Worcester: 4 Easy Ways to Beat Aches & Pains

Health &Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

October, 2017

“Create Painless Memories By Seeking Treatment!” 4 EASY WAYS TO BEAT ACHES & PAINS

Are you like many people, suffering from aches and pains? A daily back or neck ache may be more of a nuisance than anything. However, episodes of pain can become progressively worse, lasting longer and traveling to other parts of your body. If you don’t stop the cycle of pain and discover the root cause of each painful episode, the accumulation of damage to your body may lead to eventual failure of the spinal structures and possible surgery. However, if you address and treat the cause of your pain early through physical therapy, drasticmeasures such as surgery can often be avoided. (continued inside)

Inside: • 4 Easy Ways To Beat Aches & Pains

• Why Do Your Muscles Ache?

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight

• 5K Run Walk & Kids Fun Run

Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

October, 2017

“Don’t Let Nagging Aches Hold You Back!” 4 EASY WAYS TO BEAT ACHES & PAINS

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 acetaminophenor ibuprofendependingonwhatyourdoctormayadvise 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. 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 Worcester Physical Therapy Services teach you stretching, toning and aerobic exercises to feel better and stay pain-free. Drink lots of fluids. Begin slowly and increase workouts gradually. Avoid high-impact aerobic activitiesandweight liftingwhen injuredorwhile inpain.Consultoneof ourexpertsoryourdoctorbeforetryingexercisesyouareunsureofdoing. 4. PHYSICAL THERAPY Throughourprogram,specializedhands-on techniquesand treatments areapplied,addressing thepooralignmentanddysfunctionof thespine, whichcan irritateandcausepressureonnerves.Physical therapy is the science of restoring pain-free movement with exercises and hands-on techniques. These principles are applied to the body when an injury is sustained to help facilitate a great recovery.

“ DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR CO-PAY TO KICK IN, START YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY TODAY! ” Worcester Physical Therapy offers Direct Access for physical therapy and rehab programs. In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, Direct Access means an individual can be seen directly by a Physical Therapist, without a prescription or referral from their doctor. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 508-791-8740

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


“Why Do Your Muscles Ache?” TREATING ACHES & PAINS

M uscle aches and pains are common, typically involving more than one muscle. Muscle pain can also involve ligaments, tendons, and other soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs. Muscle pain is most frequently related tostress, tension,overuse,ormuscle injury fromexercise or physically-demanding work. In these situations, the pain tends to involve specific muscles and starts during or just after the activity. It is usually obvious which posture or activity is causing the pain. Most aches and pains are temporary and generally last 1-3 days. However, once muscle pain begins to go past 3 days without changing, or you feel the same aches and pains repeatedly, it’s time to give us a call as there may be anunderlyingproblemsuchasmuscle imbalance,orstiff tissuesand joints. The most common causes are: • Injury or trauma including sprains and strains • Overuse • Tension or stress Muscle pain may also be due to: • Certain drugs, including: -Medicine lowering blood pressure -Medicine lowering cholesterol

• Infections • Cold & Influenza (flu) • Electrolyte imbalances, such as too little potassium or calcium • Fibromyalgia



SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Core Strengthening Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

OCTOBER 15TH, 10AM AT DCR LAKE PARK, WORCESTER Post race party at 12PM at Funky Murphy’s Shrewsbury St. 5K RUN WALK & KIDS FUN RUN


In memory of Maryellen Standring, we are promoting the MBBF 5K Run Walk & Kids Fun Run. To participate, register at mbbf5k.racewire.com. For more information visit www.mbbloves.org or email us at mbbfoundation@gmail.com. Proceeds benefit the Mary Beth Benison Foundation, Inc. a non-profit which provides financial assistance to people with ALS and other serious illnesses.

Patient Success Spotlight

Think Worcester PT & Services First

Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

“Patti is an excellent therapist. She adjusts therapy for each person based on changes in the body. I have already referred her to all my friends” – Simone A. I have already referred to all my friends! worcpt.com CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 508.791.8740


• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms?

4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury

4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching

Don’t let joint pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your joint pain! FREE JOINT PAIN ANALYSIS Offer valid for the first 25 people to schedule. Expires 11-28-17.

Call Today! 508-791-8740

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