EasternShore: How To Solve Daily Aches & Pains

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

How Does Chronic Pain Affect Your Sleep?

Pain is strongly correlated with two large concerns in regard to general wellness: stress and poor health. These concerns are also strongly correlated with abnormal sleeping patterns, resulting in shorter sleep durations and decreased quality of sleep. When pain is combined with stress and poor health, you create a trifecta of distress on your body, which can make it difficult to achieve a healthy and full REM cycle every night. In fact, 1 in 4 people with a chronic pain condition are also diagnosed with a sleeping disorder by a doctor. Those suffering from chronic pain lose an average of 42 minutes of sleep per night – some even higher than that. In the same poll, 65% of Americans who were not experiencing chronic pain reported having “good” or “very good” sleep quality, while only 37% of Americans who were experiencing chronic pain reported similar results. In addition, 23% of the chronic pain sufferers also reported higher levels of stress. Sleep is an essential factor in overall health and wellness. It is crucial to the ways in which our bodies function day after day. When pain results in issues with sleep, your daily life can be greatly impacted. Many people with chronic pain report that their sleeping abnormalities have interfered with work, activities, relationships, mood, and overall enjoyment of life.

Sleep is an essential part of daily function, and you shouldn’t let your pain rob you from it! If you are experiencing sleep deprivation due to your chronic pain, contact Eastern Shore Physical Therapy today. We’ll provide you with helpful tips for gaining sleep and improving your daily life, free from pain and exhaustion.

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



• Simple Tips For Ache Relief • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essential • Patient Success Spotlight

Discussing Aches and Pains with Martin Weinstein PT, MPT, COMT and Kathleen Weinstein PT, DPT.

Whatever the case may be, physical therapists are here to help. Their sole focus is helping you achieve your highest level of comfort. If you are experiencing daily aches and pains that you just can’t seem to shake, 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 legs were overworked, and the tissues 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 it during the day while you’re moving, but inflammation can thicken overnight during inactivity, causing tissues to become inelastic. This can cause stiffness or pain in the morning, typically easing as you move throughout the day. However, the cause for stiffness isn’t always as cut and dry as, “I did an exercise I wasn’t used to so now I’m sore.” Sometimes it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort.That’s why it’s important to consult a physical therapist if your aches and pains persist. Find out how you can recover from aches and pains for good with our programs. Call us today for more information!

Dear Valued Client,



How do you feel when you wake up in the morning?

Does your body feel stiff, like a brick that’s been plastered to your bed? Is it difficult to move your arms, legs, back, etc., without feeling achy, sore, or even painful? Does it feel as if your body is moving in slow motion, your discomfort holding you back? 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 typically the hardest for people experiencing these symptoms. However, the way that you live your daily life can also be a factor in daily aches and pains. Your body relies on certain physical responses to movement, such as posture, coordination, strength, blood pressure, etc. Everything you do has an impact on the way your body responds. If you live an inactive or unhealthy lifestyle, aches are certainly common. Conversely, if you have sustained an injury or strain from an overly-active lifestyle, aches will also be common.



• 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. • Exercise regularly - Exercise allows your body to efficiently pump blood around 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, which can cause pain or achiness. If you sit at a desk or computer, 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 you make 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!

Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 410-641-2900!

Eating Right Never Tasted So Good!

Shrimp Fried Rice

• 2 large eggs, lightly beaten • 8 oz peeled & raw small shrimp

INGREDIENTS • 1½ cups water • 1 cup instant brown rice • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce • 4 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce

• 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger • 4 cups stringless snap peas • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch pieces • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced • 4 scallions, chopped

• 2 tsp toasted sesame oil • 4 tsp canola oil, divided

INSTRUCTIONS Combine water and rice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until the water is absorbed, 10-12 minutes. Spread the rice out on a large baking sheet to cool. Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sesame oil in a small bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tsp canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add eggs and cook, stirring to help break into smaller pieces, until just set, about 45 seconds. Transfer the egg to a bowl. Add another 1 teaspoon canola oil to the skillet and return to medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, 1 1 /2 to 2 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to the bowl. Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in the skillet over medium-high heat. Add ginger and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in snap peas, bell pepper, carrots and scallions; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the rice and the reserved egg and shrimp; cook, stirring, until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the sauce mixture.

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At Eastern Shore Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Eastern Shore Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

Patient Success Spotlight

I am forever grateful for the team at Eastern Shore PT!

“When I first started PT, I couldn’t reach up and fix my hair, had trouble pulling upmypants,closingmycardoor,and reachingback todoanything.Sometimes I had a lot of pain down my left arm. After only 12 sessions, I am almost free of pain and can function normally. Most of the time I don’t even think about my shoulder! Iam forevergrateful for the teamatEasternShorePT formysuccess! All the members at Eastern Shore PT are very professional, experienced, and nice.” - Mary J.

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

Relieve Leg Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing pain.

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Stretches Legs


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.

By request, we’re hosting a Back Workshop at Eastern Shore Physical Therapy

If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: Tuesday, July 30th at 6PM

Call To Reserve Your Spot! 410.641.2900 • Asure-fireway topick the right treatment for the cause of your back pain (and save you a ton of time & money). • The Single Biggest #1 Mistake patients withbackpainmakewhichactuallystops them from improvement in relief…

• How a problem in your spine can cause issues with your back… • What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.



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