Health in Motion PT: Sciatica and Back Pain

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Amy is an experienced Physical Therapist and Massage Therapist that has been practicing in Montana for the past 3 years. She grewup onWhidbey Island, Washington riding and competing horses in the Three Day Eventing discipline. Numerous orthopedic injuries led Amy to pursue her Doctorate in Physical Therapy with the belief that “Movement is medicine”. She incorporates Manual Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, and Integrative Dry Needling into her treatments. In her free time, Amy loves being outdoors riding her mountain bike, skiing, hiking, and gardening with her husband Bucko. Amy’s clinical specialties and areas of expertise include: • Treatment of spinal, pelvic, and hip dysfunction • Orthopedic extremity disorders

•Treatment of sports &work related injuries

• Neurologic Dry Needling


• Seek A Natural Treatment For Back Pain • Healthy Recipe

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Community Classes/Events

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed, which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thighs and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve. If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica give us a call today!

Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests done doesn’t mean that you will find it’s root cause, however, recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation.


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Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A common bad habit is crossing the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica The therapists at Health in Motion Physical Therapy + Wellness play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our therapists have years of training to evaluate your back problem and find the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan will be created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. At Health in Motion Physical Therapy + Wellness, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists will spend time with you and train you on specific and easy exercises that will hlep to relieve the pain in your back and legs. Our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Our aim is to relieve your pain and restore your flexibility, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

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Relieve Back Pain InMinutes Try this stretch if you are experiencing back pain.

Healthy Recipe: Honey Garlic Shrimp

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium) • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined • 2 teaspoons olive oil • Optional: Ginger

Loosens Lower Back

SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the surface. Keep your lower back pressed to the surface. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. 2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or for up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, steam broccoli and microwave some quick brown rice.) 3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. (Discard used marinade.) Cook shrimp on one side until pink-- about 45 seconds-- then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. 4. Serve!

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