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“Enjoy Moments Of Joy This Season!” LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN

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 —

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

“Fall Into The Right Treatment!” • Understanding The Why & How Of Back Pain • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Sudoku Puzzle LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN INSIDE:

(continued from outside) 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.

No one understands movement like we do! Come experience real pain relief with our physical therapists at Sports & Ortho Physical Therapy by scheduling an appointment today!



There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when youbreakdown injuries,whether fromoveruseorathleticpursuits, thereare different problems that can develop. 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 or otherwise relaxed. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving 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 theprocessofhealingwithgradualsteps. For more support in overcoming back pain, talk to your physical therapist.

Learn more about how you can naturally relieve back pain, call the clinic nearest you today!

Healthy Recipe


• 1-2 cups of marinara sauce • Chopped parsley

• Four medium-sized zucchinis • One 5oz log of goat cheese

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet. Using 1/2 of the goat cheese, spread small amount into the zucchini and cover with marinara sauce. Drop dots of remaining cheese over the marinara, bake until cheese is soft and marinara is bubbling (about 20 minutes).



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“I had attended Sports & Ortho for an injury screen evaluation regarding a hip injury, and I was thoroughly impressed with Cash. He invested more time in a screen than I thought possible, while revealing a sound level of expertise and genuine concern/interest in my injury. I hope I’m not injured again, but if so, I’d run back to Cash! My husband, though, has seen Cash regularly following surgeries on both his rib and toe. Cash has not only provided relief and strength to those areas, he’s graciously worked to help my husband’s (unrelated) knee pain, believing in both a holistic approach as well as the reality that everyone should be able to run pain-free. This sort of genuine care and interest – as well as passion in his work – is deeply appreciated as a patient.” – Kelly F.


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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

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LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side- to-side. Perform this 10-15 times in each direction. Repeat 3 times. Strengthens Back


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