PeakMotionPT: How Posture Affects Back & Neck Pain

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

February, 2018


This month we are celebrating Peak Motion’s 5th Anniversary! A few years ago Mike and I had a dream of building a physical therapy practice that would provide exemplary care to our patients in a way that was effective and cutting edge, yet friendly and fun at the same time. We know we could not have achieved the reality of Peak Motion without each and every one of you. Thank you to our wonderful staff for their dedication, their spirit and fantastic attitudes. But most of all, we want to thank you, our amazing patients. You become like part of the family when you enter the clinic. We are so happy to see you make progress as you recover and get back to your daily activities, yet sad to see you go when you “graduate”. Feel free to stop by and say hi! In honor of our 5th anniversary, we are hosting a day of FREE 15 minute exams. The free exam consists of a 15 minute one-on-one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice. Space is limited and filling up fast, so be sure to call 360-210-5440 today to register! See insert for more information.


FREE Back Pain Consultation. Call to schedule your appointment before 2-24-18.

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

February, 2018

6 BENEFITS OF GOOD POSTURE “Sit Up To Look Up To Pain Relief!”


• How Poor Posture Contributes To Back Pain • FREE Back Pain Consultation • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe

Discussing Benefits Of Posture with Mike Teater, DPT, OCS, Susan Gibbons, PT, DPT, MS, JSCC and Bre Lohn, DPT.

hold your body in a slouch. Good lung function has a healthy impact on all aspects of your body’s functions and helps to reduce pain. 3. It protects your organs, bones, joints and muscles. Holding correct posture reduces unnecessary strain and pressure on these body parts. Most neck and back problems develop from poor posture over time. 4. It prevents arthritis. With poor posture, unnatural pressure is placed on your joints, leading to wear and tear. This in turn can lead to arthritis. Good posture gives your joints the chance to function at their best. 5. It helps you use your muscles more efficiently. With your bones and joints in correct alignment, you are likely to feel more energetic since your body will require less energy to move about. 6. It can have a dramatic impact on the way you feel. When you hold yourself in good posture, rather than a slumped one, you send signals to yourbrain thatmakesyou feelhappierandmoreconfident. Italsochanges theway that peopleseeyou – you’ll appear moreconfident andassertive. Making simple changes in your daily habits can improve your posture and reduce your pain. Postural restoration at Peak Motion Physical Therapy helps thebodyrecruit therightmusclesfor the taskathand, improvingpain restoring prior to function. Our experts have years of training in reducing back and neck pain associated from poor posture.

Dear Valued Client,



If you suffer from back or neck pain, poor posture could be to blame. Poor posture can be a serious danger to your health. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, which increasesstrainonyourmuscles, jointsand ligaments. Poor posture causes fatigue, muscular strain and pain. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, such as your heart, lungs


and intestines.Maintaininggoodposturecanhaveadramatic improvement on your back or neck pain, health, energy and the way you look and feel. Some of the perks of good posture include: 1. Constant exercise for your back and abdominals. Holding good posture takes effort and makes you use the muscles in your back and abdomen properly. 2. Itgreatly improvesyourbreathing. Goodposturemakes room foryour lungs to function at their best – rather than being compressed when you

Think PT First

Patient Success Spotlight

Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain

I feel better when sitting!

� Sit for long periods comfortably

� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

“No back pain at all at this time. When I came in 6 weeks ago I had limited range of motion, headaches, back pain and a very stiff neck. My recent X-rays with my primary doctor shows great improvement in my neck. Not only am I happy but my doctor will be referring patients here.” - B. Snodgrass

� Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

Attention Back Pain Sufferers! Do You Have Difficulty With Back Pain?

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level We can help:

• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living

Mention or Bring in This Coupon Today For a FREE Back Pain Consultation

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When your spine is not in proper alignment, the muscles, ligaments and joints are all under excessive strain, causing most episodes of back pain. The lower back supports most of the weight of the body and therefore is the most vulnerable to the effects of poor posture. Discs, which providesupport between thespinal bones (vertebrae), arealso affected from poor posture. However, with good posture, the spine is in properalignmentand theshockabsorbingdiscsarenotassubject to injury. Often with poor posture, the spine will become fixed in an abnormal position. This leads to the constriction of blood vessels and nerves over time.Furthermore, thiscausesproblemswith the joints,discsandmuscles. It is important to takecareofyourspine.Goodpostureeliminatesmanyof the health problems that can develop when the spine has an unhealthy posture. Sinceyouperformmanydifferentmovementsandpositions throughout the day (sitting, standing, bending, stooping, lying down, etc.) it is important to learn how to keep correct posture. Maintaining good posture during the day results in less back pain. When you correct bad posture habits, the new and improved movements tend to become more automatic and require very little effort to maintain. At PeakMotionPhysicalTherapywe trainyouon thebestway toattainandhold your posture throughout the day. We help you relieve your back pain quickly while improving your posture for maximum, long term results! Discover how our therapists can improve your posture and relieve your back or neck pain, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life.

HEALTHY RECIPE Roquefort Pear Salad

INGREDIENTS • 1 head leaf lettuce • 3 pears • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese • 1 avocado • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions • 1/4 cup white sugar

• 1/2 cup pecans • 1/3 cup olive oil

• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard • 1 clove garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt • Fresh ground black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper.Allow tocool,andbreak intopieces.For thedressing,blendoil,vinegar,11/2 teaspoons sugar,mustard,choppedgarlic,salt,andpepper. Ina largeservingbowl, layer lettuce,pears,blue cheese,avocado,andgreenonions.Pourdressingoversalad,sprinklewithpecans,andserve.

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Attention Pain Sufferers 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT

ONE DAY OFFER! A Day Of Free 15 Minute Exams

We want to celebrate our 5 year anniversary by thanking our current and past patients and their friends and family. We are providing a day of FREE 15 MINUTE EXAMS from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at our clinic! The free exam consists of a 15 min one-on-one appointment with the physical therapist of your choice. They will listen to you about your problem and how it impacts you. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength. After your exam, they will give you a written copy of:

8AM-1PM On February 14th

Who’s Eligible? • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from:

• The cause of your problem • A plan for what successful treatment looks like

• Low Back • Neck • Arthritis • Sciatica

• Hip • Shoulder • Elbow • Hand/Wrist

• Knee • Foot/Ankle

Appointments are free but limited; each therapist has 8 spots available. Don’t delay, register today by calling 360-210-5440

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, sleeping or driving then you should schedule your exam now.

If you are a past or present patient or if you are referring a friend or family member (or the stubborn spouse above)… give them this Newsletter Insert and tell them to call us to schedule their free exam.

1905 S.E 192ND Ave, Suite 205 Camas, WA 98607 360.210.5440

“Improve Posture Without Pain! ”

Simple Exercises To Relieve Back Pain

WALL POSTURE The following postural exercise is designed to strengthen weakened and chronically fatigued postural muscles, and to stretch commonly tight and spastic postural muscles. This exercise stretches the low back muscles, strengthens the abdominal muscles, stretches tight neck muscles, strengthens weak postural muscles of the neck, and strengthens the muscles that support good posture in your middle back. How it’s done: Stand with your heels up against a wall. Attempt to get your heels, buttock, shoulders and head to touch the wall at the same time. STANDING LUMBAR EXTENSIONS Spine extension is very important for posture and health. Since there is very little in life that we do bending backwards, taking time with exercise to move this direction can help keep our backs in balance. Ideally, every segment of the spine should move freely and easily in all directions. The real goal with good spine extension is to get the entire spine actively participating, which means the middle back has to learn how to extend –movement away from its natural curve. Practicing extension exercises also provides an opportunity to stretch and lengthen through the front of the body. In the long run this will help improve movement of the spine in all directions. How it’s done: Stand with good posture, feet shoulder width apart. Position your hands on the backs of your hips. Lean back, as far as you comfortably can. Slowly return to the start position.


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