Mid-Michigan: Tired Of That Aching Back?

7 TIPS FOR AVOIDING BACK PAIN

1. Get more exercise. Studies show that frequent changes in position and regular physical activity can actually help ease inflammation and muscle tension faster in the back. 2. Maintain a healthy weight. Extra pounds, especially in your midsection, can make back pain worse by shifting your center of gravity and putting strain on your lower back. Staying within 10 pounds of your ideal weight may help control back pain as well as all the other health benefits.  3. Quit smoking. Nicotine in smoke, restricts the flow of nutrient-containing blood to spinal discs, so smokers are especially vulnerable to back pain.  4. Sleeping position. If you’re prone to back pain, talk with our physical therapists about the best sleeping position. What is most important is to be in a comfortable position that you can sleep in to achieve the most rest.

5. Improve your posture. Find a good chair to sit on. Avoid soft couches or chairs that put you in a slouched position. 6. Watch how you lift. Don’t bend over from the waist to lift heavy objects. Bend your knees and squat, pulling in your stomach muscles and holding the object close to your body as you stand up. 7. Use supportive shoes. A good pair of shoes, with cushion can reduce pressure on your back. There is a lot that you can do to prevent back pain and alleviate it quickly when it starts. The important part is to work with your physical therapist to address the underlying cause of your back pain. This puts you on the right path to a healthy back that will support you pain free for a lifetime. To learn more about our SPINE program, contact us today and get on the correct path to a strong, healthy back!

COREY MCCUE, DPT Corey received his undergraduate from Alma College and completed his physical therapy education at the University of Michigan-Flint. Corey knewhewanted tobeaphysical therapisthissenior year of high school. He enjoys interacting with patients and helping them return to meaningful activities. He has been to Scotland but would like to return and explore more! When Corey is not helping his patients, he enjoys taking trips with his wife, playing with his dogs, exercising, golfing or playing soccer and hockey. TeamMember Spotlight Our TripTo Las Vegas& TheGrandCanyon

So, last September (my birthday month) I (John) decided that on a goal to see 5 NEW Places before my next birthday! As part of achieving this goal we decided to would take a trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, as neither of us had ever been to either of these places in the past! It was a whirlwind trip – but it was a lot of fun! We stayed at the Mirage Hotel, which houses ‘The Secret GardenofSiegfried&Roy’wherea number of their Lions &Tigers are on display. We had tickets for a fewshows including the illusionist and magician David Copperfield. His show was AMAZING! (Highly

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Recommend).The highlight of our trip though was the Grand Canyon. We signed up for a helicopter trip that flew us from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon, while we got to see an magnificent aerial view of the Canyon, as well the Hoover Dan and Lake Mead (the largest reservoir in the U.S) We also tested our nerve for heights (and faith in a glass floor) by walking out on the Sky Walk at the west rim of the Canyon, where you can see the ‘Eagle’ Overall, it was a great trip and if you have never seen the Grand Canyon – we’d highly recommend that you do! PARMESAN-CRUSTED ZUCCHINI FRIES

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese • 1/3 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1/2 teaspoon dried basil • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper • 1 large egg, beaten • 3 small zucchini (1 1/4 pounds) • Cooking spray • 1/2 cup tomato-basil pasta sauce

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 450°. Combine Parmesan cheese, panko, garlic powder, basil and red pepper in a small shallow bowl. Place egg in a separate shallow bowl. Trim ends from zucchini; cut each zucchini in half crosswise. Quarter each zucchini half lengthwise to make 24 zucchini sticks. Dip zucchini in egg; dredge in panko mixture; pressing to coat. Place zucchini on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Coat tops of zucchini with cooking spray. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately with pasta sauce.

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