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What You Might Not Know About Joint Pain

Be Optimistic!
Be Optimistic!

Joint Pain is a complaint common to about 1/3 of all adults.  The three most common areas for joint pain are #1 knee, #2 shoulders and #3 hips.   One of the best remedies for such pain is…you guessed it…weight loss.

As you likely know, joints form the connection between your bones.  They not only support your body but they also help you move.  Joint pain can be caused by injury and sometimes injury results from your joints having to carry a larger load than they were intended to support.  Although I cannot guarantee you will be free of pain, I can tell you that with as little as 10% excess body weight loss; your joint pain usually improves.  As you continue to lose weight, your pain can be   entirely eliminated or significantly improved – we see this every week.  So what are you waiting for?  Let us help you begin losing weight today so you can feel better soon.

Do you wake up in the morning with achy, painful joints?  Does the thought of even moving your body cause you stress?  You’re not alone.  It’s a common problem with many causes, including osteo-arthritis, old injuries, postural problems, inactivity, old age, and more.  Ignoring the problem won’t make it go away, and pain relievers are simply a band-aide.

Do you want to know the SECRET to joint pain relief?……. EXERCISE!!!  Probably the very last thing you want to do when you’re in pain is exercise.  However, exercise is crucial for people with joint pain.  Limiting your movements could weaken you muscles and cause even more problems.   Keeping your muscles and surrounding tissue strong is necessary to maintain support for your bones.  Increasing your strength and flexibility will help reduce the pain and help combat fatigue.

Exercise is vital because:

*It makes you feel better about yourself

*Controls your weight

*Improves sleep

*Gives you more energy

*Sharpens your mind

*Maintains bone strength

The types of exercises you choose depends on what type of arthritis and joints are involved.

Range of Motion:  these exercises can be performed daily.  An example  of ROM is shoulder rolls or arm stretches over the head.

Strengthening Exercises: includes weight machines, free weights, or toning bands.  They should be performed three times a week, depending on your level of pain.

Aerobic Exercises:  for overall fitness and more stamina.  Examples are swimming or biking.  To reap the benefits of aerobic exercise, you should strive for at least 3 times a week.

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We have two chair fitness videos available to you on DVD. (Pick up a copy of Sit & Get Fit at the Nutrition Store or order it online!)  One video is cardio, and the other is toning.  Painful joints need not exempt you from exercising.  It’s actually critical for you to move your body, even through some of the pain.  It’s easy to use pain as an excuse to not exercise.  But if you don’t move your body, you’re setting yourself up for even more physical problems.  Make sure you talk to your doctor about what pain is normal.  Start slowly, move gently, and ice afterward if you need.  Don’t overdo it.  Listen to your body!


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Tina Dawson, Assistant Retail Manager

With over 30 years of experience in IT, Finance, and Healthcare fields, Tina has served the healthcare industry in such roles as Project Manager, Practice Manager, Physician Recruitment and assisted with electronic medical record (EMR) conversions. She attended the University of Maryland in both Asia and Europe majoring in Computer Science and is fascinated with learning new technologies. Tina enjoys educating our clients on our products and programs and “celebrating their successes and milestones…one pound at a time!”. Don’t be surprised if she gives you a hug! For fitness and fun, she likes to “slog” (slow jog) races and enjoys competing in half marathons. “Come out and join me for the next one. Believe in yourself and you CAN do it!” For more information on weight loss in Virginia, please contact (phone or text) us at (757) 873-1880 today!

Jessica Kirby, Medical Receptionist

Jessica croppedJessica is the newest addition to the team here at CFWLS.

Dani Colley, Medical Assistant

Dani has over 35 years of experience in the medical field and has been working as Dr. Clark’s Medical Assistant for over 15 years. Her area of expertise is with the surgical patients. She works closely with Dr. Clark and is always just a phone call away to answer your questions or just lend an encouraging word!

Dani spends her spare time volunteering at an equine rescue or riding rescue horses.

Dawn Olson, LWMC, CPT, Education & Fitness Coordinator

Although her initial career was in Finance, Dawn’s passion for health & fitness motivated her to re-direct her energy toward helping others reach their goal toward a strong & healthy life. Counseling patients and teaching My Weight Loss Academy™ classes in lifestyle modification and nutrition keeps her smiling. “This is far more than a job, it’s an opportunity to help people learn and make positive changes in their health. Each day brings a new reward!”

Dawn is a certified personal trainer and worked in various fitness facilities before joining us in 2009. She also holds certifications in Exercise & the Older Adult, Aquatic Exercise, Chronic Diseases and Disabilities, Facilitated Stretching, Fitness Therapy and Lifestyle & Weight Management.

Cat Williamson, Office Manager

Cat Williamson was born and raised in Hampton Roads. She feels blessed that she lives close to the Ocean as well as the Mountains since she enjoys taking weekend trips with her Hubby. Cat has worked in a medical setting for more than 35 years and started working for Dr. Clark as his Surgical Coordinator over fifteen years ago. Due to her longevity here at CFWLS, she has “well rounded” knowledge in each program (medical or surgical) that Dr. Clark’s Center for Weight Loss Success offers. Cat, as the Office Manager ensures that daily structure is handled with a balance of professionalism and excitement for each of our Patient’s weight loss journey. She feels rewarded each time a Patient or Client peeks into her office to share yet another milestone toward their new life!

Cat Keller, Retail Sales Manager

CatCat Keller has a wealth of experience in marketing, e-marketing, advertising and customer service and manages our Weight Loss Nutritional Store. She is always planning something fun and exciting. special events, discounts, giveaways – it’s never a dull moment. She is happy to help you with questions you may have regarding our products or services. Cat is a graduate of William & Mary, where she studied Government/Pre-Law and minored in Marketing.

“My ultimate goal here at Center for Weight Loss Success is to help our clients be successful in their weight loss. We all know how wonderful it is to win a long fought battle. The battle against weight gain, and the poor health it eventually brings is, I believe, one of the most important to win because it brings with it the biggest pay off of all…a longer, healthier life. That is what motivates me to come to work everyday, it’s the opportunity to help a client achieve a renewed zest for life.”