South Toledo: Living Life Without Back Pain

“You Would Never Expect This Body Part To Cause Back Pain!” ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN?

While exercise is among the best treatments for back pain, the root cause of your pain may surprise you. Imagine for a second that your body is a car and your feet are the tires. What happens to a car when the tires or shock absorbers wear out? The whole car feels the effect. With every step you take, your feet meet the ground and your legs absorb the shock of walking, running, jumping, climbing, and other physical activity. The greater the impact of each step, the more effect that impact has on your body. This stress can easily cause back pain if your feet are poorly supported and there is weakness in your legs and hips. Fortunately, this abnormal strain can be corrected through the use of proper footwear (in conjunction with strengthening exercises). Regardless of the source of your back pain, physical therapy can help get you back on your feet, pain-free. Your individual health history, your body’s strengths and weaknesses, and your desired level of functioning will determine your physical therapy program. You will be taught exercises to build strength and stability and improve your balance. In addition, you will receive modalities, such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, which will also aid in the healing process.

Healthy Recipe: Tasty Chili

• 2 (16-ounce) cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained • 2 (14-1/2-ounce) cans diced tomatoes • 2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder • 1 teaspoon salt • 1 teaspoon pepper • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

INGREDIENTS • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef • 1 onion, chopped • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped • 2 garlic cloves, minced

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DIRECTIONS Cook first 4 ingredients in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Place mixture in 5-quart slow cooker; stir in beans and remaining ingredients. Cook at HIGH 3 to 4 hours or at LOW 5 to 6 hours. Notes: If you want to thicken this saucy chili, stir in finely crushed saltine crackers until the desired thickness is achieved.



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