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Samir’s Adventure to Iceland!

The past month in March, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Iceland for a week! Every year, our group of friends fromcollege takes a trip for all of us to get together and catch up. This time, we were really trying to think outside the box, and go somewhere off the beaten path. We had heard nothing but good things about Iceland, and decided to start planning our trek. Let me tell you, I’ve never seen more incredible vistas, mountain views, and snowy wonderlands than I have on this trip. My friends and I got do once in a lifetime activities, such as snowmobiling on top of a glacier, trekking inside of ice caves, whale watching in the Greenland Sea, going to a volcanic ash black sand beach, and witnessing glacier fragments washing up on the frozen shore of the sea.

It was the trip of a lifetime.

Everywhere you looked was like a postcard in and of itself. We had the opportunity to take several day tours around various parts of the island, and braved the elements of winds of up to 80mph (and I thought Chicago was the windy city!). If you are thinking of going, I couldn’t recommend it enough! Winter has it’s own charm there, and so does summer, so make sure you chose your season correctly based on the activities you enjoy doing. And being only a 6 hour flight from Chicago, it’s fairly accessible as well. If you are planning a trip, let me know and I’mhappy to send alongmy recommendations! As for me, my friends and I had more laughs than we can count and had the trip of a lifetime in the most idyllic of destinations.

Inside: • Take Your Next Step In Treating Arthritis Pain

• 6 Tips To Help Your Arthritis Pain

• Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight

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

“You May Be Suffering In Pain Because You’ve Been Procrastinating Treatment. ” Take Your Next Step To Get Treated For Arthritis Pain

Do you suffer from back, knee or hip pain? It is possible you may have osteoarthritis in those joints. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common condition of the joints, affecting approximately 27 million Americans. With OA,there isabreakdown inthecartilagecovering theendsofbones.Asthe cartilagewearsaway,thebonesbecomeexposedandrubagainsteachother. Thedeteriorationofcartilagealsoaffectstheshapeandmakeupofthe joint so that it no longer functions smoothly. The ligaments and tendons around the jointbecomestiffandthemusclesthatsupportthe jointbecomeweak. This leads to even more painful rubbing of the joint surfaces. There are many studies and patient success stories promoting the effectiveness of physical therapy for osteoarthritis. Our expert therapists at Activa Physical Therapy are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from osteoarthritis and work to obtain optimal results. Study Shows How to Relieve Osteoarthritis Pain In a medical study, 83 patients with osteoarthritis were assigned to receive either hands-on physical therapy (treatment group) or a pill that actually did nothing to help their pain without them knowing (placebo group). Tests were done to measure how well the people were doing 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 1 year later. The results were very impressive with the patients who had hands-on physical therapy combined with gentle, specific exercises. Theyshowedsignificant improvements intheirpain,mobility andfunction. By 8 weeks, patients were able to walk further and faster with much less, or completely resolved pain. Their joint stiffness, aches and mobility had

improved by 55% as compared to the group who had no treatment. At one year, patients in the treatment group still were doing great in terms of less pain and more mobility. Other benefits included less need for surgery with only 5% of patients in the treatment group having undergone surgery as compared to 20% with the placebo group. Ifyouaresufferingfromosteoarthritis,ourphysicaltherapytreatmentsrelieve your pain. Isn’t it time you did something about your pain and movement? CallustodayatActivaPhysicalTherapyto learnmoreaboutourARTHRITIS PROGRAM so we can make a positive difference in your life. Annalsof InternalMedicine:February1,2000vol.132no.3173-181.GailD.Deyle,MPT;NancyE.Henderson, PhD,MPT;RobertL.Matekel,MPT;MichaelG.Ryder,MPT;MatthewB.Garber,MPT;andStephenC.Allison, PhD,MPT,ECS

Patient Success Spotlight

I now walk normally!

“Therapy of my foot and ankle was needed due to a hairline fracture. I couldn’t bear weight on my foot which would make me limp with pain. After therapy I now walk normal and have resumed regular activities” – Robert N.


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“Don’t Allow Arthritis To Limit Your Active Goals This Spring! ” 6 TIPS TO HELP YOUR ARTHRITIS PAIN

bearing joints such as the hips and knees. 3. Footwear and insoles If arthritis affects your knee, special footwear and insoles can reduce pain and improve walking. 4. Knee braces For osteoarthritis with associated knee instability, a knee brace can reduce pain, improve stability and reduce the risk of falling. 5. Heat & cold Many people find the heat of a warm bath, heat pack or paraffin bath eases arthritis pain. Others find relief in cold packs. Still others prefer alternating the two. Learn more about what can work best for you by talking to our Activa Physical Therapy specialists. 6. Exercise Exercise has been proven to help reduce arthritis pain while increasing strength and function. Knowing the right kind of exercises to do is the key. Talking with our physical therapists will point you in the right direction.

When it comes to treating arthritis, you may have more options than you realize. There is a lot you can do to reduce your aches and pains from arthritis, while gaining more mobility and function. People often experience pain from arthritis because of stiff joints, muscles and other tissues. In addition, muscles become weak, therefore not supporting the arthritic joints. Our customized physical therapy treatments promote muscle strength, improve range of motion, increase mobility and ease pain. In addition, coupling your treatments with the following can also help you live life to the fullest and get you back to doing the things you love: 1. Education and self-management When your treatment is over, our experts will have equipped you with the knowledge and exercises you need to continue your progress on your own. 2. Weight loss Maintaining your recommended weight or losing weight if you are overweight can lessen your pain by reducing stress on your affected joints. Weight loss specifically helps ease pressure on weight-

There is a lot that you can do to relieve the pain from arthritis and protect your joints for the long-term. Find out more about our ARTHRITIS PROGRAM by calling us today and discover how to relieve and reduce the pain of arthritis.

Healthy Recipe: QUINOA SALAD

Relieve Knee Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing knee pain.

8 INGREDIENTS • 12 cups water • 1 1/2 cups quinoa • 5 pickling cucumbers, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch cubes • 1 small red onion, cut into 1/4-inch cubes • 1 large tomato, seeded and diced • 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves

• 2 bunches mint leaves • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar • 1 lemon • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper • 4 heads endive • 1 avocado

Loosens Knees

KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 5 times.

DIRECTIONS Bring thewater toaboil ina largesaucepan.Add thequinoa,stir once,and return toaboil.Cookuncovered,overmediumheat for 12 minutes. Strain and rinse well with cold water, shaking the sievewell to removeallmoisture.Whendry, transfer thequinoa to a large bowl. Add the cucumbers, onion, tomato, parsley, mint, olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and toss well. Spoon onto endive spears, top with avocado, and serve. Copyright (c) 2006, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger

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Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) provides healthy and fresh produce and meal boxes to low income working families in inner-city Chicago. GCFD does this in partnership with 700 agencies and

programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County. Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Everyday they distribute the equivalent of 160,000 meals.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following: brings water and sanitation to the world. They are an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than five million lives around the world through access to safe

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, we have been pioneering market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future. As Activa Physical Therapy grow and become a recognized name in our community, we feel it’s our duty to give back and help those less fortunate on a local and international scale.

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Activa Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

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