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“Why Do You Feel Stiff In The Morning?” SOLVING YOUR DAILY ACHES AND PAINS

You know the feeling when you get up in the morning, everything aches, feels stiff and sometimes can down right hurt? Your body is made to move. When it doesn’t on a consistent basis, it starts to break down and lets you know in the form of aches and pains. (continued inside)

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REDUCING PAIN. RESTORING FUNCTION. ACHIEVING GOALS.

“Why Do You Feel Stiff In The Morning?” SOLVING YOUR DAILY ACHES AND PAINS

INSIDE 6 Tips to Relieving Common Aches & Pains Top 10 Must Read Tips For Pain-Free Travel This Summer

Exercise Essentials

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Your body relies on a fine-tuned balancing act of proper posture, strength, coordination, chemical levels, blood pressure, and more. If any one of these factors is affected, then something is bound to happen. Poor health, injury, an inactive lifestyle, and poor nutrition are often to blame for the constant

If this cycle continues to happen, severe problems can happen down the road. Therefore, it is important to address your constant aches and pains, before they become severe. Here’s what you should do If you catch a problem early, it requires less intervention later on. That is why you should talk to our physical therapists at Rehability. We have years of medical training, specifically in muscle and joint evaluation, to pinpoint why you are having your aches and pains. Through listening to you and examining your problem, we put together a comprehensive treatment plan to get your body moving pain free. If you find yourself dealing with constant aches and pains, don’t wait it out another minute. Call us today to talk with an expert to find out how we can help you relieve your aches and pains.

nagging aches or pains you may be experiencing. Why do you ache in the morning?

If an area of your body, such as your back, is overworked, tissues get irritated in the day and build up a chronic layer of inflammation. This may be subtle enough where you don’t notice it too much at the end of the day. However, overnight the inflammation thickens and makes your tissues inelastic, while also irritating the affected area further. The result is aching stiff joints or muscles in the morning, until you get moving. Then the inflammation becomes more liquid like, allowing the tissues to move better, thus hurting less.

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Here’s some tips for relieving common aches:

1. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If not, your tissues can become drier, which slows down normal chemical processes in your body. 2. Get enough sleep. Too little sleep drastically affects the hormones in your body that are needed to maintain your delicate body chemistry. This can affect your muscles and other tissues normal functioning. 3. Exercise regularly. This makes your body more efficient at pumping blood around the body and removing normal metabolic wastes that are produced. 4. Improve your posture. If you sit at a desk or computer, get up every 30 minutes for a few seconds to stretch. Move around and stand up to be straighter. 5. Eat bright colored fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables with bright colors often have a higher concentration of antioxidants and vitamins that assist the body in repairing itself and normal functions. 6. Get a physical therapy consultation. If you have aches and pains that aren’t going away, or if you have a recent or past injury that keeps you from doing the things you love to do, call Rehability to schedule a FREE consultation.

REHABILITY’S FAMILY & FRIENDS CARE TO SHARE PROGRAM!

The best compliment we can receive as a practice is always the referral of a family member or a friend. If you know someone suffering from aches and pains that are affecting their quality of life, WE CAN HELP! “CARE to Share” and refer them to REHABILITY. They will thank YOU and so will we, with a Surprise Gift Card! Have them call us today 732-780-6230.

Condition Spotlight FACET SYNDROME AND SPINAL DECOMPRESSION THERAPY Patients Find New Hope with FDA cleared treatment at REHABILITY of Freehold

• Sharp, stabbing pain in the spine, especially during periods of movement that can spread into the buttocks • Stiffness and loss of flexibility in the affected region following resting, sleeping and prolonged sitting or standing • Pain is often made worse when bending backwards or towards the affected side • Pinched nerve symptoms are likely should the arthritic process reach spinal nerve roots SYMPTOMS

CAUSES The lumbar facet joints are often responsible for significant low back pain. Aligned on the back of the spinal column, interlocking facet joints are what link each vertebrae together. Whether it’s following an injury or every day wear and tear on the spine, when added stresses are placed on the surfaces of the facet joints, they become compressed together preventing proper spinal motion. The body’s joints rely on complete joint motion to circulate the necessary nutrients and oxygen required by the articular cartilage in the spine, which allows the facets to move against each other smoothly. Should mobility not be restored to the facet joints, they become inflamed, swollen and painful resulting in a condition known as Facet Syndrome. If left untreated, this problem may develop into Facet Joint Arthritis, where the body responds to the extra pressure placed on these joints by developing bone spurs around the edges of the facets while the cartilage within wears away. This degenerative process can also progress to more serious arthritic conditions including spondylosis and spinal stenosis. DIAGNOSIS A complete history and physical examination by a spine specialist is highly recommended to best assess your current condition, including analyzing which back movements and positions tend to make your symptoms better or worse. Spinal X-rays may also be suggested to assess bone quality of the facet joints and the extent of any degenerative process that may be contributing to your symptoms. Should your case-specific evaluation and diagnosis suggest our unique approach can help your condition, a customized treatment plan will be presented with the option to proceed with care at once. TREATMENT Spinal decompression therapy with the (Dynatron DX2), a revolutionary FDA-cleared mechanical traction system which provides “targeted unloading” of the affected spinal facet joints. The decompression table is controlled by a computer which digitally calculates the precise angle and tension necessary to gently separate the spinal facets, slowly rotating between brief moments of pulling and relaxing. As the treatment painlessly relieves pressure from within the facet joints, patients often experience immediate relief while the “separation” process also creates a vacuum effect, re-directing necessary nutrients, oxygen and fluids into the injured joint space to accelerate healing. Each treatment can take up to 20 minutes, with minimal to no side-effects including muscle spasms, making it a safe alternative to the risks involved with more invasive procedures. “Having played contact sports for so many years, my lower spine has suffered tremendously to the point where I was unable to control the pain with exercise alone. When a friend told me about spinal decompression treatment at Rehability, it sounded like exactly what I needed. Sure enough, after just a couple of weeks of decompression therapy, not only did my back pain lessen but I no longer feel twice my age when I get out of bed in the morning! Thanks Doc.” - Justin F, Old Bridge

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Top 10 Must Read Tips For Back Pain-Free Travel This Summer

Summer is upon us. And summer means travel! But the best laid travel plans can be ruined by an aching lower back. In celebration of of summer, here are our top 10 must-read tips for back pain-free travel this summer. 1. Pack light. You are better off using 2 or 3 smaller bags instead of one large bag. Remember that you will be lifting these bags in and out of your car trunk, off airport baggage carousels, into and out of overhead bins, etc. 2. Lift with your legs and never twist while lifting. Do not bend over at the hips when lifting. Instead bend your knees and lift using your legs. Most importantly, do not twist as twisting while lifting is one of the most common causes of back strain. Pivot with your feet so that your whole body moves instead of just twisting your back. 3. Ask flight attendants for help. If you explain you have a back condition, most flight attendants are eager to help. You’d be surprised how other passengers are also more than willing to help. If your bags are light, it’s even less of a burden to ask. 4. Aisle seat is best. Though most people prefer window seats, for someone with low back pain, an aisle seat can be a back-saver. It allows you to get in and out of your seat easier and move around the cabin more comfortably. 5. Do not hesitate to ask for wheelchair-assistance.  If walking from your parking spot all the way to the gate will be too much for your back, ask for wheelchair assistance. This is best done when you make your reservations. This way you won’t have to carry your luggage, walk to your gate, or stand in line at security. Traveling with a letter from your physical therapist can help explain your condition and help get you the accommodations that you need.

6. Sit with support. Whether traveling by plane or going on a road trip, maintaining proper posture when seated is important. To maintain the natural inward curve in your lower back, use a folded towel or blanket or a commercial lumbar roll. 7. Consider packing a travel footrest. With some conditions placing your feet on something so your knees are higher than your hips can reduce pressure on your lower back. A piece of luggage is a good substitute for a travel footrest. 8. Get up and move. Prolonged sitting tends to stiffen our back muscles and put a strain on our spine. If possible, try to get out of your seat or your car at least once every hour. Better yet, once every 30 minutes. Movement helps your circulation going which keeps your back loose and relaxed. It will help prevent blood clots too! 9. Stretch your hamstrings and hip flexors. For long periods, when you can’t get up due to meal or beverage service, or when the seat belt sign is on for a prolonged period, do stretching exercises while seated. Also try to get up and about, if you can, to do some stretches; this can help alleviate pain and pressure from your back. 10. Bring cold and hot packs for quick pain relief. Despite taking the necessary precautions, your back pain may still flare up while you’re away from the comforts of home. If so, try applying a cold pack or alternating ice and heat. Ice and hot packs should be easily accessible while traveling. If not, you can simply put some ice in a plastic bag and apply it to the area of pain. Plan ahead by bringing disposable hot packs that heat up when you open them.

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Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you moving. Share this with a friend or family member to help keep them healthy too!

HAMSTRING STRETCH - WALL Stretches legs

BUTTERFLY STRETCH Relieves tight hips and thighs

Sit against awall. Place soles of feet together. Push knees toward floor. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times.

Lie on the floor in a doorway. Rest your leg against the wall. Scoot through the doorway until you feel a stretch up the back of your thigh. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 6 times on both legs.

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Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely

9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Rehability today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Back Pain Relief Consultation.

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