Elite Physical Therapy_Getting To The Core of Back and Neck…

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“Find Out The Secret To Back Pain Relief !” GET TO THE CORE OF BACK & NECK PAIN If you suffer from an aching back or neck pain, it could simply be that your core muscles are weak. When the spine strains it may develop muscle spasms and become tight and misaligned. You may have heard of the term “core”, but what is it? Your core is the foundation of your body and like a building, needs to be strong and supportive. If your foundation is weak or crooked, then the other structures, which rely on this, will not function properly. However, unlike a building, your core needs to not only be strong and supportive, but also move. The timing and strength of the various muscle contractions is critical for your proper body function. When it isn’t, abnormal strains occur to your spine, causing a lot of common aches and pains. Your core muscles consist of a wide variety of skeletal muscles that keep you erect and help you move around on two feet. The core is a group of muscles in the pelvis, spine, abdominal and upper thigh areas. These muscles are arranged in different angles that are layered to give you support and stability. Why do most people suffer from back pain? Most people will experience back pain sometime in their life due to core muscle weakness. When the spinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, spine and hips don’t move well, a resulting strain occurs on the spine. This causes pain and can occur at any stage of life. However, this typically happens as we become older and less active as adults.

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How does the core become weak? A simple answer; use it or lose it. Our lifestyles today put us more at risk with prolonged sitting at work, sitting in the car, bending forward, watching TV, poor posture and many other factors which contribute to core weakness. Once the core is weakened, the weight of your body rests on your spinal discs, joints and ligaments causing long term damage. Medication, injections and other treatments can help with pain control, but do not address the root cause of the problem, which is core weakness. If you have ever had a surgery that involves cutting through the abdominal or pelvic walls, this weakens the core. In addition, prolonged illness and bed rest also weaken the core. Another common reason for core weakness in women is from childbirth and c-sections. This severely weakens the core. The answer to helping most back pain suffers and preventing future injuries, is to strengthen the core with professional help. Corrective exercises and specialized massage and mobilization techniques can be provided by your Elite Physical Therapist to strengthen your core, relieve stress and tightness, and restore your spine’s proper alignment. Working with your physician, we thoroughly evaluate your movement, alignment and strength. After we determine where the root cause of the problem is coming from, we then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to help restore core strength and movement. This helps you to not only have relief from back pain, but teaches you the right exercises, posture and movement to prevent future problems and maintain a strong, healthy core. To see how we can help you have a strong core and relieve your back pain, call us today or go online for more information.

“This is a great place to come to feel better!!” “My Elite Physical Therapist is awesome, the best there is! Her hands should be insured. It is not only about the therapy. Elite gives you so much more to help you heal. I have been coming for 5 1/2 years and I walk out so much better each time. You have no idea how hard the front girls work. I thank you for everything, you are awesome, answering phone calls, helping change appointments. I could NEVER do this job and you keep smiling all the time. Thank you everyone, I will miss you! This is a great place to come to feel better!!” - S.M.


Reader’s ChoiceAward This is Elite Physical Therapy’s 2nd year in a row winning in the top 3 for the ProJo Reader’s Choice Award! Thank you to our Provider Friends, Family and the state of Rhode Island for believing and trusting in us! Thank You

Thank you to the Wheeler School in Providence for inviting Elite Physical Therapy to present to your Staff and Faculty on Injury Prevention!

Elite Physical Therapy has a 98% Patient Satisfaction according to a Patient Poll! You deserve a Physical Therapy practice that will go above and beyond to ensure that you remain comfortable while achieving the results you want from Physical Therapy.

Exercise Essential Try this simple exercise to help you feel better! If you experience any pain or difficulty with this exercise, call an Elite Physical Therapist to help you.

Helps The Core

PLANK FOREARMS & KNEES Position yourself on forearms and knees. Make your body flat as a plank from head to feet. Keep trunk engaged, do not let lower back arch. Repeat 7 times.



The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed Physical Therapist.

Has Your PainReturned? 1. Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your Elite Physical Therapist.

2. Your Elite Physical Therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.

3. If further assessment is warranted, your Elite Therapist might recommend that you come in for an appointment, and call your Doctor to ask for a prescription order for Physical Therapy. CALL TODAY 401-737-4581

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