Ellis PT: Living Life Without Back Pain

Newsletter Ellis Physical Therapy Is Proud To Introduce LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN In the old days, when your back was hurting, your doctor told you to rest until it felt better. However a lot has been learned about proper treatment for back pain since those days, and gone are the days of prolonged bed rest. New studies show that proper movements, posture and a gradual return to activities, has been found to be much more successful to control back pain. This allows you faster pain relief and a return to normal pain-free activities.

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Newsletter Health &Wellness “Enjoy Time With Friends Without The Thought Of Pain.” LIVING LIFE WITHOUT BACK PAIN


Bed rest and inactivity have been shown to weaken muscles and bones. Whereas exercise in general,

In our SPINE program we look at your individual health history, as well as your current mobility level and interests. Based on this, our physical therapists put together an individualized exercise program specifically for you. They will help guide you back into your previous activity level without pain. In addition to exercise, physical therapy utilizes a variety of gentle modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, massage and heat or cold therapy to help relieve muscular spasms. Our program will first relieve your pain and then provide exercises to restore your strength and instruct you in how to prevent your symptoms from recurring.

activity, like walking, assists in bringing nutrients to structures in the spine. Some of these structures, like the discs between your vertebrae, have a poor blood supply and rely on your body’s movements and aerobic activity to circulate nutrients. When a person is inactive, less of these nutrients are able to get to the structures in the spine to keep them healthy.


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Think Before Taking Your Next “Step” To Pain Relief! ARE YOUR FEET CAUSING BACK PAIN?

When your foot hits the ground, your whole body feels the effect.  Imagine in your car if your shock absorbers were worn out. You would feel every bump and jolt from the road. Your feet and legs are much the same way. The greater the impact of your step, the more impact it has on your body. Sometimesour legsarenotquite thesame lengthdue to joint replacements or arthritic conditions in the ankle, knee, or hip. Even small differences may cause back or leg pain. A small heel lift can often change symptoms dramatically. Many times tightness in the ankle can also contribute to back pain. When the ankle joint is tight, this essentially makes that leg “longer” which can cause the spine to curve slightly and result in back and leg pain. Your feet and legs need to be able to support the rest of your body during walking tasks. We will evaluate your leg and foot strength and mobility and focus on improving the muscles that are weak and stretching those that are tight. This in turn will allow you to walk with better form and help to eliminate back pain. If we find that you need some type of modification to your shoes or inserts we will make those recommendations as well. We want to look at everything that can be contributing to your back pain, not just your back. This can be done under the guidance and expertise of our physical therapists at Ellis Physical Therapy.


HEALTHY RECIPE ROASTED SWEET POTATO SOUP WITH PISTACHIO Ingredients • 4 pounds sweet potato • 6 tablespoons vegetable oil • Kosher salt • 4 medium carrots, diced • 1 medium onion • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken stock • 1/4 cup orange juice and 1 tablespoon grated zest • 3/4 cup pistachios • 2 scallions • 2 tablespoons mint leaves • Pinch cayenne pepper • 1/2 cup olive oil • 5 cloves garlic • 2 sprigs sage

Directions Preheat oven to 300°F.Toss sweet potato with 4 tablespoons vegetable oil and salt. Spread sweet potato on 2 rimmed baking sheets and bake for 1 hour. Increase oven temperature to 375°F and cook until sweet potatoes are tender and lightly browned around the edges, about 25 minutes. In a large pot, heat remaining 2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add carrot, onion, garlic,

sage,andagenerouspinchofsaltandcook,stirring,untilvegetablesare just tender. Add sweet potatoes and stock and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes until vegetables are very tender. Discard sage, if using. Add orange juice. Blend soup until smooth. Season with salt. In a mixing bowl, stir together pistachios, orange zest, scallions, mint, and cayenne pepper. Fold in olive oil and season with salt. Serve soup, spooning pistachio salsa on top.

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Metabolics Wellness Program

Ellis Physical Therapy just partnered up with Metabolics Wellness and powellmetabolics.com. We are initiating a wellness/weight loss program into our clinic. The Metabolics Wellness program provides you with a nutrition and exercise based weight loss program proven to aid in the recovery of your physical pains. This wellness program is an included benefit of your physical therapy treatment. We take your results seriously, and pride ourselves on giving you the tools you need to achieve a lasting, physical transformation. We believe these tools will empower you to create success by attaining the body and the life you deserve. CALL TODAY! (208) 523-8879 SIGN UP FOR A FREE CONSULT ON OUR WEBSITE! We offer access for you to schedule your FREE Consultation for your convenience! Make sure to check out the website to schedule a FREE consultation! Click on “Request Free Consult” on the top of our web page at www. ellisphysicaltherapy.com to confirm your FREE consultation today!

Patient Success Spotlight

“Jay has helped my daughter get back on her feet and compete after some back issues. Jay loves his work and it shows! ” – Ryan K. Helped my daughter get back on her feet and compete after some back issues!

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

Relieves Lower Back

ALT. ARM & LEG LIFTS Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm straight out in front. At the same time, lift opposite leg straight back. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Hold for 3 seconds.


Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

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