Worcester: How Bad Posture Affects The Body

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

December, 2018

“Simple Chores Shouldn’t Be A Hassle!” HOW BAD POSTURE AFFECTS THE BODY

When was the last time you looked in the mirror or saw a photo of your posture? If you suffer from frequent aches and pains, your posture may be to blame. In today’s society, we spend an increasing amount of time sitting looking at the TV, computer screen, and looking down at our phones. If you fit into this category, then changes in your posture can have numerous negative effects on your body.

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Inside: • How Bad Posture Affects The Body • 5 Steps To Improve Your Posture • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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

December, 2018

“Having Trouble Finishing The Special Project?” HOW BAD POSTURE AFFECTS THE BODY

What happens to your body with bad posture? Forward head posture – This creates strain on the neck, shortening the muscles in the back of the neck. Neck pain, radiating pain to the shoulders or arms, chronic headaches, and even low back pain can result. Mid-back slouching – This can change the shape of your ribs and drive your head forward over time. The result can be pain in the mid-back and problems with your neck. Eventually, compression of your lungs, heart, and digestive system can occur, causing internal problems. Low back - Low back pain is very common with poor posture. The back muscles have to contract excessively to keep you upright, causing you pain. Bad posture also causes abnormal wear and tear on the low back, increasing the risk of arthritis in the spine.

Hips and legs –With sitting for prolonged periods, the hip joints lose range of motion and the muscles in the front of the hips stiffen.These tightened muscles then pull on the low back, causing low back pain. Walking – Your center of gravity changes with bad posture, causing your balance to decline. In addition, weakness to the hip muscles with prolonged sitting causes problems with walking. All these changes can have a serious impact on your mobility and ability to walk safely. The good news is that with the right physical therapy treatments, a lot can be done to help you regain proper posture and quickly relieve back and neck pain. Call us today to learn how we can help you live a pain-free life!

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Good posture is an ongoing fight against gravity. Gravity wants to pull you to the floor and your muscles have to counteract that to keep you upright. While your posture may have changed over the years, the good news is that there is a lot that you can do to improve your posture and reduce your pain: 1. PHYSICAL THERAPY – We are experts in evaluating posture and guidingyouon theproper techniques tochangeyourpostureand reduce your pain. Call us if you are having frequent aches and pains. We can examine your posture and put you on the right road to a pain-free life. 2. GET UP FREQUENTLY – When working at a computer or sitting in front of a TV, get up at least every 30 minutes to walk around for at least one minute. 3. PROPER COMPUTER SETUP – Make sure that your desk chair and computer are at the proper height. Having a proper ergonomic set-up is key to maintaining proper posture at work and at home. 4. SITTING PROPERLY – Sitting upright with your feet on the floor (don’t cross your legs) keep a small gap between the back of your knees and the chair. 5. EXERCISE FREQUENTLY –Walking, running, stretching, and strengthening certain muscles are very important. Strengthen your back and neck muscles to maintain a better posture. To see how we can improve your posture, eliminate your pain and get you back to the activities you love to do, call us today!


Relieves lower back pain 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.

INGREDIENTS • 1lb six-grain pizza crust • Cooking spray

• 3 cups thinly sliced Fuji apple • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese • 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice • 1 1/2 tsp honey • 2 cups baby arugula • 3 tbsp chopped pecans, toasted DIRECTIONS


Preheat oven to 450°. Place pizza crust on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange apple slices evenly over pizza crust; top with cheese. Sprinkle thyme evenly over cheese. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes or until cheese melts and begins to brown. Combine oil and next 3 ingredients (through honey) in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add arugula; toss gently to coat. Sprinkle pecans evenly over pizza; top with arugula mixture. Cut pizza into 6 wedges.


Patient Success Spotlight

At Worcester Physical Therapy Services, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to call Worcester Physical Therapy Services if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

“ When my PCP referred me to WPT to help rehabilitate a shoulder injury, I had no idea that it would become my home away from home. I worked closely with Dave who was amazing in teaching me how to control my movements and activate the correct muscles. Eventually, I transitioned into Faze 4 and have yet to leave, which is entirely due to Ashlyn. She has helped me immeasurably and is always a smiling face to support me through my workout. More importantly, she has taught me body awareness and gotten me to the point of being able to workout independently. Furthermore, she’s taught me how to control my mobility (hypermobile) which is something very few people have taken the time to focus on and is the main reason I regularly injure myself. As someone who suffers from a chronic illness, I never thought I’d be able to be back to where I am today in terms of my strength and activity. Ashlyn and Emily are assets to WPT and the reason I keep coming back. ” – Alex Y. Helped me immeasurably!


• 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 pain become a way of life. Pinpoint the exact cause of your pain! FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY ANALYSIS

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