Campus Commons PT - June 2019


BY TAKING A BREAK FROM YOUR PHONE Setting some time aside to be with family is important, but it can be difficult when everyone is always on their cellphones. Constant cellphone use has become a global problem, and the habit is hard to break because we rely on mobile devices heavily for work, SIEMPO After you install Siempo on your phone, it will ask which apps are likely to distract you. Once you select them, the app will move those apps away from the home screen and place the important ones, such as the growing a tree. Once the tree is fully grown, your time is up, and it joins the other trees that were grown during other breaks. If you pick up your phone and try to access an app, Forest will send you a notification asking you if you want to kill your baby tree by giving up. Who says guilt isn’t a good motivator?

messaging, contacts, email, and calendar apps, on the first screen. You can also designate times for specific apps to be used throughout the day. STAY FOCUSED Stay Focused is like Siempo, but there are some significant differences. You can set times to access certain apps and put the most distracting ones on lock. Stay Focused also has a “strict mode” that prevents you from uninstalling it, so be sure to think carefully before activating the lockdown because you won’t have access to those specific apps until the timer runs out.

school, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can reduce how often you’re on your phone and minimize distractions.

BESIDES APPS Aside from using these apps, silencing your phone and putting it in another room, leaving it in your car if you’re out at dinner, or keeping it in your purse or back pocket during a social event can also reduce your screen time. Having your phone out of sight and out of reach will keep the temptation of pulling it out at bay. Spending time with your family is crucial, and with these apps and tips, you’ll enjoy each other’s company without too many screen distractions.

FOREST In the time that Forest takes control of your device for a set time limit, the app starts



A 2013 study showed that lower back pain afflicts 29 percent of adult Americans. Another study showed that it is the leading reason that Americans missed work. With these stats in mind, it’s surprising that many of the treatments doctors have prescribed for nonspecific back pain, such as surgery, steroid injections, or opioid prescriptions, are largely ineffective or even harmful. The good news is that many health professionals now agree that the best remedies for lower back pain are noninvasive exercises that you can do yourself. While the pain in your back may draw you to a massage therapist, or to your armchair, many experts say that performing targeted exercises is the best way to start recovering. Exercises that improve your core strength and the flexibility of your lumbar spine and hamstrings have been shown to decrease chronic lower back pain significantly. Aerobic exercise has been shown to help as well. Long story short, if your back has been bothering you for a while, a combination of exercises could be your best bet at recovery.

Research has shown that there are certain activities, such as yoga, tai chi, or Pilates, that alleviate back pain with varying degrees of

success. While they are no more effective than other types of exercise, if you enjoy them and find they help your back pain, there’s no reason to stay away from them. Additionally, while some people have found relief through massage therapy, chiropractors, and even psychotherapy, none of these approaches have consistently led to long-term relief. That brings us back to targeted exercise as the best approach to healing chronic lower back pain. While you can certainly do the exercises yourself, the physical therapists at Campus Commons are experts at targeting certain muscle groups to improve strength and flexibility. There’s no reason to fight through your back pain alone. Give our office a call, or stop in for a visit today. 2

Made with FlippingBook Learn more on our blog