"Do not complain about growing old. It is a privilege denied to many."
As we age, it can be easy to focus on the negative aspects like deteriorating vision, joint pain, and decreased strength. September is Healthy Aging Month, which encourages seniors to take charge of their well-being and to recognize the positives of aging, such as perspective, confidence, wisdom, and of course, grandkids.
Healthy Aging Month encourages staying fit, staying adventurous, staying healthy, and staying connected. Making healthy choices now can improve longevity and provide a better life for you.
One of the keys to aging well is regular physical activity, but declines in strength and flexibility can make it challenging. That's where seeing a physical therapist comes in. We are movement experts. We can help you overcome your pain, increase your movement, prevent the need for surgery and decrease your dependence on long-term use of prescription drugs.
There are many positives to aging. Your age number doesn't have to stop you have from activities you enjoy. Take charge of your health. Be proactive and if you need some help getting started, give us a call at 520-459-1386.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear is an injury no athlete wants. The anterior cruciate ligament is a major band of tissues that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone at the knee joint. When you tear your ACL, you'll feel a sharp, intense pain or even hear a "pop." The knee will swell immediately, and you may not be able to walk on the injured leg. Women are more likely than men to experience an ACL tear.
Many believe that to repair an ACL tear they must undergo surgery. Before opting for surgery, work with a physical therapist. Physical therapists are trained to help with ACL tears. We can reduce pain, swelling, help you regain strength and movement. We will show you ways to modify your physical activities, so you put less stress on your knee. Treatment may include neuromuscular electrical stimulation, strengthening, and balance training.
If surgery is still needed, we will help you prepare for a quicker recovery by decreasing swelling and increasing the range of movement of your knee. At Rainey Pain & Performance, we provide the most extensive and intensive return to sport testing after ACL reconstruction surgery in Cochise County. You don't want to guess if you're ready to return to sport. We provide the answer which is not based on time but based on passing specific criteria.
One of our therapists, Dr. Osborne, an avid Crossfitter, loves working with athletes. He has comprehensive experience in treating people with ACL tears. Give us a call at 520-459-1386 to schedule an appointment.
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How would it feel to fall asleep when you wanted? Or stay asleep, allowing you to achieve deep rest needed for metabolic repair? We offer 4 strategies for sleep restoration that help decrease metabolic and brain activity restoring your ability to stay asleep and achieve deep sleep.
No one wants to live in pain, and no one should put their health at risk to be pain-free. Opioids mimic the chemicals in your body, helping relieve pain, but they do not help your body heal. Long-term consumption is not a good solution for managing pain. There are better options than opioids.
Seeing a physical therapist can provide long-lasting pain relief without the risk of harmful opioids. Physical therapists work to get to the root of your problem, the source of your pain. As professionals trained in the science of movement, we help get your body moving, releasing natural endorphins. The side effects include improved mobility, strengthened muscles, and decreased pain.
Opioids are a dangerous risk. Physical therapy is a safer way to manage your pain. If you are ready to try a better option, give us a call today at 540-459-1386. We would be happy to share how we can help you live a pain-free, active life without the use of opioids.
The chronic presence of stress hormones inhibits healing. Our thoughts and emotions can even exacerbate physical pain. Do you recognize when stress is adding to your physical pain? Being attentive to your body is essential for optimal wellbeing. We offer two suggestions to help reduce pain, tension, and stress.
Did you know that when your body is off-balance, you are more prone to sickness and pain? Our daily choices and way of life significantly affect how we feel. Our bodies need balance.
Balance is the body's ability to maintain its center of mass even during movement. Balance is maintained by multiple systems in the body working together. Our bodies are strongest and happiest when we drink enough water, keep our blood sugar steady, sleep consistently, get sunlight and use our muscles.
Are you maintaining balance for your body?
Are you drinking enough water? Water flushes toxins and lubricates joints. Drinking water can boosts energy and strengthens the immune system.
Are you eating healthy foods that promote healing? Maybe consider limiting caffeine, as it can amplify the body's stress response.
Are you sleeping? Sleep is a time of rest and repair. Setting a sleep time and wake time may be helpful as brains love routine. Consistent sleep helps set your biological clock.
Are you getting outside and soaking up some vitamin D, which is critical for physical strength? Nature can be very healing and positively affect our mood, attention, and concentration.
Are you moving your muscles? It can be hard to move when you are in pain. Exercising even low impact can strengthen your body, lubricate your joints, improve your range of motion and flexibility, stimulate blood and flow and reduce stress.
Your body has many ways of telling you that something is off-balance, and pain is one of them. Take time to rebalance. If you need more ideas and would like to talk with a professional, give us a call at 520-459-1386.
While the aging process is complicated, it is still possible to live life to the fullest. We may not stop the aging process, but we can help stave off many age-related problems through physical therapy.
Here are 4 things that we want you to know about aging well:
While many headaches are harmless and resolve over time, more frequent and severe migraines can impact your quality of life. When headaches or migraines affect your ability to perform daily activities, it may be time to see a physical therapist who can provide several effective treatments.
Physical therapists can decrease the intensity and frequency of headaches and migraines, making you less dependent on medication. In addition, after seeing a physical therapist, your function and mobility will improve and your quality of life. At Rainey Pain & Performance, we use a variety of treatment methods to ease headache pain. The most common treatment methods we use include:
Neck manipulation- often, people associate this with chiropractors, but we too can perform manipulations as physical therapists with additional specialized training.
Deep neck flexor training- there are small muscles just in front of the top of the cervical spine that often need help to function properly. So let us help you train those small muscles.
Dry needling- small acupuncture needles are inserted in muscles around the head, neck, or face, drastically reducing tension and pain.
Let us help you reduce your headaches or migraines that are debilitating your life or maybe are just frustrating and annoying. Schedule your appointment today! 520-459-1386
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Is It PTSD? When you have PTSD, it’s hard to feel safe. The traumatic event – natural disaster, combat, sexual assault, accident - can take hold, and you find you can’t stop thinking about it. Maybe you have nightmares and trouble sleeping. Maybe you feel on edge and unsettled or don’t find pleasure in things you used to enjoy. Maybe you feel it’s just easier to be alone. Feelings like these are common after going through a trauma. For most people, they pass in a few weeks or months, but for others they are long lasting.
PTSD symptoms fall into four categories: reliving or re-experiencing the event, avoiding things or places that remind you of the event, negative changes in beliefs and feelings, and hyperarousal or being on guard. For someone to be diagnosed with PTSD, they need to have symptoms in all four categories.
PTSD symptoms can happen at any age, and they come and go. Only a mental health care provider can diagnose you with PTSD. And, knowing if you have PTSD is the first step to getting effective treatment. So, it is important to talk with a doctor if you think you have symptoms. There are effective treatments even if you have been living with symptoms for years.
Keep in mind that you’re not alone. And, there are treatments that will help you feel better and take back control of your life. Be the advocate – take that first step for yourself.
Learn more about PTSD symptoms at the National Center for PTSD. The PTSD Coach app and PTSD Coach Online can also help you learn about PTSD symptoms and practice skills to manage those symptoms. You can even track your PTSD symptoms in the app. The PTSD Treatment Decision Aid is another online tool that can help you decide which treatment is best for you. Other useful resources are the Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment booklet, and the National Center for PTSD’s whiteboard videos.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.PTSD.VA.GOV
Therapist/Patient Alliance - At Rainey Pain & Performance, we are passionate about relationship building. We believe that a critical factor in the success of any treatment is the therapist-patient alliance. When there is a sense of collaboration, trust and support, treatment is much more effective.
What contributes to a therapist-patient alliance? Listening is where we begin. We understand that each person's pain is unique and want to hear your story and the factors that are contributing to your pain. We genuinely care about how you are doing, and throughout your treatment plan, we collect and share outcome data with you because we want you to see your accomplishment and growth. Education and communication are fundamental aspects of our job and are essential for a positive therapist-patient relationship. Communication occurs in our clinic and through multiple methods like our newsletter, social media platforms (Facebook and Instagram), and our newly updated website. We want to make sure all your needs, questions, and concerns are met.
When we build alliances we notice our patient's ability to perform daily activities increases, pain levels decrease and overall health improves. We extend an invitation to build a relationship with us and look forward to listening, reporting outcomes, sharing our knowledge and consistently communicating to build a strong alliance and see improvement in your health and wellness.