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We can help you beat the winter aches and pains! Does The Cold Weather Make Your Hands Hurt?

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Hello to all of you! I hope you are ready for the holiday season. We are hoping you take time to enjoy making memories with loved ones. Don’t let pain keep you from enjoying the

INSIDE: • EASY RECIPE • SUDOKU • COLD HAND PAIN? • SHOULDER EXERCISE • NUTRITION TIPS

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holidays. If you have hand or arm pain please come in and we can get you on your way, feeling good as new. Happy Holidays!

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JoAnn Keller, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

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Hands Stiff and Aching From The Cold? Get Relief With Hand Therapy

Staying Active Helps Mobility If you’ve ever been sitting in the same location for a long period of time and then had trouble hauling yourself out of that position, you’ll see how movement can help mobility. In the same way, hand therapy can assist with improving your overall range of motion -- which, in effect, can help with the pain. Even stretching can assist in improving blood flow to the area as well as trickingyour body into heating up a fewdegrees, which could make a big difference in how quickly your joint fluid is flowing. Regular work with a physical therapist can be targeted to the source of the pain or weakness. At Hands for Living, Certified Hand Therapists (CHTs) offer a variety of services that will help support a lifestyle where pain is greatly reduced or eliminated. Our specialized instructions and exercises thatyou can complete between sessions provide youwith ongoingmaintenance of pain reduction, as a one-time solution is not realistic or expected. We can also share how to care for any hand injuries to the muscle, soft tissue, nerves or bones that are causing discomfort. Contact us today to schedule a free phone screening or an initial evaluation, and our staff of caring professionals will return your call quickly!

Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain when the weather starts turning cold andwet, andwhile combating this pain with medication is possible -- relief is certainly short-term at best. Fortunately, whether pain in your hands is caused by injury or arthritis there are longer-term solutions that will help reduce the pain without ingesting multiple pain relievers which can be damaging to your stomach lining and health. Learn the basics of why your hands ache in the winter, and how hand therapy can help. Why Hands Ache from Cold The high number of joints and ligaments in your hands in such a small space is the root of the problembehindyour cold weatherwoes. Inbetweenyour joints,there isa jointfluidwhich helps keep everything lubricated and moving freely, much like oil does in your vehicle. Also like oil, cold weather has an adverse affect on the joint fluid and can cause it tomove more slowly and lose overall effectiveness. This impacts how the muscles, ligaments, tendons and joints inyour hands are able to move (or not!) which causes a significant amount of pain and discomfort that feels like it seeps deep into your bones.

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Patient Spotlights “I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist.” “My therapist was very skilled and knowledgeable in what she does. She always pushed me in my exercises to do even better. When I started therapy, I really didn’t know how much it would help. After starting with JoAnn, every week I was excited to come back and show her my improvements. I couldn’t have asked for a better therapist. Thank you!” - MacKenzie R.

Have YouMet Your Deductible Yet? Have you met your annual insurance deductible or out of pocket maximum? If you have, your therapy may be free or you may have just a small co-payment. How do you check to see if you have met these limits? You can call your insurance and ask them or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you.

Nutrition Tips Eating Healthy Away from Home

WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Helps With Flexibility

Shoulder Exercise

Restaurants, convenience and grocery stores, or fast-food places offer avarietyof options when eating out. But larger portions and too many extras can make it difficult to stay withinyour calorie needs.Think about ways to make healthier choices when eating food away from home. Consider your drink Choose water, fat-free or low- fat milk, unsweetened tea, and other drinks without added sugars to complement your meal. Savor a salad Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables to help youfeelsatisfiedsooner.Askfor dressing on the side and use a small amount of it. Seemoreat:http://www.choosemyplate.gov/ eating-foods-away-home#sthash.r1XnSKuU. dpuf

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Lying on your back and holding a wand, palm face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 12 times a day.

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