Manual Edge_Stayihg Active and Becoming Better Balanced

To the desks in the office! To the treatment rooms down the hall! Now treat away! treat away! treat away all!” The patients lay down anticipation in their eyes, Waiting for their work, the results no longer a surprise; With a knock on the door, they knew what would come, Relief from the pain and the body parts that were numb. And they walked through the door, determination to cure, To find the causes of suffering even if obscure; They rubbed their hands together to sensitize their perception, Because they wanted to find patient’s problems with perfection. They spoke not a word but went straight to their work, And released sore backs and necks, pulled legs with a jerk; And laying their hands aside of heads, jaws and nose, Giving a nod of completion, off the table patients rose. They sprang to their cars, feeling so good they did whistle, No need for new joints, we need nothing artificial; And I heard our staff exclaim, as they drove out of sight, HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A PAIN FREE LIFE! A PT Christmas POEM (Continued from outside)

EXERCISE ESSENTIAL

HIP ABDUCTION While lying on your side, slowly raise up your top leg to the side. Keep your knee straight and maintain your toes pointed forward the entire time. The bottom leg can be bent to stabilize your body.

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IT ’S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE ACTIVE! Think about the percentage of time that you spend working during the week. For most people this number is well over 40 hours per week! Then consider how much time is spent driving to and from work and around town on errands, and then consider the time spent doing things you have to do at home, like the dishes or the laundry. Then really think about how much time you are spending doing the things that make you feel better — including those hobbies that you love, but also being active and engaging with the people you care about.

Part of becoming a more balanced person means finding ways to spend your time more wisely and taking more time for yourself as needed. You don’t need to grow up as an athlete to enjoy exercise as an adult. There is no point in your life where it is too late to start being more active than you currently are. There are plenty of ways to incorporate light activity into your lifestyle, such as: • Taking a walk in the evening with your family • Wearing a pedometer and trying to take more steps every day • Joining your local community center and using the pool to swim laps several times a week • Engaging in light weight training at home before work • Taking a yoga class These are just several examples of how you could incorporate more

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activity into your lifestyle without making many large changes to your way of life. If you feel that your physical health or an old injury is holding you back from being active, contact us. Working with one of our qualified physical therapists can help you achieve improved balance and a healthy lifestyle.

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