AdvantagePT: How To Solve Daily Aches & Pains


NEWSLETTER January 2020

Enjoy Being Pain-Free This Year


How do you feel when you wake up in the morning? Does your body feel stiff, like a brick that’sbeenplastered toyourbed? Is it difficult tomoveyourarms, legs,back,etc., without feelingachy,sore,orevenpainful? Does itfeelas ifyourbody ismoving inslow motion,yourdiscomfortholdingyouback? Your body was made to move. Prolonged periods of inactivity can cause muscles and joints to constrict, resulting in pain or achiness - that’s why the mornings are typicallythehardestforpeopleexperiencing these symptoms. However, the way that you live your daily life can also be a factor indailyachesandpains.Yourbodyrelieson certain physical responses to movement, such as posture, coordination, strength, bloodpressure,etc.Everythingyoudohas an impacton thewayyourbody responds. Ifyou livean inactiveorunhealthy lifestyle, aches are certainly common. Conversely, if you have sustained an injury or strain from an overly-active lifestyle, aches will also be common. Whatever the case may be, physical therapistsarehere tohelp.Theirsolefocus ishelpingyouachieveyourhighest levelof comfort. Ifyouareexperiencingdailyaches

andpainsthatyou justcan’tseemtoshake, give our office a call today. Why am I so achy? Overexertion is a common reason for achiness or pain. Let’s say you decide to start up a new physical routine. You’ve never been much of a runner, but you want to get into it. So, the first day you run, you push yourself to a mile. You didn’t think it sounded like too much, but your body wasn’t used to it. Your legswereoverworked,andthetissues in your muscles got irritated, causing inflammation.Therefore, you wake up the next morning with sore legs. This is what happens when any part of your body is overworked. You may not notice itduringthedaywhileyou’removing, but inflammation can thicken overnight during inactivity,causingtissuestobecome inelastic.Thiscancausestiffnessorpain in the morning, typically easing as you move throughouttheday.However,thecausefor stiffness isn’t always as cut and dry as, “I didanexercise Iwasn’tused tosonow I’m sore.”Sometimes it’sdifficulttopinpointthe cause of your discomfort. That’s why it’s important to consult a physical therapist if your aches and pains persist.

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Simple Tips for Ache Relief



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HAMSTRING STRETCH - WALL Lie on the floor in a doorway. Rest your leg against the wall. Scoot through the doorway until you feel a stretch up the back of your thigh. Hold for 6 seconds then repeat 10 times on both sides. Lower Body Stretch


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


Simple Tips for Ache Relief • Sleep! - This is probably the easiest step you can take to relieve common aches. Your body chemistry is delicate, and not getting enough sleep can affect that.This prevents your muscles and tissues from functioning as they normally would, resulting in stiffness, soreness, or achiness. • Stay hydrated - Drinking water is an important part of living a healthy, pain- free life. When you are dehydrated, your tissues become drier, which slows down normal chemical processes in your body. Your body is 70% water and your muscles are 80% water. When you don’t drink enough water, your body can become achy due to dryness. In order to stay hydrated, you should drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces every day. • Maintain a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables - Fruits and vegetables with bright colors often have a higher concentration of antioxidants and vitamins. By keeping these a consistent part of your diet, you can better assist your body in both repairing itself from pain or injury, as well as providing a preventative. Fruits and vegetables help your body in maintaining its normal functions. •Exerciseregularly -Exerciseallowsyourbodytoefficientlypumpbloodaround your body. When you exercise on a consistent basis, muscles and joints remain warm, lowering the possibility of them becoming tight. • Keep a good posture - Slouching causes stress on the shoulders and neck, whichcancausepainorachiness. Ifyousitatadeskorcomputer, it is important to get up every 30 minutes for a few seconds to stretch. Moving around or simply standing up after a while is a great way to maintain a good posture, even if you don’t have a very active day. • Get a physical therapy consultation - If your aches and pains are persistent and aren’t going away despite your best efforts, it may be time to consult a physical therapist. They will help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. How physical therapy will help: A consultation with a physical therapist will allow you to address the issues that you’re facing. It is always better to figure out the cause of your pain early on, rather than waiting until it gets worse. The earlier youmake an appointment, the easier the treatment will be. Your physical therapist will give you a muscle and joint evaluation to discover problem areas and determine exactly what may be causing your aches and pains. From there, they will create a personalized treatment plan for you that will help alleviate your aches. They are dedicated to your progress and genuinely want to see you feel better - so why wait? Say goodbye to your daily aches and pains with physical therapy today!

Lasertherapyusesaprocesscalledphotobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirablesideeffects. It isalso important topointout that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.


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7525 166th Ave NE Ste D225 Redmond,WA 98052 Phone (425) 883-9630 Fax (425) 250-0575 22717SE 29th Street Suite D100 Sammamish,WA 98075 Phone (425) 883-9631 Fax (425) 250-0575


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REDMOND Knee Pain January 28th • 6:30pm

SAMMAMISH Knee Pain January 29th • 6:30pm

We only have 20 seats available for the event. This event is FREE, but you must call to reserve your seat, so if you would like to attend, be sure to register now … call 425-883-9630. All 20 attendees for the Low Back Pain Workshops will receive a Special Report: “ Top 10 Most Burning Questions For Pain”

Register by calling or online at our website Redmond: (425) 883-9630 Sammamish: (425) 883-9631

Don’t delay! Seats are limited!

NowOpen.TheexpansionofourRedmondclinic!Aswecontinueto servethecommunitywiththebestcareavailablewehaveoutgrown our current space and have just acquired additional space in the same building, just down the hall that will allow us to better serve the needs of patients for years to come. Patient Review “I came to Advantage having a lot of trouble and pain walking. Thanks to Kelsi’s help, I can walk around the office and home from work, with little to no difficulty. I can do it with no left sock or shoe.”

Staff Spotlight: Ashley Garitty, DPT

Ashley earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in April 2013, after which she moved to Mountain View, California to begin her physical therapy career in an orthopedic outpatient clinic. She spent a few years as a traveling therapist and has practiced at major hospital-based clinics in Boston, Denver, the Bay Area and South Florida which has given her a variety of experiences and skill sets as a PT. Ashley grew up in South Florida as a dancer, and her interest in Physical Therapy began at age 15 when she sustained an injury and spent months in rehab. Realizing the impact PThad on her life, she had a desire

to give back and help others to improve their quality of life while meeting new people from all walks of life. Ashley has a particular interest in manual therapy and individualized, holistic functional exercise programs. In her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her husband and Golden Retriever named Cruz. Together they enjoy hiking, camping, and anything to do with the mountains or the water. Her hobbies include yoga, working out, reading, and traveling. She is new to the Seattle area and is excited to be working at Advantage PT and is looking forward to exploring all the beauty that Washington has to offer in her free time.

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