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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body



HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body INSIDE: Treating Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain •Give Yourself An Immunity Boost! • Healthy Recipe: Vegan Bean Soup • Success Stories • Exercise Essentials



It’s time to say goodbye to shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking steps to combat ill habits that may be contributing to your discomfort can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Wave goodbye to pain in your hands, shoulders, elbows, and wrists with targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. WHAT IS CAUSING THE PAIN? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to-day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than life during any other time in human history — and it’s true that there is a fair amount of evidence to support this idea. Rather than spending all of your days working in a factory or on a farm, the vast majority of Americans work indoors, often at a computer for a predetermined number of hours week after week. But this new lifestyle isn’t exactly harmless for the body, either. There are plenty of ways in which the common tasks of 21st-century life put the body under a great deal of stress. Sedentary lifestyles

• Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain

frequently contribute to weight gain, which increases your risk for a long list of obesity- related diseases. This puts additional stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. But even aside from that, there are a lot of potential issues that your body can face as a result of sedentary behavior in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain. Shoulder, elbow, and wrist injuries are especially common as a result of workplace injury and overuse. While it is sometimes possible to take action to prevent an injury from developing, it is especially important to be able to recognize when an injury develops and to understand ways that you can combat that injury by identifying what may have caused the pain to develop in the first place. Common issues that can lead to shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain include: • Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing • Heavy lifting

• Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints GETTING A HANDLE ON SHOULDER, ELBOW, AND WRIST PAIN One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the shoulder, elbow, and wrist is that it is difficult to impossible to actually allow these parts of the body time to rest. Every movement and action requires these body parts — and when the pain develops in both arms, as it often does, treating the pain becomes even more complicated. It is impossible to care for your basic needs without involving your shoulder or wrist, let alone get through a day at the office. This is why so many issues regarding pain in the shoulder, elbows, and wrists typically become chronic. Since it is difficult to allow these body parts time to properly rest, they continue being overused and the pain can actually worsen.


GIVE YOURSELF AN IMMUNITY BOOST! THESE TIPS CANHELP YOU STAY HEALTHY: • Wash your hands. • Avoid touching your face with your hands. • Decide to get up and get moving.

Addressing the pain early on is the best way to prevent an issue from becoming chronic. Turning to medication and braces for pain management is not a long- term solution and will only push off the inevitable truth — that you need to find a solution for the problem that is causing you pain. Physical therapy is the ideal tool for support in this regard. Working wi th a physical therapist will provide you with an opportunity to understand what movements may be causing further discomfort, and can help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles while improving range of motion, which together will likely alleviate some of the pain

associated with your injury.

Don’t assume that pain in your shoulder, elbows, or wrists will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, and compensating for the pain by overusing the opposite arm can cause further injury to develop. For support with learning how to manage the pain, and to learn exercises and techniques that can help you overcome the injury and restore proper strength and functionality to your shoulders, elbows, and wrists, contact your physical therapist. For more support in finding relief from shoulder, elbow, and wrist pain, talk to your physical therapist.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE WRIST PAIN In order to be healthy, there needs to be a large emphasis onmovement. When your body is flexible, strong, well-balanced, and fueled by a nutritious diet, it is able to fight infection and reduce the impact of viruses. We are dedicated to helping you live the best life you can. During this time, if you cannot make it to your physical therapy appointments, continue your exercises at home. We care for you and remember, you are part of our Georgialina Physical Therapy family. • Make a habit of 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day. • Maintain a nutritious diet heavy on fruits and vegetables. • Take essential vitamins such as Vitamin C, D, and B6. • Aim for 8-9 hours of sleep each night. • Don’t smoke. • Drink plenty of water. • Take time to stretch. • Take frequent breaks for breathing exercises. Inhale and exhale deeply. • Continue your home exercise program 2-3 times per week.

KEEPING YOUR HEALTH IN MIND Georgialina Physical Therapy is committed to your health and wellbeing. In the wake of the recent spread of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution. Before and after every session, we are asking our clients and staff to wash or sanitize their hands. Additionally, we have increased the number of times per day that we sanitize our equipment and facilities. We ask that if you are demonstrating symptoms of coronavirus—coughing, fever, or trouble breathing—please stay home and contact your physician. If you have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the virus, please notify us immediately, so we can take the necessary steps. You can help prevent the spread of coronavirus by:

Wrist Flexor Stretch (Pronation) Hold your arm out straight, with your wrist extended and your fingers pointing upward. Use the other hand to pull wrist further, feeling for a stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds, keeping your elbow straight. Repeat as needed.

Exercises copyright of

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of.

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Cleaning Hands Often

Avoid Touching Your Face

Staying Home If You Are Sick

TRY THIS HEALTHY RECIPE Immunity Boost Vegan Bean Soup


I en j oyed working with

Justin & Nicole. My knee is 100% now and the staff was always fun to be around. ”

– B. S.

Ingredients • 1/4cupextravirginoliveoil • 1 redonion, diced • 4garlic cloves,minced • 2mediumcarrots, diced • 2 tbsginger, finelygrated

• 4cups limabeans (cookedor canned) • 1 tsp turmericpowder • 1.5L(6cups) vegetablebroth • 1small bunchof Tuscankale, roughlychopped • Salt&pepper to taste

Directions In a large saucepan, heat the oil and onion on medium heat until onion has slightly browned. Add in garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, followed by carrots, ginger, beans, and turmeric cooking for a further 5-7 minutes. Once the ingredients are well combined, pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10minutes. Add in kale and season to taste. Once the kale softens a little, the soup is ready.

I received excellent care from each of my therapists. Everyone at GPT was extremely professional and

caring. ” – M. W.

WE HAVE MOVED! Our Martinez, GA location has moved just down the street to 415 Fury’s Ferry Rd. This newly constructed state-of-the-art Rehab facility was designed with patient care in mind and will offer specialized services such as Women’s Pelvic Floor Therapy and Aquatic Physical Therapy.


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