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Most Common Environments and for Winter Injuries Explained by Denver Physical Therapy

December 26, 2018

Cold temperatures and snow do not stop anyone in Colorado from enjoying fun activities. There is so much to do during the winter with something for everyone. As with the summer, injuries can happen when you are not careful. The number of injuries that occur in the winter is almost double of summer, making it crucial to be prepared and aware. This doesn’t mean you need to stay indoors for a few months! With care, you can treat or avoid injuries, so they do not become an ongoing issue. Explore some of the top environments and injuries experienced during the winter and how Denver physical therapy can help. 


Ice, excess water and slippery condition increase chances for workplace injuries. They are especially common in entrances and exits due to water being tracked in by employees and customers. Intense falls can cause a person to break a bone. Or worse, if a person has a hard blow to the head, it can lead to a concussion or worse. Reduce the risks of falls by installing mats in entrances and exits when there are additional slippery areas, post signage that makes people aware. For delivery drivers or others on the road, the chances of an accident increase. By following these five ways to avoid getting into an accident this winter, employees can reduce the chances of crashing. 

Exercising Outside

For those that love to run or exercise outdoors, keeping warm is vital. Winter and breathing cold air can intensify certain health conditions such as asthma. If running or other exercises outdoors, use thermal underclothing to keep warm. Also, use a hat, earmuffs, gloves, and a facemask to protect yourself. Also, cold weather can also intensify existing injuries, such as back or hip pain. If you find yourself struggling with this issue during the winter, have a conversation with your local physical therapist on best practices.  

Outdoor Events and Activities

For many, exercising outdoors is not their activity of choice. However, Denver is full of fun activities during the winter. From shopping along the 16th Street Mall or exploring holiday lights, there is much to do. Staying bundled up is critical. Just as with outdoor exercise, cold temperatures can make existing injuries worse. To avoid slips and falls, be sure to wear proper shoes during your outdoor explorations. Waterproof, non-slip boots reduce changes of slipping as there are several areas with water and ice. 

Hiking and Camping

When prepared, winter hiking and camping can be fun and beautiful. You must know how to dress for winter camping before your trip. Hypothermia and frostbite can happen quickly when not prepared. You should also map out your path in advance to avoid getting lost. Even those that are ready can run into serious problems when getting lost. It can take 30 minutes or less when temperatures are low for frostbite and hypothermia to occur. 

Ice Skating

Denver is filled with beautiful ice skating rinks for the whole family to enjoy. Often, ice skating is an activity people only do one season out of the year. If you have not skated in a while, make sure you take it slow to get your bearings. Otherwise, you could sustain an injury that becomes problematic for years to come. Some of the most common ice skating injuries include: 
  • Sprained or broken wrists and ankles
  • Twisted knee or torn ACLs
  • Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
  • Head injuries

Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing 

Colorado is known for skiing. Before you start skiing, make sure you stretch and warm up your muscles. Warm-ups will help you reduce your risk of an injury on the slopes. Some common exercises to perform include: 
  • Rotating: Moving your hips and arms will loosen up and get them ready
  • Side steps: Bend your knees slightly and step side to side for a few movements
  • Squatting: Skiing keeps you in a hunched position, so warm up by doing a series of squats

This will help you avoid some of skiing’s most common injuries. ACL tears are one of the most popular types of ski injuries. Make sure you practice jumps and going side to side to get warmed up, even if you are an avid skier. Proper form is also crucial. Perfect your skills by seeing a local physical therapist. They will be able to help you train for successful skiing adventures and explain winter ski tips and benefits of physical therapy in Denver

Ice Climbing

If you enjoy ice climbing, Colorado has many options. This can be a dangerous activity, but with caution and preparation, it is a lot of fun. In fact, Denver is set to host the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation’s World Cup finals in February 2019. If you would like to try out this activity, trust the skills of an expert. There are businesses and excursions available to ensure your safety. Falling is one of the primary ways a person can become injured, as well as cuts and scrapes. Ice climbing also requires you to be able to pick up your weight, so be sure you practice strength training with a physical therapist to prepare. 

Outdoor Maintenance

For many, outdoor activities and exercising isn’t their thing. However, most people do have to practice winter maintenance outside their home. Shoveling snow is one of the most common causes of injuries. Improper lifting techniques can cause back strains and pain. Invest in an ergonomic shovel and have a conversation with your physical therapist on best practices. 

No matter what you do this winter, Cherry Creek Wellness Center is here to help you through any of your winter injuries. From preventing injuries to recovering from them, we will help you every step of the way. Set up an appointment today by calling 303-333-3493. Our team will assess any injuries and create your customized plan for recover—or help you develop the skills you need to prevent them. Even if you feel you are a professional at your craft, there is always room for improvement.  

5 Benefits of Prenatal Massage

November 28, 2018

Reduce Swelling

Special massage techniques can be used to help stimulate your soft tissue to reduce fluid retention (edema).The American Pregnancy Association published a report about edema, stating that they are often caused by the weight in the uterus reducing circulation and increasing pressure on major blood vessels.This swelling usually occurs in your hands and feet and can become increasingly uncomfortable, by taking the time for yourself and getting a prenatal massage you are also helping regulate the hormones in your body and keeping your baby safe.

Balance Hormone Levels

Massage during pregnancy significantly improved regulation of norepinephrine, cortisol and serotonin. By relaxing each of these hormones expecting parents can expect their mood to balance out and reduce the risk of low birth weight or complications with delivery. It can also help with other issues including insomnia.

Help with Insomnia

When your hormones are off balance it can be difficult to get a good night sleep. Prenatal massages, offered by Cherry Creek Wellness, can help you get back to counting sheep peacefully. By relaxing your body and your mind, your hormones continue to flow through your system at a more natural rate.

Ease Back Pain & Leg Cramps

Just because your back pain may be new and be caused only by your pregnancy you should not ignore it. Take some time for yourself before your little one arrives and find the relief you have been seeking for your back pain. The change in your center of gravity can take a large toll on your neck as well, so take plenty of time to stretch and roll out your neck as you experience any tightness. Talk to your physical therapist about what exercises you can do while pregnant to help reduce and prevent back pain from happening again.


Have you ever wondered why so many pregnant women choose to do prenatal yoga? That’s because deep stretches can help loosen tight muscles in the low back that contract and cause pain during pregnancy. Working on your flexibility in a specialized physical therapy program can also help you relieve stress, another common cause of back pain. A specialized physical therapy program can help you increase your flexibility and work up to deep, meaningful stretches that will reduce the pain you’re experiencing. During a specialized physical therapy program, pregnant women will focus on flexibility of the hip flexors, lower back, shoulders, neck and upper back, meaning you’ll be able to treat pain from head to toe, not just in your back. 

After Birth Care

Your physical therapist can even help with issues post-pregnancy - including trouble breastfeeding. If you are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding with your infant you may be experiencing clogged ducts. Clogged ducts can cause later issues with inflammation, which makes the milk taste more salty. Ask your physical therapist if they help with regulating your milk production.

Common Misconceptions About Physical Therapy in Denver

October 31, 2018

Many people never consider the top option that can help eliminate pain and make them feel better. What is it? Physical therapy in Denver. Physical therapy has such a wide range of benefits, it’s hard to even begin where to start! Learn more about the benefits of physical therapy through this debunking of some of the most common misconceptions. 

Physical Therapy is Only for Injured People

While physical therapy is extremely beneficial for those recovering from surgery or an injury, that’s not the only reason a person may need to go to one. Physical therapists will help you avoid injuries at work, school, playing sports or anything in your daily life. Going to a physical therapist even just once a year, similar to your annual routine health exams, is a great way to continue good health practices. Physical therapists focus on movement. They will identify incorrect movements that can lead to injuries or pain down the road and help you correct. This will also make you stronger and perform at your best in any situation. 

Referrals Are Mandatory 

While in some states you may need a referral to see a physical therapist, it’s not all. For levels of patient access to physical therapist services in the States, Colorado is a “Direct Access” state. This means anyone can see a physical therapist whether they have a doctor’s referral or not. It is still important for you to speak with your insurance company, but overall, you will not need a referral from your doctor to see a physical therapist.  Some additional facts about “Direct Access” include: 
  • Allows patients more flexibility in their healthcare 
  • Direct access has helped to reduce costs in some situations
  • Patients can be happier with their progress
  • All 50 states have “Direct Access,” but each state is slightly different

Insurance Doesn’t Cover Therapy

Many assume that physical therapy is not something covered in their plan. False! A majority of plans do cover. In addition, it is also commonly covered through workers’ compensation, Medicare, and several other types of insurance. Contact your insurance company or review cost information on your plan to see how much it will cost to visit a local physical therapist. You will be surprised how many ways it will help you. 

Surgery is the Only Way to Fix an Issue

The common assumption with physical therapy is that it should be used after certain surgeries for recovery. However, in many cases, it is used prior to surgery and can possibly prevent it. Physical therapists will work with a patient on movement and strengthening. This will help reduce any inflammation, which tends to cause or worsen issues that lead to surgery. This also helps people reduce or eliminate the amount of anti-inflammatory medication they take, which can also help you feel better too. Surgery requires time to recover and risks are always there. By choosing therapy first, you could be avoiding a costly procedure. Types of issues physical therapy may help include: 
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel 
  • Degenerative disk disease
  • Knee joint pain
  • Meniscus tears

There’s Nothing to Do Before Surgery

In some cases, surgery is absolutely mandatory. Did you know that physical therapy before surgery can help you prepare and speed up recovery time? What is known as “prehabilitation,” or “prehab” for short can prepare the body for surgery. Not only will it help strengthen you and prepare you for surgery but will help reduce pain and inflammation. Prehab participants have noticed success with the surgery, a reduction in time at the hospital, and an increase in recovery time. 

Physical Therapy is Painful

A physical therapist is dedicated to your recovery and growth. While certain movements may make you feel uncomfortable for a moment, therapy should not be painful. In fact, that is why you are working with a physical therapist to begin with. Also, the longer you see a therapist, the better you will feel. Any discomfort is temporary, and your therapist will walk you through everything slowly and thoroughly. They will also be able to teach you the differences between discomfort that leads to progress versus piercing pain that is a sign of something wrong. Learning and becoming familiar with pain will help you in many different applications, such as work safety, exercise and playing sports, and day to day tasks. 

Medication is Better for Treatment

Today, people are heavily dependent on medications to treat their ailments. While in some cases this is appropriate, in others it is not necessary. In fact, nearly 30 percent of those prescribed an opioid for an issue abuse it, which is more than two million people. Opioids are a type of pain reliever used to treat medium to high levels of pain. They help make your body ignore pain because they attach to a person’s nerve cells on the brain and other areas. As a result, not only does the person feel better, but opioids can also cause a person to feel great. This mixture makes it extremely easy to get addicted to—which people do. This makes it dangerous as they can slow down your breathing and heart rate, or even make you become unconscious. So, the next time you have an issue to be treated with medication, ask your local physical therapist if they have options instead. Natural remedies will help you feel better and heal without the need for addictive medications. 

Your first step to therapy is learning how to choose a specialized physical therapy provider. For an expert you can trust, visit your nearest Cherry Creek Wellness Center. We offer five convenient locations to help you increase your movement and strength, possibly even eliminating the need to operate for certain issues. Also, you can visit us for relaxing and pain eliminating massage therapy or for weight loss and strength training. Take advantage of our invigorating Pilates classes or Redcord suspension training. As a full-service wellness center, we offer a large array of services to help you feel great. Call us today at 303-333-3493 to set up your first appointment. 

Upper Body Injuries - What You Need to Know

October 24, 2018

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Celebrating World Physical Therapy Day at Your Cherry Creek Wellness Center

October 3, 2018

On Saturday, September 8, physical therapists all over the globe celebrated World Physical Therapy Day. This annual event takes time to celebrate all those in the profession who dedicate their lives to helping those recover from injuries, gain a better range of motion, prevent injuries from occurring, become stronger, treat depression and anxiety, and much more. Learn more about this special day and basics of this career celebrated by your local Cherry Creek Wellness Center. 

What is World Physical Therapy Day? 

World Physical Therapy Day has been an annual celebration since 1996. It was originally started by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), an international association that represents over 450,000 physical therapists across the world. Knowing the hard work and dedication of physical therapists, the WCPT wanted to create a day that shined a spotlight on the industry. Thus, World Physical Therapy Day was born. Each year, they cover the highlights and encourage physical therapists to continue their education to enhance their knowledge to serve their patients. So why September 8? This was the day the WCPT was founded almost 60 years ago. 

Physical Therapy Stats and History

The origins of physical therapy date back to 460 BC, when Greek physician Hippocrates experimented with the idea to use exercises and movements to reduce or eliminate pain. However, the skill really took off in the 1800s. More than a century later, during the peak of the polio crisis and World War I, there was a great need for physical therapists to assist with rehabilitation. Those practicing at the time could only work in hospitals, mainly helping those with disease or those injured in the war. As time went on, they began to realize all the additional ways they could serve others in need. From treating diseases and chronic pain issues, to burns and sports medicine, physical therapists provide such a wide range of services that make a difference in the lives of their patients. 

Today, physical therapy is a growing profession. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ review of physical therapists, this field has grown faster than the national average nearing 30 percent. Plus, with many existing therapists nearing retirement, this will contribute to the demand for more to enter this line of work. To become a physical therapist, a person must have a degree and license to practice. Education levels can range all the way as advanced as a doctoral degree. 

Most Common Reasons for Therapy

While physical therapy can be used for such a wide variety of ailments, there are a few top ones. Some of the most common reasons for a person to see a physical therapist include: 
  • Sports injuries: A physical therapist will help an athlete recover using a specialized set of exercises. After recovery, they will help a person learn proper form to reduce the chances of the injury happening again. 
  • Back pain: Whether it’s chronic pain or post-surgery recovery, physical therapy is one of the top ways to alleviate back pain. Time is also dedicated to helping a person enhance their posture, a crucial element in spine health. 
  • Car accidents: Days or even weeks after a car crash, a person may begin to feel the impact of the accident. To maximize recovery, a person should ideally visit a physical therapist even if they aren’t experiencing pain. 
  • Arthritis: Movement and exercises from physical therapy can help the stiffness and pain caused by arthritis. It also benefits the joints without putting a strain on them. 
  • Fibromyalgia: Seeing a physical therapist can be extremely helpful for those suffering from fibromyalgia. It helps to keep a person active throughout pain and in some cases, reducing flare-ups. In addition, massage techniques can also help to reduce pain. 
  • Prevent surgery: For those nearing a point with a condition where surgery may be required, physical therapy can change things. Through the techniques to rehabilitate an injury, many are able to forgo surgery after working regularly with a therapist. 
  • Massage therapy: With an education and background in physical therapy, there are a variety of massage services offered. These massages can alleviate pain from diseases, conditions, or injuries. They can also help to reduce stress and help a person become healthier. 
  • TMJ disorder: Those suffering from TMJ disorder can benefit from the techniques used by a physical therapist. Treatments will help calm the muscles in the area and preventative education will help a person understand their triggers.  

Additional Ways Physical Therapists Help

Did you know a person does not need to be recovering from an injury or suffering from a disease to benefit from physical therapy? Physical therapists help in a variety of proactive measures. For instance, those working in an office. Over time, being sedentary and going through repetitive motions can cause injuries—especially when a person has poor posture and other bad habits. A physical therapist will help you understand best practices that may have otherwise led to neck or back issues down the road. 

For athletes, seeing a physical therapist regularly is important. They will help you learn proper form and teach you exercises to help you avoid sustaining a sports injury. For many athletes, they may be using improper motions that can lead to long-term injuries. These exercises will also help an athlete become stronger as well. 

In general, seeing a physical therapist is a great way to become stronger. Through various exercises and strength training, the tips and techniques you will learn will help you with all of your day to day tasks, exercises, and more. 

Even though World Physical Therapy Day is over, you can still celebrate the physical therapists in your life! With a mission to help people become more active, healthier, and reduce injuries, there is much to be celebrated. If you have not seen a physical therapist before, Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver would love you to join us at a location near you. We have a wide variety of services to take advantage of to become healthier and stronger. Contact us today to schedule your appointment. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation Explained by Your Cherry Creek Wellness Center

September 5, 2018

Did you know more than 30 percent of Americans suffer, or have suffered, from some type of vestibular disorder? While many people are able to live a normal life, this disorder can be a nuisance. For others, having one can truly be debilitating. However, there is good news. Those suffering from a vestibular disorder have a variety of ways to treat and combat symptoms. Learn more about vestibular disorders, symptoms, and reasons—and working with your local Cherry Creek wellness center for treatment.

What is a vestibular disorder?

To understand what a vestibular disorder is, you first must understand the vestibular system. This is the part of the body within the inner ear and brain which helps with coordination, balance, and movement of the eye. These play a crucial role in senses and impact a person’s day-to-day. It is an intelligent system within the body that has various sensory areas that work together to ensure you can maintain balance.

These sensory areas that help you maintain balance include:
  • Muscles: Strong muscles and joints are a crucial part in balance. Not only do they receive signals for balance, but also provide the strength for day-to-day tasks.
  • Eyes: Sensory allows the eyes to understand and visualize depth using rods and cones. They factor in light and other elements to make this determination.
  • Inner ear: Through air, fluid, direction and more, the elements within the inner ear work together to maintain balance and posture.

Once the inner ear components are damaged or vestibular disorder forms, a person may be diagnosed. They can be triggered due to an injury, genetics, disease, and aging.

Common symptoms

Even the smallest of issues can make a huge difference in the way a person feels, walks, moves, and more. However, despite having balance system disorders, relief is possible. It is just important to remember that people with a vestibular disorder may suffer from a variety of symptoms. These symptoms include:
  • Lack of coordination: One of the tell-tale signs of a vestibular disorder stems from poor coordination. When the body cannot receive the right signals, a person can become dizzy, fall over or experience vertigo. Vertigo is when a person feels as they are spinning or moving when they are not doing either.
  • Nausea: When the body feels off balance, or there are issues within the ear, a person may feel nauseated and at one time, can include vomiting too.
  • Unable to focus: Having a vestibular disorder can make it harder for a person to focus and concentrate on a specific task.

Impacts of Symptoms

Dizziness and vertigo are the two top symptoms of a vestibular disorder. They can be extremely detrimental to a person’s day-to-day, which is nearly half of all those who suffer. Upon having a vestibular disorder can lead to additional negative health issues. Or, certain disorders and conditions could lead to a vestibular disorder.
  • Tinnitus: Also known as “ringing in the ears,” you may experience a ringing or buzzing notice due to this issue.
  • Meniere’s Disease: Similar to and often mistaken for tinnitus, Meniere’s Disease creates pressure within the ears, making it difficult to hear. It also creates a ringing noise.
  • Acoustic neuroma: A tumor within the inner ear can cause inability to hear properly, cause a person to be dizzy, nauseated and unable to fully control their balance.
  • Postural hypotension: A person can become dizzy, weak or tired if they have a vestibular disorder. In extreme cases, a person can pass out.

Difference Between Dizziness and Vertigo

While a person may experience both dizziness and vertigo, each of these two symptoms are different.
  • Dizziness: When a person is dizzy, they will feel off balance and faint. A person that is dizzy may also feel lightheaded, which can be confused for vertigo as you may feel as though your head is moving. For other people, when undergoing a dizzy spell, a person may feel as though they are floating. Many people can cope with dizziness each day. It is also important to remember that high blood circulation or poor circulation can cause a person to be lightheaded or dizzy—which is why it is important to get a yearly wellness exam. However, if you also experience vomiting, slurred speech, chest pain, fever, seizures and other serious, out-of-the-norm issues, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
  • Vertigo: A person will experience a spinning feeling if they are suffering from vertigo. You could be sitting and feel as though everything around you is moving. This movement can be circular or tilted. Similar to dizziness, those with vertigo can experience headaches, vomiting due to motion sickness, involuntary eye movements, and tinnitus.

Ways to Manage Dizziness and Vertigo

If you experience symptoms of a vestibular disorder, it is important to know there are different ways to manage this condition. First can be medication. Your doctor can provide medication such as an antihistamine. There are also pain relievers, antibiotics or steroids that can reduce symptoms. Next, moving slower is a simple solution you can do on your own to keep the dizzy feeling from going to extremes. If you suffer from dizziness or vertigo, you may want to have rails installed in your home to give ad added support. You can also invest in a cane to help as well. When eating foods, it is noted that ginger root, gingko, cayenne pepper, and turmeric can be helpful for relief. Last, physical therapy can also help with vestibular disorders. What is vestibular physical therapy? Your local physical therapist will work with you to develop exercises that will reduce dizziness, vertigo and falls, increase strength for movement, improve posture, and much more.

Did you know the Cherry Creek Wellness Center can work one-on-one with you to help you reduce symptoms of your vestibular disorder? Our trained staff will help you improve in each of the three affected balance system areas to improve your strength, posture, mobility, and more. There is no reason to suffer in silence. Contact the Cherry Creek Wellness Center today at 303-333-3493 to schedule your consolation.

Common Surgeries That Use Physical Therapy in Denver for Recovery

August 8, 2018

Each year, millions of Americans undergo an operation. Surgery is important for several different conditions, and for many, there is much build-up as they prepare for the big day. Pre-surgery care is important, but so is post-surgery. Whether you have undergone a procedure or will have to in the future, it is important to be prepared. Be sure to take the proper steps under the guidance of your physician, as well from physical therapy in Denver. This will help you have a successful surgery and be on your road to a speedy recovery.

Impact of Surgery on the Body

When your doctor advises you have a surgery for a specific medical condition, they know the benefits well outweigh the risks. However, surgery does put a deal of stress on your body. This is why it is important to follow instructions from your doctors and stay as healthy as you can. After a surgery, it is common to feel an incredible amount of fatigue and weakness. Also, coughing is normal which can be painful in the area that was worked on. Your medical team will work closely with you to ensure the pain remains controlled. It is important to know you are going to feel tired, more fatigued than usual. Work with your doctor and physical therapist to know what pain to fight through for a speedy recovery, and what warning signs are that something is not right.

Preparing for Surgery

In the weeks leading up to your surgery, make sure you are talking to your doctors on your plan. Ask the important questions you have and don't worry about asking questions that you think seem silly. It is important to feel confident and prepared. One of the best things you can do is work on your breathing. Practice these three effective anxiety breathing exercises weeks in advance that you can use when you become tense. There may be several times in the days or weeks leading up to the procedure that will cause you to feel stress. Use your breathing as a way to find relief. In addition to calm breathing, be sure you are eating a healthy diet. Fuel your body and give yourself the nutrients it needs to be strong. Last, make sure you take all of your pre-surgery tasks seriously. If your doctor advises you to fast or any other details, you must follow them.

Benefits of Pre-Operation Physical Therapy

Incorporating physical therapy prior to your surgery can really make a difference in your recovery, especially for those considered high-risk. Statistics have shown those who work with a physical therapist have a quicker rate of recovery which can also save you money as well. Plus, when you mix exercise and physical therapy prior to a surgery, you are strengthening important parts of your body-especially your heart. Each plan is different but on average, even a five- to six-week plan leading up to surgery can make a large difference in your recovery. Why? One of the reasons is circulation. When circulation in the body is improved, your body will naturally recover more quickly. It can also help you in those first couple days after your procedure has taken place as you will be more mobile.

Beginning the Healing Process

After you have undergone your procedure, take it easy. Most important-follow the instructions given to you by your care provider. These are crucial to your recovery. This includes any strain or stress on the body. On the flip side, know that it is important to move. It is likely moving will seem difficult and you may fear any movement may be detrimental. Not true! Try to take a few short walks as soon as your doctor has approved to help increase your circulation. It will also help your body pick back up on its natural order. Also, be sure to follow instructions on how to care for your incision. Failure to do so can lead to infections that can become serious.  

Why Post-Surgery Rehabilitation is Needed

Rehabilitation and physical therapy are required or encourage after several types of surgery. It's important to follow the plan as it will help with the overall range of motion. In fact, chances are high you will feel and perform better once working with your therapist! You will learn new techniques and regain your strength and movement. This will reduce pain and uncomfortable feelings much quicker and expedite your recovery.

Common Surgeries that Use Physical Therapy

  • Hip: A hip replacement surgery is common, especially for those suffering from various types of arthritis that negatively affect the cartilage and joints. It's especially crucial when a person loses joint cartilage, causing even the simplest of movements to be excruciating.
  • Joint Replacements: When a joint is damaged to the extent that it cannot be repaired by medication or treatment, a doctor may recommend replacement. It increases overall range of motion in a pain-free normal manner.
  • Knee: One of the most common surgeries today are knee replacements. This will take a diseased joint that is negatively impacting the other bones and cartilage around it replace it.
  • Reconstruction of tendons or ligaments: In some cases, torn or damaged tendons and ligaments can be fixed. In other cases, they may become damaged to the point where they do not repair, and movement is painful.
  • Spine: Spine surgery sounds intimidating, but today's advancements have actually made it less invasive. It can be extremely important for those suffering from chronic pain.
  • Shoulder: Rotator cuff surgery is one of the many types of shoulder surgery. It's ideal for those who have tears that have led to pain that has not improved in a year.
For all of your pre- and post-surgery needs, make sure you know how to get the most out of your Denver physical therapy. This will greatly speed up your recovery. Cherry Creek Wellness Center is your go-to team of experts that will help you prepare for your surgery and increase mobility/ We'll also work closely with you after your procedure to help you gain proper movement. We have locations all across the area, allowing you to see us at one convenient to you! Call us to schedule your appointment at 303-333-3493 to schedule your appointment.  

Wellness Center in Denver Explains Benefits of an Ergonomic Workplace

July 11, 2018

Did you know that many of the health problems that plague Americans today are caused by something we do every day? Work! The way we sit for the eight-or-so hours per day in an office or handle materials can lead to issues thanks to poor form and posture. From neck pain and wrist problems to backaches, it is important not to underestimate a good working environment. The best way to ensure workplace productivity and safety is by having an ergonomic workspace. Use these tips from your local wellness center in Denver on creating the ideal ergonomic place to work. 

What is an ergonomic workspace?

Ergonomics is the designing of workspace to be efficient for an employee. It is rooted in the mentality that a work area should accommodate a person instead of forcing a person to adjust to the environment. Through ergonomics, spaces are tailored to each person to best fit their body. When this is achieved, it reduces the number of work injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. For many workers, when they think of a workplace injury, they think of a slip or fall in a warehouse or cutting themselves while using a piece of machinery. However, those in sedentary positions or in office settings should understand it is important to practice good techniques as repetitive motions in improper positions can lead to long-term issues.

Elements of an ergonomic area

In an office, each of the elements must work together to create a comfortable workspace. In fact, there are guidelines and standards by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regarding computer workstations.
A few important ergonomic features your work area should have include:
  • Desk: It is ideal to be able to roll a chair under a desk and comfortably sit. Ideally, you should sit with knees bent and feet flat on the floor. You can invest in an ergonomic footrest that will help you improve posture even more. Footrests are also encouraged if you have a chair that is not adjustable, where your feet cannot firmly touch the floor.
  • Monitor: To avoid eye strain, make sure your monitor is directly forward at eye level. For distance, keep it about an arm’s length away.
  • Keyboard and mouse: When typing, it is important to keep the wrists straight on the keyboard. Your arms should be close to your side. For the mouse, to keep it in a straight position, purchase a mousepad with a hand rest. This will keep your arm and hand straight while working.
  • Phone: If you use a phone throughout the day, invest in a wireless headset. This will eliminate the strain of tilting your head and lifting your shoulder.
  • Office supplies: For all supplies that you use frequently throughout the day, be sure they are within an arm’s length distance. This allows you to stay in your position without the strain of reaching and changing your position.
  • Chair: Your office chair should have proper lumbar support for your lower back. This will align better with the spine, rather than a chair that leads you to sit in a slumped position. For height, you need to be able to have your feet flat on the floor, bent at nearly a perfect right angle.
  • Lighting: The lighting in a room and level of dimness (or lack thereof) on a monitor can lead to eye strain, dry eyes, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, and more. Glares, too much brightness, or improper distance can lead to some of these problems.

Common health issues from a poor work environment

When working in an environment that is not ergonomically-friendly, it can lead to long-term health issues. Some of these issues include:
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome: When the median nerve, the main nerve leading to the hand, becomes pinched, it leads to pain in the hand. There may also be tingling of the hand, weakness or numbness. It is commonly caused due to repeating the same motions over and over, or improper position while working.
  • Back issues: When sitting in improper posture throughout the day, back problems will become prevalent. It commonly occurs due to slumping and poor posture, often by sitting forward putting stress on various areas. In addition to have an ergonomic chair, standing desks are a great option for posture and for better blood flow throughout the day.
  • Stiff neck: When accommodating your environment to a poor ergonomic environment, it is common to get a stiff neck. This occurs when repetitive improper positions can cause issues with soft tissue and joints in the neck and shoulders. In addition to using a headless phone set and keeping things within an arm’s length, make sure to stretch throughout the day, too.
  • Arthritis: Did you know that arthritis is one of the common symptoms of those who work in poor ergonomically designed work environments? Arthritis is joint pain that can occur almost anywhere within the body. On top of creating a better-designed workspace, you can also learn about arthritis and using physical therapy in Denver to manage pain.
Physical therapy for the workplace
Seeing a physical therapist is a great way to complement your new, ergonomic work environment. Your local physical therapist will teach you proper posture for your seated position, typing, answering calls, and so much more. This helps to reduce workplace injuries, especially ones that can lead to long-term musculoskeletal disorders. Not only will this help you save money in the long run on doctor’s visits but will also help you to be a more productive employee!
When you are ready to enhance your work environment and performance, visit the Cherry Creek Wellness Center. Our staff will be able to show you all of the proper positions, stretches, and other benefits there are to an ergonomic workspace. Plus, if you are currently experiencing any issues with carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, strains, and more, we will set up a plan of action to help relieve or even alleviate symptoms. With several locations in the Denver area, there is no reason not to see us! Schedule your appointment today at 303-333-3493.