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How to Beat SCIATICA in 4 Easy Steps

Ever have that aching pain from your back into your buttock, or even down the back of your thigh? This could be sciatica, a broad term used to describe radiating pain, numbness or tingling symptoms into the legs. The sciatic nerve stems from your lumbar spine and travels deep through the buttock, down the back of the thigh. Sciatica is very common, because of the amount of sitting we now do in our daily lives. This drastically affects the strain on your spine, hip and pelvic muscles, irritating the sciatic nerve. Do you ever feel like it is a challenge to get moving in the morning, or are you now careful about the way you bend down to pick something up? This is a clear sign that your spine is not functioning the way it should. The good news is that with the help of our physical therapy team you can dramatically improve the way you feel and eliminate that sciatic pain or back pain for good!

“The trick to relief from sciatica is to restore natural motion and strength to your spine, pelvis and hips.”

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How to Beat SCIATICA in 4 Easy Steps

Here is what our physical therapists recommend for sciatica sufferers: (If you have questions, make sure you contact us first before trying anything you are unsure of doing)

Start stretching - Your muscles were made to move, and when you don’t, your muscles become tighter. In addition, as you age, your tissues become less elastic, worsening the effects. Stretching needs to be part of your daily routine. We teach you the best stretches to reverse sciatica symptoms quite quickly. Improve your core and hip strength - Doing the correct exercises for the abdomen, hips and spine can make a world of difference in how well you feel. Most sciatica sufferers actually have very weak hip and core muscles from sitting too much. This weakness places enormous strain on the spine and sciatic nerve. Always check with your physical therapist first, before starting an exercise program, to ensure you do the right exercises, the correct way. Limit your sitting and change positions frequently - When you are suffering with back pain or sciatica the key is to change positions from sitting to standing, to lying down frequently. Your muscles are used different ways, when in different positions. Give them a break by getting up from your chair and moving at least every 20-30 minutes. If your back is bothering you, then try to lie on your back or side with a pillow under your legs or between your knees. Improve your posture - Posture is one of the long-term problems with back pain and sciatica. Your body is fighting gravity 24 hours a day. How you sit, stand, walk, bend and reach can make all the difference on the daily strain you place on your back. Our physical therapists are the experts in restoring your natural posture, and teaching you the techniques by which you can keep your back working at its best. You now have unique knowledge that most people suffering with back or sciatica pain never know about. It doesn’t take advanced surgery or medication to fix sciatica, just the right knowledge of how to restore natural body movement. Everybody’s condition is unique, so take a minute to call us today for a complimentary phone consultation. After all, the relief you have been searching for, can be a few simple answers away!

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Is Your Student Athlete Prepared for PEAK PERFORMANCE?

South Valley Physical Therapy is pleased to announce the launch of our new program SVPT². SVPT² will encompass a wide range of programs for our clients that are looking for guidance and expertise regarding their athletic performance, personal fitness, health and well- being. Currently we are launching our athletic Functional Movement Screen (FMS) program geared towards high school and collegiate level athletes. The FMS is an assessment technique which attempts to identify imbalances in mobility and stability during fundamental movement patterns. The assessment tools allow for easy identification of compensatory movement flaws that may lead to breakdown in the kinetic linking system causing inefficiency and micro trauma (injury) during activity.

The initial exam will consist of a body composition analysis with a full FMS assessment, followed by a consultation with our certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment professional Dr. Joshua Moreali. During this initial assessment you will receive information regarding any risk patterns or deficits based on your personal assessment and valuable tools to help you decrease your risk for injury and improve your overall performance! Additional sessions will be available to purchase if desired to correct any deficits and/or exercise coaching. For scheduling and pricing questions please email patientrep@svpt.net A 25% discount will be offered to the first 10 clients that schedule an initial assessment screening.

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Physical Therapists Are The Mechanics Of Your Body!

Think PT First Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune-Up Minor aches and pains are warning signals from your body to let you know something is not working properly. Don’t put off the pain until it’s too late. Come in today for a “Tune-Up.”

Meet Claire Nguyen Claire Nguyen. Claire is one of our two new physical therapy aides at South Valley Physical Therapy. Claire is a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis. She has degrees in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Claire will be applying to Physical Therapy schools next spring with hopes to attend in the fall of 2018. Claire comes from a family devoted to health care. Both of her parents are chiropractors and her older brother is currently starting his third year of medical school! Claire grew up in San Jose and graduated from Oak Grove High School. She loves hiking, spending time with her family, working out and traveling. She is currently learning to play piano and loves to play basketball and enjoys going to Warriors games with her dad. Claire believes that individualizing a patient and recognizing their unique differences plays a significant role in their recovery. She feels it is important to treat a patient with utmost care and respect. We are happy to have Claire with us for the next year as she gains knowledge in the field of physical therapy and prepares for the next step in her career!

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Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

Effective Stretch For Sciatica

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