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DAN MYERS, CO-OWNER, PHYSICAL THERAPIST Getting To Know The Benton Physical Therapy Team &

When asked what his favorite part of the job is he says “Getting to work with many different types of people and helping them return to the things they love doing.” - Dan Myers

Dan and his wife Claire are current residents of Little Rock, AR. They have 4 children, 2

boys and 2 girls. Dan attended college at UGA, USA and GSU. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, fishing and taking family vacations. He is recently retired from the Boy Scouts. One day he would like to Cruise Alaska. Dan has been with our company from day 1 as a Co-owner he is happy to see the business grow as much as it has, “being a Physical Therapist and having a positive impact on the lives of others has just become a part of who I am”. Dan has 30+ years in the Physical Therapy field, he enjoys working with people and it shows.

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Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. Suffering from sciatica? It is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation.

Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thigh and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve. If you, or someone you care about, is suffering from back pain/ sciatica give us a call today!

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SEEK A NATURAL TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain

Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica Therapists play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists have years of training to evaluate your back problem and find the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. When coming to physical therapy, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

Knowing all this should give you a head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

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

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg. Loosens Lower Back www.simpleset.net 3 8 1 6 3 4 7 5 3

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INSTRUCTIONS Oil pan Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees Bake for 25 minutes

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup Corn Meal Mix • 2 Eggs • 1 cup Buttermilk • 1 cup Creamstyle corn

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This recipe comes from our therapy tech and certified personal fitness trainer Bridgette. This is a family recipe that she got from her mother-in-law that is a huge family favorite. We hope you will enjoy it too!

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• 1 cup grated cheese • 1/4 cup cooking oil • 1/4 tsp Baking soda • Chopped Jalapeno Peppers

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