STAR PT: Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From?






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July, 2019


INSIDE: • How Can I Tell If My Neck Is Causing My Back Pain?

Treating Back Pain with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, Your spine is a complex part of your body – it requires proper posture, flexibility,

and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy! The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way. This is also why pain in your lower back may occur as a result. Your back muscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you notice neck and back pain at the same time as one another, try sitting up straighter – it should help ease some of the stress! Is your neck the culprit? The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. We don’t typically think about it, but we use our necks for a lot of our daily activities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back. This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or a combination of both, our physical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains!

• Staff Spotlight • Refer A Friend • Patient Success Spotlight

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements is altered, your spine can emit painful responses that can settle in other nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the most commonly reported location of pain across the globe. But how often is the source actually another part of your body? Pain is usually connected: Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain can travel along it. Let’s say you are prone to neck pain – perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10-12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob

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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY NECK IS CAUSING MY Back Pain? It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out:

1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make.

2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. 3. Now, sit down in front of the same person. Repeat the same turning motions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back.

How can physical therapy help me? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem. They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatment plan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time.

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

• 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray

• 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted


“I no longer have to live with pain! Thank you...”

Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices evenly over pizza crust; top with cheese. Sprinkle thyme evenly over cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pizza; top with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.

Success Story: Phyllis H. “I am so thankful to have been referred to Star Physical Therapy. Everyone has been so nice. I have learned a lot about my hip and lower back. I came with pain in my hip and groin area. Not only did I get relief from the hip and groin pain, but I am also free from my lower back pain as well. I no longer have to live with pain! Thank you Kate, and everyone who helped me through my exercises and healing.”


Staff Spotlight: Kristi French

Once most people finish Physical Therapy, the next thing on their mind is “How do I get in shape?” You’re feeling better. Now you are ready to get stronger, healthier, maybe leaner again. Or maybe you just want to know how to stay healthy. The Gold Standard approach is with a certified Personal Trainer. But, historically, Personal Training programs have been so expensive! But we have the answer! We have created StayStrong Plus. This is a personal training program whereby our Director of Personal Training, Missy Daniel, works with you through our Personal Training App. Missy will learn about your goals and where you are right now. She will give you all the exercises and workouts that you need to do. She will provide videos of what to do. You can do this in your own home or in any gym. All in just 30 minutes! She will even guide you in what to eat to get the results you want! Plus, she is available to you just about any time if you have questions. All you do is message her through our App. Normally you would pay around $500 a month for a Personal Training Program. But you get all this for just $29.95 a month! And you can cancel anytime! It’s like having Missy in your pocket. How To Get In Your Best Shape

What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I enjoy relaxing with my family (husband Jay and 3 children) and playing with our yellow lab Lucy. I also love to travel and read. What are some of your words of wisdom? To quote anonymous “In a world where you can be anything, choose to be kind.” And it is easier to make friends when you have chocolate. :) Kristi, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!!

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What do you like most about working at STAR? What I like best about working at Star is the people. Everyone at Star is friendly, professional and extremely upbeat. It is a pleasure to surrounded by wonderful coworkers. I also love getting to know the medical community and it is so fun to get to hear the overwhelmingly positive reactions when I say that I am with Star.

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Alternatively you can email or call her at (985) 809 6399 for more information.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve back pain.

Refer A Friend

Relieves Lower Back

QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then, slowly raise the opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both sides.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

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