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“I Can Run Again Without Aching Back Pain!” FINDING THE SOURCE OF YOUR BACK PAIN

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the U.S. population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you downright irritable and affect others around you. WHY DO I HAVE BACK PAIN? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine from slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips, and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer from a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people think that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. SOLUTIONS TO BACK PAIN Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Call us today to schedule an appointment.


SERVICES INCLUDE Manual Therapy Graston Technique DNS Kinesio Taping Occupational Therapy Epley Maneuver (for vertigo) Balance and Fall Prevention Injury Prevention Direct Access Care



1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine, and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure youalways facewhatyouneed topickup,squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine.

3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. Bykeepingyourbodyflexible, thenormal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused on a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine every day can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check-up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises, we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and live the life you deserve. Call Today! 321-802-5814

STAFF SPOTLIGHT Steve Ryland - PT, DPT Director of Rehabilitative Services

Prior to joining First Choice Medical Group PhysicalTherapy, Steve Ryland, PT, DPT, was the founder and former owner of a successful private practice physical therapy business, which grew from one facility in January of 2002 to fiveout-patientphysical therapyclinics in Brevard County by 2010. Dr.Ryland receivedaBachelor’sdegree in Economics and International Affairs from the Florida State University and a Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy from

anda rapid return toprevious function includinghigh-levelsportsactivities. His professional knowledge and background led to the providing of preventative maintenance services for high-level athletes, including professional athletes, with a focus on sport-specific enhancement to the highest level. Dr. Ryland has worked directly with the Ladies Professional Golf Association as well as for the Washington Nationals professional baseball organization. Dr. Ryland educates his clients with a heavy emphasis on nutrition and well-being from the inside and out. Since being introduced to the power of whole food nutrition and the effects it has on the physical recovery process and seeing the amazing results he has had with his clients, he has been on a mission to invoke change in the community members he serves. Since the beginning, his philosophy has been to empower those around him for success in all facets of life including professional careers in the rehabilitation industry. Dr.Rylandhasalsoconsultedother rehabilitationprovidersandbusinesses across the country to assist them in achieving the desired outcomes of their practice through effective management techniques.

the University of Central Florida. He then completed his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Boston University. Dr. Ryland’s background in physical therapy began in acute care. Following this he pursued experience in sub-acute rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and home health care. He formed his private practice in January of 2002 secondary to the need for quality outpatient orthopedics in his geographical area. His passion for physical therapy focuses on high-quality, hands-on functional outcomes


Do What’s Good For Your Heart!


“Yesterday I walked 2 miles without any pain!” “I’ve just completed four weeks of therapy for the back pain I’ve had for years. Before starting, I couldn’t walk or stand for more than ten minutes before I had to sit down. Yesterday I walked 2 miles without any pain for the first time in years. I am so glad to be back exercising again. I cannot thank your team of therapists enough! I am not sure why I waited so long to seek your help. I can assure you next time I won’t.” -B.L.

RELIEVE BACK PAIN INMINUTES Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Tips for Better Heart Health 1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-aged adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because, over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.

Posterior Pelvic Tilt Lie on back.Tilt pelvis back towards the floor, flattening the lower back. Hold for 8 counts. Don’t forget to breathe. Repeat 4 times. Loosens Low Back


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