PeakPerformancePT: How Bad Posture Affects The Body

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INSIDE: • What Can I Do About My Poor Posture? • Relieve Pain In Minutes

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Andrew grew up in Hudsonville, MI. He graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Belmont University. Outside of work he spendsmost of his time renovating his house. He is marrying his lovely fiance later this year and together they enjoy hiking, camping running and spending time at the beach. Andrew also has a hidden talent for “dad jokes”. Andrew was also an All-State track field athlete in high school Andrew chose to become a Physical Therapist because he gets to form a personal relationship with his patients as he helps them return to what they want to do without pain. He believes the human body and its conditions is a complex puzzle that is difficult but fun to solve. He enjoys treating all conditions, but specifically enjoys working with athletes, runners and shoulder injuries.

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INSIDE: • What Can I Do About My Poor Posture? • Relieve Pain In Minutes

• Healthy Recipe • Sudoku Corner

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WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT MY POOR POSTURE?

It can be difficult to correct poor posture, but there are a few steps you can take on your own to try and help: 1. Sit properly. – If you are at a desk for extended periods of the day, make sure your stance is okay. Sit upright, place your feet flat on the floor, and try not to cross your legs. Make sure there is a small gap between the back of your knees and the chair. Having a chair with strong back support and padding is also recommended for making your upright position more comfortable. 2. Take stretch breaks. – If you are an office worker, it is no secret that most of the day is spent with limited levels of mobility. It is important to make sure that you get up every 30 minutes or so, and take a small walk, at least for a minute or two. This will help in loosening up your muscles and joints, as well as initiating a stronger blood flow. 3. Exercise. – Exercise is incredibly important, especially if your job produces several hours of inactivity. When you exercise, you are stretching and strengthening certain muscles of your body, including problem areas such as your neck and back. Taking even a small amount of time to walk or jog around the neighborhood every day can highly improve your overall gait. 4. Set up your office properly. – If you work from an office all day, it is important to have a proper ergonomic setup. Make sure that you are at a proper height with your desk chair and computer, so you don’t have to slouch or lean forward. Additionally, make sure your chair has the proper lumbar support needed to help you sit straight while you’re working. These simple steps can help tremendously with your overall posture. How can physical therapy help? If these at-home treatments don’t work, it is important to consult help from a physical therapist. Simply standing up straight is a fight against gravity, and if you have been standing the wrong way for several years, it may be difficult to change it on your own.

However, physical therapists are dedicated to getting you back on track to a pain-free, and risk-free life. They will evaluate your posture and gait to determine the best treatments necessary for you, and then they will create a treatment plan unique for your needs. They can improve your posture, eliminate your pain, and get you back to doing the activities you love to do. If you are experiencing pain, and you think it may be a result of your posture, give us a call today. We will help you get back to a comfortable posture with just a few sessions.

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

INGREDIENTS: • 5 medium-large potatoes washed and peeled

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• 1 large white onion chopped • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 2 green onions trimmed and finely chopped • 4 eggs • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese • salt and pepper to taste • 1/4 tsp paprika INSTRUCTIONS: Cut potatoes into 1/2 inch wedges. Heat olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Cook potatoes for 25 minutes, covered, stirring every 4-5 minutes. Add chopped white onion. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, uncovered and stirring constantly. When potatoes are crispy and golden brown, add green onions, salt, and pepper. Stir through. With your spatula, make four wells in the potatoes and crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle shredded cheddar all around. Cook until the egg whites are set, or until your liking. Cover pan with lid for poached eggs. Add more olive oil on eggs if desired. Sprinkle eggs with a pinch of paprika seasoning. Serve immediately.

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PRONE ON ELBOWS Lying face down, slowly raise up and prop yourself up on your elbows. Look forward, and hold for ten seconds. Repeat 8 times.

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