Carlson Therapy: Living Life Without Back Pain

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INSIDE : • Living Your Life Without Back Pain • Understanding Why Your Back Hurts

• Patient Success Spotlights • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

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LIVING YOUR LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN N E W S L E T T E R CARLSON THERAPY NETWORK P h y s i c a l T h e r a p y a n d We l l n e s s

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 — the pain persists. 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. INSIDE : • Understanding Why Your Back Hurts • Spine Treatment

• Patient Success Spotlights • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

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. Physical Therapy 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. Physical therapy 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.

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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

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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. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises 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 Physical Therapy 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. Physical therapy 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 Carlson Therapy Network today!.

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

Cabbage Creole

INGREDIENTS • 1lb ground beef • 1 medium onion • 1 medium green pepper • 1 medium cabbage

Stretches Back

• 1 (10 ounce) can Rotel tomatoes and green chilies • 1 (10 ounce) can cheddar cheese soup • Salt and pepper

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.


INSTRUCTIONS Chop the onion and green pepper. Slice the cabbage. In a large pan, brown the ground beef with the onions and peppers. Drain and remove from pan. Put the sliced cabbage in the pan; add the Rotel tomatoes. Cook on medium heat until cabbage is tender. Add the meat mixture to the cabbage and stir well. Stir in the cheese soup until well blended. Cover and cook over low heat for at least 1 and half hours, maybe longer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Spine Treatment

What to expect: Your physical therapist will perform a physical examination of your spine. Your physical therapist may touch points along the spine to determine any areas of pain or tenderness, and check your spinal movements; the strength in your spine, legs, and shoulders; and your balance. During the healing process when your activity is limited, muscles in the core, hips, and back can become weak. This weakness can make it difficult to resume your regular activities, and the weakness can put you at greater risk for falls. Your physical therapist can help you regain the strength and mobility that you may have lost while the fracture healed. Your treatment may include: Pain reduction. Your physical therapist may use different treatments and technologies to control and reduce your pain, and help you avoid the need for pain medications, including opioids. Flexibility exercises. Your physical therapist may teach you gentle spinal range-of-motion exercises for the neck, thoracic, lumbar, hip, and shoulder areas. Strengthening exercises. Your physical therapist will prescribe gentle strengthening exercises to help stimulate your bone strength. Exercises may include upper- and lower-body, abdominal, and back muscle- strengthening activities.

“Mary was wonderful with me and so helpful during my recovery; I really enjoyed my time with her. Thank you!” - Carlson Therapy Patient

“I wouldn’t change anything; My appointments were kept on time every time. The staff is very cordial and I felt I was among friends.“ - Carlson Therapy Patient

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