COMING OUT OF COVID-19 HIBERNATION Well we have now officially entered Phase One of our state’s attempt at a return to normal. Our governor has replaced the Stay at Home order with the Safer at Home order. I know all of this can be confusing, frustrating, scary, exciting, and filled with anxiety. For some the change is a welcome sign that we will get our freedom, society and economy back on track. For others that are at higher risk for complications, this change may signal that we are underestimating the danger of the virus. Where ever you are on this spectrum, realize that we all have the increasing power to make individual decisions that best suit our wishes, lifestyle, and risk tolerance. Those of you that are higher risk will need to continue stay at home practices and social distancing. We should ALL continue to wear masks when we are in public and practice frequent hand washing and sanitizer use. We are moving from a red light to a yellow light. That mean’s caution. The light is not green yet! I think the financial world has the best saying for a time like this.......”Past performance is not indicative of future results”. We can think we know where this is going but we have to realize that
no one truly knows.
We have started to see our patients return toward a more normal routine of coming in for treatment. We do not know of any of our patients that have had the virus. Rest assured that we are taking every precaution possible to keep the clinic COVID-19 free. We are wearing masks, sanitizing, washing, and keeping our patients separated. We do believe that it is time for a return toward a more normal level of patient care. But always remember that you have the power and the ultimate decision on whether or not to get treatment. You must be safe particularly if you are at higher risk. Only you can turn the light from red to yellow to green. Call us at 719-694-8342 to schedule if you feel comfortable.
OSTEOARTHRITIS IS A PAIN! PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP
present itself in younger adults, especially if they are prone to weak joints, poor dieting, or if they aren’t very active. Your cartilage works hard to protect your joints by absorbing the natural shocks that your body experiences on a daily basis. Therefore, much of your likelihood regarding Osteoarthritis is dependent upon the physical and nutritional lifestyles you partake in. Joint alignment can alter and the muscles around a joint can weaken over time, causing the cartilage to shift or thin. As cartilage wears down, Osteoarthritis becomes much more common. As Osteoarthritis progresses, more symptoms can arise. The most common symptoms are: • Joint pain. • Swelling or tenderness in or around the joint(s). • Inflammation or flare-ups of pain in the joint(s) after use. • Feeling stiff after sitting or laying down for prolonged periods of time, especially when getting up in the morning. • Crepitus - also referred to as a “cracking or crunching” feeling when moving the joint(s), or the sound of bone rubbing on bone.
As we all age, our bodies experience a certain “wear and tear” on cartilage and joints. This can cause inflammation and pain, known as arthritis. According to the American Arthritis Foundation, Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, making itself apparent in people as they age. It can certainly take a toll on one’s body, resulting in achy or painful joints after exercise, after a long day on one’s feet, or even after prolonged periods of inactivity, thus causing joints to constrict. The most common areas of Osteoarthritis are found in the fingers, hips, knees, and spine. These are all joints that we use excessively, even in our daily lives. Just think - by the time you lift yourself out of bed, shower, brush your teeth, eat breakfast, and prepare to begin your day, you’ve already used these joints a multitude of times. Therefore, it isn’t surprising that pain can occur in them over time. If you believe you may be experiencing Osteoarthritis, give one of our physical therapists a call today to discuss pain relief. Why do we experience Osteoarthritis? While it is true that Osteoarthritis is most common in older folks, that is not always necessarily the case. It is possible that Osteoarthritis can
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HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP OSTEOARTHRITIS?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, 1 in 5 adults are diagnosed with arthritis annually. Physical and occupational therapy are the most common treatments for Osteoarthritis, usually helping with the relief of joint pain in just a few sessions. If you have arthritis, don’t fret - there is hope! While anti-inflammatory and pain medications will help for the time being, they are very much a short-term solution. Physical therapy can help in actually strengthening your joints and muscles once again, allowing for a much healthier and long-term pain relief solution. Occupational therapy will also help in learning to use your joints in new ways once again, allowing for the highest quality of life despite the severity of your arthritis. Our physical therapists are trained to help you with joint alignment, stability, muscle regeneration, and most importantly, pain relief. They are dedicated to helping you get back to your normal levels of mobility. Don’t settle for a life of aches and pains - physical therapy can get you back on your feet and doing the activities you used to love! If you are suffering from Osteoarthritis, give us a call today - we can get you back to living your best, most pain-free life.
Source: https://www.aota.org/~/media/Corporate/Files/AboutOT/Professionals/WhatIsOT/PA/ Facts/Arthritis%20fact%20sheet.pdf https://www.arthritis.org/
OUR POLICY ON CORONAVIRUS
Manual Edge is committed to the health and wellbeing of you and your family. In the wake of the recent spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, we are taking every precaution. Before and after every session we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day that we sanitize our equipment and facility. To do your part to prevent the spread of this contagious disease, we ask parents that if you are demonstrating symptoms of coronavirus— coughing, sneezing or fever—to please stay home. Additionally, if you or your family has been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the virus, please notify us immediately, so we can take the necessary steps. Your cooperation in this tough time is what makes us able to continue to provide valuable services to you and your family. We appreciate your ongoing support. Our clinic features individual treatment rooms that are cleaned after each session for maximum safety.
Relieves Leg Pain
STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee and your toes pointed upward. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times on both legs.
Thanks for the Good Times
We were saddened to learn that Carisa is moving on from Manual Edge to take a position at a nation wide dental management company. It is a good career move for her and we know she will shine there as she did with us. Carisa had been with us for over 3 years and she was instrumental in overhauling our front office and business operations. We will miss her infectious laugh and wish her the very best in the future, but she must visit us routinely.
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HEALTHY RECIPE Spicy Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia
Holly has been promoted to Office Manager. Holly has been with us for 8 months and she has mastered all front office operations. She will now take over Carisa’s place and coordinate all office and business operations. We know that Holly will do a fantastic job. Please welcome her in her new role with a wave or a congratulations!
INGREDIENTS: • 4-6 Tilapia Fillets • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice • 3 tbsp Butter • 1 tsp Garlic Minced • 1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder • Salt to taste • 1/2 tsp Black pepper Freshly Cracked • 1 lemon Cut into thin slices • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley Chopped
Tim and Zoe preparing for their trip to Costco. During the Stay at Home order, the trip to Costco became one of the few outings other than going to work. I never knew how much we would enjoy our trip. Thank goodness we didn’t get trampled in the Toilet Paper - Pamplona Running of the Bulls as we headed back to the paper products section!
INSTRUCTIONS: Wash the tilapia fillets and pat them dry. Arrange the fillets in a baking tray. Mix lemon juice, butter, garlic, red chili powder, salt and black pepper in a bowl. Pour this mixture over the tilapia. Arrange lemon slices in between the fillets. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C (350 Degrees F). Bake the fish for 15-20 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve hot.
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