Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R


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Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R


vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. 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 physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain There are a lot of different reasons why youmay be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of themost common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disk • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car

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 stresses or to physically lift something that you need to carry with 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 your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that 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 is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain from 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, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. 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: • Targeted exercises that are specialized in the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of

crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. 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, as 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.

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How Can I Add Traction To My Treatment Plan? For low back pain sufferers, one key element to relief is traction. Combining this method of treatment with additional pain relief modalities is the most effective way to treat low back pain, rather than mask it with pain relievers or muscle relaxers. If your back has been bothering you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with Loop PT today to discuss how we can add traction to your treatment plan. One of our highly trained physical therapists will design a personalized treatment plan for your specific needs. Don’t live with lower back pain – traction can help get you moving.

Traction is a form of decompression therapy that we are happy to offer at our physical therapy practice. It relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain from joints, sprains, and spasms. It can also treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions. Traction is performed by skilled physical therapists and/or the use of mechanical units. The different types of traction include: Mechanical Traction . The specialized treatment technique of mechanical traction uses devices that work by stretching the spinal vertebrae and muscles. Manual Traction. With manual traction, our physical therapists use their hands to stretch the spinal vertebrae and muscles. So, How Exactly Does Traction Work? Traction relieves pressure on the spine and alleviates pain. Cervical traction and lumbar traction are similar, but they have a couple of key differences: with cervical traction, a gentle force is used to stretch or pull the head away from the neck. With lumbar traction, a gentle force is used to gently gap the pelvis from the lower back. Both of these methods are useful in manipulating the spine and providing relief.

If you’re suffering from back pain, call your Physical Therapist at Loop Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!


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WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING! I was extremely pleased withmy experience. My therapist Hatice (TJ) was great. She is very kind, supportive, and encouraging but persistent (which I need). She was always prompt and devotes the full hour to me (something very different frommy numerous other PT experiences). This is a wonderful facility and I highly recommend them. — C. T. I was very impressed. The therapist was very personable. She took the time to carefully understand my unique issues, as well as took time to explain and educate me on treatment strategy. — H. E.



PRAYER STRETCH While in a crawl position, slowly lower your buttocks towards your feet until a stretch is felt along your back and or buttocks. Hold for 3-6 seconds, then return to the starting position. Repeat 3 times. This is a great stretch for those who work on computers for long periods.

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How can manual therapy help me? If you are experiencing increased pain and stiffening in any of your joints andmuscles, manual therapy is often helpful. Patients seek out this type of physical therapy for a variety of mobility issues. For example, you may be finding it difficult to get up from a sitting or lying position, as well as bending over, without back pain and stiffness. You may also find that your neck or shoulders “freeze” and give you pain when you pursue everyday actions such as reaching for items or driving. In fact, debilitating pain and stiffness in muscles and joints Manual therapy is the hands-on component of physical therapy, but there are several different sub-categories within the practice of manual therapy. Each has its own benefits, depending on what the underlying problem is. Among the most widely used are: • Soft Tissue Mobilization. Standing near a pool wall for support, if necessary, take an oversized lunge step in a forward direction. Do not let the forward knee advance past the toes. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg. For a side lunge, face the pool wall and take an oversized step to the side. Keep toes facing forward. Repeat on the other side. Try 3 sets of 10 lunge can happen virtually anywhere on your body. What kinds of manual therapy exist?

steps. For variation, lunge walk in a forward or sideways direction instead of staying in place. • Joint Mobilization. Stand on one leg while raising the other knee to hip level. Place a pool noodle under the raised leg, so the noodle forms a “U” with your foot in the center of the U. Hold as long as you can up to 30 seconds and switch legs. Try 1-2 sets of 5 on each leg. • Neuromuscular Techniques. Take sideways steps with your body and toes facing the wall. Take 10-20 steps in 1 direction and then return. Repeat twice in each direction. Where can I get manual therapy for my pain and stiffness? Our expert physical therapists are highly qualified to practice manual therapy. With years of specialized training, we provide gentle, hands-on therapies that address a broad range of muscle and joint conditions and injuries. This includes soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and neuromuscular techniques to help you feel better. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

If you’re suffering from back pain, call your Physical Therapist at Loop Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH? Telehealth is a way for us to provide virtual physical therapy services to patients in their own homes! Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer and allow you to meet and chat with your physical therapist about your treatment plan without coming to the clinic.

HEALTHY RECIPE GREEN JUICE Ingredients • 2 green apples • 4 stalks celery • 8 stalks bok choy (Chinese cabbage)

• ¼ pound spinach • 1 bunch parsley

By providing care virtually, we are able to give extra comfort and protection for clients with higher risks of COVID-19 infection. In addition to allowing for the practice of social distancing, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Telehealth also has other benefits for patients, such as quicker screenings and assessments. To learnmore about our Telehealth services, call 773.541.2020 today or visit our website at LoopPT.com

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