Ellis: 6 Benefits Of Good Posture

Newsletter Are You Preparing To Travel Soon? TIPS FOR FLYING WITH BACK PAIN

Drink lots of water on the flight. Particularly if you are taking back pain medication. It’s easy to get dehydrated at higher altitudes, especially if you have back pain and disc problems. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol as these will only dehydrate you further. Move around as much as possible and at least once an hour get out of your seat and walk up and down the aisles. If you are following a back care stretching and strengthening exercise system, then try to do some of these exercises. Do be courteous to other passengers. It should be possible to do the standing exercises without causing any inconvenience. More than likely, you can possibly use the galley if you request politely of the cabin crew at times when it is not too busy. Wear clothing that allows you to move freely . Do not wear anything constrictive or heavy.

Try not to fall asleep. This can be difficult but it is better to stay awake and move than to fall asleep and be in an uncomfortable position which may aggravate your back pain. If you feel you may need to sleep take a headrest cushion with you and request additional pillows. When in your seat, use the pillows and take a lumbar support if you need to help you get in a more comfortable position. Airline seats were not designed for people with back pain but there is a lot you can do with blankets and pillows to put you in a good position to prevent pain. If it helps you, put your feet on a raised area to bring your knees and hips in a better alignment; you will need to experiment with this. Do ask for assistance. Do not try to struggle with putting luggage in the overhead bins. These tips will help you get to your travel destination as comfortably as possible!

Newsletter Health &Wellness Tired Of Waking Up With Nagging Pain? 6 BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE


Maintaining good posture can have a dramatic improvement on your back or neck pain, health, energy and the way you look and feel. Some of the perks of good posture include: 1. Constant exercise for your back and abdominals. Holding good posture takes effort and makes you use the muscles in your back and abdomen properly. 2. It greatly improves your breathing. Good posture makes room for your lungs to function at their best – rather than being compressed when you hold your body in a slouch. Good lung function has a healthy impact on all aspects of your body’s functions and helps to reduce pain. 3. It protects your organs, bones, joints and muscles. Holding correct posture reduces unnecessary strain andpressureon thesebodyparts.Mostneckandback problems develop from poor posture over time . 4. It prevents arthritis. With poor posture, unnatural

pressure is placed on your joints, leading to wear and tear. This in turn can lead to arthritis. Good posture gives your joints the chance to function at their best. 5. Ithelpsyouuseyourmusclesmoreefficiently. With yourbonesand joints incorrectalignment,youare likely to feelmoreenergeticsinceyourbodywill require less energy to move about. 6. It can have a dramatic impact on the way you feel. When you hold yourself in good posture, rather than a slumped one, you send signals to your brain that makes you feel happier and more confident. It also changes the way that people see you – you’ll appear more confident and assertive. Makingsimplechanges inyourdailyhabitscan improve your posture and reduce your pain. Postural restoration atEllisPThelps thebody recruit therightmuscles for the task at hand, improving pain prior to restoring function. Our experts have years of training in reducing back and neck pain associated from poor posture.

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When your spine is not in proper alignment, the muscles, ligaments and joints are all under excessive strain, causing most episodes of back pain. The lower back supports most of the weight of the body and therefore is the most vulnerable to the effects of poor posture. Discs,whichprovidesupportbetween thespinalbones (vertebrae),arealso affected from poor posture. However, with good posture, the spine is in properalignmentand theshockabsorbingdiscsarenotassubject to injury. Oftenwithpoorposture, thespinewillbecomefixed inanabnormalposition. This leads to the constriction of blood vessels and nerves over time. Furthermore, this causes problems with the joints, discs and muscles. It is important to take care of your spine. Good posture eliminates many of the health problems that can develop when the spine has an unhealthy posture. Since you perform many different movements and positions throughout theday (sitting,standing,bending,stooping, lyingdown,etc.) it is important to learn how to keep correct posture. Maintaining good posture during the day results in less back pain. When you correct bad posture habits, the new and improved movements tend to become more automatic and require very little effort to maintain. At Ellis Physical Therapy, we train you on the best way to attain and hold yourposture throughout theday.Wehelpyou relieveyourbackpainquickly while improving your posture for maximum, long term results!

Discover how our therapists can improve your posture and relieve your back or neck pain, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.


Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you loose and pain free... Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

WALL POSTURE Stand with your heels up against a wall. Attempt to get your heels, buttock, shoulders and head to touch the wall at the same time. Brings Awareness Of Overall Posture

Relieves Low Back Pain STANDING LUMBAR EXTENSIONS Stand with good posture, feet shoulder width apart. Position your hands on the backs of your hips. Lean back, as far as you comfortably can. Slowly return to the start position.



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“Excellent facility, caring and knowledgeable staff! I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” – Geri L. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! STAFF SPOTLIGHT Dr. Jason Bailey, DPT JasonBaileywasbornand raised in IdahoFalls, Idaho.Aftergraduating fromBonneville High School where he played football, basketball, and ran track, he served a two- year mission in Denver, Colorado for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon his return home, he attended Brigham Young University-Idaho and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology in 2013. He graduated from Touro University-Nevada with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2017. He looks forward to helping restore quality of life and health to individuals of his home community. He feels so fortunate to be back in his hometown and be associated with Ellis Physical Therapy. Due to his experience with sports and his own personal injuries, he has always had a passion in wanting to help others. Jason loves to spend time with his wife Tiffani, and his two young children.


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