HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK
1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the topofyourhead liftingyoustraight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shouldersshouldnotslouchwhensitting.Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine.
3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. Bykeepingyourbody flexible, thenormal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.
5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activitiesyou love. Ifyouhaveahistoryofback pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best foryour individualproblem.Withsoothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call Today!
Jim Silvestri PT, Cred. MDT
Jim specializes in the treatment of acute and chronic injuries of the shoulder and elbow complex. Jim’sspecialtiesandcertifications include:Triggerpoint releaseusing dry needling, positional release therapy, functional therapeutics, laser therapyandhehasenhanced his understanding of the throwing athlete by completing over 20 post graduate courses pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of neck, back, shoulder, elbow, and knee pathologies. He has a neck and back pain certification in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy by the McKenzie Institute. He also became a certified pitching coach through the National Pitching Association,
as a result of his passion for baseball and his commitment to returning injured athletes to competition. Dedicated to Injury Prevention.Jimhasalsodedicated considerable post graduate study to sport specific training and biomechanics in order to enhance play and reduce the recurrence of injuries. Jim is a trusted Clinical Instructor of physical therapy graduatestudents.Hehasenjoyed mentoring and helping students improve their clinical skills for the past 17 years.
A graduate of LSU School of Allied Health Professions, Jim has been treating NorthShore athletes and community members for over 25 years (including 20 years of service as the team physical therapist for Fontainebleau High School football
team).Jim has performed thousands ofmusculoskeletalexamsandgained valuable insight into the pain and problems encountered by just about anyonewho isexperiencingamuscle, joint, post-surgical or movement disorder.
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