Why Do Your Muscles Ache?

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“I Can’t Seem To Finish A Workout Without An Ache! ” Why Do Your Muscles Ache?

The most common causes are: • Injury or trauma including sprains and strains • Overuse • Tension or stress Muscle pain may also be due to: • Certain drugs, including: -Medicine lowering blood pressure -Medicine lowering cholesterol • Infections • Cold & Influenza (flu) • Electrolyte imbalances, such as too little potassium or calcium • Fibromyalgia

Call CENTRA REHABILITATION If: • Your muscle pain persists beyond 3 days • You have severe, unexplained pain • You have any sign of infection, like swelling or redness around the tender muscle • You have poor circulation in the area where you have muscle aches (for example, in your legs) • Your muscle pain has been associated with starting or changing doses of a medicine

“ Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.” - National Institutes of Health, 2010

“It’s Time You Find Relief For Your Back Pain! ” Did You Know You Can Walk Away Back Pain?

Are you like many people, suffering from aches and pains? A daily back or neck ache may be more of a nuisance than anything. However, episodes of pain can become progressively worse, lasting longer and traveling to other parts of your body. If you don’t stop the cycle of pain and discover the root cause of each painful episode, the accumulation of damage to your body may lead to eventual failure of the spinal structures and possible surgery. However, if you address and treat the cause of your pain early through physical therapy, drastic measures such as surgery can often be avoided. Here are some tips to help you battle daily aches and pains: 1. ICE & HEAT For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen depending on what your doctor may advise you is best. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. 2. SLEEP Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. The amount of sleep is dependent on your body. Some people only require 7 hours, others 9. Also, make sure you have a good mattress and sleep on your side or back with pillow support for your legs. If you sleep on your side, put the pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, put the pillow behind your thighs. 3. EXERCISE Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. Be sure to warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Our

experts at Centra Rehabilitation teach you stretching, toning and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Drink lots of fluids. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Consult one of our experts or your doctor before trying exercises you are unsure of doing. 4. PHYSICAL THERAPY Through our program, specialized hands-on techniques and treatments are applied, addressing the poor alignment and dysfunction of the spine, which can irritate and cause pressure on nerves. Physical therapy is the science of restoring pain- free movement with exercises and hands-on techniques. These principles are applied to the body when an injury is sustained to help facilitate a great recovery.

If you are suffering from aches and pains, call us today to learn more about how you can return to a pain-free active lifestyle!

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BRAN MUFFIN 11 Ingredients

Directions 1. Mix 2 cups all bran cereal and 2 cups shredded wheat with ½ cup boiling water. 2. Cover and set aside. 3. Cream 1 cup Crisco and 3½ cups sugar together. Add 4 eggs. 4. Combine 5 cups flour, 2 tsp salt, 4½ tsp baking soda and ½ tsp baking powder. 5. Mix cereal with creamed Crisco and sugar. Alternate with 1qt buttermilk. 6. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Spray muffin pan with Pam cooking spray. Mix keeps up to 6 weeks in a covered bowl in icebox.

• 2 cups all bran cereal • 2 cups shredded wheat • ½ cup boiling water • 1 cup Crisco • 3½ cups sugar • 4 eggs • 5 cups flour • 2 tsp salt • 4½ tsp baking soda • ½ tsp baking powder • 1 qt buttermilk

Patient Spotlights

The best physio care! “The best physio care I’ve ever received! Awesome staff and great environment! I will definitely recommend Centra therapists to my friends and family. Thanks for the great care!” - Steve M., Lynchburg I can’t thank you enough! “Thank you for helping me turn my struggles & situation into a success! I can’t thank you enough for pushing me, encouraging me & believing in me.” - Mikalya J., Lynchburg

Staff Spotlights Wendy Proffitt, PT, DPT, ATC, NDT/C Clinic: Nationwide Drive Wendy has 40 years of vast clinical experience. She continues to pursue extensive continuing education in order to provide her patients with advanced manual therapy techniques for treatment of neck, back, hip, knee, and shoulder dysfunctions. Education: • Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy, University of Maryland • Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University • Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers Association • Certified in Neural Development Technique

Krista Leake, PT, DPT, ATC Clinic: Neuroscience Center

Krista has been practicing physical therapy for over 20 years in multiple settings. She has a special interest and expertise in orthopaedics, sports medicine, manual therapy and TMJ disorders. Education: • Bachelor of Science Degree, Heath Science, James Madison University • Master’s Degree, Physical Therapy, University of Alabama Birmingham • Doctorate of Physical Therapy, Temple University • Certified Athletic Trainer, National Athletic Trainers Association • Certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Lerner Lymphedema Academy

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“Why Am I Suffering From Aches & Pains At The Desk? ”

Do you have pain while reaching or bending? If you are not moving like you once were. Please don’t hesitate to come in for a check up and get back on track to feeling great again. Call the clinic nearest you today! How Your Poor Posture Contributes to Back Pain When your spine is not in proper alignment, the muscles, ligaments and joints are all under excessive strain, causing most episodes of back pain. The lower back supports most of the weight of the body and therefore is the most vulnerable to the effects of poor posture. Discs, which provide support between the spinal bones (vertebrae), are also affected from poor posture. However, with good posture, the spine is in proper alignment and the shock absorbing discs are not as subject to injury. Often with poor posture, the spine will become fixed in an abnormal position. This leads to the constriction of blood vessels and nerves over time. Furthermore, this causes problems with the joints, discs and muscles. It is important to take care of your spine. Good posture eliminates many of the health problems that can develop when the spine has an unhealthy posture. Since you perform many different movements and positions throughout the day (sitting, standing, bending, stooping, lying down, etc.) it is important to learn how to keep correct posture. Maintaining good posture during the day results in less back pain. When you correct bad posture habits, the new and improved movements tend to become more automatic and require very little effort to maintain. At JointCare Physical Therapy we train you on the best way to attain and hold your posture throughout the day. We help you relieve your back pain quickly while improving your posture for maximum, long term results! Discover how our therapists can improve your posture and relieve your back or neck pain, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.

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Relieve Aches & Pains In Minutes Without Pain Medication! Try these movements if you are experiencing pain.

LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Repeat 8 times on both sides.

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

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

Are You One Of The 47% Of U.S. Adults Suffering From Pain? 3 Easy Steps To Pain Relief:

1. You Decide It’s time to do something

Just dealing with pain can lead to long-term damage of joints, muscles and more.

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At Centra Rehabilitation we are your trusted medical experts to finding the mechanical cause of your pain and fixing it. We are always here for you, just a phone call away to answer your questions.

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