FYZICAL. Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

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DON’T IGNORE YOUR BACK PAIN 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 carrywith you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at riskwhen you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at riskwhen 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 riskwhen you run, when you play sports, and evenwhen you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is nowonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a bigwonder 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? Absolutelywrong!

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 exactlywhat is going onwith 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, especiallywith 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.

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G E T T I N G TO T H E B OT TO M O F BAC K PA I N 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. D O N ’ T WA I T ! 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. If you or a loved one suffers from arthritis, you still have options. Contact one of our therapists today, and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS T RY T H I S E X E RC I S E F OR BACK PA I N R E L I E F

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Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Press your chest upwards, keeping the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY IS GOOD FOR THE HEART! Are you as healthy as you should be? For most people with chronic ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and pain, walking and exercising can be difficult enough. With inactivity, these chronic diseases lead to a downward spiral of worsening health and the need for more aggressive medication management. Numerous studies demonstrate the power of activity in reducing a multitude of symptoms and improving long-term health. Not only does this improve your response to treatment but also reduces the need for medications. Physical therapy can help you lead a more active and healthy lifestyle by improving joint mobility, strength, and cardiovascular endurance, helping you better manage your disease. For more information on our successful treatment programs, call us today! TIPS FOR BETTER HEART HEALTH 1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

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We are very excited to announce our newest location in Fort Collins, CO, (formerly C.O.R.E. Physical Therapy). We look forward to providing the same quality physical therapy and other services through this new location. If you’re looking for effective pain relief, look no further than Fyzical!

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