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• Factors Influencing Back Health • Refer-A-Friend

• Patient Success Spotlight • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on the couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and

flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. Physical Therapy for Back Pain While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the early days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offers a long-term solution to back pain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life.

Understanding the Why and How

There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when you break down injuries, whether from overuse or athletic pursuits, there are different problems that can develop. Sprains and strains are common, but so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding


Factors Influencing Back Health

• Your personal level of physical activity, including how often you exercise and the intensity of your typical workouts. • The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes, particularly shoes that lack support or those with high heels. • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk for eight hours or more consecutive days of the week, or spending free time on the couch or otherwise relaxed. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actually become impeded, and this can have a negative effect on the overall

health of your back and spine. How Physical Therapy Helps

Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us.

Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help.

Call us today to schedule an appointment Redondo Beach 310-376-9222 • Rancho Palos Verdes 310-544-7325.

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Refer A Friend! Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

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“…now I feel stronger than ever.” “Melinda saved me! I wandered into PEAK in search of respite from an agonizing pain in my hip and leg that came on as a result of piriformis syndrome. This ongoing suffering was interrupting both my personal and professional life, creating much distress and concern on my behalf. Through consistent programming of focused massage, exercise and e-stim, Melinda was able to completely eradicate the issue, and now I feel stronger than ever. The entire team at PEAK collectively project a vibe that is caring and upbeat, creating the type of positive atmosphere that kept me committed to the process. Thank you all for everything!” - H.F.

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Peak Orthopedic Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment with us.

Staff Spotlight: David Dinh, CPT

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

FORWARD BEND - LONG SITTING Sit with legs straight out and lower back tall. Bend forward keeping lower back tall to feel a stretch in the back of your thighs. Stretches Back

Dave is the DeepTissue Laser Specialist in the Redondo Beach location. Certified as an NCEP Holistic Personal Trainer, he has also worked as an exercise specialist since 2015. He is passionately pursuing a path to heal the human body with massage and body work. Dave believes receiving regular massage reduces stress and brings balance to our hectic lives. It helps to unwind and relax the mind and body which improves sleeping patterns, aides in learning and memory while regulating hormones and metabolism.

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