STAR PT: A Stronger Core Means a Healthier You

March, 2020 NEWSLETTER


How is your posture? Posture is an important part of everyday life that many of us tend not to focus on – Do you slouch in your desk chair, or slump at your computer while you do work? When you stand for prolonged periods of time, do you notice your stomach sticking out a bit? (continued inside) Covington Slidell Mandeville Lacombe Folsom New Orleans East Gentilly / Lakefront Algiers


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INSIDE: • How Can I Strengthen My Core Muscles? • Refer A Friend • Healthy Recipe • Patient Success Spotlight CALL IN! Call for your FREE CORE STRENGTH ASSESSMENT Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

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The group of muscles that make up your core help with stabilizing your body, constructing your posture, and allowing your skeleton to move properly. When any of the muscles within that group become weak, your body experiences an instability that makes it difficult for your body to function properly. As a result, you end up compensating by straining different areas of the body, most commonly the back and neck muscles. As a result, this leads to undesirable consequences, such as poor posture, fatigue, inflammation, or pain. Contact Star Physical Therapy today to figure out how we can help you strengthen your core muscles and improve your overall health!

Core Strengthening with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

These are all signs of core muscle weakness that can affect your posture and cause pain in your back or neck.

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

Your core muscles help you do a lot – from sitting, to walking, to doing a large number of physical activities. If your core muscles are weak, you may unknowingly be causing some damage to your body. What exactly are the core muscles? When most people think of core muscles, they immediately think of the abdominals. However, the core is made up of much more than that! In fact, your core muscles include your abdominal, lower back, pelvic, and gluteus muscles.


HOW CAN I STRENGTHEN MY CORE MUSCLES? When you are experiencing pain, sometimes it is necessary to seek the assistance of a trained professional in the field of human movement. At Star Physical Therapy, our licensed physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation to determine where the pain is rooted and what muscles must be strengthened in order to correct it. 3. Getting adequate rest and exercise. Every day takes a toll on your body, even if you don’t realize it. Sleep deprivation can actually worsen your pain tolerance and decrease your strength. Relaxing and sleeping helps your body to rejuvenate after a long day, and those hours before 12 a.m. are especially important. Exercising can help you fall asleep earlier, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed the next day. By taking a walk for at least 30 minutes every day, you can get better sleep at night, in addition to improving your strength, flexibility, and heart health.

Whether you are feeling pain in your back, neck, shoulders, or legs, we will perform a thorough analysis of your posture, movement, and strength to pinpoint exactly what is causing your pain. From there, we will create an individualized treatment plan for you based on your specific needs, aimed at strengthening your core, improving your posture, and alleviating your pain. There are also a few tips you can do on your own, either before PT treatments or in combination with them, in order to strengthen your core and relieve your pain. These include: 1. Improving your posture. Make sure to stand up frequently, at least every 30 minutes, and vary your positions of work throughout the day. Aim to correct your posture when sitting and standing, making adjustments as needed. 2. Avoiding injury. Make sure you know the proper way to lift, bend, and pick up objects, even if they are not heavy. It is important to lift with your legs, rather than your back. Our experts can show you proper body mechanics with everyday tasks.

4. Eating nutritious meals. If you are in pain, it is incredibly important to eat the right foods. A poor diet can aggravate your pain by causing further inflammation, especially when eating processed or fried foods. Instead, make it a habit to eat vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. It is also important to drink a lot of water, as dehydration can dry out your tissues. Keep a glass of water by your desk and refill it during the day so you (and your tissues) stay hydrated. 5. Getting expert help. The best solution for your back or neck pain is to restore proper movement, strength, and coordination for maximum results. At Star Physical Therapy our physical therapists are here to help you improve your function and relieve your pain. If you are looking to strengthen your core, relieve your pain, and improve your overall health, contact us today!

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

INGREDIENTS • 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil • 3 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro • Juice of 3 limes, divided • kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined • 1/4 head red cabbage, shredded • 1/4 c. mayonnaise • 1 tbsp. sriracha • 4 medium tortillas


“I am sad that I will be leaving, but I am glad I am feeling like myself again.” Success Story: Joey L. “I first came to STAR PT with severe mid and lower back pain that has limited my daily life activities. After several months of vigorous core exercises created for me by the wonderful PT’s, I am now back to doing everything that was limited before starting PT.The staff was very helpful, knowledgeable, kind, and enjoyable. I am sad that I will be leaving, but I am glad I am feeling like myself again. Thank you STAR PT!”

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.


Core Strength Program

Refer A Friend

The “core” is actually made up of 7 different muscle groups: upper rectus abdominus, lower rectus abdomninus, right obliques, left obliques, right hip abductors, left hip abductors and lumbar extensors.

Many people have a weak core, which greatly affects the spine, because 80% of spinal stability comes from the core muscles. It is very important to strengthen the core in any one with back pain. But why strengthen the entire core, when parts of it are not weak? In our Core Strength Program, we measure the strength / endurance in each of the 7 core muscle groups. Most patients are weak in only 3 - 5 of the areas. So why waste time working on the other 2 - 4 muscle groups. We measure what is weak. Then we get to work on strengthening only the muscle groups that are weak. Then we reassess to make sure that those muscle groups reach normal levels of strength / endurance. We find that in at least 90% of patients, once their core strength is normal, their pain has largely resolved.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve core pain.

Staff Spotlight: Miranda Magee

friends. I also enjoy quiet time with my animals. We have 3 dogs, 1 cat, 6 chickens, 3 fish and a crawfish. What is something about you that may surprise people? Because of my love for animals many people are surprised to learn that one of my favorite things to do is hunting with family.

Strengthens Your Core

CURL UP Lie on back with one leg straight. The other leg is bent with the foot flat on the ground. Position your hands underneath your lower back. Tuck your chin and lift your shoulder blades off the ground slightly. Return to the start position in a controlled manner.

Miranda is our new receptionist at our Folsom Clinic!

What do you like to do in your spare time? My family and I love being outdoors every chance we get. We enjoy hunting, fishing, riding 4-wheelers and being on the river. Anything to get us outside enjoying family and


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