PeakPerformancePT: Where Does Back Pain Come From?

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INSIDE: • Is Your Neck The Culprit? • Relieve Pain In Minutes

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Shelby is from Essexville, MI. In her time outside of work she enjoy spending time with family/friends, boating, camping, vacationing in warm tropical destinations, watching my kids play lacrosse and soccer and working out. Her hidden talents are baking and decorating cakes for my girls birthdays. You can see some of her masterpieces in the past. She chose to become a Physical Therapist because...”When I was a teenager, my momwas in a bad car accident and I would go to her therapy appointments and liked how they helped her get to feeling better”.

INSIDE: • Discover Family Fun Without Back Pain • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Healthy Recipe • Is Your Neck The Culprit?



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The most common combination of pain is in the neck and back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. We don’t typically think about it, but we use our necks for a lot of our daily activities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back. This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, or a combination of both, our physical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains! How can I tell if my neck is causing my back pain? It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go. 3. Now, sit down in front of the same person. Repeat the same turning motions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means

that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. How can physical therapy help me? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation for back pain. Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem. They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source, and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatment plan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time. Source: Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet


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

Strengthens Back

QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then, slowly raise the opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both sides.

INGREDIENTS: • 1 (14.5 oz) can crushed tomatoes

• 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp ground pepper • ½ cup grated parmesan • 8 oz pita chips

• 1 small eggplant, cubed • 1 small zucchini, cubed

• 1 small yellow squash, cubed • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS: Stir together tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, and bell pepper in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. Stir in thyme, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Turn to low and cook for 30 minutes more. Using a potato masher, crush the vegetable mixture to a chunky consistency. Stir in parmesan. Stir occasionally while serving with pita chips.

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Sudoku Corner


1. Open your smart phone to the camera app 2. Center the desired QR code in the frame (this wi l l take you direct ly to our Google Review Page) 3. Let us know how we did! INSTRUCTIONS:

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