Physical Therapy

Fall Hiking: How to Stay Safe this Season

Hiking season is here! As the trees change color and you start turning the heating in your homes up, many of us are heading out into the woods and mountains for intrepid hikes and camping adventures. And yet, how many of us do it safely? It’s fair to say that most of those who put on their boots and grab a backpack don’t really know if they’re doing things safely, let alone why it’s important to know if they are! Luckily, we’re here to help. In this post, then, we cover all things hiking – from bags, to shoes, to water… we’ve got it all. So, stay tuned!

Let’s start with a few basics. How many of you reading this have watched 27 Hours? Yup, I cringe too. Hiking is an incredibly popular activity, but it can also be very, very dangerous. Because most hikers actually head out on their own, the risk of getting lost or injured is high. In order to mitigate this, it’s always a good idea to know exactly where you’re going: research ahead of time, get maps ready, and always give the directions to someone else for safe keeping. It’s vital that someone knows where you’re going, how long you’ll be gone for, and how to contact you in case of an emergency. Not only will this give your loved ones peace of mind, but it will allow you to make the most of your hike without a nagging sense of worry lurking behind you.

Next up is, of course, hydration. How many times in your life have you heard that you ought to drink more water? Well, this is another one of those times. Staying hydrated is an essential part of any hiking routine, as being outdoors in the sun de-hydrates you at a much faster rate than you realize. In fact, as you sweat you not only lose fluid, but you also lose important electrolytes. What’s that, I hear you ask? Well, salt, sugar, and vitamins, in short. A loss of fluid and electrolytes will eventually mean muscle weakness, fatigue, and a higher potential for injury. So, it’s imperative that you not only gulp that H20, but that you also ensure you’ve got a snack to replenish your lost energy sources. In this way, you can enjoy your walk without the risk of dehydration, exhaustion, or injury.

In so far as hiking is all about the path, it’s also about the shoe! Yes, that’s right – the hiking boot makes the hiker. Ankle, foot, and knee injuries are extremely prevalent amongst hikers, and this is primarily because the majority of them do not wear the right shoe for the level of activity they do. Make sure that the shoe you wear offers you the correct support and comfort – they need to be aligned with your tread, terrain, and speed. If in doubt, ask a physical therapist for advice and recommendations related to your specific routine and body.

Let’s not forget about the backpack. In general, the hiker’s backpack is their pride and joy – it contains all of his/her supplies and is his/her constant companion on the trail. No draw-string backpacks, please! So, it is no wonder that the quality and type of backpack you use is absolutely essential. The main thing to be aware of is that not all hiking backpacks are made equal: be sure to check for proper back and shoulder support. In addition, make sure that the weight in the back is evenly distributed. All too often injury occurs because the weight of the backpack leans more to one side, thereby causing muscle compensation and ultimately injuries to the back and knees. Don’t let this happen to you! Once again, if you’re unsure about which backpack is right for you, simply ask a professional, hands-on physical therapist for advice and help tailored specifically to your body and gait.

Once you have your shoes, backpack, water, and map ready to go, you need to think about what you’re packing! Hiking is 50% preparation and 50% hike. Make sure you have packed all the essentials. These include a small first aid kit, flashlight, warm clothing, water, rations of food, etc. Make sure you take matches or a lighter with you – there is nothing worse than not being able to make a fire when you’re cold or wet! Be sure of the seasons: pack according to the weather, and make sure you have the appropriate clothing needed – keep in mind the temperature gets colder as you get higher in elevation. If you’re have an epi-pen, or if you take medication, make sure these are packed before you head off.

Hiking is one of the most exhilaration forms of exercise, as it not only strengthens your body and mind, but it also fuels your sense of adventure and independence. That having been said, hiking can pose many risks, and, as this post has shown, it is important to mitigate them in so far as possible. If you’re thinking that it may be a bit daunting to tackle this list, don’t fear. Why not contact a professional, hands-on physical therapist for advice? He/she will be able to give you tailored exercises to strengthen your back, neck, and legs in preparation for your trek, will help you become strong and supple, and will give you invaluable advice about the type of gear and shoes you ought to use. In addition, if you’re currently suffering from an injury which prevents you from getting out there, a physical therapist will be able to treat the root cause of the problem, thereby giving you a pain free life… filled with hikes! As a bonus, physical therapy will help you avoid injury by teaching you proper technique and posture. Sounds good, huh? So, what are you waiting for?

Take advantage of the beautiful weather this fall and get your hiking boots on – the proper ones, of course. It’s time to get your blood pumping in the great outdoors – do it safely with the help of physical therapy!

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Staying Healthy and Pain Free During Self-Isolation

The good old days… strolling down your driveway to wave at a neighbor and perhaps share in some gossip, meeting your friends at the local sushi restaurant for a bite to eat… we miss that, don’t we? Self-isolation and quarantine can be really tough on our minds, hearts, and bodies. We tend to see things differently and we may even start to become down-hearted, feel less energetic, and, in general, we may start forgetting what it means to stay healthy in mind, body, and soul. In fact, some of you reading this might be avoiding the scales like a plague because tucking into a bag of chips has now replaced your regular walk! Don’t worry – this is much more common than you think. So, we’re writing to share some thoughts on how to stay healthy and active during these unprecedented times, not only for your mental wellbeing, but for your muscles, heart, immune system, and general physical health, too.

The key is to stay positive and to follow through on the decisions you make for your health. Remember, this too shall pass, and if we can get through this having seen to the health of ourselves and those around us, then we’ll have come out much stronger than before we started. In lieu of this, we’d like to offer you some tips to make this undertaking a smooth one and, where possible, to offer you support in those areas of your life you may feel that you’re losing your grip on slightly.  

Sleep, Wonderful Sleep!

Have you found yourself tossing and turning, waking up at strange times, or struggling to fall asleep altogether? This isn’t that unusual. Because many of us now find ourselves surrounded by the same people, the same environments, and immersed in the same routines, our bodies are struggling to find outlets for the energy we’re accumulating (yes, because of the chips). It’s essential that sleep patterns are structured so as to be regular and at the same time each night. This way, then, we’re able to instill a strict routine, thus allowing our bodies to find a healthy rhythm once more. Sleeping soundly is invaluable when it comes to maintaining your physical and mental health; without it, we’d be practically incapacitated and every aspect of our wellbeing would take a sharp downturn. 

Sugar, Sugar!

It’s easy to consume a lot more sugar in self isolation, right? Why? Well, the simple answer is that sugar both tastes good and makes us feel happy, albeit for a short amount of time. In fact, we love sugar so much that we sometimes just can’t get enough – from sugary soda, to cakes, to cereals, and even to pasta sauces. This stuff is actually extremely addictive! The endorphins produced by sugar allow us to escape from the dreary reality of a COVID-19 outbreak for a few precious seconds, only to be followed by a sugar crash and a craving for more. And aside from the crashing, sugar is actually very, very bad for our health. It can cause anything from diabetes, to obesity, and even cancer, not to mention that it can fling you into a roller-coaster of mood changes and mental acrobatics. The outcome really doesn’t outweigh the risks. It’s time to cut it out of your diet, especially now that your activity levels have decreased significantly. Try incorporating more fruit and vegetables into your diet, so as to maintain steady energy levels throughout the day. Drink enough water and make sure that you’re aware of what your body is telling you.

Vitamin D!

Chances are the TV has overtaken your time in the sun. Hey… just because you can’t saunter around the park doesn’t mean you can’t do a lap or two around the block, right? Making sure you get some sunshine is pivotal in turning the tide against mood swings. Vitamin D, gained from spending some time in the sun, is a key ingredient in a healthy lifestyle. So, it’s time to grab your shades and hat and head on out to the open air – remember, though, stay 6 feet away from those you pass and always be mindful of what you touch and whom you encounter. Have fun!

Keep Active at Home

Do not let self-isolation fling you into a sedentary lifestyle. Doing little to no physical activity will result in problems down the line: from stiff muscles, injuries, and pain, through to weight gain and consequent depression. Being at home does not mean your physical health needs to suffer. Why not do home workouts – the amount of these now out on YouTube is more than ever, and there is a whole community trying to get fit just as you are. Why not join them? If that doesn’t quite strike your fancy, why not go for a walk or set up a regular time for yoga or Pilates? If you’re working from home – at a desk or sofa – make sure you get up regularly. Walk and stretch as much as possible. And keep hydrated. When this is over, you’ll be thankful you took care of your body in a way that will prepare you for jumping straight back into the saddle of a life working from an office or on the road. 

During this time, it’s absolutely vital that you keep active, keep moving, and ingest the nutrients needed to sustain mental and physical health. All of the above steps aim to help you avoid pain and heartache down the road. Looking at your computer, the TV, or your mobile phone for hours on end will do you no favors: get out, keep active, and ensure that you’re strong and healthy at all times. You need this, not only for you, but for those you love. We owe it to ourselves to ensure that we provide ourselves – and loved ones –  with the care we need, especially now. 

If you’re having problems sticking to a productive, healthful routine, are feeling any sort of pain, or just need advice on where to start, why not give one of our professional, hands-on physical therapists a call, today? Or better yet, why not schedule your very own online consultation? We’re here to help and to provide you with the answers you need. Thanks to technology, we can help you from the comfort of your home, whilst still providing quality care. Don’t let pain or doubts hold you back from making the most of self-isolation; call us today for a helping hand. 

Until then, we hope you enjoyed these tips. Stay safe, stay active, and keep on making healthy choices!

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Stress: Physical Symptoms and Solutions

Stress. Six little letters is all it takes to make a word so full of meaning that few of us really know how to get to the bottom of it. Stress: is it that feeling you get when a deadline is looming, or is it what we feel when the chicken roast burns, the movie didn’t record, or we forgot to pick our mother-in-law up from the airport? Possibly, but could it be that it’s more than that? What if you haven’t been able to pay your mortgage for a few months, if a family member has been diagnosed with an illness, or if you simply can’t keep up with the pace at work? What if you don’t know how to cope anymore? Stress is all this and, perhaps, a whole lot more. In this blog, we’re talking about all things stress-related: what it is, what it can be, how it ultimately affects not only your mental health, but your physical health as well, and, finally, what you can do about it. Keep reading, because even if you think you don’t have stress, that ache in your lower back might very well be saying something completely different.  

Stress takes a toll on us emotionally; it can lead to depression, anxiety disorders, mood-swings, and various other psychological troubles if left untreated. In fact, the emotional effects of stress are so vast that they need an entire blog post of their own. For that reason, this month’s post will focus on the physical effects of stress rather than its mental counterpart.

For the most part, people assume that stress is relegated to the mind: a large amount of stress results in mental strain. Of course, this is true. But the effects of stress are even further reaching than that. Demanding, prolonged, adverse situations cause individuals to experience stress, that is, strain placed on the mind, heart, and body. As the mind becomes increasingly agitated and anxious, the body responds in like. Muscles begin to tense up, posture suffers, sleep is hard to come by, and the overall function of the body declines. 

It’s important to note that a knee-injury, for example, doesn’t mean you’re necessarily stressed. Nor does backache or headaches. In fact, stress is notorious for affecting a vast majority of areas around your body, rather than one single one. In other words, stress causes a cumulative worsening of symptoms throughout the entire body. Suffering from stress may cause a few, or all, of the following:

  • Back tension.
  • Headaches/Neck pain.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Insomnia. 
  • Back pain from tossing/turning.
  • Slouching from fatigue. 

Of course, as one experiences fatigue, so too the stress mounts, thereby worsening the intensity of an already vicious circle. It is not an understatement to say that “stress kills”, as a prolonged period of stress can lead not only to a mental breakdown, but to the deterioration of one’s physical body, so much so that mobility and comfort may be lost. Once again, this will further increase stress. 

It’s obvious, then, that recognizing the ways in which stress is entering your life and manifesting in your body is absolutely imperative. If stressed is picked-up on early, then the effects can be safely and permanently mitigated: this will ensure that you remain mobile, pain-free, and a lot happier than if you were living with that stress on a daily basis. A stress-free life is interconnected with health, mental peace, and a pain-free life. De-stressing is perhaps the most important thing you can do, right now.

So, stress is dangerous, yes, but it is possible to cope with it in healthy, sustainable ways. It’s not only possible, though, it’s an absolute necessity. Allowing stress to build is perhaps one of the leading causes of serious injury, both mentally and physically. We really don’t want you to get to that point. So, why not try the following activities in order to cope with any possible stress you’re under:

Breathing Techniques

Readjusting your breathing in order to allow more oxygen to enter your bloodstream is vital in balancing out the stress in your life. By practicing tried-and-tested breathing techniques, stress will not be given the opportunity to wreak havoc on either your physical or mental self.

Essential Oils

There’s one very good reason essential oils have been around for thousands of years… they work! Some essential oils are able to induce relaxation, and thus using them in your bath, in lotions, in diffusers, or even just as something to sniff on occasion, is a really useful way of inviting a sense of calm into your life. Remember, as the mind unwinds, so too your body will be open to healing. 

Heat/Ice

The physical effects of stress need to be tackled, too. As stress builds, so too the body may shut down. Remember, therefore, to pay attention to areas of the body that feel less mobile or painful than before. Apply heat or ice to these areas in order to alleviate the discomfort. Thereafter, seek proper treatment from a physical therapist. 

Physical Therapy

Prolonged periods of stress can oftentimes cause physical pain.  Backache, headaches, and neck pain should never be ignored: visit a hands-on physical therapist for the best, safest, most effective way of both treating the physical pain and for tips on how to prevent its resurgence. A physical therapist will not only diagnose the root-cause of the problem and eradicate the pain, but will give you tailor-made exercises so that you can continue your pain-free life outside of the clinic. Once you treat the pain, the mental healing can begin.

At the end of the day, stress is truly detrimental to one’s heath, physical well-being, and state of mind. It can rob us of our joy, hobbies, family-time, and active lifestyles. Listen to your body and make time to de-stress. Knowing if you’re stressed it absolutely essential in staving off physical pain and mental anguish. If you’re unsure why you’re in pain, you’re worried about your physical health, or you just need some advice about stress-related injuries, then we invite you to contact us, today. No one should live with stress or stress-related pain: let us help you, right now.

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Improving Posture with Daily Habits

Have you ever wondered why your neck always hurts? What about why there is that nagging discomfort in your upper and lower back? How about the nagging pain in your shoulders, hips, or even feet? Well, all of those aches and pains could be down to one very important aspect of your life: your posture. Yes, that’s right. For those of you who have never considered your posture important, or who haven’t really given the way you sit, stand, or walk much thought, we’re giving you some advice: it’s time to take notice. Your posture affects almost everything about your body, from muscle health through to bone structure and overall mobility. It’s no wonder, then, that today’s blog is all about posture. So, get ready, sit up straight, and start diving into why your posture matters. 

Having a good posture is important for more than self-confidence. Sure, it’s great to enter a room like Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing, but walking balanced and upright means a lot more. For one thing, a good posture directly affects the health and suppleness of our muscles. Practicing good posture ensures that our muscles remain strong and mobile, thereby allowing them to offer much-needed support to our skeletal structure.  Back, neck, and hip pain is often result of uneven, unbalanced posture. Why? Because the muscles in those areas are not strong, supple, or mobile enough to step-up to the plate. They can only function correctly if good posture is enforced. 

We can picture you adjusting yourself in your seat, now. And that’s good! Far too many of us forget that the small, daily habits we have actually effect our posture the most. From sitting incorrectly in a desk chair, through to carrying uneven amounts of weight and overcompensating on one side when driving, we’re all guilty of practicing bad posture throughout the day. The good news is, though, we now know there is room for improvement! 

First things first, though: how do we know if our posture is off? Well, the key to knowing if your posture isn’t quite right is to listen to your body. Pay close attention to the little things you do. For example, do you always carry your bag on one side of your body and then lead away from the weight in order to balance? If so, you’re practicing incorrect posture: your spine curves unnaturally in order to accommodate the uneven weight. Another example is this: when you drive, do you lean your elbow into the driver’s door? If so, your spine is once again curving unnaturally. How about when you walk? Do you lean very far forward or do you tend to curve your lower back/coccyx out? If so, your walk is off and your incorrect posture could cause back pain down the road. All three of these examples are just a tiny few compared to the various ways in which incorrect posture can rear its ugly head in your daily activities. For this reason, it’s extremely important to be aware and to get the right advice immediately.   

Always remind yourself of your posture and, where applicable, aim to improve it. For example, you could start sleeping with a pillow between your legs so as to align your spine. You could also start sitting upright in your chair at work, lift the height of your computer monitor, and refrain from using laptops where possible. Remember to get up regularly and go for a walk, too! Furthermore, when you’re standing, make sure you’re upright with your spine aligned. Ensure that your shoulders aren’t hunched and that your weight is spread evenly across your legs. The same advice is true for when you walk: distribute weight evenly and ensure that your spine is always supported. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear, too, as your shoes can directly affect your posture and, therefore, your health. 

Having said all that, we also know that it can be tricky to self-diagnose potential posture issues. Oftentimes, habits are formed over years and years, and that’s exactly why breaking them, or even recognizing their damaging effects, can be very difficult. However, if you’re serious about tackling your posture – whether to ensure prolonged health and a pain free life, or to eradicate existing pain – it’s imperative that you see a physical therapist. Professional, hands-on physical therapy is the safest, most effective way of tackling posture-related issues. Not only will a physical therapist diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem, thereby eradicating the pain, but he/she will also give you tailor-made exercises and invaluable advice in order to equip you with the tools to maintain a pain-free life filled with great posture!  

At the end of the day, just as a lifetime of bad habits can lead to injury, so too can the practice of correct, targeted habits improve your posture and thereby undo the damage. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the improvement of your posture doesn’t hinge on a large, extreme gesture: it takes the accumulative effects of daily, conscious changes to alter bad posture. Listen to your body and make the changes needed to move forward into a pain-free, long, mobile life. 

We understand that bad posture has the potential to hinder mobility and active lifestyles. We also know that it may well lead to serious injury or prolonged suffering… and we really don’t want that for you. If you’re not sure whether you have bad posture and you just want some answers in order to avoid negative repercussions, or whether you’re suffering from pain related to bad posture, then we invite you to contact one of our friendly, knowledgeable physical therapists today. Make the change needed to create positive habits that will last a lifetime. Good posture paves the way for a healthful, pain-free life, and we cannot wait to give you the foundation you need to start implementing them correctly and safely. Call us today – we look forward to hearing from you!

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6 Tips for Working from Home

If your desk area consists of a sofa cushion, and low coffee table, then we’re taking a stab in the dark and guessing you’ve converted your living room into an office. And while that’s all fun and games, working from home can actually be quite stressful on your muscles and joints – despite the extended periods sitting down! In this post, we discuss the ways in which you can stay healthy and active while working from home. So, let’s adjust the couch seat, make a fresh brew, and get stuck in!

It’s been a few weeks and you’re still getting around to sorting your desk space. The kids have taken over the living room and your partner has decided the spare room is now an ‘activity’ space. Your laptop has had more coffee spilled on it than the kitchen counter, and you’ve not changed your jeans for days. How in the world can you work from home while maintaining your health and sanity in those conditions? Well, we’re here to help. Take a look at our top tips for working from home:

  1. Make Your Desk Your Own

Let’s be honest… the couch just isn’t cutting it anymore. Sharing it with the kids, the spouse, and the dog Charlie, makes for a less than optimum working environment. It’s time to move. Claim the dining room table and make it your own. The key to accomplishing quality work from home is to have a space designated entirely to completing your tasks. You may lose a dining room table, but dinner can still be shared out on the patio or in the kitchen. Small changes like this can actually have a large effect on the quality of the work you produce and… yes, you guessed it, your physical health, too.

  1. Desk Ergonomics

Which brings us to the next point: how comfortable and physically supportive your desk space is. After having set up your dining room desk, it’s time to take a good look at your seat and table. First of all, ask yourself whether your seat is supportive enough for your spine. If not, invest in a good cushion or desk chair. After that, check the height of the table. Ideally, the height of the table should allow for your computer screen to reach eye-level, consequently ensuring that you have no need to stare down constantly – doing so would cause neck pain. It may help to use a bigger screen in order to achieve optimum height. Once finished, you should be able to sit comfortably. Ideally, you’ll be able to see the screen without straining, thus avoiding negatively affecting your posture. But hey… don’t get too comfortable, though, it’s time to move!

  1. Move, Move, Move

Now, we know you’ve just made your desk chair perfectly comfortable – plush leather, flashing lights, and a built-in sound system – but the truth is, you can’t stay sitting in it for hours at a time! Getting up regularly to drink water, stretch, and have a little stroll around the house is actually very beneficial for muscle and bone health. Why not set a reminder on your phone to get up every 20 minutes or so – that way, you are maintaining mobility and staving off any stiffness or pain down the line. Don’t allow your body to get used to a sedentary pose – activate the muscles in order to remain spritely, energetic, and most importantly of all: pain free.

  1. Snacking

Time to get to what you really want to talk about… snacks. No, we don’t mean Hershey’s and MnM’s. While having a chocolate bar every now and again isn’t a problem, having too many of them during the day will actually cause you to doze off at your desk! Avoid the sugar highs (and lows) and reach for some fruits or nuts instead. Regular, healthy snacking will mean your body stays fueled and you stay out of the fridge!

  1. Yoga 

Namaste! Sometimes it’s just great to get stretching. Incorporating yoga into your daily routine is a wonderful way of getting your muscles moving and flexing, thereby ensuring that you stay mobile and active during the day. Yoga is also fantastic at energizing the mind and body and, if done regularly, will go a long way to staving off injury as you get older. I’m sure you’ve heard that the first step to becoming truly flexible is just getting on that mat… so, what are you waiting for? 

  1. Home Workouts

If you love the gym, but just can’t make it out there while working from home, why not try some home workouts? There are some great live sessions on YouTube and you can even join local groups if that’s what you prefer. Being active and mobile really is the best way of staying at the top of your health and fitness game, and, if you’re not willing to compromise on your exercise regime, doing some cardio via a home workout is a great option.

All of the above are fantastic ways of keeping both healthy and sane while you’re working from home. Some days are easier than others, though, and not knowing all of the answers is normal. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t know what your correct desk-posture ought to be, or just feel unable to get into the swing of things while working from home, we invite you to contact one of our dedicated physical therapists today. Physical therapy will help you become active and mobile while you work from home, thereby ensuring that you’re able to keep up with your active lifestyle and pain free life. In addition, if you feel the time on the sofa has left you feeling achy, give us a call – we’ll help you get back to health in no time. 

So, there you have it. Six great tips for working from home. Don’t let home-based work leave you feeling like you’ve just returned from a Saturday at Walmart – let us help you get mobile, active, fit, healthy, and pain free during this time. Call us today; we’re here to help!

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Injections: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Remember how you used to be terrified of needles as a child? How thinking about the glinting needles probably helped you forget you were sick at all? Yes, we all know that feeling and remember it well. So, what changed? As we grew up, became braver, and started listening to our bodies a little less, our distrust of needles seems to have dwindled. Now, we run to the doctor for all manner of injections, and while vitamin B shots and flu jabs are at the lower risk end of the spectrum, many injections pose a very large, very scary risk to our health and wellbeing. 

Why, then, do we do subject ourselves to the needle-point? For many of us the answer is simple: we live with pain and just cannot do it anymore. Injections, on the advice of our doctors, promise a pain-free life with little to no wait. Injections don’t need marketing – they market themselves; if we’re in pain, we’ll do anything. The truth is, though, none of the side effects get discussed much, and all too often the advantages of shots are blown out of proportion. The truth is, not only do injections fail to produce any sort of permanent pain-free lifestyle, they go hand-in-hand with a whole bunch of negative aftereffects, some short term and others, sadly, long-term. If you’re reading this and thinking injections may be your only option, don’t fear – we’re here to spill the beans on shots, their consequences, and what other safe, long-term solutions you have at your disposal instead! 

So, let’s talk about what injections really do and what you need to know before getting them. Firstly, injections are designed to allow chemicals to enter your bloodstream rapidly, thereby enabling pain-relief. The problem with this is that the injections themselves just cannot target the root source of the problem – they may be able to mask it for a while, at a push for a few months, perhaps, but they cannot eradicate it. Thus, the pain will always return. 

And not only that. While the injections may serve a short-term purpose, they nevertheless set the tone for more dangerous issues to arise. For example, while you might not feel pain shortly after the injection – and you may be on Cloud 9 at this point– the reality is that you may actually be exacerbating the issue further, thereby ensuring that the discomfort returns tenfold once the effects of the injections wear off. In addition, the chemicals/painkillers being injected severely affect your health in many instances. Not only can they be addictive, but by they may actually affect your metabolism, muscle health, and immune system, consequently inviting numerous other health problems to become part of your life. 

In fact, to illustrate this point clearly, I want you to think of a specific area you may be injected in. This could be your calf or shoulder, for example. Once the needle enters your bloodstream, the physical area in which it was inserted is obviously disrupted and damaged. Yet, what does the actual syringe solution do to the tissues? In some instances, it may break them down, damage muscle function, and even cause blood-related problems. Moreover, if the injection is aimed at your cartilage, it may actually facilitate breakdown of the cartilage itself! Yikes. All-in-all, over time the pain and discomfort you’re dealing with will get a whole lot worse. And if all that’s only in one specific area, imagine what injections are doing to the other parts of your body? 

Is the short-lived pay-off worth that kind of risk? We don’t think so.

If we’re being honest, the attraction of injections lies in the fact that they promise a quick solution to a problem that is consuming your daily joy. Your family time has been disrupted, you’re not able to do the activities you love, and you’re struggling to put on a brave face. Of course an injection sounds like the perfect thing, right? We understand. It’s really, really difficult to live with pain, and it’s equally as hard to stop and think about long-term negative effects when you’re currently dealing with something that’s stealing your happiness. 

What we’re asking you, though, is to stop and think about the ultimate goal. If it is to permanently get rid of the pain and to maintain a pain-free, happy life, then injections simply aren’t the answer. The longer you continue down the syringe-filled path, the harder it will be to get back. 

The good news is, though, there is a way to avoid the needle… physical therapy. In fact, physical therapy is so much more than a simple alternative to injections… it makes the half-empty promises of shots seem paltry compared to it. Why? Because physical therapy gives you the ability to eradicate your pain safely, effectively, and permanently, so that you can access the pain-free life you deserve. 

How? Well, a qualified physical therapist is able to diagnose and treat the root cause of the problem, thereby ensuring that your pain is eradicated rather than just being masked. What makes physical therapy so powerful is that it not only rids you of your pain, but helps you maintain that pain free life! With tailor-made exercises and stretches to accompany your physical therapy sessions, you’ll be equipped with the tools to stave off injury and pain for the long haul! And not only that, but, unlike injections, physical therapy has absolutely no negative side effects: what you’ll get is your joy, family time, social life, and mobility. And no pain!

If you’re currently considering taking injections, or you’ve already started down that path, then we urge you contact us today. We want to help you reach your goals safely, effectively, and with no negative health effects. Living with constant pain is an unbearable burden; we want to give you permanent relief from your afflictions. Forget short-term solutions, veiled promises, and short-lived results: physical therapy will help you live the life you dream of living, permanently. Call us today to chat – we’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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