NEWSLETTER Attention Pain Sufferers FREE LOW BACK PAIN WORKSHOP
You’re Invited! One Day Special Offer!
December 12th • 7 PM
We are hosting a FREE Low Back Pain Workshop at our clinic, December 12th, 7pm! • Do you suffer with back pain or sciatica? • Do you experience pain, numbness or tingling when you stand or walk? • Do you suffer from a past injury? • Do you have pain when you walk for long periods or drive? • Are you afraid your pain will get worse if you don’t do anything about it? If you have answered YES to any of the above questions (or have a stubborn spouse who is in denial) the Low Back Pain Workshop may be a life changing event for you… Lower Back Pain & Sciatica can completely ruin your life. ü It can take your focus away from enjoying your life… like spending time with your children or grandchildren ü It can mess up your work or force you to do a job you don’t want to do ü It can ruin your travel plans
ü The single BIGGEST #1 MISTAKE Low Back Pain & Sciatica sufferers make which actually stops them from healing ü The 3 MOST COMMON CAUSES of Low Back Pain & Sciatica ü What successful treatment and permanent relief looks like without the side effects of medications, injections or surgery Here’s some of what you’ll learn:
Appointment are free but limited. Don’t delay, register today by calling now!
UNDERSTANDING HERNIATED DISCS Move Like A Teenager Again!
Back pain can develop for all sorts of reasons. From a car accident to bad posture, to an uncomfortable seat for a prolonged period of time, back pain can come out of nowhere and cause no small amount of discomfort once it arrives. There are some back injuries, however, that are even more painful than your run-of-the-mill back pain. A herniated disc is one of the most painful back injuries that you can experience, and it is far more common than you may be initially aware. What is a Herniated Disc? Your spine is made up of a series of interlocking bones with small cushions in-between each joint socket. The structure of your spine is what allows you to move freely from side to side. Every time you crunch your abdomen by bending forward, or lean to one side or another for a deep stretch, those little vertebral bodies move with you, keeping you comfortable and your back strong. Without cushioning in between each of those sockets, the bones would rub against one another with every movement, and this would be incredibly painful.
When a disc becomes herniated, the cushioning in between the vertebrae will rupture, essentially deflating the cushioning in between the vertebrae and causing the bones to begin to rub against one another. This is painful enough as it is, but can become even more painful if the herniated disc actually begins to press on the adjacent spinal nerves, causing the pain to spread even further up the spine. The most common placement for a herniated disc is at the lumbar vertebrae in the lower back. While it is not the only reason that pain can become severe in the lower back, it is definitely one of the most severe forms of back pain. If you suspect that you may have experienced a herniated disc it is important that you seek medical attention, such as from your physical therapist. A herniated disc will not heal on its own, and working with a physical therapist is one of the best ways to experience relief from the pain associated with this common concern.
HOW DOES A HERNIATED DISC HAPPEN?
too heavy, otherwise risk experiencing a slipped disc. But experienced gym goers are not the only ones at risk. Every time you attempt to move a piece of furniture, a heavy box, or even a big bag of books you need to be wary to lift correctly, otherwise face the risk of potentially herniating a disc in your back. Treatment for Herniated Discs Pain associated with a herniated disc often develops in the sciatica nerve, and doesn’t subside with simple rest and relaxation. While hot and cold therapy will help alleviate the pain associated with many different back issues, it won’t make the pain of a herniated disc go away. The pain is often frequently associated with numbness, weakness, and tingling in the legs. In many situations, the pain will feel more severe after initial movement, such as standing up or laying down. Many people mistakenly refer to having a herniated disc as having “pinched a nerve,” but that is not the case. Physical therapy is a great resource for attempting to overcome the pain associated with a herniated disc. A combination of passive and active techniques is typically employed, including deep tissue massage, electrical stimulation, and hydrotherapy, as well as deep stretching and strength building. If you suspect that you may have a herniated disc, contact a physical therapist right away. Attempting to engage in therapy at home could lead to further injury. It is best to have an experienced therapist assess your injury before attempting any treatment options.
The vertebrae in the spine are stacked closely together, with only a small amount of space for the discs in between each bone. A disc can become herniated as a result of injury, car accident, or even simply from overuse. One of the most common causes of a herniated disc is heavy lifting. Weight lifters have to be especially wary not to suddenly lift something
Call 623-201-7210 today to schedule an appointment!
The Amazing Health Benefits of Gratitude
A simple query on the internet of “The health benefits of gratitude” will lead you to several research articles published in many medical journals about how the simple act of gratitude can affect so many aspects of your life. Here are seven benefits that I found commonly mentioned: 1. Gratitude improves your relationships: everyone likes to hear the words “Thank You” and when you thank others for opening a door or by sending a simple message via text or email it improves your relationship. 2. Gratitude improves physical health: grateful people tend to focus on the positives about their health versus dwelling on their aches and pains. They are also more likely to take an active role in improving their health. 3. Gratitude improves psychological health: leading gratitude researcher Robert A. Emmons, PhD confims that gratitude effectively increases happiness and reduces depression. 4. Gratitude enhances empathy and reduces aggression: grateful people are more likely to respond positively, even when others are unkind. They experiencemoresensitivityandempath towardotherpeopleandadecrease desire to seek revenge. 5. Grateful people sleep better: 2011 study published in Applied Psychology found that spending a few minutes writing down grateful sentiments in a gratitude journal before bed improves the quality of sleep. 6. Gratitude improves self-esteem: being grateful reduces social comparisons, which is a major factor in reduced self-esteem. Grateful individuals can appreciate other people’s accomplishments rather than being resentful.
7. Gratitude increased mental strength: gratitude not only reduces stress but it fortifies us for when traumatic events occur, like the death of a loved one. The ability to recognize your blessings even during your worst times improves our mental strength.
“I have so many things to be grateful for: Ihavegoodhealth (alwaysawork in progress), I love my work (thanks to many of you), I am blessed with great friends, but most importantly I am blessed with a wonderful wife whom I love and awesome kids who bless my life tremendously! I hope that you all will have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you take some time to focus on the blessings of your life. Not just this time of year, but throughout the year to improve your health!”
Your Friend, David Hawkins PT, CSCS
PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES
“One of the best decisions I have made!” “Mywife foundDave’s “LowBackPainandSciaticaWorkshop”videoonFacebookand insisted that I should view it. After viewing it, she insisted that we should both attend the workshop and determine whether Dave could help with my back pain. To this day, that was one of the best decisions I have made. In attending the workshop, I found Dave’s philosophy on physical therapy was something new to my ears. I signed up for an evaluation and was surprised in the detail he went through. I have been to multiple physical therapists over the years to try and help my continual back and hip pain to no avail. Over the last year, I have also observed limited neck rotation, something I stressed to Dave during my evaluation. We discussed what hewould recommend tohelpmewith thepainandneck rotation issues.Westartedanexercise routine specifically for my problems and within 2 weeks I started to see results with gradual relief in lower back and hip pain. This was more relief than I have had with other forms of pain management;variousexercise routines,physical therapyandchiropracticmanipulations (twice a week). Dave’s exercise routines have allowed me to accomplish some of my goals I had set prior to the start of my therapy such as; to walk longer than 100 feet without resting, walking an incline path without stopping every 50 feet, enjoy flying again without pain while sitting, and able to walk up the stairs at ASU football stadium without having to take the handicap cart as in previous years. I found the entire Achieve staff extremely professional, supportive and knowledgeable and will miss their smiling faces. I would highly recommend Achieve Physical Therapy to all my friends. Dave’s knowledge and attention to detail in searching for the root cause of the problem separates him from his peers. Keep up the great work Dave. - Leo M.
Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain. Relieve Back Pain In Minutes
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