In this episode, we will discuss the combination of physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle interventions with a physical therapist, Shannon Morris. Shannon has many years of clinical practice, which includes the prevention and rehabilitation of injury and chronic pain. She is an advocate for physical therapists delivering and combining movement, nutrition and lifestyle interventions. She believes that in addition to exercise and physical activity, real food is a must if you want to heal, strengthen and proceed with a pain-free and happy life. Shannon is also a graduate of the Functional Nutrition for Chronic Pain Practitioner Certification Program here at the Integrative Pain Science Institute.
You'll learn all about Shannon's professional journey through the world of nutrition and physical therapy, as well as which lifestyle behaviors affect pain, metabolism, weight loss, longevity and can increase your healthspan. If you're a professional and you're interested in learning more about how nutrition plays a role in reversing and treating chronic pain, make sure to check out the on-demand clinical training by the Integrative Pain Science Institute. This free masterclass will teach you how to reverse chronic pain, inflammation and disease using functional nutrition. It's 100% free so you can check it out by going to the IntegrativePainScienceInstitute.com/masterclass. Let's meet Shannon Morris.
We have a new guest and a brand new topic. You'll be learning about how to address these social determinants of health in physical therapy practice. As physical therapists, we focus on alleviating pain, restoring physical function, and teaching pain self-management as well as promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors to prevent chronic disease. As doctoral trained licensed health professionals, we have excellent skills, tools, and technologies to address a variety of acute as well as chronic health conditions. Do you know how the social determinants of health, things like economics, education, neighborhood, and other factors influence the lifestyle choices patients make and how it impacts their outcome in physical therapy? Joining us to discuss the social determinants of health and physical therapy practice is Dr. Zachary Renthorn.
He is a board-certified orthopedic physical therapist and a certified health coach with clinical and research expertise in musculoskeletal pain conditions, physical activity, and health promotion. Zach is currently a PhD student in health promotion and wellness at Rocky Mountain University where his research focuses on how health professionals promote physical activity with their patients. On this episode, you'll learn all about the social determinants of health, how to identify whether patients are impacted by the social determinants of health, what clinicians can do to address the social determinants of health and the role public and healthcare policy has in shaping the social determinants of health. Let's begin and let's meet Dr. Zachary Renthorn and learn all about the social determinants of health.
Thanks for joining me. For those of you that follow along each week, you know that I release a new one once every seven days, so once a week with COVID-19 and the amount of stress that we have been all under. I wanted to do a special episode with regard to healthy ways you can cope with stress during this pandemic. When you can access and learn some healthy coping strategies with regard to stress, it will make you the people you care about and your community is stronger. Stress during an infectious disease outbreak such as COVID-19 can include fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, changes in your sleep or eating patterns, difficulty concentrating, a worsening of a chronic health condition, a worsening of a mental health condition. Finally, the increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs. Healthcare workers are under immense pressure amid the Coronavirus pandemic. They face shortages of protective equipment such as gloves and masks. They're pulling long shifts and they risk being infected by the virus.
Joining us is a licensed clinical social worker, Julie Hamilton. Julie has over 25 years of experience in the field of clinical social work, including supporting people living with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. She's the Coordinator of Counseling, Health, and Wellbeing at the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, working with dental students as well as the faculty. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Social Work at the University of Detroit Mercy. You'll learn how Julie has developed an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Intervention for physicians, residents, nurses, and other medical personnel at the Henry Ford Health System. This includes a virtual support group that runs three times daily as well as a night shift, 1:00 AM support group to help those that are working overnight. I want to thank Julie for the work she's doing, supporting healthcare workers on the frontlines that are treating and helping them cope with the stressor at this time. I hope you enjoy this and learn from it. Please make sure to share it with your friends and family. Let's begin and let's meet Julie.