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Celebrating 10 years of serving our community! EAST PATCHOGUE LOCATION
DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN WHAT IS YOUR BACK PAIN TELLING YOU?
INSIDE: GETTING READY FOR THE BASEBALL SEASON • EXERCISE ESSENTIALS • STAFF SPOTLIGHT
EAST PATCHOGUE • 191 PATCHOGUE YAPHANK ROAD • EAST PATCHOGUE, NY 11772 • P : 631.775.0971 RIVERHEAD • 806 EAST MAIN ST • RIVERHEAD, NY 11901 •P : 631. 591.0838
GETT I NG READY FOR THE BASEBALL SEASON! Spring is right around the corner and the staff at Professional Care Physical Therapy is happy to be working once again with the student-athletes of the Pat- Med JV and Varsity Baseball teams, helping them prepare for their upcoming 2019 season! ProCare’s pre-season Strength, Conditioning and Injury Prevention program is designed to identify athletes who may have an unknown or undiagnosed existing injury, identify athletes who are at a higher risk of injury, as well as to help athletes enhance their athletic performance in a safe and supervised environment. Prior to the onset of the program each year, our licensed Physical Therapists at ProCare spend time studying the most recent academic research available in preparation for formulating the program for the athletes. This program has been provided to the student-athletes of Pat-Med for the past several seasons, and we love that the parents, coaches and the players look forward to it each year, just as much as we do!
STAFF SPOTL I GHT Dr. Natalie Niemcyzk
HAVE YOU VISITED OUR NEW EAST PATCHOGUE LOCATION YET?
Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Niemcyzk on her recent certification. Dr. Natalie is now officially a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist!
191 PATCHOGUE YAPHANK ROAD EAST PATCHOGUE, NY 11772
Born and raised in Westbury, New York, she attended Eastern Connecticut State University where she played lacrosse and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2009. She worked for several years before deciding to go back to school and went on to earn her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2015. During her time spent at Stony Brook University, Dr. Natalie worked in various settings, including hospital-based, two outpatient orthopedic facilities, and a canine rehabilitation rotation. These different settings have allowed her to expand her manual based skills and prepared her to treat a wide range of conditions. Following graduation, Dr. Natalie continues to learn and grow as a clinician through education courses and has become certified in various ventures. Natalie became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in June 2016 through the University of Tennessee and a Certified Veterinary Assistant in December of 2017 through San Juan College. She earned a certification as a Bar Method Fitness Instructor in February of 2018. Natalie also became a Certified Running Technique Specialist in May of 2018 through the POSE method. She has also attended courses in Functional Mobilization through the Institute of Physical Art, Kinesiology Taping, Manual Therapy & Neuromuscular Re-Activation through Summit Professional Education, Running Medicine at the Harvard Sports Medicine Conference and the Science of Running Medicine Conference at the University of Michigan. Natalie and her husband, Thomas, have a passion for animals and have four dogs at home, three of which were adopted from Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center in Huntington. Natalie has a strong passion for community service and exercise. Natalie and her husband have been volunteers for the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs for several years. They also bring one of their rescue dogs for weekly visits to the VA Hospital and a nearby elementary school as a therapy dog. Natalie and Thomas have fund-raised for the ASPCA, America’s VetDogs, American Cancer Society and the MS Society while training and racing in half marathons, marathons, and Ironman events.
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS TRY THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE BACK PAIN
SUPINE LEG TO CHEST Lie flat on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring your knee up toward your chest as high as you can. Use your arms to gently pull your knee further. Return to the starting position, then repeat 6 times.
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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN WHAT IS YOUR BACK PAIN TELLING YOU? The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily —whether it is toshoulderyouremotionalstressesor tophysically liftsomething that you need to carry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of anaccident. It isatriskwhenyouaresafelyathomeonyourcouchorat theoffice, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It isatriskwhenyourun,whenyouplaysports,andevenwhenyou findyourselfsick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It isnowonderthatsomanypeopleexperienceback injurieseveryyear.What isabig wonder is thatsomanypeoplechoose to ignore theirback injuriesyearafteryear! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’tsittingright issomething thatnotmanypeoplearegoing todealwith for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almostnormalto ignore it.Everyonedevelopsbackpain,timetotime,right?There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Backpainmaybecommon,but it isabsolutelynotnormal.Thereareactuallya lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencingthemostpain.Theseexercisesaredesignedtohelpbuildstrength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health.
• Supportandguidancewithanexerciseroutineandhabitformation,especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attemptingtoundertakeanyofthesechangesonyourownafteryou’veexperienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed andexperiencedphysical therapistcanprovideyouwith theguidanceandongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Getting To The Bottom Of Back Pain There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoringanyof them isnotagood idea.Someof themostcommon issues that cause back pain to linger include: Theseconcernscandevelopasaresultofamyriadofenvironmental issues,such ashavingpoorposture,prolongedsedentaryactivity,carcrash,sportingaccident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When It Comes To Back Pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic,asapotentiallysmall issuecanbecomecomplicatedwhen it isnotaddressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference betweenenvironmentalcausesandsomethingmoremedicallybased.Togetstarted with putting an end to your back pain, contact us. • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disk • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis
Are you letting back pain keep you down? Call Professional Care Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!
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