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YOUR BACK PAIN RECOVERY IS HERE!
INSIDE: • Back Pain Prevention • Five Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning! • Staff Spotlight • Patient Review • Healthy Recipe
HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health & Caring for Your Body
YOUR BACK PAIN RECOVERY IS HERE!
Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination
Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help.
Have back pain that won’t go away? We want to help you! Call us at 704-658-1095 (Gateway) or 704-660-6551 (Plantation)
Call Taylor Rehab to talk with your physical therapist today!
3. If further assessment is
1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.
2. Your therapist will tell you the possible causes of your pain as well as precautions you can take at home.
warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.
Back Pain Prevention A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep themstrong. Train your coremuscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.
Shawn Taylor PT, FAAOMPT, DIP. OSTEOPRACTIC
I was having terrible back and leg pain for months before seeing Shawn at Taylor Rehab. My pain was depressing and preventing me from even walking much. After four visits, my back pain and leg pain had resolved and I was back to walking again. He did some hands-on work with my back that really relieved my pain and used electro- dry needing that was also
Shawn founded Taylor Rehab in 1999 with his first office location in Downtown Mooresville. He expanded to a second location in the Mooresville Gateway Business Park in 2001. With the growth of hispractice,hemovedthedowntownofficetoa larger office inMorrisonPlantation in2006. Hehas special expertise inmanual therapy techniques, spinal and extremity manipulation as well as dry needling. He hasapassionfor treatingspinal dysfunctionandpain,
complex pain syndromes and headaches as well as general orthopedic conditions. One of Shawn’s favorite pastimes is sport fishing in Panama withhis family.Hisbiggestcatchandreleasewasa500-poundblackmarlin.
super helpful at alleviating my back and leg pain. I would recommend them to anyone with back and leg pain issues affecting the quality of their life!
Five Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning!
mopping, and scrubbing floors) can decrease your risk of heart disease by 24 percent. Declutter and Do a Good Deed by Donating. An essential part of a successful spring cleaning is getting rid of old items that are no longer used or worn. Apply the rule of thumb that if you haven’t
Allergy Symptom Reduction. A thorough cleaning can greatly reduce the amount of dust in your home, which is helpful considering about 20 million Americans are allergic to dust mites according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. A 2014 study by the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunity found that cleaning and decluttering
made use of something in a year, it’s time for it to go. Fill bags and boxes of things, then donate
your home can help you avoid allergy symptoms and make you feel more healthy.
them to a local charity so they can still be beneficial to someone else. Giving to others is an act that is associated with greater self- esteem, lower stress levels, and overall happiness.
Cleanliness Produces Happiness. Maybe you don’t enjoy the process of cleaning, but the end result will leave you smiling. A 2010 study at the University of California, Los Angeles found that having a clean home can improve your mood and
Attention patients who stopped therapy due to the COVID-19 pandemic: We would love to help you finish your course of PT to help you with your pain and get you back to feeling and functioning better. Call us today!
Get a Better Night’s Sleep. Do you have trouble sleeping at night? The National Sleep Foundation found in a recent poll that people who make their beds are 19 percent more likely to sleep well on a regular basis. Clean sheets with a fresh scent impacted 75 percent of those individuals polled. See what a difference spring cleaning can make by cleaning the clutter from your room and sleeping on some fresh sheets. Sources: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19934011 parsleyhealth.com/blog/health-benefits-spring-cleaning
reduce your risk of depression. Studies also show that doing housework for 20 minutes can reduce stress and anxiety by up to 20 percent. Better Heart Health. If you’re looking for an easy way to support your heart health, just 30 minutes per day of light exercise (including low-intensity physical activities like household chores, vacuuming,
Did You Know?
We Can Also Treat:
• Arthritis • Back Pain • Balance • Chronic Pain • Dizziness • Headaches
• Hip & Knee Pain • Neck Pain • Neuropathy • Pelvic Health • Sports Injuries • Work Injuries
Dairy Free Ranch Salad Dressing & Dip
• 1 cup raw, unsalted cashew pieces • ¼ cup plain, unsweetened, almond milk
• 1 clove garlic, minced • 3 Tablespoons chives, chopped • 3 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
• 3 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar • Sea salt to taste
Place the cashews in water and soak overnight in the fridge. Drain and rinse the nuts, the place them in a blender or food processor with the almondmilk (or leave out if you want a thicker dip), garlic, and vinegar. Blend 1-2 minutes adding water as needed to get the consistency you want. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on low another minute. Recipe from: http://ournutritionkitchen.com/salads/dairy-free-ranch-salad-dressing-dip/Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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