STAR Physical Therapy: Helping Aches and Pains

December, 2018 NEWSLETTER


We are so excited to welcome Kate Grigg as Clinic Director of our Mandeville Clinic. Kate received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from the LSU Health Sciences Center in 2013 and has since then undertaken extensive additional certifications. Kate has now returned to Louisiana to join the STAR team after working in Texas for the last few years. What are you looking forward to about living on the north shore? “I am looking forward to living in a new area of Louisiana that I have never resided before, and being able to meet new people and serve a new community of patients. Living close to the Abita Brewery and House of Seafood in Bush, LA is also exciting, as these were venues that I frequently enjoyed as a student at LSU and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans.“ What do you like doing in your spare time? “I very much enjoy exercising in any spare time that I have. Usually, this just involves me pushing my son, Jasper in a stroller around the neighborhood or in a nearby park, but just being outdoors is very enjoyable for me. I have also enjoyed attending Barre classes when I am able. Lastly, I very much enjoy

duck hunting with my husband, Josh, and father-in- law Steve because, again, it’s just so wonderful to be outside, especially when it’s cold!” What is something that people may be surprised to learn about you? “People may be surprised to learn that I come from a family of physical therapists. Both of my parents have been PTs in Louisiana for over 30 years, my father as a private practice owner, and my mother working in the school systems with students with disabilities. I literally grew up in this profession, and am so excited to be enhancing and building the field of PT now as a practitioner.” What “Words of Wisdom” are important to you? “I never lose. I either win, or I learn.” - Nelson Mandela This quote has always been inspirational to me. To me, it means that when I don’t achieve a goal that I have set for myself, I can either choose to think negatively about the situation and myself, or I can choose to learn from my mistakes and the path that I have taken. Then, I can move forward and forge a new path towards achieving that same goal or set new goals to better myself and my abilities. Weclome Kate, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!!

NEWSLETTER December, 2018


INSIDE: • Why Physical Therapy? • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

How to Deal with Aches & Pains with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, Pain medications can reduce the severity of aches and pains

2. Don’t underestimate the power of resting! Your bodyreliesonsleep justasmuchasyourbrain.You needtogetplentyofsleeptokeepyourstress level at a minimum—and that includes your physical stress level.Aim tosleepbetween7-9hoursevery night. The more activity you engage in, the more sleep you need. 3. Keep your body in good shape with regular exercise. It may seem counterintuitive to cut down on pain by moving more, but exercise is a really good way to reduce aches and pains. When you exercise every day, you are able to train your muscles for more movement, and thereby reduce aches and pains. Keepingactive,staying rested,andbeingsmartwith hot and cold therapy create a trifecta for healthy management of aches and pains, but they aren’t going to solve the bigger problems. When aches and pains start to grow severe, or chronic, then it is time to reach out to a professional for support. Physical therapy is thebestway toreduceachesand pains because it takes into account a combination of active and passive strategies to help tackle the causeofyourpain. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say goodbye to aches and pain!

CALL IN! Call for your FREE ACHES & PAINS CONSULTATION Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

fora littlewhile,but theydon’tdoanything to resolve the issue. There are things that you can do at home that can alleviate your aches and pains, helping to reduce the severity of your discomfort while also reducing the likelihood that the pain will return. Don’t just complain about those aches and pains. Start doing something about them. Here is a quick rundown of things that you can do at home that can reduce your daily pain: 1. Use hot and cold therapy appropriately to reduce inflammation. After a good workout or a day of doing chores out in the yard, your muscles will likely feel sore. Apply ice directly to the area that hurts on and off for 20 minutes at a time during thefirst24-72hoursafter thepaindevelops.After that,considersoaking inhotwater,suchas taking a warm bath, to further soothe your muscles.

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may start feeling aches and pains. Muscle pain will occur whenever your muscles start to grow. To build more muscle mass, your muscles have to stretch, and lactic acid can pour into the lining of your muscles to cause a burning sensation. More movement will push that acid out, helping you to experience relief, and in time your muscles will develop increased elasticity, and the burning won’t be so severe. Built-up of tension from stress or overuse, and muscle pain from poor posture can also contribute to regular pain. A physical therapist can take a comprehensive assessment to help determine what may be the primary cause behind your aches and pains. Working with a physical therapist can help you develop a new approach to managing your aches and pains. Your physical therapy program will likely take into account strategies like hydrotherapy, deep tissue massage, guided stretching and targeted movements to help you experience ongoing relief from regular discomfort. Give us a call so we can help you say goodbye to your aches and pains. WHY Physical Therapy?

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

• 1 ripe banana mashed • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup peanut butter • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted

• 2 tsp vanilla extract • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats • 1/2 cup oat flour ground

• 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda

• 1/8 tsp salt • 2 tsp 5% Oil • Cinnamon • 1/4 tsp Frontier allspice • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries/cherries


“...I am back to feeling 100% and I am able to enjoy doing activities with my children.” Success Story: Brittany T. “I came to STAR due to injuries sustained from a car accident that resulted in back, neck, and shoulder pain that limited my ability to do things with my children. All of the staff at STAR have been wonderful. They all knew how to make patients feel welcomed and at ease. They explained and demonstrated all of the exercises fully. Thanks to all of the staff at STAR, I am back to feeling 100% and I am able to enjoy doing activities with my children.”

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside. In a mixing bowl stir together mashed banana, pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add in oats, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, chocolate chips and dried fruit; stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet.They won’t expand much, so feel free to press them down, slightly, and make them as uniform as possible to ensure even baking. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly browned.







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Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve pain from tight hips.

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Loosens Tight Hips

HIP HIKES While standing up on a step, lower one leg downward towards the floor by tilting your pelvis to the side. Then return the pelvis/leg back to a leveled position.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

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