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NEWS

December, 2017

“Stop Postponing Treatment For Poor Balance!” BALANCE SETTING YOU UP FOR AN INJURY?

How is your balance? Have you checked it lately? Poor balance and coordination is the number one cause of trips, falls, and injuries. It even greatly affects back pain and posture. You don’t have to be old to have non-optimum balance. In fact, a majority of sports injuries are attributed to not having the right balance reflexes needed to adapt to the surface, causing sprains, strains and other injuries.

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INSIDE: � Balance Setting You Up For An Injury? � Improving Balance To ease Pain

� Exercise Essentials � Upcoming Workshop � Holiday Giveaway

Health & Fitness

December, 2017

The Newsletter About Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Well-Being

Avoid Future Back Pain & Sports Injuries BALANCE SETTING YOU UP FOR AN INJURY?

Our balance and vestibular system gives us the ability to walk on two legs, run and be active. Our balance and vestibular system develop as we grow from a baby all the way through adulthood, and then begins to decline. Most people don’t know their balance is not optimum until they suffer a sports injury, trip and fall, or lose their balance in the shower. No matter what your age, balance affects your ability to be active. Can you do this? • Stand next to a counter, sink or chair barefoot with your hand gently grasping the counter surface. • Put one foot directly in front of the other, so that one heel is touching the opposite toes. • Gently lift your hand up, but keep it close to the counter in case you need to grab it quickly. Try to hold this for 10 seconds (only do this if you feel safe or have someone nearby to help you). • Do you wobble a lot or even lose your balance? Your balance needs work! 5 reasons for our decline in balance: 1. Changes in our vestibular system 2. Changes in muscle mass, flexibility and strength 3. Changes in eyesight 4. Diminishing reflexes 5. Previous injuries to ankle, knee, hip or spinal joints • Now try it with you eyes closed.

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Pain Relief “The State Of Your Balance Affects A Lot!” IMPROVING BALANCE TO EASE PAIN

2.5 million adults were treated for nonfatal injuries in emergency departments in 2013. Preventing falls According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), over 2.5 million adults were treated for nonfatal injuries in emergency departments in 2013. In older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Most people don’t think about keeping their balance in shape, until it is too late and they fall, fracturing an arm, leg or injuring their back. The good news is that most falls can easily be prevented, simply by the regular exercising of your balance system. What you can do You can improve your balance, and it involves performing simple balance exercises. The first step in preventing an injury or fall is testing your balance and being honest with yourself that your balance needs work. Our physical therapists can make a big difference in improving your balance and vestibular system, improving your ability to be active, safely. Call us today to learn more about our specialized programs and how you can get back to an active, pain free lifestyle!

How balance affects sports performance The more aggressive you are in sports, the better your balance and reflexes have to be. Many ankle, knee, hip and back injuries in running, tennis and other sports are attributed to poorly performing balance. By incorporating simple balance exercises into your workout routine, you can set yourself up for success and prevent injuries, as well as enhance your sports performance. How balance affects back pain How you walk directly impacts your back and can actually be a big contributor to back pain. By improving balance, coordination and strength in your hips, pelvis and legs, your spine will be supported and guided, reducing strain. This in turn, helps your back function normally without aggravation and inflammation. Balance activities are an important component of our SPINE Program for relieving back pain.

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Upcoming Workshop

Attention Neck Pain Sufferers! Neck Pain and Headache Workshop Reveals How to Naturally Get Rid Of Your Neck Pain and Headache For Good.

• Do you suffer with neck pain or headaches every day? • Do you find yourself turning your shoulders instead of your head because your neck is stiff? • Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling into your shoulder, arm or down your hand? • Does your head feel heavy on your neck? • Are you afraid your pain will get worse if you don’t do anything about it?

If you have answered YES to any of the above questions (or have a stubborn spouse who is in denial) – the Neck Pain and Headache Workshop may be a life changing event for you…

Full Potential Physical Therapy Presents NECK PAIN AND HEADACHE WORKSHOP PRESENTED BY WILLIAM (BJ) JOHNSON, PT

Thursday, January 11TH, 7PM Full Potential Physical Therapy This Event Is FREE Only 30 Seats Available

How do I register for the Neck Pain and Headache Workshop? Call our office at 616-392-2172 and ask for Bria. If you would like to reserve your spot right now, call our office! If you call after hours, leave us a voicemail with your name and number. We only have 30 seats available for the event... and this will be going out in facebook ads, flyers, emails, and newspapers. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now.

Hello, Neck Pain and headaches can completely ruin your life…I’ve seen it many times.

• It can make you move like a robot because your neck is so stiff (how embarrassing)… • It can take your focus away on enjoying your life…like spending time with your children or grandchildren… • It can mess up your work or force you to do a job you don’t want to do… • It can ruin your travel plans… • And it can take away your ability to live life…having to rely on medication after medication just to get by…

So by request, I’m hosting a Neck Pain and Headache Workshop here at Full Potential Physical Therapy, Thursday, January 11, 2017 at 7 PM. If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: And less movement and enjoying of life can lead to depression, increased stress and a sedentary lifestyle (mostly sitting…not moving much) which leads to bigger health problems…and life problems. • The Single Biggest #1 Mistake neck pain and headache sufferers make which actually stops them from healing… • The 3 Most Common Causes of Neck Pain… • A Sure-Fire Way to Pick the Right Treatment for the Cause of Your Pain (and save you a ton of time and money) • How a problem in your neck can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your arm… • What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery.

Looking forward to seeing you there,

William Johnson, PT Full Potential Physical Therapy PS – This event is limited to the first 30 people to register. When you register, you can bring a guest at no addition cost.

Special Holiday Offer!

Are you looking for a gift to give the person who seems to have everything? The Theracane is a wonderful gift to give this holiday, especially to that one person you have to shop for every year who has everything! Holidays can be stressful! With the Theracane, you can apply deep pressure massage to your back, neck, shoulders, legs, hips, arms, anywhere and every where! It is an excellent self help tool for addressing muscle knots and trigger points. Best of all, you can give yourself a massage whenever you’d like. It’s a gift that keeps on giving! Get yours for $35 this holiday season!

Giving Back During The Holidays

Join Full Potential Physical Therapy as we give back to our community this holiday season! This year, we are working with Holland Rescue Mission to provide men and women with Emergency Shelter Christmas Gift Bags for the residents who will be staying in their emergency shelter on Christmas Day. To the right is a list of needed items for the shelter’s emergency bags! You may choose to bring in an entire bag ready to be brought to the mission or you can bring individual items. We ask that you have your donated items to us by December 15th in order to give us time to package each bag. *Every person to donate will be entered into our Holiday Giveaway for a chance to win a Fit Bit Alta! Give an unforgettable gift this holiday season!

MEN: • Socks –ankle/crew style, white and black (leave separate due to sizes) • Underwear—all sizes, briefs and boxers (leave separate due to sizes) • T-shirts—all sizes (leave separate due to sizes) • $20 Gift Card—Walmart, Meijer, Dollar Store (leave separate, will be passed out directly) Pair of Gloves—warm and sturdy WOMEN: • Underwear—all sizes and styles (leave separate due to sizes) • $20 Gift Card—Walmart, Meijer, Dollar Store (leave separate, will be passed out directly) • Full Size Lotion • Full Size Body Wash • Loofah • Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner • Chap Stick • Manicure/Pedicure set •

• Hat—knit style for men • Full Size Candy Bar • Pack of Gum • Shaving Cream • Pack of Razors • Chap stick • Deodorant—full size

• Hand Lotion • Toothbrush • Toothpaste • Small Game or Puzzle Book • Devotional Book • Pens

• Individual Packs of Purse Tissues • Fashion Scarf (as opposed to warm winter scarf) • Slippers or Fun Socks • Devotional Book and/or Journal • Pens • Picture Frame, Small Photo Book, or Pocket Planner Calendar

• Small Game or Puzzle • Deodorant—full size • Hand Lotion • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

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Outstanding relief for your aches... Try these simple exercises to keep you moving... Exercise Essentials

TANDEMWALK Stand with the fingertips of one, or both, hands resting on a wall. Place the feet ‘heel to toe’ with the left foot forward. Steady yourself in this position. Step forward with the right foot, placing the heel directly in front of, and touching, the toes of the left foot. Step forward with the left foot, placing the heel directly in front of, and touching, the toes of the right foot. Repeat this sequence, moving forward down the hallway. Reverse direction, moving backward down the hallway Improves Balance

Strengthens Balance ALTERNATING STEP TOUCH Stand “tall”, with sturdy step stool positioned in front. Step one foot at a time onto the stool. Alternate legs. Repeat 5 times.

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

Practice News

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