STAR Physical Therapy: Living Life Without Back Pain

May, 2018 NEWSLETTER

EMILY LAFLEUR,DPT, CLINIC DIRECTOR IN LACOMBE

Emily does an amazing job helping our friends and neighbors in Lacombe get pain free again. I love being a PT because I get to help my patients return to living their best life. I also love that I am able to spend quite a bit of time with my patients and they become part of our “STAR family” by the time they are all better. In my spare time I enjoy riding horses and competing in the local hunter/jumper circuit with my young horse Roux. I have been riding and competing since I was 8 years old which has taught me responsibility at a young age and that one has to work hard to be successful. I enjoy the challenge and reward of taking a horse who knows very little and teaching her to safely and successfully navigate a course of jumps. Emily’s words of wisdom: “Falling down is part of life. Getting back up is living.”

Emily, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!!

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May, 2018

IS BED REST GOOD FOR YOUR BACK? “Find Out How to Wake Without an Ache!”

INSIDE: • Are Your Feet Causing Your Back Pain? • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

CALL IN! Call for your FREE BACK PAIN ANALYSIS Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. In our Spine Care program, we look at your individual health history as well as your current mobility level and interests. Following a thorough exam, our spine specialists will develop an individualized treatment program specifically for you. We combine our expertise in manual therapy, exercise prescription and patient education to relieve your pain, restore your function and prevent your symptoms from recurring. We want to be your partner in health to guide you back into your previous activity level without pain.

Back Pain with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

Dear Valued Client,

In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has

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been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities. Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general, increases strength and flexibility of the muscles, aiding in healing through increased blood flow to the affected area. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing

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ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING YOUR BACK PAIN? When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body.

Sometimes our legs are not quite the same length due to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the giudance and expertise of our physical therapists at Star Physical Therapy.

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1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil. 2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk broth, flour, 1 tablespoon dill and lemon juice in a measuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. 3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

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5 8 7 1 8 5 LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction.

“You are changing lives and making a difference.” Success Story: Ashley C. “Istartedcoming toSTARPTMandeville inOctober2017. Ihadbeenexperiencing intermittent excruciating sharp pains in my lower back with turning, twisting, or arching. My back would lock up on me 5-8 times a week and was getting worse. Maria diagnosed sacroiliac joint pain and alignment issues. She worked up a plan to strengthen the muscles around the joint and my core strength. Within a few weeks mild discomfort was still there but my lower back was not locking up on me anymore!!! This was a huge improvement. Maria & Angelle have taught me exercises and posturing to continue strengthening my back and core. The entire staff have been nothing less than amazing. You can tell these women love their job and truly enjoy taking care of people. I am graduating and somewhat sad because I will miss my PT family. Carol, Maria, Bailee, Crystina, Angelle, Maria & Emily, keep up the amazing work because you are changing lives and making a difference.

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