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Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season

By Matthias H. Wiederholz, M.D., Founder

The holiday season is here! Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. During these busy times, we tend to set aside our usual diet and exercise routines. As a physical therapist, I encourage my patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of life. Here are a few tips to stay healthy during the holidays.

1) With the temperatures dropping, outdoor activities are coming to an end. For people who do not belong to a gym, this makes it more difficult to stay fit. Do not let the cold weather stop you though. Some good active wear for cold weather can help you stay warm while walking, running, biking, etc. Try some fun cold weather only activities such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, or ice skating. There are also some free workout programs on the internet or in the on demand section of your cable television provider. This allows you to work out while at home with nothing more than a few free weights or bands. If you are really not a cold weather person (like myself) I would suggest joining a gym that does not require a contract. This way, you can pay only during the months that you are using it. Aim to do some form of workout at least 4-5 times a week.

2) The usual diet routine usually goes down the tubes once the turkey, pies and cookies come out. Not only do we eat more during the holidays, but we are also drinking more. While I would never tell a patient to refrain from occasional indulgences, be aware of how much you are eating. Portion control is key. Eating one or two cookies is fine; eating the whole batch, probably not. Remember to keep your plate colorful. This means eating more fruits and vegetables and less starches and meats. Remember also to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help you to feel full and keep you from overeating. You can also try to have a small salad or bowl of broth soup to keep you from overindulging at the dinner table.

3) With the holiday season comes flu season as well. Talk to your doctor about whether getting the flu shot is right for you. The best way to prevent sickness is to wash your hands. Hand sanitizers are good for use on the go to prevent infection, but if your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water. Talk to your health care provider to make sure you are on the proper supplements for you and if a flu shot is recommended.

4) If you are having any aches or pains, do not wait to be seen! Just remember the sooner you are seen, the easier it is to treat. I cannot tell you how many patients I have seen where some simple exercises may have prevented some more serious consequences. See us at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown to keep your holidays painfree.

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About Matthias H. Wiederholz

Dr. Matthias H. Wiederholz is cofounder of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC. He is a fellowship-trained interventional pain physician whose clinical interests include: Interventional Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, Non-Surgical Orthopedics, and Anti-Aging / Functional Medicine. He received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management in Marietta, Georgia. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also received advanced fellowship training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is board-certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz performs a myriad of interventional pain procedures including, but not limited to the following: epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, sacroiliac joint injections, discography, percutaneous disc decompression, epidural lysis of adhesions spinal cord stimulator implants, and minimally-invasive discectomies. Endoscopic spine surgery is a very unique and valuable tool in his armamentarium and makes Dr. Wiederholz one of the most specialized physicians in the field of Pain Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz uses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. He incorporates ultrasound for precise injection therapy including cortisone injections, prolotherapy, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). This technology is also utilized to perform the Tenex procedure, a percutaneous procedure for treating chronic tendon pain (tennis elbow, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, etc). Dr. Wiederholz is the fellowship director for the sports and spine fellowship at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz holds an affiliation with Capital Health System and JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Being advanced fellowship trained in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine means that Dr. Wiederholz has the most advanced training in Anti-Aging Medicine available. He is a leading expert in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration and helps patients achieve wellness through nutrition, lifestyle, and hormone therapies.

Staying Healthy during the Holiday Season

By Matthias H. Wiederholz, M.D., Founder

The holiday season is here! Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry. During these busy times, we tend to set aside our usual diet and exercise routines. As a physical therapist, I encourage my patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle in all aspects of life. Here are a few tips to stay healthy during the holidays.

1) With the temperatures dropping, outdoor activities are coming to an end. For people who do not belong to a gym, this makes it more difficult to stay fit. Do not let the cold weather stop you though. Some good active wear for cold weather can help you stay warm while walking, running, biking, etc. Try some fun cold weather only activities such as downhill skiing, cross country skiing, or ice skating. There are also some free workout programs on the internet or in the on demand section of your cable television provider. This allows you to work out while at home with nothing more than a few free weights or bands. If you are really not a cold weather person (like myself) I would suggest joining a gym that does not require a contract. This way, you can pay only during the months that you are using it. Aim to do some form of workout at least 4-5 times a week.

2) The usual diet routine usually goes down the tubes once the turkey, pies and cookies come out. Not only do we eat more during the holidays, but we are also drinking more. While I would never tell a patient to refrain from occasional indulgences, be aware of how much you are eating. Portion control is key. Eating one or two cookies is fine; eating the whole batch, probably not. Remember to keep your plate colorful. This means eating more fruits and vegetables and less starches and meats. Remember also to stay hydrated. Drinking lots of water will help you to feel full and keep you from overeating. You can also try to have a small salad or bowl of broth soup to keep you from overindulging at the dinner table.

3) With the holiday season comes flu season as well. Talk to your doctor about whether getting the flu shot is right for you. The best way to prevent sickness is to wash your hands. Hand sanitizers are good for use on the go to prevent infection, but if your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water. Talk to your health care provider to make sure you are on the proper supplements for you and if a flu shot is recommended.

4) If you are having any aches or pains, do not wait to be seen! Just remember the sooner you are seen, the easier it is to treat. I cannot tell you how many patients I have seen where some simple exercises may have prevented some more serious consequences. See us at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine of Newtown to keep your holidays painfree.

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About Matthias H. Wiederholz

Dr. Matthias H. Wiederholz is cofounder of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, LLC. He is a fellowship-trained interventional pain physician whose clinical interests include: Interventional Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Minimally-Invasive Spine Surgery, Non-Surgical Orthopedics, and Anti-Aging / Functional Medicine. He received his specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where he served as chief resident. He completed fellowship training in Interventional Pain Management in Marietta, Georgia. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. He also received advanced fellowship training through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is board-certified in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz performs a myriad of interventional pain procedures including, but not limited to the following: epidural steroid injections, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation, sacroiliac joint injections, discography, percutaneous disc decompression, epidural lysis of adhesions spinal cord stimulator implants, and minimally-invasive discectomies. Endoscopic spine surgery is a very unique and valuable tool in his armamentarium and makes Dr. Wiederholz one of the most specialized physicians in the field of Pain Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz uses musculoskeletal ultrasound in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. He incorporates ultrasound for precise injection therapy including cortisone injections, prolotherapy, and PRP (platelet rich plasma). This technology is also utilized to perform the Tenex procedure, a percutaneous procedure for treating chronic tendon pain (tennis elbow, rotator cuff, plantar fasciitis, etc). Dr. Wiederholz is the fellowship director for the sports and spine fellowship at Performance Spine & Sports Medicine. Dr. Wiederholz holds an affiliation with Capital Health System and JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. Being advanced fellowship trained in Anti-Aging, Regenerative & Functional Medicine means that Dr. Wiederholz has the most advanced training in Anti-Aging Medicine available. He is a leading expert in Bio-Identical Hormone Restoration and helps patients achieve wellness through nutrition, lifestyle, and hormone therapies.

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