Thomas Physical Therapy November 2018

Thomas Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy


100 Professional Blvd. Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-257-2672

Hours of Operation: M, W, F: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tu, Th: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Randy’s Ramblings PAGE 1 3 Fitness Trends That CanWithstand the Holiday Season PAGE 1 How to GiveThanks Year-Round PAGE 2 A Closer Look at Your Cup of Joe PAGE 3 Upcoming Workshops PAGE 3 Spicy, Creamy Sweet Potatoes PAGE 3 3 Tips for Pain-Free Cooking PAGE 4 Whenever an activity involves heavy lifting or repetitive motion, it’s important to take steps to prevent injury. While back pain, carpal tunnel, and sore shoulders are normally associated with work-related injuries, it’s important to note that these issues can also result fromworking in the kitchen if you’re not careful. With the big feast coming up at the end of the month, here’s a guide to pain-free cooking! MIX IT UP Even if you’re“just”chopping carrots or peeling potatoes, youmay be exposing yourself to a repetitive strain injury. Standing for long periods with your shoulders hunched forward is also bad for your back. While it’s always important to keep an eye on your posture, the best way to avoid pain and stiffness is to do a mix of activities in short bursts. If you’re cooking with family, consider swapping jobs every six or seven minutes to give your body a break from the same motions and positions.

PAIN-FREECOOKING Avoid Injury This Thanksgiving

USE YOUR TOOLS If you are older or suffer from arthritis, this is an especially important point. Ergonomic kitchen utensils are available tomake many cooking tasks, from slicing to stirring, easier to handle. Using ovenmitts rather than pot holders also lets you grip hot items with greater confidence and reduces the likelihood of an accident. LIFTING THE TURKEY All right, here’s the big one: One of the easiest ways to hurt your back is to lift a heavy object while simultaneously twisting your torso— the exact thing one might do when trying to take a turkey out of the oven in a single fluidmotion. Do not put yourself and the feast at risk. Lift with your legs, straighten all the way up, and then turn to where you want to carve it. No one wants to throw their back out before Black Friday.

the weather gets colder, feel free to swing by and let our physical therapy experts get you moving again!

We hope you have a safe and happy start to the holiday season. If any aches or pains develop as

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