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Make Your Knee & Hip Pain a Thing of the Past • Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff Workshop: May 6 • COVID-19 Update • Green Goddess Soup

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STEP RIGHT UP! MA K E Y O U R KN E E & H I P PA I N A T H I N G O F T H E PA S T

Mark Twain once said that growing old is an issue of “mind over matter,” but if you struggle with knee or hip pain, then you know that this isn’t true at all. Knee and hip pain can really take the spring out of your step, causing you to move slower and leaving you with pain that becomes more difficult to cope with, step after step. There is an endless list of reasons as to why knee or hip pain may develop, from a slip or fall-related accident to a sports injury or even a car accident. Don’t Wait Until It Is Too Late! When an injury develops, seeking the support of a physical therapist is the best course of action. Working with a physical therapist soon after an injury develops can help reduce your recovery time and improve your ability to cope with the pain and discomfort by introducing you to targeted exercises and stretching techniques that can enhance your ability to recover from the injury. When you are dealing with a knee or hip injury, every step requires more effort than typical. This can really drain your energy level as you attempt to go about doing even basic tasks, such as taking care of your home or walking around the office. What Can Physical Therapy Do to Help? Physical therapy is not a one-stop cure-all for pain management. This is a long-term solution to pain and suffering through the use of

targeted exercises and stretching techniques that are designed to strengthen the targeted areas and help the body recover and heal. By identifying the exact points on the body that are not moving as they ought to be, it is possible to make a plan to increase flexibility, motion, strength and even improve coordination. Who Needs Physical Therapy? Are you moving like you should be? Your hips and knees are essential to everyday movement; whether you are sitting, standing, walking or running, you need your hips and knees in great shape. Sometimes, when your hips and knees are in pain, it can cause you to change the way that you are moving, causing you to change the flow and pace of your gait, which is the way that you walk. Other times, prolonged pain can cause you to stop doing movements that are indicative of healthy joints. If you’veexperiencedany hipor kneepainandare considering whetherphysical therapy isagoodchoice for yourhealthneeds, consider the following: • From a standing position, are you able to lean over and touch your toes? If so, then this indicates that you have proper hip and low back flexibility. If not, then you may need to improve your flexibility and joint range of motion, and physical therapy could be helpful. • In a sitting position, can you comfortably cross your legs, leaving your ankle to rest comfortably on the opposite knee? If this is

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painful, or one knee constantly must be lower than the other, then this may be indicative of knee concerns that could be addressed with physical therapy. • From a standing position, with your feet planted flat on the floor, can you push your body into a squatting position? You should be able to squat all the way down so that your buttocks are almost touching your heels. If you aren’t able to do this, then physical therapy may be helpful in improving your range of motion. • Standing near a wall or countertop, arrange your feet so that you are standing with the heel of one foot touching the toes of the other, as if on a balance beam, and see how long you can stand still. Can you balance for 10 seconds? If not, then physical therapy may be able to improve balance and coordination. The goal of any physical therapy program is to restore range of motion and improve flexibility and strength while reducing the general experience of pain. Unfortunately, hip and knee injuries often tend to linger. Every movement relies so heavily on the hips and knees that it makes it difficult to allow these joints to actually rest following an injury. Physical therapy provides targeted exercises that support the joints with precise movements that help reinforce strength and range of motion.

For more information, contact your physical therapist to learn more about options that will suit your health needs. Call us today at 337-264-9856 or visit bouletptandwellness.com.

COVID-19 UPDATE: WE’RE STILL OPEN & KEEPING YOUR HEALTH IN MIND

As theCOVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we want to reassure you that the health and safety of our customers and staff is our priority. We continue to follow the latest CDC guidelines. At this time, we remain open and we are running as scheduled. We know everyone has been concerned about all the news regardingCOVID-19 or Coronavirus. We wanted to take a minute to offer information about what we are doing, as well as some tips that you can consider for yourself. We are doing our best to minimize your risk for exposure toCOVID-19 aswell as all other viruses. We continue to maintain a clean clinic through vigilant cleaning of all surfaces, frequent hand washing practice, and screening those coming through our door that they are healthy in order to minimize your risk for exposure.

Tips for Coronavirus Prevention: • Keep hands clean by washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. • If water is unavailable use alcohol-based hand sanitizer at least 60% • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth • Cough/sneeze into elbow instead of hands • Stay home if you are sick and avoid contact with sick people if possible • Stay hydrated!! If you are experiencing fever, coughing, or shortnessof breath, pleasestayhomeandcontact your doctor. For more tips and information about COVID-19 as the situation develops, visit www.cdc.gov.

Clean Hands Often

Avoid Touching Your Face

Avoid Hugs & Hand Shakes

Stay Home if You Are Sick

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OUR SERVICES • Cupping • Dry Needling • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • IASTM • Joint Mobilization

NEXT SHOULDER PAIN & ROTATOR CUFFWORKSHOP: MAY 6 , 6PM Upcoming Workshops: • Arthritis: JUN 2, 6PM • Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff: JUN 30, 6PM • Arthritis: JUL 28, 6PM • Shoulder Pain & Rotator Cuff: AUG 25, 6PM

• Muscle Energy Techniques • Myofascial Release • Postural Re-Education/ Training • Therapeutic Exercise

If you or someone you know is experiencing rotator cuff or shoulder pain, then this is the event you don’t want to miss! Come learn about the common causes of shoulder pain and what successful natural treatment methods look like without the use of drugs, injections, or surgery. The workshop is FREE to all that attend. Seating is limited, so call to reserve your chair at (337) 264-9856. Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

• Ultrasound • Vestibular Therapy

• Kinesio Taping • Laser Therapy • Manual Therapy

Call us at (337) 264-9856 to Register Today!

WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING

HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?

These ladies got me back to where I can cut my grass again with no pain.

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Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain.

These ladies got me back to where I can cut my grass again with no pain. I am

also walking 2 miles in the morning and 2 miles in the evening. I will be doingmy left knee replacement soon and I will definitely be returning back here for my therapy.” - J. S.

Call Boulet Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute for a

complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love.

Single Leg Stance (Forward) 1. Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. 2. Hold your leg out in front of your body for 10 seconds. 3. Return to original position. 4. Switch legs and repeat 6 times. 5. Be sure tomaintain a slightly bent knee on the stance side. EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S US E T H I S E X E RC I S E TO S T R ENGT H EN L E GS & I NCR E A S E BA L ANC E

GIVE YOURSELF AN IMMUNITY BOOST! GREEN GODDESS SOUP • 3 cups baby spinach or super greens blend • 1 clove whole peeled garlic

• 1/2 cup coconut milk • Salt & pepper to taste • Squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice For garnish: • broccoli florets, lightly steamed • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, thinned with milk • Chia seeds

• 2 tbsp fresh ginger, sliced • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric • 1/4 tsp wasabi powder (optional) • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

Exercises copyright of

Mix all ingredients (except those for thegarnish) together using a high–speed blender. Heat over stovetop until steaming hot. To serve, pour into a bowl and garnish with broccoli florets, a swirl of yogurt, and chia seeds.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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