Fit PT: Helping Aches and Pains

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AUGUST 2019

HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR ACHES AND PAINS

Pain medications can reduce the severity of aches and pains for a little while, but they don’t do anything to resolve the issue. There are things that you can do at home that can alleviate your aches and pains, helping to reduce the severity of your discomfort while also reducing the likelihood that

the pain will return. (continued inside)

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INSIDE : • Helping To Relieve Your Aches And Pains • Why Physical Therapy?

• Exercise Of The Month • Positive Patient Results

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HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR ACHES AND PAINS Don’t just complain about those aches and pains. Start doing something about them. Here is a quick rundown of things that you can do at home that can reduce your daily pain: 1. Use hot and cold therapy appropriately to reduce inflammation. After a good workout or a day of doing chores out in the yard, your muscles will likely feel sore. Apply ice directly to the area that hurts on and off for 20 minutes at a time during the first 24-72 hours after the pain develops. After that, consider soaking in hot water, such as taking a warm bath, to further soothe your muscles. 2. Don’t underestimate the power of resting! Your body relies on sleep just as much as your brain. You need to get plenty of sleep to keep your stress level at a minimum—and that includes your physical stress level. Aim to sleep between 7-9 hours every night. The more activity you engage in, the more sleep you need. (continued from ouside) INSIDE : • Why Physical Therapy? • Staff Spotlight

• Exercise Of The Month • Positive Patient Results

3. Keep your body in good shape with regular exercise. It may seem counterintuitive to cut down on pain by moving more, but exercise is a really good way to reduce aches and pains. When you exercise every day, you are able to train your muscles for more movement, and thereby reduce aches and pains. Keeping active, staying rested, and being smart with hot and cold therapy create a trifecta for healthy management of aches and pains, but they aren’t going to solve the bigger problems. When aches and pains start to grow severe, or chronic, then it is time to reach out to a professional for support. Physical therapy is the best way to reduce aches and pains because it takes into account a combination of active and passive strategies to help tackle the cause of your pain. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say goodbye to aches and pain!

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HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position. Loosens Tight Hips www.simpleset.net Try this movement if you are experiencing hip pain. EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Why Physical Therapy?

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may start feeling aches and pains. Muscle pain will occur whenever your muscles start to grow. To build more muscle mass, your muscles have to stretch, and lactic acid can pour into the lining of your muscles to cause a burning sensation. More movement will push that acid out, helping you to experience relief, and in time your muscles will develop increased elasticity, and the burning won’t be so severe. Built-up of tension from stress or overuse, and muscle pain from poor posture can also contribute to regular pain. A physical therapist can take a comprehensive assessment to help determine what may be the primary cause behind your aches and pains. Working with a physical therapist can help you develop a new approach to managing your aches and pains. Your physical therapy program will likely take into account strategies like hydrotherapy, deep tissue massage, guided stretching and targeted movements to help you experience ongoing relief from regular discomfort.

Positive Patient Results

“My physical therapist helped me avoid surgery and today I am pain free...” “I was looking for some options and avoid surgery. I also experienced shoulder pains and just everyday tasks at home became unbearable . There were many nights where i found myself unable to sleep. Well, I finally caved in and had an MRI which showed a rotary cuff tear. My physical therapist helped me avoid surgery and today I am pain free thanks to the various exercise routines he had me complete! I am so grateful and would recommend him! My doctor told me he was the best and I am so grateful! Thanks again! ” - W.S.

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INGREDIENTS • ⅓ cup quick-cooking rolled oats

• ½ cup light almond milk

• ¾ cup fresh strawberries

• ½ cup fresh dark sweet cherries

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• 1-2 tbsp almond butter

• 1 tbsp honey

• ½ cup small ice cubes

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INSTRUCTIONS 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. In a blender combine oat mixture, the remaining ¼ cup milk, and the next four ingredients (through honey). Cover and blend until smooth, scraping container as needed. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit.

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BEN JOHNSON, DPT

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Ben is the Clinic Director for our Coral Desert Clinic. He attended Dixie State University and Southern Utah University. He graduated with his Bachelors degree from SUU in 2006 with a degree in Biology/Zoology and Spanish. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Pacific University in

09’. He specializes in treating orthopedic, balance and vestibular, spine, and sport injury problems. Ben enjoys helping his patients improve their quality of life with less pain and improved function. He and his wife Jessica love spending time with their four children.

Education: • Southern Utah University BS Biology/Zoology. ’06 • Pacific University: DPT, ’09

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