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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body


As of May 4th, we have gradually and safely begun to resume some of our services! Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy, and Muscle Activation Techniques are now fully offered. To continue resuming safely, we are respectfully requiring the following: • Masks are to be worn at all times. • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon arrival. • Re-schedule or set up a virtual appointment via zoom if you don’t feel well or have been in direct contact with someone that has recently tested positive for COVID-19. • Clients only in the facility. No family members are allowed to accompany. Other safety measures we are taking: • Facilities are fully sanitized weekly utilizing BioPure in addition to our normal cleaning procedures. • We have adjusted how we schedule team members and clients to safely control volume in our facilities. • Telehealth andVirtual fitness options via Zoom.


HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body

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Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you tomove slower and leaving you with pain that becomesmore difficult to cope with, step after step. There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip painmay develop, froma slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident. Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury, every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office. RELIEVING YOUR KNEE AND HIP PAIN FIND NATURAL RELIEF WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination. Who Needs Physical Therapy? Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everydaymovement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints.



If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following: • From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful. • In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibility and strength while reducing the general experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs.




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During these challenging times, we recognize that you may not be able to visit our clinics for your physical therapy. But delaying or even missing one or two sessions can have unintended consequences, requiring a longer recovery period. Just because you can’t get to our clinic, doesn’t mean that we can’t come to you virtually, right in the comfort of your own home! Telehealth lets you continue connecting - and working with - your physical therapist to get you the help that you need. Essentially, telehealth is a way for your therapist to evaluate your movement, discuss your symptoms and progression, and work with you one- on-one. With telehealth, your physical therapist can provide you with functional movement exercises to relieve pain and improve your ability to move pain-free, all from a remote location. Have a question you need to ask your physical therapist? Looking for advice about your current condition?Want to track the progress you’ve beenmaking? Telehealthmakes all of this possible for you, while still ensuring that you are safely distancing at home! As of May 4th, we have gradually and safely begun to resume some of our services. We are excited to offer virtual appointments for those that can’tmake it to an in-person appointment. By continuing your personalized treatment plans at home, you can keep up with your progress. For more information on our telehealth services and how they may benefit you, contact us today at Worthington (614-841-3900) or Grandview (614-487-9715). SERVICE SPOTLIGHT TELEHEALTH: PT FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME


I joined Fitness Matters in 2016 as a Patient Care Coordinator. I was drawn to Fitness Matters because we have such a high value towards client care along with providing exceptional service. I graduated with a degree in Social Work from the Ohio State University

and have been passionate about helping others for as long as I can remember. I love being able to interact with new people everyday and work in such a fun and friendly environment! To schedule an appointment, call us today at Grandview (614-487-9715) or Worthington (614-841-3900).

WORTHINGTON 614-841-3900

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DIRECT ACCESS WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Physical Therapy is Easier to Get Than You Think! • A physician referral • Therapy may begin

1. Limit your time outdoors. Each spring, trees release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air. When you breathe them into your nose and lungs, they can trigger an allergic reaction. Staying inside can help, especially on windy days and during the early morning hours, when pollen counts are highest. 2. Get natural relief. Some herbal remedies may help stave off allergy symptoms. More research is needed, but an extract from a shrub called butterbur shows promise. Biminne, a Chinese herbal formula with ingredients like Ginkgo biloba and Chinese skullcap, may also help. One study found that people who took biminne five times a day for 12 weeks still felt the benefits a year later. 3. Tweak your home. Simple changes make a difference. Shut all windows to keep out pollen. Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws in air from outside.

with a full evaluation by a licenced physical therapist • Patients sent by their physician can choose where they want to receive therapy

no longer needed, whether you want a check-up, suffered a recent injury, or if you want to improve your overall health and wellness

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