Pain

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Pain

As I begin to compose this blog on Physical therapy, I think to myself, where do I begin? What can I say to the reader that will not only be informative, but also help to improve their quality of life? The one common theme for every age group that was equally divided between genders, was pain. 

Pain falls under two main categories; Acute and Chronic. Acute pain following surgery is to be expected. I mean, a surgeon just operated on you which is tantamount to carpentry work. Having said that, surgical procedures can have long-lasting pain and discomfort. Any pain lasting longer than two months is referred to as, chronic. In these situations, a Physical Therapist’s key role is to alleviate pain and restore a patient’s functional mobility post-surgical intervention. 

So, you might be thinking. . .how could someone avoid pain after surgery? You just mentioned it was normal to have pain. You’re right. But, there’s more to it than that. Someone who has surgery will have pain, but long-lasting or chronic pain can be limited or avoided all together. What if I were to tell you one of the main causes of pain can be prevented and that we have complete control over it? 

Here’s a hint. It’s one of the most common New Year’s Resolutions made at the start of every year. I’m going to lose weight this year. It really is something that we have total control over, yet find excuses not to implement into our daily lives.  

DIET AND EXERCISE

As obesity rates continue to rise in the United States, and with our advancements in technology, we’ve seen a rise in people living sedentary lifestyles. It’s hard to scroll Facebook and Instagram while you’re running on a treadmill, after all. You might be thinking: what does obesity or relaxing on the couch have to do with pain? Isn’t watching television and playing computer games safer than lifting weights and jogging?  

A surprising statistic that many people aren’t aware of is that for each pound of excess weight above the waist, translates into four pounds of pressure, or stress, on the knees. To put this in perspective for you, a gallon of milk weighs eight-pounds. So, if you have ten-pounds of excess weight above the waist, you’re looking at forty-pounds of pressure and stress on your knees. Have you tried to lift forty-pounds? It’s not easy. In fact, many people report lifting that amount of weight one time actually hurts their knees, low-back, and shoulders. Can you imagine lifting that much weight with every step you take? 

In other words, excess weight can cause pain.  

According to a study published in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, appropriate nutritional interventions may be one of the most useful tools doctors have to improve overall health outcomes in their patients and specifically reduce inflammation.  

Under a doctor’s care you may be referred to therapy for pain management. Your physical and occupational therapist can instruct you in therapeutic interventions to limit or even prevent pain. Thus, improving your overall strength and functional mobility. Through improved nutrition and other simple dietary strategies, coupled with lifestyle changes that can contribute to weight loss.  

In other words: it’ll have you feeling better and increase your quality of life.  

 

 

Arbor Therapy

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Arbor Therapy

What does the word Arbor mean to you? A large towering tree of great strength, offering shade on a hot, sunny day? How about a framework that supports climbing vines? An axle or spindle on which other objects revolve? 

Whatever definition you decide to use, the sentiment is the same: strength, supportive, steadfast, and true. Arbor Therapy, a fitting name for an innovative therapy clinic located in Chandler, Arizona.   

Arbor Therapy prides itself on hiring some of the finest Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists, the Valley of the Sun has to offer. With a wide-range of clinical experience, you’d be hard pressed to find a therapy-related situation that they haven’t already tackled head-on. This interdisciplinary approach has proven invaluable within the community in a variety of settings ranging from Home Health Care, Out-Patient, and even the newly emerging market of Tele-Therapy.  

Wow! What a sales pitch that turned out to be. Right?  

You may be surprised to learn that the purpose of this blog is NOT to sell our services, but simply to educate. Knowledge is power, as they say. And the more you know about the services that are available to you and your loved ones, the sooner you can make an informed decision. The decision to choose a team to treat your mom, dad, son or daughter is an important one. It can have lasting benefits and impact their entire life—often in ways you may never have dreamed possible. 

For more information regarding the services that are offered at Arbor Therapy, please contact us. We will be more than happy to show you how we can be of service. 

ARBOR THERAPY 

2950 N DOBSON RD SUITE #3 

CHANDLER, AZ 85224 

(480)935-0614