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INSIDE: Patients Get Much Bettter with Fitness Matters • Stand Tall & Live Pain-Free • What Can Good Posture Do For You? • Success Stories

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We love to see our patients get better-- and the statistics prove they do: patients of Fitness Matters hadMUCHBETTER RESULTS by far than the national average. [Data tracked and complied by the WEB-PT National Database.] Upper Extremity PT We are 46% above the national average for successful upper extremity recovery outcomes. Living with pain in your arms, elbows, or shoulders? We can help you. Low Back Pain We are 35%above thenational average for successful lower back pain recovery outcomes. If you have low back pain, you know how incapacitating it can be. Let us help. We’ve, well, got your back! Neck Disability We are 30% above the national average for successful neck disability recovery outcomes. If you are living with neck pain, have trouble turning your head –or if you have headaches related to neck pain-- let us know. PATIENTS GET MUCH BETTER WITH FITNESS MATTERS! DID YOU KNOW FITNESS MATTERS HAS OVER 30% BETTER OUTCOMES THAN THE NATIONAL AVERAGE?

WHAT DO BETTER RESULTS MEAN FOR FITNESS MATTERS’ PATIENTS? YOU REGAIN RANGE OF MOTION, STRENGTH, AND MOBILITY LESS NEED FOR PAIN MEDICATIONS

POSSIBLY AVOID SURGERY

RETURN FASTER TO THE ACTIVE, INDEPENDENT LIFE YOU ENJOY

LIVE LONGER — AND BETTER

Ready to find long-lasting relief for your pain? CallWorthington (614-841-3900) or Grandview (614-487-9715), today. We can help you live your life more comfortably. We always work hard and do everything in our power to make sure you get better. And, theWEB-PT National Database reported that patients of Fitness Matters needed fewer visits per their Plan of Care.

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STAND TALL & LIVE PAIN-FREE HOW POSTURE AFFECTS NECK & BACK PAIN

Print sudoku http://1sudoku.com After years of practicing poor posture, your back, shoulder and neck muscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because yourmuscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standing up straight will require some thorough stretching. That doesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it. 4 Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain. 6 2 3 8 1 3 7 5 4 7 9 2 5 9 1 6 2 4 • The pain frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lower back. Pain that seems to travel fromone area of the back to another is frequently an indication of posture concerns. • The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car.

3 8 1 6 3 Not all back pain is caused by poor posture, and it is true that you can have poor posture for yearswithout feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely to catch up with you. There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: 4 5 9 • The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day. For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch. 7 9 Remember back when your mother used to tell you that if you wouldn’t stop hunching your shoulders, they’d be stuck that way forever? An idle threat, one that barely anyone took seriously. Yet, fast forward a few decades and it turns out that mommight have been on to something, after all. A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back. The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain can become. Unfortunately, once you start experiencing neck and back pain, simply squaring your shoulders isn’t likely to be much help. Working with a physical therapist can help you to train themuscles in your back, neck and shoulders so that you can improve your posture permanently, and in doing so bring relief to your chronic neck and back pain. The Posture and Pain Connection

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The small Pilates classes helps me feel like I’m more likely to do the exercises correctly because I can ask questions. I love the location because it’s so easy to get to and not in a busy area of town! The bathroom/ changing rooms are awesome! The amenities provided in them have been a life saver sometimes. While I’ve never needed to use the showers I absolutely love the fact they are available!” - J.C. 9 7

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WHAT CAN GOOD POSTURE DO FOR YOU?

Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. There are a lot of benefits of having good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back • Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture. Contact your physical therapist to learn more about how you can take steps to start improving your posture today.

Of course, there are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: • Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight. • Bemindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body.

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10. Take time to stretch. 11. Take frequent breaks for breathing exercises. Inhale and exhale deeply. 12. Continue your home exercise program 2-3 times per week. In order to be healthy, there needs to be a large emphasis onmovement. When your body is flexible, strong, well-balanced, and fueled by a nutritious diet, it is able to fight infection and reduce the impact of viruses. We are dedicated to helping you live the best life you can.

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

3. Decide to get up and get moving. 4. Make a habit of 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day. 5. Maintain a nutritious diet heavy on fruits and vegetables. 6. Take essential vitamins such as Vitamin C, D, and B6. 7. Aim for 8-9 hours of sleep each night. 8. Don’t smoke. 9. Drink plenty of water.

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