Star: How To Overcome Back Pain

September, 2017 NEWSLETTER

JEFF REEVES, PT Getting To Know The Star PT Staff

Jeff has been with STAR PT for over 5 years. He has been promoted from Staff PT to Clinic Director of our Covington Clinic. Jeff holds a certification in Integrative Dry Needling and finds that it is a tremendously useful component of therapy for patients that aren’t responding quickly to traditional Physical Therapy. We measure patient satisfaction every month and over 95% of Jeff’s patients say that they are very likely to recommend him to friends and family. “I just have so much fun treating our patients and I think that shows in my mood. Our patients are great. They want to get better and they really appreciate that usually on their first day they are starting to feel relief. I don’t see myself ever wanting to do anything other than what I’m doing now.” If you’re in West St. Tammany Parish and have any questions or are just looking some advice, make an appointment for a Free Consultation with Jeff. You’ll enjoy meeting him.

NEWSLETTER September, 2017

HOW TO OVERCOME BACK PAIN “Is Your Back Pain Slowing You Down?”


Back Pain Relief with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

the spine with poor lifting •Limited flexibilityof thespine,hipsandmuscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much canbedone forbackpainandusemedication tonumb 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,postureand jointmobilitycan tella lotabout 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.

• Properly Taking Care Of Your Back • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Dear Valued Client,

Is back pain causing you to movea littleslowerandmore cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint

Matt Slimming PT, DPT, Owner

and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the mostcommon physicalcomplaints thatpeople suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Backpaincan interferewithyourability tobend,kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right 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 with slouched sitting •Repetitive injury tomusclesand tissuesaround

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PROPERLY TAKING CARE OF YOUR BACK “4 Essential Tips In Gaining Back Pain Relief.”

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 thingsup isanormalpartofourday.Even if youpickupsomething light,yourbackmuscleshave to lift theweightofyourupper torsoandcontrol that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, 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. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments,

which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everydaycankeepyou feelinggreatandputaspring 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 and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keepingyourcoremusclesstrong,yousupportyour 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 living the life you deserve. Call Today!

Healthy Recipe

Pizza Margherita INGREDIENTS

• Oregano • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced • Low-fat or part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced • Basil

• Whole-wheat dough • Extra-virgin olive oil • Garlic, minced • Onion flakes • Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Knead dough to work out any bubbles. Set in a pan greased lightly with olive oil, and press in minced garlec. Lay down a base layer of onion flakes, Parmesan, and oregano. Top with tomatoes and mozzarella (neither has to cover every square inch. Just make sure there’s enough for a few tastes in every slice). Scatter basil on top. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until bottom starts to turn a golden brown.

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Direct Access At STAR Physical Therapy Direct access saves you time by allowing you to come to us directly, without a doctor referral and see our therapists at STAR Physical Therapy. We can treat you without expensive tests. Therapy is a low cost value packed healthcare service. We start youonaprogram that’sperfect just foryouandbegin treatingyou right away. No wait, no hassle, with less out of pocket expenses. The following are just a few ways that physical therapy can help you: • Improve strength and flexibility • Increase your energy level to keep up with your kids • Up your game and stay healthy doing it • Avoid costly medication, painful injections or unnecessary surgery • Just flat out feel better everyday We would love to show YOU what our patients already know! Call STAR Physical Therapy and schedule your appointment today!

Patient Success Spotlight

Hear What Our Patients Have to Say! “I cannot say enough good things about this place!” Success Story: Brenda S.

“I started on December 7th at the Slidell STAR and needed help getting up out of my wheelchair. I have attended therapy the past few months and now I’m able to walk by myself with a walker. Everyone is as sweet as they can be and I cannot say enough good things about this place. They have encouraged me in every way and motivated me to want to do more. I never thought I would walk again and their help exceeded my expectations. Everyone here is so wonderful and I can’t thank them enough. I am starting their STAYSTRONG Program next week to keep up my strength and balance.”

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ATTENTION Pain Sufferers

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Do you or someone you know have back or neck pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Go to starptclinics for your free download. This is the easiest way to get this information to our patients. Download and share with friends and family today!

LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Loosens Low Back


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