VCM PT. Walking Away From Back Pain

Celebrating 17 Years!

PresidentandCEO,SusanSanford,didnotoriginally plan to offer physical therapy, instead choosing to focus on acupuncture and Chinese medicine for whichshereceivedaMaster'sDegree. Before long bothpracticesgrewbeyond full-timewhichcaused the expansion of staff and another new location. Whenaskedwhatshethoughtofher17-year journey Susan said "It seems like just yesterday that I was treating PT patients pro bono while my insurance credentialing was processed. Now I look around at our shiny new location and all of these incredible professionalsthat Igettoworkwithandcan'tbelieve what we have grown into. I think the secret to our success isthatwereallydobelieve in #MoveBetter #FeelBetter #LiveBetter."

Upcoming Clinics, Free Screenings & Special Offers WORKSHOPS • VCM LIFE HACK: Heal ThySelf– Chinese Cupping For Pain Relief March 25th, 6pm-7pm No Charge • MV Hospital Health Fair If you missed out on our Free Health Screening last month then you have another chance during the Heath Fair. Saturday, April 4th 9:00am - Noon. CLINICS • KIDS & TEENS Scoliosis Screening Every Wednesday, 2:30pm-4pm No Charge. • ADULT Pain-Free Movement & Posture Screening Every Wednesday, 2:30pm-4pm No Charge. • 5-Point Ear Acupuncture Every Thursday, 4pm-5pm $20.00

Vineyard Complementary Medicine originally opened as an acupuncture clinic in March 2003. The first location was a small space in Vineyard Haven, then moving to a private building in West Tisbury, and now residing in a new facility in Post Office Square in Edgartown.

Patient Success Spotlight

“I came to Vineyard Complementary Medicine because of stiffness in my neck and soreness in my shoulder blades. It was difficult for me to play my violin but also to lift, reach, and get up out of a chair. Now, I’m not only able to move better with more flexibility, but I have more energy, am doing more fun activities, and feel more positive in general. And now I enjoy playing the violin whenever I want.” - Mary S.

Computerized Gait Scan Analysis

VCM offers a computerized analysis of your foot position with walking and standing to help determine if any back pain (or hip and knee pain) could be a result of imbalanced walking (or vice versa). Ourcustomorthoticprogramserves thosewithobvious boneychanges inyour foot (bunion)flat feet,higharched feetor those who have had total knee or hip replacements to restore safe steady balanced walking and stop back pain associated with abnormal walking patterns. Let us know if you would like more information, 508-693-3800 or


• Massage - LAST DAYS! Purchase and use a 60 min or 90 min massage and save 20%. Enjoy 60 min for $108 or 90 min for $148. Massages must be booked through our website vcmpt.cpm/request-new-appointment Offer Expires March 15th. Use promo code VALENTINE 20

Exercise Essentials Relieve Pain In Minutes! KNEE PUSH

Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15-30 seconds. Relax and lower the knee to the starting position. Repeat with the other leg. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg. To get more stretch, put your other leg flat on the floor while pulling your knee to your chest. Do not do the knee-to-chestexercise if itcausesor increasesbackor legpain.

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