Valley Rehab Center: Getting to the Core of Back Pain

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Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. (continued inside) GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN


• Core Strength and Back Pain • FREE Workshops • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible?

GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


• Core Strength and Back Pain •FREE Workshops •Relieve Back Pain In Minutes •Patient Success Spotlight •Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible?

Back & Neck Pain with Theresa Palkovic, PT Dear Valued Client, While these may feel like two separate issues, it issomewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related.

targetedmassagetechniques,andby improvingstrength as needed. For example, in many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain.  For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to developmore pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half.Physical therapycanadressbackpainbyhelping to improveyourrangeofmotion,strengthen themuscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. Inmany situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain. If you have back or neck pain, discover our programs todayand learnmoreaboutquicklyrelievingyourpain.

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Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall healthandwellness,andwhenyourcore isweak, itcould add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicingpoorposture.Oneofthebiggestproblemswith neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain issocloselyconnected to thespineandnervoussystem. What ismore,addressingneckpain issometimesdifficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treatneckpainby improving rangeofmotion,using


You may be surprised how frequently issues with the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, including your abdomen. These muscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything from walking and running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core. There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance- based activities like yoga.

If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us. Get your neck moving and feeling better. Call us to learn more about our programs today!


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

Strenghens Core

PLANK FOREARMS & KNEES Position yourself on forearms and knees. Make your body flat as a plank from head to feet. Keep trunk engaged, do not let lower back arch. Repeat 7 times.

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2019. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“Before starting therapy I was experiencing leg numbness and it was very hard for me to stand up or bend over. After therapy I am now able to walk without limping, bend over with ease, and I can now get up after sitting very easily. Thank you!” - Anita S. “After therapy I am now able to walk without limping...”

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• 1 tsp canola oil • 1 cup chopped onion • 1 cup green sweet pepper • 2 cloves garlic • 1 tsp bottled minced garlic • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce • 1 cup water • 4½ tsp chili powder

INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp garlic-herb, salt-free seasoning blend • 1 tsp ground cumin • ⅛ tsp salt • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

• ¼ cup light sour cream • Fresh cilantro (optional) • ⅛ tsp chili powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS Lightly coat an unheated large saucepan or Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic to hot pan; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until pepper is tender, stirring often. If necessary, reduce heat to prevent burning. Add undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, the water, the chili powder, the seasoning blend, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans and mixed vegetables. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes more or until vegetables are tender. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream and/or cilantro and sprinkle with the chili powder.

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