Renew PT. Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?

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Back Pain Prevention • Postural Restoration • Meet The Owners Exercise Essentials • Seasonal Recipe • What Patients Are Saying

Physical Therapy N E W S L E T T E R


Backpaincanhinderyourday-to-dayactivities.Leftuntreated, itcaneven lead to long-term joint, spine, and nerve damage. As one of the most commonphysicalcomplaints,over80percentoftheU.S.populationwill suffer from it at some point in their lifetime. The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable— ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? Afewthingscausebackpain.TheAmericanPhysicalTherapyAssociation covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine & thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before they know it, they have a big problem. They might assume nothing—except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause. 

Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck: Back pain can be cured! The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy, and medication. Where medication is considered, anti- inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help. If you’re suffering fromback pain, call your Physical Therapist at Renew Physical Therapy to schedule your appointment today!



protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you!

A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. • LIFT PROPERLY You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your abs on and back straight. Lift with your leg muscles and gluteals, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. • USE GOOD POSTURE When you are standing, stand with heels and toes on the ground. Feel the ground through your whole foot, soft knees and abdominals on. • USE STRENGTH TRAINING Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles

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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Perform This Exercise To Relieve Back Pain In Minutes!

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT DIRECT ACCESS? Did you know that you are not required to see your primary physician before seeing a physical therapist? We are now able to evaluate you, determine if you need physical therapy, and implement a treatment program… ALL without a referral! So call for an appointment today! Minor aches and pains can be fixed quickly when addressed early. No need to make a trip to the Doctor’s office first, let our movement specialists evaluate and treat your needs.

SIDELYING TRUNK ROTATION While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

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CHRIS MCDOUGALL, DPT is a native of Arabi, Louisiana. He earned a bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in May 2005 from LouisianaStateUniversity. Chrisalsoplayed baseball for the LSU Tiger Baseball Team from 2001-2005 where he earned all SEC academic honors. Chris then attended the University of St. Augustine, FL where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy

in August 2008. Chris has been Clinical Director and an Owner of Renew Physical Therapy for more than 10 years. Professionally Chris serves as a pitching coach and Physical Therapist to many athletes ranging from youth athletes to college pitchers. He has trained with multiple MLB teams including the Phillies, Mariners, and Indians to understand proper assessment and rehabilitation of the overhead athlete. His understanding of themusculoskeletal systemas a whole allows forproper treatmentof injuriesand improvingoverallpitching mechanics to prevent further injury. Chris has developed a comprehensive program utilizing Postural Restoration Institute principles to proactively attend to muscular imbalances, deficiencies, and poor movement patterns before injury develops. Chris is a dedicated husband and father to his wife Karlie and their children Landon, Nolan, and Aubrey. Chris enjoys coaching baseball, working out and, hunting with his dog Mack.

Renew Physical Therapy is the only Postural Restoration Certified clinic in Louisiana. Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) are the leaders in the field of postural and movement dysfunction. This unique way of looking at the human body as a whole, while in motion. PRI is an innovative treatment approach which is leading the way in research and movement advancements. Allowing the PRI trained Physical Therapist (PT) get to the root of the problem and teach movement patterns to a healthier body. If you have a nagging problem that just doesn’t seem to go away, or you want to continue training at a high level or you just want to move freely come in and try the PRI approach. For more information on PRI please visit POSTURAL RESTORATION “If it wasn’t for Renew Physical Therapy, I don’t know where my son Alex would be. After being in a wheelchair for 5 months, he’s now back on the field playing the game he loves.” - Kaye S. WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING!

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DIRECTIONS Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray, butter or coconut oil. Add all the ingredients into slow cooker and mix well. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. If you have a programmable slow cooker, set it to cook on low for 7 hours and then switch to warm. In the morning, give the oats a good stir as the oats will settle to the bottom. Portion into a bowl to serve and top with pecans, maple syrup and almond milk. Source:

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