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Arthritis pain Relieving Pain In Your Low Back, Hip & Knee THE ANCHOR CHRONICLE

March 2018

Welcome to the Era of Lifestyle Healthcare

Hi, My name is Mike and you’ve most likely seen me running around the clinic taking care of things. I manage the practice along with my wife, Robin, and son, Cory. Over the years, healthcare has seen some changes. Some small, others BIG! In the past, we would only go to the doctor if we were sick. In recent years, it’s been that and the preventative approach. Checking things like blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and activity levels. Some things never change; some do in a big way. Right now the move is to an era of lifestyle healthcare. My doctor told me to lose weight by eating right and exercising more and has been telling me this for years. RIGHT? How’s that working for me? Even though we own all the equipment to do that, who has the time? After spending 12-14 hours at work, who wants to stay longer to get in a workout? He also wants to put me on blood pressure medication as I tend to be on the high end of the scale. Enter the Era of Lifestyle Healthcare! Several months ago, Robin was treating a retired physician for an injury he sustained while playing Pickel Ball. During the course of treatment, he mentioned that he and his wife (a retired Physician Assistant) were health coaches. This piqued her interest as we started our practice 15 years ago due to our desire to help others. Right now, we have several patients that are in need of joint replacements and have been informed by the surgeon that the surgery would have to wait until they lost 40-50 pounds as each pound of overweight adds 4 pounds of pressure to the joints. So 50 excess pounds equals 200 pounds of pressure on your joints! Guess what the surgeon told them? “You need to eat right and exercise more”. REALLY! There has to be a better way. Diets seem to work in the short term but are hard to sustain as weight comes back after reaching your goal weight. Exercise can

be extremely difficult for those with joint pain. The key is to change lifestyle habits into healthy habits, one habit at a time. We checked out the program they were involved in and found that the majority of the folks that participated not only lost substantial weight, but also kept it off for years after. It made sense, but we were still skeptical. What made sense was for us to go first, before making any recommendations to our patients. What we also liked was that this is a six step process, with achieving your goal weight as the first step. Steps two to six dive into lifelong health habits. Robin and I started the healthy lifestyle program the day after Thanksgiving and have been amazed at how easy this program is. Even with all the holiday goodies, we were still losing weight every day. After 4 weeks, I was down 20 pounds and my Blood Pressure dropped 40 points. Today, we have both lost 35+ pounds and are on track to reach our goal weight within weeks. With the help our coaches and community we will be where we want to be. The program is also effective for those fighting diabetes and many have come off their medications. Take a look at the before and after pictures below and see for yourself. If you’re interested in not only losing weight, but becoming healthy overall in the process, give us a call. We would be happy to introduce you to what has worked so well for us.

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• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain

• Patient Success Spotlight

• Diet Tips

• Healthy Recipe

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” Norman Vincent Peale Quote of The Month:

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6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized physical therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Exercise Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction. 2. Education and self-management When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 3. Weight loss Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight-bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 4. Footwear and insoles If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 5. Knee braces For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling.

6. Heat and cold Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Anchor Physical Therapy specialists. There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long-term. Find out more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

HEALTHY RECIPY

Lemon Rosemary Salmon

INGREDIENTS

• 1 lemon, thinly sliced • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary • 2 salmon fillets • Salt to taste • 1 tablespoon olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Arrange half the lemon slices in a single layer in a baking dish. Layer with 2 sprigs rosemary, and top with salmon fillets. Sprinkle salmon with salt, layer with remaining rosemary sprigs, and top with remaining lemon slices. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork.

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“Diet Tips for Arthritis Sufferers” Sunny Says!

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

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HAMSTRING STRETCH Lie on floor in a doorway. Rest your leg against wall. Scoot through the doorway until you feel a stretch up the back of your thigh.

Following a diet low in processed foods and saturated fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, nuts and beans is great for your body. These principles are touted for its anti-aging, disease-fighting powers.

3 • Help arthritis by curbing inflammation • Benefit your joints as well as your heart • Lead to weight loss, which makes a huge difference in managing joint pain. Studies confirm eating these foods can do the following: • Lower blood pressure • Protect against chronic conditions ranging from cancer to stroke

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