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Do You Want To Beat Arthritis Pain? Don’t Let TheOutdoor Activities in theSpringSlowYouDown

Its that time of year when you get outside and start moving again. Don’t let that sunshine fool you the cooler spring air may cause trouble for your arthritis pain. Why do your joints ache in cool weather? Your joints are filled with fluid and so are your muscles, ligaments and tendons. When the air temperature is cooler, tissues tend to become tighter, drier and stiffer. This is especially true for extremities more exposed to the elements and away from the core of the body. Hands, shoulders, knees, hips and ankles are most susceptible. Arthritis pain is directly correlated to the limitation of mobility in your joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The more freedom of movement in your joints, strength in your muscles and improved circulation, the less you are affected by arthritis inflammation and pain.

HowtoNaturallyRelieveArthritisPain The best way to relieve arthritis pain is to stop inflammation from happening in the first place. Focus your efforts on protecting your joints with proper posture, gripping and lifting techniques. Don’t do an activity all at once, for example spring cleaning without taking breaks. Diet can play a major role in how you feel with arthritis. What you eat makes a big difference in how much inflammation is produced in your body. In addition, regular aerobic and strengthening exercises help you feel your best by keeping your joints lubricated, stretched and strengthened.


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There is a little trick that most people, even doctors, don’t know about that instantly relieves arthritis pain in your hands. This technique assists the natural flow of lymphatic fluid out of your hands and arms. Try it right now for instant pressure and ache relief in your fingers and wrists. 1. Bring your affected arm out to the side slightly. Open and close your hand feeling for any stiffness or discomfort in the finger or wrist joints. 2. With your other hand gently place the open palm on your rib cage high up into the underarm area. INSTANTLY

3. Gently press into the skin and move your hand in clockwise circles, moving the skin on the rib cage underneath, not rubbing your hand on the skin. You should feel no discomfort while you do this. If you do, then you are pressing too hard. 4. Perform this motion for 2-3 minutes. 5. Test your hand again by opening and closing it. It should feel lighter and with less discomfort. 6. Repeat this procedure multiple times a day for best results. Relieve Arthritis Pain In Your Hands

Free Tai Chi Monday nights at 6pm at NPT! Golden Ball Leaders take into consideration the ability and stamina of every participant. These gentle warm-up exercises and simple postures increase circulation and stamina, and can be done standing or sitting down; some people do a little of both. It is easy to accommodate individual needs.

Golden Ball Tai Chi practice strengthens the body, calms the mind and lift the spirits. It is also a proven method to help develop better balance. The carefully designed Golden Ball postures of gently flowing motions encourage a natural release of tension and increase circulation. We feel more energized. This evidence-based system, used all over the world, improves health and in older adults usually helps our posture as natural

flexibility is restored. Clinical tests point to the value of this exercise in aiding people to strengthen weakening of bones and improves coordination. Find out more at the following link!

Local Woman Is Able To Enjoy Running Again With Aquatic Therapy

Millions of Americans are living with some form of joint pain every day. In fact, by 2040, approximately 78 million (26 percent) of U.S. adults ages 18 and older will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis, according to the CDC. Donna Bollman, an IT Specialist in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is one of those millions. She has arthritis in both knees and Morton’s neuroma in her feet, which makes simple movements like walking painful. This

“That limited weight bearing is a wonderful way for someone with joint pain to be able to open up that joint space and be able to move without constant pain,” says Jen Legacy Gray, a physical therapist at Northern Physical Therapy. For Bollman, water therapy allows her to enjoy one of her previous passions again: running. “It’s a natural ‘high’ to run again and have it not hurt. It’s not unusual Another added benefit: the warm water and hydrostatic pressure create the perfect conditions for calming irritated joints and relieving pain. “Stepping into the pool is like stepping in a nice big warm bath. The water makes my joints feel so good,” adds Bollman. While the Endless Pool and other amenities at Northern Physical Therapy are impressive, it’s the staff that makes the difference according to Bollman. “Every member of the Northern PT team is friendly and welcoming. They are all eager to help, even when I am there on my own time. They truly care about each patient and their progress,” she says, adding “My time at Northern PT is what allows me to keep working, keep living and most importantly, to keep up with my precious granddaughters.” To learn more about aquatic therapy and Northern Physical Therapy, visit that I may need a gentle reminder that they are closing and it’s time for me to get out of the pool,” she says

kind of pain has a huge impact on her quality of life, especially her time with her two young granddaughters. “If you have joint pain, it’s hard to get down on your knees. My little girls are seven and 20-months old. We like to play, we like to get down on the floor and play. When you hurt that’s difficult to do,” she explains.

To help relieve her pain, Bollman has been a loyal client of ours since a double knee surgery many years ago. Recently, she decided to try out the our water therapy pool after seeing a Facebook post offering a free consultation. “I thought I would check it out and set up an appointment. That one consult was all it took and I was hooked,” she explains. “I learned so much in my consult visit and continue to learn as I go. The pool certainly has helped strengthen my muscles around joints that hurt.” Aquatic physical therapy employs the buoyancy effects of water to allow patients more freedom in their movements because there is less weight on the joints. In chest deep water, for instance, only about 30 percent of your total body weight is on your legs.

Healthy Recipe

Eating right is a good way to naturally relieve arthritis pain. Here is a great recipe to try. You might just like it!

That’s Right, Another RecipeWith Yummy Kale! You’ll Love It!

Roasted Yam & Kale Salad INGREDIENTS: • 2 jewel yams, cut into 1-inch cubes • 2 tablespoons olive oil • salt and freshly ground black pepper • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 onion, sliced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 1 bunch kale, torn into bite-sized pieces

DIRECTIONS: Preheat an oven to 400 degrees. Toss the yams with 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and arrange evenly onto a baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the yams are tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool to room temperature in the refrigerator. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir the onion and garlic until the onion hascaramelized toagoldenbrown,about15minutes.Stir in the kale, cooking until wilted and tender.Transfer the kale mixture toabowl,andcool to room temperature in the refrigerator.Once all the ingredients have cooled, combine the yams, kale, red wine vinegar, and fresh thyme in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and gently stir to combine.

• 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

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