Lonoke PT: Where Is Your Back Pain Coming From

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

FINDING THE SOURCE OF BACK PAIN “Pain In Your Neck Causing Back Pain?”

It is important to realize that you have ONE SPINE and it functions as a whole. It is not just a bunch of bones, ligaments, tendons, and discs thrown together. It is a beautiful and very complex structure that needs flexibility, strength, coordination, and good posture. (continued inside)

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FINDING THE SOURCE OF BACK PAIN “Pain In Your Neck Causing Back Pain?”

INSIDE Is Your Neck Causing Back Pain? Healthy Recipe

Outstanding Results Exercise Essentials

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What affects the top affects the bottom If you have problems with your upper neck such as tight muscles, poor alignment, previous injuries, whiplash, or poor posture, this can dramatically change the load and forces on your low back. For example, if you work at a computer or sit watching TV in a slouched position for many hours, over time your head and neck become forward protruding. Since your head weighs between 10-12 pounds (about the weight of a bowling ball), and is now balanced forward, all your back muscles have to work harder to keep you from falling forward. Over time, this leads to pain, inflammation, and injury to the low back.

Do you find when looking over your shoulder you have to turn your body a lot? When motion is limited in your neck, the ability to turn your head is compensated by over-rotating the lower back. This is not normal and causes more strain to the mid and lower back giving you pain. If you feel back pain, see if your neck could be the cause by coming in for a consultation with one of our experts. Give us a call today to learn more!

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Is Your Neck Causing Back Pain? A SIMPLE 5 STEP TEST This test will tell you if it is really your neck causing your back pain

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Stand normally with a friend facing you to observe your movements.

Turn your head left and right as far as you can comfortably. Have your friend note how far you turn.

Sit in a chair and repeat the turning of your head both ways. Have your friend again note how far you turn.

Ask your friend if there is a difference in your neck movement, standing compared to sitting.

If your neck movement is more limited in sitting, then it is your neck or upper back that is tight and can be causing your low back pain.

How do we rehabilitate and relieve back pain? Our therapists are experts trained in evaluating muscle and joint movement. First, a thorough evaluation is done to determine the source of your back pain, and ascertain if your neck or upper back can be affecting it. Then, a complete plan of care

is put together based on your individual needs. Not only do we treat with the latest gentle, hands-on therapeutic techniques, but we also rebuild your strength and coordination to prevent future injuries. Furthermore, we teach you how to protect your body, improve your posture and balance, and how to prevent a recurrence of pain. Give us a call today, we can help!

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Patient Spotlight

Meet Mrs. Betty. When she came in for therapy she was in severe pain and had difficulty with simple daily activities such as sitting, bending, putting on shoes, standing from a sitting position and sleeping. She is now able to do all of her daily activities and job tasks without pain or difficulty. Check out her story below. “Since I began physical therapy treatment four weeks ago, I’m now able to do the following with little to no pain. 1) Walk standing straight. 2) Get out of bed from both sides. 3) Put pants and shoes on. 4) Get in and out of a vehicle. 5) Go from sitting to standing position. 6) No pain medication for the past week.” - Mrs. Betty “Since I began physical therapy treatment four weeks ago, I’m now able to do the following with little to no pain.” Outstanding RESULTS “Here are the ways I have improved in therapy: I can now raise my right leg up (where as before I could not), I can put shoes and socks on, walk unassisted for 10 steps (no walker at all), go to Walmart and push a cart (haven’t done that in 6 months). I also now have an increase in mobility and it is no longer painful to do activities that I have not been able to do in months.” - S.T. I can do all my regular work more easily. “I have been able to vacuum, which I could not do before without pain. I am able to iron for longer than before. I can make my bed with less pain. I am able to walk further. I can do all my regular work more easily.” - B.D. (see below)

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Move Freely • Alleviate Pain Naturally • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free • Be Stronger

Don’t let back pain become a way of life Come in for a Free Consultation and let us help you start off the summer moving toward a better feeling you. FREE CONSULTATION Lonoke: 501-676-5540 | ProMotion: 501-945-0200

We help you:

Naturally relieve aches and pains. Prevent stiffness or swelling. Be more active with your friends and family.

Have more energy. Feel better at work.

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Practice News

Mandy’s birthday is July 5th Happy Birthday, Mandy!

Brody’s work anniversary is July 26th - 1yr Happy Anniversary, Brody!

Fiona’s work anniversary is July 14th - 1yr Happy Anniversary, Fiona!

Sarah’s work anniversary is July 24th - 1yr Happy Anniversary, Sarah!

Can You Find The Picnic Basket? July is National Picnic Month! This Picnic Basket has been hidden somewhere else in this newsletter. Can you find it?

Attendance Drawing Winner! Mr. Archie is our attendance drawing winner. Thank you Mr. Archie!

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Yogurt Ice Pops Fresh Fruit &

• 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and sliced bananas, mixed • 2 cups plain or vanilla yogurt

• 1/4 cup white sugar • 8 small paper cups • 8 popsicle sticks

Directions Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

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Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help keep you moving...

PRAYER STRETCH

SUPERMAN Lay on your stomach with your hands above your head. Slowly bring your arms and legs off of the floor/table 2-3 inches. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 30 times.

Start out on your hands and knees. Push hands out in front of the body while slowly arching your back and sitting on feet. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exer- cises you are unsure of doing.

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Care to Share Who do you know that needs our help?

Care enough to share how physical therapy helped you? Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? Send them our way, they will thank you and so will we. Each month we have a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card for our patients that refer people to us. Get in the game and get the word out. The more people you refer, the more chances you have to win.

Congratulations to Mrs. Sue on winning last month’s drawing!

Cut out the card below and give it to someone who could benefit from therapy.

Aches & Pains? We Offer FREE Consultations Your insurance will not be charged. Let Us Help You With Your Pain, Call Today!

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