Peak Performance PT_Is Back Pain Slowing Your Down?

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

JILL MARLAN , PT , MSPT , OMPT Getting To Know The Peak Performance Physical Therapy Team

instructor for Oakland University’s Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Program and Michigan State University’s Kinesiology Program. She has received numerous awards and recognition, including: Athena Powerlink 2013, Corp! Economic Bright Spot Award — 2016 and 2017, Entrepreneur of the Year GLBM – 2017, Goldman Sachs Award, and selected as a Finalist for the Ernst & Young Winning Women. She was also selected for Leadership Lansing in 2017. Jill graduated fromWayne State University with her Master’s in Physical Therapy and then went on to complete the Michigan State University Osteopathic Manual Manipulation Education Program and Oakland University Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Program. She is the Chair of the Athena Powerlink Committee and has worked with a wide variety of clientele including professional hockey and football players, Olympic and world-class gymnasts; football, baseball and basketball players; and collegiate and high school athletes from all sports. Jill’s primary areas of expertise are in orthopedics and sports physical therapy. Jill is married to her husband, Russ and they are blessed with two children, Carson and Leighton. Jill and Russ are actively involved in their children’s activities and coach their teams.

Jill is a Board Certified licensed Physical Therapist and a Certified Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist. She was appointed by the governor to serve on the State Board of Physical Therapy for 8 years and chaired the board for the last three years. Jill worked nationally on the continuing competence committee for the federation of state boards and currently had been appointed to chair this committee for two years by two different governors. She assisted in the development of the “Translatoric Spinal Manipulation” textbook that is currently used in Physical Therapy doctoral educational programs and is a resident

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


INSIDE: • How To Take Care Of Your Back • Healthy Recipe • Patient Success Spotlight • Back Pain/Sciatica Workshops

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal, joint, and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints thatpeoplesuffer fromandmore than 80%of theU.S.population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you downright irritable and affect others around you. Why Do I Have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk. • Poor posture and strain on the spine from slouched sitting. • Repetitive injury to muscles around the spine from improper lifting. • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips, and muscles of the thighs.

• Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles.

Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer from a nagging ache or pain in their back. They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people think that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain. Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our physical therapists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.


1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine, and hips in natural alignment. While sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles.This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine. 3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused on a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine every day can keep you feeling great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy Our Physical Therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check-up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the activities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises, we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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

No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats • ½ cup of ground flax seed • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon • ½ cup of raw honey • ½ cup of peanut butter • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips

SUPPORTED BRIDGE Lie on your back with knees bent and feet hip distance apart. Place your feet close enough so they can be touched by the finger tips. Inhale and lift the hips, place a block under the sacrum. Keep the chest open. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 10 times. Strengthens Core

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor. 2. Pulse until ingredients are blended (about 7-9 times). 3. Add mixture to a large bowl, add in chocolate chip. Stir to combine. 4. Form energy bite mixture into 1” balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. 6. Serve! Author: Krista@

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Practice News

Patient Success Spotlight

Jill Marlin, Ower & Founder was a guest speaker at the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association’s Annual Coaches Conference on January 26th, 2018. She presented to 700 Highschool Coaches on Injury Prevention.

“I started seeing Matt at Peak Performance for lower back pain that I was having for close to ten months. I had been through virtually all types of conservative treatment, including physical therapy at a different place. All had been unsuccessful, and I feared surgery might be my only option to feel any relief. After only a few sessions with Matt, he was able to diagnose my problem and put me on a path to recovery. I had been to numerous specialists, and none of them were able to tell me what Matt did. Matt has truly changed my life, as I was virtually debilitated with no hope for recovery. He is very knowledgeable, conscientious and different than other physical therapists I’ve seen. He truly cares about your situation and is dedicated to helping discover a solution and seeing it through until you are back to 100%. I would definitely recommend him to anyone considering physical therapy.” - Blake S. Matt has truly changed my life, as I was virtually debilitated with no hope for recovery.

Marketing team just returned from BPTM Boot Camp in Atlanta. In attendance were: Jill Marlan, Owner & Founder, Coby Smith, Marketing, Dani McNeilly, Executive Assistant.

On Friday, January 19th, Peak Performance hosted an educational seminar for family practice residents from McLaren Hospital on the topics of Appropriate Referal to PT and The Status of the Current Health Care System . In attendance were: Kyle Knapp, Health Promotions Manager and Andrew Robeson, Marketing Deputy Director.

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Attention Back Pain Sufferers!


Back Pain/Sciatica Workshops EVERY MONTH!

April 11th @ 5:30pm

Offer valid for the first 20 people to schedule. Expires 03-31-18 7402 Westshire Drive, Suite 105 Lansing, Michigan 48917 (517) 853-6800 CALL TO SCHEDULE TODAY!

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level

• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living

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Peak Performance Physical Therapy will be hosting a Facebook Live event on Feb 21st at 12:00 pm on Neck Pain.

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