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COMMON SCIATICA SYMPTOMS: The sciatica symptoms reported from patients tend to vary. Some may experience a deep ache in the buttocks, while others experience severe pain radiating down one of their legs. It is also possible to feel a tingling or numbness in the back of the leg, calf, or foot. If left too long without proper treatment, irritation can become more severe and affect the strength of your leg muscles. COMMON SCIATICA TREATMENT: The safest, easiest, and most effective mode of sciatica treatment is through physical therapy. Physical therapy examines the root cause of pressure on the nerve and works to quickly alleviate that pressure. Our licensed physical therapists will analyze the movements of the muscles surrounding the sciatic nerve, in addition to the back and hip joints. They will design an individualized treatment plan based on the specific needs of each patient, in order to strengthen the affected muscles, improve joint flexibility, and prevent problems from occurring again in the future. Call FYZICAL Therapy today or visit FyzicalCT.com to get started on your pain-free life!

Did you know that over 80% of people across the world will suffer an episode of back pain at some point in their lifetime? If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, you know how hindering it can be. With chronic back pain, radiating leg pain, or stinging sensations across the sciatic nerve, it can be difficult to live your life to the fullest. If you find yourself in pain when bending down, standing up, or lifting objects, it’s time to see a physical therapist. At FYZICAL Therapy, we are fully equipped to treat any back pain you may be experiencing. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out more about how our services can benefit you! THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA: It can be difficult sometimes to determine the differences between general back pain and sciatica. Sciatica is a specific type of back pain that is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Your sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in your body – it is approximately 2 centimeters wide, extending all the way down your back, your buttocks, underneath the piriformis muscle, and to the backs of your legs and your feet. It is made up of several nerves that exit your lower back from the lumbar and sacral levels (L4-S3), transmitting sensation and muscle control. Common culprits of sciatica development include weakness in the gluteal muscles or tightness in the piriformis muscle, as they can compress and irritate the sciatic nerve.

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TIPS FOR SCIATICA RELIEF: There are some tips you can follow to relieve your sciatica pain on your own. These can be done before coming in for treatments, or in tandem with your physical therapy treatments: • Performing gentle stretching exercises. • Avoiding prolonged sitting. Make sure to get up every 30 minutes and change positions frequently. • Putting a pillow behind your knees when sleeping on your back or between your knees when sleeping on your side. • Using your legs to bend down when picking up objects off the floor, rather than using your back. • Alternating ice and heat on the buttock to reduce inflammation. • Asking your doctor about coming to physical therapy, or giving us a call.

HOW SUCCESSFUL IS PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR BACK PAIN? A study found in the medical journal SPINE proves both the physical and monetary benefits of treating back pain and sciatica with physical therapy. It demonstrates that when doctors refer their patients for physical therapy treatments early on in the diagnosis, their patients have shown significant improvement and lowered treatment costs. In this study, patients saved an average of $2736.36 for their low back pain treatment simply by being referred to a physical therapist in the beginning. If you are suffering from back pain or sciatica, consult with your doctor about physical therapy treatments, or contact our office to learn more about how you could benefit. At FYZICAL Therapy, we aim for speedy and effective recoveries at low costs. Don’t live with back pain any longer – stand taller with physical therapy.



• 2 vegan whole wheat wraps • 1/2 cup diced red peppers • 1/2 cup diced yellow pepper • 1/2 cup diced red cabbage • 2 large carrots, peeled

• 6 - 8 tbsp. no-oil, low-salt hummus • 2 tbsp. raw sunflower seeds (or your choice of raw seeds)

DIRECTIONS Heat wraps for 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave. Spread each wrap with 3 to 4 tbsp of no-oil hummus (depending on the diameter of your wrap). Divide veggies and sprinkle on top of the hummus on each wrap. Make sure to stop your veggies about 2 inches down from the edge of the tortillas (this will help the wraps seal up better). Starting on the opposite end, roll upwards tightly and press down to seal. Eat as whole wraps or cut into 1 1/2 to 2 inch pieces to make sushi-like rolls.

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Get Summer Ready With These 5 Simple Tips

1. Get outside! Make your way over to your local pool, peruse around nearby shops, or simply take a walk around the neighborhood to get out, get moving, and enjoy the weather! 2. Rearrange your schedule. Try taking a walk during your lunch break, going to the gym in the morning before making your commute, or even treating yourself to an exercise class a couple of nights a week – you deserve it! 3. Get healthy for your summer team. At FYZICAL Therapy, we also offer training and performance classes to train your body for your specific sport! Contact us to find out how we can get you to your peak performance for your summer team. 4. Start something new! Try taking up a new hobby that’ll get you moving! There are several outdoor activities that’ll allow you to take advantage of the warm weather, such as beach volleyball, running clubs, kayaking, rock climbing, or hiking. Any new physical hobby will help you get the exercise you need. 5. Contact us for help. If you find yourself in any sort of pain, or if you’d simply like some extra motivational assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and discuss your fitness goals with one of our licensed physical therapists.

Patient Success Spotlight “I can ride a bike... and I walk two miles every day!” “I started my Physical Therapy treatments one week after my full knee replacement surgery. I walked in with a cane and a limp. I met my Physical Therapist, Jen, who made me feel at ease and comfortable with my choice of a Therapy location. Over the course of 2 1/2 months, she tailored a program for my rehabilitation and as I progressed she would modify the exercises to my ability, always pushing for that little bit extra. I was so excited that first day when I was able to peddle forward on the bicycle, it felt like such a milestone. From then to now, I can ride a bike, get into and out of the car with no difficulty and I walk two miles every day. Although my therapy sessions are complete, Jen provided me with the tools to continue my therapy at home. Working with Jen was truly a pleasure. This was all accomplished during the Pandemic, so I am appreciative to the staff at FYZICAL Therapy for staying open and continuing to treat their patients.” — J.T. MICHAEL J. COOK Registered Massage Therapist INTRODUCING: DR. CHRISTINE MOFFO THORN, DC We would like to welcome Dr. Christine Moffo Thorn, DC to our team! She has opened her practice in our office space in Southington. Christine received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT followed by her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College. She attended The Center for Universal and Holistic Studies and is trained and certified in the Universal Method of Reflexology. She is a Reiki Master-Teacher and a licensed Chiropractor certified in Acupuncture by FCAMI. Michael combines the best aspects of Massage, Acupuncture and Athletic Therapy to provide a safe but aggressive and effective, individualized rehabilitation programs ensuring the patient reaches their optimal goals quickly and economically. “My approach in practice is to treat the body, mind, and spirit as they are all ONE. Therefore, in addition to the physical healing services available, I also offer the following personal services for the home: The KonMari Method of tidying and decluttering your home/office, professional organizing; and home staging based on your specific needs. When you create a tidy, uncluttered living environment and are surrounded by only things that spark joy, you foster a more soulful lifestyle. Ultimately, this leads to a more mindful and fulfilling way of life.” To review and book KonMari services and explore packages and rates please visit sageofinteriorsllc.com!



SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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