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HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body DON’T IGNORE YOUR PAIN



HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body INSIDE: Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain • Seasonal Affective Disorder • Success Stories • Exercise Essentials • Featured Service: Vestibular Therapy


The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of thebody.Yourelyonitsoheavily—whetheritisto shoulderyouremotionalstressesortophysically lift something that you need to carry with you. Yourbackisconstantlyatrisk.Itisatriskwhenyou drive, being one of the body parts likely to take thebiggest impact incaseofanaccident. It isat riskwhenyouaresafelyathomeonyourcouch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It isatriskwhenyourun,whenyouplaysports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughingsoheavilythatyourbackbeginstohurt. It isnowonder thatsomanypeopleexperience back injurieseveryyear.What isabigwonder is thatsomanypeoplechooseto ignoretheirback injuriesyearafteryear! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg,youare likelytodosomethingabout itright away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical

attention.Yetwhenpainbegins intheback, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops backpain,timetotime,right?Thereisnoreason tostressaboutitoroverreact,right?Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditionsthatcancauseyourbacktobeginto hurt,and it issmarttohaveyourbacklookedat byaphysicianearlyonsothatyouknowexactly whatisgoingonwithyourbodyfromtheget-go. Oncethecauseofyourbackpain isdetermined, yourphysicaltherapistwillbeabletoidentifythe best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: •Targetedexercisesthatarespecializedtothe regionofthebackthatisexperiencingthemost pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles.

•Guidedstretchingdesignedto improverange 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 areasoftheback,aswellasstrength-building activities. Attempting toundertakeanyof thesechanges on your own after you’ve experienced a back injuryisbothdangerousandnotrecommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need toensurethatyoudonotexperienceanyfurther injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain. Contact us today at 706-993-2260 or visit


EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS TECHNIQUE TO STRETCH BACK Sidelying Trunk Rotation While lying on your side with your arms out-stretched in front of your body, slowly twist your upper body to the side and rotate your spine. Your arms and head should also be rotating along with the spine as shown. Follow your hand with your eyes. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side. Exercisescopyrightof GETPROFESSIONALHELPFORSADIFYOUNEEDIT: Althoughlackof sunlightandactivityoftenareculpritsofseasonalaffectivedisorder, geneticsandhormonalchangesalsomaycontributetothecondition. If exercise alone doesn’t improve your mood and your sadness persistsformorethan2weeks,scheduleanappointmentwithone of our physical therapists. We will provide you with techniques in additiontoexercisetomanagestress. Has your mood darkened with the shorter days and longer nights offallandwinter?Ifyou’relikemanypeople,gettinglesssunshine andbeing lessactivethistimeofyearcancontributetofeelingsof sadnessandapathythatmaybeassociatedwithSeasonal Affective Disorder(orSAD).Thegoodnews isthatregularexercisecanhelp boostyourmoodandguardagainstsymptomsofseasonalaffective disorder. EXERCISE AND SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER: According to theCentersforDiseaseControl(CDC)andPrevention,14percentof peopleintheUnitedStatesexperienceSAD(alsoknownasseasonal depression). But research shows that many people can manage or avoid SAD with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise and 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day. In addition, data show exercisers have lower rates of recurrent depression compared with study participants who do not exercise. These figures emphasize the importance of exercising throughout the winter, especially if your goal ishealthandwell-beingaswellasatrimwaistline.

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. If you or a loved one suffers from back pain, you have options. Call 706-993-2260 today and ask about ongoing physical therapy treatment to restore mobility, comfort and quality of life.

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 disc • 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.


Lindsay, my therapist, was a constant professional who allowed me to move at my own pace while pushing me towards recovery. All of the staff at Georgialina was friendly and warm. ”

– S.M.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of.

TRY THIS HEALTHY RECIPE Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Sriracha Slaw

What is vestibular therapy? At Georgialina Physical Therapy, we provide vestibular therapy for our patients suffering from balance disorders in Georgia or South Carolinaandsurroundingareas.Balancedisordersrefertoabroad range of conditions, but they are all connected by the effect they have on the vestibular system, also known as the inner ear. Some common balance disorders that we treat through vestibular therapy include: VESTIBULAR THERAPY FEATURED SERVICE

• Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) • Meniere’s disease • Vestibular neuritis • Migraines • Stroke

Ingredients • 1/4cupextra-virginoliveoil • 3tbsp.freshlychoppedcilantro • Juiceof3limes,divided • Koshersalt • Freshlygroundblackpepper

• 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled & deveined • 1/4headredcabbage,shredded • 1/4c.mayonnaise • 1tbsp.sriracha • 4mediumtortillas

Vestibular therapy, also referred to as vestibular rehabilitation, is conductedthroughaprocessof“adaptationandcompensation.”This meansthatthevestibularsystem isactuallybeing“reprogrammed” throughbothpassiveandactivetherapiestoformconnectionswith the brain on adjusting imbalances and regaining stability.

Directions In a small bowl, mix together olive oil, cilantro, and 1/3 of the lime juice. Season with salt and pepper. Add shrimp to a baking dish and pour over mixture. Toss until completely coated and let marinate 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make slaw: In a large bowl, toss cabbage with mayo, remaining lime juice and sriracha. Season with salt. Heat grill to high. Skewer shrimp and grill until charred, 3 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until charred, 1 minute per side. Serve shrimp in tortillas with slaw.

WE HAVE MOVED! Our Martinez, GA location has moved just down the street to 415 Fury’s Ferry Rd. This newly constructed state-of-the-art Rehab facility was designed with patient care in mind and will offer specialized services such as Women’s Pelvic Floor Therapy and Aquatic Physical Therapy.


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