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Service Spotlight: Aquatic Therapy • Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials: Stretch After Sitting • Meet the Team
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Living a sedentary life is one of the main reasons why people report having low energy or feeling chronic day-to-day aches. Long car commutes, desk jobs, watching T.V. once you get home from work… many people live their lives this way, with very little physical activity. While it may not seem like it is making an impact at the time, this type of sedentary lifestyle can damage your body over time. Why Is Physical Activity So Important? When you don’t participate in frequent physical activity, your muscles begin to weaken and over time they can even begin to atrophy. Inactive lifestyles also cause joints to become stiff and can alter the physiological chemical processes within your body. In fact, your circulation and lymphatic systems can slow down, which can pose harmful risks. These systems work in producing and excreting toxic wastes that can build up when the systems aren’t functioning as efficiently as they should. Lack of movement and poor posture are the causes of several types of pain, including lower back pain, neck pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, and headaches. A slumped posture can even change the shape of your spine over time, in addition to closing your shoulder joints and tightening up the tissues around your hips. These consequences can cause severe pain and may result in a host of other problems if lifestyle changes are not made. GETTING UP ANDMOVING! I NCREASE YOUR ENERGY BY
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How Can I Get Moving? There isonefundamentalruleofthehumanbody: itwasmadetomove! There are several reasons why people may not want to participate in physical activity. Perhaps your body simply doesn’t move the way it used to, or perhaps painful areas of your body make it difficult to move in the ways you’d like. If there’s pain, physical therapy can help get you out of it and get you back in the game. Whatever the case may be, the truth isthatrestriction inmovementhasthepotentialto leadtoharmful health problems. Some easy pain-relief and energy-boosting steps you can take on your own include: 1. Plan a time in your schedule to exercise 2. Get up from your chair every 20 minutes and walk around, even if it is just for a few seconds. 3. Walk or exercise at least 30 minutes every day. 4. Drink plenty of water.
5. Stretch your legs, hips, spine, and neck for 10 minutes every day. Don’t push yourself too far if you feel pain. 7. Make sure you are sitting properly at your desk or computer. 8. Takefrequentbreaksforbreathingexercises.Inhaleandexhaledeeply. 9. Stretch your arms overhead frequently throughout the day. 10. Do strengthening exercises 2-3 times per week. In order to be healthy, there needs to be a large emphasis on movement. When your body is flexible, strong, and well-balanced, it is able to perform at its optimal levels. We are dedicated to helping you live the best life you can, and our movement experts would be more than happy to help you relieve your pain, re-align your body, and get moving once again. Contact us today at (214) 383-0623 to schedule a consultation or to find out more about how physical therapy can help restore your energy and movement.
OUR SERV I CES • Aquatic Therapy • Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN) • Concussion Therapy • Dance Injury Rehabilitation • Electrical Stimulation • Instrument Assisted Manual Therapy • Joint Mobilization • Kinesio Taping • Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) • Manual Therapy • Therapeutic Exercise • Vertigo Treatment
AQUATIC THERAPY SERVICE SPOTLIGHT
UNIQUE ASPECTS & BENEFITS • If you can’t move well due to an injury, the aquatic environment allows injured muscles to use muscle memory in a non-impact environment without bearing weight. • The underwater treadmill has variable speeds, resistance jets for therapy, rehabilitation, sports performance training, and swimming, as well as underwater massage to relieve muscle spasms. THERAPY RESULTS • Aquatic therapy is used to improve flexibility and core strength, decrease inflammation to damaged muscles and nerves, and assist in a speedier recovery process by initiating therapy in a low-impact environment.
ME E T THE T EAM
SPOTLIGHT PAT I ENT SUCCESS
MONICA INFANTAS Office Administrator
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Monica was born and raised in Plano, Texas. Although she initially went to a university in Chattanooga, Tennessee to pursue a nursing degree, she moved back to Texas after deciding she wanted to be a physical therapist instead. While at Texas Woman’s University, she was active in volleyball intramurals and the kinesiology club. Monica graduated in May of 2016. Monica has always had a desire to help those in need and she feels most fulfilled when she gets to do so. Growing up, she always thought that she would become a vet because she loves animals, but as she got older, a running injury made her realize that she wanted to help people instead. Monica loves being active by strength training and running. She enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports although her favorite pastime is hiking. Her main passion is to help others and when she can, she feeds the homeless and goes on mission trips with her church to other countries. We cannot thank Monica enough for all the hard work and care she puts into the clinic!
ending injury. I had a complete tear of my UCL and Flexor Origin Tendon. The injury left my elbow unstable,and Icompletely lostgrip strength.ThiswasmySenioryear, my last chance to wrestle in high school. I understood the severity of my injury, but I knew I had to be abletocompeteatdistricts inorder to make it to state. Iprayedfordirection,andwas ledto
Overhead Stretch Instructions: Stand up and reach up and back with your arms while pushing your hips forward. This is a good stretch to do every 20 minutes you’ve been sitting. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS TECHNIQUE TO STRETCH AFTER SITTING myteammatewhowasalsorecovering froman injury. HetoldmeaboutDr. Johnson. Aftermy initialappointment,mygripstrength improved.Aswe continuedtowork,myrangeofmotion improved,and Idevelopedstrength inthesmallmusclessurroundingthetearwhichhelpedstabilizemyelbow. I trained with the Athletic Advantage team regularly and followed their instructions to the letter. In threeweeks, Iregained80%rangeofmotion, andwasstrongerthan Iwaspre-injury. Iwasbackonthemat forDistricts. I was both District and Regional Champion, and I placed 4th at State. Today,myelbow is fullyrecovered,and Iwillbewrestling incollege in the Fall. This place changed my life! They saved my senior season! Without theAthleticAdvantageTeam, Iamnotsure Iwouldbecompeting thisday. I am forever grateful.” - C. W.
Key Stats & Knowledge • B.S. in Kinesiology from Texas Woman’s University • Expert in Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Enhance Your Mobility • Activity • Performance • Life Call (214) 383-0623 Today! NOW’ S YOUR MOMENT !
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