FyzicalElPaso: Relieve Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain


June, 2019


I’ve approached my work. “We don’t burn out because of what we’re doing – we burn out because we forget why we’re doing it”. Inky Johnson. I am so passionate about what I do I think I love it more today than ever. If you are the parent of a young athlete or

WHAT KEEPS YOU MOTIVATED? “What keeps you motivated?” – This is a question that we all must ask ourselves, especially when pushing our boundaries and trying to reach our personal goals. A few weeks ago, at Brand Triumph (our nationalFyzicalevent), Ihadthepleasure of meeting and having lunch with Inky

just want to feel good about something, I would ask that you set aside some time to watch some Inky Johnson videoswithyourchild.He isan inspirationtoyoungpeople to not make excuses, to set goals, to take life, instead of letting life take you. Another favorite quote of Inky Johnson’s is: “Redirection, pain, setbacks, shortcoming, highs, lows. They are all part of the process of success. Embrace it, respect it, and trust it”. WhenmysonMasonwastrainingasayoungmanhewas clear he was going to play college basketball, I always tookhisdriveforgranted. Ifiguredallyoungpeoplewould take advantage of opportunities and this commitment was common. Over time I discovered some kids will, but others won’t. It is a conscious decision that a young athlete makes, to be great. Talent is half of it, the other half is willingness to “redirect pain, setbacks, highs and lows to reach your goals”. At Fyzical El Paso, we want to motivate every athlete to reach their goals. At our Fyzical we offer training and performance programs to help every athlete be the best they can be – and with the off season starting, there is no better time to do so. We are here to help both athletes and weekend worriers pushthemselvesbeyondself-imposed limits.Comingback strongerafteran injurywhentheirsportstartsupagain is onegoalbutequally important istrainingtoprevent injury. Daretobegreat– it’sgotime. InkyJohnson isexactlythe type of mentor I’d want exposed to my sons as athletes and people. I hope you have a chance to have a listen and enjoy him as much as I did. So, we ask you – what keeps you motivated? - Luis, Fyzical El Paso

Johnson. For those of you unfamiliar with him, I urge you to look up his story on U Tube. Here is some quick background: Inky grew up with a tough life in Atlanta. An over achiever by nature, just look at his size in the photo, healwayshadawinningattitudeanddreamed, likemany, of playing in the NFL. Just prior to his senior season at Tennessee his coach told him that his dream would become reality – word camedownhewasprojectedtop30 inthedraft.Justplay the next 10 games and your life’s dreams will come true Coach Folmer told him. His main goal for success was being capable of supporting his mom who was working double shifts at Wendy’s at the time. His life-long dream wasshort-lived– inthesecondgameoftheseasonagainst Air Force hemade a play that changed his life forever. He sustainedadevastating injurythatparalyzedhisrightarm andwas informed deathwas possible by his surgeon. He recalls the conversation. So,howdoes Inky’sstorygo?Hehitbottomandwallowed in self-pity? Not this guy. InmycareerI’veseensomanyterriblethingsandwitnessed how people react to them. I’ve never met anyone like Inky Johnson. Hementioned that this was, next to the birth of his children and hismarriage one of the top three days of his life. Now stop and think, NFL sure thing with millions of dollars, gone! This is the best day of your life? I was taken back by his words. He turned lemons into lemon aid. I completely admire Inky – his resilience, strength, attitude and faith. Inky was told “son you will never use that arm” his reply was no sir I will use it every day. He uses it to inspire and motivate others with his story. One quote he uses I love. It defines how I approach what I do as a Therapist. People ask me, aren’t you kind of burned out you’ve been at this a long time? I love what I do but this thought best captures how


June, 2019


HIT YOUR ACHES & PAINS ACROSS THE NET! INSIDE: • Use It Or Lose It • Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • Q&A with Shaun Hilburn PT, DPT

Whether you have pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

• NORTHEAST OFFICE: 915-755-0738 • EAST OFFICE: 915-593-4985 • WEST OFFICE: 915-313-6331 • JOE BATTLE OFFICE: (915) 855-7780

Injury Causes Manyshoulder injuriesresultfromtasksrequiringheavy liftingorrepetitivereaching motions. Along with manual labor jobs, work around the house such as cleaning gutters or hanging up wet clothes are common culprits. Inaddition,athleticpursuits likeweightlifting,swimming,andtenniscanunfortunately lead toshoulder injuries.Alongwith theseactivities,passivemovementscanalso be a problem. If you have continuous poor posture, the improper positioning of your shoulders, can make you extra vulnerable to scapula (shoulder blade) and rotator cuff injuries. Know the Warning Signs Allofusexperienceoccasionalachesandpainsfromdoingtoomuch,whichdoes not necessarily mean a chronic problem is emerging. However, when those pains don’t go away, or when the uncomfortable feelings have certain characteristics,

it’s important not to ignore them, and seek help. If you keep experiencing shoulder clicking or “popping,” for example, it may indicate a more serious problem in the shoulder area. Sharp pain should also be checked out with your physical therapist, as this means the shoulder joint is not moving in good alignment. There are also more easily-ignored symptoms, like a dull painthatrunsalongthesideofyourarm,orsuddenarmweaknesswhenever you try to carry something or reach for an object. These symptoms, you should definitely not ignore. If you are experiencing shoulder, elbow or wrist pain and need relief now, contact the professional therapists at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers for a chance at a pain free and active life!

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You can certainly ease problems associated with shoulder injury through medical attention and physical therapy. However, protecting your shoulders in the first place is always the best strategy. Make sure your posture is the best it can be at all times, whether it’s while you’re relaxing in your favorite chair, standing in line, hitting the gym, or working long hours at your desk. Think “up and back,” because letting the weight of your head and trunk rest forward puts pressure in all the wrong places, including your shoulders. Positioning yourself before sleep is also crucial; resting on your favorite side when the weight is on your shoulder can definitely create shoulder impingement over time. Avoid any positions where your arm is over your head while sleeping. You’ll additionally reduce wear and tear on your shoulders by being more mindful of how you use them. Does your job or sport absolutely require repetitive lifting, reaching or swinging? If so, it’s helpful to get coaching from a physical therapist—or even an actual coach—about how to reduce the strain on your shoulders by shifting your positioning and using correct technique. Along with placing your body more efficiently to perform tasks, it’s also helpful to strengthen your shoulder muscles for light but frequent daily chores as well as strenuous, repetitive motions. Try to do a combination of some basic exercises a few times a week, in order to strengthen a range of muscles, including those in your rotator cuff region.

Doing wall push-ups—essentially a standing push-up in which you “lift off” from the wall rather than the floor—is one classic option. Secondly, consider buying resistance bands, which are inexpensive and portable. Attach them to a doorknob and pull them toward you, holding for a few seconds with each repetition. Do these reps in groups of five, two or three times a day. Lastly, don’t forget that classic “chair push-ups,” in which your arms do the work of lifting off the chair, are great for toning shoulder muscles. If you have questions about an aching shoulder or wondering if you are setting yourself up for injury, give us a call to speak with one of our physical therapists today. Your shoulders will be happy you did! http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00327 http://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail.aspx?cid=95bd746b-b25f-46f5- 8373-fb56c9f6b46a

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June is Men’s Health month!! The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. Below is a healthy shake for men that is packed with protein, 585 calories, and can replace a meal..

INGREDIENTS • 12 oz water, milk, or yogurt • 2 scoops chocolate flavored protein powder DIRECTIONS Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

• 1 banana • 1 cup of spinach • 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter • 1 tbsp cacao nibs or dark cocoa powder


Patient Success Spotlight


What is one thing you’d like every patient to walk away with from their experience at Fyzical? If I could have every patient walk away with one thing is that they had a good experience and made friends with the Fyzical staff. We get to spend a good amount of time with our patients and end up knowing each other on a personal level. It’s nice to hear about different peoples life experiences, share knowledge, and just chat when they come in. What do you enjoy to do in your free time? During my free time, I really enjoy being outdoors, especially going out hiking. I also enjoy going to estates sales as well as auctions because there is nothing better than a good deal! What’s your favorite TV Show? My favorite TV show, as well as one of the only T.V series I have followed is Game of Thrones. What was your first job? My first job was as a busboy at the state line. I had a good time, made some good friends, and worked hard. Plus, I got to take home free bread so that was great!

“It was my physical therapy at Fyzical that made the difference!” “I had lingering pain in my feet which prohibited me from participating in physical activities like flag football and running at full speed. Jennifer and the staff at FYZICAL helped me make a full recovery. I tried to care for my injuries on my own for months prior, but it was my physical therapy at Fyzical that made the difference.Thank you for your expertise, friendliness and help through this recovery!” - Irene H. WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palm face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 3 sets of 8 reps. Strengthens Shoulders www.simpleset.net Relieve Shoulder Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing shoulder pain.

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