Bullhead PTC. Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

PHYSICAL THERAPY N E W S L E T T E R

DON’T LET BACK PAIN SLOW YOU DOWN!

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT What is dry needling and how can it help your pain?

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Try this exercise to relieve back pain and keep moving!

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P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y N E W S L E T T E R

IS BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN?

Backpaincanhinderyourday-to-dayactivities.Leftuntreated, itcaneven lead to long-term joint, spine, and nerve damage. As one of the most commonphysicalcomplaints,over80percentoftheU.S.populationwill suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spentwith friendsand family.Directpainaside,minorachesandcramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A fewthingscausebackpain.TheAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociation covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine & thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately,a lotofpeopledon’tseektreatmentwhenbackpainarises. Beforetheyknow it,theyhaveabigproblem.Theymightassumenothing— except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause.  Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy, and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs,analgesicmedicationsandcounter-irritantsare themostpopular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help.

Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. • LIFT PROPERLY You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles and gluteals, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. • USE GOOD POSTURE When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. • USE STRENGTH TRAINING Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check- ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you! If you’re suffering from back pain, call Bullhead Physical Therapy at 928.704.2194 for more information or to schedule your consultation!

Sources http://www.apta.org/

https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Back-Pain-Facts-and-Statistics https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT: DRY NEEDLING

Dry Needling involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing. This is not traditional Chinese Acupuncture, but is instead a medical treatment that relies on a medical diagnosis to be effective. WHO CAN BENEFIT? Dry Needling is a valuable and effective treatment for musculoskeletal pain. Patients with the following symptoms may benefit from this treatment: • Muscle Strains • Tendonitis • Osteoarthritis • Bursitis • DecreasedMobility/Range of Motion • Headaches • Chronic Pain Physical Therapists with specialized training and skills can offer Dry Needling. To learn more about dry needling or to schedule your appointment, contact your physical therapist at Bullhead Physical Therapy at 928.704.2194!

“Thestaff isverycaringandaccommodatingandknowledgeable! Bea Montgomery is exceptionally insightful and dedicated to staff as well as patients. Excellent team!” - Brad N. “They are awesome here and my physical therapy was the most rewarding.” - Ethel C. “Amazing staff! Everyone is professional and friendly. I went for my right ankle, and I’m happy with the professional help I’m getting from them!” - Jerry J. EQUIPMENT SPOTLIGHT: THERAFLEX SYSTEM There’s nothing new about back pain, but now there’s something new to do about it. It’s called Reflex Therapy and it’s safe, simple, affordable and effective! It’s quick, for all ages andmost will see results in 5 sessions or less. Many experience significant immediate relief. No meds, no surgery, no forceful manipulation, just non-invasive technology that is both preventative and restorative. If you’ve been suffering with pain and immobility of the spine, no matter how long, you’ll want to discover what a difference Reflex Therapy can make. See what the Theraflex System can do for you! Call Bullhead Physical Therapy at 928.704.2194 to learn more! WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Relieve Back Pain In Minutes!

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by your fingertips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times.

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WE’RE PART OF THE RELAY FOR LIFE!

To honor those we’ve lost to cancer and celebrate survivors and caregivers, the staff at Bullhead PT is participating in this year’s Relay For Life event in Colorado River March 13-14 ! The money we raise will help The American Cancer Society give patients what they need the most—hope,

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY Bullhead Physical Therapy Center celebrated their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 29th with the Laughlin Camber of Commerce.

support, and lifesaving research.

If you wish to donate and support our team, or learn more about how The Relay For Life helps the fight against cancer, scan the QR code and visit our page! Volunteer Fundraising Handbook



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