OPTM PT of Saratoga October 2018

Pain-Free Cooking Avoid Injury This Thanksgiving


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

“After a few sessions of PT, my therapist, Jamie, suggested laser treatment for my shoulder. After the first laser treatment, my pain level went way down. With less pain after each treatment, I was able to do my exercises with only discomfort, not pain. I

result from working 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, you may 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. USE YOUR TOOLS If you are older or suffer from arthritis, this is an especially important point. Ergonomic kitchen utensils are available to make many cooking tasks, from slicing to stirring, easier to handle. Using oven mitts 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 fluid motion. 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. We hope you have a safe and happy start to the holiday season. If any aches or pains develop as the weather gets colder, feel free to swing by and let our physical therapy experts get you moving again!

can now sleep on my side for part of the night, which helps my sleep. I am now able to use the arm/shoulder equipment at Curves for exercising, which I could not do before. I have now signed up for six additional treatments to move my recovery to no discomfort at all. Thanks for mentioning laser treatment.”

–Janice Hartz, 6/25/18

“I had a very successful recovery here at OPTM Saratoga. At my first visit, my neck was really painful, making it difficult to drive, cook, walk my dog, and so on. My therapist, Thuy, planned 12 sessions. It is unbelievable that,

after finishing 10 sessions, I recovered completely. There’s no more pain in my neck, back, and arm. Now I can’t wait to tell my friends about my happy PT story. Thank you, Thuy. You did an awesome job.”

–Ni Ye, 7/10/18

“Phil has helped me recover from several injuries since my return to masters competitive swimming in 2010. After rotator cuff surgery in February, Phil customized a PT program focused on getting me back in the water as soon as I safely could. When I had pain with specific swimming motions, Phil had me demonstrate those actions and used techniques to help improve range of motion and eliminate the pain. In August, less than six months after surgery, I competed in the Pan American Masters Championships and medaled in every event — including a surprise third place in the 100-meter butterfly. I couldn’t have done it without Phil!”

–Alan Bernard, 7/9/18

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