Back & Neck Plus: Living Life Without Back Pain

Health & Wellness Newsletter by Back & Neck Plus Physical Therapy Center

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN It’s Time To Tackle Simple Tasks Pain-free!

For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running —

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

LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN Reel In The Best Treatment For Back Aches!

INSIDE: • Understanding Why Your Back Hurts • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight • DAVID Spine Restoration Program

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In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as 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 the couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bone strength.This could lead to more long-term issues 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. The DAVID System for Back Pain While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the early days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. The DAVID Back Care Spine Restoration System offers a long-term solution to back pain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life.

UNDERSTANDING WHY YOUR BACK HURTS There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when you break down injuries, whether from overuse or athletic pursuits, 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.

• 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. The DAVID Back Care Spine Restoration System 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 The DAVID System 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. The DAVID Back Care Spine Restoration System 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. For more information about overcoming back pain, call Back & Neck Plus today!

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Healthy Recipe: Spinach Dip

Stretches Lower Back

LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction.

INGREDIENTS • 1 package frozen spinach (drain) • 2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese • 1 package colby jack cheese • 1 package parmesan cheese

• 2 cans of Rotel • Small onion, chopped • 1 tsp cumin or to taste • 1 tsp garlic salt or to taste

INSTRUCTIONS Combine all ingredients well and place in a 11 x 13 pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 - 40 minutes.

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Patient Success Spotlight

I am thankful for the treatments and individual care from Back and Neck Plus

“Success” is a product of working toward a goal(s). Lack of Success is not utilizing the tools we have learned that enable us to reach our goal(s). For me personally, to be successful I had to set the following goals; 1) Diminish my back and neck pain; 2) Increase my activities of daily living; 3) Receive relative treatment from my Physical Therapist according to data provided by my medical history and the DAVID equipment; 4) Become knowledgeable of home exercises that would retain and increase my strength and endurance plus reduce pain. I have been successful in meeting my goals! My pain has been reduced significantly and I am now able to resume my activities of daily living. My Physical Therapist, Susan, takes a personal

interest in my treatment, progress, and concerns. In addition, the DAVID Equipment is amazing due to its accuracy in assessing the location and degree of my weaknesses. The DAVID equipment then specifically treated my areas of weakness according to the EVE assessment data. Lastly, from my experience as a health care provider, I realize that “my success” in meeting goals came from going to Back and Neck Plus where I have received outstanding back and neck therapy. NOTE: I am thankful for the treatments and individual care from Back and Neck Plus where special individual interest was taken in my case. – Melinda H.

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