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Health & Fitness

August 2019

The Newsletter About Achieving and Maintaining Optimal Well-Being


Whether it’s a sudden, shooting pain down your leg or a persistent ache in your lower back, sciatica can seriously impact your daily life. While medications, injections and even surgery sometimes help people with sciatic nerve pain, physical therapy is the most effective and least invasive way to eradicate the problem. Physical therapy is invaluable for easing sciatic pain. Its effectiveness stems from the multi-faceted approach your therapist will take in order to reduce the pressure on the nerve. Improving your strength and the flexibility in your hip area can do much to decrease the pressure on your sciatic nerve, which in turn will relieve the pain you feel. The muscle and ligament structure of your hips tend to tighten if you spend too much time sitting. That causes your spine to take on the strain, often leading to sciatic nerve impingement.

To combat this undue pressure, physical therapists work to increase hip mobility by helping you stretch your hip abductors and flexors. This opens up the pathway, which your sciatic nerve runs, so that the nerve is freed from compression. In addition, strengthening hip abductors muscles, as well as building mobility, will enable the muscles and ligaments in your hips to be better aligned. Improved strength in your hip area, allows the effort used in everyday movement to be more evenly distributed, and therefore less apt to result in nerve irritation.


Consider Physical Therapy First!

C ON S I D E R P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y F I R S T ! A study published in Spine, the respected medical journal, found that, when started early enough, physical therapy is a very effective treatment for sciatica, and one which is more budget-friendly for the average person. The study found that over a one-year period, people who had taken 10 sessions of physical therapy had better results for their sciatic pain than those who were only given guidelines for treatment.

The study’s authors attributed the cost-effectiveness of the physical therapy approach in part to using it as a first line of defense against sciatic pain and back pain. For the many patients for whom physical therapy as the primary treatment was sufficient, there wasn’t a need for expensive tests, such as MRIs, or further invasive procedures. If you’re concerned about shooting pains down one leg, buttock aching or lower back pain and numbness -- or any combination of sharp and dull aching anywhere along the sciatic nerve -- contact us right away for a consultation. We’ll work with your doctor to address the specific problems contributing to the ongoing impingement of your sciatic nerve, while also striving to reduce your pain as quickly as possible.

Healthy Recipe


INGREDIENTS • 1 1/4 lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed & halved • 2 tbsp canola oil • Salt & pepper • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses • Seeds from 1 pomegranate

• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted hazelnuts • Finely grated zest of 1 lime • 1 tbsp finely grated orange zest

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Put the Brussels sprouts in a medium roasting pan; toss with the canola oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven until light golden brown and a knife inserted into the centers goes in without any resistance, about 45 minutes. Transfer the sprouts to a large bowl and add the pomegranate molasses, pomegranate seeds, hazelnuts, and lime and orange zests. Season with salt as needed. Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay


Full Potential Results!

“When I first came to Full Potential, I was struggling with bladder leakage. I would plan where to go and park so I could use the bathroom before I would continue with my day. After my therapy, I no longer feel like I plan, I just continue with my day–laughing, sneezing, and coughing are no longer an issue for me. Also, I was so impressed at how kind everyone was. Everyone was so helpful when I asked a question. Amanda made the whole experience so comfortable. I so enjoyed having her as my PT. Her knowledge of my condition was very appreciated.” -Anonymous Patient at Full Potential PT Did you know that we treat pelvic floor pain and incontinence? Here is what one of our women’s health patient has to say!

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Practice News

PLAY THE REFERRAL GAME! At Full Potential, we know that a referral from our patients is the biggest compliment. Let us thank you with these 3 simple steps! 1. Start by handing out the referral cards located at our front desk to your friends and family that are in need of our help!

2. The card with your name on the back must be returned to us at their first appointment!

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Thank you to the following for referring your friends and family!

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Practice News

Attention Low Back Pain Sufferers! August 22 @ 7 PM • Full Potential “Learn To Manage Low Back Pain Without Medication, Injections, or Surgery!”


1. You’ve missed work due to low back pain 2. You’ve missed out on family activities you love because you’re afraid of aggravating your lower back pain 3. You’ve found yourself worrying more about your pain, numbness, and tingling rather than living your life. 4. You’ve TRIED EVERYTHING and just want to get back to normal. We have limited spots available and space will fill up fast, so register now to avoid missing out. Call 616.392.2172 today and sign up!

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To leave a review, simply type ‘Full Potential Physical Therapy’ into your google search bar. On the right, our profile will appear. Click on the google reviews. Our reviews will appear and in the top right corner, an option will appear that says ‘Write a Review’. If you’d like to write a review, but can’t seem to figure it out, give our office a call. We’d love to help you get entered into the drawing! Our first drawing will be on September 1!

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Improving Your Balance Try these simple exercises to keep you moving... Exercise Essentials

Relieves Sciatica Pain

Relieves Back Pain

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



FOUR POINT TRUNK FLEXION & EXTENSION Start on hands and knees. Arch your back up to the ceiling as high as you comfortably can, and hold. Then, arch your back the opposite direction as low as you comfortably can, and hold. Repeat 6 times.

THORACIC ROTATION Sit with your arms folded in front your chest. Rotate your upper back to one side while keeping your lower back tight and as still as possible. Rotate to the other side, then repeat the motion 6-10 times.

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program It’s time to get Full Potential Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury PAIN FREE DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE At Full Potential Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.


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