Blue Sky PT. Determining The Origins Of Your Pain

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Determining the Origin of Your Pain How Physical Therapy Can Help

Understanding Your Pain When you meet with a physical therapist to understand where your pain may be coming from, one of the first things you will do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you have been experiencing pain, where it developed and how the pain manifests itself are all very important distinctions that can help shed some light on what may be causing your discomfort. Here are a few things youmaywant to consider before heading into physical therapy: • Consider exactly where the pain occurs in your body, and research what the different parts of the body are called so that you can have an accurate and helpful conversation about your pain. For example, back pain has a lot of different differentiations, and lumbar pain (which is in the lower back) is frequently caused by factors different from what would cause upper-back or neck pain. • How does the pain feel when it develops? Is it a lingering ache? Is it a sharp stab? Is it more of a tingling feeling? Each of these sensations are actually associated with different types of problems, so describing your pain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs.

Sometimes pain develops and you can immediately identify the cause. A new pair of shoes may cause a sharp pain in your heel, or an old chair at work may cause your back to grow sore and uncomfortable as time goes on. But there are other situations in which pain develops and the cause of the pain is unclear. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg has little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg – it may be coming from your neck or back. Physical therapists are like well-trained detectives when it comes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows how the nervous system works, making it possible to identify the potential causes of pain, even if the pain is manifesting itself in an unusual or seemingly inexplicable way. Whether you are suffering from pain in your head, your back, your neck or anywhere else in your body, working with a physical therapist can help you find the relief you are looking for. Physical therapists are trained in identifying and treating the cause of your pain, giving you the opportunity to shift away from the ongoing use of pain medication and instead find relief from your pain with a series of strategies that include stretching, muscle building and flexibility training.

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DIY CLEANERS! Keep Your Home Squeaky Clean With These Recipes Running low on cleaning supplies? Here are Hydrogen Peroxide and Rubbing Alcohol Cleaning Recipes to create your own cleaning supplies while waiting on the next delivery to your local supermarket. ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER • ½ Cup Peroxide • 1 Cup Water • 2 Tbsp Lemon Juice Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle.

A Few More Things To Consider • What do you think may be causing the pain? Of course, it happens that a pain will develop, and you are dumbfounded as to why, but more often than not, there is something that you think could be influencing it. If the pain started around the same time as a change in environment or life circumstances, then it is worth telling your physical therapist about the association. Another thing to consider is whether the pain develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someone begins to experience pain when the weather starts to change, and it turns out that the pain is a result of arthritis and inflammation. There are other situations in which the pain will develop as a result of prolonged sitting or the opposite — such as when things get crazy at home or at work, and you find that you are not getting as much sleep as usual. Considering any changes in your daily habits or environmental factors can be very helpful in determining what is causing your pain. Regardless of where your pain is, how long you have been dealing with it, or how intense the pain feels, the smart thing to do when pain develops is to speak with a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist can help you finally get a step ahead of your pain, finding treatment options that are designed to provide you with long-term relief instead of temporary relief from medication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact us. Call Blue Sky Physical Therapy at 303.388.1537 or visit to schedule your appointment!

BLEACH ALTERNATIVE • 1 Cup Peroxide • 2 Cups Water

Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray this solution onto mold or mildew, let it sit for 15 minutes then scrub with a scrub brush. FLOOR OR TOILET BOWL CLEANER • 1 Part Peroxide • 1 Part Hot Water Mix ingredients in an empty bucket. Use a mop to wipe down the floor. Do not use on hardwood floors.

MOLD+MILDEW CLEANER • 1 Cup Peroxide • 2 Cups Water

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray this solution onto mold or mildew, let it sit for 15 minutes then scrub with a scrub brush.

Exercise Essentials

HAND SANITIZER • 2 Parts Rubbing Alcohol • 1 Part Aloe Vera

Let the mixture settle for an hour to create a thicker consistency. You may have to add a bit more aloe vera to help the balance.

SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

QUAD STRETCH PRONE Lie on stomach. Hold ankle with hand. Gently pull ankle toward the buttock. You should feel a stretch in the front of your thigh.

Patient Success Story Hear Why Patients Love Us!

9 WAYS TO HELP AVOID ILLNESS: The best way to keep your body healthy during this time is to stay moving and reduce inflammation. Being sedentary and making poor diet choices has the potential to hurt your immune system and make you a target for sickness and disease.

"I Can Run Again!" "Danielle is a miracle worker! I have fought with my hamstrings for years and thought I would never be pain free. Thanks to Danielle, I can run again! She is always friendly, enthusiastic, and truly listens when it comes to designing a program that works for you. Physical therapy has not worked for me in the past but this was a completely different experience - and outcome!" — E. H.

9 ways to avoid illnesses like COVID-19:

• Wash your hands.

• Decide to get up and get moving.

• Eat nutrition rich food.

• Drink plenty of water.

In-Studio Pilates! With the transition from the stay-at-home order to the safer-at-home order, businesses have been allowed to gradually reopen following strict physical distancing measures. On May 11th, Blue Sky began having in-studio personal training sessions utilizing the Pilates equipment. We have a modified schedule to begin with; the in studio personal training sessions will only be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:00am and 10:00am. We also are limiting the number of participants to 4 per session to allow space for physical distancing. We will continue Virtual Pilates classes through June, but schedules may be subject to change- you can stay updated with these changes by subscribing to our email list! In addition, we are offering in studio private (one individual) and semi private (two individuals) personal training sessions utilizing the Pilates equipment. If

• Don’t smoke.

• Get a good amount of rest.

• Stretch.

Introducing Our New Referral Program! If you refer one person: $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used towards one of our cash pay services. If you refer two people: $10.00 GIFT CERTIFICATE to be used towards one of our cash pay services. If you refer three people: 50% OFF one of our cash pay services. *Cash pay services include: a massage, a private Pilates session, a personal training session, or a private yoga session. • Take frequent breaks for breathing exercises. Inhale and exhale deeply. • Continue your home exercise program 2-3 times per week. In order to be healthy, there needs to be a large emphasis on movement. When your body is flexible, strong, well-balanced, and fueled by a nutritious diet, it is able to fight infection and reduce the impact of viruses. We are dedicated to helping you live the best life you can.

you are interested in any of these options, please call us at 303.388.1537 for details and scheduling.

Healthy Recipe Zucchini Noodle "Pasta" Salad

• 1 clove garlic, grated • 16 ounces spiralized zucchini noodles • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes • ⅓ cup pitted Kalamata olives • ¾ cup shaved Parmesan cheese, divided

INGREDIENTS • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper • 1 small shallot, chopped

DIRECTIONS Whisk oil, vinegar, oregano, mustard, crushed red pepper, shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Add zucchini noodles, tomatoes, olives and half the Parmesan; toss gently to coat. Divide evenly among 4 bowls; sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

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