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Stay Strong & Pain-Free!

Whether you just like to play weekend sports, walk for exercise or are an avid athlete, injuries can happen from time to time. Most injuries are from overusing muscles, tendons and ligaments, which may feel like soreness, especially the next day.

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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Health & Fitness

Stay Active While Avoiding Injuries

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At the microscopic level, when muscles, tendons and ligaments are over-stretched, little tears form in the tissues. Your body normallyhealsquickly from this.However, the severity of the injury determines the extent of time needed to recover. Sprains and Strains Sprains are over-stretching injuries to the tendons and ligaments while strains are over- stretching injuries to the muscles.These can range from mild to severe. Realize, that for even mild sprains, the body can take about 6 weeks to heal the soft tissue. That means adequate rest and rehabilitation is needed to

fully recover from this type of injury. Severe sprains and strains may at times require braces and even surgical repair.The recovery from this can be longer, 8 weeks or more and it is wise to have proper physical therapy rehabilitation to recover. Even old sprains and strains can stay around to haunt you if they have not been properly rehabilitated. Tendonitis Tendonitis is an inflammation of the tendons from overuse. This can be for a variety of reasons, but typically, that body part is taking the strain due to poor movement of other areas. For example, tendonitis in the shoulder

or elbow is typically from poor posture of the neck and upper back. This causes an altered movement in the shoulder and arm, increasing strain on the tendons. Physical therapy helps by relieving the inflammation and pain while restoring normal motion and posture. If you suffer from aches, pains or would just like to move better than you use to, call us today to learn more about our different programs and howwe can help you be active and pain-free!

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3. If further assessment is

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.

warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

Relieve Ankle Pain In Minutes Try this exercise to relieve ankle pain

Keep Your Heart Healthy! Helpful Tips To Celebrate Heart Health Month!

Relieves Ankle Pain

Physical Therapy is Good for The Heart! Are you as healthy as you should be? For most people with chronic ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and pain, walking and exercising can be difficult enough. With inactivity, these chronic diseases lead to a downward spiral of worsening health and the need for more aggressive medication management. Numerous studies demonstrate the power of activity in reducing a multitude of symptoms and improving long-term health. Not only does this improve your response to treatment but also reduces the need for medications. Physical therapycanhelpyou leadamoreactiveandhealthy lifestyleby improving jointmobility,strength,andcardiovascularendurance,helpingyoubettermanageyour disease.Formore informationonoursuccessful treatmentprograms,callus today! Tips for Better Heart Health 1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2.Keep thepressureoff.Getyourbloodpressurecheckedevery3-5years ifyou’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more.To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats.To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition.That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

Ankle Pump Find a comfortable seating position with your foot on a stool. Slowly pump your ankle up, bringing your toes towards you as far as you can, then forward. Repeat 6-10 times.

Practice News!

Congratulations to Chesson Clement, PT upon successful completion of his Diploma in Osteopractic by the Spinal Manipulation Institute.

Congratulations to two of our technicians, Elise Delahoussaye & Aj Hood, for being accepted into Physical Therapy school! We are so proud of you.

Four Injury Prevention Tips

2. Hydrate and nutrition Your body is over 70% water and therefore, requires water to be supple and function at its best. Without adequate water and nutrition, your body’s tissues are more prone to over-stretching and injury. Drink up and if you find that you are very salty when you sweat, make sure to intake more electrolytes with a sports drink like Gatorade. 3. Stay within your abilities We have all heard of the term “weekend warrior” which means a person that has not prepared their body at all to go out and do extensive sports or activities on the weekend. Typically, this person is more prone to injury, just because they are not prepared. If you have a hard time running, then you wouldn’t go out and do a marathon. Make sure that you train and practice for the sport or activity you would like to try. 4. Wear proper equipment When doing activities, make sure you have the right equipment to prevent injuries. Good running shoes, proper hiking boots, helmets and much more can make the difference when it comes to preventing injury. If you have been injured or just want to improve your overall health and fitness, give us a call today to learn more about our programs. We are here to help you have an active, pain-free life.

1. Stretch Stretching is one of the most important ways to prevent injuries. Realize that your muscles and other tissues require water to be elastic. Stretching helps to bring water into the tissues making them more elastic and allowing them to stretch more.This prevents over-stretching and tearing.

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