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Meet Millie Crawford, PT, MPT Millie Crawford, PT, MPT, is a Physical Therapist at Danville Orthopedic & Athletic Rehabilitation. Millie holds a Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science fromVirginia Commonwealth University.

Millie is an orthopedics expert specializing in patients with back pain or neck pain. She incorporates manual therapy whenever beneficial for the patient, and always focuses on patient education with exercise. Millie’s favorite part of her job is “when people are pleased with their treatment, especially when they came in expecting it wouldn’t help.” Millie was inspired to become a Physical Therapist

after reading a story about a boy who had third degree burns all over his body, and needed physical therapy to aid in his recovery. Millie thought, “I want to be the person who helps someone learn to walk again.” Outside of work, Millie stays busy with church, hobbies, and her family.


• Is Your Posture Hurting Your Health? • Get Up and Move

• Improve Your Posture In Minutes • Refer a Friend


Poor posture can be a serious danger to your health. If you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned increasing abnormal strain on your muscles, joints and ligaments. Poor posture can cause fatigue, muscular strain and in later stages, pain. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, such as your heart, lungs and intestines. Maintaininggoodposturecanhaveadramatic improvementonyourhealth and the way you look and feel. Some of the perks of good posture include: Constantexerciseforyourbackandabdominals. Holdinggoodposture takes effort andmakes you use themuscles in your back and abdomen. It greatly improves your breathing. Good posturemakes room for your lungs to function at their best – rather than being squashed when you hold your body in a slouch. Good lung function has a healthy impact on all aspects of your body’s functions. It protects your organs, bones, joints and muscles. Holding correct posture helps reduce unnecessary strain and pressure on these body parts. Many neck and back pains develop from issues of poor posture.

Did You Know? You Can ALWAYS choose WHERE you go for YOUR Therapy?

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties • •


Ithelpspreventosteoarthritis. Withpoorposture, unnaturalpressure isplacedonyour joints leading towearand tear.This in turncan lead toarthritis. Good posture gives your joints the chance to function at their best. It helps you use your muscles more efficiently. Withyourbonesand joints incorrectalignment, you are likely to feel more energetic since your body will require less energy to move about. 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 your brain that makes you feel happier and more confident. Making simple changes in your daily habits can improveyourpostureandreduceyourpain.Postural restoration with Physical Therapy helps the body recruit the right muscles for the task at hand, improvingpainandfunction.Ourexpertshaveyears of clinical training in reducing back and neck pain associated from poor posture.

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

Get Up and Move

Improve Posture In Minutes Try this movement if you feel you have poor posture.

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Hold your hands behind your back and slowly raise them off your back in a backward direction. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat 6 times. Strengthens Back & Improves Posture

One good tip to improve posture and ergonomics, especially for people who work sitting in an office chair for most of the day. Get up and move. As muscles tire, slouching, slumping, and other poor postures become more likely; this in turn puts extra pressure on the neck and back. In order to maintain a relaxed yet supported posture, change positions frequently. One way is to take a break from sitting in an office chair every half hour for two minutes in order to stretch, stand, or walk.

Who do you know that needs our help?

Do You Have Friends or Family Who Can’t:

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

� Sit for long periods comfortably

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

Refer Them To Physical Therapy Call Today!

“Love these people. I felt so at home while having therapy under their direction. Professional and caring therapists go a long way in successful therapy.” - Mary Z. “ Awesome!” PATIENT SUCCESS STORY

Easy Recipe

ENGLISHMUFFIN BREAKFAST SANDWICHES INGREDIENTS 6 English muffins, sliced in half 6 large eggs 6 slices Cheddar cheese 6 slices deli ham Salt and freshly ground black pepper INSTRUCTIONS • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. • Grease 5 ramekins, or a jumbo muffin tin and place on a cookie sheet. • Crack one egg into each ramekin. • Pierce egg yolk with a fork and very slightly beat.

Have YouMet Your Out-of-PocketMax? Have you met your annual Out-of-Pocket Max? If you have, your therapy may be free. How do you check to see if it has been met? You can call your insurance and ask them or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you.

• Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. • Bake eggs for 12-15 minutes or until set. • Remove from oven and allow to cool.

• Run a knife around the edge of ramekin (or muffin tin) to remove eggs. • To assemble breakfast sandwich, layer one half of each English muffin with one slice of cheese, one slice of ham and a cooked egg. • Top with other half of English muffin. • Wrap sandwich in plastic wrap and place in the freezer. • To reheat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes, or until warmed through.

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