Hess PT May 2018

PREGNANCY DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

GRILLED SKIRT STEAK WITH ASPARAGUS

Inspired by Food Network

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak • 2 tablespoons canola oil • 1 pound asparagus • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper

CONSIDER PRENATAL MASSAGE THERAPY

• Salt and pepper to taste • Grated pecorino Romano cheese

1. Heat grill to high. Season room-temperature steak with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon oil. Any oil with a high smoke point, such as canola, will work. 2. Trim bottom inch of asparagus and season with salt, pepper, and remainder of oil. 3. Cut steak into four portions and grill for 3–5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. Skirt steak is thin and will cook quickly. 4. Let steak rest for 10 minutes. While it’s resting, grille asparagus for 6 minutes, turning once. 5. Sprinkle cheese and crushed red pepper on asparagus. Serve alongside steak. INSTRUCTIONS

With mothers being celebrated this month, we thought we’d shine a light on a little-known service that can make a big difference for women who are expecting: prenatal massage. This specialized area of physical therapy can alleviate some of the many aches and pains of pregnancy. If you’re expecting (or know someone who is), prenatal massage can make you happier and more comfortable. REDUCE SWELLING Many of the body aches experienced during pregnancy are linked to swelling. The weight of the uterus creates pressure that restricts circulation, causing fluid to build up in your soft tissue. Proper massage techniques can relieve this buildup, reducing swelling and the pain it causes. PROMOTE RELAXATION In general, massages are great at relieving emotional stress. But studies show that massage during pregnancy can have tangible, positive effects on your hormone balance as well. According to the Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, prenatal massages can help balance your norepinephrine, cortisol, and serotonin levels, reducing stress and improving your mood. IMPROVE SCIATIC PAIN The weight and stress of pregnancy causes a lot of inflammation to your nerves. Sciatica — a shooting pain in the buttocks and lower back — is common in the second and third trimesters, but it’s often treatable. Regular massage therapy can relieve the pressure and inflammation, improving comfort and mobility. Expecting mothers have enough on their minds without worrying about body aches and pains. Visiting a licensed prenatal massage therapist, like our own Daniel Haas, will relieve the stress in your muscles, your nerves, and your mind! Dan has years of experience in this specialized field, meaning you’ll get a massage that is both safe and effective. Swelling, stress, and sciatica don’t have to be endured in silence. Schedule an appointment today!

“Hess Physical Therapy has been a wonderful experience! My latest issue was numbness in half of my left index finger and total numbness in my pinkie finger. With adjustments, exercise, and massage, I have total feeling again! Each and every staff member is pleasant and professional, and they want to help you maintain your lifestyle with minimal or no pain. Thank you to Dr. Andrew for figuring out and getting rid of my numbness!”

– Cheryl Lawrence

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