Peak Motion: How Bad Posture Affects The Body

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

August, 2019


As a valued client, we are proud to inform you of an important change at Peak Motion Physical Therapy. As of August 2019, we are changing our name to FYZICAL®. The name change is a result of a rebranding effort designed to mirror the growth and transformation of our organization. How Our Change Benefits You We are redecorating and moving downstairs to Suite 109! We hope you like the new look and improved accessibility. • We now offer a State-of-the-Art Balance Center. • We’ve upgraded our equipment. • We are offering a new physical therapy assessment program called BodyQ. • We now offer FootMaxx custom orthotics. • We are adding massage therapy services.

We are still the same high-quality therapy clinic, with the same owners and staff, the same billing practices and offer the same quality of care you expect. Our phone number remains the same. Our new email address is If we have not seen you in a while, please reach out and let us know how you are. Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Sincerely, The FYZICAL® Team • Mike Teater, DPT • Bre Lohn, DPT

• Susan Gibbons, DPT • Jonathan Graves, PTA • Cassandra La Madrid, PTA

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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

COULD YOUR POSTURE BE THE REASON FOR YOUR ACHES & PAINS? August, 2019 INSIDE: • 4 Simple Ways To Correct Poor Posture • FREE Screening • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Do you suffer from daily or recurrent aches and pains? If so, your posture may be the culprit. Just think about the number of hours a day we spend staring at a computer screen, hunched over our desks, orstaringatourphones.Thatcreatesa lotofstresson theneckandback,especially ifyouareslouched, titled forward,or lookingdown forprolongedperiodsof time. How does poor posture affect me? Changes to your posture can negatively affect your body, and you may find yourself experiencing some of the following symptoms: • If your posture contains a forward head tilt– This forward-head posture creates a strain on the neck, which can result in neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, chronic headaches, and lower back pain.Tilting your head forward for long periods of time shortens the muscles in the back of the neck, and can result in soreness throughout multiple parts of your body. • If your posture contains slouching of the mid-back – If you slouch the middle of your back, you can drive yourheadforwardandalter thewayyourribsnaturally align. By doing this, you may experience pain in the slouched region of the mid-back, in addition to pain in theneck. If this isyouraveragestandingposture, it is important to seek physical therapy treatment right

away–over time,standing like thisdayafterdaymay cause internal issues, as it creates pressure on your lungs, heart, and digestive system. • If your posture includes sitting for long periods of time – When you sit for prolonged periods of time, the muscles in your hips and legs will stiffen. When thesemusclesbecomestiff, they tightenandwillpull on the lower back, causing pain. The joints also lose their range of motion, which can cause soreness or achiness in the hips, legs, and back, and can create issues with your gait. The way in which you walk can also have an effect on your posture. When you have improper posture, your centerofgravitychanges.Thiscancauseyourbalance to decline, which can cause pain when walking, thus creatingaviciouscycleofovercompensationandpain. The most common symptom of poor posture is lower back pain, although pain can be present in other parts of the body, as well. The back muscles constantly contract tokeepyouupright,and theyovercompensate when you slouch or hunch over. Over a period of time, constant poor posture can create an unusual amount ofwearand tearon the lowerback,whichcan increase the risk of arthritis in the spine. Experience pain relief from poor posture by contacting us today!

Patient Success SPOTLIGHT

Did an excellent job helping me to rebuild strength! "I fell walking my dog and fractured my ankle. I was so afraid I would have ankle problems for the rest of my life. The team at Peak Motion did an excellent job helping me to rebuild strength, stability, and motion. Thank you so much! My dog thanks you too!” - Andrea L.


It can be difficult to correct poor posture, but there are a few steps you can take on your own to try and help: 1. Sit properly. – If you are at a desk for extended periods of the day, make sure your stance is okay. Sit upright, place your feet flat on the floor, and try not to cross your legs. Make sure there is a small gap between the back of your knees and the chair. Havingachairwithstrongbacksupportandpadding isalsorecommended for making your upright position more comfortable. 2. Take stretch breaks. – If you are an office worker, it is not secret that most of the day is spent with limited levels of mobility. It is important to make sure that you get up every 30 minutes or so, and take a small walk, at least for a minute or two. This will help in loosening up your muscles and joints, as well as initiating a stronger blood flow. 3. Exercise. – Exercise is incredibly important, especially if your job produces several hours of inactivity. When you exercise, you are stretching and strengthening certain muscles of your body, including problem areas such as your neck and back. Taking even a small amount of time to walk or jog around the neighborhood every day can highly improve your overall gait. 4. Set up your office properly. – If you work from an office all day, it is important to have a proper ergonomic setup. Make sure that you are at a proper height with your desk chair and computer, so you don’t have to slouch or lean forward. Additionally, make sure your chair has the proper lumbar support needed to help you sit straight while you’re working. These simple steps can help tremendously with your overall posture. How can physical therapy help? If these at-home treatments don’t work, it is important to consult help from a physical therapist. Simply standing up straight is a fight against gravity, and if you have been standing the wrong way for several years, it may be difficult to change it

on your own. However, physical therapists are dedicated to getting you on back on track to a pain free, and risk free life. They will evaluate your posture and gait to determine the best treatments necessary for you, and then they will create a treatment plan unique for your needs. They can improve your posture, eliminate your pain, and get you back to doing the activities you love to do. If you are experiencing pain, and you think it may be a result of your posture, give us a call today. We will help you get back to a comfortable posture with just a few sessions.


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It’s time to get Peak Motion Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

“I had fallen while climbing, and my right shoulder and back were in incrediblepainwhen Iwasworking. Ithurt tobreathe,and Iwouldwakeup from the pain; just lifting my phone would hurt my back. My job involves near continuous sitting and highly repetitive motion, so getting it under control was an uphill battle. It is so much better now! I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and I can get through my work weeks without everything locking up on me. My home program has really helped, I’m grateful to everyone for all their patience and help, especially Mike for fixing it as many times as it took to make it stick. Thanks!” - Catherine G. I’m stronger than I’ve ever been!

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