October is National Physical Therapy Month and the clinics of Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy are having a “Spread the Aloha” drive, collecting various donation items each week to support local charities. For our staff at F&L, this drive gives us the opportunity to provide services to those less fortunate in ways other than direct clinical care. We want them to have footwear, clothing, toiletries and other necessities that will help them to be healthier, more active and improve their overall quality of life.
If you are near one of our four locations on Oahu, please fell free to stop by and make a donation. You can also enter our drawing for a FREE one-hour massage for any weekly donation you make.
Donation Schedule: Items must be gently-used or unused…Thank you in advance for your donations.
Week 1 Oct 1st – Oct 5th Donate SOCKS/SHOES/SLIPPERS
Week 2 Oct 7th – Oct 12th Donate CLOTHES/ACCESSORIES
Week 3 Oct 14th – Oct 19th Donate BED & BATH ITEMS (Linen and toiletries)
Week 4 Oct 21th – Oct 26th Donate BOOKS/TOYS/DVDS/GAMES
Week 5 Oct 28th – Oct 31st Donate SPORTS AND FITNESS GEAR/EQUIPMENT
Fukuji and Lum Physical Therapy hosted physical therapist students and faculty members from Osaka Kawasaki Rehabilitation University on September 13, 2013. The students observed treatments such as joint mobilization, traction, and electrical stimulation at the Kaneohe clinic, participated in work conditioning exercises and training at WORC, and viewed aquatic therapy at the Pohai Nani pool.
The group of students from Japan were led by Sensei Rie Takakura, P.T., a part time resident of Hawaii, who has been teaching in Osaka for a year. Sensei Takakura wanted to expose her students to physical therapy done in the U.S. as physical therapists in Japan work primarily in hospitals. Privately owned physical therapy clinics are not available so we were more than happy to share a little of what we do with our colleagues from Japan.
This weekend the Kokokahi YWCA in Kaneohe held its first annual Community Fair. The fair was sponsored by HMSA and Aloha Kia and provided the Windward community with food, fun, and entertainment. It was a chance for the YWCA to show off their newly renovated grounds. As one of their newest tenants, Fukuji & Lum Physical Therapy Associates participated in the event, providing free screenings, information about physical therapy, and drawings for shirts and massages.
While the day started with rain, it cleared up beautifully and allowed the lucky families that stopped by for free rock and rope climbing by Soultrek. There was lots to eat with ten food trucks. And local small businesses to display and sell their products.
It ended up being a great day and the YWCA was successful in bringing Windward families, businesses and community organizations together to show off what is one of the hidden treasures of Kaneohe. We hope to be a big part of this annual event and hope that all of our patients can join us next year!
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This week the NFL officially kicks off its regular season schedule and with that millions of people will tune into the games starting with Thursday’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens. Over 10 million viewers watched Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos throw 7 touchdowns in leading his team to a opening night win. And with that, hundreds of games will be played from Thursday to Sunday, from Pop Warner, high school, college to the professional level.
For me, watching football changed after having my son, Kaleo, play high school football. He began playing Mighty Mites Pop Warner football in Arizona and has continued his career at Linfield College in Oregon. While it was fun watching him run with the ball as a 7 year old, I never thought it was anything other than a recreational activity that my son would enjoy. As I watched other parents yell and scream at the coaches, referees, and their own kids, I never understood the level of emotion that football involved. I was just hoping that my son would enjoy the game and make lasting relationships and memories.
It was when my son first received his first concussion during the first week of JV practice that I decided to use my profession to get involved. He was diagnosed with a concussion that would keep him out of the first week of school and practice. One of the athletic trainers at Moanalua High School, Cynthia Shimoda called me and informed me of his injury. During his junior year, I asked Cynthia if I could assist the training staff as a volunteer. I had no experience being involved with high school athletics, so it wasn’t surprising to me that I felt a little out of place trying to work on teenage boys as a physical therapist. For one thing, not many of the football boys knew who I was. My son didn’t go out of his way to acknowledge who I was even though I appeared at practice everyday and was on the sidelines for every game. Second, most of them didn’t know what a therapist does and so I was considered another trainer. But I tried to provide something different from the trainers and focused on treatment of injured players and prepping them for returning them to the field.
It wasn’t until I was able to help some of the players that I began to feel useful. I was able to help with rehabbing sprained ankles, shoulder dislocations, and various soft tissue strains and sprains. Athletic trainers have so many different responsibilities to handle that I felt most useful working on strength and conditioning activities to lessen their workload. I was also able to help with other sports that were in season like girls volleyball and cross country. I learned a ton from the two trainers for Moanalua, Cynthia and Reid Takano. I was so impressed by the way they were able to treat on the field on a moments notice and how they were able to use their skills on the sidelines. I came to appreciate their importance to the football team. Football is such a violent sport and people who aren’t on the field really can’t comprehend how dangerous the sport really is.
And that’s why my view of watching football has changed. I used to have my favorite teams and I would never miss a game but watching my son play I realized several things. I was more involved when I knew the players. I saw that winning wasn’t as important as much as coming out of the game healthy. It changed my view that I was more likely to cheer for certain people than for certain teams or schools. I still enjoy watching a good game. I love watching teams compete and how a community can come together to support a team. But now I watch for with a cautious eye and hope more for an injury free game. Especially one that involves people that I know. I find myself paying attention so that if an injury does occur, it will help me understand the situation and how to treat the person.
I still love to watch my son play. I see the way he loves the game and how much being a part of a team means to him and as a parent, you always enjoy watching your kids dreams come true. Right now he is competing to be a part of a nationally ranked college football team which will push him to compete on a higher level than he’s ever experienced. He’ll have to train his body to handle the rigors of college football and I hope to be a part of that growth in him. I’m sure he’ll have some injuries during his college career and I hope to help him get through that.
So as you tune in to watch your favorite team this year, think about why you love football and why you spend so much time watching it. Enjoy all the big plays and the success of your favorite players. And when you do see someone get injured, look for the people who run onto the field to treat the player and cheer for them, as they are just as much a part of the team as anyone else.
Mark Yanai, M.P.T. – physical therapist, husband, father of three, sports fanatic and shoe lover
Fukuji & Lum visited Central Pacific Bank for their annual Health and Wellness Fair in September. The F&L staff enjoyed talking with CPB employees about “What is Physical Therapy” and how they could benefit from our services. Our main focus was to discuss with employees how they could ergonomically correct their work space to prevent pain and future injury. We also had the opportunity to answer questions and perform physical assessments.
Fukuji & Lum was honored to participate in the Honolulu Police Department’s Annual Health Fair in August. We tested grip strength using a dynamometer and provided free physical therapy screenings to HPD employees. To beat the summer heat at Sister Roberta Derby Park, we passed out shave ice to everyone as a nice, refreshing treat!
On June 15th, F&L employees spent the day washing cars for FREE! “It can’t be free, nothing is free these days!” was the response we got as people drove their cars up to get washed. Why was it free? It was our way of saying ‘THANK YOU’ to the community for their support of our company as we celebrate our 18th year here on the windward side.
We had a great time and had lots of fun washing all sorts of cars…mini cars, electric cars, big cars, hybrid cars, just to name a few. We’re already looking forward to surprising more people at next year’s FREE CAR WASH!