The Mettler Release
Getting to the Heart of What Matters

Many of you are aware that we lost two dear friends of Mettler in the last two weeks.

Burney Wickstrom was just shy of his 89th birthday and Emil Kucera was 91. Burney had been a Mettler member since 1997. You may remember him as a gentle, kind man who would walk our halls and visit with other members and staff, getting his physical, as well as mental, exercise. He endured many rounds of treatment for cancer in the last few years, but until a few months ago, always bounced back and resumed his exercise routine. 

Emil begin participating in our PACE class several years ago. He was a faithful participant, rarely missing his Tuesday/Thursday class and always kept the class lively for the instructors as well as his other classmates. Even with a diagnosis of cancer five months ago, he continued to attend when he was able to make it.

These two gentlemen can serve as inspiration and motivation to all of us as we strive to make fitness a part of our lives. Even with adversity and physical challenges, they realized the importance of regular exercise and kept it a part of their lives until the end.
 Paul Mettler
Paul Mettler, PT, DPT
Our Team Approach Promises Results
Our Team Approach Promises Results
The Mettler Center takes pride in its "Team Approach" to healing. Our physical, occupational, and licensed massage therapists work together, helping our patients get back to living as quickly as possible, whether they are recovering from injuries, healing after surgery, or facing chronic conditions.

Cindy Carlson, an occupational therapy patient of Sheila King, noticed that her recovery sped up when she started working with Jami Taylor, Mettler's massage therapy coordinator. Massage helped increase the blood flow and soften the tissues surrounding Cindy's shoulder. As a result, Cindy's mobility improved dramatically during her occupational therapy sessions.

"Both therapies have increased my lung capacity, the quality of my sleep, and my overall function and wellness," Cindy said.

She's not the only patient to benefit from the team approach. Sheila and Jami joined forces to help Carol Mazure regain full range of motion in her frozen shoulder. The therapists' great relationship immediately put Carol at ease, too.

"The therapists work and communicate so well together that what I needed the most was done," Carol said. "It will be worth it alleven the painto have my full range of motion back."

Area doctors are thrilled when their patients can take advantage of Mettler's dual-technique approach.

Dr. Kathy Miller said: "The team Cindy worked with has done an outstanding job of increasing her range of motion and returning her to more normal function."

Many patients also enjoy having many positive, energetic people, who have different perspectives on their injuries, involved in the recovery process.

"The sessions with Sheila aren't always relaxing," says Susan Fowler. "But I can relax with a massage by Michelle (Conour) and leave feeling refreshed and renewed."

If you or someone you know could benefit from this unique team approach, call the Mettler Center to set up an initial consultation with one of our physical or occupational therapists and your first massage.
Mettler Therapy Joins Health Alliance Plans
Mettler Physical and Occupational Therapy Services is proud to announce that Mettler is now included as an In-Network Provider in Carle's Health Alliance PPO.

Mettler Physical and Occupational Therapy Services are also now included as an In-Network Provider in Carle's Health Alliance HMO for University of Illinois Employees. UIUC staff will be able to get therapy services from Mettler with minimal out-of-pocket expense.

We are excited to be part of these extraordinary high-quality insurance options.
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3/9        Grocery Store Tour
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3/23-27 UI Spring Break
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4/1        April Fool's Day

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Ways to Survive the Time Change
Changing your clocks for Daylight Savings Time (March 8) can cause chaos. You'll show up late for a meeting or not be able to sleep through the night. Kids can be especially sensitive to the change.

Try these techniques to get everyone peacefully up and out of the house Monday morning-or at least, with only the usual amount of fighting.

If you don't have weekend plans, reset your clocks on Saturday afternoon. It will give you extra time to adjust.

Avoid thinking about the "old time." Just like when you're jet-lagged it's better to focus on the time that it is, not what time it used to be.

Set the alarm to get up at your normal time on Sunday.

Stay awake even if you are sleepy. Long naps can really throw you off!

Go to bed at your normal time on Sunday. If you're not sleepy, try tea or warm milk to pave the way to dreamland.
Schedule Your Nutrition Consult
You're healthy. You choose low-fat, low-sodium foods. You work out regularly. So why would you see a Registered Dietitian? Simple. There's a lot you don't know. Also, it's National Nutrition Month. Need more convincing? You might want to schedule a free consult if you:

...have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, or high blood pressure. An RD can decode the dietary restrictions your doc rattled off. She can also give you recipe ideas that don't sacrifice taste.

...are pregnant or are trying to get pregnant. Extra nutrients like folate will lower your newborn's risk for neural tube or spinal cord defects.

...have a teenager who has food issues. Whether he's too thin, overweight or just picky, an RD has tricks to make mealtimes more peaceful.

...want to gain or lose weight. Fad diets don't work, and others don't offer a tailored-to-you approach to weight loss. Meeting with someone who cares about you and your goals can make a huge difference when revamping your lifestyle.

...are caring for someone else. Aging parents have different nutritional needs than your toddler, but creating meals they'll both eat might need reinforcements.

...are an athlete. Weekend warriors have specific nutritional needs. Making sure you perform your best on the field, court, and track is one of our favorite challenges.

Call the Mettler Center or Mettler Athletic to set up a free consult with our Registered Dietitian.