Discover The 5 Keys To A Healthy Spine

1 2 The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Health & Fitness “Don’t You Think You Would Be More Productive With A Healthier Spine? ” Discover The 5 Keys To A Healthy Spine 1. Watch your sitting Sitting is the position that puts the most pressure on the low back. It is important to break up your sitting time throughout the day and take frequent breaks. Work in standing or walking tasks at various times throughout the day, limiting your sitting to about 30 minutes at a time. 2. Protect your spine with better posture How you sit, stand, stretch and lift all play a role in the pressures on your spine. We all know to bend with our knees, not our back when lifting, but do you really do it? Really bend down deep with your knees to pick up objects off low shelves, such as in the refrigerator or shoes off the floor. When standing, walking and sitting, imagine a string pulling you up through the top of your head. This brings your neck, shoulders and back into better alignment. (continued inside)

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The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Health & Fitness “ More Productivity With A Healthier Spine?” Discover The 5 Keys To A Healthy Spine 3 3. Tighten your core muscles Your core muscles are made up of your abdominal muscles, spinal muscles and pelvic / hip muscles. It is very common for these muscles to become weak with prolonged sitting, before/after pregnancy, after surgeries or injuries. Strengthening your abdominal and hip muscles can go a long way to providing the necessary muscle support to your spine. Speak with one of our experts on what exercises are right for you. 4. Improve your nutrition Your body is a machine and it needs the right fuel to run. Since you use your body all day long, it needs to rebuild itself constantly. The ligaments, tendons, muscles and discs in your spine need the right nutrition to stay healthy. Make sure to eat dark green leafy vegetables, lean protein and stay hydrated. Avoid smoking and fried foods, which actually harm your tissues and make pain more prevalent. 5. Get your spine moving Your body was made to move, especially your spine. It is common for areas of your spine to tighten up, placing too much strain on other areas. These areas, then become irritated and painful. Restore the flexibility in your spine with gentle, specialized hands on therapy as well as specific exercises. Participate in Yoga and Pilates to improve your stability, strength and spinal balance. “If you hurt your low back, starting PT within the first 14 days can save you (on average) $2,700. ” Make your back as healthy as it can be this year by investing in it. Physical therapy is the right solution to improving your spinal health and saying goodbye to that aching neck or back. Prevent future pain by seeing one of our specialists today. Call us to speak with one of our experts. (CONTINUED FROM OUTSIDE)

4 5 - Journal of American Medical Association, 2003 “Common pain conditions (i.e., arthritis, back, headache and other musculoskeletal) result in $61.2 billion in lower productivity for U.S. workers. ”

“ How Would I Know If I Have A Healthy Spine?” Finding The Source & Resolution To Pain Caused By The Spine

Most of us will experience back or neck pain at some point in our lives. It is the price we pay for walking on two legs. If you suffer from the occasional ache or have chronic low back or neck pain, the goal is to relieve the pain, without the need for surgery. In fact, recent studies point to the fact that patients who underwent a common fusion procedure for the spine, were more likely to have a second surgery within 2 years*. The best way to avoid the need for spine surgery, is to improve the health of your spine, and physical therapy plays a key role in making that happen. WHY DOES YOUR NECK OR BACK HURT? One thing to understand about neck and back pain is that it is mechanical. Just like a car can have problems with moving parts, so can your spine. The daily barrage of strain on our backs with siting, lifting improperly and poor nutrition can wreck havoc on our spines.

Most spine pain comes from the following 4 trouble areas: 1. Poor posture and alignment 2. Lack of knowledge on how to bend, lift, sit, sleep 3. Lack of muscle strength 4. Poor flexibility and muscle coordination

The good news, is that your body is adaptable and you can always improve what you have. With the right treatment and training, your back or neck can usually make a full recovery. Physical therapists are the mechanics of the body, and coming to a physical therapist first can often avoid expensive testing or medical procedures. Rehab Access PT Can Help You Maintain A Healthy Spine, Naturally! *Anand Veeravagu, Tyler Cole, Bowen Jiang, John K. Ratliff The Spine Journal, Vol. 14, Issue 7, p1125–1131 Published online: October 14 2013

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“How Should I Prepare For My Daily Runs?” 4 Amazing Tips To Buying Running Shoes

1. Visit your physical therapist to do a gait analysis. Checking whether you are a supinator, neutral or pronator is the first step into buying the right type of shoe. 2. Don’t think that more expensive equals better. Brands of running shoes vary greatly in price. Do your research. 3. Buy from a running store. Try on many brands and compare shoes that fit your gait.

4. Buy a shoe that you actually like. It doesn’t hurt to buy something you feel great wearing!

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• Relieve your pain • Increase your strength • Be more active again • Restore your flexibility • Have more energy • Feel healthier • Walk and move better

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Why choose Rehab Access? • Expertly trained therapists • Focused on achieving fast results • We take the time to listen to you • We spend time educating you on your problem and how to solve it • Friendly, courteous staff • On time appointments • Doctor recommended • Experts in neck, back and orthopedic care


“Pain completely gone!” “For many years I lived with a pain in my neck. The pain was in one specific area and often radiated into a headache, some days it was bad, often disabling. After trying to find a solution I resorted to prescription painmedication. Encouraged bymy husband, I tried physical therapy. After my first session the intense pain was completely gone. Follow up sessions have helped free the muscle and helped eliminate the headache caused by this problem.” - Ella May L. “I am back to doing what I love best!” “I’m an active musician. I play guitar and had a condition with my arms becoming numb while I was playing music, which is my livelihood. My doctor diagnosed me with carpal tunnel syndrome and referred me to Rehab Access. After 12 sessions, I’m back at it again, doing what I love best, playing the guitar PAIN FREE. Thank you Rehab Access.” - Johnny C.

In Pain? Call Today! Gretna Location (504) 398-2004 (504) 398-2006 - fax See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties 1 712 Stumpf Blvd. Gretna, LA 70056 (504) 365-1020 (504) 365-1080 - fax Belle Chasse Location 8397 Highway 23 #101 Belle Chasse, LA 70037

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• Is your mind on your back and neck pain instead of your life? • Have loved ones stopped listening to your complaints because they have heard it so many times before? • Do you feel really stiff when you try to get out of bed in the morning? • Do you have to think twice before you pick things up? If You’re Nodding Yes Then Now is The Time to Make Your First Step in The Right Direction and Take Charge of How You Feel, DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK TODAY! After treating hundreds of patients with back and neck problems, we want to share with you these 5 simple things you can do at home, to start feeling great. “We’ve put this Free Report together that shows you the 5 natural ways to stop your back & neck pain.”

Helps Low Back Pain

QUADRUPED ALTERNATIVE ARM & LEG While in a crawling position, slowly draw your leg and opposite arm upwards. Your arm and leg should be straight and fully out-stretched. Hold for 30 seconds. Alternate legs and repeat 5 times.

Helps Neck Pain

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward and to the side until a stretch is felt. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 8 times.


Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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