Manual Edge_Determining the origins of your pain



LEARN, DO, TEACH At Manual Edge, we live by the Learn, Do, Teach mantra. As therapists we learn about the human body in all of its intricacies. We usually try treatment techniques on each other and ourselves during the learning process to help our own bodies work better. Then we use this knowledge and the techniques on our patients to teach them about their bodies and how they can help themselves. I remember when I was in PT school at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!), and the story of an applicant from the previous year that was a school teacher. This person wanted to change professions and become a PT. They said the reason they wanted to change careers was because they had come to hate teaching. Unfortunately, or fortunately for their potential future patients, their application was rejected by our PT program director because they hated teaching. A large portion of what we do is to empower our patients by teaching our patients about their bodies and how to make them work better and feel better. Most of us PTs love to teach our patients about how the body works. We also really enjoy discussing anatomy and showing you anatomy through pictures or diagrams. It is no secret that PTs love anatomy…it is a requirement to effectively treat the body. We are very much anatomy NERDS!



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Sometimes it happens when a pain develops that you can immediately identify the cause. A new pair of shoes may cause a sharp pain in your heel, or an old chair at work may cause your back to grow sore and uncomfortable as time goes on. But there are other situations in which pain develops, and the cause of the pain is unclear. Different types of bodily pain can tell you different things about your body and overall bodily health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg may have little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg. Physical therapists are like well-trained detectives when it comes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows the way that the nervous system works, making it possible to identify the potential causes of pain, even if the pain is manifesting itself in an unusual or seemingly inexplicable way.

Whether you are suffering from pain in your head, your back, your neck or anywhere else in your body, working with a physical therapist can help you find the relief you are looking for. Physical therapists are trained in identifying and treating the cause of your pain, giving you the opportunity to shift away from the ongoing use of pain medication and instead find relief from your pain with a series of strategies that include stretching, muscle building and flexibility training.

Say goodbye to your nagging pain once and for all! Give us a call today to get started!

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When you meet with a physical therapist to understand where your pain may be coming from, one of the first things you’ll do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you’ve been experiencing pain, where it developed and how the pain manifests itself are all very important distinctions that can help shed some light on what may be causing your discomfort. Here are a few things you may want to consider before heading into physical therapy: • Consider exactly where the pain occurs in your body, and research what the different parts of the body are called so that you can have an accurate and helpful conversation about your pain. For example, back pain has a lot of different differentiations, and lumbar pain (which is in the lower back) is frequently caused by factors different from what would cause upper-back or neck pain. • How does the pain feel when it develops? Is it a lingering ache? Is it a sharp stab? Is it more of a tingling feeling? Each of these sensations are actually associated with different types of problems, so describing your pain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs. • What do you think may be causing the pain? Of course, it happens that a pain will develop, and you are dumbfounded as to why, but more often than not, there is something that you think could be influencing it. If the pain started around the same time as a change in environment or life circumstances, then it is worth telling your physical therapist about the association. Another thing to consider about your pain is whether or not it develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someone begins to experience pain when the weather starts to change, and it turns out that the pain is a result of arthritis and inflammation. There are other situations in which the pain will develop as a result of prolonged sitting or the opposite — such as when things get crazy at home or at work, and you find that you are not getting as much sleep as usual. Considering any changes in your daily habits or environmental factors can be very helpful in determining what is causing your pain. 4 5 1 2 1 7 7 3 6 5 9 5 2 1 9 6 5 1 8 6 5 7 SUDOKU PUZZLE 3 8 7 8 1 4

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Regardless of where your pain is, how long you’ve been dealing with it, or how intense the pain feels, the smart thing to do when pain develops is to speak with a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist can help you finally get a step ahead of your pain, finding treatment options that are designed to provide you with long-term relief instead of temporary relief from medication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact us. 5 1 7 2 8 5 4 9

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“The 10 Year Anniversary Celebration went very well. Lots of fun and lots of help for our patients.”

Tim: Osteopathy and Mood Disorders class.Teaching cranial class in October and January. Lecture to Brain Injury Support Group. Taking another manual therapy class in October.Trains other therapists at the clinic 4 hours per month. Continues to teach monthly workshops for the public at the clinic. Chris: Visceral Manipulation III – Pelvis class. Kristina: Classes to complete Doctorate in Physical Therapy degree. Ongoing teaching for Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehab Institute. Lecture to Urologic Nurses Association. Val: Dry Needling II; and Continence, Reproduction and Sex classes. Teaching Pelvic Pain and Bladder Issues workshop in November. Recent therapist educational classes:

Teresa: Myofascial Listening class. Veda: Visceral Manipulation I class.

TimwithSusanandRita,2patients thathavebeenwithManualEdge foroveradecade.

As you can see, our quest for knowledge for ourselves and our patients continues. Teaching is a natural extension of learning and doing. Sharing that knowledge with the public, our patients, other PTs, and other health care professionals is the process for furthering our own evolution as professionals. By teaching we go back to the beginning of the Learn – Do -Teach sequence, as we all learn things from others when we teach. And then it starts again, it is truly a never-ending process but one we are grateful for.


Carisa manning the Cornhole Contest to win a $10 gift card.....many winners today.


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• 1 sweet potato, grated • 1 tsp smoked paprika • 1/2 tsp chili (optional) • 1/2 tsp cumin (optional) • 2 handful of baby spinach • 1 cup black beans, cooked or canned • 2-3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

• salt & pepper to taste • 6 gluten-free tortillas • 1 cup vegan cheese, grated INSTRUCTIONS:

Susan doing “double duty” with Cornhole and the cookie.

Filling: Heat1-2 tbspofoliveoil ina largeskilletovermediumheat.Addgratedsweet potato and roast for 30 seconds, then add spices and stir to combine. Once the pan is sizzling, add a little water, then cover the pan and reduce to low hear. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add baby spinach, and cook for 2 minutes until sweet potato is tenderandcooked through.Stir inbeans,corn,parsleyandcook for1minute longer until cooked through. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Quesadillas: Heat another non-stick pan with medium heat and brush with some oil. Spread 3 tbsp of the filling evenly over half of 1 tortilla, leaving a 1/2 in border. Cover filling with grated cheese and fold over the empty side of the tortilla, pressing down carefullybyusingaspatula,so that itsticks.Cook for2-3minutes,flipandcook from the other side until golden and crispy. Repeat with remaining filling and as many tortillas as needed (about 4-6, depending on the exact size). Transfer quesadillas to a cutting board, slice, and then serve. Source:

Carisa, Tim and Kristina with our 50,000th patient visit winner Rochelle. A $100 donationwasmadebyManualEdge inRochelle’sname to theRonaldMcDonaldHouse.


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