physical Therapy in Annapolis, MD. She specializes in integrative alternative medicine and yoga therapy. She can help alleviate chronic lower back and neck pain though Medical Therapeutic Yoga™ and Therapeutic Pilates. Her biopsychosocial approach to therapy and lifestyle medicine helps you live your life to the fullest. Learn more about her yoga and Pilates classes online or call (443) 822-3725 to book your first free class.

February 2019

Recently, I have been making the effort to purge unnecessary “time suckers” out of my life: social media and excessive time spent on my cell phone. 

My business requires a significant amount of time on my MacBook or iPhone: emailing, scheduling, bookkeeping, marketing/graphic design, social media and website updates, video editing and producing YouTube videos, patient documentation reports, and of course…writing monthly newsletters! I do enjoy chilling out after putting Naomi to bed and checking my Facebook and Instagram accounts, posting videos and pics of Naomi and interacting with friends, patients, and acquaintances.

But I am also a wife, mother of 3 kids and need to run a household. I really can’t afford to compromise good productivity when there are groceries to be bought, meals to be prepped, dishes to be washed, laundry to be processed, kids to be nurtured and a husband to feel supported! Of course, I haven’t mastered anything yet; maintaining balance in juggling it all is a daily goal and I fail all the time, but can still feel at peace because I take just one day at a time.

My husband notoriously reminds me to spend less time on my iPhone when we are together, and I am working on that. I heard on Dr. Mark Hyman’s podcast that he gave his wife a small wooden box for their anniversary– to place his smartphone into– every time they’re together on the weekends as a way to be more present with her. What a great idea.

We have always committed to restricting screen time and phone use with our kids with rules, expectations, and progressive autonomy. We have seen the effects that excessive use has had over their attention spans, moods, mental health and motivation. It will be something we take seriously until all 3 leave the nest!

It’s important to educate ourselves and younger generations on the detrimental effects of excessive smartphone use– anxiety disorders have risen exponentially over the last few years. 

Doing a “Digital Detox” is a good place to start, it would seem, but it doesn’t entirely address the problem long-term. It’s like deciding to omit alcohol during the week, but then binge-drinking on weekends. That’s not an effective solution to improving your health.

Instead of doing a Digital Detox, Dr. Cal Newport, Computer Science Professor at Georgetown University and author of 6 books, including New York Times Best Seller “Digital Minimalism” recommends more of an intentional, daily lifestyle commitment to reduce the amount of time on your smartphone.

Digital Minimalism, in Essence:

1. Start with listing out your core values (read my January 2018 Newsletter)
2. Look at the best ways to use technology to help support these values (being intentional about how you use social media and apps)
3. Then, ignore technology for all the rest! Those are the “time suckers” that rob us of our productivity and quality time spent with loved ones. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Candy Crush, etc…Delete them off your phone!

Here are the initial steps I’ve taken to monitor and reduce time on my iPhone:

1. Studying my Screen Time App: Go to the “Settings” on your iPhone. Scroll down to “Screen Time.” Study how many hours you have spent on apps and categories Entertainment/Social 
Networking/Productivity. Make a goal to reduce it by 20% daily. Set up “Downtime” and “App Limits.” Mine are set to OFF between 11pm-7am.

2. Going to bed without my iPhone: I have been charging it in the kitchen vs. on my nightstand every night before crawling into bed. It has actually made a difference! I have less tension in my jaw and neck, and I feel more relaxed, less anxious, while reading a book and dozing off. Added bonus: I’m getting 7-8 hours of sleep every night!

3. Stressing less and posting less on social media for business marketing ads and moving towards hiring someone to take care of that for me.


Please feel free share with me what struggles you’re having yourself or in your family and what solutions you’re exploring to make a positive change! I’d love to hear from you.


Signing off my devices…
Veronica 

January 2019

Happy New Year!

By now, the middle of this month, you have contemplated what resolutions or new goals you want to focus on in 2019.

I can’t help but focus on looking back at 2018, remembering what I experienced and learned, before moving ahead. I have been contemplating the highs and lows, and strongly acknowledge how grateful I am for the trials that ultimately strengthened me and my family. It was a pretty exhausting year…uncertain where I would land my business, my family, and our future. I am so grateful we stayed in Annapolis, and how all things fell into place exactly the way they did.

I learned valuable lessons in patience, strength, faith and resilience.

I have been focusing more on what truly brings me peace, versus chasing what I thought would bring me peace. 

This deep, inner peace I have been experiencing provides an undeniable rest. And so, I will continue to strive to keep my life simplified to the things that matter to me most.

I spend most of my time caring for my family: cooking, cleaning, playing, having daily conversations with my husband and 3 children. Spending time in prayer, meditation, journaling, reading, and listening is a top priority. Attending and serving at our church is very important to me. I am grateful daily for a fulfilling career as a small business owner, physical therapist and movement educator, which teaches me so much about others and myself. I have deep and meaningful friendships with people who have
similar values to me. I strive to cook and eat healthy foods, and I love to move daily, breathing through yoga sequences, firing up my core with Pilates, or enjoying a brisk walk to the park with my young daughter. 

My Inner Core Values are:

1. My Family
2. My Faith
3. My Health
4. My Career
5. My Relationships

I encourage you to list out your core values and compare them with how you’re spending your time daily. Are they in sync? Is there balance? Do you have a general sense of peace? Or do you feel restless? Is there a palpable chaos along with frustration and anxiety??

No matter what season you’re going through right now, try to start pruning away things that subconsciously throw your core values off balance and make you feel anxious and restless. Surrender some of the burdens you’re carrying and begin to experience a deep inner peace.

It’s exactly what I learned and needed to do in 2018!

With Gratitude, 

Veronica

 

Are you exercising to build or maintain strength, but sometimes feel worse during or afterwards and experience increased pain in your back, neck, knees or hips?

Do you have a known medical condition that might be worsened with certain exercises and you’re just not sure how to safely modify them for your specific condition? And your instructor or personal trainer isn’t sure either?

For example: Pilates with osteoporosis? Yoga with spinal stenosis? Boot Camp with herniated discs or sciatica? Kettle bell with a torn rotator cuff? TRX with knee arthritis, an old ACL tear, or a total joint replacement? Barre with scoliosis, MS, or Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? 

Do you have a sudden or long-term nagging injury that needs to be addressed, but you are too busy or just unmotivated to go see the doctor and endure that whole, frustrating “process” where you waste a significant amount of time waiting in the office and filling out forms? Only to spend less than 15, 10, or even 5 minutes face-to-face with them?

Have you actually tried outpatient physical therapy or other CAM providers and been told you have “plateaued” and there is nothing more that can be done for you?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then Integrative Physical Therapy may be able to provide the right solutions for you.

Veronica Whetsel Integrative PT is now offering onsite physical therapy in Annapolis, MD. Veronica is a Maryland Licensed Physical Therapist, Professional Pilates Instructor, and Professional Yoga Therapist Candidate. She has over 13 years of experience treating patients holistically, using evidence-based medicine combined with manual therapy and mind-body awareness training. Her passion is to help restore normal function to dysfunctional bodies after studying the root issues, and fully educate her patients on the Dos and Don’ts with regards to exercise and pathologies to help them feel confident and safe.

Physical therapy is functional medicine. It should teach you what to do before, during, and after ALL phases of rehabilitation: acute, subacute, chronic, and wellness/ prevention. 

Physical therapy is not having you do exercises on your own or with a technician. It is not where you see a different therapist at every visit. It is not where you run out of insurance visits and abruptly stop treatment without a future game plan. It is not where you get zero hands-on care from your therapist. It is not where you have machines primarily treating you- ultrasound, estim, traction, hot and cold packs week after week with minimal improvements. 

Unfortunately, most patients who undergo traditional physical therapy lack adequate insurance coverage to support them through that whole spectrum, particularly the wellness and injury prevention phase. The medical model in the U.S. is deeply flawed. And it only seems to be getting worse. 

Therapists may not get to explore their full potential of intuitive healing due to the constraints of time and the current model of medicine driven by health insurance companies. Therapists and physicians are getting burned out and discouraged. They need to be seeking a better way, by training with Ginger Garner, amazing pioneer of the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute, where Medical Therapeutic Yoga for the 21st Century is drastically changing lives for patients, providers, and communities.

Integrative PT with Veronica will guide you through that entire spectrum, meeting you wherever you’re at and letting you go with confidence and independence. She can also address any urgent needs that you have, such as an osteopathic adjustment for a rotated sacrum or pelvis, an annoying facet joint lock in your neck, centralizing referred pain from a bulging disc, or Rolfing out a trigger point in your piriformis or levator scapula. She has trained extensively in Functional Manual Therapy and osteopathic medicine with the Institute of Physical Art for over 9 years. Veronica has been known to help her patients maintain that adjustment and release and prevent recidivism with her unique approach of using Medical Therapeutic Yoga and Medically Based Pilates for the last 13 years. 

Contact Veronica to schedule your first appointment. She would be honored to invest her time and energy into helping you manage your health. She is also available for Medical Therapeutic Yoga inservices in physician and CAM practices, schools, support groups, corporate wellness offices and more. 

Phone: 443.822.3725

Email: dvwhetsel@verizon.net

 

Hours:

Mondays 9am-5pm

Wednesdays 12pm-5pm

Fridays 1pm-5pm

Location:

Evolutions Annapolis

1834 George Avenue

Annapolis, MD 21401