Babin Physical Therapy_Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

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LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN

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“I Can Run Again Without Aching Back Pain!” FINDING THE SOURCE OF YOUR BACK PAIN

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. WHY DO I HAVE BACK PAIN? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine from slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. SOLUTIONS TO BACK PAIN Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 504-467-5520. .

SERVICES INCLUDE Dry Needling Manual Therapy Cupping Kinesiotape Graston Technique Balance/Gait Training

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“HOW SHOULD I TAKE CARE OFMY BACK?”

1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure youalways facewhatyouneed topickup,squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine.

3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and live the life you deserve. Call Today!

Stay Healthy in 2018 With Green Juices And Smoothies

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For years we have seen a surge in the number of people who drink healthy green juices. However, we think that green juices and smoothies will be an even a big hit in 2018, easily becoming one of the trendiest ways to stay healthy. These juices and smoothies are made from fresh fruits and vegetables, which makes them very nutritious. Here are some good smoothie recipes we recommend you try. Mix a number of different fruits and vegetables to your own liking:

Humbly helping people achieve higher levels of function at Babin PT outpatient physical therapy practice in Kenner since 1994. Since I can remember, I observed and studied movement of the human body and continue to be amazed by what it is capable of. Along with26+yearsofclinicalexperience,physical therapy and an engineering degree, I am able to provide unique and individualized treatment programs for each physical therapy patient. Our goal at Babin PT is to re-program the neuromuscular movement patterns that improve your functional level with caring and encouraging guidance. Here at Babin PT you are always greeted with a smile and a hug! Michael D. Babin, PT

• Tropical green smoothie made from bananas, papaya, and pineapple • Apple, spinach and carrot juice • The avocado-pear smoothie • Basil-avocado smoothie • Cranberry pineapple smoothie We hope this tip will inspire you to stay healthy in 2018!

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January 31st is National Hot Chocolate Day Enjoy A Cup of Happiness!

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What is it about hot chocolate that makesus feel sogood?Aside from itsability toelicitnostalgicfeelings of a “warm snuggle in a cup”, it is also good for you. Chocolate, and particularly dark chocolate, contains many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and biochemical compounds – all of which give our body a satisfying health boost. It decreases risks of heart disease,

FREE HEALTH DOWNLOAD Get Easy Relief For Your Pain With A Simple Click... lowers blood pressure, and increases the microcirculation in your skin (thus warming you). Chemical compounds in chocolate trigger the brain to release endorphins and serotonin which induce feelings of calmness, and reduce pain and stress. But a good cup of cocoa also has a lot of calories so enjoy in moderation. Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa • 2 oz. quality dark chocolate (or to taste) • 1 C milk • 1 tsp brown sugar • 1 T heavy whipping cream • 1 pinch cinnamon Heat milk to just before boiling. Add brown sugar and stir till dissolved. Stir in dark chocolate till melted. Stir in whipping cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

“Good people, good fun, and good results.” “Before coming here to Babin I was really not using my left arm at all. They took hold of me and worked me through what I needed to do to get everything working again and made it a really good experience. Good people, good fun, and good results. Thanks!” - Alan

RELIEVE BACK PAIN INMINUTES Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Posterior Pelvic Tilt Lie on back. Tilt pelvis back towards the floor, flattening the lower back. Hold for 8 counts. Don’t forget to breathe. Repeat 4 times. Loosens Low Back www.simpleset.net

Do you or someone you know have back or neck pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home.

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