Penrose Physical Therapy
21
Jan 2021
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Is There Any Science Behind An Anti-Inflammatory Diet?

Within the past few decades, scientists hit upon the discovery that many conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, arthritis, depression, and long-lasting respiratory problems such as asthma, share a common element: chronic inflammation. Scientists suggest that many factors contribute to chronic inflammation, including genetics and exposures to toxic contaminants in the environment. Chronic inflammation also might be exacerbated by lifestyle factors, including a diet laden with unhealthy fats and processed foods, lack of exercise, and poor dental hygiene/gum disease. If we just followed what our parents and grandparents said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” or “Finish your veggies,” we likely would have fewer diseases linked to chronic inflammation.  Our diets play an important role in chronic inflammation because our digestive bacteria release chemicals that may spur or suppress inflammation. The types of bacteria that populate our gut and their chemical byproducts vary according to the foods we eat. Some foods encourage the growth of populations of bacteria that stimulate inflammation while others promote the growth of bacteria that suppress it. Hopefully you are already enjoying many of the foods and beverages that have been linked to reductions in inflammation and chronic disease. Anti-inflammatory foods are those that any nutrition expert would encourage you to eat. They include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins (like beans and nuts), fatty fish, and fresh herbs and spices. Fruits and Veggies Go for variety and lots of color: reds, oranges, yellows, and greens. Research has shown that vitamin K-rich leafy… Read More
13
Jan 2021
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

How Hydration Can Impact Health

LACEY (WA) – Let’s start with something super basic. Hydration. As you may already know your body changes as we age (that’s something we are likely too aware of). Did you know the communication between your brain and the receptors that detect dehydration become less sensitive as we age? I often hear the words, “I’m not thirsty” from my 40+ clients to which I have to respond, “If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.” Try to plan out when you can drink your 8-10 glasses of water a day. An easy tip to implement is have a large glass of water ready to drink for when you wake up. Having been dehydrated throughout the night, the glass of full water can help in a variety of ways. Then try to have 4 glasses by early afternoon. Importance of Hydration What does water do for you physically? If you have back pain but; drink your 8-10 glasses of water a day, you will find that you feel less back pain over time when you wake up. The increased water helps clear inflammation. Increased hydration flushes the entire system. The discs will often swell from inflammation at night if you have not had enough water to drink during the day and create more pain when you wake up. Hydration also affects physical performance and mood. Mild levels of dehydration can produce disruptions in mood and cognitive functioning. Mild dehydration produces alterations in a number of important aspects of cognitive function such as concentration, alertness’ and short… Read More
30
Dec 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

How to jump start your metabolism NATURALLY!

LACEY (WA) Who could use some natural ways to jump start metabolism? I know I could! Most of us have been more sedentary due to COVID – limited gatherings/outings and working from home. Here are some practical ways to jump start your metabolism & help with fat loss! DRINK more water! Your body needs water to process calories. If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down. In one study, adults who drank eight or more glasses of water a day burned more calories than those who drank four. To stay hydrated, drink a glass of water or other unsweetened beverage before every meal and snack. Also, snack on fresh fruits and vegetables, which naturally contain water, rather than pretzels or chips. Your body burns many more calories digesting protein than it does eating fat or carbohydrates. As part of a balanced diet, replacing some carbs with lean, protein-rich foods can boost metabolism at mealtime. Good sources of protein include lean beef, turkey, fish, white meat chicken, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and low-fat dairy products. Green Tea boosts your metabolism! Drinking green tea or oolong tea offers the combined benefits of caffeine and catechins, substances shown to rev up the metabolism for a couple of hours. Research suggests that drinking 2 to 4 cups of either tea may push the body to burn 17% more calories during moderately intense exercise for a short time. Eating more often can help you lose weight. Yep, you read that correctly! When you eat large meals with… Read More
10
Sep 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Balance & Fall Prevention: How We Helped Susan

If you’ve been following our osteoporosis, balance and falls series over the last 5 weeks, you might be wondering how to put all of this information together. In today’s article I’m going to help you do just that. I’ll do it with a story about a lady we worked with recently in the clinic. Let’s call her Susan. As I go through the story, I’ll tell you how we assessed her 3 Balance Systems as well as the other various factors that contribute to her balance. Then we’ll discuss how we used this information to design a successful treatment plan for her. Here’s Susan’s Story In A Nutshell: Susan came into the clinic after she fell 6 months ago while walking to her car in a gravel parking lot. She ended up with a couple bumps and bruises, but otherwise was uninjured. However, over the next several months, she became more and more worried about having another fall, so she started limiting her activity level, and she specifically avoided things like walking on uneven surfaces (since walking on the gravel was part of why she fell). She decided to come in for physical therapy because lately she’s been feeling even more unsteady on her feet, and she’s had several near-falls where she’s had to catch herself on a piece of furniture or a wall inside her home. Can You Relate? If you have had a few falls where you… Read More
15
Jan 2020
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Was Told Not To Bend Or Twist With Osteoporosis; Yet Research Shows Yoga Increases Bone Density

Yoga has along list of health benefits. They include greater flexibility, stronger muscles, better posture, balance, reduced emotional and physical stress, and self-esteem. Yoga and its many forward folds have to be eliminated for the osteoporosis crowd. However, the rotational poses actually increase bone density as I will explain. Dr. Loren Fishman, a physiatrist at Columbia University in rehabilitative medicine has been gathering evidence on yoga and bone health. And his aim was to determine whether yoga might be an effective therapy for osteoporosis. But the idea that yoga helps bone density is not widely accepted in the medical community. Knowing more than 700,000 spinal fractures and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur annually in the United States, Dr. Fishman hoped that this low-cost and less dangerous alternative to bone-loss drugs is worth pursuing. Medication As An Intervention Bone-loss medications can produce adverse side effects like gastrointestinal distress and fractures of the femur. Indeed, a study published in “Clinical Interventions in Aging” found that among 126,188 women found to have osteoporosis, all of whom had Medicare Part D drug coverage, only 28 percent started bone drug therapy within a year of diagnosis. But most people do know that the prescribed medications come with complicating factors and risks. Dr. Fishman and colleagues wrote recently, yoga’s “side effects”,  “include better posture, improved balance, enhanced coordination, greater range of motion, higher strength, reduced levels of anxiety and better gait.” How does yoga work to increase bone density? “Yoga… 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
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
18
Sep 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee Pain – 9 Things You Could Do If You Didn’t Have Knee Pain

Over the last 7 weeks we’ve covered a lot on knee pain. I just want to do a quick recap to remind you as we get to the end of this series. We looked at 3 things to know about knee pain including wearing the correct shoes, resting and a simple exercise. We then looked at why knee pain gets worse when you exercise and how to ease it through strengthening. Next we looked at 3 ‘quick fixes’ people think ease knee pain, but don’t. Those things were reaching for the painkillers, resting and wearing a support. We then looked at if knee replacement surgery could be avoided, why knee pain gets worse at night, how to stop arthritis before it stops you and 3 things you could be doing that make knee pain worse. If you’re suffering with any kind of knee pain or swelling, you won’t need me to tell you that it’s “life limiting”. Here are some of the things you would likely be able to enjoy doing again, immediately if you didn’t have knee pain… 1) Waking up in the morning and effortlessly being able to put your own socks and shoes on (without the knee stiffness or sharp pain…). 2) Sitting at work without your knee aching. 3) Taking a long walk with friends and only ending because you’ve decided you fancy a coffee and NOT because your knee is hurting and you’re forced to. 4) Going to bed knowing that you’re finally going to get a good nights… Read More
11
Sep 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Why Knee Pain Gets Worse When You Exercise And How To Ease It

Got this question sent to me yesterday by a “confused” reader of my newspaper articles suffering with knee pain during exercise… “Hey Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with a pain in my right knee now for a few weeks. What I can’t put my finger on is what I did to make it start in the first place, and even more confusing is that it’s most painful when walking down the stairs, and only comes on 10 minutes into a run. Sometimes it aches, sometimes it feels tender and dull, but I don’t understand why I could run fine before and now I can’t without having to stop after 10 minutes. Can you help?” – Mary, 46, Lacey. There’s a good chance that the same thing is happening to Mary as it does to most people this time of year… And it’s no surprise as we see off the end of Summer and start heading into Fall. This time of year we see more people than ever at Penrose Physical Therapy with painful knees. The reason why? Because it’s around this time of year that people decide to be more active and take things up like running and walking for longer distances, making the most of the nice weather and generally being more active. And even if they’re used to running, people tend to step it up and run a little longer than usual to get ready for upcoming races, sometimes adding in extra running days going… Read More
03
Sep 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

3 Things To Know About Knee Pain After Labor Day Weekend

A few days ago, I was on the phone to one of our regular patient, Lisa, she’s 56 from Lacey and she said… “I was making the most of the Labor Day weekend by visitng Capitol State Forest. I was fine when I got home, but then in the morning when I woke up, my knees had a dull aching pain. At first I thought ‘it’s just an aching knee, I’ve probably overdone it, it’s happened before’… but the pain got worse as the day went on, and it’s still bothering me. My knees ache when I walk, and I’m finding it hard to go up and down the stairs. Any ideas?” Now, this isn’t an uncommon problem, especially not after holiday weekends! And when you consider that 77% of people are more active during holiday weekends, that’s a lot for knees that could potentially become sore. The thing is, many people will put up with bad knees for days, weeks, even months, hoping that the pain will go away on it’s own. But the problem with that is that 9 times out of 10, the pain gets worse and hangs around – which pains me when I know you really don’t have to suffer. So, how about I give you three tips to help you make knee pain much less of a frustration in your life? And even if you don’t go out walking often and suffer from knee pain – these… Read More
27
Aug 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee Pain: Why Knee Pain Gets Worse Late At Night And How To Ease It

So far in this series on knee pain, we’ve covered a lot of different topics. We’ve looked at the 3 things you could be doing that make knee pain worse. This included wearing the wrong shoes, sitting with your legs bent and taking it too easy. We then looked at the 3 ‘quick fixes’ people think will help knee pain, but don’t. (Painkillers, resting and wearing a support). Next it was looking at whether knee replacement surgery could be avoided, and how. And most recently, we looked at how to stop arthritis before it stops you. That’s a lot to cover in just 4 weeks, but we’ve still got more to cover. Knee pain is something that a lot of people struggle with at any time of year, but especially when in the warmer months. People tend to be more active, which leads me to this week’s article… This question was sent to me yesterday by a reader suffering with knee pain: “Jennifer, I’ve been suffering with on-off type knee pain now for more than a year. What I can’t put my finger on is when it started or why. What’s more confusing is that my pain gets worse as the day goes on. But whenever I wake up, the pain is gone – or is considerably less. Yet by the end of another day, my knee aches, sometimes it feels hot and swollen. I’m often in considerable pain – especially if I’ve been out for a… Read More
23
Aug 2019
Jennifer Penrose
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Jennifer Penrose

Knee Pain: How To Stop Arthritis Before It Stops You

Many people just like you are becoming victims of knee pain. This is FAST becoming one of the most common things we see at Penrose Physical Therapy, and one of the areas that we treat the most too. But before I tell you why, have a look and see if this sounds familiar to you? There’s a familiar pattern that emerges with knee pain (before arthritis sets in). It starts with a few clicks of the knees, just here and there. But nothing painful, and you think nothing of it. Then as the years go on, some of those clicks become painful, and they start to ache a little bit more, commonly under the knee cap and inside of the knee. Walking around the stores for a few hours and they begin to feel sore. And getting back up again after sitting down watching your favorite TV show, you notice it takes a few steps for them to ‘get going’… And they become even WORSE in the cold weather. Does that sound familiar? I thought it might. So why does this happen, and why so more now than ever before? Well, let me share this with you; so many people are becoming victims of bad footwear trends. “Bad” Shoes? Plimsolls and pump-style shoes are the top of that criminals list that I come across almost on a daily basis, but there are many more besides them, more commonly work now than before. They have zero support for your feet. Read More

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