TaylorRehab_Getting to the CORE of Back & Neck Pain


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INSIDE: • Core Strength & Back Pain • Staff Spotlight

• Experience The Benefits Of Stretching • Mind Exercise

HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring for Your Body


tissue and neural mobilization techniques and targeted exercises to improve strength and pain. In many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas and alleviate muscle tightness and spasms. A thorough examination by a PT can help identify the cause of your back pain and treat it through spinal mobilization or manipulation techniques, soft tissue and neural mobilization techniques and targeted exercise to significantly improve strength and reduce the severity of your back pain.

Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometime difficult as there are so many different structures that can be contributing to pain and loss of range of motion. This is why working with a physical therapist to thoroughly assess your neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, joint restrictions and improving muscle tightness or spasms. A physical therapist uses spinal mobilization or manipulation techniques, soft

Call Taylor Rehab to talk with your physical therapist today!

3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.

Core Strength & Back Pain

You may be surprised how frequently issues with the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, including your abdomen. These muscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything from walking and running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core. There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight- training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance- based activities like yoga. If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us.

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

Staff Spotlight

Did you know? …that laughter is good for your heart? It diminishes stress and boosts the immune system. Even the simple act of smiling has a positive effect on happiness and physical health, helping the heart recover more quickly after stressful events. Smiling and laughter reduce blood pressure and releases serotonin and other natural pain killers. Did you know?

Melissa Bell PT, DPT

Melissa Bell received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2012 after receiving her B.S. inHealthScience fromClemsonUniversity. Melissa enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions but also specializes intreatingvertigoand innereardysfunction and is certified as a Vestibular Specialist with theAmerican Instituteof Balance. She

...that laughter’s positive effects are instantaneous! Once you start laughing, you immediately feel better and pain is perceived as less intense. These effects can last as long as 24 hours so laugh at least once a day!

has additional training in dry needling, spinal manipulation, Graston Technique, and joint mobilization. Melissa’s favorite hobbies are hiking with her husband, cooking, and kayaking on Lake Norman.

Experience The Benefits Of Stretching

Exercise Essential

Did You Know? We Can Also Treat: • Arthritis • Back Pain • Balance • Chronic Pain • Dizziness • Headaches • Hip & Knee Pain • Neck Pain • Neuropathy • Pelvic Health • Sports Injuries • Work Injuries Sit in a chair with good posture. Place hands on thighs. Let your trunk sag towards the floor and use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Now use your arms to push yourself up. Repeat as necessary. REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION | TO FLOOR

if you have been sitting in a particular position for a long time, you stretch unconsciously. It feels good! In addition to that good feeling, a consistent stretching program will produce large gains in flexibility and joint movement. Be kind to your muscles and they will be kind to you! Here are just a few of the benefits you can expect from a regular stretching program: • Reduced muscle tension • Increased range of movement in the joints • Enhanced muscular coordination • Increased circulation of the blood to various parts of the body • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)

As you age, your muscle tissue actually dries out a little, tightening. This causes a loss of range of motion in your joints and tissues. In addition to the loss of range of motion, it can really limit your active lifestyles and hinder day-to-day, normal motions. Tasks that used to be simple, such as dressing or squatting down to tie your shoes, now become extremely difficult. A regular stretching program helps lengthen your muscles and makes daily living activities much easier. Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. It does not have to involve a huge amount of time, but stretching can end up giving you huge results!

Stretching is a natural part of what we do on a daily basis. You might notice that

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Laser Therapy: What Is It? 1. It​reduces​pain​and​inflammation​without​side​effects Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirable side effects. It is also important to point out that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. inflammation along with improving cellular function to maximize the benefits. 4. Treatments​Feel​Good Depending on the laser, it can create little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. 5. Treatments​Are​Fast

With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually four to ten minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.

2. Can be used for acute and chronic conditions When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is particularly effective when it is administered as soon as possible following injury. The faster the inflammation is reduced and the healing process can begin, the better. In the case of acute injury, laser therapy helps restore the body to normal function quicker. 3. Treatments​can​be​customized​for​each​situation Depending on the condition, whether it is an acute swollen ankle or chronic low back pain, the therapist will set the laser up for your condition to treat the pain and

Call us at 704-658-1095 (Gateway) or 704-660-6551 (Plantation) to schedule your free laser trail today!

Mooresville Gateway Location 167 Gateway Boulevard Mooresville, NC 28117 Phone: 704-658-1095 Fax: 704-658-1097

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