KinetixPT: Correct Posture For A More Comfortable Life

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The Kinetix team has been busy implementing new and exciting innovations for treatment and education. Our goal is to keep you safe, pain-free and out of the ER, urgent care and doctor offices. • Outside Treatment option • Telehealth • Ultrasound Diagnostics • Virtual Workshops now streaming to you • New videos- Visit our Youtube channel to see the topics, featuring our Therapists and Kinetix kids. WCJB-TV20 featured Kinetix on “Tech Thursday” about Telehealth . “We wanted tomake sure people in the community still had an option somewhere to get treatment, with much less exposure to illness than what they would have walking into a doctor’s office or urgent care clinic,” Dr. Melissa Cere.

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CORRECT YOUR POSTURE FOR AMORE COMFORTABLE LIFE! INSIDE: • Correct Your Posture For A More Comfortable Life!

• Improve Posture In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Immunity Boost Recipe

Whether you have pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Kinetix Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 352-505-6665 today!

Are you spending more time working from home? Does it feel like your workstation at home is less than ideal? Do you catch yourself slouching frequently? If you are experiencing aches and pains, especially in your neck or back, poor posture is probably to blame. Fortunately, posture can be improved with the help of physical therapy. During your evaluation, your therapist will be able to assess for tight muscles due to poor posture and provide hands-on therapy to get you feeling better immediately! For those of you needing to stay home, telehealth is an exciting new option that allows you to video chat with your therapist from the comfort of your own home. While video chatting with your therapist, we can look at your current at home workstation and help you optimize it to allow you to sit with proper posture. Call us today to learn more about how you can improve your posture and lead a pain-free, active life! The 3 curves of your spine: Your spine has 3 curves, which provide support and flexibility, in addition to protecting the nerves running up and down your spine. Your neck and lower back should be gently curved in, while your upper back should be slightly curved out. When you slouch, the spine in your neck and lower back move out of their normal resting posture, while the upper back becomes excessively curved. This produces a forward-head posture and humped upper back. If your core muscles are weak, you may also experience an excessive rounding in your lower back. Common postural issues: Poor posture isn’t anything to be embarrassed about - very few people have perfect posture, and most people partake in bad posture habits in one way or another. We become so wrapped up in whatever tasks we are doing that we forget to think about the way our bodies are positioned. Improper posture isn’t due to laziness or apathy; rather, it generally has something to do with a physical weakness within our bodies. We slouch and slump when we feel drained because our bodies (quite literally) get tired of holding us up. Poor posture leads to excessive strain on your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also

weakens many of the core muscles that are needed in order to keep you upright and healthy. Posture changes occur over time and most people don’t pay attention to them until they begin to notice aches and pains. Even if you exercise regularly, it is possible that there are still a few weak muscles contributing to your posture that you may not even realize. The muscles in your shoulders, back, abdomen, buttocks, and pelvic floor all play an important role in your posture. If even one of these is weak, your core will be affected, and your posture may suffer. Your body is designed to align perfectly, in order to allow for proper movement of the muscles, breathing, and blood circulation. If poor posture continues, it can eventually lead to chronic conditions as you age. Improving your posture: Our physical therapists are experts in evaluating posture and movement. By pinpointing the source of your aches and pains, we can develop a plan for you that will return you to an ideal posture and quickly relieve your pain. In fact, physical therapy has been proven as one of the most successful methods for improving posture. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, titled, “Evidence-based protocol for structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture,” the method of structural rehabilitation has a strong efficacy for back pain, neck pain, and postural improvement. Physical therapists have found success in using their methods to treat postural issues, as well as the chronic conditions that may develop as a result. Physical therapists are movement experts and they are great resources to have when trying to achieve your physical performance goals. They will aid you in the improvement of your balance, stability, flexibility, and mobility, all of which will positively affect your posture.

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THREE SIMPLE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE

Physical therapy treatments will yield the best results when focusing on improving your posture. However, there are some simple tips you can use on your own when standing, sitting, or bending in your daily life: 1. Standing: Stand facing a mirror. Look at your shoulders - does one seem higher than the other? Look at your neck - does it tilt to one side or stick forward? Pretend that an imaginary string is pulling gently through the top of your head. Notice how your posture improves automatically when you try to be taller? Keep your abdominals slightly contracted to maintain this posture. When walking, make sure that your arms are moving comfortably back and forth, feeling the rotation through your torso. 2. Sitting: Sit all the way back in your chair so you feel your lower back against the back rest. Avoid prolonged sitting on soft couches when watching TV, as this causes excessive slouching. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor and angle your chair so that your knees are slightly lower than your hips. Try using a small rolled-up towel for your lower back if you need more support while sitting. If you work at a computer, make sure that your keyboard and mouse are slightly lower than the level of your elbow. You may need to adjust your seat higher to make this happen. 3. Bending: Most back injuries occur when bending and twisting at the same time. When you need to bend down to get something from a low surface, make sure you squat, and keep your abdominals tight as you do so. In addition, if you are lifting something, get your body as close as possible to what you are lifting. Try having one leg forward to use your legs more to lift, rather than your back. Contact us for assistance: As part of your physical therapy treatment, we can teach you proper posture, bending, and lifting techniques to protect your body from future injuries and make sure you stay healthy for the long-haul. Contact Kinetix Physical Therapy today to learn more about how we can help you live pain-free!

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GET HELP AT KINETIX

Do you suffer with: • Knee Pain • Back Pain • Shoulder Pain • Hip Pain • Sciatica • Imbalance • Dizziness/Vertigo • Or Other Symptoms

We are offering 2 options: a FREE discovery visit or complete evaluation.

The free discovery visit is quick appointment to discuss your pain, symptoms and how PT can help. At an evaluation, your PT will do testing to determine the cause of your pain, give you pain reducing treatment and a plan to get you out of pain fast. Call 352-505-6665 and let us know which option is right for you.

Schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with one of our Physical Therapists to learn how PT can help you get out of pain naturally!

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Patient Success Spotlight

IMMUNITY BOOST RECIPE

VEGAN BEAN SOUP

INGREDIENTS • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil • 1 red onion, diced • 4 garlic cloves, minced • 2 medium carrots, diced • 2 tbs ginger, finely grated

• 4 cups lima beans • 1 tsp turmeric powder

• 1.5 L (6 cups) vegetable broth • 1 small bunch of Tuscan kale, roughly chopped • Salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS In a large saucepan, heat the oil and onion on medium heat until onion has slightly browned. Add in garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes, followed by carrots, ginger, beans, and turmeric cooking for a further 5-7 minutes. Once the ingredients are well combined, pour in the vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in kale and season to taste. Once the kale softens a little, the soup is ready.

“I can resume my daily activities with very little trouble.” “Dr. Josh Elam, Carter, and Raj were awesome. When I first arrived for PT, I could barely move my shoulder. Now, I can resume my daily activities with very little trouble. I am confident that I would not be where I am today without their help.” - Scott

Improve Posture In Minutes Try this movement if you want to improve your posture.

WALL POSTURE Stand with your heels up against a wall. Attempt to get your heels, buttock, shoulders and head to touch the wall at the same time. Hold for ten counts and repeat five times. Improves Posture www.simpleset.net

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