Ellis: Determining The Origins Of Pain

Newsletter New Year, New You! REACH YOUR RESOLUTIONS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

Don’t forget the past! You may feel like a brand new, rejuvenated person in the new year, but your body undoubtedly hasn’t received that message. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is pushing yourself too fast and too soon. Let’s say you make a resolution to start taking morning runs in 2019. That’s great! However, if your body hasn’t been used to running in the past, you need to ease yourself into it. Your mindset may be focused on your marathon goal, but your body isn’t there yet. Start slow, perhaps with a half-mile jog around the neighborhood, then start pushing yourself to a mile, then two, then three. The gradual increase will make it much easier on your body (and a much easier resolution to keep!) than diving right in will. Starting off with that three mile run may feel liberating in the beginning, but

your body will curse you after. The new year can bring great changes, but don’t forget the past. Stay on top: Even if your resolution doesn’t leave you feeling achy or painful (and we hope it doesn’t!), we can still help youmaintain your peak physical performance. Ellis Physical Therapy uses advanced methods and technology, such as injury prevention screening, gait analysis, and mobility evaluation to determine what exercises and therapies would work best for aiding in your physical excellence. We can help make sure you stay on top, avoiding any potential pain or injury. Additionally, you will have a team of supporters to encourage your goals and celebrate your achievements along the way! To meet one of our physical therapists and discuss how we can help you safely reach your resolutions, schedule a consultation today.

Newsletter Health &Wellness Sled Down The Path To Relief! DETERMINING THE ORIGIN OF YOUR PAIN

INSIDE: • WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE HEADING INTO PHYSICAL THERAPY • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • EXERCISE ESSENTIALS • DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE ONE-ON-ONE PERSONALIZED TREATMENT WORK ACCIDENTS WE HELP YOU HEAL SPORTS PERFORMANCE ENHANCE YOUR SKILLS SENIOR PROGRAMS TREATMENT FOR ALL AGES

Sometimes it happens when a pain develops that 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. Differenttypesofbodilypaincantellyoudifferentthings about your body and overall bodily health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg may have little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg. Physical therapistsare likewell-traineddetectiveswhen itcomes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows the way that 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. 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’ll do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you’ve 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. If you are suffering from aches and pains, contact us at 208- 523-8879 to learn more about how you can return to a pain-free active lifestyle!

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WHAT 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 actuallyassociatedwithdifferenttypesofproblems,sodescribingyourpain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs. •Whatdoyouthinkmaybecausingthepain?Ofcourse, ithappensthatapain willdevelop,andyouaredumbfoundedas towhy,butmoreoften thannot, there issomething thatyou thinkcouldbe influencing it. If thepainstarted 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 about your pain is whether or not it develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someonebegins toexperiencepainwhen theweatherstarts tochange,and it turns out that the pain is a result of arthritis and inflammation. There are othersituations inwhich thepainwilldevelopasa resultofprolongedsitting 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’ve 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 toprovideyouwith long-termrelief insteadof temporaryrelieffrom medication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact us.

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Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you loose and pain-free... Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

SUPERMAN Lie on your stomach as shown. Lift your arms and legs off the floor slightly at the same time. Repeat 5 times. Strengthens Core

Strengthens Knees KNEE SQUEEZE

Stand with good posture, and a foam roll or pillow between knees. Reach overhead, engage core, squeeze foam roll or pillow. Bend forward at the hips, reaching toward toes. Repeat 3 times.

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

At Ellis Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatmentsbyour friendly,caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get to Ellis Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

Patient Success Spotlight

“I have been suffering with non-stop headaches for 25+ years after a car accident and then left shoulder pain for 20 years. After seeing various doctors and therapists without much relief found, I was convinced I would have this pain for the remainder of my life. I have been going to Ellis Physical Therapy for only two months now and for the first time in ages, feel like I have hope to recover and feel better. My pain is decreased and my energy is up! I am feeling better everyday. Dr. Ellis and his staff are so knowledgeable and extremely helpful in their care. Go visit them for your physical therapy needs. You will be so glad you did!” – Jessica B. I am feeling better everyday! CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT! (208) 523-8879 HEALTHY RECIPE Apple, Goat Cheese & Pecan Pizza

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

INGREDIENTS • 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray • 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

• 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices evenly over pizza crust; top with cheese. Sprinkle thyme evenly over cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pizza; top with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.

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