5 Ways To Naturally Relieve Arthritis Pain

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• Relieve Arthritis Pain • Exercise Essentials

• Patient Results • Happy Holidays • Ski Season

1. Exercise This is essential for people suffering from arthritis. It is vital to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and improve blood flow. Cartilage actually receives its nutrition from joint fluid, so the more you can exercise the better. It is also important to mix between weight bearing and non-weight bearing exercises, such as aquatic exercises or bicycling. A balance between aerobic and strengthening exercises is highly recommended. It is highly recommended that you see a physical therapist first before starting an arthritis exercise regime. Our physical therapists are medical specialists in prescribing the right exercises for individuals with arthritis and can teach you how to protect your joints. 2. Vitamins According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are a mix of studies showing some benefits to using glucosomine and chondroitin. Glucosomine is naturally made in the body and helps support the cartilage by retaining water and preventing wear. Additional supplements may help. Some studies show that glucosomine may slow down joint damage.

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5 Ways To Naturally Relieve Arthritis Pain (continued from inside)

3. Avoid inflammatory foods There are foods that increase the body’s natural inflammation response. Arthritis is a condition of joints that become inflamed. Therefore, by avoiding foods with high fat, fried foods, sodas, high sugar content and processed foods, you help to naturally relieve the inflammation in your body. This helps a number of other systems in your body too. 4. Calcium and Magnesium Many people are deficient in calcium and magnesium. These are vital minerals needed for hundreds of processes in your body. Having enough calcium and magnesium, builds strong bones and reduces irritated nerve endings, decreasing pain. If possible, find supplements that are in powder form that can be easily digested and help your body’s intake of these essential minerals.

5. Sleep Sleep is a time for our body and brain to repair itself. It is important to make sure you are getting enough sleep 7-8 hours at least to allow your body to repair and decrease pain. When you are tired, your body does not function as well, increasing the inflammatory response and reducing your pain threshold. Physical therapy is one of the best ways to improve your arthritis pain. We help you by reducing pain and inflammation in your joints, then increase your strength and flexibility so your joints are healthier. Call us today for more information on our Arthritis Program and discover how you can live life pain free!

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. National Institute of health, Jan. 2010

PATIENT RESULTS

Restored me to excellent condition! “ Over time I have worked with a few Physical Therapists. I believe and have found that Danny Hansen is among the best specialists around. In every case, Danny has identified my problem and quickly worked to find the solution that I needed. I have had several injuries over the years and Danny has worked with me in each situation and restored me to an excellent condition. My hat’s off to Danny and the rest of the staff at Canyon Sports Therapy. ”

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EASING INTO YOUR SKI SEASON Approach any new season outdoor activity wisely. Our body responds brilliantly when subjected to progressive increasing stress. Plan to dose your activity by limiting your time as well as difficulty of the terrain you plan to take on. Begin your ski season on more gentle terrain. Allow your body the luxury of comfortably exploring its flexibility limits while at the same time subjecting your muscles to manageable forces. Temper for at least the first few weeks on snow your urge to take on advanced terrain. Here you are likely to ingrain defensive movement patterns which while may feel efficient are in reality static and harder on ligaments, tendons and joints. Plan to stop for the day before your skiing technique deteriorates. The top World Cup Skiers understand that their last run is what their brain learns so they are quite careful quitting long before they fatigue and their skiing deteriorates. Tactfully graduated training ensures you will stay injury free and perform at your best.

DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY?

NO, you don’t. Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Utah, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Canyon Sports Therapy wishes a merry season during the holidays and to express our sincere appreciation for your loyalty. We want to remind our patients that our clinic will be closed December 26th and January 2nd for the holidays this season. We are deeply thankful and extend our warmest wishes for a happy and healthy holiday.

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Check-Up: Think PT FIRST

• 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

TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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

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Is It Deductible Season? Feel Better, Do More & Save Money This Holiday Season!

Lift kneecap away from knee The end of the year is approaching faster than you think. Now is the time to take advantage of unused insurance benefits. Remember, what you don’t use by the end of the year you lose.

Not sure if Physical Therapy can help? Call to schedule a Free Consult with a licensed physical therapist now and address those “aches/pains” that are slowing you down.

Call Today! (801) 944-1209 Fax: (801) 274-1180

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