Fleming PT: Overcome Back Pain Naturally

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

ROBERT FLEMING, PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT Getting To Know The Fleming Physical Therapy Staff

I am a 1986 graduate of Maria College as PT Assistant. I then graduated from Mercy College in 1998 with BS/MS in PT. Doctor of Physical Therapy from Sage Graduate School awarded in 2005. Awarded Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedics in 2001. Achieved ‘Fellow’ Status with American Academy of Manual Physical Therapists in 2009. I was a PT assistant, then Physical Therapist at Ellis Medicine from 1986-2001. In 2001 I became the Director of Rehabilitation Services for Ellis Medicine. 2010 I left Ellis Medicine and opened private practice offices in Schenectady and Amsterdam, NY and added another office in 2014 in Gloversville, NY. I am a senior instructor with Maitland Australian Physiotherapy Seminars and as such conduct educational workshops for physical therapists throughout the United States. I have an extensive background in occupational injury management, ergonomics and work injury reduction. I am a

published author and researcher with a particular focus on neuro-muscular control of head/neck disorders, headache. I also have a particular interest in a variety of neurologic disorders. When not at work, I enjoy hanging with my best buddy in the world, Marley, my yellow lab and our corporate mascot. I am the father of 4 and married to Sharon whom plays a critical role in FPTC operations behind the scenes.

Inside: • Overcome Back Pain Naturally

• How To Take Care Of Your Back

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes

• Patient Success Spotlight

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

OVERCOME BACK PAIN NATURALLY “Don’t Let Back Pain Slow You Down!”

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.Backpain isoneof themostcommonphysical complaints thatpeoplesuffer fromandmore than80% 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.

Patient Success Spotlight

“I love going here. Robert Fleming and his staff are friendly, caring and know what they are doing. They are the best PTs in capital region.” – Lorie F. I love going here!


“Do You Know The 5 Rules To Proper Back Care?” HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK 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 couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly 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. 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 and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip 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 problem 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!

Healthy Recipe: Cocoa Banana Walnut Bread

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

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour • 3/4 cup cocoa powder • 1 tsp. baking soda • 1 tsp. cinnamon

• 2 Tbs. molasses • 2 ripe bananas, mashed • 1 tsp. vanilla extract • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

• 1/2 tsp. salt • 1/2 tsp. allspice • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Good for mobility

• 3/4 cup plain, low-fat yogurt • 1/3cupcanolaorgrapeseedoil

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

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, bakingsoda,cinnamon,saltandallspice. Inaseparate bowl, lightly beat eggs, then stir in sugar, yogurt, oil, molasses, bananas and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix gently. Fold in walnuts and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 50 minotes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Let cool several minutes before unmolding.



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If you are experiencing these symptoms talk to us at Fleming Physical Therapy

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

Inability to look up comfortably Difficulty getting in and out of bed Joint pain and/or stiffness Unable to enjoy leisure activities Difficulty reaching for high things

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Limited ability to exercise Unable to work due to pain Pain or trouble driving

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Fleming Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.


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