ZPT GaZette The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
“Discover HowYou Can Gain Back PainRelief Forever!” Is Back Pain Slowing You Down?
Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs • Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back. Theymay even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people
feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.
ZPT GaZette The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body
Is Your Back Pain Slowing You Down? Dear Valued Client,
INSIDE: • Is Back Pain Slowing You Down? • How To Take Care Of Your Back • Staff Spotlight • Patient Success Spotlight
As Iwrotethis letterathome, Icouldhearthetap-tap-tappingofa littlewoodpecker outside...on our west wall...of our siding. Chloe, our black lab dog, and I promptly trooped outdoors to scare the little wildlife away from our home, and found yet another HOLE pecked into the siding. Seriously. Aren’t there enough trees in the woods? I’m sure Kent will be thrilled to work on that fill-project this spring!
ELAINE MORRISON Owner
So, what are some things tap-tapping on your home...on your muscles and joints, needing attention? Just like our little feathered friend tapping, the danger signs in our body, like pain, or nausea, or rapid heart rate, are signs to which we must pay attention. The danger of ignoring a problem, or duct taping over it, can result in lots of damage sooner or later. Pay attention to the early signs in your body, such as aches, weaknesses, swelling, and subtle variations that cause you to think, “Hmmm...that doesn’t feel right!” Our intuitions can be right, but our nature is to procrastinate or ignore. I would love for you to stop in the clinic this spring and say hello! Introduce yourself to our new staff members (great people I want you to meet!), and schedule a complimentary visit with me or one of our doctors in physical therapy to discuss any of your little “tap-tap-tappings” in your muscles or joints that might just need some attention. We are here to help.
ANNOUNCING! UPCOMING BACK PAIN WORKSHOP
APRIL 1ST 10 AM FREE GIFT FOR ATTENDEES
“ Common pain conditions (i.e., arthritis, back, headache, and other musculoskeletal) result in $61.2 billion in lower productivity for U.S. workers. ” - Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003
Call our office to register for the workshop. Limited space available for seating! Call In Now: 317.873.2033
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Patient Success Spotlight
“I came in with lower back pain. I couldn’t stand long enough to do simple tasks like washing the dishes. A simple trip to the store would require me to stop and rest for a while. After my PT sessions, not only could I resume my normal activities, I was able to do shoveling and other construction tasks while on a mission trip.” - Linda A. I was able to do shoveling!
Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain
� Sit for long periods comfortably
� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely
� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle
Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.
Do You Have Difficulty Bending Or Reaching?
• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level We can help:
• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living
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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR BACK
1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the topofyourhead liftingyoustraight up. This puts your neck, shouders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shouldersshouldnotslouchwhensitting.Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine.
3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. Bykeepingyourbody flexible, thenormal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.
5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call Today!
Elainehasbeenapracticingphysical therapist since 1982, when she graduated the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Physical TherapyProgram.Herprofessionalexperience includes serving as a staff physical therapist Elaine Ritter Morrison PT/Owner
working with patients of all ages---from children to seniors. She grew up in Zionsville, a graduate of ZCHS, and has served this community as a 4-H member when young, and now as a professional, with a passion for caring for those with pain or weakness to enable return to a full and active lifestyle, naturally, without prescription medications or surgery. She enjoys doing yoga, jogging, hiking, and spending time with
her husband, Kent, bicycling, motorcycle riding and making music. They have a blended family, grown to include 4 adult children + 2 spouses and 1 very cute grandson.
in acute care in hospital settings, rehabilitation facilities, home health, skilled care facilitiesandoutpatient rehabilitationclinics,whereshewasalsoaclinicmanager. She has been the owner of Zionsville Physical Therapy since 2006. Her specialties include women’s health, pelvic floor dysfunction and manual therapy. Elaine has advanced training in myofascial and joint mobilization techniques, surface EMG, pelvicpainandweaknessandneurologicalconditionssuchasstrokes.Sheenjoys
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