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Thursday July 2, 2015

RELIEF FROM SCIATICA

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Do you have pain in your lower back? Do you ever experience numbness or tingling in your legs or feet?

Are you interested in finding an all natural and permanent solution to these problems that doesn’t require needles or surgery?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from a condition known as sciatica. Sciatica is pain that affects your back, hip, and legs. Numbness or tingling in your legs, feet, buttocks, or lower back can all be indicators of sciatica. This is a common problem. In fact, 80% of the entire population will experience back pain in their lifetime, and 15-30% will experience it each year!

Sciatica is usually caused by one of three problems – herniated discs, arthritis, or SI joint issues – and each of these problems has unique treatment needs. The good news is, when you match the right treatment with the right problem, your symptoms should go away… almost immediately!

Here are two valuable tools to help you find natural and permanent relief from sciatica:

legsSELF-TEST FOR SCIATICA
1. Sit on a chair and look down.
2. Straighten one leg, with toes in the air.
3. Repeat for the other side.

If your leg has pain, numbness, or tingling and does not go up as high as your other leg, you likely have sciatica.

Your next step is to see what is causing the pressure on your sciatic nerve. Call us to schedule an appointment; we can help you with that!

 

 

 

 

backman#1 SINGLE BEST EXERCISE FOR RELIEF FROM SCIATICA: STANDING BACK BEND 

The most common cause of sciatica is a herniated disc. If this exercise does not help, call our office at 866-588-0230 to schedule an appointment.

1. Stand with hands on hips, feet shoulder width apart.
2. Bend backwards until a stretch is felt.
3. Hold for 5 seconds and then repeat 20 times.

 

If the self-test is positive (i.e. your leg pain is greater on one leg than the other), call us today at 866-588-0230 or email usWe’ll help you understand what is putting pressure on the nerve.

If you get relief from the #1 exercise, keep doing it! There is an entire series of more advanced exercises that may help, so just let us know if you would like to learn about these to help yourself get better more rapidly.

If the exercise doesn’t change your symptoms or you actually feel worse doing it, don’t continue it. Contact us so that we can help you determine the true cause of your symptoms and give you the unique help you require.

 

 

Thursday July 2, 2015

WHY I BIKED 200 MILES IN ONE DAY WITH OK200

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bikeIf I told you I biked 200 miles in one day last month, what would you think? Perhaps it puts it in better perspective if I say that I biked from West Des Moines to Okoboji, what takes 3 1/2 hours to drive by car, in one day. Typical responses I’ve gotten are, “You’re crazy,” and “Why are you doing this?” So let me explain my “craziness”.

Four years ago my friend Rocky Vest invited me to meet on his driveway at 5:30 am on Wednesdays to go for a one hour bike ride. An early morning ride was an easy sell, since I have been a cyclist since getting into the sport in eighth grade. Rocky was training for a ride that he helped start the year before, called the Okoboji 200 (OK200). This organization uses cycling for 200 miles as an opportunity to raise awareness and funds for human trafficking in Nepal and S.E. Asia.

Our training rides led to my first attempt at the OK200 in 2013. This ride proved to be a challenge with headwinds at up to 37 miles per hour. The group changed course at mile 100 and headed back to Des Moines. My vacation plans did not allow for the turn around so I did not reach my goal.

Fast forward to June 2015. OK200 continues to grow in size and impact for the human trafficking cause, adding a local charity in central Iowa that helps restore victims rescued from sexual slavery. I felt led to commit to the event again and started several months of focused training, including long bike rides, running, and weight lifting.

On June 26, our group of 38 cyclists left Valley Stadium for the 200 mile trek to Okoboji. Our day started with pleasant temps in the 60’s, light rain, and minimal wind. After a few mechanical issues in Waukee, we rode the Raccoon River Valley trail to Dallas Center, before riding some of the lightly travelled county blacktops. I enjoyed conversing with friends and meeting several new people as we journeyed. bikers

Rest stops were planned around every 30 miles with a much needed noon meal at our half way point in Lake City. Mile 100-130 proved to be the toughest part of the ride for me due to stomach cramping and the mental challenge of knowing we still had 100 miles to go.

After our 130 mile break in Fonda, we continued north into a somewhat forgiving north headwind. The route continued through the countryside towards our final destination: Christy’s Point on Minnawashta Lake at 200 miles.

During the day, I found myself in prayer several times for those we ride for; pondering the unimaginable pain they deal with made the pain of our trip seem insignificant. Over $50,000 was raised for the human trafficking cause on behalf of OK200, but the ride and need continue.

Visit okoboji200.org for more on the reason we ride, so they can be free.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

WORK SYSTEMS REHAB & FITNESS CHANGES THEIR NAME Join the movement at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy

Pella, Iowa – On March 13, 2015, locally owned and operated Work Systems Rehab & Fitness changed its name to Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. While some may consider announcing a change of this significance on Friday the 13th a bad omen, Kinetic Edge looks forward to the opportunities this new names brings.

“We changed our name because the name we started with 16 years ago no longer fully represented our organization,” stated CEO Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT. “It resonated well with our work injury clients but missed the mark with others we serve. Kinetic Edge more wholly communicates the variety of proven services we offer that help people move better, feel better, and function better.”

The change of their name does not represent a seismic shift in their focus as an organization, but it does represent a refined vision and direction. Kinetic Edge will continue to focus on work injury management and prevention, but their name better communicates their expertise in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, pediatric therapy, sports medicine, and medical fitness. The common denominator in all of their services is movement, which led to the selection of their new name, Kinetic Edge.

“Our solutions may not always be quick fixes, but they do provide a long term result that help people thrive and excel,” commented Clinic Manager Elise Spronk, MS, OTR/L. “What many people don’t realize is that our services can be utilized with or without a referral, so the choice is really up to you.”

The team at Kinetic Edge is passionate about movement. They believe if people move better, they also feel and function better. The friendly and knowledgeable movement experts at Kinetic Edge help clients rediscover their healthier, happier, and hope-filled lives.

“At Kinetic Edge, we’re starting a movement and inviting others to join in,” said Vander Molen. “This movement is both literal and figurative. Movement helps people feel and function better physically, but this movement is also about not being complacent with your current reality.”

In addition to physical therapy services, Kinetic Edge in Pella offers occupational therapy, pediatric therapy, athletic training, ASTYM treatments, and a medically oriented gym. Kinetic Edge has five offices across Southeast Iowa, including offices in Pella, Newton, Des Moines, and Ames.

Want to try Kinetic Edge for free? Then call 641-621-0230 today to schedule a no-obligation, free Kinetic Screen.

For more information, please contact Troy Vander Molen at 641-780-6330 or via email at troyvm@worksystemspc.com.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

Sleep Tips for Tweens and Teens

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Just like we talk about healthy nutrition and exercise, sleep is food for the brain.  Many important body functions and brain activity occur during sleep.  Sleep is crucial to our well-being.  It is as important as the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.

Tweens and teens require about 9 ¼ hours of sleep each night for optimal functioning.  Some can get by with 8 ½ hours.  However, some studies find that only 15% of this age group is getting adequate sleep.  One factor resulting in not sleeping enough is that they stay up too late on the weekends, thus sleeping in too late also.  This affects biological clocks and hurts the quality of sleep.  Biological sleep patterns also naturally shift to later sleep times in adolescence.  The problem arises when later bed times aren’t followed by later alarm clocks.

The following are consequences of inadequate sleep:

  1. Limited cognitive or brain function.  Sleeping less than 8-9 hours affects the ability to learn, listen, concentrate, remember and solve problems.
  2. More prone to skin problems including pimples.
  3. More likely to act aggressively with inappropriate behavior toward friends, teachers, and family.
  4. Lack of sleep affects mood, and a depressed mood can lead to a lack of sleep.
  5. Increased likelihood to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods that lead to weight gain.
  6. Unsafe driving:  Drowsiness causes more than 100,000 car crashes each year.
  7. Lack of sleep contributes to illness.

Solutions to ensure enough, good sleep during adolescence:

  1. Make sleep a priority.  Decide what you need to change and do it!
  2. Napping can be good if done early enough in the day and not too long to interrupt night sleep.  For the most part, sleeping less than 2 hours and before 3 pm is a good place to start.
  3. Make your room good for sleep.  Keep it cool, quiet, and dark at night.  When waking in the morning, open the shades, turn on the lights to give you brain a natural wake up call.
  4. No pills, vitamins, or drinks can replace good sleep.  Avoid caffeine close to bedtime.
  5. When you are able to drive, recognize if you are too sleepy to drive, and call for a ride.
  6. Find a good bedtime and wake time and stick to it even on the weekends!
  7. Don’t exercise within a few hours of bedtime.
  8. Don’t leave homework for the last minute.  Give your brain an opportunity to relax before hitting the pillow.
  9. Avoid screen time two hours before going to bed if you are having trouble falling asleep.  The lights from screens have been known to trick your brain into thinking it is daytime.
  10. Participate in activities that slow your engine down and are calming.

 

For more information, or to receive a personalized plan to improve your sleep, contact Elise Spronk, OTR/L at EliseS@KineticEdgePT.com or 641-621-0230.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

The dog days of summer: How heat illness might affect you

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The time of year we’ve all been waiting for is just around the corner! Yes, the hot temperatures will be here before we know it. Whether you enjoy throwing your line in the water, hitting the biking/running trails, catching up on some much needed yardwork, or grabbing your mitt to compete in America’s favorite pastime, there are some things we all need to be aware of for summer.

Heat illness is very prevalent around this time of year. According to the CDC, climate change and extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. That is why it is extremely beneficial for us to know some of the signs and symptoms of various heat related illnesses, as well as management strategies and tips for preventing heat illnesses from happening so we can all enjoy summer a little safer.

When our body can’t cool itself, heat illnesses can occur. On hot, humid days, our sweat is more challenged to evaporate and dissipate the heat so our normal body processes can function optimally. Three common types of heat illness include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

Heat cramps usually result from overexertion and excessive loss of water and electrolytes resulting in painful muscle spasms. To help manage heat cramps, drink plenty of water, gently stretch the muscle as tolerated, and find a cool area to ice the muscle as well.

Heat exhaustion is caused by inadequate replacement of lost fluid through sweating and presentation often includes disorientation, profuse sweating, pale skin, dizziness, and a rapid pulse. Individuals suffering from heat exhaustion need a cool environment where they can ingest plenty of water and occasionally may need an IV for fluid loss.

Heat stroke, on the other hand, is a very serious and potentially life threatening condition. It usually comes on very suddenly and cause people to collapse with loss of consciousness. Signs include flushed and hot skin, decreased sweating compared to heat exhaustion, shallow breathing, headache, and very high body temperatures. These individuals should receive medical attention as soon as possible.

Here are some helpful tips to prevent heat illnesses from you and your family this summer:
• Drink plenty of fluids (High quality H2O is best), and don’t wait until you are thirsty
• Gradually acclimate to the environment and take rest breaks in shady areas
• Wear lightweight, loose fitting, and light colored clothing when possible
• Avoid high temp times of the day (usually from 11-5) and check weather alerts
• Avoid highly caffeinated beverages and alcohol
Don’t be afraid of the hot weather! Throw down your cell phones, Netflix, and video games and be active in the great outdoors! Enjoy yourself and be safe and conscious about your environment.