STAR Physical Therapy: How Posture Affects Back & Neck Pain

July, 2018 NEWSLETTER

AMY SPARKS, BILLING MANAGER Getting To Know The Star PT Staff

Amy Sparks is the Billing Manager for all the clinics. Health care billing is a very complex issue for patients as well as for our staff. Amy really tries to make sure that the process is as smooth and transparent as possible for all of our patients. “I love the people I work with and for, they are the best! I couldn’t have hand-picked a better group of people myself. I love having a job that I look forward to going to everyday, because I enjoy the work and it’s a fun work environment. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. doing anything outdoors. I also love traveling with my husband and daughter, experiencing new things and places.” Amy’s words of wisdom: “Your life is an occasion; rise to it.”

Amy, WE ARE SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU AT STAR!!

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July, 2018

6 BENEFITS TO GOOD POSTURE

INSIDE: •HowPoorPostureContributesToBackPain • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight CALL IN! Call for your FREE POSTURE ASSESSMENT Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Improve Posture with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, If you suffer from back or neck pain, poor posture could be to blame. Poor posture can be a serious danger to your health. If

4. It prevents arthritis. With poor posture, unnatural pressure isplacedonyour joints, leading towearand tear. This in turn can lead to arthritis. Good posture givesyour joints thechance to functionat theirbest. 5. 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. 6. It can have a dramatic impact on the way you feel. Whenyouholdyourself ingoodposture, rather than a slumped one, you send signals to your brain that make you feel happier and more confident. It also changes the way that people see you – you’ll appear more confident and assertive. Makingsimplechanges inyourdailyhabitscan improve yourpostureand reduceyourpain.Postural restoration at Star Physical Therapy helps the body recruit the right muscles for the task at hand, improving pain and restoring prior to function. Our experts have years of training in reducing back and neck pain associated from poor posture. The great news about poor posture is that it is possible for just about anyone’s posture to improve. It requires strengthening specific muscles and stretching specific muscles. But this does require specialized exercises, tailored to the individual. We would love to show you where your posture may be hurting you AND train you to get back to optimal posture for YOU.

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

you have poor posture, your bones are not properly aligned, which increases strain on your muscles, joints and ligaments.Poor posture causes fatigue, muscular strain and pain. In addition, poor posture can affect the position and function of your vital organs, such as your heart, lungs and intestines. Maintaining good posture can have a dramatic improvement on your back or neck pain, health, energy and the way you look and feel. Some of the perks of good posture include: 1.Constantexerciseforyourbackandabdominals. Holding good posture takes effort and makes you use themuscles inyourbackandabdomenproperly. 2. It greatly improves your breathing. Goodposture makes room for your lungs to function at their best – rather thanbeingcompressedwhenyouholdyour body in a slouch. Good lung function has a healthy impact on all aspects of your body’s functions and helps to reduce pain. 3.Itprotectsyourorgans,bones,jointsandmuscles. Holdingcorrectposture reducesunnecessarystrain and pressure on these body parts. Most neck and backproblemsdevelop frompoorpostureover time.

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Whenyourspine isnot inproperalignment, themuscles, ligaments,and jointsare all under excessive strain, causing most episodes of back pain. The lower back supports most of the weight of the body and therefore is the most vulnerable to the effects of poor posture. Discs, which provide support between the spinal bones (vertebrae), are also affected by poor posture. However, with good posture, the spine is in proper alignment and the shock absorbing discs are less subject to injury. Oftenwithpoorposture, thespinewillbecomefixed inanabnormalposition.This leads to the constriction of blood vessels and nerves over time. Furthermore, this causes problems with the joints, discs, and muscles. It is important to take care of your spine. Good posture eliminates many of the health problems that can develop when the spine has an unhealthy posture. Since you performmany different movements and positions throughout the day (sitting, standing, bending, stooping, lying down, etc.) it is important to learn how to keep correct posture. Maintaining good posture during the day results in less back pain. When you correct bad posture habits, the new and improved movements tend to become more automatic and require very little effort to maintain. At Star Physical Therapy, we train you on the best way to attain and hold your posture throughout the day. We help you releive your back pain quickly while improving your posture for maximum long term results! HOW POOR POSTURE CONTRIBUTES TO BACK PAIN

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

SALMON BURGERS

• 1 cup red onion • 1/4 cup fresh basil • 1/4 tsp salt

• 1/4 tsp black pepper • 1 pound salmon fillet • 1 tbsp hot pepper sauce • 1 large egg white • Cooking spray • 8 slices focaccia, toasted

“I amextremely grateful for my retraining and the treatment I have recieved...” Success Story: Ann T. “Before I began my exercises at Star, I had daily pain in my neck that caused me to rest two hours after each activity, particularly when I was writing on my computer. I began to realize that my routine was also very poor. I went to the doctor and he thought it was caused by poor posture, thus recommending me to Star for Physical Therapy. After 33 sessions, I feel so much better with increases in my strength and activities without pain! I am extremely grateful for my retraining and the treatment I have recieved here at Star Physical Therapy.”

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Combine hot pepper sauce and egg white in a small bowl; add egg white mixture to salmon mixture, stirring well to combine. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium- high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add salmon patties, and cook 3 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve patties on toasted focaccia.

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A ONE DAY SPECIAL FOR ALL PRESENT & PAST PATIENTS OF STAR PHYSICAL THERAPY

Dear Valued Client, This is a letter announcing that we are hosting a Day of Free Exams to celebrate our 17th Anniversary!! Spots are filling up and I wanted to make sure YOU had an opportunity to reserve your spot. This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past patients • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients If you are a past or present patient, then contact the clinic nearest you to schedule your Free Exam. If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate included in this letter and have them call the clinic nearest them to schedule their Free Exam. Just to review:

The Free Exam consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with the Physical Therapist of your choice. The PT will talk with you about the history of your problem. They will examine how you are moving and determine if your strength is sufficient. After this exam, they will provide you with a written copy of their analysis: 1. The cause of your pain or problem. 2. A plan for successful resolution of the problem. The appointments are free, but are limited as each PT only has 10 spots. Please contact the clinic nearest you to schedule your Free Exam.

The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with:

• Low Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica • Neck Pain

• Headaches • Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain • Problems walking

If you are having pain or problems with day-to-day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. Contact the clinic nearest you to schedule your Free Exam for August 23rd. Sincerely, Matt Slimming, Physical Therapist

The day of Free Exams will be on Thursday, August 23rd

PS - As a special bonus, all people attending a Free Exam on August 23rd will receive a free STAR PT T-shirt!

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CERTIFICATE FOR FREE EXAM In celebration of our 17th anniversary the Bearer of this Certificate is entitled to One Free Exam on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018.

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