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The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“ I used to have to usemy non-dominant arm to reach anything on a top shelf” “When I came to Pittman PT, it started with a video I had seen on Facebook about back pain and sciatica. At the time, I had some back pain which subsided before arriving here, instead I now had shoulder and hip discomfort. We started with the hip which resolved beyond my expectations within 4 weeks. Then my shoulder. I have had 3 bouts of frozen shoulder with PT at different locations. Here though, the therapists have used techniques never before used. I used to have to use my non-dominant arm to reach anything on a top shelf in the kitchen. Now, just yesterday, I found that without though, I reached without any pain. The therapists here are wonderful and concerned with your health and safety. It has been a wonderful and healthy experience. Thank you so much for the video that brought me here to Pittman PT.” -Joan T.

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Pain In The Neck • Are You Hurting Your Neck While You Sleep • Exercise Essentials

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


"MyLifeDidn'tHaveto BeA PainInTheNeck!"

Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain withmovement, stopping you from enjoying life’s activities. Neck pain is very common affecting approximately 2/3 rds of the population at one point or another. People with neck pain suffer mainly from one of the following conditions: Degenerative Disc Disease The discs are the fluid filled sacs between the bones of your neck. The normal aging process shrinks the discs and dries themout. Repeated stress and strain also weakens the tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, the disc loses its ability to absorb shock. In turn, this causes rubbing and changes in the shape of the joints in your neck, which can be painful. Muscle Strain When there is an injury to the neck or you overuse the shoulder and neck muscles, a strain can occur. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. Mechanical Neck Pain Mechanical pain usually starts from changes in the neck joints. As discs start to collapse, the space between the neck bones narrows, and the jointsmay become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in themiddle part of the neck. However, it may spread from the neck into the upper back or to the outside of the shoulder in some cases. Radiculopathy Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals. The pressure or irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in themuscles or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in the spine muscles can cause abnormal pressure on the nerves and increased chance of radiculopathy.

If you are suffering from neck pain, our SPINE Program is ideal to quickly relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. From long-term neck pain, to recovering from a complicated surgery, we can relieve your pain quickly, returning your natural mobility and strength. Our treatments are designed to help ease pain and to improve flexibility, strength, posture and function. We even teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching neck!


Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body



Good For Your Whole Body

Good For Neck Pain

While lying down on your back, place one hand on your breast bone and one hand on your abdomen near your navel. Slowly take a deep breath in and focus on trying to get your hand on your navel to rise while the hand on your breast bone remains still. Repeat for 2 minutes.

Hold your hands behind your back and slowly raise them off your back in a backward direction. Repeat 8 times.

Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.


Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely

9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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Do you (or someone you know) suffer from pain, numbness or tingling in your legs, feet, buttocks or lower back? September 9th 10 AM September 21st 6PM Shoulder Pain and Rotator Cuff Workshop Do you (or someone you know) suffer from shoulder pain? September 14th 6PM Sciatica and Back Pain Workshop You are invited to our

You Should Only Attend These Workshops If:

1.) You or a loved one suffer from back pain, sciatica or shoulder pain. 2.) You are aged 40+ and have suffered with pain for longer than you feel you should have 3.) You are currently seeing a doctor or thinking about it

How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Pittman Physical Therapy at 901-850-5246 We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Call 901-850-5246

How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call 901-850-5246 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

WE GIVEWORKSHOPS FOR YOUR GROUP OR AT YOUR NEXT EVENT! Do you want to share the benefits of Physical Therapy with your group, business or event? We provide workshops that engage your audience and provide valuable healthcare information. We can give workshops on many topics ranging from general back pain to workplace ergonomics. Our workshops educate your group on natural pain relief and injry prevention. Share the benefits provided by physical therapy experts! Call today to schedule your private workshop: 901-850-5246

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Patient Success Spotlight

“I feel perfectly fine and I do not hurt.” “My experience here was great. My shoulder was in pain in everything I did, and even when I wasn’t Now after PT, I feel perfectly fine and I do not hurt. Most of the activities were fun and I’ve been able to play baseball and everything that I was doing before and been able to forget the pain in the first place.” -Henry J.

“I can now squat and workout pain free.”

Do you or someone you know suffer with back or neck pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Go to www.spinebook.net/pittman for your free download. This is the easiest way to get this information to our pa- tients. Download and share with friends and family today!

I came to Pittman PT because I was having extreme pain whenever I squatted. After coming here for a few weeks, I can now squat and workout pain free. Everyone has been very nice and helpful and I am excited to return to powerlifting. -Seth J.

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, how you sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support of your body. When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck and spine are supported. There are many different types of beds on the market today which can be very confusing for consumers. The best type of bed is the one that you try out and feel most comfortable using. Typically, a bed that is firmunderneath, with a softer top helps to provide support as well as contour your body. If your mattress is old, then think about investing in a

knees. This should place your knees in a slight, supported bend which takes pressure off your lower back. If you sleep on your side, be sure to put a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the alignment of your spine, and takes the pressure of your upper leg off the spine. Have 1-2 pillows under your head to keep your neck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half. The lower half goes under the shoulders, while the upper half supports the neck. As part of our SPINE Program, our physical therapists can

show you exercises, stretches and techniques to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about our SPINE Program and discover howwe can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life!

new one so that your neck and spine are supported well. The best positions to sleep in for your spine are on your back or sides. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck. Over the hours of repetitive sleeping on your stomach, you can damage the joints of your spine and compress the nerves exiting your spine. Use a pillow to help support your body and take the weight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on your back, place a pillow under the backs of your thighs and


DECREASE COSTS WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY Research shows people who go directly to Physical Therapy had 86% fewer visits

• Physical Therapy • Wellness and Prevention • Dry Needling • Manual Therapy • Joint Pain Treatment Our Services

on average than referred patients, decreasing costs tremendously. CALL TODAY

Phone: 901-850-5246 • Fax: 901-850-5226

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