Balanced Body PT: Sciatica and Back Pain

HEALTH &WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body STAND UP TO SCIATICA FEEL YOUNGER. MOVE BETTER. GET STRONGER.

Do you experience pain in the buttock, leg, or even your foot? If so, you may be experiencing sciatica. Sciatica is a common form of back and leg pain that is often misunderstood by sufferers. People frequently have questions about what sciatica is, why it occurs and how to find relief from the intense pain it can cause from the low back down to the feet. (continued inside)

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• Seek A Natrual Treatment For Back Pain • Healthy Recipe

• Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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HEALTH &WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

STAND UP TO SCIATICA FEEL YOUNGER. MOVE BETTER. GET STRONGER.

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(continued from outside) If you are suffering from sciatica, it is important to find its root cause. Many people often think an x-ray or expensive MRI is first needed to figure out what is causing pain. Having a lot of tests doesn’t mean you will find its root cause. Recent studies show that nearly 1 million of MRIs done for sciatica fail to find a treatable cause. With a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance neurography, 69% of the patients were found to have a trapped sciatic nerve deep in the buttock by a muscle called the piriformis. It is known that in about 25% of the general population, the sciatic nerve pierces through the piriformis muscle and can be susceptible to abnormal pressure and irritation.

Why Does Sciatica Occur? If there are changes in posture, muscle strength or pelvic alignment, the nerve can be compressed which leads to the quite common low back and sciatic nerve pains. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in your body. It even reaches down to the foot and therefore, can be irritated anywhere along its path. With sciatica, the consequent ache can be felt anywhere from the base of the spine, the buttocks or the back of the thighs and legs. Even tingling sensations in the toes can be attributed at times to the impingement of the sciatic nerve.

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Seek A Natural Treatment For Back Pain

Bad Habits Can Increase Your Pain Some seemingly harmless habits can also contribute to the irritation of the sciatic nerve. A frequent bad habit is crossing of the legs for extended periods, which puts pressure on the nerve. In addition, sitting for long periods is bad for your spine. It is possible for you to prevent or relieve sciatica simply by improving your posture. Physical Therapy Relieves Sciatica Therapists play a crucial role in evaluating and treating sciatica, as well as other common back problems. Our physical therapists have years of training to evaluate your back problem and find the root cause of your sciatica. An individualized treatment plan is created to guide you through the recovery process and maximize your success. When coming to physical therapy, our friendly and knowledgeable therapists spend time with you. We train you on specific and easy exercises that will relieve the pain in your back and legs. In addition, our specialized hands-on therapy helps to gently loosen tight muscles and joints in your spine and legs. Your pain is quickly relieved and your flexibility restored, so you can feel like yourself again. Our cutting-edge treatments are doctor recommended and are specifically designed for you to reach your healthcare goals.

Knowing all this should give you a head start in warding off painful sciatica. After all, it may be as simple as learning to stand tall.

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

Honey Garlic Shrimp

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium) • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined • 2 teaspoons olive oil

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH Lie on your back and bring one knee to your chest, keeping the other foot flat on the floor. Keep your lower back pressed to the floor. Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times with each leg.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. 2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or for up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, steam broccoli and microwave some quick brown rice.) 3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. (Discard used marinade.) Cook shrimp on one side until pink-- about 45 seconds-- then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. 4. Serve!

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Patient Success Spotlights

“After 37 years of recurring back spasms, I came here with considerable anxiety and doubting it would help. I could not have been more wrong. Over the course of six months I have gone from being fearful of any physical activity to looking forward to my daily exercise routine and twice a week physical therapy visits. I am living the life I thought was all in the past. Especially, the puttering around in the garden and home improvement projects. Thank you Dallen and staff for your patience, kindness and perseverance! I am very grateful.” - Jeff D. I am living the life I thought was all in the past.

“The best part of physical therapy was learning correctly, how to do core strengthening exercises that did not hurt my lower back! This has gotten me back on the road to being active again.The exercises were easy to do at home without the need of expensive equipment! Thanks!” - Leslie T. This has gotten me back on the road to being active again.

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