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INSIDE: • Welcome Back the Life You Love • Safety Tips for Your Summertime Swim • Patient Success Spotlight • Relieve Pain in Minutes




For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much

time on the couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bonestrength.Thiscould lead tomore long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. Physical Therapy for Back Pain While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the earlydays followingan injury, it isnota long-term solution. Physical therapy offers a long-term solution to backpain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscle development and joint movement, physical therapy can address the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life. Understanding the Why and How Therearea lotofdifferent reasons thatbackpain

can develop. Even when you break down injuries, whether from overuse or athletic pursuits, there are different problems that can develop. Sprains and strains are common, but so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding the spinal nerves. You might be amazed to discover the different factors that could be influencing your back health. Such as: • Your personal level of physical activity, including how often you exercise and the intensity of your typical workouts. • The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes, particularly shoes that lack support or those with high heels. • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk for eight hours or more consecutive days of the week, or spending free time on the couch or otherwise relaxed. (Continued inside)



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Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actually become impeded, and this can have a negative effect on the overall health of your back and spine. How Physical Therapy Helps Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help. Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps. For more information about how you can overcome your back pain, contact us today at 816-607-7180.

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water. These important swimming safety tips are what you should be aware of before you head out to the water: SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUR SUMMERTIME SWIM • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards, and always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 15. • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water. • If you have a pool, secure it with appropriate barriers. Many children who drown in home pools were out of sight for less than five minutes and in the care of one or both parents at the time. • Make sure your pool slide is at the deep end, and be sure to slide down feet first while in sitting position so that you don’t injure your head, neck, or back. • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them. • When swimming at the lake, avoid drinking water as well as getting it up your nose. Untreated fresh water can contain dangerous microorganisms. • If vacationing at the beach, don’t try to fight or swim against a rip current. You can make it back by swimming parallel to shore. • Before you jump, test the water for depth and debris. If the dock is lit or a boat is nearby, dip a foot or a hand in the water to make sure that there is no electricity in the water.

Relieve Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Strengthens Your Back MODIFIED DOWN DOG (WALL) Place hands against a wall, shoulder width apart and elbows straight. Slowly lean toward the ground, bending from the hips, while walking your hands down the wall until your legs and arms are at or close to making a 90 degree angle. Walk your legs backward as you do so if you need more space. Imagine yourself pushing into the wall and pull- ing away with your hips. Try to keep your wrists, shoulders, and hips in a straight line. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times.


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Patient Success Spotlights

“I was acclimating myself with my first ever suspected back injury. From the lens of someone who is hugely active, I was terrified. Throughout much time and many specialist appointments, I learned that I had herniated the same disc within two months. While experiencing intense pain every day for weeks, I was beyond discouraged at the


month wait to get a consult with a neurosurgeon. Zak was my lifeline. Helping bridge the gap between diagnosis and care, Zak and his team were always accommodating, knowledgeable, and a great source of calm. They guided me through a slew of body changes as a result of the injury and along the pathway to healing. Working to find the best approach for recovery, they listened intently with kindness and compassion. I knew I could call anytime, even over the weekend with concerns and questions... and I did. In five months, I went from not being able to sit, walk or stand to playing competitive tennis 3 times a week. I still have setbacks, but I am confident that, going forward, I can prevent re-injury. I am no longer terrified, I have been taught how to balance my body and provide a healthy environment for my spine. Zak has given me lifelong tools to maintain my health and remain active. He taught me how to listen to my body and how to respect my injury. I am so happy to have “graduated” and to be feeling better... but I miss my visits. Zak and the team are a part of my forever family. Love them all!” - C. C.

SCHEDULE A LASER THERAPY CONSULTATION RELIEF FOR: Current and past patients: schedule your free laser therapy consultation today! Treatments Feel Good Depending on the laser, it can create little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. Treatments Are Fast With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. Back Pain Neck Pain Shoulder Pain Foot Pain Knee Pain Post Surgery

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

Do You Have Friends Or Family That Can’t:

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

� Sit for long periods � Walk for long distances � Live active and healthy

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1321 SW Market St Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 816-607-7180

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