Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step.
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Finding Effective HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF
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Finding Effective HIP & KNEE PAIN RELIEF
Are you letting pain hold you back? Call Wellbridge Physical Therapy at 617-965-8070 (Newton) or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) to schedule your appointment today! What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This isa long-termsolutiontopainandsufferingthroughtheuseoftargeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination. Whenyouaredealingwithakneeorhip injury,everysteprequiresmore effort than typical.Thiscanreallydrainyourenergy levelasyouattempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office.
MarkTwainoncesaidthatgrowingold isan issueof“mindovermatter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causingyoutomoveslowerand leavingyouwithpainthatbecomesmore difficult to cope with, step after step. There isanendlesslistofreasonsastowhykneeorhippainmaydevelop, fromasliporfall-relatedaccidenttoasports injuryorevenacaraccident. Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injurydevelopscanhelpreduceyourrecovery timeand improveyour abilitytocopewiththepainanddiscomfortby introducingyoutotargeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury.
Who Needs Physical Therapy?
able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibilityandstrengthwhilereducingthegeneralexperience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion. For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs. Ifyouare looking forkneeandhippainrelief,contactyourphysicaltherapist at Wellbridge Physical Therapy by calling 617-965-8070 (Newton) or 617- 734-6135 (Brookline) and schedule your appointment today!
Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. If you’ve experienced any hip or knee pain and are considering whether physical therapy is a good choice for your health needs, consider the following: • From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful. • In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be
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“Very kind, attentive, and professional!” “I was a patient here for a little over 2 months and my experiences were always positive. I was always seen on time, and canceling or making appointments was never a problem. My physical therapist was Allison. She was very kind, attentive, and professional. I appreciated her willingness to take the time to explain things to me. Thank you, guys.” - Mister H.
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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes!
Knee Flexion Sit on the floor on all fours, kneeling with both knees at a 90 degree angle and keeping your back straight. Slowly lower your buttocks towards your heels, then slowly return to the starting position. Repeat the movement 6-10 times.
Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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BENEF ITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
MEET MARYSSA, OUR MASSAGE THERAPIST
Even the most spectacularly well-trained human body has its limits. Those limitsareset, inpart,by thesoft tissues thatmobilizeyour joints and give you the strength to perform specific tasks. Your muscles are madeupofmanysmall, thin fibers thatcontractoncommand,working together to mobilize entire large muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues called tendons, enabling them to actually move your body parts. Tougher bands of connective tissuecalled ligamentsconnectbonestootherbones foraddedstability. These tissues (and other physical systems) are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. Any and all of these soft tissues can be damaged by stresses. Micro- tears inthetendonscan leadtopainful inflammatoryproblemssuchas tennisorgolfer’selbow.Stretched ligaments leaveyouwithdebilitating sprains.Distortionsoradhesions (areasofscartissue) inthe fasciacan severely limitmotion inother tissues.Youmaydevelop theseproblems because your soft tissues were too tight beforehand. Our massage therapist might recommend different types of massage to accompany different forms (and intents) of your physical therapy program. For instance: • Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy using heated volcanic rocks placed along the spine to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and promote sleep. • Sports massage is used to promote flexibility and range of motion as well as decrease muscle soreness in athletes. • A techniquecalled myofascialrelease canhelp free tissues trapped by fascial adhesions or distortions. If you’re rehabilitating an injury, therapeutic massage can help your tissuesheal,soyoucangetmoreoutofyourphysical therapyregimen.
Maryssa Caruso , LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) Maryssa’spassionhasalwaysbeenabout helping others. For many years, she has worked in the childcare field caring and shaping the minds of many young children. In 2014, Maryssa considered
pursuinganotheravenueofhelpingothersbygaininghermassage license from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy School. She happily concluded her education at Cortiva with over 700 hours of massage training.Maryssa’smodalities includebutarenot limited to: Swedish relaxation, Sports massage and Myofascial release. Hertreatmentsare individuallycustomizedtoeachperson’sneeds. When Maryssa is not teaching or working as a massage therapist, she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, being outdoors and traveling with friends. Maryssa is thrilled to become a part of the Wellbridge Physical Therapy Team!
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PASSIVE STRETCHING SESSIONS
While skilled methods of Physical Therapy address specific pain and ultimate return to function, Passive Stretching techniques focus on injury prevention and enhancement in functional and athletic performance. In other words, passive stretching sessions consist of hands-on techniques applied to a patient by our specialists to muscle groups for a period of 30-60 minutes which serve to benefit the entire body. What are the benefits? In short, improved muscle performance due to improved flexibility! After all, shortenedmuscles are inefficient muscles.Muscle inefficiency leadstodecreasedperformancepotential and possible injury. Skilled passive stretching aids in reducingmuscle and joint stiffness. As joint and muscle mobility improve, so does flexibility and effectiveness of movements. Whetherornotyouareanathlete,youcouldalsobenefit from improved flexibility. Our introductory session is free for our past or current patients, so you have nothing to lose and flexibility to gain!
Kerry Paraskevoudis , Therapeutic Stretching Specialist
KerrycompletedherBS inphysicaltherapy in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2013. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy and inneurologicaldevelopmenttreatment (NDT). Kerry moved to Massachusetts 2
yearsagoand isnowworkingasaphysical therapyaide.Sheenjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, and traveling.
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