Pro-Active PT: Herniated Discs

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We Offer Dry Needling As Therapy Option WHY CONSIDER DRY NEEDLING

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use (where allowed by state law) to treat myofascial pain. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle, known as trigger points. Some dry needling techniques treat a broader landscape of the central nervous system. This is called non-trigger point treatment. Instead of inserting needles only in the area of pain, the practitioner may instead insert needles in areas around but not directly on the point of pain. This technique relies on the idea that pain is the result of a greater nerve or muscular issue, not a focused one only in the main area of pain. Physical therapists use dry needling with the goal of releasing or inactivating trigger

points to relieve pain or improve range of motion. Preliminary research supports that dry needling improves pain control, reduces muscle tension, and normalizes dysfunctions of the motor end plates, the sites at which nerve impulses are transmitted to muscles. This can help speed up the patient’s return to active rehabilitation. Dry needling may provide relief for some muscular pain and stiffness. In addition, easing the trigger points may improve flexibility and increase range of motion. That’s why this method is often used to treat sports injuries, muscle pain, and even fibromyalgia pain. Call one of our 3 locations today if you or someone you know could benefit from dry needling therapy.

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INSIDE: • Treatment for Herniated Discs • OPEN HOUSE COMING SOON!

• Patient Success Spotlight • Exercise Essentials

Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives. There are some back injuries, however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each joint socket. The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely from side to side. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of those sockets, the bones would rub against one another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful. When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning in between the vertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent spinal nerves, causing the pain

to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc is at the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern. How does this happen? The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight lifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to your aching back.


Painassociatedwithaherniateddisc often develops in the sciatica nerve, and doesn’t subside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and cold therapy will help alleviate the pain associated with many different back issues, it won’t make the pain of a herniated disc go away. The pain is often frequently associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the pain will feel more severe after initial movement, such as standing up or laying down. Many people mistakenly refer to having a herniated disc as having “pinched a nerve,” but that is not the case. Physical therapy is a great resource for attempting to overcome the pain associated with a herniated disc. A combination of passive and active techniques is typically employed, including deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapy, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building. If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a physical therapist right away. Attempting to engage in therapy at home could lead to further injury. It is best to have an experienced therapist assess your injury before attempting any treatment options. Discover how our Spine Program transforms your back pain from a pressing problem, to a distant memory, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. TREATMENT FOR HERNIATED DISCS

OPEN HOUSE! Pro-Active Bryant Location

Wednesday, April 3rd 12:00 pm

- 6:00 pm

We will have a Physical Therapist here to answer any questions you may have as you tour our facility. There will be drawings for some fun giveaways, as well as a special on Bio-Freeze for $5.00 for anyone that stops in to see us on this day. Light refreshments will be served all day. We hope you can take some time to come check us out!


(501) 847-3320 5309 HWY 5 NORTH SUITE 150 BRYANT, AZ 72022

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.


INGREDIENTS • Baby Carrots • Brussel Sprouts • Broccoli • Zucchini • Sweet Potatoes • 1 Bag of

• 1/4 cup Italian Bread crumbs • 3 - 4 tbsp of Olive Oil • Salt and Pepper to taste • Gallon size Ziplock Bag

Helps Low Back Pain

PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Hold for 8 seconds. Repeat 8 times.

Parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 450. Cut up all your vegetables into bite size pieces, add all ingredients to the Ziplock bag, close and shake until all vegetables are well coated. You may need more Olive oil depending on the amount of vegetables you use. Spread the vegetables in a even layer on a large cookie sheet, (I line with aluminum foil for easier clean up). Roast for 25-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. You can adjust this recipe to make as much or as little as you like.


Patient Success Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Asa Chapman Communication Specialist Asa and his wife Taylor are current residents of Benton, AR. He attended college at Henderson State University. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fly fishing and working on his farm. He is a member of the Hot Springs County Fair Exhibition and Livestock Association. One day he and his wife would love to visit Australia and New Zealand. Asa joined our company in April, 2015.

When asked what his favorite part of the job is he says:

Mackenzie is a great PT, she listens to her patients and provides excellent care... “Outstanding service, very courteous and professional. Mackenzie is a great PT, she listens to her patients and provides excellent care for their problems.” – Robert M.

“Being able to see people get better and return to the sports or activities they love” - Asa Chapman

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