Penrose Physical Therapy
24
Dec 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

“I Didn’t Realize I Lost That Much Balance!”

The last few weeks we’ve seen a lot of people coming into the clinic with balance issues. It’s a common problem that we see quite a lot, but not a lot of people know that physical therapists can help with your balance. We like to have a bit of fun when we’re testing people’s balance. We like to play ‘one-legged darts’ and do the ‘can you walk in a straight line?’ test. This tells us how steady (or wobbly) people are on their feet. After we’ve done these little tests, everyone always says: “I didn’t realize my balance was that bad!” And it’s true! Most of us rarely realize we have a problem with our balance until it’s pointed out to us. Even though not all of us have superhuman balance like gymnasts and ice skaters, we need a certain level of balance to help us go about our daily activities without falling over and hurting ourselves. How Do You Tell If You’re Losing Your Balance? So I wanted to share the most common signs and symptoms to lookout for, when it comes to wobbly balance and an increased risk of falls. One of the most common ones is ‘dizziness’. Everyone has a dizzy spell now and then, but the word ‘dizziness’ may mean something different to different people. For some people dizziness might be a fleeting sensation of spinning. While for others it feels intense and lasts a long time. If you find yourself feeling as though the room is spinning… Read More
16
Dec 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Did You Know That It Is NOT Normal To Shrink?

I work with clients 40+ and I often hear them say with a chuckle; “Yep, I’m shrinking and my feet are getting bigger.” Honestly, this is no laughing matter. If you are shrinking more than 1/2 an inch a year or more than 1.6 inches in your lifetime then you likely have had a fracture in your spine (the vertebral column) due to soft bones, or what we call osteopenia and osteoporosis. Don’t panic. It’s healed but it has healed in a way that has left you shorter. Think of soft bones/osteoporosis like butter and if you slouch or work in front of a computer most of your day (which is almost all of us) then that can load the vertebrae/bone and cause a “silent compression fracture”. A “silent fracture” means you do not feel it happen! You only notice the loss of height or shrinking over time. Can Height Be Gained? Can we help people gain height? Yes, but not by causing the bones to grow. We have seen patients gain an inch in height by stretching the tight posture muscles and giving them posture activities and yoga type exercises. It is a myth to think that shrinking comes with age. It’s also a myth to think you can’t do anything for the rounded upper back posture. You can improve that rounded upper back posture and certainly prevent it from getting worse. If you are a pre or post menopausal woman with a rounded upper… Read More
10
Dec 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Balance: “Why Does My Wife Keep Falling Over?”

A gentleman called the clinic the other day. He had growing concerns and asked us: “Why does my wife keep falling over?” He continued to tell us that his wife, Sally, 71, generally has good health, but lately she’s been having difficulty controlling her balance and loses confidence every time she falls – so much so, that she’s scared to leave the house without him, or their daughter by her side, just in case she falls over and there’s no one there to help her get back up. Losing your balance is a scary thing. And it’s something we hear people worrying about all the time. It’s not uncommon that as we get older we begin to feel unsteady on our feet. People have told us that when they’re out doing their weekly food shop they have to rely on the shopping cart to keep them on their feet, or lean on a loved one to help them get around safely… Fear of falling spoils their confidence to leave the house alone. Even getting up and moving around the house independently. It’s a worrying thing that happens. And most of the time, people don’t understand why it’s happening to them all of a sudden. So why is it that falls are one of the main causes of accidents and injuries in people aged 65+? Here’s just some of the reasons why falling can become more of an issue as we get older… Contributors to Loss of Balance… Read More
03
Dec 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

If you suffer from neck pain, this workshop is for you!

Did you know that some people suffer from headaches so frequently that they consider them to be a regular part of life? That’s why things like aspirin sellers. But drugs can only relieve the symptoms temporarily – when many times, the recurring headaches may actually be the result of something else. In my years of experience, it’s often the case that, if someone is suffering from regular headache episodes, they just haven’t got to the real, underlying ROOT CAUSE of the problem. Many times, the recurring headaches may be the result of a dysfunction with the shoulder, jaw or neck… and it is usually possible that an expert in recognizing relief from headaches could help someone like you! If You Feel Let Down, Disappointed, And Even Skeptical About What Can Be Done To Help You, Then Read On… My name is Jennifer Penrose, Lacey’s leading neck pain specialist, and I have been helping people live with much less neck pain for more than a decade now – all across the state.  And what we know now is that so many people are confused by the advice they’ve previously been given, unsure about why it didn’t work out… perhaps even skeptical about their best chances of living with less neck pain in the future… and that’s why I created this one hour Workshop entitled: “The Best Kept Secrets Of Easing Neck Pain And Headaches” – and decided to make it FREE to the residents of Lacey. When you… Read More
26
Nov 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

“Last Night My Neck Pain Got So Bad… I Couldn’t Even Turn My Head…”

If you or a loved one suffer from chronic pain, read this report. Reading this report may be the most important thing you do this year. It may unlock the agony of your neck pain and show you how to get back to the life you deserve… A life where you can sleep at night without tossing and turning, hoping to find one position where your neck pain stops. A life where you can read a book before bed… or newspaper on a morning… without the fear of more neck pain. One where you can wake up in the morning and not suffer from headaches or migraines… A life where you can plan family time with your kids or grandkids, without worrying over if your pain will strike! …Basically, a life without chronic or severe neck pain! Relief is Here! Finally one of the nations leading neck experts, Jennifer Penrose, a specialist from Lacey who has already helped 100’s of people over the last decade with her recovery advice – has recently released a new 7 page “Neck Pain Consumer Awareness Report” that reveals the best kept secret in Lacey… How to actually get to the bottom of your pain without talking to your insurance. Or how to not need regular trips to see the chiropractor. You don’t even need a referral from your doctor. Neck Pain “Truths” Finally Exposed This report reveals… Read More
19
Nov 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Could Your Lifestyle Be Making Your Shoulder Pain Worse?

So far in this series, we’ve covered all things neck pain, shoulder pain and even headaches. I just want to quickly recap what we’ve looked at. First we looked at why everyday activities can cause neck pain and what you can do to change that. Then we looked at how sleeping can cause neck and shoulder pain. We said it can be eased by sleeping with only one pillow and trying different sleeping positions that are comfortable and supportive. We then switched gears a little to look at headaches, and how most people think that they can be caused by something they’ve eaten, when it’s more often down to neck and shoulder tension causing a headache, and you could try things like relaxing in a warm bath to help ease the tension, or talking to a member of our team. Shoulder pain then became topic and I gave you some simple exercises that you can do from your desk to help ease it. Finally, last week we looked at how stress can actually be a big cause for headaches and that finding ways to relax can be really beneficial, including trying Yoga. What’s New This Week? This week I want to switch back to shoulder pain. It can sometimes be hard to see what you are doing wrong in your lifestyle because, well, it’s your lifestyle. Your daily routine is so well known to you that it can become second nature to read before bed, look on your tablet… Read More
12
Nov 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Headaches: More Than Just A Pain In The Head!

Headaches area pain. We all get them now and again, but for some of us,they’re more of a regular occurrence than others… Here at the clinic it’s incredible how many people we see who tell us that they’ve suffered from headaches. So often that they just consider them to be a regular part of life. That’s why things like ibuprofen and other types of painkillers are such big sellers. But drugs can only relieve the symptoms temporarily by masking the pain. Many times, the recurring headaches may actually be the result of something else! Take a look at this emaiI received from a new patient last week as an example: “Hi Jennifer, after reading your neck pain and headaches booklet, I wanted to send you an email to see if you could help me! I’m 48 years old and the last 6 months I’ve been suffering from some of the worst headaches I’ve ever had. I sit in front of a computer daily for at least 8 hours in a job that is stressful most of the time. Recently I visited the dcotor who gave me pills to take the pain away, but the pain still exists and all I feel is constant tightness in my head. I don’t know what to do, or what the cause could be, it feels like pounding at the front of my head. Do you have any ideas? Thanks Jennifer.” – Alison, 48, Lacey. What’s happening with Alison? Of course, I have… Read More
05
Nov 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Shoulder Pain: Simple Exercises You Can Do From Your Desk

Sometimes, it can often surprise us how the smallest things in life can actually affect our health. Small things like wearing that heavy bag on the same shoulder everyday, or that terrible posture you’ve learnt at work, but so desperately want to get rid of. That’s right everyone… it all adds up. Today I’ll be going over the importance of exercising in the workplace and how it can help your shoulder pain. The reason why I’m writing about the workplace is because not many people realize how much time you spend at work. For example, the average full-time worker spends on average every year, 1,650 hours at work. That’s equivalent to 68 days or 9 weeks of day-in-day-out work! Now, imagine if you had an office job, or if you DO, think of all those hours you actually spend sat down, not moving and potentially developing poor posture. It’s no wonder you have shoulder pain! That is why it’s important to exercise at work and to keep moving as much as possible. Having only 5 weeks away from work can take it’s toll on your body. This truly shows how long you are at work for and how it can affect your health. With that in mind, here’s a few of my tips that are handy to use to ease that shoulder pain… Yoga before and after work is a MUST to stretch away those potential aches and pains in your muscles. It is ideal to do Yoga… Read More
30
Oct 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Headaches And Migraines: “Was It Something I Ate?

Let’s talk about headaches. Ranging from a mid-afternoon head pounding ache, to agonizing pain. They leave you sensitive to light and sometimes feeling sick. Headaches are something most, if not all of us, have experienced at some point in our life. For some, headaches are a bigger problem and can even affect everyday life, just like Lauren who is a patient of mine. Here’s what she wrote in an email to me before she came to see us: “Hi Jennifer, I’m 56 and have been suffering from migraines ever since I was a teenager. I’ve never been able to get to the root of the problem. I don’t know if this is true, but I heard that tension in your shoulders can bring headaches on? I thought you’d be the best person to ask. Is this right or am I being silly? Do I get headaches because of something I eat? I’m tired of getting migraines when I least expect them! It’s awful when they strike in the middle of shopping.” – Lauren, 56, Olympia, WA. Here’s what’s happening… Let me tell you now, Lauren certainly was right about tension in your neck and shoulders being related to this common problem! And I can imagine you would have found it hard to believe me if I told you that 87% of headaches come from tight and tense muscles in your shoulders and neck. But instead the culprit is often tension that you never even knew… Read More
22
Oct 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Neck & Shoulder Pain: Say Goodnight To Neck Pain For Good

Let’s talk about one of the most common causes of neck and shoulder pain – sleeping! Not just sleeping, but the way we sleep (and even what we do before we sleep). Have you ever woken up in the morning with a stiff and slightly painful neck? Often it’s just an annoying ache that eases off shortly after you’ve got out of bed. After days of waking up feeling like this, it can become a lot more painful. It’s something that we don’t usually think about. One of the most important things to consider is the effect that sleeping can have upon our neck and shoulders. Let me explain. An increase in neck or shoulder pain is a common problem that many people experience. Often times as a direct result of resting for 8 hours or more in an awkward position. Either an old mattress which needs replacing, or on the wrong types of pillows. Why? Because having your neck twisted or bent in a funny position for long periods of time isn’t good for the body. After a while your body becomes used to being in a certain position when you go to sleep night after night. So no wonder the neck becomes painful. But it’s not only down to the way we sleep… Activities to Watch Out For Another thing I see a lot of people do before they turn in for the night is they watch TV or read. Read More
08
Oct 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee Pain: “What If There Was A Way You Could Avoid Knee Surgery?” Attend this workshop to find out!

If you or a loved one suffer from chronic knee pain – so bad that it can even stop you from walking – then attending this Workshop may be the most important thing you do this year. It may unlock the agonizing mystery of your knee pain and show you a way to get back to the life you deserve… A life where you can walk up and down the stairs without worrying when your knee is going to ‘give-out’, or the pain stop you in your tracks. A life where you can enjoy leisurely walks with friends and family and not worry if you’re gong to make it or not, restricted by a knee so painful. One where you can pick up and play with your grandkids without worrying when your knee is going to stop you from getting back up. A life where you can do and enjoy all the things you see so many others doing and enjoying but your bad knee has kept you watching from the side-lines. …Basically, a life without the curse of knee pain. If You Feel Let Down, Disappointed, And Even Skeptical About What Can Be Done To Help You, Then Read On… My name is Jennifer Penrose, the nations leading knee pain specialist, and I have been helping people live with much less knee pain for more than a decade now – all across the country. And what we know now is that so… Read More
02
Oct 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee Pain: “Which Of These 7 Costly Mistakes Will You Make When Trying To End Knee Pain Successfully…?”

This report is for the person who is suffering from the torment of daily, annoying, chronic knee pain. The type of “ache” and pain where you get so nauseated that you feel your only option is to stop what you’re doing completely. Or to reach for the pain medication drawer and wonder when it will stop. The thing is, all of those pain medications are not good for your stomach. Plus the long periods of rest you’ve been told about is not likely to be doing you much good either. Over the last 10 years I’ve been working on a daily basis to help people aged 45+ find relief from chronic knee pain. What I can tell you is that the cocktail mix of more rest and more painkillers will do absolutely nothing. No matter what most doctors say! Because I’m growing increasingly frustrated with the number of people suffering unnecessarily that I’ve written a report that details the 7 things any person can do to relieve knee pain naturally. And I want to send you this report completely at no charge. Now, I don’t know if these 7 things will relieve you of your knee pain completely. I can’t promise that what worked for my patients over the past 10 years, will work for you too. However, reading my free report is definitely better than spending another day “resting”. Better than “accepting it” thinking “it’s your age”. Or worse yet, masking it with pain medications. If… Read More

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