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How Hand Therapy Can Help You


August 21, 2019

At Cherry Creek Wellness, we see a lot of patients from the Denver-metro area who, relieved from their most recent treatment, wonder why they hadn’t heard of hand therapy before they found us. What is a hand therapist, and how can hand therapy help you? Hand therapy is physical therapy that focuses on conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity.
 
At Cherry Creek Wellness, our team of qualified hand therapists can evaluate and treat any problem related to your hands. In fact, our highly experienced staff  can effectively treat and rehabilitate patients across a wide spectrum of hand therapy needs: post-operative rehabilitation, preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment and even consultation. The therapist works closely with the physician and patient to provide a continuum of care. With hand therapy treatment as well as all the treatments available here at Cherry Creek Wellness, our goal is always concentrated on the patient’s return to work and a productive lifestyle.
 
Hand therapists are occupational therapists whom have graduated from an accredited OT program, passed a national registration exam and are licensed to practice. Hand therapists may also be physical therapist who have graduated from a PT accredited program, passed a national registration exam who are licensed to practice. As dictated by Colorado state law, hand therapists must renew their credential every five years through continued education and participation in hand therapy to continue using the CHT designation.
 
Hand therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an occupational or physical therapist on patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities.  When you become a patient at Cherry Creek Wellness, you can do so with the confidence of knowing that our handy therapy services are performed by a provider with a high degree of specialization and advanced certification.
 
Our team of hardworking, amicable and knowledgable hand therapists use manual therapy or soft tissue mobilization, hand exercises, custom splinting, retraining, and stretching to regain comfort and function for the hand. They also offer patients recommendations on how to engage in daily activities with limited hand abilities, helping to hasten your return to a productive lifestyle.
 
How do you know if you need hand therapy? Patients who seek hand therapy at Cherry Creek Wellness may have been affected by an accident or trauma leaving them with wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms.  Others include patients who suffer from the effects of conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, and chronic problems such as arthritis or a neurologic condition.
  
Hand Therapy for Arthritis in Colorado
 
Do you suffer from arthritis in your hands? Arthritis and joint pain affects millions of people around the world. In the U.S. alone, more than 52.5 million adults report having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, and it is estimated that by the year 2040, about 78 million adults will have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. At Cherry Creek Wellness, we’re proud to be able to help this segment of the community live as active, productive and healthy a life as possible, with out the use of harsh medication. We understand that people can’t or don’t want to use medication to relieve the often debilitating pain caused by arthritis, and studies have found that a hands-on approach can naturally relieve arthritis pain symptoms.
 
Most hand therapy regimens concentrate on preventative, non-operative or conservative treatment, management of acute or chronic pain, desensitization following severe nerve injury or trauma as well as sensory re-education after nerve injury.
 
Additional treatments offered by hand therapists at Cherry Creek Wellness focus on the
Design and implementation of home exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity, and/or strength as well as strength and conditioning plans for prior to returning to work
 
When you visit Cherry Creek Wellness, you can do so with the confidence of knowing that tour our personalized and individualized hand therapy treatment programs effectively and efficiently —that’s why we’ve been greater-Colorado’s most trusted hand therapy resource for years. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness at (303) 333-3493 today to see if you’re a candidate for hand therapy and to learn how a series of treatments can help you recover from injury and better enjoy your everyday life. 
 
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How to Avoid Bicycle Injuries This Summer


June 19, 2019

At Cherry Creek Wellness, we’re outdoor enthusiasts just like you. So we understand how eager you and your family members are to get out and ride after a long winter on the slopes or being cooped up indoors.  Cycling is a great low-impact form of aerobic exercise that can be done inside on a machine or outside at a leisurely, moderate, or vigorous pace, depending on your comfort and skill level. But don’t let your eagerness to get out onto the road or trail result in undue injury this spring and summer. 

First and foremost, finding the right bike setup is crucial to getting the most out of cycling. This is the first step to injury prevention and necessary for safe riding. A proper bike fit helps ensure that no muscle groups are being put under unnecessary strain, which can lead to issues such as sore hands and numb toes. In addition to getting your bike properly fitted to your body, it’s also paramount to perfect your biking technique.

Developing the correct riding posture posture is crucial to avoiding injury while biking. Remember to keep your elbows slightly flexed to prevent shoulder pain, and to keep your back straight if at any point of your ride you begin to experience lower back pain.

Take your first trips on your bike as an opportunity to gain endurance as you build up key muscle groups that will benefit you throughout the riding season. You can gain strength on the bike through slowly building up your training and time spent in the saddle. And, of course, as with any outdoor activity, it’s important to drink plenty of fluids, including water and those that replenish electrolytes, to prevent dehydration.

At Cherry Creek Wellness, we’re not only experts in helping our clients heal injuries, we also go to great lengths to helping our clientele prevent injuries as well. And while pre-ride stretching, proper hydration and practicing proper riding technique all go a long way to preventing injury, the most important thing you can do to stay safe while bicycling is to follow basic safety measures. 

Whether you’re traveling on a day long biking adventure, or simply going down the street to the corner store: always wear a helmet: Wearing a helmet reduces a cyclist’s risk of head injury by 60%, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).

A helmet isn’t the only attire that can keep you safe while bicycling: the proper clothing can go a long way to prevent injury as well. The right attire can make a rider safer and more comfortable. Shoes that fit correctly, padded gloves, and fitted clothing can alleviate many issues related to blisters, chaffing and moisture reduction. Stay visible: Being seen by other drivers on the road is a top priority for cyclists, and this can be accomplished in multiple ways. Wear brightly colored and/or reflective clothing, and make sure your bike is equipped with both front and rear lights to stay visible..

To help avoid mechanical mishaps during training, it’s best to have your bike professionally tuned up yearly. Likewise, always carry a spare tire tube and pump or CO2 canister to fix unexpected flats. Always ride with a form of identification in case of an accident. It’s also wise to travel with some cash, in case you need to buy water or other immediate supplies during the ride.

If you’re new to cycling, in might be wise to begin with an indoor trainer or spin class to get a feel for the exercise and become comfortable on the equipment. Many communities across the region have groups for riders of all ability levels. Beginner riders can teach new cyclists about the rules of the road, hand signals, group communication, group dynamics, and safe riding practices. One of the major benefits of outdoor cycling is the ability to turn it into a fun social activity. Cycling is a wonderful sport with tremendous physical fitness impact, and the social aspects of participating in riding with like-minded friends are something most cyclists look forward to on each and every ride. Check local bike shops for information on group rides that match your skill and ability levels.

Since many sports-related injuries are a result of faulty biomechanics or weaknesses in particular muscle groups, our team of expert sports physical therapists right here in Denver can initiate a personalized, comprehensive program of exercises that will improve the strength of key muscle groups while promoting endurance, in addition to demarcating any biomechanical insufficiencies. At Cherry Creek Wellness, our sports physical therapists don’t only help you get back out on the field after an injury, they help you take the field with newfound confidence and poise —no matter what your sport, physical history or age group. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and to start to implement a treatment regimen that will make this spring and summer your best season yet.
 
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Physical Therapy for Neck and Shoulder Pain due to TMJ Issues


Suffering with TMJ problems? The muscles of the neck and shoulders are connected to the jaw. TMJ disorders can play a role in neck and shoulder pain or stiffness. At Cherry Creek Wellness, we understand that chronic stiffness or misalignment in your neck or shoulders, can directly affect the function of your jaw joints. 

Where is the TMJ? 

Everyone has two TMJs (Temporomandibular Joints), one on the right and one on the left. Slide your fingers along the bottom edge of your cheekbone toward your ear, then stop just before the ear. Open and close your mouth to feel it move. The TMJ is that joint formed between the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible, or jawbone. Like other joints in the body, the TM joint has muscles, tendons, ligaments, a joint space where the bones meet, and a joint capsule. 

Proper TMJ movement is dependent on the position of your teeth, cranium, neck, mid-spine, and shoulder girdle. If you have suffered a loss of strength and motion in the spine and shoulders, the TMJ often compensates for the poor alignment. 
Even though most people go to their dentist or orthodontist to treat TMJ with dental work or a dental appliance, if you have pain, stiffness, or misalignment in your neck and shoulders, you may want to consider getting some physical therapy to help treat the problem. We  specialize in treating TMJ with physical therapy.  The treatment will reduce the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ.
 
If  you continue to experence head and/or neck pain, you may need to consider treatment for a TMJ problem.  Because the effects of jaw alignment are not often associated with the neck and shoulder muscles. A doctor may have prescribed medicine for your headaches; a dentist may have given you an appliance to prevent teeth grinding. Cherry Creek Wellness can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your TMJ, neck, thoracic spine, and shoulder girdle to determine the structures causing your symptoms. 

TMJ disorder usually causes some or all of the following symptoms:

Jaw and facial pain/tension
Ear pain 
Problems with "sitting activities," such as working at the computer, or reading
Jaw cracking/popping
Difficulty turning your head
Neck tension
Headaches
Toothaches
Problems chewing, swallowing, opening your mouth, or yawning

When you come in for your physical therapy evaluation, you can expect your jaw mobility to be evaluated first, then we can release the muscle tension in the head and neck region. Once we get your neck and jaw joints moving appropriately again, strengthening and stabilizing exercises are prescribed to maintain the new, correct, position of the TMJ. 

Here at Cherry Creek Wellness, we recommend TMJ treatment  if you have pain, noise in the joint, or difficulty with jaw movement and have not achieved relief with other treatments. Contact us today to set up an evaluation. Call 303-333-3493 for scheduling. 
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Top Reasons How Sports Physical Therapy Can Help You Prepare for Spring Activities


March 27, 2019

Unless your an active skier or snowboarder, spring denotes a time where it’s time to dust off creaky joints and get ready for a new spring season of physical activity, whether you’re in a local adult soccer league or just eager to explore the wide variety of hiking trails you’ve researched this winter. While you may be eager to hit the trail or pitch as soon as the weather warms, it’s important to be cognizant of the physical preparations that are often necessary to prepare for physical activities, particularly as we being to age. 

At Cherry Creek Wellness Center, we offer patients from across Denver a wide variety of treatments to help them stay active, maintain mobility and flexibility, and recover from injury. Keeping in touch with your body means more than daily exercise, it’s also about responding to what your muscle and skeletal systems might need after intense competition. What you may not know is that our sports physical therapy treatment options can help tennis players from Cherry Creek, long-distance runners from Stapleton, golfers from Wheat Ridge, and hikers from Denver West prepare for the fast-approaching spring and summer activity seasons. After all, the best way to recover from a sports-related injury is to try your best to prevent it from happening in the first place. 

The sports physical therapy here at Cherry Creek Wellness are expertly trained in providing athletes across the entire spectrum of competition with treatments that focus on the prevention, evaluation, and rehabilitation of sports-related injuries. Whether you’re a veteran athlete, or a student-athlete eager to embark on a long career of sports and athletic participation, our team of friendly, personable and well-trained sports physical therapy experts can help you reduce recurring injuries as well as offer tips and treatments that can enhance your performance. 

Know Your Body: A Sports Physical Therapy Evaluation

At the start of a sports physical therapy evaluation, an athlete would undergo functional testing. Functional testing refers to a series of tests and measures that require an athlete to mimic the skills and movements necessary for their specific sport, be it strength, a specific range of motion, or flexibility. Since every sport requires a different conglomeration of movements, our team will work closely with you to establish an evaluation that includes the entire range of activities you participate in.  Administering functional testing helps tour team determine any specific weaknesses as well as areas of improvement. This information is then incorporated into the athlete’s plan of care —a broad scope of strength and conditioning exercises designed to round you into peak form.

Specialized Treatment: Finding a Path for You

After an initial evaluation of you, any pertinent injury history and discussion of sports-related pains you’ve been experiencing, our team sports physical therapy professionals will opt from a wide variety of preset protocols that have been tailored to your specific sport. These physical therapy regimens are concentrated on developing each of the particular physical skills required for your sport —or sports —of choice. Since many sports involve running, our team may consider a gait analysis or menu of leg strengthening exercises. Implementing these sports-specific exercises assists both our team of therapists, you, the athlete, and your primary health care provider all know when the athlete is ready to handle the numerous physical demands of your sport of choice. 

It’s also important to remember that such protocols can also be position-specific to the sport you choose, because sometimes different positions on a team require different skill sets. You may enjoy soccer, but may be better suited to a position more reliant on bursts of speed than endurance (defender vs. forward.) Similarly, you may enjoy playing baseball, but past arm strain or injury may dictate that you play a position where your shoulders and elbows aren’t utilized as much (first baseman vs. shortstop.)

Prevention: Staying Health and On the Field, All Season Long

As many athletes know, one of the main tenets of sports physical therapy is focused on injury prevention. While athletes are always seen by medical professionals post-injury, sports physical therapy programs like the kinds offered here at Cherry Creek Wellness also address prevention of injury, notably prevention of injuries that you as an athlete have suffered in the past. Since many sports-related injuries are a result of faulty biomechanics or weaknesses in particular muscle groups, our team of expert sports physical therapists right here in Denver can initiate a personalized, comprehensive program of exercises that will improve the strength of key muscle groups while promoting endurance, in addition to demarcating any biomechanical insufficiencies. At Cherry Creek Wellness, our sports physical therapists don’t only help you get back out on the field after an injury, they help you take the field with newfound confidence and poise —no matter what your sport, physical history or age group. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and to start to implement an treatment regimen that will make this spring and summer your best season yet.
 
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Denver Wellness Center Explains How to Safely Handle Winter Maintenance and Repairs


February 27, 2019

Winters in Denver are beautiful. However, as a homeowner, you need to take precautions when handling your outdoor maintenance. It is easy to strain a muscle, overexert yourself, get a cramp or fall. By taking a few extra precautions in advance from your Denver wellness center, you can rest assured that you are safe in your outdoor work. 

Preparing for and Managing Ice

Did you know millions of Americans go to the doctor or emergency room due to a fall on ice? When ice builds up on your sidewalks, steps, and other walkways, it increases the risk of injury. One of the best things you can do is to help melt it before you get to work. If ice is everywhere you need to step, use something like cat litter to help strengthen your grip. Prior to the litter, use an ice melt solution that will eliminate the ice. In extreme cases, you can take a shovel and break the ice up. But ice can be more problematic than just on walkways. Icicles on your home can be dangerous. Ice that accumulates becomes heavy, which can cause it to fall at increasing speeds—a danger to anything in its path. Falling icicles can pierce the skin and cause intense wounds. 

Enduring Low Temperatures for Extended Periods of Time

There are a variety of injuries a person can endure due to cold temperatures. The colder they are, the worse. A few key issues include: 

Frostbite: When temperatures and wind chills are super low, you run the risk of frostbite. A person can experience it when lows are in the single or negative digits. During these low temps, tissue in the body begins to freeze. This causes blood to flow less in the area and can negatively impact the area. When there is no blood flow, no oxygen gets into the area. Minor injuries start with “frostnip” with a small amount of damage to deep frostbite. 
Hypothermia: A reduction in temperature can also lead to a decrease in one's internal body temperature. This tends to happen when a person is outdoor for an extended duration of time. This causes a person's internal temperature to drop from the average 98.6 degrees to below 95. The body needs this heat to survive. Hypothermia happens when a person cannot catch up and does not create enough heat, causing failure of the organs. It is so vital for your personal safety to learn how to dress to stay warm when it’s super cold

Avoid Overexertion and Heart Problems

Shoveling snow and outdoor maintenance is a workout and should be treated as such. People can spend more time than they should working hard outdoors, causing dehydration and strained muscles. The added stress on the body when shoveling can actually lead to a heart attack if not cautious. It occurs due to an increase in blood pressure, in some instances, even causing clots. When shoveling, you should dress appropriately and take it slow and easy. If at any point you feel as though it is too much, get dizzy, out of breath, fatigued or other out-of-the-norm, stop and check with a doctor. To help you avoid this problem, take some time to warm up just as you would before a workout. 

Keep from Rupturing Discs 

On a person’s vertebrae, there are discs in between them to help make up the alignment on your spine. Working hard outdoors in ways you do not usually work can cause discs to rupture. This happens because the inside of the vertebrae ruptures outside. Also known as a herniated disc, a person can experience numbness or pain. A weak feeling is also familiar and should be taken seriously. 

Common Falls

One of the most common issues during winter are falls. Before shoveling, make sure you wear slip-resistant shoes to help strengthen your grip. As you get started, take your time. The more you rush, the more likely you are to fall, which can lead to a concussion or worse. Avoid walking in long strides as shorter steps will help you from slipping. Failure to avoid these protocols lead to injuries such as concussions, sprained wrists or ankles, broken bones, hurt back, and more. 

Chances for Dislocation

When caring for maintenance outdoors, joints can become dislocated. They can be common in falls and can be incredibly painful. The area will swell and be hard to move. It can also cause nerve damage or torn muscles. One of the most common ways to experience dislocation during winter maintenance is during snow shoveling. Even when not using caution while shoveling, you can get a tennis elbow. It occurs when the elbow experiences added weight and pressure on the elbow, causing pain. 

Straining Muscles While Shoveling Snow

Shoveling snow not only can put added strain on your heart but on your muscles too. Strains occur due to repetition on strained areas. The tissue eventually just wears down leading to pain or stiffness, difficulty moving, and weakness. It is common in the back, especially the lower back, but can also occur in the shoulders. This is why it is so important to warm up and take it slow when performing outdoor maintenance. When lifting heavy objects, always remember to lift with your knees and not your back. Do not try to raise your shovel over your head but keep it low. If you over-do it with your muscles, it can cause stretching and adhesions. 

No matter what your outdoor winter maintenance injuries are, Cherry Creek Wellness Center will help you have a speedy recovery. Our Cherry Creek Wellness Center tips for avoiding winter injuries will help you get the work appropriately done as safely as possible. When you do the work right, you will be able to enjoy the area’s beauty pain-free. Interested in a little pre-maintenance assistance? Come in for a consultation. We will help you master techniques and form to handle everything you need to do during the winter. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver today to set up your appointment. 
 
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Common Auto Accident Injuries Your Doctor and Cherry Creek Wellness Center Will Help With


January 31, 2019

Traffic accidents and fatalities in Colorado have been on the rise. Based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Colorado has seen an increase of more than 39 percent since 2009. While more accidents happen in urban settings, all drivers in all areas need to be cautious. These traffic safety performance (core outcome) measures for Colorado show that speeding, intoxicated driving, large truck incidents, center lane crossing, and motorcycle collisions are some of the leading causes of crashes. Learn more about the common types of accidents and how you can work with your physician and Cherry Creek wellness center to recovery. 

Broken Bones

The force an impact of an accident can lead to broken bones by anyone involved. Accidents can cause the body to move and confirm in unnatural ways, creating for a painful fracture. Some of the leading types of broken bones in car crashes include: 
  • Arm
  • Back
  • Collar bone
  • Face
  • Femur
  • Hip
  • Legs
  • Pelvic
  • Neck
  • Ribs
  • Skull
  • Spine
  • Wrist

When bones break, they can break in a variety of ways. One of the most painful types of breaks is compound fractures, which is when the bones snap and cut through the skin. Next are transverse fractures, when a bone splits in two, lengthwise. In some cases, a person can experience a comminuted fracture, where a bone breaks in at least three locations. However, fractures aren’t always clean splits. People can suffer from a stress fracture, which is just a small hairline fracture. While not as severe, stress fractures can still be painful. 

An x-ray from your local hospital, doctor or urgent care will help you determine if you have broken a bone in a car accident. Some cases it is evident there is a break, but in other cases, a person may just experience pain, bruising and swelling. Physical therapy is one of the best ways you can complement instructions from your physician for a speedy recovery. They will help you gradually make improvements, become more flexible, and gain mobility. 

Concussions

When a person experiences a blow to the head in any form, the brain can move. This occurrence can change the shape of the brain, which can also change the brain cells. While this sounds serious, and they are, concussions are not usually deadly. But without proper care, they can negatively impact someone’s life. 

To see if a person has a concussion, a doctor will review the patient to look for glazing of the eyes, confusion, brain fog or memory loss, balance issues, tinnitus, nausea, and more.  Physical therapy will help with balance issues and create a customized plan to get back to normal day-to-day activities safely.

Internal Bleeding

You may have realized that not all injuries from car accidents can be seen. One of those types of injuries is internal bleeding. Internal bleeding can occur when blood vessels internally tear or collapse due to forced motions. It can also happen when something goes into the skin, causing busted blood vessels internally. 

Internal bleeding can happen anywhere in the body, commonly found in the head, heart, lungs or abdomen. A person may feel dizzy, experience headaches or seizures, lose consciousness faint or feel pain and swelling in the area. Because internal bleeding can be so dangerous, it important to see a physician after a car crash. They will be able to determine if there is any internal bleeding and handle the situation quickly. 

Many do not realize that a physical therapist will help a person with an internal bleeding injury. In addition to following your treatment plan from your physician, physical therapy will help ensure you recover safely. 


Muscle Strains

The force of a car crash can cause muscles to stretch or tear, also known as a strain. They can be incredibly sore, swell up, bruise, and are hard to move. Some experience spasms or a deformity in the area the strain occurred. It happens due to forced movement in the area without proper time to relax or move naturally. The ligaments in an area can also tear, which is the connective tissue.

For a speedy recovery, a physical therapist will use hot or cold therapy to help reduce swelling and help with blood flow. Compression and massage therapy will also help to reduce swelling and help with blood flow, and other natural healing processes. 


Spinal Cord Issues

A spinal cord injury can be a complete injury or incomplete. A complete injury is one that causes a person not to be able to feel or move. An incomplete injury means a person has some range of movement and range of motion, but not complete. It happens because the spinal cord itself or the nerves at the end of it become damaged. As a result, a person may develop quadriplegia, where a person can move some parts of their body, but other areas, such as the legs, can no longer move. A person may develop paraplegia, ultimately losing the ability to move. 

Physical therapists use rehabilitation therapy to help a person with some ability to move to improve their strength and range of motion. 

Whiplash

One of the most common injuries in car accidents is whiplash. It happens when an impact causes the neck to whip back, then forward. Symptoms do not occur right away but can take a day to start settling in. A person can experience pain or stiffness in the neck, the inability to move, headaches, tingling, balance issues, blurry vision, tinnitus and more. A doctor will evaluate to confirm the injury is indeed whiplash and not a strain or break. 

A physical therapist will work in a variety of ways to relax tension and help you regain motion. This can include specialized massage therapy services in Denver, hot or cold therapy, and exercises.  

Cherry Creek Wellness Center will help ensure you have a speedy and successful recovery after a car accident. Our post-accident rehabilitation techniques will help you feel better and make sure you do not re-injure yourself. Call us today at 303-333-3493 to schedule your first appointment. 
 
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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. 

Workplace


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.  
 
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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.

Flexibility

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.
 
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