Nestor PT: Getting To The Core of Back and Neck Pain


If you suffer from an aching back or neck pain, it could simply be that your core muscles are weak. You may have heard of the term “core”, but what is it? (continued inside)

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Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

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Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

Your core is the foundation of your body and like a building, needs to be strong and supportive. If your foundation is weak or crooked, then the other structures, which rely on this, will not function properly. However, unlike a building, your core needs to not only be strong and supportive, but also move. The timing and strength of the various muscle contractions is critical for your proper body function. When it isn’t, abnormal strains occur to your spine, causing a lot of common aches and pains.

muscles are arranged in different angles that are layered to give you support and stability.

Why do most people suffer from back pain? Most people will experience back pain sometime in their life due to core muscle weakness. When the spinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, spine and hips don’t move well, a resulting strain occurs on the spine. This causes pain and can occur at any stage of life. However, this typically happens as we become older and less active as adults.

Your core muscles consist of a wide variety of skeletal muscles that keep you erect and help you move around on two feet. The core is a group of muscles in the pelvis, spine, abdominal and upper thigh areas. These

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Use It, Or Lose It!

How does the core become weak? A simple answer; use it or lose it. Our lifestyles today put us more at risk with prolonged sitting at work, sitting in the car, bending forward, watching TV, poor posture and many other factors which contribute to core weakness. Once the core is weakened, the weight of your body rests on your spinal discs, joints and ligaments causing long term damage. Medication, injections and other treatments can help with pain control, but do not address the root cause of the problem, which is core weakness. If you have ever had a surgery that involves cutting through the abdominal or pelvic walls, this weakens the core. In addition, prolonged illness and bed rest also weaken the core. Another common reason for core weakness in women is from childbirth and c-sections. This severely weakens the core. The answer to helping most back pain suffers and preventing future injuries, is to strengthen the core with professional help. Specialized training and exercise techniques can be done to strengthen your core, relieving stress on the spine. Physical Therapists are the medical professionals most uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat back pain resulting from core weakness. Working with your physician, we thoroughly evaluate your movement, alignment and strength.

After we determine where the root cause of the problem is coming from, we then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to help restore core strength and movement. This helps you to not only have relief from back pain, but teaches you the right exercises, posture and movement to prevent future problems and maintain a strong, healthy core. To see how we can help you have a strong core and relieve your back pain, call us today or go online for more information.

Try this movement to strengthen your core. Exercise Essentials

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Helps The Core

PLANK FOREARMS & KNEES Position yourself on forearms and knees. Make your body flat as a plank from head to feet. Keep trunk engaged, do not let lower back arch. Repeat 7 times.

"After several sessions there was a remarkable improvement..."

“Severe back pain and stiffness in the neck were the problems I had when I began my sessions at Nestor PT. After several sessions there was a remarkable improvement. Sleeping became pain-free and posture improved greatly. I could finally see items on the top shelf at the supermarket! Many thanks to Dr. Nestor and his professional staff, and to Abby for her expertise in the front office!” - James Kane

Smoke Roasted Beef Tenderloin

So many of you asked what I was cooking for Christmas, so here it is. I actually cooked twice, 12/23 and then again in 12/25. I cooked for my wife’s family on 12/23 and everything was cooked outside. I had 3 grills/smokers going (see the picture). On the menu was whole beef tenderloin, smoke roasted garlic rosemary potatoes, and brown butter and thyme carrots. Tie up the tenderloin with butcher’s string so it keeps it cylinder shape which helps with even cooking. Coat the tenderloin with olive oil, season with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper.

I smoke roasted the beef tenderloin in the barrel smoker (tenderloin hangs inside the barrel). It is the same as if you roasted it in the oven, but with the with delicious smell and taste of the live fire cooking. I keep a thermometer in the beef while cooking, so I know exactly when to remove from the heat. Beef tenderloin is one of the more expensive cuts of meat, so pay attention to the temperature of the meat so you don’t overcook it. One other benefit of the barrel smoker is that one end of the beef tenderloin cooks more than the other end. This allows you to accommodate requests for medium rare to medium all in one tenderloin (if you look closely you will see this in the picture).

Lightly tent the tenderloin with tin foil and rest for 10 minutes. Slice, serve and enjoy!

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We at Nestor Physical Therapy want to thank each and every one of you for coming out to our celebration! We were truly blown away by how many of you showed up in support! For those of you who could not make it, Steve made some of his famous recipes and we had a ton of

games with prizes for the winners. We are so thankful for all the food donations as well. Our annual holiday drive was a success and we hope to do an event like this again in the future!


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