An Exciting Time of Year
It’s an exciting time of year. Kids are heading back to school, the hot summer days are about to get a little cooler, and Manual Edge is gearing up for a bigmove! Wewon’t bemoving far but we’ll be heading 2 street lights to the north to a larger space on Lehman Dr that will feature additional treatment rooms and an open space for exercise instruction. The space will also allow us to move our workshops from the YMCA into the clinic. We are planning on holding training classes for therapists in the space as well. Many of you have felt the over crowded aspect to the clinic in recent months and for that we
sincerely apologize. You also probably know we’ve been looking for a larger office for the past year, and we could not be happier with where we are landing. The new office will allow patients and staff to feel a lot more comfortable and we will hopefully be greeting many new faces as we make this transition. We’ve been in our current home since 2009, when we became Manual Edge, and have a lot of incredibly fond memories here. While we have enjoyed our current office, we are more than ready tomove into our new home and look forward to having a better space to provide our patients with the best personalized physical therapy experience in Colorado Springs
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Give Chronic Pain the Cold Shoulder
It’s time to say goodbye to elbow, wrist and shoulder pain once and for all. Identifying the cause of your pain and taking steps to combat ill habits that may be contributing to your discomfort can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Wave goodbye to pain in your hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders with targeted techniques from your experienced physical therapists. What is Causing the Pain? Think about the tasks that make up the majority of your day-to-day life. It is often said that life in the 21st century is way easier on the body than lifeduringanyother time inhumanhistory—and it’s true that there is a fair amount of evidence to support this idea. Rather than spending all of your days working in a factory or on a farm, the vast majority of Americans work indoors, often at a computer for a predetermined number of hours week after week. But this new lifestyle isn’t exactly harmless for the body, either. There are plenty of ways in which the common tasks of 21st century life put the body under a great deal of stress. Sedentury lifestyles frequently contribute to weight gain, which increases your risk for a long list of obesity- related diseases.This puts additional stress on your body, which could result in pain in crucial joints like your shoulders, elbows and yes, even your wrists. But even aside from that, there are a lot of potential issues that your body can face as a result of sedentary behavior in the workplace — including shoulder, elbow and wrist pain.
common as a result of workplace injury and overuse. While it is sometimes possible to take action to prevent an injury from developing, it is especially importanttobeabletorecognizewhen an injury develops and to understand ways that youcancombatthat injuryby identifyingwhatmay havecausedthepaintodevelop inthefirstplace. Common issues that can lead to shoulder, wrist and elbow pain include: • Issues with poor posture • Carpal tunnel syndrome, which can develop from overuse of the wrist and regular, repetitive motions, such as typing • Heavy lifting • Athletic injuries • Muscle sprain • Muscle strain • Dislocation or hyperextension of the joints One of the biggest concerns regarding pain in the wrist, elbow and shoulder is that it is difficult to impossible toactuallyallow thesepartsof the body time to rest. Every movement and action requires these body parts — and when the pain develops in both arms, as it often does, treating the pain becomes even more complicated. It is impossible to care for your basic needs without involving your shoulder or wrist, let alone get through a day at the office. This is why so many issues regarding pain in the wrists, elbows and shoulders typically become chronic. Since it is difficult to allow these body parts time to properly rest, they continue being overused and the pain can actually worsen. Getting a Handle on Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder Pain
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Treating Shoulder, Elbow, &Wrist Pain
Treating Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist Pain Addressing the pain early on is the best way to prevent an issue from becomingchronic.Turning tomedicationandbracesforpainmanagement is not a long-term solution and will only push off the inevitable truth — that you need to find a solution for the problem that is causing you pain. Physical therapy is the ideal tool for support in this regard. Working with a physical therapist will provide you with an opportunity to understand what movements may be causing further discomfort, and can help you to strengthen the surrounding muscles while improving range of motion, which together will likely alleviate some of the pain associated with your injury. Don’t assume that pain in your elbows, wrists or shoulders will go away on its own. It is more common for the pain to worsen, and compensating for the pain by overusing the opposite arm can cause further injury to develop. For support with learning how to manage the pain, and to learn exercises and techniques that can help you overcome the injury and restore proper strength and functionality to your shoulders, wrists and elbows, contact your physical therapist.
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“I couldn’t be happier with the results!” “I couldn’t be happier with the results achieved with my therapy at Manual Edge. Val is a gifted therapist and her skills and knowledge provided some immediate relief on my very first visit. My shoulder was severely damaged five years earlier, but I was unaware that it had not healed completely until a physical strain cause recurring pain and limited my range of motion. Using a combination of treatment sessions along with recommended stretches and exercises, Val has guided me back to full range of motion, strength and a pain free livelihood. I am very grateful for my results and would recommend Val, Chris and the rest of the professional staff at Manual Edge, for they are truly committed to excellence!” – Bart C. If you, or a loved one, has back pain or sciatica pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Saturday, September 15th • 10am Where: Cafe 225 225 North Weber Street Colorado Springs, CO 80918 COMPLIMENTARYWORKSHOPS
“I’ve already recommended him to several of my friends.” “I’ve been active all my life and have worked with a number of Physical Therapists. Chris is by far the best. Both the treatments, and the information he provided were outstanding. I’ve already recommended him to several of my friends.” – Tom B.
Strengthens Shoulders EXERCISE ESSENTIAL
ELASTIC BAND EXTERNAL ROTATION
While holding an elastic band at your side with your elbow bent, start with your hand near your stomach and then pull the band away. Keep your elbow at your side the entire time.
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