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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body



HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body


INSIDE: Back Pain Prevention • My PT Success Story • Golf Performance • Exercise Essentials • Staff Spotlight • Join Our Health Mentor All-Stars

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: YOU CAN OVERCOME BACK PAIN LEARN HOW TO ACE RECOVERY

• Poor abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause and can lead to adverse side effects and addiction if abused. Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. Have back pain that just won’t go away? We want to help! Call us at 269-979-3000 or visit us online at

• Spinal and abdominal muscle weaknesses • Bad posture and bad sleeping positions • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility

A littlepreventiongoesa longway. Ifyouwant to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re first facing the object and standing as close as possible.Thensquatwhilekeepingyourspine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this willreduce thepressureplacedonyourspine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you BACK PAIN PREVENTION S I MP L E S O LU T I ON S F O R A PA I N - F R E E L I F E

deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders andneckaligned. Ifyou’resitting,don’tslouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By liftingweights,runningandswimming,youcan keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either.Getregularcheck-ups,andmakesure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You

Take charge of your back pain by calling us at 269-979-3000 or visiting We can help get your life back.

Sources: Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet


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Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and your feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, and while doing so, place a block or rolled up towel under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. For a more challenging exercise, repeat the same steps without using the block for support. When lifting hips, try to arch to the point where your torso and hips become a straight line and your pelvis is level. Try not to arch too high. Hold for about 5 seconds while continuing to breathe and then slowly set yourself back down. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS TECHNIQUE FOR CORE STRENGTH


Meet Doctor Bob, the Physical Therapist and owner of Muscle and Spine Rehab Center. Bob has been practicing in outpatient orthopedics for 28 years. He has been the owner of his private practice for over 20 years. He received hisMasterofScience inPhysicalTherapy

from Andrews University and his doctoral Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Montana. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Bob loves being a Physical Therapist because he has a passion for helping people. He especially enjoys coming up withsolutions torealchallengingpatient cases. He believes one of the best parts aboutMuscleandSpine is the teamwork. “We get results by working as a team, by alwayssearching forabetterwayandbecausewecan laughwith each other and our patients.” Outside of work, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids and their dog. They mean the world to him and he is always bringing themup inconversation.Theycampandbeach together in thisgreatstateofMichigan.Theymake time tosnowboardand play all manner of sports together - mostly basketball and golf, in recent years. Finally, he loves hiking and mountain climbing with Maui Steve and his sons. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Essex, call us today at 269-979-3000.


Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

JOIN OUR HEALTH MENTOR ALL-STARS Do You Have Friends or Family Members That Have Trouble:

DIRECT ACCESS WHAT DOES IT MEAN? Physical Therapy is Easier to Get Than You Think! • A physician referral • Therapy may begin

� Moving without pain � Bending &moving freely � Balancing confidently & securely

� Sitting for long periods � Walking for long distances � Living active & healthy

with a full evaluation by a licenced physical therapist • Patients sent by their physician can choose where they want to receive therapy

no longer needed, whether you want a check-up, suffered a recent injury, or if you want to improve your overall health and wellness

Share the Benefits of Physical Therapy with a Friend! We appreciate the confidence you place in us and will do our best to help those you refer meet their health and rehab goals, and that they thank you for it! A huge thank you to all of our friends who refer others to us at Muscle & Spine Rehabilitation Center.

Don’t let your pain hold you back. Call us today at 269-979-3000 or visit our website at


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