Maintaining an Active Lifestyle – Betsy Maislen Story

Maintaining an Active Lifestyle

Betsy Maislen Shares Her Cioffredi Story

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Betsy and her husband Bill at the summit of Mt. Moosilauke, one of the 48 4,000ft mountains they have hiked in NH.

Betsy first came to Cioffredi & Associates in 2008. “I had terrible pain in my right back and with it, decreased mobility of my neck. Simple things like reaching out and opening a door with my right hand triggered pain.”

Her pain had developed over a summer of hiking, and persisted for a year before she sought treatment. At the time, Betsy was preparing to thru-hike Vermont’s Long Trail, a 272-mile trail from Canada to Massachusetts, and the pain was holding her back. “I could not even carry my pack without pain. Bill’s message to me at the time was ‘You don’t have to live with this pain.’ ”

Betsy and her care team from the last year. From left: Ruth Cioffredi, Occupational Therapist, Betsy, Kate Leiser, Physical Therapist

Betsy and her care team from the last year. From left: Ruth Cioffredi, Occupational Therapist, Betsy, Kate Leiser, Physical Therapist

“Bill did a fantastic job of evaluating me and he gave me some very specific exercises to do. He taught me how to adjust my pack so that I could carry it without pain. I did those exercises every day for years, and I still do them on a regular basis now.”

The treatment Betsy received, allowed her to regain the mobility and strength she needed to accomplish her goal. The final visit with Bill was spent making adjustments to her hiking pack and teaching her how to properly distribute the weight in preparation for her journey. That summer, Betsy completed her thru-hike, and she was featured on the cover of our November 2008 Newsletter.

“Over the years I have had both of my feet completely reconstructed as well as a recent hand surgery, each time returning to Cioffredi & Associates. I return because I know that the philosophy of this group is to help each of us obtain the most active lifestyle that we can. Their team is awesome! I am always greeted with a smile, and I am treated like my health and wellness really matters to everyone I’ve met. Everyone at Cioffredi & Associates has an important role, and they all function well together. No matter how the team has changed over the years, the basic tenor of the clinic remains steady; the best practices from caring individuals.”

“Cioffredi & Associates has gotten better as it has grown, but most importantly, they haven’t forgotten the reason why they exist: to help people recover from injuries, to be stronger, and healthier. They have accomplished the ability to provide excellent care in a welcoming environment, and it is through this that they have given me hope that I could recover from my surgeries and get back outside to enjoy one of the things I love most about living where we do, my active lifestyle.”

 

Betsy on Mt. Ethan Allen, part of the Long Trail. This photo was featured in our 2008 Newsletter.

Betsy on Mt. Ethan Allen, part of the Long Trail. This photo was featured in our 2008 Newsletter.

Since completing the Long Trail in 2008, Betsy and her husband have finished hiking all 48 of the 4,000 foot mountains in NH, as well as about half of the Appalachian Trail (AT) as section hikes. Next on their list is to hike the Tour de Mont Blanc in Europe (Switzerland, Italy, and France) next summer

 

Betsy was originally featured in our newsletter in 2008, both times on the cover story. In June we covered her initial experience, and in November featured her after she completed her thru-hike of the Long Trail.

 

Below are the links to those newsletters.

June 2008 Newsletter

November 2008 Newsletter

 

 

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