HEALTH &WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
Finding Relief From Shoulder, Elbow, &Wrist Pain GIVE CHRONIC PAIN THE COLD SHOULDER
It’s time to say goodbye to elbow, wrist and shoulder pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking steps to combat ill habits that may be contributing to your discomfort can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Wave goodbye to pain in your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders with targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. What Is Causing The Pain? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to-day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than life during any other time in human history — and it’s true that there is a fair amount of evidence to support this idea. Rather than spending all of your days working in a factory or
• Give Chronic Pain The Cold Shoulder! • Treating Shoulder, Elbow, And Wrist Pain
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HEALTH &WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
on a farm, the vast majority of Americans work indoors, often at a computer for a predetermined number of hours week after week. But this new lifestyle isn’t exactly harmless for the body, either. There are plenty of ways in which the common tasks of 21st-century life put the bodyunderagreatdealofstress.Sedentary lifestyles frequentlycontribute toweight gain, which increases your risk for a long list of obesity-related diseases.This puts additional stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. But even aside from that, there are a lot of potential issues that your body can face as a result of sedentary behavior in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow and wrist pain. Elbow, wrist and shoulder injuries are especially common as a result of workplace injuryandoveruse.While it issometimespossible to takeaction topreventan injury from developing, it is especially important to be able to recognize when an injury develops and to understand ways that you can combat that injury by identifying what may have caused the pain to develop in the first place. GIVE CHRONIC PAIN THE COLD SHOULDER Finding Relief From Shoulder, Elbow, &Wrist Pain (continued from outside)
Getting a Handle on Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Pain One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder is that it is difficult to actually allow these parts of the body time to rest. Every movement and action requires these body parts — and when the pain develops in both arms, as it often does, treating thepain becomes even morecomplicated. It is impossible to care for your basic needs without involving your shoulder or wrist, let alone get through a day at the office. This iswhysomany issues regardingpain in thewrists,elbowsandshoulders typically become chronic. Since it is difficult to allow these body parts time to properly rest, they continue being overused and the pain can actually worsen.
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Common issues that can lead to shoulder, wrist and elbow pain include:
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• Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnelsyndrome,whichcan develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing • Heavy lifting
• Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain • Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints
Treating Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain
Addressing the pain early on is the best way to prevent an issue from becoming chronic. Turning to medication and braces for pain management is not a long-term solution and will only push off the inevitable truth — that you need to find a solution for the problem that is causing you pain. Physical therapy is the ideal tool for support in this regard. Working
with a physical therapist will provide you with an opportunity to understand what movements may be causing further discomfort, and can help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles while improving range of motion, which together will likely alleviate some of the pain associated with your injury. Don’t assume that pain in your elbows, wrists or shoulders will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, and compensating for the pain by overusing the opposite arm can cause further injury to develop. For support with learning how to manage the pain, and to learn exercises and techniques that can help you overcome the injury and restore proper strength and functionality to your shoulders, wrists and elbows, contact your physical therapist. For more support in finding relief from shoulder, wrist, and elbow pain, call 801.293.8888 today to schedule an appointment at Balanced Body Physical Therapy!
Strengthen Shoulders In Minutes Try this movement to strengthen shoulders.
Low Carb Recipe: Peppermint Cheesecake Bites
INGREDIENTS • 1½ cups butter, softened • 20 oz cream cheese, softened • 1½ cups of Splenda or Swerve • 2½ teaspoons peppermint extract, or to taste • 1 candy cane (optional)* • red food coloring (optional)
Shoulder Pattern Stand with good posture. Start with your arm across your body with your hand rotated in, thumb pointed down. Bring your arm up and across your body diagonally. As you do, rotate your hand outward Finish with your hand above your head and out to the side. Repeat 6-10 times before switching to other shoulder.
INSTRUCTIONS Line an 8x8 pan with waxed or parchment paper, leaving a little extra hanging on both sides. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Feel free to add more peppermint extract for desired taste. Pour cheesecake mixture into lined pan. For red swirls, put 3-5 drops of red food coloring on the top of the cheesecake and swirl using a knife. To decorate, break the candy cane and sprinkle it over the cheesecake. Chill in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours. Use the hanging paper to lift the cheesecake and then peel paper off. Cut cheesecake into 8 bars. Source: https://the-lowcarb-diet.com/peppermint-cheesecake-bars/
Patient Success Spotlight
“One day I woke up with the realization that my right shoulder had been hurting most of the night and that I had lost most of my flexibility and movement including numbness throughout my arm. My initial thought was to put it off until the pain worsened to the point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore. I finally decided that I should see my care provider. It was suggested after a
consultation that I get an x-ray. My doctor then told me I had arthritis and that it had been there for several years. I asked for options. The doctor said that I could have injections in my shoulder every three months and/or have physical therapy. I opted for a single injection and physical therapy. I was referred to Balanced Body Physical Therapy to get my shoulder and arm functioning again. When I had my first visit with my physical therapist, Dallen, I knew that I was in goodcompany.Dallenandhisstaff took the time toaddressallofmyconcernsand placed me in an immaculate environment where I could not only survive but thrive while going through therapy. Always professional and courteous, they helped me gain strength through stim treatments, hot and cold therapies and precise exercise movements to includehomeexercises formyshoulderandarm.Dallenandhisstaff supported me in every way and taught me the correct body healing principles and to not rush the healing process, but rather fully appreciate the journey of healing. With a complete recovery, my shoulder and arm function normally again because of Dallen and his team. I am grateful for their amazing service, cheery disposition, welcoming and healing environment, and individual care and compassion. I attest, that Balanced Body Physical Therapy is committed in every aspect to help their patients envision and meet their recovery goals. Whenever I need physical therapy, Dallen and his team will be where I will go for the rest of my life.” - Troy B.
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