Blue Sky PT. Stop Sciatica In Its Tracks

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Sammi grew up in Aurora, Colorado. Her interest in physical therapy began with her personal experience having many injuries as a ballet dancer. She received a BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah and went on to perform professionally with Colorado Ballet and Ballet Ariel in Denver. She then went on to receive her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2017. She continues to dance and perform with Ballet 5280 in Denver and teaches ballet at various studios in the Denver metro area. Sammi enjoys using her years of dance and teaching experience to help dancers and non- dancers recover from orthopedic injuries, particularly of the foot and ankle. She transitioned into teaching Pilates to help her clients maintain core strength and flexibility to prevent re-injury.

We are very excited to announce that we have a newwebsite!!!Wehope thewebsitewillbemore user friendly and informative. Please check out the new website at blueskypt.com . We have a link that will take you directly to the Pilates + Wellness Website. If you have any difficulty navigating the websites or scheduling classes online, please let us know. Learn More About Our Special Services We Offer! • Low Back & Neck Pain • Hip, Knee, & Leg Pain • Hand, Arm, & Shoulder Pain • Post-surgical Rehab • Balance Problems • Vestibular & Neurological Disorders • Pelvic Therapy/Women’s Health

Samantha Harmon PT, DPT Pilates Instructor

Celebrating Heart Health Month

For most people with chronic ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and pain, walking and exercising can be very difficult. However, with inactivity, these chronic diseases can lead to a downward spiral of worsening health and the need for more aggressive medication management. Numerous studies demonstrate the power of activity in reducing a multitude of symptoms and improving long-term health. TIPS FOR BETTER HEART HEALTH 1. Get 7 Hours Of Sleep. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Check Your Blood Pressure. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Exercise 30 Minutes A Day. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. 4. Limit Saturated Fats. Cut down on saturated fats to maintain artery health. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

Healthy Recipe Spiced Pear Tea Ingredients • 1 orange • 3 cups water • 2 (11.3 to 12 oz) cans pear nectar • 1 tbsp honey (optional)

Has Your Pain Come Back?

• 4 inches stick cinnamon • 1 tsp whole cloves • 6 tea bags • Small orange slices, halved (optional) • Stick cinnamon (optional)

Feel free to call Blue Sky PT at 303.388.1537 to consult your physical therapist. Your physical therapist can discuss with you the source of the problem and recommend exercises and stretches to relieve your pain at home.

Directions Usingavegetablepeeler,remove threewidestripsofpeel from theorange;setpeelaside.Juice theorange into a large saucepan. Add the water, pear nectar and honey (if using) to orange juice in saucepan. For spice bag: Place the 4 inches of stick cinnamon, the cloves and the orange peel strips in the center of a 6 in square of double-thickness, 100%-cotton cheesecloth. Bring corners together and tie with 100%-cotton kitchen string. Add spice bag to pear nectar mixture. Bring mixture to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags; cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags and spice bag; discard. Serve in warm mugs. If desired, float orange slices on top of individual servings and serve with additional stick cinnamon.

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