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YOU CANWIN AGAINST THE PAIN BACK PAIN DOESN’ T STAND A CHANCE

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The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring for Your Body

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YOU CAN WIN AGAINST THE PAIN

BACK PAIN DOESN’ T STAND A CHANCE

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• 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 themost 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 today at (832) 224-4735 or visit TrinityPhysicalTherapyTexas.com.

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:

• 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 R E Y O U L E T T I N G Y O U R PA I N H O L D Y O U B A C K ? S C H E D U L E Y O U R F R E E 1 5 - M I N U T E C O N S U LTAT I O N !

BACK PAIN PREVENTION T I P S Y O U C A N U S E T O S T A Y I N T H E G A M E

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want 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 facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. Thesemuscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep

them strong. Train your coremuscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check- ups, and make sure 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 deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

To find out more about how we can help you achieve freedom from your back pain, call us at (832) 224-4735 or visit us at TrinityPhysicalTherapyTexas.com to schedule your free 15-minute consultation.

Sources: www.apta.org • www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness- Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics • www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/ Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

OUR SERV I CES • Physical Therapy • Body Weight Support System • Cupping • Dry Needling • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Functional Functional Movement Assessment • Spinal Manipulation • Therapeutic Exercise

DRY NEEDLING F E AT UR E D S E RV I C E

WHAT I S DRY NE E D L I NG? • Based on Western medicine principles and research, Dry needling is a safe and effective method of treatment that works to reduce pain and muscle tension, while simultaneously improving mobility. • Your physical therapist will insert a sterile acupuncture needle through the skin, into the underlying tendons, ligaments, or muscles that have been affected, in order to relieve pain, decrease muscle tension, and improve mobility. HOW CAN DRY NE E D L I NG H E L P? • Proven to t reat numerous musculoskeletal issues, dry needling enhances the body’s ability to heal, ultimately reducing pain in the process.

• Manual Therapy • McKenzie Method • Myofascial Release • Selective

Movement Screening

• Graston

Technique

HEALTHY RECIPE BERRY & ALMOND SMOOTHIE BOWL

Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and while lifting the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open, breathe deeply, and relax. Hold for 30 seconds, then remove the block and slowly set yourself down to the floor. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT I went to Eric for issues with my back that had been long standing. I saw him for about 1.5 months on average 2 times a week and my issues are resolved, which is the first time I have been pain free in over 2 years. He is licensed and certified in not only traditional PT but also Graston, Cupping, Dry Needling, and Manual Manipulation of Joints. He is extremely knowledgeable and collaborates well with your physician. The facility is very nice and clean and the staff/atmosphere is upbeat. Every patient I saw in there with me was treated with respect and dignity.” - S. M.

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

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

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.

Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and is working toward becoming certified in Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) for military and first responders. Eric’s goal is to help improve his patient’s overall quality of life through physical therapy. He utilizes a comprehensive and systematic program to ensure treatment is specific to individualized needs. To do this, Eric combines manual therapy techniques, motor control exercises, in addition to strength and conditioning programs. Eric specializes in working with members of all branches of our military as well as first responders. His practice has treated people in every branch of the armed forces. His desire to give back to those that serve comes from his family history in the military (Navy, Marines, and Air Force) and police force (city, state, and sheriff’s department). In his spare time, he enjoys spending quality time with his family, fitness- oriented activities, studying history and art, reading and learning new skills, outdoor activities, and watching movies.

DR. ERIC SANTIAGO DPT, MSc, Dip. Osteopractic, CSCS Owner, Physical Therapist Eric has practiced Physical Therapy since 2009. He holds an MS of Physical Therapy (University of Hartford in Connecticut) and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (A.T. Still University in Arizona). He has a Diploma in Osteopractic PT through the American Academy of Manipulative Therapy, is a Certified

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