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Aspire Toward A Happier, Healthier Life Today! Goal Setting Workshop • What Our Patients Are Saying




Physical therapy treatments are catered toward your needs and goals! Physical therapy is generally comprised of three important phases: pain relief, strengthening, and functional integration. Some people are apprehensive toward physical therapy because they believe it will hurt them; however, the opposite is usually true. Physical therapy is aimedatpainreliefandstrengthening.This isachievedthroughseveral treatment services, such as ice and heat therapies, stretching, bracing, and ultrasound.  An active lifestyle is also dependent upon movement. Our physical therapists will cater your treatment plan around specific movements designed to increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall mobility. Your physical therapist will assist you with many of these exercises, but will also provide some simple ones that can be done at home.  The end goal of physical therapy is living the life you want, free from painful limitations. That can only happen when you apply the concepts you learn from your treatments to the outside world. Our physical therapistsareasdedicatedasyouare,andwillencourageyoutoachieve all the goals you set forth in the beginning.

A healthy, strong, and active lifestyle is what everyone strives for. However, it is not always easy to obtain, especially for those suffering from chronic pain. The very thought of going out and exercising with your aches and pains may leave you feeling uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a simpler solution to gaining the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapy can help you achieve optimum levels of health and fitness, all while reducing your pain. If you are looking for a healthier, stronger, and more active lifestyle, contact Synergy Rehab & Wellness today! Getting on track with physical therapy The purpose of physical therapy remains the same, no matter what you are seeking its services for. Perhaps you are still suffering from the lingering pain of an injury? Perhaps you are recovering from a surgery andtryingtogetyourrangeofmotionback?Perhapsyour jointssimply aren’t what they used to be, and you are looking for relief? Whatever thecasemaybe,physicaltherapistsarededicatedtorelievingyourpain and getting you back to your peak level of physical health.  A physical therapist is a movement specialist, educated in analyzing mobility issueswithwalking,running, jumping,bending,stretching,and almosteveryother formofphysicalactivity.Ourphysicaltherapistscan pinpointproblemareasandcreateacustomizedtreatmentplanaimed at improving those areas. Through in-office sessions and at-home exercises, patients strengthen their muscles and joints, improve their balance, build endurance, and experience pain relief, all without the unwanted harmful risks of drugs or surgery.

ASPIRE TOWARD A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFE TODAY! Maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes work, but once you get into the groove of it, it becomes much easier. For example, eating nutritious foods is one of the easiest ways to improve your health (although we know those sweets are hard to kick.) Physical activity is the hardest aspect to get in the habit of doing, especially if you are being held back by chronic pain. Some people try to mask their symptoms with anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medications, while others unfortunately give up on the idea of being active altogether. Luckily, there is an alternative option: physical therapy.  With the help of a physical therapist, it is possible to reclaim your pain-free, healthy lifestyle, and get back to doing the activities you love.  you back. At your initial evaluation, you may be asked to perform basic movements, such as sitting down, standing up, walking, lifting, stretching, or other motions. Once your physical therapist has a clear picture of what you need, he or she will begin constructing a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and achieve your goals.  In the end, an active lifestyle is more than possible, even if you struggle with chronic pain. If you are looking to improve your health, strength, and physical activity, look no further – Synergy Rehab & Wellness is here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists today and get started on your journey toward better health and wellness!

Everyone has different needs based on the conditions of their bodies. There is no cookie-cutter approach to health and wellness, as one treatment planmay not work the same for one person as it would for another. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to evaluate your mobility, balance, range of motion, and severity of pain. Your physical goals will also be taken into account when creating your treatment plan, as well as any health risks that may be holding

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Join Us For A Community Workshop! A GOAL WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A DREAM. With Dr. Tobin Forbus FEBRUARY 3 • 6 PM at SYNERGY WAYNESBORO 100-B COMMUNITY DRIVE, WAYNESBORO, VA 22980 Make your dreams a reality through goal setting in 2020. Learn how to convert your dream into reality through reverse engineering to assure your success at achieving your goals. We’ll help you identify your key goals for each area of your life and set manageable, realistic “SMART” goals tomove you consistently towards your dreams. Stop wishing and start planning for your success!

FREE 2020 calendar for all attendees!


Thank You For Your Service Dr. Alan Reitz! We would like to thank Dr. Alan Reitz and his wife for their amazing


“I broke my hip in September 2018. After initial physical therapy at another facility, I decided to go to Synergy in Waynesboro. I was struggling both physically and mentally. I couldn’t do routine tasks, such as bathing, house keeping, or visiting with friends for any length of time. I was in constant pain and became depressed. The therapists at Synergy were positive and encouraging. Their hands-on approach made me obtain more mobility than I had experienced in months. There continued to be good

service to our community and industry. For years they’ve provided genuine and compassionate care at Augusta Physical Therapy. We send you well wishes as you both enjoy retirement and a new exciting chapter in life! For anyone who may be seeking trusted physical therapy, Synergy welcomes you with open arms. We would be delighted to help you continue getting back to doing what you love!

days and bad days, but the good days were more frequent. I cannot say enough about how the Synergy Team at Waynesboro helped me. I can now be with friends and do recreational activities more. My mental state is much improved. Thanks to Maddy, Jimmy, Jocelyn, Spencer, Holly, Melissa and Kate for a new lease on life! Well done!” -Tommy D.

Healthy Smoothie Cherry Berry Oatmeal Smoothie

MEET OUR NEW CERTIFIED HAND THERAPIST Sharon recently joined the Synergy family after relocating from Michigan. She has over 30 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist (OT), and completed her OT degree at EasternMichigan University. Early in her career, Sharon identified her passion for treatment of the upper extremity, and in 1991 she became a board certified Hand Therapist.


• 1/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats • ½ cup light almond milk • ¾ cup fresh strawberries • 1-2 tbsp almond butter

• ½ cup fresh dark sweet cherries • 1 tbsp honey • ½ cup small ice cubes

For the past 25 years, Sharon worked as a clinical specialist in OT for SpectrumHealth Lakeland in St. Joseph, Michigan For the past 11 years she served as the Chief of Occupational Therapy for

DIRECTIONS In a medium bowl combine water and oats. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in ¼ cup of the milk. Microwave 30 to 50 seconds more or until oats are very tender. Cool 5 minutes. Inablendercombineoatmixture, theremaining ¼cupmilk,and thenext four ingredients (throughhoney). Cover and blend until smooth, scraping container as needed.Add icecubes;coverandblenduntilsmooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit. Claim Your New Year With This Free Offer FREE Discovery Session! Present this newsletter at either location and receive a FREE one-on-one discovery session with a Doctor of physical therapy. Call TODAY to schedule your appointment! Call 540.416.0530 (Staunton) or 540.932.0333 (Waynesboro) today! SYNERGYREHABANDWELLNESS.COM

Spectrum Health Lakeland system. She is excited to now be working at Synergy Wellness and Rehab in Waynesboro where she is working to grow the hand therapy program. Sharon resides in Afton Virginia in the beautiful Rockfish Valley with her Partner. When not working she enjoys hiking, yoga and reading.

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With the new year approaching, we often begin to evaluate ourselves and the goals we have set to accomplish. Our goal as a team is simple–50,000 steps a week for five consecutive weeks! HERE ARE THE RULES: •50,000stepsmustbecompleted inaweekstartingMonday and ending Sunday. • Competition begins December 30 and ends February 2. • You can not use extra steps from one week to make steps for another. Example you can not log 40,000 steps one week and 60,000 another to even it out.” As a team, we are doing a 50,000 steps competition/challenge. Here are the details!

Pictured: Dr. Meghan Little at our Annual “Sexual Assault Awareness Fearless 5K Color Run/Walk”

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