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Getting to Know the Empower Physical Therapy & Fitness Staff SAMANTHAW., PHYSICAL THERAPIST
Sam is our new physical therapist at our Hall Roadlocation.SamgraduatedfromMarquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She decided to become a physical therapist when she fractured her spine at 14 years old while tubing at Aunt’s lake. Her recovery introduced her to the field of PT. Sam is the oldest of four kids in her family and will soon be getting married. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, hanging out with family and friends, playing with her puppy, and working out.
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• Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes
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Warm humid weather and intense high school sports practices lead to a lot of sweating and risk of heat exhaustion or more serious heat stroke. While hydration may not be at the top of the list for a successful athletic performance, it should be. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, appropriate hydration before, during, and after physical activity is an important ingredient to a healthy and successful sports team. Tips to Prevent Dehydration It’s of key importance to hydrate well, both for safety and performance. Here are some tips to educate athletes and the coaching staff, as well as parents to safeguard against heat illnesses: • Athletes cannot simply rely on thirst to maintain hydration. Instead, a schedule for hydration before, during, and after practice or games may be more helpful.
• Weighing the athlete before and after the practices, since proper hydration will show no- or minimal- weight change from practice. • An example hydration schedule for a high school athlete could be: drinking 16 ounces of fluid two hours before physical activity, drinking another 8-16 ounces 15 minutes before physical activity, and during physical activity, drinking 4-8 ounces every 20 minutes. After physical activity, drinking 16-24 ounces of fluid for every pound lost during physical activity. • Athletes will continue to lose fluid after practice as they continue to cool their core body temperature and urinate. Using urine color as a measure for hydration status can be really helpful. Bold yellow urine to dark yellow or apple juice colored urine signifies dehydration. Athletes should aim to start every practice fully hydrated.
WHY CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points.
Some dry needling techniques treat a broader landscape of the central nervous system. This is called non-trigger point treatment. Instead of inserting needles only in the area of pain, the practitioner may instead insert needles in areas around but not directly on the point of pain. This technique relies on the idea that pain is the result of a greater nerve or muscular issue, not a focused one only in the main area of pain. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. If you or someone you know is suffering from a sports injury or aches and pains, contact us at a clinic nearest you! empowerptandfitness.com
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ENGLISH MUFFIN BREAKFAST SANDWICHES INGREDIENTS • 6 English muffins, sliced in half • 6 large eggs • 6 slices Cheddar cheese • 6 slices deli ham • Salt and freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 5 ramekins, or a jumbo muffin tin and place on a cookie sheet. Crack one egg into each ramekin. Pierce egg yolk with a fork and very slightly beat. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Bake eggs for 12-15 minutes or until set. Remove from ovenandallow tocool.Runaknifearound theedgeof ramekin (ormuffin tin) to remove eggs. To assemble breakfast sandwich, layer one half of each English muffin with one slice of cheese, one slice of ham and a cooked egg. Top with other half of English muffin. Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. To reheat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.
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What is a trigger point?
A triggerpoint isa sensitiveareaof thebody, stimulationor irritation ofwhich causesa specificeffect in anotherpart,especiallya tenderarea inamuscle that causesgeneralized musculoskeletalpainwhen overstimulated.
Think Empower PT & Fitness First Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle
Who Can Benefit From Dry Needling?
Dryneedling isa techniquephysical therapistsuse to treat myofascialpain. The techniqueusesa “dry”needle,onewithout medicationor injection, inserted through the skin intoareasof the muscle,knownas triggerpoints. HowDoesDryNeedlingHelp? Physical therapistsusedryneedlingwith thegoalof releasing or inactivating triggerpoints to relievepainor improve range ofmotion. This canhelp speedup thepatient’s return toactive rehabilitation.Researchhas shown theDryNeedling: • ImprovesPainControl • Reducesmuscle tension • Normalizesdysfunctionsof themotorendplates (the sitesat whichnerve impulsesare transmitted tomuscles)
• Acute/Chronic injuries • Headaches • Neck/Backpain • Tendinitis • MuscleSpasms • “Sciatica” • Hip/Kneepain • Muscle strains • Fibromyalgia • “Tennis/Golfer’sElbow”
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CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times. Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.
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An insurancedeductible istheamountofmoneythatyoumustpaybeforeyour insurancecompanypays foryourmedicalservices. Ifyourdeductible ismet, your PhysicalTherapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans orthosewhohavehadmajorsurgeriesorhaveachronic illnessareespecially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This meansthatthecostofphysicaltherapycouldbeminimalorcompletelycovered by thepatient’s insuranceplan. Ifyouareclose toorhavemetyour insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for PhysicalTherapy! Areyou feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2018. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
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