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Tips to Prevent Aches and Pains During the Holidays :: eightWest

Preventing holiday aches and pains with physical therapy

Need some tips to prevent aches and pains during the holidays? It’s all about getting your mind, body, and spirit in the holiday mood – with a little help from your physical therapist. Gina Otterbein and Terri Jeurink stopped the eightWest studios to give Rachael Ruiz and WOOD TV viewers some tips.

 

Watch the segment below.

These issues are set to the tune of some famous holiday jingles.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
If you’ve spent too much time leaning over to wrap loads of gifts, standing all day to roll out 10 dozen cookies, or lifting heavy packages; it can take a toll on your body, leading to a sore back, feet, or shoulders. A helpful tip is to get up and move around or change positions. You can even go for a quick walk – Yaktrax are helpful when it’s snowy or icy. Contact any of our clinics to get a pair. If this still isn’t working, consider giving physical therapy a try. For simple aches and pains we can get you feeling great in just a couple visits by utilizing manual therapy on sore shoulders, back, or neck.

Jingle Bells
Is too much wrapping and crafting causing your carpal tunnel to flare up? Try shaking out your hands and doing wrist extension exercises. If that doesn’t work we can show you some personalized exercises to relieve your pain.

I’ll Be Home For Christmas
If you’re traveling long distances to see friends or family, the car or airplane ride may take its toll on your back. A lumbar roll is a must-have for these situations. Our team members never leave home without them. Consider this a last minute gift before you leave – they’re available at all our clinics. If you’re still in pain, consider giving physical therapy a try. Back pain is one of the most common issues we treat, and oftentimes we can relieve your pain in just a few visits.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Has your insurance deductible been met? Now is a great time to come in and get all those aches and pains taken care of. Physical therapy is quick, safe, and convenient. If you’re on the fence, we offer free consultations so you can meet with a physical therapist and see if PT is right for you.

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
Did you enjoy our tips to prevent aches and pains during the holidays? You might like our other segments.

If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: reducing your chances for a fall, is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Reducing your chances for a fall, on eightWest

Falls and fall-related injuries, such as fractures, are a growing problem among older adults, often causing long term pain, reduced quality of life, and excess health-care costs.

Julie Blodgett and Zach Eddy stopped by the WOOD TV studios to talk with eightWest’s Rachael Ruiz about how physical therapy can help reduce your chances for a fall.

Reducing chances for a fall on eightWest, with physical therapy in Grand Rapids

Tips to help reduce your risk for a fall

  • At night
    • Use motion activated night lights
    • Slowly change your position from laying to sitting and your let eyes adjust
    • Install safety rails or grab bars
    • Use a stool if you need assistance, to prevent slipping off the edge of the bed
    • Avoid caffeine or alcohol before bed to improve sleep quality
  • As the seasons change
    • Make sure you have good traction on your shoes
    • Plant both feet firmly on the ground before getting out of your car
    • Avoid letting leaves build up as they can be slippery when wet

 

You can view the entire segment below.

Factors that can increase your risk for a fall

  • Balance issues
  • Medications
  • Tripping hazards
  • Low blood pressure
  • Issues with your feet

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapists can prepare a personalized exercise plan for you that focuses on balance and strength training, to reduce the risk for a fall. If you’ve taken a fall and have a fracture or broken bone, physical therapy is a great way to begin to heal because we can help decrease stiffness, increase range of motion, reduce pain and swelling, and help to restore the function that was lost.

 

If you’d like to talk with a physical therapist about reducing your risks for a fall, or pain that you’re experiencing as a result of a fall, we offer free consultations at each of our clinics and can often get you scheduled within the next business day. If you’re still wondering if physical therapy is right for you, give us a call today. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Reducing chances for a fall on eightWest, with physical therapy in Grand Rapids

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about various topics: is physical therapy painful, pediatric constipation and bed wetting, back pain in women, physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

Halloween Contest 2019 – We’re at it again!

Halloween is probably our favorite holiday around here. The honor of bragging rights for the winning clinic is not taken lightly so you can bet our teams begin thinking about how they can win months in advance – and this year they brought it!

Vote in the poll at the bottom of this post!

Allendale :: Up! Heading to Adventure falls with Carl, Russell, Dug, and Kevin! 

Allendale Physical Therapist

Caledonia :: They go together like avocado + toast

Cedar Springs :: The zoo crew is loose!
Cedar Springs physical therapy

Comstock Park :: Up!
Comstock Park Physical Therapist

Coopersville :: The SandlotCoopersville physical therapy

Grant :: Baby Shark… Do Do Do  You MUST click to see the video!
Grant physical therapy

Lowell :: Oompa LoompaLowell physical therapy

Norton Shores :: Three Blind MiceMuskegon physical therapy

Sparta :: Three Blind Mice
Sparta physical therapy

Wayland :: The Price is Right!

Ionia :: Dominoes (These are our friends at Grand River Physical Therapy, they’re also part of the Ivy Rehab Network, just like us, and we’re so happy they wanted to participate in our poll!)
Ionia physical therapy

Vote Below! Check back on Monday to see who took home the win. Check out the 2018 contest here, the 2017 contest here, and the 2016 contest here.