Health & Fitness Newsletter
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HELPING ACHES & PAINS
ALSO INSIDE • CONGRATULATIONS MRS. MCGRADY-KERSE
• THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FROM STROKE TO STRENGTH
Health & Fitness Newsletter
N E W S L E T T E R
HELPING ACHES & PAINS
Everyone develops aches and pains from time to time. After a long day out in the sun, or after an afternoon of trying to keep up with household chores, sometimes the tasks that we expect of our bodies can get the best of us. Whether it is a lingering ache in your back, feet that feel swollen and tired after a long day in your shoes, or a crick in your neck that just won’t go away, dealing with aches and pains can really take a toll on your overall feeling of wellbeing. If you stopped and asked around, you’d be amazed to see how many people are struggling with aches and pains, just like you. What may surprise you even more is how many people are coping with those pains without doing anything productive about it.
muscles will likely feel sore. Apply ice directly to the area that hurts on and off for 20 minutes at a time during the first 24-72 hours after the pain develops. After that, consider soaking in hot water, such as taking a warm bath, to further soothe your muscles. 2. Don’ t underest imate the power of rest ing! Your body relies on sleep just as much as your brain. You need to get plenty of sleep to keep your stress level at a minimum—and that includes your physical stress level. Aim to sleep between 7-9 hours every night. The more activity you engage in, the more sleep you need. 3. Keep your body in good shape wi th regular exercise. It may seem counterintuitive to cut down on pain by moving more, but exercise is a really good way to reduce aches and pains. When you exercise every day, you are able to train your muscles for more movement, and thereby reduce aches and pains. Keeping active, staying rested, and being smart with hot and cold therapy create a trifecta for healthy management of aches and pains, but they aren’t going to solve the bigger problems. When aches and pains start to grow severe, or chronic, then it is time to reach out to a professional for support. Physical therapy is the best way to reduce aches and pains because it takes into account a combination of active and passive strategies to help tackle the cause of your pain. Contact At lanta Human Performance Center for addi t ional assistance.
How to Deal wi th Aches and Pains
Pain medications can reduce the severity of aches and pains for a little while, but they don’t do anything to resolve the issue. There are things that you can do at home that can alleviate your aches and pains, helping to reduce the severity of your discomfort while also reducing the likelihood that the pain will return. Don’t just complain about those aches and pains. Start doing something about them. Here is a quick rundown of things that you can do at home that can reduce your daily pain: 1. Use hot and cold therapy appropriately to reduce inflammation. After a good workout or a day of doing chores out in the yard, your
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CONGRATULATIONS MRS. MCGRADY-KERSE – CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF SERVICE It was March 1, 2000, when Ms. Terry McGrady at the time, now Mrs. Terry McGrady-Kerse was hired at Atlanta Human Performance Center as a Business Administration graduate from St. Leo University. She was excited and thought that her ideal position would allow her to use her previous experience and management skills in the area of physical therapy and fitness. But little did she know, Atlanta Human Performance Center would offer her so much more! run and manage a business, his educational wisdom, and business knowledge inspires me. The staff through the years have been team players and when you put the two together, you have a winning combination. We have an awesome team that cares about our patients, members, and the success of the business.”
On July 2, 2020, this amazing team had an opportunity to show how much Mrs. McGrady-Kerse means to them. They showered her with gifts, had an intimate party with cake and great food but the pinnacle moment that brought tears to Mrs. McGrady-Kerse’s eyes, was when Dr. Evans presented her with a beautiful crystal plaque that expresses the sentiments of
Her statements below, embodies her passion for business, acquiring knowledge, her love for being a part of a great team, and the restorative/rehabilitation mission of Atlanta Human Performance Center. “I am here because I LOVE what I do - from billing to accounting, financing, human resources, creating music playlists, resolving technical issues, to cleaning; I am willing to do whatever, to make the business work,” she states. Atlanta Human Performance Center is not just about physical therapy and fitness. Our most valuable product is to get our patients better than they were, before their injury. We specialize in total wellness. We have been doing that before it was popular.” “The knowledge that I have acquired from Dr. Evans - from how to
her dedication and service to Atlanta Human Performance Center (pictured-you may also see more photos of the event on our Facebook page). https://tinyurl.com/yx9jtlw2 Dr. Evans states, “I appreciate Mrs. McGrady-Kerse’s dedication to Atlanta Human Performance Center’s growth over the past 20 years, and for that, I am grateful!” Mrs. McGrady-Kerse, it is our honor to celebrate you! Congratulations and thank you for 20 Years of Service.
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Third photograph pictured left to right Patrick Harris, Ydrecious Milner, AHPC Physical Therapy Assistant, and Yolanda Cade
Patient Spotlight – Patrick Harris Written by Katrena Holmes – Social Media Consultant
“An accident can happen to anyone. Don’t take your health for granted,” he warns. “Turn a tragedy into something good. Make the best of the situation; that is how you can start healing better. Stay positive NO MATTER WHAT!” These inspiring words are from ‘Mr. Positive’ himself - Mr. Patrick Harris, an athlete, runner, weekend- warrior, and dad! After experiencing a stroke, Mr. Harris is now, ‘On the Road to Recovery’ at Atlanta Human Performance Center Physical Therapy Division (AHPCPT). Mr. Harris’ road to recovery with AHPCPT began with a recommendation from his friend Yolanda Cade (pictured above). Mr. Harris has been coming to AHPCPT for one month, and his progress has been amazing! Our team of physical therapy professionals are excited about his journey! How does physical therapy help one recover from a stroke? Dr. Evans explains, “We start by getting the symptoms of pain and inflammation down, we then increase flexibility, mobility, and activity without increasing pain. We work to increase strength and core stability - this is very important in reducing falls. And lastly, we develop a strategy to increase aerobic activity, balance, and coordination. This process of recovery varies from person to person depending upon the severity of their condition.” According to Mr. Harris, when he started coming to AHPCPT, on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest level of pain - his pain level was at a 7; now, his pain level is a 2! That is huge! Due to his stroke, he has experienced left-sided weakness but with consistent physical therapy, he is gaining his strength and is so EXCITED about it! Mr. Harris states, “ The road to recovery is SOMETHING , but it is exciting! The WHOLE process is exciting! I can feel myself getting STRONGER !” “My goal is to walk independently, run, and do all the things that I used to do before I had a stroke; I’m on the road to recovery ”, Mr. Harris, exclaims! With his determination, positive attitude, amazing personal support system, our team of physical therapy professionals, and our systematic approach to physical therapy, we are EXPECTING Mr. Harris to attain the highest possible level of rehabilitation! Thank you, ‘Mr. Positive’ - Mr. Patrick Harris, for sharing your joy, enthusiasm, uplifting words, and most of all, your positivity with our patients and their families as they too, are all on the road to recovery . • Research is now suggesting that “African-Americans may carry a gene that makes them more salt sensitive, increasing the risk of high blood pressure which may lead to a stroke”. Source: https://www.heart.org/en/health-topics/high-blood-pressure/why-high-blood-pressure-is-a- silent-killer/high-blood-pressure-and-african-americans • For more information about strokes in African American men in the South visit: https://www. webmd.com/stroke/news/20050202/stroke-death-rate-high-for-black-men-in-south#1
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