Canyon Sports: A Stronger Core, Means Increased Health

Wellness Expert Newsletter • Can’t I Just Do Sit Ups? • Exercise Essentials • Patient Results • National Physical Therapy Month

Do you ever find yourself slouching in a chair, slumping at the computer or your belly sticking out after standing for awhile? This is a sign of core muscle weakness that can negatively affect your health and create back or neck pain. What are Your Core Muscles? Your “core” is the group of muscles that help stabilize your body and give a

strong point from which your skeleton can move properly with good posture. The core is made up of your abdominal, low back, pelvic and gluteus muscles. When anyone of these groups is weak, it causes instability and makes it hard to use your body properly. The result is strain to different areas of your body, especially the back and neck muscles. This causes bad posture, fatigue, inflammation and pain.


Strengthening the abdominals is just one component of strengthening your core muscles and keeping your spine healthy. It takes an expert, trained in the science of human movement and the structure of the spine to analyze where your pain is coming from. Our physical therapy professionals are spine experts. Whether your pain is from your back, neck, shoulders or legs, we perform a thorough analysis of your posture, movement and strength. This allows us to pinpoint exactly what is causing your pain. Only then, can an effective treatment plan be made to obtain the fastest results. Call us today to learn more how our Spine Program can eliminate your pain and improve your health!

If you suffer from pain, let us help you get back to doing the things you love. Call Today! (801) 944-1209

Full range of motion! “I had a great experience with Canyon. I came in with a shattered collarbone after surgery on the second of January, and finished on the 22nd of May with full range of motion. I attribute this success of my recovery to my physical therapist, Danny, and the willingness to do the homework/exercises he suggested. I look forward to a summer of golf, tennis and a full ski season afterwards!” - P.S. PATIENT RESULTS

OUR MISSION “To restore physical ability and bring out your inner athlete.” MEET JASON WILLIAMS! Jason graduated from the University of Utah Doctor of Physical Therapy program in 2005. He loves living here in Utah and having so many great outdoor recreation options. Some of his favorite pastimes include rock climbing, basketball, snowboarding, hiking, and tennis. He enjoys pushing his body to improve his own athletic performance and working with like minded people to get them back to the things they love. Fun fact about Jason: He competed on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” for 5 seasons and is one of the oldest competitors to finish stages at the National Finals in Las Vegas. He lives in Draper with his wife Molly and his two children Livia and Leo.

HEALTH &WELLNESS TIPS FOR THE SEASON! National Physical Therapy Month

October is fast approaching, and with it comes its share of official “national day” designations, including whimsical days like “National Pumpkin Seed Day.” But did you know that the entire month has been dedicated to National Physical Therapy Month? So, as the leaves are turning and you’reworking on your jack-o-lanterns, take the time to learn more about the many benefits of physical therapy. What IsNational Physical TherapyMonthAll About? Physical TherapyMonth allows patients to share their stories about how PT has changed their lives for the better. It also gives physical therapists a forum for spreading the word about the different kinds of treatment patients can receive. Many members of the general public don’t realize that aside from specialized exercises that build strength and flexibility, PT also offers pain management through massage, heat and cold applications, and specialized electronic-pulse devices. What Symptoms and Conditions Does PT Help? Physical therapy tends to be associated with sports injuries, along with chronic problems such as back pain, surgery recovery, and balance issues. Yet, youmay not realize the range of problems which physical therapy can help -- both for painmanagement and to help ease other symptoms. Does an official month really matter, given that physical therapists are out there making a difference every day? In many ways, yes! If you or a loved one has been on the fence about giving PT a chance, the many stories you’re likely to hear during this month of public awareness may help you to decide. If you have any questions about whether you should #UsePhysicalTherapy, call our office today to discuss your condition and to set up an evaluation.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to keep you moving...


PRAYER STRETCH - LATERAL Stretches lower back.

While on your hands and knees in a crawl position, slowly lower your buttocks towards your feet. Also, lower your chest towards the floor as you reach out towards the side.

Healthy Recipe: Roasted Acorn Squash

INGREDIENTS • 1 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

• 1 tablespoon brown sugar • Kosher/sea salt to taste • Black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking pan with parchment paper. Combine the melted butter and brown sugar. Coat the acorn squash halves with the brown sugar mixture and season with salt and pepper. Place the acorn squash halves cut side down on the prepared pan. Roast for 30 minutes, flip the squash over and brush with juices from the pan. Continue roasting for about 20 minutes or until tender.

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