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DON’T LET BACK PAIN STOP YOU LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AGAIN

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N EWS L E T T E R Your #1 Resource for Greater Heath and Wellness

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: STOP YOU! LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AGAIN DON’T LET BACK PAIN

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause and can lead to adverse side effects and addiction if abused. Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. Have back pain that just won’t go away? We want to help! Call us today (Sterling Heights: 586-883-9332, Troy: 248-688-9209) or visit our website at eimphysicaltherapy.com.

• Spinal and abdominal muscle weaknesses • Bad posture and bad sleeping positions • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Poor abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination

Are you letting your pain hold you back? Call to schedule your appointment today!

DON’T LET BACK PAIN STOP YOU L I V E Y O U R B E S T L I F E AGA I N

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.

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. To find out more about how Evidence in Manual Physical Therapy can help you achieve freedom from your back pain, call us today (Sterling Heights: 586-883-9332, Troy: 248-688-9209) or visit our website at eimphysicaltherapy.com. Sources: www.apta.org www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and- Statistics www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back- Pain-Fact-Sheet

Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re first facing the object and standing as close as possible. Then squat while 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. These muscles 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.

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HEALTHY REC I PE SLOW COOKER COCONUT GINGER CHICKEN

• 1 Tbsp olive oil • 2 Tbsp butter • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs • 2 cans coconut milk not shaken • 2 Tbsp cornstarch • 1 can baby corn cobs • 1 cup peas or frozen vegetables • 1/2 tsp ground pepper • 1 tsp ground cumin

PAT I E N T S U C C E S S S P O T L I G H T

Ingredients • 4 cloves garlic peeled • 2 inch cube ginger, roughly chopped • 1 small sweet onion peeled, quartered

• 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric • 1 tsp salt • 2 tsp curry powder

Supported Bridge Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your finger tips. Inhale and while lifting the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open, breathe deeply, and relax. Hold for 30 seconds, then remove the block and slowly set yourself down to the floor. EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO STRENGTHEN YOUR CORE “My doctor referred me to physical therapy for my chronic lower back pain and CTS. I tried so many places with no success. I decided to give EIM Physical Therapy and their Manual Therapy approach a shot. My experience with EIM Physical Therapy is not like any other. They are highly trained, professional and different. They are patient-centered and provide excellent care. I was shocked to see an immediate improvement in my pain, thanks to my PT at EIM. Now, I’m back to my normal life: pain-free and finally able to enjoy my grandkids again. I highly recommend EIM PT to anyone looking for true pain relief.” – B. B.

Directions Pulse garlic, ginger and onion in a food processor until forming a paste. Heat olive oil and melt butter in a skillet. Add puree and stir well. Cook for a few minutes, then add spices. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add chicken to one side of the skillet. Cook chicken on all sides and coat with spices. Transfer ingredients to a slow cooker. Set aside cream from top of coconut milk. Pour remaining milk over chicken until barely covered. Drain corn cobs, chop in half, and add to slow-cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Whisk cornstarch with coconut cream until smooth and add to the chicken, stirring well. Add frozen peas or other vegetables. Cook for another 1/2 hour or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are hot. Recipe Courtesy of Melissa @ blessthismessplease.com SERVICE SPOTLIGHT MANUAL THERAPY

their treatments will be painful, uncomfortable, or even agonizing due to the condition they are in. However, that is not the case at all! Manual Therapy techniques are meant to relieve your pain, while simultaneously improving your body’s function. Manual Therapy techniques may include, but are not limited to: • SoftTissueMassage (manipulation of the soft tissues, breaking up scar tissue and adhesions). • Mobilization (increasing range of motion and improvement of the restricted joint’s mobility). • Manual Traction (the application of gentle force to stretch the soft tissues and restore normal, natural movement).

Are you suffering from pain as a result of injury, illness, or surgical procedure? If so, it is likely that you would benefit from manual physical therapy at EIM Physical Therapy. What is Manual Therapy? Manual therapy is just one tool in a physical therapist’s kit that allows them to mobilize stiff joints and soft tissue. This specialized form of treatment helps in reducing swelling, decreasing restriction, mobilizing joints, and increasing your range of motion. Our physical therapists have received extensive training in specialized manual therapy techniques from a wide variety of schools and instructors. What Can You Expect? We receive many first-time physical therapy patients who come in thinking

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