Lonoke PT. Living Life Without Back Pain

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN

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LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Back Pain, Once and For All!

For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on the

couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR BACK PAIN While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the early days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offers a long-term solution to back pain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life.

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UNDERSTANDING THE WHY & HOW

There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when you break down injuries, whether from overuse or athletic pursuits, there are different problems that can arise. Sprains and strains are common, but so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding the spinal nerves. You might be amazed to discover the different factors that could be influencing your back health, such as: • Your personal level of physical activity, including how often you exercise and the intensity of your typical workouts. • The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes (particularly shoes that lack support, or those with high heels.) • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk for eight hours or more consecutive days of the week, or spending free time on the couch. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury. They can also improve your ability to overcome

back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and supporting blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actually become impeded, and this can have a negative effect on the overall health of your back and spine. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help. Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps.

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Patient Success Spotlight

When Ms. Evelyn started therapy, she had severe pain in her lower back and knees. She has progressed so much throughout her therapy sessions. Check out her Improvement Report below. “When I first came to therapy I was just barely walking and hurting really bad. Couldn’t even do Walmart without hurting really bad. Now I can raise my arms. Before, I could barely do housework or make my bed, and I am now functional and able to do things. I have learned how to do exercises for when I do hurt,and they make me feel so much better. I’m not limping like I was. Zan has really worked with me, and she is my little miracle worker because I am a lot better.” - Ms. Evelyn

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Outstanding RESULTS

“I can now finish a task without having to sit to relieve pain. I can sit to play the piano for longer than 5 minutes at a time. I am overall in better spirits.” - M.P.

“I can now walk longer distances, I can bend, I can go places and socialize with family and friends.” - D.S.

“I can now stack and carry wood, do my crafts, sit and watch my daughter cheer at a game and play more with my grandson.” - J.P.

Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Soothe Pain Ease joint pain Improve blood flow & oxygen circulation Optimize sports performance Accelerate healing from injury Prevent issues from becoming chronic Laser Therapy Can:

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Practice News!

Stretch Your Brain!

Becki’s birthday is February 16th! Happy Anniversary, Becki!

1. What year was Lonoke PT opened? 2. What suite number are both clinics at? 3. Which clinic is in the same shopping center as a Mexican restaurant? 4. What year was ProMotion PT opened? 5. What color polo do we wear on Wednesdays?

Kelli’s Diabetic Friendly Spaghetti

combined. Bring to a simmer then reduce to low heat and cook for about 20 minutes. 3. Let the squash cool slightly then use a fork to scrape out the spaghetti strands. Put squash on plates, cover with sauce and parmesan cheese and enjoy! **Need to save time?? Make the squash ahead of time and store in your fridge. The spaghetti squash strands can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Ingredients for Sauce: • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 24oz jar of Rao’s Homemade Marinara Sauce • 1 pound ground turkey meat • Grated Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Sprinkle the squash with the olive oil, dried Italian herbs and salt and pepper to taste. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Place the squash cut-side down in the baking dish. Cook for 30-40 minutes, or until tender with a fork. 2. Meanwhile, put the oil in a pan and sauté the turkey meat. Add the sauce and stir until Ingredients for Squash: • 1 whole spaghetti squash • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to relieve pain and stay flexible!

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

Bridges While lying on your back, tighten your lower abdominals, squeeze your buttocks and then raise your buttocks off the floor/bed as creating a “Bridge” with your body. Hold and then lower yourself. Repeat 30 times.

Reverse Marches Gently activate core muscles. Bring legs up to table top position. With legs in table top position, slowly bring one leg down to tap table and return to starting position. Repeat with other leg. Be sure to keep back from arching by maintaining your core activation. Repeat 30 times.

Ask us how you can win, too! Congratulations to Our Attendance Winners!

Lonoke PT Attendance Winner Ms. Lakesha

ProMotion Attendance Winner Ms. Sarah

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