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LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN In the old days, when you hurt your back, your doctor told you to go on bed rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned since those days and modern treatments focus on avoiding bed rest. Engaging in proper movements and postures as well as a gradual return to activities is more successful in controlling pain and allowing you to return to normal activities quicker. with modified activities results in a faster return to work, less chronic disability and fewer recurring problems. It has also been found that exercise and aerobic activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to the structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your bones (vertebrae), have a poor blood supply relying on body movements and activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less nutrients are able to supply the structures in the spine to keep them healthy. Consistent findings show that bed rest is not an effective treatment for pain but may actually delay you from recovering. Advice to stay active and to continue
Most any type of exercise can reduce your risk of low-back pain by between 25% to 40%. JAMA Internal Medicine, Jan. 2016
Living Life Without Back Pain
Bed rest and inactivity are known to weaken muscles and bones. Exercise increases strength and flexibility of the muscles. It also aides in healing, by increasing blood flow to the painful area. When treating back pain, our physical therapists put a plan together to ease you back to doing pain-free activities while protecting your spine. Through a thorough evaluation, we can determine the source of your pain and work with your physician to alleviate your back pain quickly. In addition to exercise, our physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and thermal
therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. In addition, we know the importance of strengthening and training your core muscles to build long-term spinal stability. By coming to Worcester Physical Therapy Services instead of lying in bed at home we will help relieve your pain faster, and return you to the activities you love quickly. Success is built on quick results and empowering you with the knowledge to prevent future back injuries. If your back is achy or painful, call us today to learn more about our SPINE program and how you can return to a pain-free, active and healthy lifestyle.
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DAVE ABRAHAM, M.S., LATC, CSCS Dave is a licensed Athletic Trainer as well as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Health Science fromWorcester State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training from Northeastern University. Prior to Joining WPTS Inc. Dave was the head Athletic Trainer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 17 years and most recently spent 7 years in Major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jay’s organization.
• Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger 4 Pain when trying to sleep 4 Pain when driving > 30 mins 4 Trouble bending and reaching Do you suffer with any of the following symptoms? Don’t let back pain become a way of life Pinpoint the exact cause of your back pain! 4 Stiffness or swelling 4 Aches at the end of the day 4 Pain from an old injury
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• Move without pain • Bend and move freely
• Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle
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Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...
PELVIC TILT While lying on your back, use your stomach muscles to press your back into the floor. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 6 times.
Helps Back Pain
The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist
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