Axcess PT. Solving Aches & Pains

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Daily Aches and Pains Holding You Back? Look No Further for Relief

How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Does your body feel stiff, like a brick that’s been plastered to your bed? Is it difficult to move your arms, legs, back, etc., without feeling achy, sore, or even painful? Does it feel as if your body is moving in slowmotion, your discomfort holding you back? (continued inside)

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The Axcess Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Aaron Fuerst PT, DPT, CWCE, FAAOMPT If you have pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. We can help you feel better fast!

Daily Aches and Pains Holding You Back? Look No Further for Relief

Why am I so achy? Overexertion is a common reason for achiness or pain. Let’s say you decide to start up a new physical routine. You’ve never been much of a runner, but you want toget into it.So, thefirstdayyou run,youpushyourself toamile.Youdidn’t think it sounded like too much, but your body wasn’t used to it. Your legs were overworked,and the tissues inyourmusclesgot irritated,causing inflammation. Therefore, you wake up the next morning with sore legs. This is what happens when any part of your body is overworked. You may not notice it during the day while you’re moving, but inflammation can thicken overnight during inactivity, causing tissues to become inelastic.This can cause stiffnessorpain in themorning, typicallyeasingasyoumove throughout theday. However, thecause forstiffness isn’talwaysascutanddryas, “Ididanexercise I wasn’t used to so now I’m sore.” Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort. That’s why it’s important to consult a physical therapist if your aches and pains persist.

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Yourbodywasmade tomove.Prolongedperiodsof inactivitycancausemuscles and joints to constrict, resulting in pain or achiness - that’s why the mornings are typically the hardest for people experiencing these symptoms. However, the way that you live your daily life can also be a factor in daily aches and pains. Your body relies on certain physical responses to movement, such as posture, coordination, strength, blood pressure, etc. Everything you do has an impact on the way your body responds. If you live an inactive or unhealthy lifestyle, aches arecertainlycommon.Conversely, ifyouhavesustainedan injuryorstrain from an overly-active lifestyle, aches will also be common. Whatever thecasemaybe,physical therapistsarehere tohelp.Theirsole focus ishelpingyouachieveyourhighest levelofcomfort. Ifyouareexperiencingdaily aches and pains that you just can’t seem to shake, give our office a call today at 815-614-2100.

Quoteof TheMonth: “The secret to keeping moving is keeping moving.” - Dick Van Dyke

Simple Tips for Ache Relief

• Sleep! - This is probably the easiest step you can take to relieve common aches. Your body chemistry is delicate, and not getting enough sleep can affect that. This prevents your muscles and tissues from functioning as they normally would, resulting in stiffness, soreness, or achiness. • Stay hydrated - Drinking water is an important part of living a healthy, pain-free life. When you are dehydrated, your tissues become drier, which slows down normal chemical processes in your body. Your body is 70% water and your muscles are 80% water. When you don’t drink enough water, your body can become achy due to dryness. In order to stay hydrated, you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day. • Maintain a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables - Fruits and vegetables with bright colors often have a higher concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. By keeping these a consistent part of your diet, you can better assist your body in both repairing itself from pain or injury, as well as providing a preventative. Fruits and vegetables help your body in maintaining its normal functions. • Exercise regularly - Exercise allows your body to efficiently pump blood around your body. When you exercise on a consistent basis, muscles and joints remain warm, lowering the possibility of them becoming tight. Print sudoku http://1sudoku.com 3 8 1 3 7 5 4 7 9 2 5 9 1 6 2 4

• Keep a good posture - Slouching causes stress on the shoulders and neck, which can cause pain or achiness.  If you sit at a desk or computer, it is important to get up every 30 minutes for a few seconds to stretch. Moving around or simply standing up after a while is a great way to maintain a good posture, even if you don’t have a very active day. • Get a physical therapy consultation - If your aches and pains are persistent and aren’t going away despite your best efforts, it may be time to consult a physical therapist. They will help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. How physical therapy will help: A consultation with a physical therapist will allow you to address the issues that you’re facing. It is always better to figure out the cause of your pain early on, rather than waiting until it gets worse. The earlier you make an appointment, the easier the treatment will be. Your physical therapist will give you a muscle and joint evaluation to discover problem areas and determine exactly what may be causing your aches and pains. From there, they will create a personalized treatment plan for you that will help alleviate your aches. They are dedicated to your progress and genuinely want to see you feel better - so why wait? Say goodbye to your daily aches and pains with physical therapy today!

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Special Announcement

Patient Success Spotlight

We can help with more than just everyday aches and pains. Check out one of our other patient success stories!

DON'T FORGET FREE SCREENING DAY!

The perfect opportunity to check up on your health and wellness and get tips to avoid pain and injury during your summer vacation!

“I would recommend to anyone!” “I thought I was doing so well with my right hip replacement a year and half ago, but I messed up helping someone lift something too heavy. After an emergency trip to my orthopedic surgeon, we decided to try some physical therapy sessions to relieve my pain. Aaron helped me with my previous hip therapy, so I wanted to have his expertise. He helped me so much. I walked in with pain and had to walk with a cane. He helped me get rid of both and improve my mobility. Aaron was so attentive to me, and my sessions were very good. I would recommend him to anyone.” - Freeman M.

TUESDAY, JUNE 4 9 am to 5 pm at Axcess Physical Therapy

RSVP to this event by calling 815-614-2100 or emailing Roshanda at axcesspt@gmail.com . Spaces are limited so sign up today.

Healthy Recipe

DOCTOR REFERRAL NECESSARY

Apple, Goat Cheese, and Pecan Pizza

INGREDIENTS

• 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted

• 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray

• 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed! In the state of Illinois, you have Direct Access to physical therapy! Let us help you! Call 815.614.2100 today!

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrangeappleslicesevenlyoverpizzacrust; topwithcheese.Sprinkle thymeevenlyover cheese.Bakeat450° for8minutesoruntilcheesemeltsandbegins tobrown.Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; tossgently tocoat.Sprinklepecansevenlyoverpizza; topwitharugulamixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.

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