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MANUAL EDGE PHYSIOTHERAPY OPEN HOUSE AND FREE EXAM DAY

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17TH FROM 8:00 TO 5:00

Come celebrate our new location with our Open House and Free Exam Day! We moved into our new space this fall and we are celebrating on Thursday January 17th from 8:00 to 5:00 with our Open House and Free Exam Day. Come and check out our new space that gives us more room and a more light, open feel. You can stop by and see us, get acquainted with our new location, have some snacks and refreshments, get some valuable free reports on some of the conditions we treat, AND enter our raffle to win some very cool stuff! We will be offering FREE 30 minute exams with a Physical Therapist for past patients of Manual Edge as well as their friends and family members!

These Free Exams are ideal for people suffering with:

• Back Pain • Headaches • Pelvic Pain • Arthritis • Bladder Issues • Neck Pain

• Sciatica • Knee Pain • Shoulder Pain • Chest Pain • TMJ-Jaw Pain • Problems Walking

To schedule a FREE exam call us at 719- 694-8342 right away as we only have 35 slots available and they will fill up fast. We look forward to seeing you!

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HELPING TO RELIEVE YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

Understanding Arthritis Pain Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition to affect the joints. Almost 30 million adults in the United States struggle with the condition, and while it can influence anyone of any age, it most frequently develops among those who are most prone to overuse—those who are over the age of 65. Arthritis occurs when there is a breakdown of the cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. This cartilage is what allows the joints in the elbows, ankles, knees and hips to move with freedom. Without cartilage, the bones would rub against one another with each movement, and would cause extreme pain. As the cartilage breaks down, typically so does the bone, and as the shape of the joint changes, it becomes even more difficult for it to function smoothly. Furthermore, the ligaments and tendons around the joint will often stiffen and the muscles surrounding the joint will weaken, making it altogether more difficult and painful to move. While arthritis pain typically develops gradually, the realization of what you are dealing with can still come as a shock. In some circumstances the pain will appear more abruptly, especially when the pain develops in association with a change in weather or other environmental circumstance.

When you experience an injury, dealing with the pain that comes as part of the aftermath is expected. While painful, most of the time when recovering from an injury you can find comfort in the knowledge that the pain is temporary. As your body heals and you go through the motions of building your muscle mass back and improving flexibility with physical therapy, you know that in time you will feel like yourself again. This knowledge gives you something to work towards and helps the pain feel more manageable—even when it is intense, and never-fleeting. Arthritis pain is different. Arthritis doesn’t develop as a result of an injury, but instead develops over time as a result of chronic use, or even as a result of genetic disposition. This can make dealing with the pain of arthritis even more difficult to cope with, as it begs the question: if the pain is coming from inside the joint, is there anything I can actually do about it?

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Turning to over-the-counter pain medications to cope with arthritis pain is ineffective as a long-term solution. While some of the medications may provide temporary relief, they will not help you overcome the pain for good. Physical therapy, on the other hand, can provide actual relief from arthritis by helping to rebuild strength in the joints through targeted movements and flexibility exercises.   There is a lot of current research trying to understand what precisely causes arthritis to develop in some people, and not in others. Everyone uses their joints every day, and while it makes sense that so much pressure would cause pain to develop over time, it doesn’t explain why the pain develops when and where it does, and why it happens to some people and not to others. Anti-inflammation and Arthritis One leading form of arthritis treatment is with the use of anti-inflammatory medication. Certain types of arthritis develop as a result of a build-up of inflammation in the body. Specifically, the tendons and ligaments become inflamed as a result of an internal attack from the immune system, which is typically triggered by some combination of environmental factors. Avoiding certain foods and movements can reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce pain. Physical Therapy and Arthritis Physical therapy is highly recommended for the treatment of arthritis because it can strengthen and support the joints through guided practice 2 9 4 7 8 9 8 6 5 9 http://1sudoku.com n° 229777 - Level Medium 7 3 9 6 1 6 2 8 9 4 3 4 8 2 5 4 3 9 6 5 7 9 2 5 4 1 SUDOKU PUZZLE 4 2 6 8 http://1sudoku.com n° 228310 - Level Medium

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MANUAL EDGE WORKSHOPS

We presented our first Pelvic Pain and Bladder Issues Workshop on December 1st to a capacity audience. We had more people attend than actually registered for the workshop and the room was filled but “cozy”. We believe the level of interest in this topic reflects the need for education about why and how these problems are affecting so many people. Physical Therapists Valerie Jones, Kristina Koch, and Kimberly Scullion did an amazing job giving participants insight into the top causes of Pelvic Pain and Bladder Issues that many women (and men) experience. They were able to communicate, in a sensitive and supportive environment, the critical issues involved with this topic. Some members of the audience felt comfortable enough to share their stories and that gave others a sense that they were “not alone”... People that attended also walked away with valuable information in the form of free reports that they were able to use to make decisions about their pelvic health care issues. Our next workshop on this topic will be on February 2nd at 10:00 a.m. Talk to your doctor, family members and friends about this opportunity as we are trying to shed some light on this topic. You can call the clinic now at 719-694-8342 to reserve your spot. Chairs are limited and we want to make sure we have one for you!

PELVIC PAIN AND BLADDER ISSUES WORKSHOP SUCCESS!!

HEALTHY RECIPE Green Bean Casserole INGREDIENTS • Nonstick cooking spray • 5 cups sliced green beans • 4 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 cup grated Parmesan • 1 tbsp plus • 2 tsp canola oil • 1 1/2 cups diced onions • 2 cups sliced baby bella mushrooms • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream • 1/2 tsp House Seasoning, recipe follows • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 cup kosher salt • 1/4 cup garlic powder • 1/4 cup black pepper

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for about 20 minutes, and then drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Meanwhile, mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan and 2 teaspoons of the oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Pour the reserved 1 1/2 cups chicken broth back into the pot the green beans boiled in and bring to a boil. Add the green beans to the skillet with the mushrooms and onions. While that is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beans and add the sour cream, House Seasoning and salt. Stir well. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko and cheese mixture. Bake until the casserole is hot, about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. House Seasoning: Mix together the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

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