Peak Motion: Living Life Without Back Pain

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

December, 2017


We are pleased to welcome Susan Gibbons as the newest member of the Peak Motion Team! Susan is a physical therapist with over 10 years experience in the field. She will be a great addition to our already fantastic team! Here is a little info about Susan to help you get to know her better: How long have you been practicing and what do you like most about being a PT? Since graduating in 2006 from the Physical Therapy program at Duke University Medical School, I have enjoyed my role in helping others achieve their goals, whether it is freedom of movement, athletic accomplishments, or pain- free activity. Each of us has a unique story, and my objective is to meet you where you are and help the body move towards healing. How long have you lived in the Pacific Northwest? I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, went away for college and graduate school, and returned to be closer to family and serve the community where I grew up.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? My husband and I are blessed to have three children to steward and instruct! Their personalities are developing, which is such an interesting thing to witness. I make time to challenge my mind and body through running, kettlebell lifting, and martial arts training. If there’s any time left, it’s hard to turn down a good nap!


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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN “Handle Tasks Without Fear Of Pain.” December, 2017


• Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain? • FREE Back Pain Consultation • Patient Success Spotlight • Seasonal Recipe



Discussing Shoulder, Elbow & Wrist Pain with Mike Teater, DPT, OCS and Bre Lohn, DPT.

Dear Valued Client,

like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. In our SPINE program we look at your individual health history, as well as your current mobility level and interests. Based on this, our physical therapists put together an individualized exercise program specifically for you. They will help guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. In addition to exercise, physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and heat or cold therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. Our program will first relieve your pain and then provide exercises to restore your strength and instruct you in how to prevent your symptoms from recurring.

In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures,

Patient Success Spotlight

I am now able to do my day-to-day activities with no pain! In April, I was in a car accident and my back was badly injured. I was unable to do my daily activities because of my constant pain. I am so happy I was referred to Peak Motion. They have such an amazing staff here. I felt that my PT team did a great job figuring out the best activity plan for me to start my road to recovery. I am now able to do my day- to-day activities with no pain. Thank you Peak Motion for everything! - Kayla L.

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“Before I started coming to Peak Motion and seeing Mike and his staff, I was in constant aching pain. I love to run everyday! I had hip and low back pain from a fall I took while backpacking in Denali. In at least 5.5 years, I managed the pain by taking lots of Ibuprofen so I wouldn’t ache all day. Finally, I had enough and decided to try PT. Best decision I’ve ever made! I ran Hood to Coast, 21 miles, this year pain free and I feel really good! I am so happy to say that making the choice to try physical therapy and being Mike’s patient has made my life so much better! I love Peak Motion, Mike, and the quality of his staff. P.S. I am now Ibuprofen free!” - Kimberley E. Best decision I’ve ever made!

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your physical therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with familyplansorthosewhohavehadmajorsurgeriesorhaveachronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for physical therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains?Needtoworkonyourcore?Letushelpyougetaheadstartfor2018. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimes our legs are not quite the same length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight.This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some typeofmodification toyourshoesor insertswewillmake those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Peak Motion Physical Therapy.

SEASONAL RECIPE Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

INGREDIENTS • 3/4 cup white sugar • 1/4 cup vegetable oil • 2 eggs • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin • 1/4 cup water • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

• 3/4 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease and flour muffin pan or use paper liners. Mix sugar, oil, eggs. Add pumpkin and water. In separate bowl mix together the baking flour, baking soda, baking powder, spices and salt. Add wet mixture and stir in chocolate chips. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

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