HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body
DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN
HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body
INSIDE: • Getting To The Bottom Of Back Pain • Trigger Point Therapy • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials
INJURIES ARE A REAL PAIN IN THE BACK.
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, 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 to 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 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. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND RELIEF FOR YOUR BACK PAIN CALL US TODAY AT 260-226-7329.
GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF BACK PAIN 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 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 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 experiencingregularpainasaresultofanongoing injuryoroveruse, it is important to findout thecauseofyourbackpainasquicklyaspossible. Backpaincanquicklybecomechronic,asapotentiallysmall issuecan 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.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR BACK PAIN BY CALLING US AT 260-226-7329 OR BY VISITING OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.CORETHERAPYSERVICES.COM. WE CAN HELP GET YOUR LIFE BACK.
HEALTHY REC I PE GRILLED SHRIMP TACOS WITH SRIRACHA SL AW
INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro • Juice of 3 limes, divided • kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper
• 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded • 1/4 c. mayonnaise • 1 tbsp. sriracha • 4 medium tortillas
DIRECTIONS In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, cilantro, and 1/3 of the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to a baking dish and pour over mixture.Tossuntilcompletelycoatedand letmarinate20minutes.Meanwhile, make slaw: In a large bowl, toss cabbage with mayo, remaining lime juice and sriracha. Season with salt. Heat grill to high. Skewer shrimp and grill until charred, 3 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until charred, 1 minute per side. Serve shrimp in tortillas with slaw.
YOU CAN BE FREE OF YOUR PAIN! CALL TODAY OR VISIT US AT WWW.CORETHERAPYSERVICES.COM
OUR SERVICES • MANUAL THERAPY • ULTRASOUND • ELECTRICAL STIMULATION • KINESIO TAPING • TRIGGER POINT THERAPY • GRASTON TECHNIQUE • JOINT MOBILIZATION • ORTHOTICS • THERAPEUTIC EXERCISE
SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: DRY NEEDLING WHAT IS DRY NEEDLING? Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. Like any treatment, there are possible complications. While complications are rare in occurrence, they are real and must be considered prior to giving consent for treatment. Side effects to be expected after the treatment include: muscle soreness of the treated area, fatigue, slight dizziness although all of these are minimal. Depending on your level of soreness, heat, ice, or gentle stretching is recommended after having the procedure done. It takes 2 minutes to 72 hours for the lesions to heal. Once you feel that moment of healing, email us so we can determine what type of responder you are and when we should see you again.
WHO CAN BENEFIT? Dry Needling is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Patients with the following symptoms may benefit from this treatment: • Muscle Strains • Tendonitis • Osteoarthritis • Bursitis • Decrease Mobility/Range of Motion • Headaches • Chronic Pain WHAT TO EXPECT FROM TREATMENT? Most patients report being sore after the procedure. The soreness is described as muscle soreness over the area treated and into the areas of referred symptoms. Typically, the soreness lasts between a few hours and two days. Recommendations vary depending on the amount of soreness you have and on the individual response to treatment, but may include applying heat or ice over the area, gentle stretches and modifications of activities. We also recommend drinking a lot of fluids/water to prevent any excessive amounts of soreness.
Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call Core Physical Therapy for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3
ACUPUNCTURE V.S. DRY NEEDLING: Acupuncture and dry needling, while using thesameneedletypes,aretwoverydifferent treatments. Traditional Acupuncture is used for the diagnosis and treatment of pathological conditions including visceral and systemic dysfunction, while dry needling is used for the assessment and treatment of myofascial pain syndromes and dysfunction due to myofascial trigger points, tension areas, muscle spasms, and/or increased tonicity. Dry Needling is a form of therapy that is designed to alleviate symptoms from Trigger Points or muscle spasms. For more information or if you would like to know if Dry Needling is a good treatment option for you, please call Core Physical Therapy at 260-226-7329.
PRONE ON ELBOWS Lie on your stomach, hands beside your shoulders. Push with your arms up on to your elbows. Hold for 10 counts then return to start position. Repeat 8 times. EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO HELP LOOSEN YOUR LOWER BACK
ARE YOU IN PAIN? You may benefit from physical therapy if you suffer with:
• Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Problems Walking • Dizziness • Sports Injury
• Lower Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica
• Neck Pain • Headaches
We can get you out of pain and back to the things you love! CALL 260-226-7329
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