Patellofemoral syndrome is pain at the front of your knee, around your
kneecap (patella). Sometimes called “runner’s knee,” it’s more common in
people who participate in sports that involve running and jumping. Pain
usually causes a dull, aching pain in the front of your knee. This pain
can be aggravated when you walk up or down stairs, kneel or squat.
Sitting with a bent knee for long periods of time can also cause aggravation to the area.
Chronic low back pain is pain, muscle tension, or stiffness localized below the coastal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds, with or without sciatica, and is defined as chronic when it persists for 12 or more weeks. Pain is described as dull or achy in the lower back, stinging/burning pain that moves from the low back to the back of the thighs; can include numbness or tingling (sciatica). Symptoms also consist of muscle spasm and tightness in the lower back, pelvis, and hips.
Chronic Ankle instability is a condition characterized by a recurring
“giving way” of the lateral (outer ) side of the ankle. This condition
often develops after repeated ankle sprains. Usually the “giving way”
occurs while walking or doing other activities, but it can also happen
when you’re just standing.
Upper crossed syndrome (UCS) occurs when the muscles in the neck,
shoulders, and chest become deformed, usually as a result of poor
posture. Some symptoms are headache, neck pain, strain in the back of
the neck and often weakness. You may also experience pain in the upper back, sore
shoulder blades, pain in the jaws, and fatigue.
Shoulder impingement is a condition where your shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons are intermittently trapped and compressed during movements. This causes injury to the shoulder tendons and bursa resulting in pain during movements of the shoulder. Some symptoms are minor but more serious symptoms result in constant pain in your arm, pain that goes from the front of your shoulder to the side of your arm, pain that gets worse at night, or
shoulder and/or arm weakness.
1. Set oven to 350 degrees
2. Add almonds to a baking tray line with parchment paper.
3. Lightly spray with oil, then add chili seasoning and sea salt.
4. Rub almonds in the seasoning and evenly spread them out on the baking tray.
5. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Allow to cool, then break into smaller pieces using a food hammer. Set some aside for topping
6. Melt chocolate in a microwaveable safe bowl. Once melted, add the coconut, and pour mixture over the almonds in the tray. Try to evenly distribute in the tray.
7. Sprinkle the remaining almonds as a topping along with a pinch of sea salt.
8. Place the baking try in a refrigerator for 1 hour to cool solid.
9. Once solid, break into pieces, which should look like bark.
I have truly enjoyed working with each and every one of you. I feel like each of you has helped me to grow and become the person I am. That being said, it is time for me to move on to the next chapter of my life. I have accepted a position with Flagler Hospitals’ Intensive Outpatient Program and will be beginning that position early December.
Diana Brummer, MSW, will remain here in our office and is available to see you after I am gone. Although she does not accept insurance at this time, she has generously agreed to see all of my former clients for $25 per session.
I am still seeing clients through the remainder of November and although I know I won’t be able to accommodate everyone, I will do my best to get you in, if you desire a formal closeout session. I will also be able to send any case notes you wish to your next therapist.
You have all done amazing self-work and come a long way! I will be excited to see how much further you can go as you continue your journey.