Blue Sky PT. Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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Don't Ignore Your Back Pain! What Is Your Back Pain Trying To Tell You?

Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targetedexercisesthatarespecializedtotheregionofthe backthat isexperiencingthemostpain.Theseexercisesare designedtohelpbuildstrengthandsupporttheunderlying structure of the spine. • Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverangeofmotionand flexibility.Thiswilltake intoaccountthehealthandvivacity ofthevertebraeand includestretchesthatsupportoptimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, including cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities and postural education. • Manual therapy to improve joint and soft tissue mobility. Thiswill increaseyourrangeofmotionand improveoverall mobility. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physicaltherapistcanprovideyouwiththeguidanceandongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injuryasyouattempttohealthecauseofyourbackpain.

The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily — whether it is to shoulder your emotional stressesortophysicallyliftsomethingthatyouneedtocarrywith you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on yourcouchorat theoffice,whereyouare likelyscrunchedover and not thinking about your posture. It is at risk when you run, whenyouplaysports,andevenwhenyou findyourselfsickand are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. But why do so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right will cause people to seek immediate medical attention. Yet when painbegins intheback, it isalmostnormalto ignore it.Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt. It is smart to have your back looked atbyaphysicianorphysical therapistearlyonso thatyouknow exactly what is going on with your body.

Call Blue Sky Physical Therapy at 303.388.1537 or visit to schedule your appointment today!

Getting To The

Bottom of

Back Pain

When it comes to back pain, don’t wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic. A potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact us.

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disc • Tearorhyperextension to thesupportingmusclesor tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on.

If you are suffering from back pain, call Blue Sky Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!

It’s Time To Shape Up!

Exercise Essentials

Supported Bridge Lieonyourbackwithkneesbent and feethipdistanceapart.Place your feet close enough so they canbetouchedbyyourfingertips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

Pilates Classes! We have 29 classes per week and all classes are taught by physical therapists.

“Physical Fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”

Joseph Pilates


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Patient Success Story

Happy Father's Day!

"I needed PT after breaking my collarbone due to a bike accident. I did PT with Samantha Harmon, DPT. She did an excellentpre-therapyevaluationwhich identifiedmyproblem areas related to the injury. She developed a treatment plan foreachvisit that improvedmyrangeofmotionandstrength. She emailed me after each visit with instructions of the exercises done at the office so I could do them at home. This was very helpful! During my last visit, she remeasured my shoulder range of motion, which had improved dramatically, without further pain. I can now workout at the gym without aggravating my injury. I’m back at work, and function well at home also. I would definitely recommend Blue Sky PT and return if I ever need PT again. Thank You!" - T.R.

We want to thank all the dads, grandads and father figures for being awesome! Happy Father's Day from Blue Sky PT!

Meet The Team Staff Spotlight

Corrective Exercise

Join Jonathan Hebert for a Corrective Exercise Class starting on May 8, 2019 ! Corrective Exercise is designed for people who want to achieve a higher level of exercise but feel constrained by chronic tension and pain in their muscles and joints. The goal of corrective exercise is to empower the participant with practical knowledge and to use movement and specific exercises to achieve a more stable, fluid and confident sense of mobility with less achiness, stiffness and soreness.

Hillary L Joseph PT, MPT, COMT

Hillary was first introduced to the world of Physical Therapy after receiving treatment for a back injury she sustained in high school. She pursued her newfound passion and completed a Masters of Science from Northeastern University in 2005. Originally from Wisconsin, she fell in love with Colorado while completing a clinical rotation in Vail. Hillary brings conscientiousness, kindness and great skill to her Physical Therapy practice and Pilates & Wellness instruction. Now with over 10 years of clinical experience, Hillary continues to use her ever-growing skill set to help her patients recover from injury and transition into a wellness program. When not working, she enjoys her love of all things outdoors with her husband, Bryon, and 2 children, Sierra and Declan.

Class held on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm

Healthy Recipe Berry Almond Smoothie Bowl

Dry Needling Service Spotlight

INGREDIENTS • ⅔ cup frozen raspberries • ½ cup frozen sliced banana • ½ cup plain almond milk • 5 tbsp sliced almonds, divided • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

• ⅛ tsp ground cardamom • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup blueberries • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Dry Needling involves inserting tiny monofilament needles in muscle in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. It is a medical treatment proven effective in resolving pain and muscle tension to promote healing. If you're interested in dry needling to resolve your chronic pain, muscle strain, or other condition, contact your therapist at Blue Sky PT for more information.

INSTRUCTIONS Blendraspberries,banana,almondmilk,3 tablespoonsalmonds, cinnamon, cardamom and vanilla in a blender until very smooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with blueberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and coconut.

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