Fit4Life: Finding Relief For Arthritis

NEWSLETTER Physical Therapy Personal Training


INSIDE: • But Wait – Won’t Exercise Increase My Pain? • Find Relief For Your Pain Today! • Healthy Recipe • Covid-19 Update • Exercise Essentials


NEWSLETTER Physical Therapy Personal Training


Millions of Americans deal with the aches and pains of arthritis on a daily basis. In fact, of the 40 million people in the United States who suffer from this class of diseases, one-third say that it limits their leisure activities and daily tasks. 25% also say they are in chronic, debilitating pain on a daily basis. While there are several medications on the market that limit pain, there are none that can treat the physical issue that is occurring within your joints. Fortunately, physical therapy can. If you are looking to find relief for your arthritis by treating it at the source – without the risks of side effects from harmful drugs – contact Fit4Life today. WHY IS PHYSICAL THERAPY BETTER THAN MEDICATION? A common treatment for arthritis is medication, usually for pain manageability. Your physician may prescribe NSAID pain relievers, corticosteroids, antirheumatic drugs, or antibiotics for your arthritis treatment. Medication is easy - you pop it in your mouth, chase it with water, and your pain subsides shortly afterward. However, they can also cause some unfavorable side effects, and in some cases they can be habit-forming. With NSAIDs, you run the

risk of blood clots, heart attack, or stroke. With corticosteroids, you run the risk of cataracts, high blood sugar levels, and bone loss. Luckily, there is a much safer and healthier alternative to treating arthritis: physical therapy. A physical therapist’s main goal when treating arthritis is reducing stress on the joints, increasing strength, and preserving range of motion. Some benefits to working with a physical therapist include: • Stretching/exercise. Light exercises and stretching will help to increase range of motion in the affected areas. • Proper posture. Posture work will help to reduce stress on your joints. • Weight control. Your physical therapist will work with you to control your weight through exercise and diet. Controlling your weight helps to prevent added stress on weight-bearing joints. • Rest. Your therapist will also recommend a schedule for rest and sleep to complement your exercises. This helps the body to heal and will hopefully reduce your amount of arthritic inflammation and pain.

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To put it simply – no! Your physical therapist will prescribe gentle, targeted exercises that will help your joints move freely, and will add in periods of rest during your sessions. While many people believe that the aches and pains of arthritis are best treated with sedentary activities and rest, that is not necessarily the case – exercise keeps the body limber and warms up muscles, which prevents stiffness that can become exacerbated by arthritis. Extended “rest” can also lead to muscle atrophy, or deterioration of muscle tissue. While arthritis generally affects the joints of the body, muscle loss increases stress on the joints, allows them to move in ways that are unhealthy and causes more pain. By doing gentle exercises under the discretion of your physical therapist, you can actually ease your arthritic aches and pains! Low-impact exercises also contain several benefits that are not necessarily associated with the painful symptoms of arthritis. For example, feelings of fatigue that are so common in arthritis patients can be greatly reduced by low impact exercise. After just 30 minutes of gentle physical activity, the brain is flooded by the feel-good hormones called endorphins that block pain, minimize any discomfort associated with exercise, and even create a feeling of euphoria. Furthermore, exercise increases flexibility in stiff joints and makes it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep at night. HOW CAN I GET STARTED ON TREATMENTS? Every treatment regimen is different based on your body’s needs and your particular type of arthritis. The best way to get started on a natural, safe, and healthy treatment through physical therapy is by calling and scheduling a consultation with one of our physical therapists today. Your physical therapist will examine your symptoms, severity of pain, and location of the arthritis, in order to determine the best individualized treatment plan for your specific needs. If you are living with arthritis, or you think you may be experiencing arthritic symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact Fit4Life. We’ll get you feeling comfortable again in no time – without the need for pain management drugs!

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DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY? No, you don’t. Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Florida, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away.

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PATIENT SPOTLIGHT “ I am happy to be able to continue my exercise routine.” “I have continued to exercise at Fit 4 Life during the COVID-19 Crisis because of the cleanliness and attention to details that I have observed. Every piece of equipment is cleaned/disinfected after every use, as we as periodically during the day. Personal distancing is maintained and protective gear worn as appropriate. The operation is totally professional and managed to the highest standards. I have no fear of contracting the virus at Fit 4 Life, and I am happy to be able to continue my exercise routine.”” – Michael U.

Pain never takes a break for coronavirus. We want to remain connected to our patients throughout this crisis and for those who need us. Fit 4 Life is closely monitoring COVID-19 and are following government recommendations. Below are some of the precautions we are taking to prioritize your health! • Using CDC approved wipes on all the machines after every use • Disinfecting common areas multiple times a day • Providing hand sanitizer in each room • Having staff members wash their hands with soap before and after each patient • Having each client wash their hands before using the equipment • Keeping 6 feet apart from each person • Never having clients use machines next to each other • Wearing mask • Installed ActivePure™ air and surface cleaner If you have any questions or are interested, please don’t hesitate to call us at (813) 907-7879. COVID-19 UPDATE

Hello, my name is Samantha and I am a physical therapy tech. I am a graduate from Florida State University and am currently applying to physical therapy school in hopes to continue my education and further my passion for the field. I enjoy helping people and getting to be a part of their road to recovery.” STAFF SPOTLIGHT


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Try these exercises to get you moving... EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders. Hold for ten counts and repeat as needed. This is a good stretch to relax your shoulders.

Stretches Shoulders

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STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, slowly raise your leg, keeping your knee straight and your toes pointed outward. Hold for 2 seconds, then slowly lower your leg to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times with each leg. Relieves Low Hip Pain

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Why You Need To Schedule An Appointment With Our Physical Therapists or Personal Trainers: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely THINK FIRST

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO GET FIT & ACTIVE!

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