PerformanceTherapy: The Ideal Treatment For Low Back Pain

“I’ve Been More Active Since Seeking Treatment! ” NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter August, 2019

Do you suffer from an aching back?

Whether it is a short-lived muscle spasm, or a long- term problem, your back is telling you something! Your spine is a complex structure made up of bones, muscles, discs, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. It is the hub of your nervous system where messages to and from your brain travel to different parts of your body. It is so complex, that it takes years for you to master the ability to stand up straight, walk, and run. As we age, it is very common to suffer aches and pains in the lower back, typically because of poor posture and prolonged sitting, or previous injuries; however aches and pains are a sign of underlying problems. Your spine relies on proper posture, alignment, strength, and coordination. When any one of these key areas doesn’t work right, strain and stress occurs on the spine, sparking inflammation and pain. Inflammation weakens the spinal muscles and leg muscles, causing difficulty with everyday activities. Getting up and down from the floor, squatting, standing for long periods, and even walking can become a problem. This can really affect your life and the longer the problem persists, the more long- term damage can occur.

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INSIDE: • 3 Common Spine Problem Areas • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Whether you have back pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Performance Therapy Institute can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

• FRANKLIN (615) 465-6810 • NASHVILLE (615) 375-9091

Quickly Relieve Low Back Pain. Most low back pain can easily be treated with physical therapy and without the need for surgery, or prolonged medication. Physical therapy can reduce inflammation, restore proper function, restore normal back strength and prevent future injury. Maintaining and building muscle strength is particularly important to getting you back to doing the things you love to do, without worrying about the pain. Not all low back pain is the same, so your treatment will be tailored to for your specific symptoms and condition. Once the examination is complete, your physical therapist will evaluate the results, identify

the factors that have contributed to your specific back problem, and design an individualized treatment plan for your specific back problem. Our physical therapists have years of medical training and skills to thoroughly evaluate and pinpoint the cause of your back pain. Look inside to learn more about our physical therapy and personal training programs and say hello to healthy living and good-bye to that aching back!

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Whether you have back pain, neck pain, or radiating arm / leg pain, we can help. Your spine must be flexible, strong, and healthy in order for you to maintain a pain free body. We ensure that you’ll achieve the best results for your back/neck pain with the Performance Therapy

Institute spine program. UPPER SPINE

Pain or injury here is often responsible for headaches to the scalp and face. This area helps with overall body balance and the ability to rotate the neck. Conditions involving the upper spine often present as limited motion and contribute to a forward head posture. As a result, this increases strain on the neck causing muscle pain and tension. In addition, weakness and pain to the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers can be common. MID SPINE Pain or injuries here can cause limited motion and mid-back pain. The nerves exiting this area are responsible for digestion, heart and lung function. Limited motion here also increases the amount of strain on the lower spine. LOWER SPINE A common area of low back pain and radiating leg pain. This area can cause a significant amount of back pain because it is supposed to rotate with walking. Furthermore, this is a common area for disc herniation that can cause pain, numbness and tingling into the buttocks, thighs, legs or feet.

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SPINACH & EGG SWEET POTATO TOAST INGREDIENTS • 1 large slice sweet potato ( ¼ inch thick) • ⅓ cup cooked spinach

• 1 large egg, fried or poached • ½ teaspoon sliced fresh chives • ½ teaspoon hot sauce DIRECTIONS

Toast sweet potato in a toaster or toaster oven until just cooked through and starting to brown, 12 to 15 minutes.Top with spinach, egg, chives and hot sauce.

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Patient Success Spotlight


Print sudok At Performance Therapy Institute, you will receive hand -on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health ex erts d ring focused and individualized sessions. 3 7 It’s time to go to Performance Therapy Institute if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1 8 2 9 5 1 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program 7 2 8 5 4 9 7 2 6 8 4

“He had diagnosed exactly what was causing my pain” While I would certainly have preferred to have not found myself in need of physical therapy in the first place, I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience at Performance Therapy institute. I was battling a herniated disc and pretty nasty compressed nerve root – that was really causing me a lot of pain and impacting my day-to day activities. I had a couple of meetings with an orthopedic surgeon who (thankfully) suggested I meet with Josh at PTI – in an effort to avoid further diagnostic visits and, most importantly, to avoid spine surgery. Literally within a few minutes after meeting with Josh he had diagnosed (what was later confirmed by an MRI) exactly what was causing me so much pain, had a treatment plan put together to first remedy the pain, secondly to restore neck and arm motion and lastly to leave me with some tools and techniques to keep up the therapy at home. It took some work and some patience – but I really can’t describe how well things turned out. I should also comment that PTI’s facility is modern, clean, and comfortable and their equipment is top-notch. Josh and the rest of the staff are professional and courteousandverypersonable. Idefinitely felt like Iwasgettingpersonalizedcare. I’ve had no experience with other therapy companies to compare to PTI; however, I didhavea numberof conversationswithotherPTIpatients thathad.Thecommon theme was, “I really wish I had started out at Performance Therapy – what I was doing before was a waste of time.”-Jason S. 4 5 1 2 1 7 7 3 6 5 9 5 2 1 9 6 5 1 8 6 5 7 3 8 7 8 1 4

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