The Facts with Pain
Studies show that:
What do I need to know about back pain? Individuals experiencing low back pain typically fall into three broad categories at Rehab 2 Perform:
Acute Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain episodes include pain that is generally less than 6 weeks in duration. It can be associated with a specific injury although that is not always necessary and can often occur without a clear cause. Individuals with low back pain can often determine a specific time or activity with which their episode of pain began (i.e. bending over or during activity like weight lifting a specific moment during activity).
Chronic Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain includes episodes of pain that have generally lasted greater than 3 months. Chronic low back pain is often referred to as persistent back pain. Individuals that have had episodic back pain over months to years typically fall into this category. The intensity and quality of symptoms varies greatly in this category ranging from individuals significantly limited with daily activity, to those that are able to generally tolerate activity but maybe aren’t performing at their best as a result of their pain.
Post-Surgical Low Back Pain
Occasionally patients require surgical management to address their back pain. In these cases, our staff will work together with your surgical team to ensure a safe return to your prior activities. This course of care often presents similarly to an episode of acute low back pain with the addition of consideration for healing surgical incisions and post-operative guidelines.
How much pain is too much?
Pain can be a good indicator of tolerance for an activity, specifically in cases of acute injury. However, too much respect for pain intensity and response can be an inhibitor of progress and lead to more challenges down the road. At Rehab 2 Perform we like to utilize a “Traffic Light” system to describe painful symptoms and be a guide for tolerance of an activity.
What else can you do to help the process?
Guest Blog by Bola Audena, Partner, MBA Growth Partners
Let’s share a moment of transparency: the journey and process of self-actualization is a wild ride! As a new business owner (we launched our Consulting Practice, MBA Growth Partners, a year and a half ago), I can personally attest that the path to accomplishing one’s dreams is not linear; it’s full of highs, lows, ebbs, and flows. And rather than seeing those ups and downs as negatives or positives, we have to think of them as mere twists and turns in the pathway. What I’ve learned in a year and half is that you have to embrace these twists and turns. And let’s face it, our stories wouldn’t be nearly as colorful and vivid without them, anyway!
What is a Network?
As humans, we’re made for change, growth, and wild rides. Our very nature is to seek new, possibly better environments to stay motivated and driven to evolve and/or achieve success. We seek different perspectives to spark our creativity, and therefore are constantly looking to build a community/tribe we can turn to for input to support and inspire us to be better and to continue the good fight.
Our human instincts and spirits urge us to find all of this motivation, creativity, and inspiration through relationships with other people. We need people around us who we trust and love. These people, if they are our type of people, can speak directly to our hearts desires and break us out of our funks when we feel beaten up.
That close circle – the people who you go to for motivation, inspiration, creativity – that’s your network. And your network is a critical asset in accomplishing your dreams. If you don’t have a network yet, start building one! If you already have your network established, nurture those relationships, and strengthen those bonds. Why? We’re glad you asked!
Your Network Helps You Combat Doubt
When you set out on the journey to your dreams, you have to set intentions. You need commitment, and you need small goals along the way to keep yourself on the path. But let’s be real; life happens; things happen. Obstacles will surface that cause you to deviate from the path a bit or pause your progress for a time. And when these things happen, the heavy fingers of doubt wrap around your mind. Is this a sign? Am I on the wrong path? Have I made a poor decision?
One thing about doubt is it feels so real in the moments we experience them! Doubt ALWAYS feels rational and logical. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, we can admit that the times we’ve allowed ourselves to push past doubt either left us being better off or at least did not suffer the grave consequences posed as the imminent threat presented. That’s why we need to call on our network in those times – call on them so they can call out the doubt. They’re the ones who will say, “Hey, I know this feels so real to you right now, and you’re in a battle with your mind. But it’s doubt, and doubt is temporary!”
When we build it, our network will encourage us through the doubt to the other side. They will help you temper your fears and uncertainties so you can push through and navigate that time of doubt without losing sight of your goals. And when you do reach the other side, they’re going to celebrate with you!
A Network Helps with Direction and Focus
We talked about setting small goals to help get to the big one (or big ones!), and the obstacles that may present themselves. One of these obstacles, believe it or not, is other people!
There are times when people will compete for your time and attention. They will redirect your focus to their own goals, and away from yours. Not only does this detract from our path, but if we focus on others too much at the expense of accomplishing our goals and objectives, we may start to feel a void deep inside.
We’ve got to be responsible for what will bring us peace, but our network will help us live that out. You need someone to call you out for accommodating others over yourself and snap you out if it! Your network is a resource, and it’s up to you to leverage that resource in all aspects of your journey – even when you’ve lost your way.
Two is Better than One...Most Times
Human relationships are a beautiful thing, but there is a caveat: they’re human relationships. We are individuals who see the world, process the world, make decisions about the world in vastly different ways. Our perspectives are unique; I can’t use your playbook for me, and I can’t expect you to use mine, either.
Turn to your network, your partner or friends, to seek support. That’s what they’re there for. But don’t rely on them to carry your cross for you. You cannot hold people responsible for carrying out your vision!
Picture a boxing ring, with yourself in the corner getting psyched for the next round. Sometimes, the people in your network are there in the ring with you, wrapping your hands, rejuvenating you with water, wiping the sweat from your brow. Other times, they’re in the stands cheering us on, still supporting us, just from a distance. Give them the grace and freedom to choose when they’re in the ring and when they’re in the stands.
So much time and energy is wasted trying to convince people to jump in the ring with you or stay there longer than they want. We waste our resources and potentially damage our relationships by desperately clinging to our partner, friend, or mentor when they need to fight their own match!
They say if you want to go far, go together. But that’s not always 100% accurate. If you're going to go far, allow space for people to partake in a piece of your journey. Allow them to come alongside you for as far as they want to go. And when they are done partaking, free them, release them, so they can participate in their own journey while you continue with yours. Can you go far together? Yes, but don’t force it, or you won’t get anywhere at all. You might even slide backward!
Love and Be Loved: Work Your Network to Accomplish Your Dreams
You’ve got to live your life like it’s golden. Your network is there to support you as you self-actualize, but you’ve got to remember to allow them the same gift! What’s magic to me is not magical to you, and we have to respect that in our relationships. Ultimately, our purpose is to love and be loved, and that tenet is epitomized by a healthy, supportive network that helps you accomplish your dreams.
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Guest Blog by Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
For business owners, managers and facility owners, there are new practices and new signage needed to help employees and customers stay safe. Signage will also draw customers to your business or restaurant, which will increase your revenues.
Here are some popular types of COVID signage and the best places to install them.
You can create a printed sign that says you are at capacity and set that sign out front only when it is relevant. To keep people from crowding into elevators, you may want to create signage stating how many unrelated passengers can ride together. This can be a stand-alone sign or an elevator wrap.
HAND SANITIZER STATIONS
The entrance to the building or individual space is a key place. Stands with signage make it easy for people entering to find them.
You can create tabletop signs for bottles of hand sanitizer on reception desks or checkout counters.
Encouraging hand hygiene through vivid displays in high-visibility locations is an effective way to reduce the spread of germs in your facility.
Good signage wherever sinks are available is important.
Signs that include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for handwashing are an excellent resource to help people wash their hands thoroughly. Place these signs right next to or above sinks, at eye level, so people will read the guidelines as they wash. You may want to create decal signs you can stick to mirrors above sinks where they will be easily visible.
You may also want to install a bright and bold sign on the inside of restroom doors to serve as a final reminder in case someone forgot to wash their hands.
FACE MASK SIGNAGE
Signs to wear a face mask should get people’s attention before they enter your space. These help with compliance as you can point to the signs if you need to enforce the rules. Window decals are a great option since you can apply them directly to your entrance or storefront.
One of the most important ways people can keep public spaces safe is by staying home if they feel sick or if they have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You can help by installing signs that reminds people they should stay home if they could be sick.
If your business is conducting temperature checks to catch possible cases of COVID-19 among their employees, customers or patients, you’ll need bold signage that is easily visible.
DELIVERY AND CURBSIDE
If your business offers these, make sure you advertise them. For delivery services, install a large sign outside your business telling people you deliver - and be sure your delivery cars or vans have vehicle graphics indicating you deliver with the website and number to call to order.
For curbside pickup make it as convenient as possible with the right outdoor signs like A-Frames and flags placed strategically. You can also add permanent outdoor sign(s) where customers should park for curbside pickup. If customers need to check in via an app or call a phone number, include that information.
The CDC recommends people practice physical distancing as a way to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces. This means maintaining a distance of 6’ between people. Posters and floor graphics showing 6’ throughout the facility are helpful in creating this distancing. They might say, “Thank you for practicing social distancing,” or, “Please keep 6 feet of distance between you and others.”
You can also use directional signs to help with social distancing. Place floor decals 6’ apart to show customers where to stand in line at a store checkout or a pick up location.
OPEN AND CLOSED Info
With businesses in varying states of being opened or with limited hours, a large outdoor sign to let the public know the status of your business is helpful to your customers.
If your business is open, create a large banner to place on your storefront, and add flags or other eye-catching signage by the road saying that you’re open. For updated hours, consider placing a window graphic on your front door listing the new hours. These graphics are easy to change out.
CLEANING SIGNAGE FOR EMPLOYEES
Another important role signage can play is instructing and reminding your employees of important new procedures. It takes time to develop new habits, like wiping down a card reader PIN pad between customers or sanitizing your desk before you leave work.
At a checkout counter, create a sign reminding the cashier to sanitize, and post it in a location that faces the employee and not the customer. In an office, you could either place small tabletop signs on each desk or you create large signs to hang on the wall or on a door where employees will see it before they leave for the day: For example: “Wait! Did you remember to wipe down your desk?”
For new cleaning procedures in a restaurant, create a large sign with a step-by-step guide and post it prominently on the wall where employees can refer to it while they clean. You can also include these signs on restroom walls. Knowing your business is taking cleaning measures seriously will instill confidence in your customers.
- Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
The Chamber aims to help our members in any way we can. We're launching a Guest Blog program - to bring pertinent information to our members, and to let our members show their knowledge and expertise. If you have something you'd like to share with the Chamber community, see below for some of the details!
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Turning the Tables - Adam Murphy, Mon Ami Gabi
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For 32 years the Bethesda community, led by Hyatt Regency Bethesda and the Greater Bethesda Chamber of Commerce along with the BCC Rescue Squad, have made a tradition out of celebrating the holidays with those in our community who need a little extra. Unfortunately, the onset of COVID-19 has made that need greater and more urgent than in years past. However, we knew we didn’t want to do the same thing in the name of tradition when the need and resources were more different than ever. Through our connections in the area came…
A few weeks ago, St. John’s Norwood Episcopal Church reached out with a way for us to serve those we serve every December as well as more of those who find themselves food insecure, possibly for the first time because of COVID-19. St. John’s had already aligned with the BCC Rescue Squad as a location for distribution and had partnered with Nourish Now to get food in the hands of those who need it on a weekly basis. Now, instead of a one-time celebration, we have the wonderful opportunity to feed our community every single week. This distribution happens every Friday from 1pm – 3pm and includes the following: THREE hot cooked meals from a local restaurant, dairy products and fresh produce along with non-perishables; enough to keep a family of four fed for about a week! This new endeavor is called Nourishing Bethesda…and the GBCC involvement in the endeavor is called the Goodwill Dinner Coalition.
How can you help? And we NEED you!
There are three major ways we need the Bethesda community to continue supporting the Goodwill Dinner Coalition.
THANK YOU in advance for supporting and coming alongside those in the community who need us. Consider it a Christmas in August through February – with so many opportunities to impact the lives around us.
- The Goodwill Dinner Coalition
We are living in challenging times. We've all experienced so much change in such a short amount of time. Covid has upended our lives in a way few of us could have imagined just a short time ago. With this disruption, we seem to all be craving comfort and familiarity. A place I have always found these things is in my favorite neighborhood restaurant. You know the place. You probably have a favorite room. Maybe even a specific table that you prefer. The place feels good as soon as you walk in. It feels even better when your favorite server greets you with a warm smile. The beautiful plate of food looks up at you as you share this moment with your family, your friends, your colleagues. That first bite, that first sip of wine - you remember why you chose this restaurant. It is a part of your life. A familiar part of your routine. It makes you feel, dare I say it, normal.
As restaurant dining rooms re-open, we are able to go back to our favorite places in search of comfort and familiarity. Sure, it's not exactly the same just yet, but it's still wonderful. In fact, there are parts that may be even better. Tables are spaced farther apart. Reservations are more spaced out to prevent large groups at the front door. There is even new technology being leveraged to help keep us all safe. In an effort to pass fewer things between people, menus are often being viewed on your own cell phone via QR codes. Dining al fresco is where many guests are choosing. Sharing a meal out on the patio as the sun sets and everyone's face glows in the golden hour makes for great memories (and Instagram photos.)
Restaurants are working harder than ever to keep people safe. From even more stringent hand washing standards to face masks and employee temperature checks, restaurants have adapted quickly to ensure their lifeline - guests - continue to frequent their establishments. Your continued health is in a restaurant's best interest. They are going to work to keep you safe.
As you make the decision to go back to restaurants, realize that you are in control. If you are uncomfortable, say something. If you don't like a table or the dish that you chose, let the restaurant know. You may have to wait a little longer to get exactly what you want, but you'll be happy. You will get what you came for. You want that and the restaurant wants that for you because that will bring you back again. Even if only briefly, it may even help you feel normal.
Guest Blogger: Adam Murphy
General Manager, Mon Ami Gabi Bethesda
Networking and connecting with businesses in the community remains critically important. The Chamber is working to bring businesses together to continue growing their network – virtually! We’ll be holding Zoom networking events and seminars every week to continue providing the benefits members have come to expect. Check out our calendar for up-to-date information about upcoming programs and events.
Here’s a peak into last Friday’s Networking at Noon conversation:
Attendees had a chance to introduce themselves and share what services their businesses are currently offering. The discussion shifted to how to best support one another, as well as how to pivot to be successful and generate income during this time.
Some key tips were shared, including:
Two events have been scheduled as a result of this conversation! Join us for:
4/8 @ noon: Top 5 Small and Medium-Sized Business Social Media Tips from IdeaFire Consulting
4/9 @ 4:30 - Virtual Off the Clock + Specialty Cocktail Class with Silver
Let us know if you have any tips on how to help support fellow businesses during this time, or if you have an idea for a seminar topic.
Restaurants have been greatly impacted by the state-wide business closures. The Chamber is encouraging everyone to help support our local restaurants – by ordering takeout or purchasing gift cards to use in the future! To provide additional support to these members, the Chamber pulled together a meeting on 3/26 with our local restaurants and Andrew Friedson, County Councilmember for District 1, to provide some clarification on new regulations and create a space for conversation about the current situation.
Councilmember Friedson provided an update on the $20 million grant program Montgomery County will be launching. The bill passed on Tuesday and, as an emergency legislation, immediately went into effect. The grant can be applied toward any business operating expenses: payroll, debt, rent, etc. About 98% of businesses in Montgomery County should be eligible for a grant.
The county is also launching a program in partnership with Visit Montgomery to provide subsidized hotel rooms for healthcare workers. Hotels can contact Kelly Groff at Visit Montgomery for more information about this program.
Councilmember Friedson encouraged anyone with questions to contact his office; they will help direct businesses on accessing other pools of funding at the state and federal level. **Add his social media email@example.com
You can also visit our resource page for helpful inks and community updates.
Questions from the call:
If you get one loan/grant, does it affect your ability to qualify or receive another?
No. The county grant program does not limit any other funding or take other funding into account when awarding grants.
Is the grant first come first served? Or will certain amounts be earmarked for different industries and businesses?
It will most likely be first come first served. There may be some tiering and bucketing, but this has not been finalized.
What is the maximum amount a business can receive from the grant program?
The maximum amount a business can receive from the county’s program is $75,000 depending on demonstrated need and losses. The limit through the state’s $175 million plan is $10K.
In other locations, places are buying back unopened alcohol – for example from people that bought preparing for St. Patrick’s Day. Is Montgomery County considering this?
There has been discussion with ABS about buy-backs for unopened liquor.
What information can we take back to our furloughed or laid off employees?
Expedited unemployment – furloughed employees qualify for unemployment insurance and the wait periods are gone. There also is a 4 month extension on unemployment insurance.
SafetyNet programs – $5 million appropriation for healthcare needs, food insecurity, housing/homelessness issues and needs
There is a stay on all evictions – commercial and residential - this order is reassessed and extended every 15 days.
I’ve been having trouble accessing the Maryland unemployment application…
It seems to be a traffic problem – people have suggested accessing the site between 7pm and 7amm when traffic is lower.
My business has been harmed but I don’t have the proof yet; it is going to be a delayed loss. What is the criteria going to be for the grant program?
The Executive branch is working through it, but the county cannot be in the position to pay for prospective losses. Each business applying for a loan/grant will have unique needs and should consider all possible sources of funding. Councilmember Friedson’s office can help businesses navigate access to different programs.
Updated on April 7
While the Governor’s order to close all restaurants as a part of the catastrophic health emergency remains in effect, all restaurants licensed by the Montgomery County Board of License Commissioners may sell sealed containers of beer, wine, and liquor (for those with a qualifying liquor license) for off-premises consumption along with a takeout or delivered meal. This permission includes any type of sealed container, including bottles, cans, growlers, crowlers, and takeout cups with lids for off-premises consumption. This permission expires when the emergency order to close restaurants is lifted. Businesses may deliver beer, wine and liquor to Montgomery County addresses along with a meal using their own staff. State law prohibits the delivery of alcohol by a third party, such as Grubhub or Uber Eats.
Don’t forget that purchasing gift cards to use when the restaurants re-open is another great way to support local businesses! If you are a member of the Chamber and not included in this list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get added.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza - (240) 781-6943
Pickup, Curbside Pick Up, and Delivery - Limited Menu
The Barking Dog - (301) 654-0022
Pickup and Delivery
Bean Bag Catering - (301) 251-4794
Curbside Pickup, Delivery
Benihana - (301) 652-5391
Pickup and Delivery
Black's Bar & Kitchen - (301) 652-5525
Pickup and Delivery
Bradley Food & Beverage - (301) 654 -6966
Pickup & Delivery
Brickside Food & Drink - (301) 312-6160
Pickup & Delivery
Caddies on Cordell - (301) 215-7730
Pickup, Curbside Pick up, and Delivery
Mini Mart with Beer, Wine, Liquor, Cleaning Supplies, etc.
Capital Beer & Wine - (301) 656-8855
Store is Open, Option for Delivery
Clove & Cedar Coffeebar - (301) 718-9400
Coffee Delivery, Delivery Donation to Local Hospitals
Clyde's Chevy Chase - (301) 951-9600
Cooper's Mill at Pooks Hill Marriott - (301) 897-9400
Dog Haus Biergarten - (301) 652-4287
Pickup and Delivery
HAUS MARKET MENU
Fogo de Chao - (301) 841-9200
Pickup and Delivery
Georgetown Bagelry - (301) 657-4442
Pickup orders through their Mobile app GTBagel or their website
Gusto Farm to Street - (240) 396-6398
Curbside Pickup & Delivery
Gringos and Mariachis - (240) 800-4266
Pickup & Delivery
Henry's Sweet Retreat - (240) 483-0485
Pickup, Curbside Pickup, and Delivery
Matchbox - (240) 465-0500
Pickup and Delivery - Please order online
Mon Ami Gabi - (301) 654-1234
Pickup and Delivery
Morton's The Steakhouse - (301) 657-2650
STEAK KIT MENU
Not Your Average Joe's - (240) 316-4555
Pickup and Delivery
Olazzo - (301) 654-9496
Pickup and Delivery
The Original Pancake House
Rockville Location: (301) 468-0886
Bethesda Location: (301) 986-0285
Pickup, Curbside Pick Up, Delivery
The Red Bandana Bakery - (240) 505-7396
Curbside Pickup and Delivery
Rock Bottom Brewery and Restaurant - (301) 652-1311
Pickup and Delivery
Silver - (301) 652-9780
Pickup and Delivery
Stella Barra Pizzeria - (301) 770-8609
Pickup and Delivery
Summer House Santa Monica - (301) 881-2381
Pickup and Delivery
Tommy Joe's - (301) 654-3801
Pickup and Delivery
Urban Plates - (301) 690-9540
Pickup and Delivery
West Wings at Pooks Hill Marriott - (301) 897-9400
We want to provide an update and share with you some changes and recommendations the Chamber has developed in response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We have all received messages from the government, our vendors, the press and fellow businesses about actions we must all take in order to keep from contracting the virus or endangering our employees, customers and others in the community.
Therefore, please note the following:
Given the directives from Governor Hogan yesterday, and out of concern for the general welfare and safety of our members and the community, the Chamber will be cancelling all monthly committee meetings and events until March 27th at which time we will reassess the current crisis. We are working on developing ways in which our members can continue to network with each other through virtual programs, as well as platforms to provide business and professional development, and will keep you apprised as we move forward with these additional services. Please let us know if you have any recommended programs.
Beginning Monday, March 16th, Chamber staff will be working virtually and the office will be closed, but we will be accessible by phone and email. Please feel free to contact any of the staff at the Chamber and let us know how we can help you and your business get through this situation.
Our focus is on promoting the security, safety and continuity of our member businesses, their employees, customers and our community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has put together two documents regarding the CDC’s recommendations for workplace health and safety.
You can also find links to numerous resources for your reference on our blog on the Chamber’s website, which will be updated frequently.
Business does not stop and neither will your Chamber of Commerce. We are here to support you, so please let us know how we can help. Most important, as always, we encourage all members to support and do business with each other.
A survey will be going out to all members next week regarding how COVID-19 is affecting you and your businesses and we would appreciate your participation. The results will be sent to government leaders so that they have a full picture of the situation and understand how best to continue supporting the business community.
Thank you for your continued support during this time. We hope you and your families stay healthy and safe.
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