Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
“ We Love To Keep Our Patients Updated On Activa News!” ALEX ACCEPTED INTO PTA SCHOOL!
It is with great pleasure that we announce that our massage therapist, Alex, has been accepted into the Physical Therapist Assistant program at the College of DuPage! Alex will start classes in the fall, and graduate in 2019 as a physical therapist assistant. We are all incredibly proud of Alex’s journey and dedication to further her career. Her impeccable knowledge of anatomy, physiology and a deep understanding of the inner workings of the human body will be furthered with her PTA knowledge, and we look forward to welcoming Alex back as a clinical staff member treating our patients. Many congratulations to Alex!
Inside: • Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain
• What Is Causing Your Shoulder Pain?
• Relieve Elbow Pain In Minutes
• Patient Success Spotlight
Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
“Look Forward To A Natural Transition From A Painful To Pain Free Life!” SHOULDER, ELBOW&WRIST PAIN
You try to get through the day, but that nagging pain in your shoulder, elbow or wrist just keeps your attention focused on it. It sure is hard to concentrate on work, your family and other activities you need to do! It is common to fixate on the body part that hurts. It is often thought that because it hurts there, the problem is right there. However, this is typically not the case, as the cause of the problem is in another area. The body part that is painful is usually the one that is doing all the work, because other areas are not doing their job. Why it hurts Thebody is trulyamazingandall thepartswork togetherasonewhole.However, when an area of your body becomes weak or stiff because of poor posture, stress or injury, other areas strain from the overwork. A common word that is used for this type of repetitive injury strain is called “tendonitis”. This is simply an inflammation of the tendons, which attach muscles to bones. The upper extremity works in 3 parts, the shoulder, elbow and wrist. They rely on each other to make the incredible movements of your arm so you can reach, grasp and do ordinary daily tasks we take for granted. Proper movement relies on your posture to be in good order. When you slouch or sometimes do a repetitive task, like reaching across your desk, certain muscles can become too tight or strong while others become weak. This muscle imbalance leads to that area not working as well as it should. For example, you sit at a desk all day and you slouch your shoulders. Now, your shoulder doesn’t work as well, but you still move your mouse around with your arm,whichcausesyourwristand forearmmuscles tooverwork.As thishappens
over time, you start to notice aches and pains in your wrist and elbow. If this goes on too long, it becomes severe and you need to seek out medical help. Solving the problem Typically a brace may be put on the area, but that does not solve the cause of the problem. The real reason can be because your shoulder was stiff and weak from slouching. An expert physical therapist has the right medical training to spot where your posture is not optimum and how you are compensating. With the right evaluation and treatment from the experts at Activa Physical Therapy, you can relieve your shoulder, elbow or wrist pain quickly and be back to doing what you like to do. Our home programs make it easy for you to maintain your gains and stay well for the long haul. Call us today to learn more how we can relieve your pain and get you back to enjoying your activities.
Patient Success Spotlight
“Before PT for my shoulder I wasn’t able to raise my right hand over myheadandhad limited rangeofmovement. Iwasnotable to throw a football or play catch. After completion of therapy my range of motion is much better and I can do all above activities.” – Nick G. My range of motion is much better!
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“Professional Help Is The Best Help For Pain.” WHAT IS CAUSING YOUR SHOULDER PAIN?
The majority of pain that travels to your shoulder from your neck is referred pain. Your shoulder may not necessarily be the problem. In fact, the first 10 degrees of movement in your shoulder comes from your shoulder joint. The rest relies on the movement of your upper back, neck, shoulder blade, and collar bones. If these areas work incorrectly then shoulder pain can occur. Most neck and shoulder pain is a result of prolonged poor posture, lifting heavy objects and minor falls or injuries. These irritate the joints in the neck and upper back. This then makes the muscles around the upper back and shoulder tighten and become sore. Suddenly, you now have neck and shoulder pain. There are many nerves that come off of the cervical (neck) vertebral bodies that pass down in front of the shoulder heading towards the arm. Irritation of these nerves can refer pain to the shoulder. Poor posture, especially with sitting at work or at home, can cause this to occur. Rotation of the neck or tilting of the neck may create your shoulder pain if these nerves are involved. It is important that a physical therapist examine you thoroughly if you are experiencing these symptoms. If you have had a fall or injury and suddenly develop shoulder and neck pain seek help immediately. Any injury may affect the many sensitive structures in your neck and upper back. Shoulder and neck pain if they occur together may relate to disc injuries. This is more likely if you are having neck and arm pain, rather than just shoulder pain. Pain that travels down the arm to any extent may indicate more severe problems.
Shoulder pain can result in restricted movement of your body. Pain involves the nervous system, immune system, digestive system, and respiratory system. To avoid referred shoulder pain or any kind of referred pain, you should have a strong immune system for prevention of diseases. A strong body can fight infection or disease and can enhance the functioning of all the body sysems. A balanced diet, regular physical therapy exercises and a stress-free mind are the keys to maintaining an active life. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, consult one of our expert physical therapists for a full evaluation to determine where your problem is originating from, so correct treatments can be applied to help you.
Healthy Recipe: “Skinny” Poolside Dip
Relieve Elbow Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing elbow pain.
INGREDIENTS • 1/2- Red Bell Pepper diced • 1/2- Green Bell Pepper diced • 1/2-1- Jalapeño diced (can use more to make it hotter!) • 1- Can of Corn • 1/2 cup- Black Olives • 8oz Non Fat Organic Cream Cheese (softened) • 1 Cup Greek Yogurt • 1/2 Packet Ranch Dressing Mix DIRECTIONS Combine ingredients and served chilled. Serve with your favorite whole grain or gluten free crackers and fresh veggies!
Good stretch to strengthen elbows
ELASTIC BAND EXTERNAL ROTATION While holding an elastic band at your side with your elbow bent, start with your hand near your stomach and then pull the band away. Keep your elbow at your side the entire time.
Refer A Friend
• Have loved ones stopped listening to your complaints because they have heard it so many times before? • Does back or neck pain put a frown on your face? ATTENTION Pain Sufferers spent a few years working in the medical spa setting, and worked my way up to a management position. It was from that experience that I realized I liked the administrative side of health care, still being able to work with and talk to patients but also ensuring the back end of things was done as well. I decided to go back to school again, for my undergraduate certification in Medical Billing & Coding, and hope to complete that in Spring of 2018. This is when I applied to join the Activa team, wanting to get more experience in the medical office environment. I knew immediately this was a great fit and I am looking forward to all the new information I will learn working here. I am newly married and in February my husband and I adopted a dog to add to our family. I also am a reptile enthusiast, enjoy crafting and cooking for family and friends. SARA BURTON Hieveryone,myname isSaraBurton and Iamexcited tobeanewmember of the Activa Team. I grew up in a small town near Niles, Michigan, but movedwithmy family to Illinoiswhen there was a new job offer. I finished High school in Plainfield, Illinois and went on to receive my Esthetics license at a Paul Mitchell school in Tinley Park. After graduation I realized I wanted to do more than just facials, so I went back to school to receive my Laser Certification. I
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