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L I V E A H A P P I E R & H E A LT H I E R L I F E W I T H P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y !

A healthy, strong, and active lifestyle is what everyone strives for. However, it is not always easy to obtain, especially for those suffering from chronic pain. The very thought of going out and exercising with your aches and pains may leave you feeling uncomfortable. Fortunately, there is a simpler solution to gaining the active lifestyle you desire. Physical therapy can help you achieve optimum levels of health and fitness, all while reducing your pain. If you are looking for a healthier, stronger, and more active lifestyle,contactRXPhysicalTherapytoday! Thepurposeofphysicaltherapyremainsthesame, no matter what you are seeking its services for. Perhaps you are still suffering from the lingering painofan injury?Perhapsyouarerecovering from a surgery and trying to get your range of motion back?Perhapsyour jointssimplyaren’twhat they usedtobe,andyouare lookingforrelief?Whatever thecasemaybe,physicaltherapistsarededicated GETTING ON TRACK WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY:

torelievingyourpainandgettingyouback toyour peak level of physical health. A physical therapist is a movement specialist, educated inanalyzingmobility issueswithwalking, running, jumping,bending,stretching,andalmost every other form of physical activity. Our physical therapistscanpinpointproblemareasandcreate a customized treatment plan aimed at improving those areas. Through in-office sessions and at- homeexercises,patientsstrengthentheirmuscles and joints, improvetheirbalance,buildendurance, andexperiencepainrelief,allwithouttheunwanted harmful risks of drugs or surgery. Physical therapy is generally comprised of three important phases: pain relief, strengthening, and functional integration. Some people are apprehensive toward physical therapy because theybelieve itwillhurtthem;however,theopposite is usually true. Physical therapy is aimed at pain reliefandstrengthening.This isachieved through PHYSICAL THERAPY IS CATERED TOWARD YOUR NEEDS & GOALS!

several treatment services, such as ice and heat therapies, stretching, bracing, and ultrasound. An active lifestyle is also dependent upon movement. Our physical therapists will cater your treatment plan around specific movements designed to increase your strength, flexibility, balance, and overall mobility. Your physical therapist will assist you with many of these exercises,butwillalsoprovidesomesimpleones that can be done at home. The end goal of physical therapy is living the life you want, free from painful limitations. That can only happen when you apply the concepts you learn from your treatments to the outside world. Our physical therapists are as dedicated as you are,andwillencourageyoutoachieveallthegoals you set forth in the beginning. For more information about how RX Physical Therapy can help you, call us at 269.769.6108 or visit rxphysicaltherapy.com.

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CLAIM A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIFE TODAY Maintainingahealthy lifestyle takeswork,butonceyouget into thegroove of it, it becomes much easier. For example, eating nutritious foods is one of the easiest ways to improve your health (although we know those sweets are hard to kick.) Physical activity is the hardest aspect to get in the habit of doing, especially if you are being held back by chronic pain. Some people try to mask their symptoms with anti-inflammatory or pain- relieving medications, while others unfortunately give up on the idea of being active altogether. Luckily, there is an alternative option: physical therapy. With the help of a physical therapist, it is possible to reclaim your pain-free, healthy lifestyle, and get back to doing the activities you love. Your physical goals will also be taken into account when creating your treatment plan, as well as any health risks that may be holding you back. At your initial evaluation, you may be asked to perform basic movements, such as sitting down, standing up, walking, lifting, stretching, or other motions. Once your physical therapist has a clear picture of what you need, he or she will begin constructing a treatment plan to help relieve your pain and achieve your goals. In the end, an active lifestyle is more than possible, even if you struggle with chronic pain. If you are looking to improve your health, strength, and physical activity, look no further – RX Physical Therapy is here to help. Schedule a consultation with one of our physical therapists today and get started on your journey toward better health and wellness!

Everyonehasdifferentneedsbasedon theconditionsof theirbodies.There is no cookie-cutter approach to health and wellness, as one treatment plan may not work the same for one person as it would for another. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to evaluate your mobility, balance, range of motion, and severity of pain.

For more information about how RX Physical Therapy can help you, call us at 269.769.6108 or visit rxphysicaltherapy.com.

RUN RECOVERY WORKSHOP MONDAYS @ 11:00 AM

Are you experiencing pain or limited mobility while running? Are you looking for ways to improve your stride and keep your joints healthy and pain-free? You’re invited to take part in our Run Recovery Workshop every Monday at 11 am . We look forwarding to seeing you there! To learn more about this and other events happening at RX Physical Therapy, call our clinic at 269.769.6108 or follow us on social media @physicaltherapyrx.

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Schedule your consultation with your physical therapist today to start living pain-free!

3 NATURAL WAYS TO BEAT SPRING ALLERGI ES TRY THESE SIMPLE TIPS TO PROTECT YOU FROM SPRING ALLERGENS! 1. Limit your time outdoors. Each spring, trees release billions of tiny pollen grains into the air. When you breathe them into your nose and lungs, they can trigger an allergic reaction. Staying inside can help, especially on windy days and during the early morning hours, when pollen counts are highest. 2. Tweak your home. Simple changes make a difference. Shut all windows to keep out pollen. Use an air conditioner to cool your home instead of a fan, which draws in air from outside. Take off your shoes at the door and ask guests to do the same. That keeps allergens outside. Finally, don’t allow guests, or yourself, to smoke inside the home. It can make allergy symptoms worse. If you or someone you live with smokes, now is a good time to quit. 3. Keep it clean! Be sure to wash all surfaces regularly with single-wipe dust rags (if using cleaning rags, be sure to wash them in hot water after each use). If you find mold, use water and detergent to clean, then let it air- dry completely. Finally, wash all bedding once a week in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.

E N J O Y T H E S W E E T L I F E

D A R K C H O C O L A T E B E N E F I T S

WHAT CAN DARK CHOCOLATE DO FOR ME? A bar of dark chocolate is actually more nutritious than you may think. If it has a high cocoa content, then it will also contain a good amount of soluble fiber and minerals. The bioactive compounds found in the cocoa of dark chocolate have also been known to improve blood flow and can help lower blood pressure. In turn, increased blood flow results in higher brain function, allowing you to stay sharp throughout the day Additionally, dark chocolate actually has a variety of powerful antioxidants – even more so than some fruits! DARK CHOCOLATE & PAIN RELIEF Perhaps one of the most important benefits of dark chocolate is that it can help relieve pain – seriously! The improved blood circulation that dark chocolate brings is a natural pain relief remedy. When blood is circulating efficiently through the body, it prevents muscles from becoming tight and resulting in discomfort. The act of eating chocolate also releases several “feel-good” hormones in your body, which naturally eases pain. So, you get the benefits of feeling good eating a sweet treat AND relieving pain in your body!

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

R E L I E V E L O W N E C K P A I N !

BILATERAL SUBOCCIPITAL STRETCH While lying on a flat surface, put both hands behind your head, cupping the base of your skull with your thumbs. Tuck your chin downwards and apply a firm force up your skull with both thumbs to feel a moderate stretch in the back of the upper neck. Hold for at least 30 seconds.

CHIN TUCK SUPINE Lie with roll under neck. Without lifting head, tuck chin gently. Keep the large muscles in the neck relaxed. Repeat 3-6 times as needed.

IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF COMPLETING THESE EXERCISES OR EXPERIENCE PAIN WHEN DOING SO, STOP AND CONSULT YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST.

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VEGAN RECIPE

H O T C A U L I F O W E R W I N G S

INGREDIENTS • 1 head of cauliflower • 3/4 cup chickpea flour • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk • 2 tsp garlic powder • 1 1/2 tsp paprika powder • 1 cup spicy BBQ sauce

• 1 tsp sriracha sauce (optional) • 2 green onions, cut into rings • salt & black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS Heat the oven to 350 °F. Carefully cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. In a large bowl, combine chickpea flour, the plant-based milk, garlic powder, paprika powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined. Dip florets into batter so they’re completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay cauliflower florets on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 °F. Once baked, transfer the cooked cauliflower wings to a bowl. Combine the BBQ sauce with a teaspoon of sriracha sauce and pour it over the baked cauliflower wings. Evenly coat them from all sides by stirring them a few times. Put coated hot wings back on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake again for 20 minutes at 350 °F. Serve immediately and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce.

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