Performance Therapy: Get To The CORE Of Back & Neck Pain

LASER THERAPY & DRY NEEDLING FOR BACK & NECK PAIN NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter May, 2019 Dry Needling. Dry Needling can be used for a variety of musculoskeletal problems. When combined with traditional physical therapy and the advanced manual therapy techniques, our physical therapist have had success in treating most pain-related problems from the back and neck and from acute to chronic conditions.

Often times dry needling can be used to speed up this recovery time and allow athletic patients to return to training or to playing as soon as possible. Laser Therapy. Laser therapy effectively treats lower back pain, neck pain, arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, plantar, and sciatica. Anywhere there is pain or injury, laser therapy can help. Even older injuries that have not healed properly can be improved with this type of physical therapy service. However, it is important to note that laser therapy is most effective when combined with physical therapy. While this modality addresses pain, inflammation, and healing, it increases flexibility and mobility only when combined with therapeutic exercise, stretching, and other physical therapy services. If you are experiencing pain in any part of your body, laser therapy or dry needling may be right for you. Contact us at Franklin & Nashville, TN centers today for a consultation and let our physical therapist assess your situation. Start living the life you deserve, pain-free.

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May, 2019

GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN INSIDE: • Core Strength and Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter

Whether you have pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Performance Therapy Institute can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101. There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and- fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving strength as needed. For example, in many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength.

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Back Pain 101. Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain.

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CORE STRENGTH AND BACK PAIN

You may be surprised how frequently issues with the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles thatmakeupyour torso, includingyourabdomen.Thesemuscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything from walking and running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core. There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance- based activities like yoga. If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us.

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HEALTHY RECIPE

BERRY-ALMOND SMOOTHIE BOWL

INGREDIENTS • ⅔ cup frozen raspberries • ½ cup frozen sliced banana • ½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk • 5 tbsp sliced almonds, divided

• ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • ⅛ tsp ground cardamom • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup blueberries • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS Blend raspberries, banana, almond milk, 3 tablespoons almonds, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla in a blender until very smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with blueberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and coconut.

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Patient Success Spotlight

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

At Performance Therapy Institute, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get to Performance Therapy Institute 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 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

I am running, biking and swimming again! “I will never go anywhere else! These guys are amazing. They take their time with you.They LISTEN to you and accommodate your therapy to your needs and your desired activity. I have worked with Josh for many years. As an athlete, I do get injured from time to time and he’s the first person I go to. I had a torn hamstring in 2014 that took a year to heal. He never told me I could NOT do anything. After a year of reduced activity and several visits to Josh, I competed in a Half IronMan! Unfortunately a week later I was in a bike crash that resulted in several breaks. Four months later, and after seeing Josh for several weeks, I am running, biking and swimming again. I love these guys. Go see them - you will be glad you did!” –Teresa S.

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