Rebound PT: Back Pain and Difficulty Walking

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BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

Does going for a walk sound like a big pain in the back? For those who struggle with chronic back pain, even the basic task of going for a walk can be overwhelming and painful. Back pain can strike at any time. Whether in the upper back, surrounding the neck and shoulders, or in the lower back at the lumbar or sciatica, back pain is something that no one likes to deal with for too long. (continued inside)

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BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

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start doing something about it. Conveniently, walking is more than a goal when it comes to back pain, it could be part of the solution. Working with a physical therapist to develop improved strategies and techniques with your walking could help you to get back on your feet even sooner than you thought possible. What’s more, for those who are able to walk, getting on your feet more often with targeted exercises could help you find relief from back pain even sooner than expected.

Relying on pain medications to help you overcome back pain will leave you disappointed. While pain medications are frequently helpful at alleviating the discomfort of your back pain for a short period of time, they are not capable of resolving the issue that is causing your pain to develop in the first place. The only thing that can actually fix your back pain is addressing the issue that is causing your pain head on. Physical therapy is a great resource for addressing your back pain and can be a helpful tool in getting you back on your feet.

physical therapy could be the answer to helping you enjoy life free of back pain. And the secret to success is learning to approach recovery one step at a time. Walking your Way Pain Free Walking isagreat formofexercise,butmore than that, it is a necessity of life. When you can’t walk, even basic tasks become complicated. Getting out of bed in the morning, getting to and from work, moving your way around the office, and even spending time with family on the weekends all rely heavily on your ability to walk. When your back pain begins to interfere with your ability to move around freely, then you know it is time to

So, whether it is following a sudden injury or a chronic issue that has developed over time,

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FIXING YOUR STRIDE

When you are experiencing regular back pain— especially if you are experiencing back pain while walking—you should consider ways that you can reduce back pain by taking small steps to support your back. There are several things that you can do at home to improve your stride, which can make a significant difference when it comes to managing back pain day-to-day. Here are several ways that you can start taking care of your back with each step you take: 1.Make sure that you are wearing the right types of shoes. While the golden rule for walking is to wear sneakers, not all sneakers are created equally. You need to wear a sneaker that is going to provide you with the arch support that meets your individual needs. This may mean upgrading from your minimal support sneaker to something more athletically designed. 2.Try a custom insert in your shoe. Of course, you can’t wear sneakers all the time. When you are at the office, professional footwear matters. You may find it helpful to have

custom orthotics made for your work shoes so that you can have more arch support around the clock. 3. Work on improving your posture. If you are slouching when you walk, then that may be impacting the way that your back feels. Take a few minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon to stretch your back, and then make a point of keeping your shoulders square and your back straight as you walk. Simply standing tall may alleviate some of your back pain. Another way that walking can help alleviate back pain is by encouraging weight loss. Being overweight puts added pressure on your back, and this can contribute to increased back pain. Working with a physical therapist to improve your walking technique can help you to overcome back pain one step at a time. Is back pain keeping you from the life you love? Call today to learn more about how physical therapy at Rebound Physical Therapy can get you back on the path with a pain-free stride.

Tasty Recipe: Fruit &Yogurt Ice Pops

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this simple exercise to keep you moving

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt • 1/4 cup sugar (optional) • 8 small paper cups • 8 popsicle sticks INSTRUCTIONS Place themixedblueberries, raspberries, strawberries,slicedbananas,yogurt,and sugar intoablender.Cover,andblenduntil fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

Relieves Leg Pain

HAMSTRING STRETCH

Stand with one leg on a medium sized stool or stable platform at the height shown. Keeping your back and leg straight, slowly lean forwards from the hips. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat exercise with the alternate leg. This exercise can be repeated multiple times per day for extra relief.

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Aquatic Therapy

When it comes to Aquatic Therapy, Rebound Physical Therapy is proud to take our rewarding methods of therapy into the water. We provide our patients with the best in aquatic therapy. The buoyancy, support, and accommodating resistance of water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation.The temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching, and generally reduces the sensation of pain. Some of the benefits include:

• Improve Strength and Endurance • Increase Range of Motion • Normalize Muscle Tone • Improve Balance and Coordination • Protect Joints During Exercise • Improve Circulation • Decrease Swelling • Reduce Stress • Moderate Body Temperature

A customized aquatic therapy treatment program can allow injured patients to exercise with a greater range of motion without hurting joints or re-injuring themselves. The workout gets the blood moving faster through the injured area, so healing is faster.The water pressure also helps keep down swelling.

Rebound Physical Therapy’s aquatic program helps you recover faster. Our therapists are trained and certified in special advanced techniques.

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