PIPT: How Posture Affects Back & Neck Pain



JED SPURLOCK, PTA GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM Jed is fromRuston Louisiana and

being a student trainer for the Louisiana Tech foot-ball teamand seeing the therapeutic aspect of treating the players. He loves helping people in the process of healing and getting better and his favorite part of this job is seeing patients get better and knowing he was able to be a part of helping in the healing process.

ama LouisianaTech graduate with a bachelors in kinesiology. At Partners, he is one of our rockstar licensed Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA) from BPCC and in his free time loves kayaking, camping, trail running and spending time with his two bernesemountain dogs. Jed has shared that he found his passion for physical therapy after


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Remember back when your mother used to tell you that if you wouldn’t stop hunching your shoulders, they’d be stuck that way forever? An idle threat, one that barely anyone took seriously. Yet, fast forward a few decades and it turns out that mom might have been on to something, after all. A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back. The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain can become. Unfortunately, once you start experiencing neck and back pain, simply squaring your shoulders isn’t likely to be much help. Working with a physical therapist can help you to train the muscles in your back, neck and shoulders so that you can improve your posture permanently, and in doing so bring relief to your chronic neck and back pain. The Posture & Pain Connection. Not all back pain is caused by poor posture, and it is true that you can have poor posture for years without feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely to catch up with you.There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: •The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day.  For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch. • The pain frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lower POSTURE AFFECTS BACK & NECK PAIN INSIDE: • Improve Your Posture At Home • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Ideal Protein Recipe

Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Partners In Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 337-439-3344 today!

back. Pain that seems to travel from one area of the back to another is frequently an indication of posture concerns. • The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car. After years of practicing poor posture, your back, shoulder and neck muscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standing up straight will require some thorough stretching. That doesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it. Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain.

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There are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: •Try to stand tall whenever you are standing or walking. Hold your head high and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in office chairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight. • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. What Can Good Posture Do For You? There are a lot of benefits of having good posture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back • Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture. Contact your physical therapist

to learn more about how you can take steps to start improving your posture today.

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INGREDIENTS • 2 tsp olive oil

• 1 tsp salt • 1 pinch ground pepper • 2 can tomatoes, diced (14.5 oz each) • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar • 16 oz chicken broth • 2 cups red cabbage, sliced into strips

• 1 piece green onion • 2 clove garlic, minced • 8 oz ground beef

DIRECTIONS In large stock pot, heat oil and green onions and garlic until tender. Add ground beef to stock pot and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned. Stir in can tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer. Add the cabbage and stir in. Cover and cook on medium low for about 30 minutes or until cabbage has softened. Try this recipe and many others as a part of our medically developed ketogenic weight loss and weight management protocol at Partners. Losing weight can be a challenge, but the process of weight loss is simple. The Ideal Protein Ketogenic Weight Loss Protocol is a medically developed 4 phase protocol containing 2 key components – weight loss and a healthier lifestyle education so that you are empowered to sustain your weight loss results over your life course.


Patient Success Spotlight


“Walking Like A Pro!” “At 2 months of age we were concerned about our son Daxon’s ability to hold his head and neck upright. We started with Partners in Physical Therapy and quickly began to see results. Mrs. Windy and Michaella, PT were his favorites. He hated his pressure points being touched, but learned to love it as he got older. He gradually started sitting up and eventually walking. We after thought that we reached our goals and Mrs. Windy would always say “He’s really close”. Partners was persistent in helping us reach his max potential. After a year of consistent therapy, he is walking like a pro. We are proud of where he is with his ability to walk and function. The entire staff has been phenomenal from the therapist to the billing department. We will continue to recommend friends and colleagues here. Thank you very much!” - Daxon Washington Jr. and Family

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

Stretches Back


ANGRY CAT STRETCH While in a crawl position, draw up your spine to arch your back. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 5 times.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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