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Turn Holiday Aches and Pain into Cheer and Good Will

Turn Holiday Aches and Pain into Cheer and Good WillThe fine folks at Nassau Physical Therapy had some great tips in their December newsletter including the following two articles.

The first one is how to relieve holiday aches and pain, and the second is a list of 12 ways to spread holiday cheer and good will.

How to Relieve Holiday Aches and Pain

Piriformis and Hip Stretch – Seated
By: Kaylee Nelson, DPT
• While sitting in a chair, cross your affected leg on top of the other as shown.
• Next, gently lean forward until a stretch is felt along the crossed leg. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.

This could easily be done while wrapping presents while sitting in a chair. It is good for people with the diagnosis of “Sciatica” or even low back pain as people who experience back pain tend to have pain and tightness with this muscle.

In addition, please remember to stand and wrap presents at counter height and not while sitting on the floor.

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12 Days of Holiday Cheer & Good Will

By Domenica Miller

There are many ways you can spread good cheer during the holidays. Here are 12 ideas:

1st Day – Donate toys to children in need.
2nd Day – Visit the sick or elderly.
3rd Day – Donate to animal shelters, pets without homes need love too during Christmas
4th Day – Drop off old clothing, food or blankets to homeless shelters in your area
5th Day – Donate to your favorite charity online.
6th Day – Check out Kiva.org and loan to someone.
7th Day – Bake something and give it to someone in need
8th Day – Call a distant friend or relative that you don’t see often or that you will not see during the holidays.
9th Day – Have a holiday block party with neighbors
10th Day – Perform as many random acts of kindness as you can to strangers.
11th Day – Donate food to a food bank.
12th Day – Send a holiday card to a soldier overseas.

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Nassau Physical Therapy Amelia Island and Callahan

nassau-physical-therapy-staff-image-337Since 1989, Nassau Physical Therapy, a locally owned and operated outpatient, private practice specializing in orthopedic therapies, has been serving Nassau County, Florida.

Physical impairments, functional limitations and movement disabilities can be treated, and often prevented, by utilizing techniques that include education, hands-on skills, personalized therapeutic movements and promoting self-responsibility for an active or recovering lifestyle.

Owner Jim Marino PT and his professional staff all belong to the American Therapy Association. Using comprehensive assessments, they are qualified to provide a physical therapy diagnosis as well as evidenced based treatment plans. Jim has a BS in Physical Education and Sociology from Emporia State University, and a BS in Physical Therapy from Wichita State University. His commitment to the health of our community is evident in his involvement. He often speaks at local organizations and schools and sponsors many local activities including the Katie Ride for Life and the YMCA Shrimp Festival Run. Married to Shay, the couple has three children and they enjoy staying physically active, traveling, spending time with friends, cooking and wine tasting.

You can learn more about the entire team of therapists by visiting their website nassaupt.com/nassupt-team/.

nassau-physical-therapy-fb-offficeIf your doctor prescribes physical therapy, give Jim and his associates a call at (904) 277-4449 in Fernandina Beach, or (904) 879-1223 in Callahan. Their friendly staff will greet you and then the therapist will perform an objective evaluation which may include, checking your range of motion, testing your muscle strength, and perhaps use other special tests or assessments to give you a complete and thorough treatment plan.

“Physical therapists are experts at treating movement and neuro-musculoskeletal disorders. Pain often accompanies a movement disorder, and physical therapists can help correct the disorder and relieve the pain.”

Services include:

Physical Therapy: Nassau Physical Therapy employs Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistant. Special services offered by our staff include the following:
General Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation: The primary focus of treatment is orthopedics, which includes pre- and post-operative care, sprains, strains, chronic pain and arthritis.
Vestibular and Balance Training: Rehabilitation program ideal for middle ear problems, which result in dizziness, gait deviations and balance-related symptoms.
Foot Orthotic Analysis and fitting: Expert postural and functional gait analysis to determine appropriate foot type and correct affordable Ready – to – Wear Orthoses with custom results.
Sports Medicine: Rehabilitation programs which are modified and enhanced to quickly return high-level athletes and “weekend athletes” to sports-related activities.
Industrial Rehabilitation: General rehabilitation philosophies are modified to focus patient programs on quick, cost effective treatment tailored to address job specific issues.
Health and wellness: Individuals who are interested in increasing their physical activity or wanting to begin or modify a current fitness plan would also benefit from our expertise.

Physical therapists are important members of your medical team. Typically, your doctor or specialized physician provides you with a diagnosis related to a particular movement impairment. The physical therapist (PT) is a health care professional concerned with the remediation of disabilities or impairments and help you promote mobility, ability, quality of life and movement through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention for conditions like arthritis, amputation fractures, stroke, brain or spinal cord injuries, wounds, sports injuries and more.

For more information visit www.NassauPT.com.

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