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Does life ever feel like one large pain in the back? Back pain is difficult to deal with on a daily basis, yet for so many people, this is a total reality. By certain estimates, as many as 85 percent of adults in the United States struggle with back pain at some point in their lives. The most common type of back pain experienced is in the lower back, and it can happen for any variety of reasons. Being in a car accident can cause you to experience lingering back pain for years after the accident. Accidents at work can lead to similar consequences. But sometimes the cause of your back pain isn’t as straightforward. Back pain can also develop for any number of common reasons — things that you do every day without thinking twice. An old desk chair that doesn’t provide much lumbar support can take its toll over time, as can wearing shoes that don’t have much support, or even gaining weight, particularly around the stomach area. Toomany people consider back pain a normal experience of their lives and don’t immediately seek support that couldmake the pain an issue of the past. Working with a physical therapist is, hands down, the best thing that you can do when you are looking to overcome back pain. A physical therapist can identify the cause of the back pain and present you with helpful strategies that can strengthen your back and reduce the severity of your pain. Physical therapy for back pain often includes a combination of targetedmassage, flexibility and range of motion training, muscle building, and targeted stretching techniques. Using these strategies in combination with anti-inflammatory medication, as recommended by your physician, is often considered the most-efficient approach to handling back pain and is recommended by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. IS IT BACK PAIN OR IS IT SCIATICA?
Being educated about your back pain can help you make the right choices to overcome it as quickly as possible. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that it lingers. This leads many people to deal with back pain for years on end without seemingly any end in sight. While there is back pain that develops as a result of strain or sprain, there is also something called low back degenerative disc disease, which happens when the discs in your spine weaken. This frequently develops as a result of repetitive back injury and can also develop as a result of age. With degenerative disc disease, the space between the discs begins to collapse and become unstable and will cause back pain to develop. When you work with a physical therapist to overcome back pain as a result of degenerative disc disease, your physical therapist will begin by strengthening core muscle groups, which includes the abdominal wall, and will provide you with targeted massage and stretching techniques to aleviate pain. While some back pain is easy to identify as pain, such as is the case with degenerative disc disease, there are other situations in which the pain may be a bit more complicated to understand. One of the most common back issues experienced in the United States is sciatica pain, and this sort of pain is often a lot more difficult to identify — especially by those who aren’t familiar with the problem. How can you tell the difference between back pain and sciatica pain? The answer is that sciatica pain is characterized by the following factors: • Constant pain is only present in one side of the buttocks or leg • The pain becomes worse when you are sitting • The leg pain develops more as a burning, tingling or searing sensation, and not as a plain ache • There is a sharp pain that occurs at times, making it sometimes difficult to stand or walk UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN
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• The pain is radiating, shooting down the leg and sometimes even into the feet and toes
Sciatica pain develops in the nerves that connect the lower back to the legs, and so while the pain itself is generated from the back, a lot of time, the experience of the pain is more largely associated with the upper legs. What’s more, sciatica pain doesn’t always develop like pain in the traditional sense. Sciatica pain instead causes a buildup of tingling, numbness and weakness in the lower back and upper legs, and the pain isn’t consistent either. The sensation will typically run through the leg in waves, causing discomfort at seemingly unpredictable times. If you are experiencing back pain and you haven’t talked to a medical professional about the concern, then now is the time to take action. Working with a physical therapist can cut your time struggling with back pain literally in half. For more information about overcoming back pain, contact us.
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Lay on stomach with your arms overhead. Tighten your abdominals. Press your chest upwards, lengthen through the crown of your head and keep the muscles in your trunk and legs relaxed. Repeat 6 times.
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We have some exciting news! FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center’s Cheyenne Location will be offering Aquatic Therapy services at the LCCC pool in the Recreation and Athletic Complex through early May 2020. Physical activity is important, and can help you live independently for as long as possible. However, if you have chronic aches and pains, it can be difficult to exercise. This lack of physical activity can make the condition worse and more difficult to live with. This is where aquatic therapy can really help you. Aquatic therapy offers a very safe environment in order for you to get your body moving again. The temperature of the water helps to reduce inflammation and pain. It also provides benefits to many of your other organs as well. Not only do we relieve your aches and pains quickly, we can help you maintain your new pain-free mobility. When it comes to Aquatic Therapy, FYZICAL Therapy is proud to take our rewarding methods of therapy into the water. We provide our patients with the best in aquatic therapy. The buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation. The temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching and generally reduces the sensation of pain. Some of the benefits include:
• Improve Strength and Endurance • Increase Range of Motion • Normalize Muscle Tone • Improve Balance and Coordination • Protect Joints During Exercise
• Improve Circulation • Decrease Swelling • Reduce Stress • Moderate Body Temperature
All classes will be instructed by a certified Physical Therapy Assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. All insurances accepted for aquatic therapy, or classes can be purchased for $40/week or $20 per class. If interested, contact the Cheyenne clinic at 307.772.0955 or by email at email@example.com.
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HEALTHY RECIPE CRUNCHY CHICKEN MANGO SALAD • 1/3 cup orange juice • 3 tbsp rice vinegar • 3 tbsp less-sodium soy sauce • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil • 2 tsp sambal oelek (optional) • 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage • 2 cups sugar snap peas, thinly sliced • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast • 1 medium mango, sliced • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint • 1/4 cup sliced scallions • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds Whisk juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sambal oelek (if using) in a large bowl. Add cabbage, peas, chicken, mango, mint and scallions; toss gently to coat. Serve the salad sprinkled with sesame seeds.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6
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