Worcester: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

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“Did You KnowYou CanWalk Away Back Pain?” BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

Did you know that the way you walk, could be causing your back pain? Most people have something in their style of walking that can cause long term wear and tear. For example, a foot turned-out, aweak abdomen or poor posture contributes to stress on their body. Worcester Physical Therapy Services experts are trained to treat walking disorders and teach corrective walkingtechniques.Bychangingthewayyouwalk, it is possible to eliminate and prevent back pain.

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Inside: • Back Pain & Difficulty Walking

• Are You Walking As Well As You Should?

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight

“This What People With No Pain Do For Fun.” Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body BACK PAIN & DIFFICULTY WALKING

Onadailybasis,youwalkmorethananyotherphysicalactivity.Howyouwalk definesmosteverythingaboutyou, includingyourphysicalabilities.Wecan helpyoudiscover thatsomethingabout thewayyouwalk,maybe thereason you have pain and help you change it. You walk over a million steps in a year Yourwalk involvesmanybodyparts,all interacting together toproduceyour walking style. It’s as natural as breathing, and if any of your six (two ankles, twoknees, twohips)weightbearing jointsarenot ingoodalignment,you’re atriskforstructuralpain.Oneminorwalkingerrorrepeatedmillionsof times can do an incredible amount of damage to your back, muscles, nerves and joints. This can eventually cause pain and arthritis. Often, thecauseofbackpain ispoorstrength --specifically,weakabdominal muscles. The pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals,hamstrings,glutealsandhipflexors.An imbalanceorweakness in these muscles can lead to pelvic misalignment, causing the pelvis to tilt forward or backward. Forward tilt of the pelvis leads to a sway back. In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings leadstoforwardpelvictilt.Whiletheabdominalsstabilizethepelvis bypullingupwardon the front, theglutealsandhamstringsofferstabilityby pullingdownon the rearof thepelvis.Exercisesmustbedone tostrengthen boththeabdominalsandgluteals.Walkinggivestheglutealsagoodworkout. The abdominal muscles can be conditioned through physical therapy and easy weight training exercises. “ DON’T WAIT FOR YOUR CO-PAY TO KICK IN, START YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPY TODAY! ” Worcester PhysicalTherapy offers Direct Access for physical therapy and rehab programs. In accordance with Massachusetts State Law, Direct Access means an individual can be seen directly by a Physical Therapist, without a prescription or referral from their doctor. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 508-791-8740

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“Are You Walking As Well As You Should?” FIND OUT BY SEEKING PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE

Problems with walking increase as we age and are a leading cause of falls and disability in older adults. At least 20% of adults over 65 have problems with walking.This further increases to 50% in adults 85 years old and older. Mostoftheseproblemswithwalkingareassociatedwithunderlyingdiseases. 9 Things That Stifle Your Stride Problems with walking are not a direct consequence of getting older. Rather, theyaretheeffectsofotherconditionsthatbecomemorecommonandsevere with age. Common risk factors for severe problems with walking include advanced age (older than 85) and multiple chronic disease conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, hip fracture or cancer. Common conditions that contribute to walking problems include some of the following: 1. Back pain 2. Joint pain and arthritis 3. Diseases of the muscles or bones 4. Poor fitness 5. Problems after orthopedic surgery or stroke 6. Low blood pressure and heart disease 7. Parkinson’s disease 8. Vision or balance problems 9. Fear of falling worcpt.com

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

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TANDEM STANCE Stand with one foot directly in front of the other so that the toes of one foot touch the heel of the other. Maintain your bal- ance. Alternate feet and repeat 5 times.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Think Worcester PT & Services First

Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

I feel like there is hope now!

“Therapists kept trying to find a technique that would work well for me and my specific problem. I feel like there is hope now, and am confident I can do exercises at home.” – Collen T. worcpt.com CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 508.791.8740

TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms?

4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury

4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching

Don’t let spinal pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain! FREE BACK PAIN ANALYSIS Offer valid for the first 25 people to schedule. Expires 08-28-17.

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