Worcester: Getting To The CORE Of Back & Neck Pain

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

April, 2018

“It’s Time To Enjoy Your Entire Hike!” If you suffer from an aching back or neck, it could simply be that your coremuscles areweak. Youmay have heard of the term “core”, but what is it? Your core is the foundation of your body and like a building, needs to be strong and supportive. GET TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN

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• Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain • The Blueprint To beat Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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

April, 2018

“Guess Which Body Part To Focus On To Reduce Pain!” GET TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN

If your foundation is weak or crooked, then the other parts of your body, which rely on this, will not function properly. The timing and strength of variousmusclecontractions iscriticalforyourproperbodyfunction. Ifyour timing is off and your muscles are weak, abnormal strains occur to your spine, causing a lot of common aches and pains. Your core muscles consist of a wide variety of skeletal muscles that keep you erect and help you move around on two feet. The core is a group of muscles in the pelvis, spine, abdominal and upper thigh areas. These muscles are arranged in different angles that are layered to give you support and stability.

When the spinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, spine and hips don’t move well, a resulting strain occurs onthespine.Thiscausespainandcanoccuratanystageof life.However, this typically happens as we become older and less active as adults. Howdoesthecorebecomeweakandstiff? Asimpleanswer;use itor lose it.Our lifestyles todayputusat risk forbackandneckpainwithprolonged sittingatwork,sitting inthecar,bendingforward,watchingTV,poorposture andmanyotherfactorswhichcontributetocoreweakness.Oncethecore isweakened, theweightofyourbodyrestsonyourspinaldiscs, jointsand ligaments causing long term damage. At Worcester Physical Therapy Services we know the right movements and manual techniques that have been proven to help patients get back to and active and healthy lifestyle.

Most people suffer from back pain at some point. Most people will experiencebackpainsometime intheir lifeduetocoremuscleweakness.



If you suffer from back pain, you have probably seen that lots of different types of treatments are available. Medication, injections and other treatments can help with pain control, but do not address the root cause of the problem, which is core weakness. If you have ever had a surgery that involves cutting through the abdomen or pelvis, this weakens the core. In addition, prolonged illness and bed rest also weaken the core. Another common reason for core weakness in women is from childbirth and c-sections. This severely weakens the core. The “blueprint” or plan to helping most back pain sufferers and preventing future injuries, is tostrengthen thecorewithprofessionalhelp.Specialized training and exercise techniques can be done to strengthen your core, relieving stress on the spine. PhysicalTherapists are the medical professionals most uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat back pain resulting from core weakness. Working with your physician, we thoroughly evaluate your movement, alignment and strength. After we determine where the root cause of the problem is coming from, we then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to help restore core strength and movement. This helps you not only have relief from back pain, but teaches you the right exercises, posture and movement to prevent future problems and maintain a strong, healthy core. To see how our SPINE Program can give you a strong core and relieve your back pain, call us today or go online for more information.



PLANK While lying face down, lift your body up on your elbows and toes. Try and maintain a straight spine. Do not allow your hips or pelvis on either side to drop. Hold for as long as you can work up to holding it for a minute a day. Strengthens Core Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 small onion, diced • 2 tablespoons minced garlic • 2 jalapenos, finely diced

• 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth • One 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes • One 14.5-ounce can black beans, • 3 chicken breasts, boneless • 2 limes • Salt & black pepper

• 1 cup chopped cilantro leaves • One 8-inch flour tortilla • 1 avocado • 1 cup shredded Monterrey cheese

DIRECTIONS In a large saucepan heat the vegetable oil. Add the onions and cook for 2 minutes. Once the onions have softened add the garlic and jalepenos and cook for another minute. Pour the chicken broth, tomatoes and beans into the pot and bring to a boil. Once at a boil lower heat to simmer and add your chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for 20 to 25 minutes. Once chicken is cooked remove from pot. When cool enough to handle shred it and set it aside. Add lime juice and fresh cilantro to the pot. In a serving bowl add a mound of shredded chicken. Ladle soup over chicken and top with a lime wedge, grilled tortilla strips, avocado slices and cheese.


Think Worcester PT & Services First

Patient Success Spotlight

Why You Need To Come Back In For Another Check Up: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

“ Definitely different than the others. I have Multiple Sclerosis and have done therapy numerous times at other places. This one is the only one that has PT’s who know, understand and work on the things this disease does to people. I’m so excited to continue my journey here. My goal is to walk down the isle without my cane and my brace! I think I can do it. ” – Laurie C. I’m so excited to continue my journey here! CONTACT US TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT! 508.791.8740


• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms?

4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury

4 Sharp pain 4 Headaches 4 Tingling, numbness, or weakness

Don’t let joint pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your joint pain! FREE BACK PAIN ANALYSIS Offer valid for the first 25 people to schedule. Expires 04-28-18.

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