Liberty Rehab Specialists - May 2020

MAY 2020


NORTH CENTRAL 415 Embassy Oaks Dr. #202, San Antonio, TX 78216 210.490.4738

NORTHEAST 2130 NE Loop 410, Ste. 212, San Antonio, TX 78217 210.656.5848

SOUTHSIDE 2600 SW Military Dr. #206, San Antonio, TX 78224 210.922.6292


There’s a lot of stress in the world right now over health and well- being. As of this writing, people are now practicing social distancing and setting up to work from home. Retailers and restaurants have seen better days. Things are a bit topsy- turvy. But in times like these, it’s important to try to not let stress get the best of you. It might be easier said than done, but if you can tackle your stress, you’ll be much better prepared to face the turmoil we’re all currently going through. The first step to controlling stress is understanding what it is and recognizing when it occurs. Stress is the body’s natural response to a harmful or threatening situation, whether it’s real or perceived in our minds. Many people know this as the “fight or flight” response, and it’s designed to get humans out of potential harm’s way by pumping their bodies with the hormone known as cortisone. This temporarily increases your heart rate, tightens your muscles, and boosts your blood pressure so you can react as needed. But in today’s world, there are so many stressful stimuli coming at us all the time that the body gets stuck in a near-constant state of “fight or flight,” even though we may not feel it. The problem is our bodies aren’t equipped

to handle long-term, chronic stress without physical consequences, and the lasting presence of cortisone in our bodies is severely detrimental to our well-being. Symptoms of stress can vary from person to person, but you can keep an eye out for and address some of the most common ones. In addition to mental and emotional effects like agitation, mood swings, inability to relax, and even depression, the physical effects of stress can also be debilitating. If you’re experiencing low energy, headaches, an upset stomach, muscle aches and pains, dry mouth, or a tight jaw (from clenching or grinding your teeth), you may be suffering from ongoing stress. The lasting effects of any of these ailments can be severe. Stress can lead to high blood pressure, obesity, skin blemishes, hair loss, and gastrointestinal problems. If you recognize any of these signs, you should first try to develop habits that relieve your stress. If you’re spending extra time at home right now, find activities to do that make you calm or bring you joy. Read your favorite book, watch your favorite movie, or cuddle with your pets. Try to eat right and find at least 30 minutes in your day to exercise. Don’t subject yourself to news or internet panic 24/7.

If you’re carrying any tension or stiffness in your muscles due to ongoing stress, know that Liberty’s doors are still open and we’re here to help. We’re taking the outbreak seriously, which means we’re remaining open to those who are feeling the physical woes of these stressful times. We’ve always been adamant about good hygiene practices, but we’re taking extra precautions now to make sure every room, surface, and piece of equipment is as clean and disinfected as it can be at all times. We’re following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and recommendations closely to make our atmosphere as safe as possible for everyone. Things may be stressful right now, but we’ll get through this. If you need help in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. –Dr. Mary Lou Lugo


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