Whole Body: Is Back Pain Slowing Things Down?

Whole Body Health Physical Therapy Presents A Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body NEW LOCATION! ATTENTION NEW PATIENTS IN TIGARD, OREGON! Whole Body Health PT will be opening a NEW clinic in Tigard, Oregon December 4th! Our staff will be extending additional services and equipment in a convenient location for Tigard residents. Schedule your calendars to request an appointment for this location by it’s grand opening today!

INSIDE: • How To Take Care Of Your Back • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Community Events

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

IS YOUR BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN? Dear New Client, “ I Was Experiencing Back Pain, So I Decided To Do Something About It.”

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for

back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.


Bryan Lang attended Oregon State University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelors of Science in general science with an emphasis in pre- physical therapy and a double minor in psychology and chemistry.He receivedhisDoctorate inPhysicalTherapy with distinction at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Soon after, he also finished his MHA at Pacific University and isnow faculty at theschool assistingwith their MHA program. Bryan has spent the majority of his clinical experience in outpatientorthopedicswithanemphasis inchronicpain.

However, he has also worked in skilled nursing facilities to provide geriatric care. The dual experience in these settings has allowed Bryan to learn effective therapeutic techniques forpatientsofallagesandwithvaryingneeds. Bryan was the sole recipient of the Pacific University Outstanding Service to the School of Physical Therapy Award in 2013 for his involvement in community programs designed to provide services citizens in need of healthcare. Bryan enjoys playing soccer, tennis, and weight training. He has started transitioning into long distance running, completing his first marathon in 2013.



1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly

3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and includeyourabdominal,pelvis,spinalandhip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problm and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call Today!

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

Healthy Recipe

INGREDIENTS • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider • 3 cinnamon sticks EASY HOT APPLE CIDER

LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Loosens Low Back


• 1 teaspoon whole allspice • 1 teaspoon whole cloves • 1/3 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm.

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“Last year I injured my back during a workout and experienced miserable pain. After a couple weeks with no improvement, I went to see Justine at Whole Body Health Physical Therapy and had a fantastic experience. I work as a wildland firefighter and depend on my body for a living, so the injury was making me VERY nervous. But, Justine made me feel very comfortable and put my mind at ease. More than anything else, the results were what made me happiest. Within two appointments, I was back to myself again and able to start exercising. By the time my fire season rolled around I had no pain and no problems performing my job to it’s fullest. Thanks Justine!” – Lorin R. I had no pain and no problems performing my job to the fullest!

COMMUNITY EVENTS Let us do the same for you now that we are in Tigard! Check out more reviews on Google by searching “Whole Body Health Physical Therapy”. DOWNLOAD INSTANTLY AT: www.spinebook.net/wholebodyhealth-pt

Last month, our company teamed up with Bright Pink and provided funds for 23 women to get online screenings for ovarian and breast cancer. Additionally,OctoberwasNationalPhysicalTherapy Month and we hosted a “PT Bingo” event for all of our clients. Each day, we in October we read a new bingo word related to physical therapy or the body. If clients got a bingo, we gave away a $100 gift card to Amazon.com. We ended up with 3 bingo winners. We’re looking forward to doing “PT Bingo” next year. Our team also celebrated Halloween in a colorful way by dressing as crayons!

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