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Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Welcome Daylyn Lelle Front Desk Coordinator We are very excited to have Daylyn as our front desk coordinator here at Blue Physical Therapy. Daylyn grew up in Jonesborough TN, and attended University School where she graduated in 2011. Daylyn was recently married and enjoys spending time with her friends and family. Prior to Blue Ridge Physical Therapy, Daylyn worked at Sundale Preschool for 10 years. Daylyn’s bright personality and smile makes patients feel right at home as soon as they walk in the front door! FIND OUT WHAT IS CAUSING YOUR PAIN, AND TREAT IT

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

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• Where Is Your Pain Coming From? • Preparing For Physical Therapy • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Trail Mix Recipe

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Where Is Your Pain Coming From? Determining The Origins Of Your Pain

working with a physical therapist can help you find the relief you are looking for. Physical therapists are trained in identifying and treating the cause of your pain, giving you the opportunity to shift away from the ongoing use of painmedication and instead find relief from your pain with a series of strategies that include stretching, muscle building and flexibility training. Understanding Your Pain Whenyoumeetwithaphysicaltherapisttounderstand where your pain may be coming from, one of the first things you’ll do is have a conversation about your pain. How long you’ve been experiencing pain, where it developed and how the pain manifests itself are all very important distinctions that can help shed some light on what may be causing your discomfort. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck pain for good. Call us today for more information!

Sometimes it happens when a pain develops that you can immediately identify the cause. A new pair of shoes may cause a sharp pain in your heel, or an old chair at work may cause your back to grow sore and uncomfortable as time goes on. But there are other situations in which pain develops, and the cause of the pain is unclear. Different types of bodily pain can tell you different things about your body and overall bodily health. Sometimes, a pain in your arm or your leg may have little to nothing to do with an actual issue in your arm or leg. Physical therapists are like well-trained detectives when it comes to identifying the causes of pain. A physical therapist knows the way that the nervous system works, making it possible to identify the potential causes of pain, even if the pain is manifesting itself in an unusual or seemingly inexplicable way. Whether you are suffering from pain in your head, your back, your neck or anywhere else in your body,

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PREPARING FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY

sensations are actually associated with different types of problems, so describing your pain appropriately may be helpful in determining the best treatment methods for your body’s needs. • What do you think may be causing the pain? Of course, it happens that a pain will develop, and you are dumbfounded as to why, but more often than not, there is something that you think could be influincing it. If the pain started around the same time as a change in environment or life circumstances, then it is worth telling your physical therapist about the association. Another thing to consider about your pain is whether or not it develops at particular times of the day or year. There are plenty of situations when someone begins to experience pain when the weather starts to change, and it turns out that the pain is a result of arthritis and inflammation. There are other situations in which the pain will develop as a result of prolonged sitting or the opposite — such as when things get crazy at home or at work, and you find that you are not getting as much sleep as usual. Considering any changes in your daily habits or environmental factors can be very helpful in determining what is causing your pain. Regardless of where your pain is, how long you’ve been dealing with it, or how intense the pain feels, the smart thing to do when pain develops is to speak with a physical therapist. Working with a physical therapist can help you finally get a step ahead of your pain, finding treatment options that are designed to provide you with long-term relief instead of temporary relief from medication. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming bodily pain, contact Blue Ridge Physical Therapy.

Here are a few things you may want to consider before heading into physical therapy: • Consider exactly where the pain occurs in your body, and research what the different parts of the body are called so that you can have an accurate and helpful conversation about your pain. For example, back pain has a lot of different differentiations, and lumbar pain (which is in the lower back) is frequently caused by factors different from what would cause upper-back or neck pain. • How does the pain feel when it develops? Is it a lingering ache? Is it a sharp stab? Is it more of a tingling feeling? Each of these

Relieve Pain In Minutes

Helps Relieve Leg Pain

Try this movement if you have leg pain.

RUNNER’S STEP Stand in front of a box or step that is below the level of the knee. Step up onto the box and bring the opposite leg up towards your chest. Lower your legdown inacontrolledmanner.Repeat6-10 times, alternating legs.

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Trail Mix Fun Facts: Trail mix is a type of snack mix, specifically a combination of dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes chocolate, developed as a food to be taken along on hikes. • Trail mix has been eaten by Native Americans for thousands of years, and originally included buffalo meat. • August 31 is National Trail Mix Day. • The combination of nuts, raisins and chocolate as a trail snack dates at least to the 1910s, when outdoorsman Horace Kephart recommended it in his popular camping guide. • Some believe that trail mix was first invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack. • In Australia and New Zealand they call trail mix Scroggin. • Trail mix is also called GORP (Good Old Raisins and Peanuts or Granola, Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts) • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the verb gorp, means “to eat greedily”. • Trail mix is featured in Jack Kerouac’s iconic 1958 novel The Dharma Bums.

TRAIL MIX RECIPE

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup raw almonds • 3/4 cup raw cashews

• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

• 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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Patient Success Spotlight “I looked forward to my visits for professional treatment and the honest and sincere caring from the staff here at Blue Ridge PT.”

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“I dreaded my first PT visit. This is my last session and I am really going to miss coming here. The crew here at Blue Ridge Physical Therapy are the best. I have never heard of any negative responses. The care for my wellbeing was their priority. I looked forward to my visits for professional treatment and the honest and sincere caring from the staff here at Blue Ridge PT. Thank you for the care and the love the past several weeks. I feel whole again! Thank you to all!” - M. C.

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