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Tips for Recovering After a Car Accident with Denver Physical Therapy


July 26, 2017

Unfortunately, car accidents can happen. Whether it was a true accident or due to the carelessness of another, if involved in a wreck, it is important to focus on your health. It is beneficial for you to work on moving forward and avoid dwelling on the past. While hard, it is a challenge you can accept! Learn more about coping with physical pain, different ways a car accident can affect you mentally, and how Denver physical therapy can help.

Coping with Physical Pain

Upon being a part of a car accident, depending on the severity of it, you may not experience pain right away. No matter how you feel, it is best to see a doctor after an accident. In the time leading up to your appointment, look out for warning signs of whiplash, concussions, and areas with pain.

For some injuries, such as whiplash, it can take two or three days for symptoms to appear. From here, you can work with your doctor and physical therapist on recovering. Other common injuries include concussions, torn muscles and ligaments, broken bones and spinal injuries.

Make sure you take time off of work to rest, recover, and relax. Follow your doctor and physical therapists notes for recovery.

How a Car Accident May Affect You Mentally

The effects of a car accident can stay with you mentally far after your physical pain has subsided. You may run the accident in your head over and over, trying to analyze what happened.

For others, it is hard to drive again due to post-accident fear. It is important to focus on your mental health during this time. Working with a counselor or therapist may help you talk through some of your fears and thoughts to help you recover from this feeling over being overwhelmed.

If afraid to drive take it slow and give yourself time to feel comfortable driving as you used to. Learn more about how the impact of car accidents can be long-lasting from WebMD.

How a Physical Therapist Can Help

Whether your doctor recommends physical therapy or not, it is extremely beneficial for people to take advantage of after an accident. Many need physical therapy though, especially in the case of neck injuries such as whiplash. When tearing muscles or other injuries, it may take you some time to regain your strength in those limbs. It is important to work with a physical therapist to recover properly. Plus, seeing a physical therapist after an accident can help speed up your recovery time. This will have you back to work and your everyday tasks more quickly.

Be sure to check out the benefits of receiving Denver physical therapy after a car accident. For a physical therapist that you can trust as you are on your journey to regain your strength, Cherry Creek Wellness Center has you covered. Our specialized physical therapy in Denver at the Cherry Creek Wellness Center will help address your individual issues and help you get back to your normal life more quickly. To see how we can help you, call us at 303-333-3493.
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How Specialized Physical Therapy Can Help With Strenuous Jobs


July 19, 2017

Many jobs today can be strenuous and really take a toll on one’s body. Jobs like this require proper form and strength the same way many common exercises do. When you do not have proper form and properly care for yourself when you have a physically demanding job, this can really wear on your body over time. Learn more about the different types of strenuous careers, how to avoid injuries while on the job, and why incorporating specialized physical therapy can help with strenuous jobs.

Types of Strenuous Careers

When thinking of physically demanding and strenuous careers, many think of a few specific ones, such as those in construction or roofing. But there are so many more. Those who work in landscaping or care for plants in nurseries spend a lot of time on their feet and lifting heavy objects both using core strength or upper body strength. People who work in healthcare can be on the feet all day and night while working long shifts. Those in the hospitality field also have a very strenuous job. Wait staff spend their entire shift on their feet going back and forth to the kitchen and often carrying heavy trays. Those who work on automobiles also have a taxing job often spending much time in a variety of positions, using upper and lower body strength. Get an idea of other jobs and see if yours is on the 27 most physically active jobs in America from Business Insider.

Avoiding Injuries

When working in a job that requires you to be on your feet for hours, or lifting objects, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to avoid injuries. When it comes to lifting, make sure you are always lifting with your knees and legs and not your lower back. Pick up objects in a squat and slowly rise up maintaining good posture. Next, ensure workspaces are clutter-free to avoid falls. For jobs that require hours of standing, it is possible to injure yourself due to poor posture, improper shoes and more. Make sure you are wearing shoes that properly fit your feet and do not create added stress.

Incorporating Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can help you recover from a work injury or to help you avoid one. Working with a physical therapist can help you learn the proper posture for those that are on their feet all day. If you have a demanding job that requires you to do manual labor throughout the day, you can talk through your daily tasks with your physical therapist to develop the best form possible. Even if you are primarily seated throughout the day, it is important to read about how to sit comfortable at work.

To help you with your physical and mental health, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can assist. Our staff will help you avoid or treat work injuries and keep you at your best throughout the day. We are a holistic healthcare facility that will focus on treating and preventing musculoskeletal issues. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver today to see how we can help you!
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Fruits and Vegetables to Eat This Summer from Your Wellness Center in Denver


July 12, 2017

One of the great things about summer are all of the delicious fruits and vegetables available to eat!

...And while you may have known that they are good for you, do you know the health benefits of eating certain fruits and vegetables?

They help to provide a well-balanced diet, give you energy and so much more.

Learn about the different types of in-season fruits, the best vegetables for energy, and ways to mix up your menus to assist with exercise and physical therapy from your wellness center in Denver.

In-Season Fruits

When shopping for fruits, buy fruits that are in-season will not only be easier for you to find a larger selection, but are also a little more budget friendly as opposed to fruits that are not in season. For berries, you can pick up a variety of berries such as blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. The Asian pear is also a great in-season fruit, as well as cherries, honeydew melons, apples and watermelon.

Looking to try something more unique?

Try the loquat. It is small, orange in color and grows on trees. Described as a combination of a mango and a peach, Organic Facts’ 9 best loquat benefits explains this fruit helps to prevent diabetes, reduces risk of cancer, boosts your immune system, assists with digestion, and much more.

Best Vegetables for Energy

Bell peppers are a popular summer season vegetable that can also assist you to have a boost of energy.

They have a large amount of vitamin C which helps to convert fat to energy.

Did you know it is also an immune booster.

The carrot is another great in-season vegetable that includes vitamin A.

Eating carrots as a person who works out regularly is important as vitamin A can assist with quickly healing any microtears you get after a workout.

Ways to Mix Up Your Menus

For many, eating fruits and vegetables as-is doesn’t sound so great.

Have you considered mixing things up?

It’s important to find recipes that mix up in-season fruits and vegetables and create recipe swaps. This will help you to incorporate more into diet which in turn, will help you with your workout and physical therapy routines.

For instance, zucchini is a great in-season vegetable. A new popular trend is to create zucchini noodles, also known as “zoodles,” with a spiralizer. Mix it with a little bit of garlic, which is also in-season, and tomato sauce for a pasta swap.

For fruits, find some of your favorites then blend them together to create a delicious and vitamin packed smoothie. Add some spinach or kale for an extra health kick.  

In addition to the great benefits of in-season fruits and vegetables, physical therapy has huge health benefits. Your specialized physical therapy in Denver at Cherry Creek Wellness Center. Our team offers a wide variety of physical therapy and additional services to help you recover, accomplish goals and much more.

From exercise therapy and posture assistance, to massages and modalities, we can help you avoid injuries or help recover after one. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness Center today to see how we can help you.

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4 Different Methods of Massage Therapy You Can Get at Your Wellness Center in Denver


July 5, 2017

When you are in pain, injured, stressed, tense or simply just need a good method to relax, many turn to massage to help them through. But did you know that massages have several other health benefits you might not be aware of? Getting a regular massage does not just feel good, but can make you physically feel better and loosen tension that you may have (in places you aren't aware of). When getting a massage, there are four different types to consider trying out at your local wellness center. Learn more about what neuromuscular, Swedish, deep tissue and prenatal massages could do for you:
 

Neuromuscular

 
Neuromuscular massage therapy specifically works on one’s soft tissue through a very precise process. This type of massage is beneficial for those who suffer from muscle pains and spasms. It is especially helpful for those who suffer from lower back pain. Through the use of trigger points, a massage therapist concentrates on massaging an area and can heal soft tissue problems or injuries. Over time as you continue this massage therapy, blood flow will be increased allowing you to feel like you are back to yourself and to your normal activities.
 

Swedish

 
When you are in need of a great massage to relax and reduce stress, a Swedish massage is the one for you. A massage therapist will work all along your muscles both lengthwise and in circular motions to increase blood flow, reduce toxins and loosen up any tense areas that you have in your body. In addition, during a Swedish massage a massage therapist may use other motions such as kneading, applying pressure along points and stretch motions. The goal for many who receive this type of massage is to break up knots or other restricted areas.
 

Deep Tissue

 
If you suffer from deep muscle pains and other types of chronic pain where you are stiff and tense, a deep tissue massage is the perfect option for you. Similar to the Swedish massage, a massage therapist performing a deep tissue massage will begin with a light overview of the body or area to get blood flow going, followed by the application of deep pressure to all areas, such as the neck, upper and lower back, arms and more. Deep pressure will be applied to help break up any knots that are in any of those areas. It will help to get tissue fibers back in line which can help alleviate chronic pain.
 
Prenatal
 
While an amazing experience, pregnancy can bring on many new and at times uncomfortable aches and pains. For pregnant women who need ways to reduce stress and cope with cramps, stiffness, swelling or back pains, a prenatal massage can work wonders. Massage therapists working with a pregnant woman will use a variety of techniques in both straight and circular motions, placing them in a position that is comfortable and relaxing. For more information, read the Baby Center’s Prenatal Massage: Help for Your Pregnancy Aches and Pains.
 
To help you cope and alleviate your chronic aches and pains, as well as reduce stress, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help. Our specialized massage therapy services in Denver is available in 30, 60 and 90 minute increments. Call us today at 303-333-3493 to schedule your appointment. 
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Arthritis and Using Physical Therapy in Denver to Manage Pain


June 21, 2017

Do you suffer or think you may suffer from Arthritis? You are not alone. Over 40 million Americans of all ages suffer from the one of over 100 types of this disease and joint pain. Luckily, there are options available to help manage the pain. The best thing you can do for yourself or a loved one going through this pain is to better educate yourself. Learn more about arthritis, pain management tips, and how using physical therapy in Denver can help.

Arthritis Overview

Arthritis is a broad term that covers several different types of joint pain. Essentially, this is where a person may experience inflammation and/or pain in the joints. While common in senior citizens, arthritis can also be found in children and young adults. Arthritis may affect you by leading to painful joints, stiff joints or a swelling in the area due to the inflammation. One of the leading reasons a person gets arthritis is when there is a breakdown of cartilage. This makes it more difficult to reduce the pressure during movement of a joint. Some of the common sources of arthritis pain according to the Arthritis Foundation include osteoarthritis, where there is a breakdown of cartilage; rheumatoid arthritis, where one’s immune system attacks joints and organs and psoriatic arthritis, another autoimmune inflammatory disease. They also note that fibromyalgia, gout, and lupus are other forms of arthritis.

Pain Management Tips

Those who suffer from arthritis can work with their physician to come up with a plan to help manage the pain. One of the ways this is done is through pain relieving medicines such as hydrocodone or acetaminophen. In addition, anti-inflammatory medications and topical creams assist as well. When joints have severely deteriorated, there is the option to work with your doctor to have a replacement surgery. For day-to-day management, weight loss is one way to help as you are reducing the amount of weight on your joints. Using heat or cool treatments is also another way to help ease pain in joints—something your doctor can assist you with to see which is right for you. Others find relief by adding in omega-3 fatty acids and turmeric into their diets.

Physical Therapy

Another great way to help ease arthritis pain is with physical therapy. How? Physical therapists help their patients get back into a normal schedule of movement. When dealing with arthritic pain, it is easy for a person to move less. In the long run, this only makes the arthritis worse because the joints become stiffer due to the little to no movement. Through working with a physical therapist, they can assist with different activities and exercises to help with everyday movements and more.
 
If you are wondering, Can specialized physical therapy help patients with arthritis? It can! And Cherry Creek Wellness Center is here to help. Our team will help you find the best pain management solution when it comes to dealing with your arthritis. The best thing you can do is get started as soon as you can. Contact Cherry Creek Wellness Center in Denver today to see how we can help you or your loved one.
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Signs You Have a TMJ Disorder and How Denver Physical Therapy Can Help


June 14, 2017

Millions of Americans suffer from pain due to a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ. While many refer to this pain as “TMJ,” everyone has a TMJ, as it is the joint that connects the skull and lower jaw. For those that do have a disorder of this joint, also known as TMD, they might not realize that their everyday aches and pains are correlated with issues related to their TMJ. Learn what the symptoms of a TMJ disorder look like, areas that can be affected and ways to cope through treatment and specialized physical therapy.

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

When most people envision what a TMJ disorder looks like, they think about pain in the jaw. While this can be true, this is just one of many symptoms. For many suffering from TMD, they may experience headaches, neck and back pain, earaches or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or vertigo. In addition, those who deal with TMD have aches and pain in their face, anywhere from the jaw all the way up to one’s temples. Pain in this area can make it hard to eat or chew depending on the pain level. For others, it can be easy for a jaw to lock or the jaw may be uneven, creating a “popping” noise when the mouth is opened or closed. For a deeper look into TMJ, read Health Line’s TMJ Disorders.

Triggers and Areas Affected by a TMJ Disorder

What many do not know is that the TMJ can affect much more than the jaw itself. The TMJ is connected through your temples or all the way to your back. For your temples, stress or other triggers can lead to a tense feeling in the temples or anywhere in the face. This can lead to headaches or pain. TMJ also can create a stiff feeling that not only can lead to headaches, but also create a stiffness in the neck and back. In the process of tensing up, some grind their teeth clench their jaw without knowing.

Treatment and Physical Therapy

If you have any of the symptoms of a TMJ disorder, it is important to discuss with a doctor to find ways to cope or treat. It can be a collaborative effort between your doctor, dentist and physical therapist. One of the things that can help with facial and other pain is the diet. Try reducing sugar intake as well as other processed foods to see if it helps. In addition, your doctor or dentist may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night or even during the day to help with the clenching of the jaw. A muscle relaxer may also be prescribed to help ease tension in the jaw and temple region. Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can help reduce pain and swelling too. Last, specialized physical therapy can help introduce you to exercises and motions to help you manage your TMJ.
 
Do you have TMJ disorder? Learn how a Cherry Creek wellness center can help. Contact us at 303-333-3493. We can help you find ways to manage pain from your TMJ disorder.
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Reducing Sugar Intake and Your Health, Explained by Your Wellness Center in Denver


June 7, 2017

Are you looking for ways to be healthier? One of the best ways to do this is to reduce your sugar intake. Sugar can do a variety of things to your body that you may not be aware of. You can even reduce or eliminate intake for a brief period just to see what it feels like once you are off. Learn about what sugar does to your body, the benefits of reducing intake and what you can expect to happen when reducing intake, explained by your wellness center in Denver.

What Does Sugar Do?

Did you know that sugar is a very addicting item to ingest? And given that sugar is included in many of the different food items you eat daily, it encourages you to want to eat more. And you might not realize you are ingesting sugar if you do not know the other common names for it included on labels, such as fructose, dextrose or sorbitol. You can find a full list of names from Women’s Health dangers of sugar article. When you ingest sugar, just the way many drugs do, it gives you a rush that makes you want more of it. This is why it can be easy to overeat sweets because your body is trying to continue that rush or high. And while you might get a rush of energy, it leads to a crash. Long term, consuming too much sugar can lead to diabetes, clogged arteries, inflammation in the body and more.

Benefits of Reducing Intake

Cutting back on your sugar intake will have great health benefits that you will notice! For many, one of the key benefits of reducing sugar intake is weight loss. However, you may also notice other benefits too. Some of these include skin issues clearing up (such as breakouts or dry skin) and easier digestion. Since sugar can serve as an inflammatory food, it can make it difficult to digest foods. You may notice how much better you feel once you reduce your intake. You may also notice that you think more clearly, too. When reducing your sugar intake, make sure you are getting a nutrient-rich diet that consists of protein, vegetables and healthy fats.

What Happens to Your Body When You Reduce Sugar

Once you reduce your sugar intake, you will notice many benefits. However, do be aware that when you greatly reduce intake, your body may go through a withdraw. While different for everyone, you may experience cravings, aches, headaches or even flu-like symptoms. Many refer to this as the “carb flu.” While uncomfortable, symptoms are only temporary and you will feel much better once you get in the clear. Making dietary changes is good to discuss with your doctor or wellness expert on how to make the transition. It has many long-term benefits and is a change worth making.
 
As you work to a better and healthier you, Cherry Creek Wellness Center can help. We can provide physical therapy for a pain free lifestyle and other amenities such as massage therapy and Pilates. Be sure to learn more about how diet changes and specialized physical therapy can help joint pain. To get started with a plan, contact us at 303-333-3493.
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Learn the Skinny on Fat


June 2, 2017

Are these facts or myths?
  • Fat makes you fat.
  • A fat-free diet is an important part of any weight loss program.
  • Cardiovascular disease is linked to the consumption of fats, especially saturated fats and cholesterol.
  • Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats keep food fresh longer and are therefore healthy.
  • The new man-made fats like Olestra allow one to “have one’s cake and eat it too.”
Actually, all of the above are myths. In the 80s and 90s fat was demonized and low fat was the diet mantra. Since then we have been living in a fat-phobic world. People have been consuming less saturated and animal fats and more processed fats, and more sugar, refined carbs, and processed foods. The result has been Americans’ have been getting fatter and sicker. This has led to more research, new information, and a new era of eating healthy fats and a lower saturated fat diet. 
 

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Fats should be part of a well-balanced diet. Adequate quantities of high quality fat are crucial for good health. Here are some of the functions that healthy fats perform in our body:
  • Concentrated source of energy
  • Absorption and transportation of fat-soluble vitamins: K,A,D, and E
  • Protection for internal organs and cells
  • Provide the building blocks for cell membranes and many hormones
  • Slows the release of sugar into the bloodstream
  • Important for brain health
  • Keeps skin, hair, and nails healthy
  • Needed for healthy nerves
  • Provides feeling of satiety and enhances flavors
 
What about weight gain? Many people think that eating fat leads to extra pounds. However, the opposite is true and an increase in high quality healthy dietary fat helps people control their weight. As study done at the Harvard University School of Public Health found that those consuming less sugar and starches and more fat lost more weight than low-fat dieters. Fat sends a “stop eating” signal to the brain so consuming too little fat can end up contributing to overeating.
 
What makes fats healthy (good) or unhealthy (bad)? Healthy fats are those that come from whole foods, are unprocessed, and are naturally occurring. Unhealthy fats are man-made fats and fats that have been damaged by high heat or oxygen, refining, and over processing. Free radicals are then created which attack and destroy body tissues. 
 
       
 Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

Fats, made up of fatty acids, fall into two categories: saturated fats and unsaturated fats. These fats differ in their chemical properties and structure. Within the two categories of fats, there are three types of fats in our diets: saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats. Saturated fats remain solid at room temperature and are heat stable at high temperatures. Examples of saturated fats include coconut oil, butter, and animal fat. The shorter chain fatty acids, found in coconut oil and butter, provide unique antimicrobial, anti-tumor, and immune-system supporting properties.
 
Unsaturated fats include monounsaturated fats that are liquid at room temperature and solid when chilled. They can be used for medium heat sautéing. Examples of foods with this type of fat include olives, olive oil, avocados, avocado oil, sesame oil, nuts (cashews, almonds, peanuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios), and nut butters.
 
Polyunsaturated fats, referred to as PUFAs, include Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. These fats are liquid at room temperature and when refrigerated. Examples of these types of foods include walnuts, seeds, raw dairy, corn or sunflower oil, as well as, fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, and tuna).
 
Omega 3 and 6 fats are called essential fatty acids. The body does not make these so they must be obtained from foods we eat or from supplements. Omega 6s must be balanced with Omega 3s. If they are over-consumed they can lead to inflammation and subsequent chronic health conditions. Omega-3s can reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, keep blood thinner and healthier, and are necessary for brain development and function. Three of the most common Omega 3s are EPA, DHA, and ALA. These are found in supplements such as fish or flax oil, or in foods like cold-water fish.
 
Unhealthy fats include partially hydrogenated fats (margarine, vegetable shortening, vegetable oils), processed and packaged foods (including snack foods and buttered popcorn), fried foods, store bought baked goods, trans fats found in fast food, salad dressings, mayonnaise, sauces, pizza, ice cream, chocolate candy (except 70+% cacao dark chocolate), and processed cheese and meats.
 
How much healthy fat do we need? The American Heart Association recommends that total fat intake not exceed 25-35% of total daily calories. Generally, individual requirements are based on genetic make-up, metabolic rate, activity level, and health. It is important to eat high quality fat, and obtain fat from a diverse selection of clean and sustainable plant and animal foods for a balance of all fatty acids. One serving of fat is equal to 1 tablespoon of fat/oil OR 2 tablespoons of nuts and seeds. Four servings would equal 20% of a 2,000 calorie/day diet. The consequences to eating too much man-made saturated fats are not only weight gain, but it can cause cholesterol to build up in the arteries, ultimately leading to heart disease and other chronic health conditions.
 
In conclusion, don’t fear fats! Keep in mind that not all dietary fat is created equal, and you should consume more healthy fats at the expense of unhealthy fats in your diet. Consume healthy, traditional sources of fat found in whole foods and avoid the products with new man-made fats. Eat foods high in healthy fats such as nuts, fish, and avocados. Use healthy cooking oils. Limit or avoid foods high in saturated fats such as processed, fried, or fast foods, that can raise your blood cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease.  
 
For additional information or questions contact Lynn Tandler, Certified Nutrition Consultant in the Wheat Ridge office at 303-333-3493, ext 2. 
 
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