FlemingPT_How Posture Affects Back and Neck Pain

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


If you suffer fromback or neck pain, poor posture could be to blame. Poor posture can be a serious danger to your health. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, which increases strain on your muscles, joints and ligaments. Poor posture causes fatigue, muscular strain and pain. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, such as your heart, lungs and intestines. (continued inside)


6 BENEFITS TO GOOD POSTURE Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Inside: • How Poor Posture Contributes To Back Pain

• Healthy Recipe

• Exercise Essentials

• Patient Success Spotlight


4. It prevents arthritis. With poor posture, unnatural pressure is placed on your joints, leading towearand tear.This in turncan lead toarthritis.Good posture gives your joints the chance to function at their best. 5. It helps you use your muscles more efficiently. With your bones and joints in correct alignment, you are likely to feel more energetic since your body will require less energy to move about. 6. It can have a dramatic impact on the way you feel. When you hold yourself in good posture, rather than a slumped one, you send signals to your brain that make you feel happier andmore confident. It also changes the way that people see you – you’ll appear more confident and assertive. Making simple changes in your daily habits can improve your posture and reduce your pain. Postural restoration at Fleming Physical Therapy helps the body recruit the right muscles for the task at hand, improving pain and restoringprior to function.Ourexpertshaveyearsof training in reducingback and neck pain associated from poor posture.

Maintaining good posture can have a dramatic improvementonyourbackorneckpain,health,energy and the way you look and feel. Some of the perks of good posture include: 1.Constantexerciseforyourbackandabdominals. Holding good posture takes effort and makes you use the muscles in your back and abdomen properly.


2. It greatly improves your breathing. Good posture makes room for your lungs to function at their best – rather than being compressed when you hold your body in a slouch. Good lung function has a healthy impact on all aspects of your body’s functions and helps to reduce pain. 3. It protects your organs, bones, joints and muscles. Holding correct posture reduces unnecessary strain and pressure on these body parts. Most neck and back problems develop from poor posture over time.


HowPoor Posture Contributes ToBack Pain

When your spine is not in proper alignment, the muscles, ligaments, and joints are all under excessive strain, causing most episodes of back pain. The lower back supports most of the weight of the body and therefore is the most vulnerable to the effects of poor posture. Discs, which provide support between the spinal bones (vertebrae), are also affected by poor posture. However, with good posture, the spine is in properalignmentand theshockabsorbingdiscsare lesssubject to injury. Often with poor posture, the spine will become fixed in an abnormal position. This leads to the constriction of blood vessels and nerves over time.Furthermore,thiscausesproblemswiththe joints,discs,andmuscles. It is important to take care of your spine. Good posture eliminates many of the health problems that can develop when the spine has an unhealthy posture. Since you performmany different movements and positions throughout theday(sitting,standing,bending,stooping, lyingdown,etc.) it is important to learn how to keep correct posture. Maintaining good posture during the day results in less back pain. When you correct bad posture habits, the new and improved movements tend to become more automatic and require very little effort to maintain. At Fleming Physical Therapy, we train you on the best way to attain and hold your posture throughout the day. We help you releive your back pain quickly while improving your posture for maximum long term results!


Healthy Recipe

Ingredients • 1 cup finely chopped red onion • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil • 1/4 tsp salt • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

• 1 pound salmon fillet • 1 tbsp hot pepper sauce • 1 large egg white • Cooking spray • 8 slices focaccia, toasted

Directions Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine hot pepper sauce and egg white in a small bowl; add egg white mixture to salmon mixture, stirring well to combine. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch- thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salmon patties, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve patties on toasted focaccia.


Patient Success Spotlight

Refer A Friend

“I’m not sure I can fully express how grateful I am for Fleming Physical Therapy for helping me gain back much of the strength and mobility I lost following my accident. From day one the entire staff at Fleming Physical Therapy made me feel welcome. They were all focused on my needs and were always available to help with any questions I had. In these days of impersonal service and by the numbers approach, your group stands out as an organization that cares about each patient and their individual progress. I would strongly recommend Fleming Physical Therapy to my family, friends and wouldn’t hesitate to use Fleming Physical Therapy in the future if the need arose.” – J.N. “They were all focused on my needs and were always available to help with any questions.” “Thank you for not just being a good physical therapist, but also a great listener and friend.”

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

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Fleming Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

“Dr. Fleming: Thank you for not just being a good physical therapist, but also a great listener and friend.” – L.F.


Exercise Essentials Try this movement to improve your posture.

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PRONE BACK EXTENSION While lying face down, slowly raise your chest upwards and off the ground. Then lower slowly back to the ground. Repeat 10 times.


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