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

BEING GRATEFUL IS GOOD FOR YOU!

GRATITUDE AND HEALTH Feeling thankful can improve your health in both direct and indirect ways. Some research shows that the experience of gratitude can induce a sense of relaxation, improve the immune system, and decrease blood pressure. But grateful people also tend to cultivate better health habits, like eating more nutritious food, exercising, and avoiding risky behaviors. In addition, the optimism that stems from gratitude can create a healing attitude: research shows that people with optimistic attitudes have better outcomes after medical procedures . GRATITUDE AND JOY Robert Emmons, an internationally renowned scientific expert on gratitude, has found that acknowledging the good in life has a tendency to amplify positive emotions, such as joy and contentment, because it helps us slow down. “I think gratitude allows us to participate more in life,” he says. “We notice the positives more, and that magnifies the pleasures you get from life.” Consider the last time you had a good cup of coffee—did you pay attention to the warmth of the cup on your hands, or the feeling of pleasure as you took the first sip? It’s easy to ignore these small moments of positivity in our day

as we rush from one activity to another, but stopping to appreciate them makes them more powerful.

GRATITUDE AND RESILIENCE Practicing gratitude can also make you better equipped to handle the difficulties of life that inevitably arise. In fact, according to Emmons, it’s an essential part of the process of healing from trauma. Even despair can be mitigated by the experience of appreciation for the good, however slight it might be. Many survivors of the Holocaust, when asked to tell their stories, remember most strongly the feelings of gratitude for food, shelter, or clothing that was offered to them. This sense of thankfulness for the small blessings helped themmaintain their humanity despite experiencing a horrific tragedy. Many people with life-threatening illnesses also report decreased distress and increased positive emotions when they practice gratitude. Recent MRI studies have mapped the gratitude circuitry in the brain, which activates a sense of reward, fairness, and decision-making—all aspects that help facilitate survival and post-traumatic growth.

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

BECOME HEALTHIER, STRONGER & MORE ACTIVE

Inside: • 7 Tips You Can Do On Your Own • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

and more. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be the most athletic person in the room. Any step you make toward helping your body function at its optimum levels is a step toward becoming a healthier you. Your physical therapist can provide you with exercises, stretches, and nutritional tips that can help increase your health and help you feel physically better overall.

It iscommonaspiration tobecomehealthier,stronger,ormoreactive.However, this can sometimes be a difficult feat, with lack of time, pain, injuries, or difficulty sticking to a nutritious diet. When you are in pain, undesirable chemicals within your body are heightened, which can increase stress. As a result, your endocrine system becomes affected, which works to regulate the hormones in your body. Fortunately, the vast majority of aches and pains can be successfully treated by a licensed physical therapist. AtTotal Care PT, our team is comprised of movement experts who have the knowledge and training to diagnose, evaluate, and treat any musculoskeletal condition that comes their way. To find out more about how our services can help you live a healthier, stronger, and more active life, contact our office today!

Increasing your strength and flexibility:

It is no secret that strength and flexibility both play important roles in your health.Didyouknow that thereareapproximately642skeletalmuscles in the human body? Your muscles work hard, not only to help you move, but also to support your circulatory and breathing systems. When you become stronger and more flexible, you become healthier overall. Our physical therapists can guide you through proper exercises and specialized treatments in order to relieve your joint and muscle pain, increase your strength and flexibility, and improve your overall health.

Your health and you:

The term “health” isallrelative. Itessentiallymeans thatyourbody isoperating at its highest levels of function in regards to breathing, circulation, digestion,

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7 TIPS YOU CAN DO ON YOUR OWN

Physical therapy treatments can help improve your health, but they only work if you apply healthy lifestyle choices in your everyday life, as well. Some tips you can do on your own to become healthier, stronger, and more active include: 1. Taking care of aches and pains. Don’t let these long-term problems linger. Contact Total Care PT for professional help. 2. Limiting your sitting. Get up every 30 minutes to walk around at work and home. 3. Getting out and moving. Exercise regularly, even if it’s just taking a short walk every day. 4. Maintaining a nutritious diet and controlling portion. Make sure your food intake is nutritious and portioned. By chewing your food thoroughly, you won’t feel as if you have to eat as much. 5. Drinking more water. Water keeps your body systems functioning at an optimum level. 6. Breathing! Work on your deep breathing in order to increase your oxygen intake and get your lymphatic system moving. 7. Getting enough sleep. Sleep at least 8 hours a day. It is best to get into a routine where you are going to bed and waking up on a regular cycle. This helps your endocrine system.

Don’t let these long-term problems linger. Contact Total Care PT for professional help. Are you looking for assistance with increasing your health, strength, and physical activity? Our team at Total Care PT would love to help you live your highest quality of life. Contact us today to begin your new chapter toward becoming a healthier you!

Healthy Recipe

Turkey Pumpkin Chili

INGREDIENTS • 2 cup chicken broth • 1 can pumpkin purée • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin • 3/4 tsp chili powder • 1/2 tsp cinnamon • 1 tsp cayenne pepper • 1 lb ground turkey • 1 large onion

• 2 cloves garlic • 2 cans green chiles • 2 cans white beans • sour cream • shredded cheese (try sharp cheddar

for an extra bite) • sliced radishes • fresh cilantro leaves

DIRECTIONS In a 5-to-6 quart slow cooker, whisk together chicken broth, pumpkin purée, ground cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper. Add ground turkey, separated, and mix to combine. Fold in the onion, garlic cloves, green chiles, and white beans, and cook, covered, until the turkey is cooked through, 4 to 5 hours on high or 6 to 7 hours on low. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, radishes, and cilantro, if desired.

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Discover How To Live Pain Free!

Patient Success Spotlight

At Total Care Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring, health experts during focused and individualized sessions. 1. CALL AND TALK TO YOUR THERAPIST 2. DISCOVER WHY YOUR PAIN HAS COME BACK 3. GET YOUR CUSTOM RECOVERY PROGRAM FIND US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

“I go to Total Care Physical Therapy because you really do get “total” care there. Tom and everyone who works at Total Care is genuinely concerned about all aspects of their patients. Tom takes the Time to explain exactly what he is doing and why. He answers questions and gives advice so that his patients are comfortable and confident with the care he provides. The atmosphere at Total Care PT is relaxed and friendly. I always feel sure that I am getting the best care possible while enjoying the time spent with other patients, Tom and his entire staff.” - Kathy K. “I always feel sure that I am getting the best care possible.”

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• Cost Effective • Non-invasive • Safe & Natural • State-of-the-art Facility Features of Physical Therapy: DO YOU SUFFER FROM ACHES & PAIN?

Exercise Essentials Try this stretch if you are experiencing pain.

Relieves Pain

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PRONE ON ELBOWS Lie on your stomach, hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows. Hold for 10 counts then return to start position. Repeat 8 times.

Mention This Coupon To Receive A BACK PAIN ANALYSIS

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