KinetixPT: How Bad Posture Affects The Body

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Dr. Jacob (Jake) Reidy, PT, DPT received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Florida in 2019. After completing his first clinical internship at Kinetix, Jake was eager to join the teambecause of the family-feel among the staff. Dr. Reidy completed his undergraduate training at Clearwater Christian College where he played baseball and majored in Exercise and Sports Science and Bible. He is passionate about helping people get back to doing what they love without experiencing pain. Originally from Chiefland, Florida, Jake enjoys spending time with friends, family and most of all, his wife, Hailey. Jake and Hailey love the outdoors and raising their backyard flock of chickens. Jake is skilled in strength training and is an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. WELCOME DR. JACOBREIDY, PT, DPT

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Do you suffer from daily or recurrent aches and pains? If so, your posture may be the culprit. Just think about the number of hours a day we spend staring at a computer screen, hunched over our desks, or staring at our phones… that’s a lot of stress on the neck and back, especially if you are slouched, tilted forward, or looking down for prolonged periods of time. AtKinetixPhysicalTherapy,wecanhelpyoudetermine ifyourachesandpainsare related topoorposture. Contactus today ifyouwant tofindout the rootcauseofyourpainand learnhow to improveyourpostureso thatyoucanperformyourdailyactivitiespain-free! How does poor posture affect me? Changes to your posture can negatively affect your body. If your posture is poor in one or more areas, you may experience some of the following symptoms: • If your posture contains a forward head tilt – This forward-head posture creates a strain on the neck, which can result in neck pain, shoulder pain, arm pain, chronic headaches, and/or lower back pain.Tilting your head forward for long periods of time shortens the muscles in the back of the neck and can result in soreness throughout multiple parts of your body. • If your posture contains slouching of the mid-back – Ifyouslouch themiddleofyour back, you can drive your head forward and alter the way your ribs naturally align. By DISCOVER HOWGOOD POSTURE CONTRIBUTES TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE INSIDE: • How Can I Improve My Posture? • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Whether you have aches and pains or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Kinetix Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 352-505-6665 today!

doing this, you may experience pain in the mid-back, in addition to neck pain. If this is your normal standing posture, it is important to seek physical therapy treatment right away – over time, standing like this day after day may cause internal issues,as itcreatespressureonyour lungs,heart,anddigestivesystem. • If your posture includes sitting for long periods of time – When you sit for prolonged periods, the muscles in your hips and legs will stiffen. When these musclesbecomestiff, they tightenandpullon the lowerback,causingpain.The joints also lose their range of motion, which can cause soreness or achiness in the hips, legs, and back, which can create issues with your gait. Poor posture while walking can contribute to instability or increased pain with walking. When your head is forward and back is slouched while walking, it changes your center of gravity, which can lead to imbalance. A rounded or slouchedbackalsoplaces increasedstrainonyourbackmusclesandeventually increased pain with walking. Contact us today to discover how you can improve your posture and relieve postural-related aches and pains!

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HOWCAN I IMPROVEMY POSTURE?

GET HELP AT OUR FREE WORKSHOPS KNEE PAIN SUFFERERS: NEW! • Is your knee stiff? • Does your knee ache or “give out” on you? BACK PAIN & SCIATICA SUFFERERS: • Do you have pain when you stand, walk, or sit? • Do you experience pain shooting down your buttocks or leg? Poor posture can be tricky to fix, especially if it has become a habit. However, there are a few tips you can try on your own to try and improve your posture outside of your physical therapy treatments: 1. Sit properly. If you are at a desk for extended periods of the day, make sure your posture is okay. Sit upright, place your feet flat on the floor, and try not to cross your legs. Make sure there is a small gap between the back of your knees and the chair. Having a chair with strong back support and padding is also recommended for making your upright position more comfortable. 2. Take stretch breaks. If you are an office worker, it is no secret that most of the day is spent with limited levels of mobility. It is important to make sure that you get up every 30 minutes or so and take a small walk, at least for a minute or two. This will help in loosening up your muscles and joints, as well as initiating a stronger blood flow. 3. Exercise. Exercise is incredibly important, especially if your job involves several hours of inactivity. When you exercise, you are stretching and strengthening certain muscles of your body, including problem areas such as your neck and back. Taking even a small amount of time to walk or jog around theneighborhoodeverydaycanhighly improveyourpostureandgait. 4. Set up your office properly. If you work from an office all day, it is important to have a proper ergonomic setup. Make sure that you are at a proper height with your desk chair and computer, so you don’t have to slouch or lean forward. Additionally, make sure your chair has the proper lumbar support needed to help you sit straight while you’re working.These simple steps can help tremendously with your overall posture. Get help with physical therapy. If these at-home treatments don’t work, it is important to consult with a physical therapist. It is a good rule of thumb

to seek the help of a physical therapist as soon as you begin noticing postural-related pain, regardless of how severe it is or whether or not you’ve tried the aforementioned tips. Simply standing up straight is a fight against gravity, and if you have been standing the wrong way for several years, it may be difficult to change it on your own. Your physical therapist will evaluate your posture and gait to determine the best treatments necessary for you. Afterward, a personalized treatment plan will be designed, based on your specific needs. At Kinetix Physical Therapy, we can help relieve the pains caused by your posture and get you back to living your everyday life without pain. To learn more about how we can help improve your posture and get you on track toward a more comfortable life, schedule a consultation today. We can help you find relief after just a few short sessions!

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SHOULDER PAIN SUFFERERS: • Do you have pain when reaching overhead or behind you? • Is your shoulder pain keeping you awake? BALANCE OR DIZZINESS SYMPTOMS: • Have you fallen because you’re unsteady? • Do you experience dizziness?

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Patient Success Spotlight

HEALTHY RECIPE

CRUNCHY CHICKEN& MANGO SALAD

INGREDIENTS • ⅓ cup orange juice • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar • 3 tablespoons less-sodium soy sauce • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

• 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (optional) • 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage • 2 cups sugar snap peas, thinly sliced diagonally • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast • 1 medium mango, sliced • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint • ¼ cup sliced scallions • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds DIRECTIONS

Whisk juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sambal oelek (if using) in a large bowl. Add cabbage, peas, chicken, mango, mint and scallions; toss gently to coat. Serve the salad sprinkled with sesame seeds.

“I was able to move my neck after my first appointment!” “I experienced neck/shoulder pain from poor posture at work, which caused very limited mobility. I was able to get in immediately and saw physical therapist, Dr. Scott Eddins. I was able to move my neck after my first appointment! I regained strength to have normal mobility with no pain within 6 weeks. I highly recommend Kinetix!” - Kim

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Look forward, and hold for ten seconds. Repeat 8 times. Stretches Back www.simpleset.net

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