Pinnacle PT: Tips To Avoid Back Pain While Gardening

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

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INSIDE: • How Physical Therapy Treats Back Pain • 3 Pain Free Gardening Tips • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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

Millions of Americans each year suffer from debilitating back pain that affects their quality of life. Learn how to treat and relieve your back pain with physical therapy, thus reducing the chance of surgery. What does a physical therapist do, and how can they help with low back pain? Whether you are having trouble getting out of bed, picking up your kids, putting on your socks and shoes, or avoiding your favorite sports or leisure activity, physical therapy can help. We spend one-on-one time with you on each visit using hands on techniques that get the joints, muscles and nerves moving again. We also design and have you complete a Our physical therapists can help you move better with less pain and can help speed your recovery by giving you the tools to be successful. We don’t just treat your symptoms; we want to empower you to be able to prevent your pain from returning, to keep you healthy for the long run. How Physical Therapy TREATS BACK PAIN Call us today to set up a consultation and see just how well your back can feel with physical therapy! CALL (208) 777-4242 comprehensive exercise and education program to get you back to what YOU want to do—which is the whole point, right?


3. Safety First Choose the right gardening tools to limit the stress on your body! • Limit theweightof the tool.The toolshould be sturdy but not heavy • Choosehandles thatprovideacomfortable grip size, that are soft, and easily fit into your hand • Choose a tool that is efficient at the task it is meant to perform, that utilizes leverage, and is sharp enough to cut Protect your back before, during, and after your fall gardening by following these tips: • Squat or use one knee to support yourself while gardening • Keep your spine as straight as possible • Use your hips and knees to lift • Alternate tasks such as digging, lifting, and walking, to relieve strain on your spine

Fall gardening offers the opportunity to plant fall flowers, clean out the flower beds, and vegetable garden, and to plant bulbs that bloom next spring. Fall gardening has several advantages, such as cooler temperatures and less humidity than summer months. However, you have to take steps to protect your back Warm up? Yes, you should warm up before you start gardening this fall. Your low back is the most vulnerable to injury first thing in the morning. So it is important for morning gardeners to make sure to walk or be up and moving around for at least 45 minutes before starting any bending or lifting. This, along with stretching, will keep you safer. from injury during gardening. 1. Warm Up First

Just like before and after a run or workout, you have tostretchbeforegardeningandagainafter you complete your fall gardening, each day. Failing to warm up first through stretches or a walk increases your risk of back pain or injury. 2. Dress For The Garden Gardening during the fall requires dressing for the occasion. In addition to wearing long pants and long sleeves, you have to wear supportive shoes. Make sure your shoes have a skid-resistant sole and cover the entire foot. Wearing shoes with good arch support helps take away some of the strain that gardening potentially causes to your back. Wearing flip flops or sandals potentially increases your risk of slipping, tripping, or falling, which can potentially damage your back.

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.


Total Knee Replacement Workshop July 18th 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Learn the top 3 tips you need to prepare for a knee replacement. Learn exercises and stretches to enhance your recovery. Low Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop July 31st 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Discover how to relieve back pain naturally at this interactive workshop taught by our back and spine care experts! Best of 2018 Summer Celebration August 10th 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thank you for voting us the BEST physical therapy clinic in North Idaho yet again! Bring the family and join us for an evening of FREE food, education, giveaways, and one-on-one screenings with our therapists. All Events Are Free • RSVP to 208.777.4242 Limited Seating Events Filling Up Fast Pinnacle Physical Therapy 1590 E. Polston Ave. Post Falls, ID 83854

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips. Place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Strengthens Core


Patient Success Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Jim Behrens, PT, DPT

Jim Behrens is a stellar addition to our team. He enjoys treating patients with various orthopedic conditions, including back, neck, hip, knee, and ankle joint injury and dysfunction. He also enjoys sports and vestibular rehabilitation. He loves physical therapy because he is able to see his patients’ functional improvements.Through success stories from patients, he is inspired when hearing of their goals and aspirations being met as a result of therapy.

“Maysin originally came in because for the past several years, he had been having complained of knee pain. He has been seen by numerous doctors and taking numerous tests to rule out any genetic or blood disorders. At one point, he was confined to a wheelchair. Desperate for answers and results for his chronic pain, we were recommended towards the route of physical therapy. Daily rubdowns were needed to alleviate Maysin’s pain. Today he lives mostly pain-free, has much happier presence, and a positive outlook on his ability to be a normal kid.” - M. T. “Today he lives mostly pain-free.”

He grew up in Payson, Arizona and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. From there, he moved to Pocatello to attend Idaho State University where is earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. Some of his hobbies include hunting, fly fishing, golfing, mountain biking, and snowboarding. He also enjoys spending time with his fiancée Karissa and their dog, Lefty.

Has Your Pain Come Back?

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1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist . 2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. 3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

Thank You For Voting Us Best of 2018! We couldn’t have done it without you! We love providing one-on-one care and achieving great results with YOUR participation. YOU, as our amazing patients, went the extra mile. Join us for a celebration August 10th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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