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How To Not Let Aches & Pains Hold You Back! 4 Ways To Beat The Pain! Newsletter

3. EXERCISE Regular exercise can help restore proper muscle tone. Walking, cycling and swimming are good aerobic activities to try. Be sure to warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Our experts at Virginia Center for Spine & SportsTherapy teach you the proper exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Drink lots of fluids. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activities and weight lifting when injured or while in pain. Consult one of our experts or your doctor before trying exercises you are unsure of doing. 4. PHYSICAL THERAPY Through our program, specialized hands-on techniques and treatments are utilized to address dysfunction of the body. Physical therapy is the science of restoring pain-freemovement with exercises and hands-on techniques. These scientific principles are applied in developing an appropriate treatment plan of care to help facilitate good recovery.

Are you like many people, suffering from aches and pains? Ocassional back or neck achesmay bemore of a nuisance than anything. However, episodes of pain can become progressively worse, lasting longer and affecting other parts of your body. If you address and treat the cause of your pain early through physical therapy, drastic measures such as surgery can often be avoided. Here are some tips to help you battle daily aches and pains: 1. ICE & HEAT For muscle pain from overuse or injury, rest that body part and take acetaminophen or ibuprofen depending on what your doctor may advise you is best. Apply ice for the first 24 - 72 hours of an injury to reduce pain and inflammation. After that, heat often feels more soothing. 2. SLEEP Be sure to get plenty of sleep and try to reduce stress. The amount of sleep is dependent on your body. Some people only require 7 hours, others 9. Also, make sure you have a good mattress and sleep on your side or back with pillow support for your legs. If you sleep on your side, put the pillow between your legs. If you sleep on your back, put the pillow behind your thighs.

If you are suffering fromaches and pains, call us today to learn more about how you can return to a pain-free active lifestyle!

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity ” -Hippocrates

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