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Working Through the Pain

start todayPain by definition is physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness of injury. But there are two types of pain. Acute pain normally lasts less than 6 months, begins suddenly, and is usually sharp in quality. An example of acute pain is when you twist your ankle stepping off the porch or cut yourself with a sharp knife. Chronic pain can last for a lifetime. It comes and goes, but the pain never completely disappears. Arthritis is a common example of chronic pain. Other examples are: fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, cancer, migraine headaches, and more. Exercising is extremely daunting for people with chronic or acute pain. These types of people may decide to exercise when the pain and discomfort disappears, but that day seldom comes. Therefore, there are times when it’s absolutely necessary to push through the pain in order to achieve the myriad benefits that exercise has to offer.

Most people have a good understanding of the health benefits of regular exercise. It has a positive affect on us physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and spiritually. Each of us wants the benefits, but putting in the effort is challenging, especially if you’re experiencing pain. My 69-year-old mother was diagnosed with fibromyalgia 20 years ago. She’s always been afraid to exercise during “flair ups” in fear of causing more pain. The past few months she’s been walking every day and using her toning bands. Already, she’s lost weight, has more energy, and doesn’t fear the pain anymore. I’m amazed by her courage. My 15-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with juvenile fibromyalgia syndrome. The symptoms are chronic pain, chronic headaches, chronic fatigue, difficulty sleeping, and more. Several months ago she stopped exercising and moving her body, resulting in a 20 pound weight gain and depression. She doesn’t want to leave the comfort zone of her house, and her health is suffering even more. Her endurance is not up to par and her skin and hair are lackluster. The health challenges she faces will endure throughout her lifetime, but regular exercise can improve so many of these ailments.

“Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.” A new study suggests that regular exercise can alter how a person experiences pain. The longer a person continues to work out, the greater the tolerance for discomfort. In addition, endorphins, hormones secreted by the brain, are released that can lessen discomfort. Each individual has a different pain threshold. How much exercise are you capable of doing until you’ve reached that threshold?

Little changes can lead to big results. Start with 5 minutes a day and work up to 30 minutes. Choose a time of the day when you’re most energetic. By moving your body and strengthening your muscles, you’ll be more capable of performing activities of daily living (ADL’S). Examples of exercises: swimming, walking, bike riding, Tai Chi, and Yoga.

Regular exercise can alleviate pain, improve memory, ease sleep, improve mood, and more. Chronic pain doesn’t have to be debilitating. “Nobody can take away your pain, but don’t let pain take away your happiness.”

Arlyne Spalla-Benson, CPT, LWMC

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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.”