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INSIDE: BACK PAIN & PHYSICAL THERAPY RELIEVE BACK PAIN IN MINUTES!
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Living Life Without BACK PAIN
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Living Life Without BACK PAIN
with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. Physical Therapy for Back Pain Whilerestandrelaxationcanhelpyouovercomethe immediatepainofa back injury,andmayevenberecommendedbyyourphysician intheearly days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offersa long-termsolutiontobackpainbyusingtargetedexercisesthat focus on the cause of the pain. Throughacombinationofstrengthandflexibilitytrainingthatfocuseson muscledevelopmentand jointmovement,physicaltherapycanaddressthe underlyingcauseofthepainandsignificantly improveyourqualityof life.
For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life.Everymovement,everymotion isdeterminedbythepain inyour back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. Inagespast,backpainwasdifficulttotreat. Ifyouexperiencedbackpain, whetherasaresultofawork injury,trip-and-fallaccident,oreven justas a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on thecouchoroffyourfeetcancausethebackmusclestoweakenandcan even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues
Are you letting pain hold you back? Call Wellbridge Physical Therapy at 617-965-8070 (Newton) or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) to schedule your appointment today!
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• The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes, particularly shoes that lack support or those with high heels. • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk for eight hours or more consecutive days of the week, or spending free time on the couch or otherwise relaxed. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actually become impeded, and this can have a negative effect on the overall health of your back and spine. How Physical Therapy Helps Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help. Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps. If you are looking for relief from back pain due to a condition or injury, contact your physical therapist at Wellbridge Physical Therapy by calling 617-965-8070 (Newton) or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) and schedule your appointment today!
There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even whenyoubreakdown injuries,whether fromoveruseorathleticpursuits, there are different problems that can develop. Sprains and strains are common, but so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding the spinal nerves. You might be amazed to discover the different factors that could be influencing your back health. Such as: • Your personal level of physical activity, including how often you exercise and the intensity of your typical workouts.
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“Marisawasanawesome,attentivemasseuse.Sheaskedmeaboutmy needs and expectations before and offered ideas about working on my stress points after. I would definitely see her again.” - Todd S. “Words cannot express how thankful I am for this place, and especially Allison. With many weeks of dedication, care, and patience, she helped me get to a place where I can bear to sit for longer periods of time, or to go on more adventurous walks. As every week went by, she was able to pinpoint more the cause of my pain and how to treat it. she gave me exercises that have made me stronger and stretches that bring me relief. It isdefinitelyabittersweet thing tobegettingbetterbecause that means that physical therapy is no longer in my future, but I can’t help but feel moved by the fact that I won’t be seeing such a caring person everyweek that is truly there tohelpherpatientsgetbetter. Ihopemore people are able to feel and express the same amount of gratitude for Allison’s hard work and dedication! Thank you Wellbridge and Allison!” - Mariana G.
GREEK TURKEY BURGERS
Ingredients • 1 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
• ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper • 4 small hamburger buns • 4 tbsp tzatziki • 12 slices cucumber • 8 thick rings red onion
• ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp dried oregano
Directions Preheat grill to medium-high. Squeeze excess moisture from spinach. Combine the spinach with turkey, feta, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well. Form into four 4-inch patties. Oil the grill rack. Grill the patties until cooked through and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 6 minutes per side. (An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center should register 165°F.) Assemble the burgers on thebuns, toppingeachwith1 tablespoon tzatziki,3cucumberslicesand 2 onion rings.
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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Relieve Back Pain In Minutes!
Supine Leg To Chest Lie flat on your back with both knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring your knee up toward your chest as high as you can. Use your arms to gently pull your knee further. Return to the starting position, then repeat 6 times.
Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises youareunsureofdoing.
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BENEF ITS OF MASSAGE THERAPY
MEET MARYSSA, OUR MASSAGE THERAPIST
Even the most spectacularly well-trained human body has its limits. Those limitsareset, inpart,by thesoft tissues thatmobilizeyour joints and give you the strength to perform specific tasks. Your muscles are madeupofmanysmall, thin fibers thatcontractoncommand,working together to mobilize entire large muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues called tendons, enabling them to actually move your body parts. Tougher bands of connective tissuecalled ligamentsconnectbonestootherbones foraddedstability. These tissues (and other physical systems) are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. Any and all of these soft tissues can be damaged by stresses. Micro- tears inthetendonscan leadtopainful inflammatoryproblemssuchas tennisorgolfer’selbow.Stretched ligaments leaveyouwithdebilitating sprains.Distortionsoradhesions (areasofscartissue) inthe fasciacan severely limitmotion inother tissues.Youmaydevelop theseproblems because your soft tissues were too tight beforehand. Our massage therapist might recommend different types of massage to accompany different forms (and intents) of your physical therapy program. For instance: • Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy using heated volcanic rocks placed along the spine to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and promote sleep. • Sports massage is used to promote flexibility and range of motion as well as decrease muscle soreness in athletes. • A techniquecalled myofascialrelease canhelp free tissues trapped by fascial adhesions or distortions. If you’re rehabilitating an injury, therapeutic massage can help your tissuesheal,soyoucangetmoreoutofyourphysical therapyregimen.
Maryssa Caruso , LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) Maryssa’spassionhasalwaysbeenabout helping others. For many years, she has worked in the childcare field caring and shaping the minds of many young children. In 2014, Maryssa considered
pursuinganotheravenueofhelpingothersbygaininghermassage license from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy School. She happily concluded her education at Cortiva with over 700 hours of massage training.Maryssa’smodalities includebutarenot limited to: Swedish relaxation, Sports massage and Myofascial release. Hertreatmentsare individuallycustomizedtoeachperson’sneeds. When Maryssa is not teaching or working as a massage therapist, she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, being outdoors and traveling with friends. Maryssa is thrilled to become a part of the Wellbridge Physical Therapy Team!
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PASSIVE STRETCHING SESSIONS
While skilled methods of Physical Therapy address specific pain and ultimate return to function, Passive Stretching techniques focus on injury prevention and enhancement in functional and athletic performance. In other words, passive stretching sessions consist of hands-on techniques applied to a patient by our specialists to muscle groups for a period of 30-60 minutes which serve to benefit the entire body. What are the benefits? In short, improved muscle performance due to improved flexibility! After all, shortenedmuscles are inefficient muscles.Muscle inefficiency leadstodecreasedperformancepotential and possible injury. Skilled passive stretching aids in reducingmuscle and joint stiffness. As joint and muscle mobility improve, so does flexibility and effectiveness of movements. Whetherornotyouareanathlete,youcouldalsobenefit from improved flexibility. Our introductory session is free for our past or current patients, so you have nothing to lose and flexibility to gain!
Kerry Paraskevoudis , Therapeutic Stretching Specialist
KerrycompletedherBS inphysicaltherapy in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2013. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy and inneurologicaldevelopmenttreatment (NDT). Kerry moved to Massachusetts 2
yearsagoand isnowworkingasaphysical therapyaide.Sheenjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, and traveling.
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FIRST 30 MIN FREE! STRETCHING SESSION $50 value. Discounted price at $37.50
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