MDMPhysicalTherapy_Is Back Pain Slowing You Down

Staff Spotlight Justin Rackow | PTA

Back Pain Prevention

Justin Rackow joins our team as a licensed Physical Therapy Assistant. Recently graduating from Pima Institute of Medical Technology, Justin receives rave reviews from his professors. “Justin is absolutely one of the best students we have ever had” was the response to a question during our reference calls. In addition, Justin was invited to be the valedictorian speaker at his graduation ceremony! Born and raised in the east valley here in Arizona, Justin has 3 younger siblings. A previous student at Arizona State University, Justin received dual degrees in Kinesiology and Psychology - not an easy task! Excited to pursue his career in Physical Therapy, Justin believes that we not only have a great opportunity to heal, but also to teach & enable others to take command of their own bodies and recovery. Outside of work, Justin enjoys running, playing tennis, cooking, reading, and relaxing with friends and family. We are thrilled to have Justin join our team and look forward to many of you meeting him!

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. Thesemuscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.

Feta &Herb Crusted Salmon

Ingredients Directions • 1 salmon fillet - Thaw if • f 1 r / o 2 ze c n up Feta Cheese • 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley

• 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh chives • Juice from half a lemon • 1/8 teaspoon salt • Pinch of pepper

“I was unable to enjoy my passion, golf, before coming to MDM. Sciatica, knee & hip pain ruled my life. With MDM’s marvelous program, I saw immediate and continued progress. Today I am virtually pain free, loving life and playing some of the best golf of my life! Thanks to all the staff, who are all so kind, professional and pleasant. It’s a great facility and I have recommended it to several friends.” - David H. Success Spotlight

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil for easy clean up. Combine parsley, chives, Feta, lemon, salt and pepper on cutting board. Run knife through the combination several times, chopping up all ingredients to mix. Spread combined ingredients on salmon fillet. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Serve!

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