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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body



HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body

INSIDE: • Find Long Term Relief • Sweet & Sour Cauliflower • Find Relief From Back Pain • What Patients Are Saying • FSTT and Low Back Pain

Injuries are a real pain in the back. The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body.You rely on it so heavily—whether it is toshoulderyouremotionalstressesor tophysically lift something that you need to carry with you.Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not FIND LONG TERM RELIEF DON’ T I GNORE YOUR BACK PAIN

many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention.Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! When it comes to back pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based. To get started with putting an end to your back pain, contact us. Call Trademark Performance today at 219.319.0110 we can help you find the source of your back pain pain and guide you along the way to achieve greater health.


Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go. Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: •Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. •Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. •Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength-building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support FIND RELIEF FROM BACK PAIN

that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: •Muscle sprain or strain •Slipped vertebrae or disk •Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons •Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on.

TA S T Y R E C I P E : SWEET & SOUR CAULIFLOWER Ingredients • 5-6 cups cauliflower florets

• 1/2 tsp onion salt • 1/4 cup ketchup • 1 tbsp cornstarch • 2 tbsp cold water

• Thinly sliced green onions for garnish • 3/4 cup sugar • 2 tbsp soy sauce • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar • 1 tsp garlic powder

• 3 tbsp vegetable oil • 1/3 cup corn starch • 3-4 cups steamed rice, for serving

Directions Preheatovento425degreesandgreaseabakingsheet.Combinecauliflowerandoil ina largeziplockbag. Seal and shake to coat cauliflower in the oil. Open the bag, add corn starch, seal bag, and toss to coat again. Transfer coatedcauliflowertoagreasedpan.Bakefor15-20minuntilcauliflowerstartstobrownonthebottoms.Switchovento broil and cook on high for 3-4 minutes just until tops start to brown.While cauliflower is cooking, prepare the sauce by addingsugar,vinegar,soysauce,garlicpowder,onionsalt,andketchup inamediumsaucepan.Stirandbringtoaboil. Whisktogetherthecornstarchandcoldwater inasmallbowluntildissolved.Addtosaucepanandstiruntilthickened, then reduce to low heat. Combine roasted cauliflower and sauce. Serve with steamed rice and top with sliced green onions.



loop between what the sensors are sending in and the brain is sending out. Almost like turning the radio dial one number off, were you can still hear and understand the music, but it echoes a lot of static. This causes difficulty activating, or “firing”, a muscle optimally. Tensional integrity refers to the balance of forces within your body. Optimal tensional integrity is when every structure is working together in perfect harmony pulling or pushing as much or as little as it needs to at just the right time to create efficient movement and/ or ideal posture. If something is OFF, it affects the entire body to a certain degree, but can affect the immediate area at higher and more noticeable level. So improving this aspect is tantamount to ensuring that all cylinders of the musculoskeletal engine are firing correctly. So, how can all of this potentially benefit a person experiencing low back pain? Well starting from the top, an improvement in tissue glide allows the tissues in your back to move and flow, restriction free. This, along with a decrease of densification, decreases the amount of tension the free nerve endings are under to reduce pain and sensitivity. Simply stated, with better mobility and better feedback between the brain and nervous system, you can begin to strengthen the areas which may have initially contributed to the problem causing your current levels of low back pain. Assuming that the low back pain isn’t the result of a deeper, more serious issue, it is likely that the FSTT approach will provide some degree of relief to the afflicted person.

Functional Soft Tissue Transformation (FSTT) is a system that combines a manual load or force to the tissues of the body with motion (both assisted and unassisted) to enhance interlayer glide, alter sensors, improve tensional integrity. Wow… that was a lot! Let’s simplify things a bit. FSTT is the application of pressure using an external apparatus (hands, massage tools etc.) while performing various joint movements for the purpose of decreasing dysfunction so that you can move better and feel better doing it. Interlayer Glide is basically the movement of tissues around and along each other. Consider that the “tissues” of your body are comprised of many different parts interwoven together. First, you have several layers of skin. Under (and between) these layers of skin, you have your fascia (connective tissue) and then you have your muscles (along with its tendons) and your of course, your ligaments. ALL of these structures have to “glide” smoothly and seamlessly around, over and through one another in order to produce efficient movement, and decrease pain symptoms. To alter sensors simply means, to change the way a sensor transmits a signal to your central nervous system. Over time and for a variety of reasons, densification (a sort of stiffening or thickening) of certain tissues can: 1. Put free nerve endings under tension, which can cause pain. 2. Cause a sort of disruption in the feedback

Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call Trademark Performance for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3 PRAY FOR KATIE Katie Crandol is battling Cancer and we join her family, loved ones and our community to pray for her recovery.


WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING “I AM EVEN ABLE TO ENJOY PL AYING WITH MY GRANDSON, AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO RESUME MY ACTIVE LIFEST YLE.” Low back pain controlled my life. I have had numerous treatments and therapy over the years, but nothing seemed to work. I finally had a surgery, but I still needed a lot of help. I couldn’t sleep, walk or even sit without pain. After working with Amy for 3 or 4 visits, I already felt a vast improvement. I have been able to return to normal life, with no back pain. I am even able to enjoy playing with my grandson, and have been able to resume my active lifestyle. I can’t thank Trademark enough for the difference they have made in my life.“ -S.M.

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