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Blue Hills Sports & Spine's Monthly Newsletter
October 2018                                                                             Issue # 92
October is National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month and one of the big focuses for physical therapists has been trying to help reduce the number of people that become addicted to opioids. No one wants to live in pain. But no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Doctor-prescribed opioids are appropriate in some cases, but they just mask the pain-and opioid risks include depression, overdose, and addiction, plus withdrawal symptoms when stopping use. That's why the CDC recommends safer alternatives like physical therapy to manage pain. Physical therapists treat pain through movement, hands-on care, and patient education┬╣-and by increasing physical activity you can also reduce your risk of other chronic diseases. The APTA has put together a simple public service announcement to help get out the word that Physical Therapy can help you get pain free...without drugs. Please share this information with friends, family and loved ones. At Blue Hills Sports & Spine we have been using our "Why Let Pain Win?" approach to help thousands of people get pain free and get back to life again. To view the PSA, please click here.
Sitting All Day Isn't Helping You Move

We see plenty of patients that have developed tightness and stiffness that then turn into chronic neck and back pain simply because they just spend too much time sitting and not enough time moving. It shouldn't be news to anyone that most people are spending more time at desks, more time at computers and less time moving at work. We have put together some simple stretches that can help relieve the tightness and stiffness associated with sitting all day...and they can ALL be done while you are at work. Click here to go to a simple video of how to perform these stretches and you can click here for a print out for your desk. If you find that the stretches aren't doing the job, you may need something more custom. Come see us for a program designed just for you.
Fall Is Here. Bust Out The Pumpkin Spice and Start Raking Leaves!

With Fall arriving in New England, the leaves are already starting to fall in our yards. It won't be long before we are spending our time raking and bagging leaves. If you are not regularly doing this kind of activity, it can lead to some post raking soreness. Luckily we have some simple stretches you can do before and after raking to help reduce some of that soreness. Using some ice on your sore shoulders, knees and backs isn't a bad idea. Click here for the stretches to do...and happy raking!
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