Alta-Sask: Stand up To Sciatica

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“Move Like You Used To!” STAND UP TO SCIATICA

• Treat Natural Pain WithANatural Treatment • Patient Success Spotlight • RelieveBack Pain InMinutes INSIDE:

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. If you are 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. A recent study shows that nearly 1 million MRIs done for patients suffering with 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?

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If therearechanges inposture,musclestrengthorpelvic 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. Iteven reachesdown to the footand 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.

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Seek Physiotherapy First! TREAT NATURAL PAIN WITH A NATURAL TREATMENT 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. Physiotherapy Relieves Sciatica

At Alta-Sask Wellness our physiotherapists play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our Physiotherapists have years of training to evaluate your back problem, finding 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 Alta-Sask Wellness, 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. Sudoku Puzzle The objective is to fill a 9x9 grid so that each column, each row, and each of the nine 3x3 boxes (also called blocks or regions) contains the digits from 1 to 9. A cell is the smallest block in the game. A row, column and region consists of 9 cells and the whole game consists of 81 cells. 4 8 2 6 5 1 2 8 3 6 2 7 1 4 4 6 5 7 1 5 7 8 6 4 7 9 1 4 8 3 9 5 8 7 3 5 2 9 8 6 Journalofneurosurgery:SpineFeb,2005Volume2,Number2.AaronG.Filler,M.D.,Ph.D.,JodeanHaynes,B.A.,Sheldon E.Jordan,M.D.,JoshuaPrager,M.D.,J.PabloVillablanca,M.D.,KeyvanFarahani,Ph.D.,DuncanQ.Mcbride,M.D.,Jay S.Tsuruda,M.D.,BrannonMorisoli,B.A.,UlrichBatzdorf,M.D.,andJ.PatrickJohnson,M.D. Knowing all this should give you a headstart in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

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Ingredients • 1 (12-ounce) bottle beer • 1 (1.5-ounce) bag seafood boil seasoning • 1 tablespoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional) • 3 bay leaves • 2 onions, quartered • 2 garlic bulbs, halved • 1 pound small red potatoes • 4 ears fresh corn, husks removed and halved • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut into 1-inch diagonal slices • 2 pounds large shrimp • French baguette, lemon wedges, meltedbutter,andOldBayseasoning

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We can help you relieve your pain naturally! We can help you: Does your back pain keep you from the activities you love?

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Patient Success Spotlight

Print sudoku “All positive!” “My coming here has been all positive. When I first came I couldn’t walk and bend like I used to. The pain was quite unbearable I was on pain meds. But now after Alta-Sask Wellness my pain is pretty well gone and I can walk and bend almost as good as before. I have nothing but good things to say about my treatment here. I would recommend anyone with pain to come and get treated here. Their work is excellent!” -V.W. 3 8 6 2 7 9 5 1 3 ABDOMINAL BRACING Lie on your back, knees bent, feet flat on floor. Place your hands on the front of your pelvis and contract your deep core. Straighten one knee. Return foot to the starting position. Alternate legs one at a time. Repeat 10 times on both sides. Strengthens Core 5 n° 110504 - Level Easy Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. 2 6 7 4 1 1 4 2 8 1 9 4 3 1 6 3 8

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Whitney I knew I wanted to be a Physiotherapist right from high school. I loved sports and thought that physiotherapy would allow me to stay connected to my passion. Having been born and raised in Lloydminster I was ready to move on and experience big city living. I moved to Saskatoon to pursue both my Bachelor’s and Master’s level degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon completing my schooling I worked at a busy orthopedic clinic in Regina for 5 years which included treating athletes from Notre Dame College. After 10 years of being away I wanted to be home and moved back to Lloydminster to be with my fiancé and now husband who ranches just outside of Lloydminster. The move has been a great career choice as well, as I feel more connected with this community and the clients I treat. It’s great to be home and to be able to see family and friends more often. Throughout my career I have pursued continuing education in order to keep expanding my knowledge as a physiotherapist. I have a special interest in Functional Movement Courses and Acupuncture. Acupuncture is a unique and highly specialized tool that I often use in addition to the many other skills I have accumulated. Outside of work, I enjoy staying active whether it be in a gym over the winter, evening walks in the summer, or just working in the yard. I continue to have a passion for sports and love watching the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Blue Jays. I love to travel and if there is any chance to catch a sporting event while on holidays you can count me in! Being a part of a diverse team at Alta-Sask Wellness for the past 2 years has been very rewarding. Working alongside other highly skilled professionals daily provides me continued growth as a therapist and exceptional care for our patients. “Providing Exceptional Care for Our Patients”

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