WAPT Rehab. Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From?

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What is CBD and why is everyone talking about it? Can it really help decrease pain? Does it work as well as pain medication? Does it get you high or show up on a drug test? Are THC and CBD different? What’s better a lotion, balm, or oral drops? What does the research actually show? Physical Therapists are committed to help their patients heal and finding ways for them to feel better naturally. That’s why we are hosting a CBDWorkshop attheclinicon March21stat10am. Wewanttoanswer your questions about CBD products and the potential it offers for natural pain relief and healing. We will specifically look at the evidence and research about CBD products. Do You Know About CBD? Excited To Try CBD For Yourself? Attend our workshop and receive 15% off CBD products with the special coupon inside this newsletter! Call 425.820.2110 to register your spot today! Limited seats available!

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March 2020

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Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From?

Your spine is a complex part of your body – it requires proper posture, flexibility, coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements isaltered,yourspinecanemitpainful responses thatcansettle inother nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the most commonly reported location ofpain across theglobe. Buthow often is the Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain can travel along it. Let’s say you are prone to neck pain – perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10- 12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensate pain by realigning your body, your back muscles have to work extra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy!The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way. source actually another part of your body? PAIN IS USUALLY CONNECTED

This isalsowhypain inyour lowerbackmayoccurasa result.Yourbackmuscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you noticeneckandbackpainat thesame timeasoneanother, trysittingupstraighter – it should help ease some of the stress! IS YOUR NECK THE CULPRIT? The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. Wedon’ttypically thinkabout it,butweuseournecksfora lotofourdailyactivities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back.This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If youareexperiencingneckpain,backpain,oracombinationofboth,ourphysical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains!

How Do I Know If My Neck Is The Cause?

3. Now,sitdown in frontof thesameperson.Repeat thesame turningmotions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask iftherewereanydifferences intheturningmovement.Didonesideseem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP ME? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation forbackpain.Physical therapists are trained to evaluate muscle and joint movement, and they can easily assist you in finding the root of your problem. They will thoroughly evaluate you to figure out why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas. After your initial consultation, they will create a specialized treatmentplan foryou,basedon theirdiagnosisofyourspecificneeds.Aphysical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you movingcomfortablyagain inno time.CallWashingtonPhysicalTherapy&Rehab today 425.820.2110!

It can sometimes to be difficult to determine if your back pain is rooted in your neck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go.

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Print sudoku http://1sudoku.com 15 all Muscle MX CBD products % off 6 2 8 5 2 4 3 3 6 5 4 3 7 I first saw the advertisement for Washington Physical Therapy on Facebook and signed up for their class on shoulder pain. I followed up with a free screening and was very hopeful after our meeting. I spent the summer months working on all of the areas that had become major problems like getting in and out of the car, walking up and down stairs, sitting on wooden chairs – I can do all of it now completely free of pain! Thank you, Mike, Allegra, and Cindy for taking time to listen and patiently working through each of my issues. -Carol P. “I can do everything now free of pain!” WORKSHOP SPECIAL!

INGREDIENTS • ⅔ cup frozen pineapple chunks • 1 tablespoon light agave nectar • ⅛ teaspoon salt • 1 cup cubed fresh pink pitaya (dragon fruit), divided • ¼ cup chia seeds

• ¼ cup sliced fresh strawberries • ¼ cup sliced banana • 2 tablespoons toasted unsweetened shredded coconut • 2 tablespoons toasted unsalted pistachios

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