Kewanee PT. Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From?

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Are You Experiencing Lower Back Pain? Chances Are, It May Be Caused By Another Issue

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Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Are You Experiencing Lower Back Pain? Chances Are, It May Be Caused By Another Issue

Your spine is a complex part of your body – it requires proper posture, flexibility, coordination, and strength, in order to do its job correctly. When one of these elements isaltered,yourspinecanemitpainful responses thatcansettle inother nearby parts of the body. According to the National Institute of Health, approximately 80% of adults will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is actually the mostcommonly reported locationofpainacross theglobe.Buthowoften is the source actually another part of your body? PAIN IS USUALLY CONNECTED: Your spine is a lengthy structure, and pain can travel along it. Let’s say you are prone to neck pain – perhaps you have a slouched posture from sitting at a desk all day and the pressure radiates in your shoulders. Or, maybe you’ve had a previous injury, such as whiplash, that still elicits painful stings every now and then. Now, let’s say you begin feeling pain in your lower back in addition to your neck pain. Why does this happen? Basically, the pains are connected to each other. Your head weighs about 10- 12 pounds, which is roughly the weight of a bowling ball. When you slouch, or compensatepainby realigningyourbody,yourbackmuscleshave toworkextra hard to keep you from toppling forward. Have you ever been so tired that your head begins to bob and it jolts you awake? That’s because your head is heavy! The weight from the motion wakes you back up because your body isn’t used to carrying it in that way.

This isalsowhypain inyour lowerbackmayoccurasa result.Yourbackmuscles are working in overdrive and may be constricting to try and hold you up. If you noticeneckandbackpainat thesame timeasoneanother, trysittingupstraighter – it should help ease some of the stress! IS YOUR NECK THE CULPRIT? The most common combination of pain is in the neck and the back. If you are experiencing both, it is most likely stemming from the neck. Wedon’ttypically thinkabout it,butweuseournecksfora lotofourdailyactivities. Even simple things, such as turning to grab something out of the cupboard or looking over your shoulder when backing out of a driveway, use a lot of neck muscles. When you do simple tasks such as these, do you find yourself turning your entire body, as opposed to just your head? If so, you could experience back pain along with your neck pain. When you have limited motion in your neck, your body compensates by twisting more than it usually would, thus over-rotating your lower back.This could cause a source of pain or general discomfort in the area, due to abnormal overuse. If youareexperiencingneckpain,backpain,oracombinationofboth,ourphysical therapists would be more than happy to meet with you for a consultation to discuss how they can help. Call us today to talk to an expert about how we can relieve your aches and pains!

Schedule Your Appointment Today! Kewanee: 309.852-2200 Galva: 309.932.8100 Stark County: 309.695.4010.

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I S Y O U R N E C K C AU S I N G Y O U R B A C K PA I N ?

3. Now,sitdown in frontof thesameperson.Repeat thesame turningmotions from a chair or couch. Again, have them take note of how far you are able to comfortably turn your head. 4. Ask if there were any differences in the turning movement. Did one side seem to turn further than the other? Was there a difference in standing vs. sitting? This test is helpful in finding out if your neck is causing (or is at risk of causing) pain in your lower back. If your movement is limited, especially sitting down, it means that the muscles in your back or upper back are tight. These constricted motions can cause pain in the lower back. HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP ME? Physical therapy is the leading recommendation forbackpain.Physical therapists are trained toevaluatemuscleand jointmovement,and theycaneasilyassistyou infinding the rootofyourproblem.Theywill thoroughlyevaluateyou tofigureout why you are experiencing pain, determining the source and treating all affected areas.Afteryour initialconsultation, theywillcreateaspecialized treatmentplan for you, based on their diagnosis of your specific needs. A physical therapist’s end goal is the same as yours – to get you feeling better, healthier, and more comfortable! If you are experiencing lower back pain and think it may be caused by an issue occurring in your neck, give us a call today. We’ll get you moving comfortably again in no time.

Itcansometimesbedifficult todetermine ifyourbackpain is rooted inyourneck. This simple, at-home test can assist you in figuring it out: 1. Stand straight in front of another person. They will be your eyes regarding the movements you make. 2. Once they are watching you, turn your head as far as you comfortably can to the left. Repeat the same motion to the right. Have them take note of how far you are able to go.

Call Kewanee Physical Therapy today for more information or visit our website at kptrs.com .

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

H E A LT H Y R E C I P E

Miracle Red Juice

Ingredients •

2 large beets 4 long carrots

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2 apples

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2 limes or lemons 2 inches of ginger

6 celery stalks

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Ingredients Prepare beets, carrots, apples, celery, limes (or lemons) and ginger by chopping into smaller pieces before placing into a juicer. As the skin of a beet is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, it is recommended to leave the skin on the beet. Beet skin and lemon peel (if using) have strong flavors, so you could also prepare half with skin and half peeled to adjust to the flavor, or simply peel all if preferred. Apples can be any color or variety. Do not peel the ginger, which you will add to taste as ginger can be spicy. After all ingredients are added to the juicer, blend until juiced and smooth. Drink juice as soon as possible to obtain all benefits of the antioxidants and nutrients. Miracle Red Juice can be absorbed more easily on an empty stomach. Drink one glass every other day or as needed.

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ATTENTION PA I N SUF F ERERS !

ARE YOU READY TO LIVE PAIN-FREE?

At Kewanee Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to call Kewanee Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists if: • You are tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident • You have been injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

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1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

As a current or past patient, you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Visit our website kptrs.com , to download your copy today!

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Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement to relieve back pain

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Always consult your physical therapist or physicianbeforestartingexercisesyouareunsure ofdoing. While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then, slowly raise the opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both sides. QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE

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