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ENJOY LIFE WITHOUT NECK PAIN & HEADACHES Headaches have a bad habit of making their appearance at the most inconvenient times. The middle of the workday, early in the evening when you have hours of responsibilities ahead of you, or even first thing in the morning when you are trying to pay attention to your morning meeting — headaches don’t care how important the work ahead of you is. When they start, they

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INSIDE: • Discover No Limits After Neck Pain Relief • The Problem With Posture • Exercise Essentials • Healthy Recipe

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DISCOVER NO LIMITS AFTER NECK PAIN RELIEF

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• The Problem With Posture • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Ask About Our Payment Plans!

simple to identify. Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watching TV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at an odd angle as you rest for the evening, or maybe as a result of your posture as you type at your desk every day, hunched over at the shoulders with your neck catching the brunt of your slouch. These poor habits are common, and most of us consider them to be harmless. Sure, you know it isn’t great for you, but what is actually going to happen? It’s a lot easier to slouch as you type, and who doesn’t want to catch a few late-night laughs as they fall asleep? But the reality is that these seemingly irrelevant habits could be putting undue stress on your neck, and if you aren’t careful, this could translate to regular and uncomfortable headaches that are difficult to get rid of. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say goodbye to aches and pain!

(continued from outside) There are all sorts of reasons why headaches may develop. From environmental factors like weather changes and exposure to certain perfumes or other scents, to stress and allergies, headaches happen to the best of us. However, there are some headaches that may be a bit more predictable than others. Factors like your posture, the type of mattress you sleep on, the pillow you use, or even the desk chair you sit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headaches because of the intricate network of nerves and muscles in your neck. When Neck Pain Leads to Headaches. The majority of the time, neck pain starts out as a seemingly small concern. A crick in your neck here or there may start to develop more frequently, and before you know it, your experience of neck pain is something you are dealing with daily. It isn’t always the result of something large. While being in a car accident or experiencing another sort of injury can definitely lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as

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THE PROBLEMWITH POSTURE

Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify whether or not your headaches may be the result of neck pain or strain. One of the most common causes of headaches due to neck pain is forward head position. Forward head position means that when you are resting your head, you are continuing to hold your head slightly forward, which is a type of slouching position. You can identify whether or not you have a forward head position by standing straight against the wall and determining whether or not your head rests against the wall as your back does. If your head does not touch the wall when you are standing straight, then you aren’t fully standing up straight! As years go by and day after day you continue to hold your head in this forward position, you can start to experience pain as a result of strain in the muscles of the neck. When this is an issue, working with a physical therapist may be able to help. Stretching the muscles in your neck to alleviate neck strain can reduce the severity and regularity of your headaches. Stretching the muscles that have grown tight along the back of your neck as well as those along the shoulders can help you find relief from the tension that is causing your pain.

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home to begin stretching your neck muscles, working with a physical therapist is the only way to ensure that you are stretching in a way that won’t potentially lead to greater injury. For more information, contact us. Give us a call so we can help you say goodbye to your aches and pains. 5 1 8 6 5 7

When dealing with neck pain, it is important to remember that safety has to come first. While there are many simple activities you can try at

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Zucchini Noodle “Pasta” Salad

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INGREDIENTS • 5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp red-wine vinegar • 2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano • 2 tsp Dijon mustard • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper • 1 small shallot, chopped • 1 clove garlic, grated • 16 ounces spiralized zucchini noodles • 3 cups halved cherry tomatoes • ⅓ cup pitted Kalamata olives • ¾ cup shaved Parmesan cheese, divided

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8 5 9 SCAPULAR RETRACTION Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders.

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INSTRUCTIONS Whisk oil, vinegar, oregano, mustard, crushed red pepper, shallot and garlic in a large bowl. Add zucchini noodles, tomatoes, olives and half the Parmesan; toss gently to coat. Divide evenly among 4 bowls; sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan.

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Our Philosophy: Apply the latest evidence-based therapy best suited to the patient for quickest and most complete recovery. When patients have a difficult time getting started with traditional exercises, patients receive customized aquatic to land-based programs. Every plan of care is designed with the goal of getting patients back to their normal daily routine, pain-free. Our Promise: We promise to provide the best patient experience possible in a highly professional, friendly, and caring environment. Payments: We accept CareCredit, credit card, check, and debit card. We are happy to discuss payment plan options as well. It is our policy that payment is made at the time of service. Your insurance benefits will be determined before your second visit, and you will be informed of what, if any, payment is necessary on that date.

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3 7 1 8 Our knowledgeable and caring staff uses the latest tools and techniques to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. The new facilities at Lewy Physical Therapy allow us to offer diverse treatment regimens including aquatic therapy, sports physical therapy, and general physiotherapy. Our outpatient rehabilitation facilities are conveniently located near you in Baton Rouge and Denham Springs. Our Mission: Provide the highest quality of physical therapy for those in the Baton Rouge, Denham Springs, and surrounding areas. 2 9 7 2 6 8 4 5 1 7 2 8

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Schedule your appointment at Lewy Physical Therapy today by calling 225.767.8182 (Baton Rouge), 225.791.7114 (Denham Springs), or 225.825.7700 (Gonzales/Prairieville).

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1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist . 2. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. 3. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

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“This was my initial visit, and I thought they all were terrific. They even have a Patient Care Coordinator who sits down with you beforehand to explain things and encourages feedback throughout the entire treatment. What a novel idea! And how welcoming--- they were serving food on my first visit. It seems they frequently do special events on Fridays. Maybe I need to reschedule my upcoming visits!!! Besides making me feel welcome, my PT Isabel was terrific. I can’t wait to see her again. I’m so glad my doctor recommended this place.” - J.D.

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If you are suffering from any pain, seeing a physical therapist at Lewy Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today!

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TIPS FOR STAYING HEALTHY WHILE DINING OUT IN THE SUMMER

3. Save half for later. If your entrée is too big, try saving half to bring for lunch the next day. Instead of stuffing yourself all at once, you’ll already have a meal prepared for the day ahead! 4. Balance dining with exercise. Frequent dining out can lead to unwanted weight gain, in addition to potentially harmful cholesterol or gastrointestinal issues. Adopting a daily exercise routine can help balance any extra calorie consumption with physical activity. Making it a habit to hit the gym or go for a run after a heavy restaurant excursion can greatly improve your health. 5. Suggest alternatives. Going to a restaurant isn’t the only way to socialize with friends in the summer! Suggesting healthier outdoor activities can help you get the outdoor socialization you want, while still maintaining your optimum health. Riding bikes, going for a walk, or taking a hike are all great ways to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family, while still doing a healthy activity. Contact Lewy Physical Therapy today! Do you want to find out more about how you can stay healthy and maintain a nutritious diet during the summer? Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed physical therapists. We’ll provide you with the resources you need for a healthy and happy summer ahead! Sources: https://www.statista.com/topics/1957/eating-out-behavior-in-the-us/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025680/

Dining out and your health. According to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health, frequent dining out can pose some serious health risks due to the exorbitant portion sizes served in American restaurants. Titled, “Mitigating the Health Risks of Dining Out: The Need for Standardized Portion Sizes in Restaurants,” this study analyzes the benefits of decreasing portion sizes on overall American health: “Most people lack the capacity to judge the caloric content of food and there is limited evidence that people make use of calorie-labeling information when it is available. Standardized portion sizes would not preclude people from eating as much as they want, but would make the amount they are getting fully transparent.” While this is a common concern, there are some steps you can take to make sure you are staying healthy, even when you are dining out more often. 1. Make sure your orders are healthy. As long as you are maintaining a nutritious diet, dining out shouldn’t be an issue. Especially if you are within the 72% who dines out for lunch every day, make sure to avoid greasy and fatty foods as much as possible. Instead of a cheeseburger, opt for a salad. 2. Try ordering an appetizer instead of an entrée. Appetizers are typically much smaller than main-course meals and are usually enough for one person. There are usually some healthy appetizer options that can fill you up without consuming too many calories!

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DENHAM SPRINGS 31985 La Hwy 16. Ste C Denham Springs, LA 70726

GONZALES / PRAIRIEVILLE 14633 Airline Hwy Gonzales, La 70737

BATON ROUGE 8448 Siegen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 70810

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