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GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN

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•Getting to the Core of Back and Neck Pain • Core Strength and Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain

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

GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN

Priority Physical Therapy can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today: MISSOURI 573-769-6166 SOUTH CAROLINA 843-536-4888

Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving strength as needed. For example, in many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength.

Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their back to compensate for the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain.

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CORE STRENGTH AND BACK PAIN

You may be surprised how frequently issues with the neck and back actually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, including your abdomen. These muscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything from walking and running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core. There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neck or back pain. When you improve your core, you are likely to also improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future. Furthermore, the exercise that helps to improve core strength is often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance- based activities like yoga.

If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us.

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HEALTHY RECIPE: STRAWBERRY-CHOCOLATE GREEK YOGURT BARK

INGREDIENTS • 3 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1½ cups sliced strawberries • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

Linea rimmedbakingsheetwithparchmentpaper.Stiryogurt,maple syrup(orhoney)andvanilla inamediumbowl.Spreadontheprepared bakingsheet intoa10-by-15-inch rectangle.Scatter thestrawberries on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Freeze until very firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut or break into 32 pieces. To make ahead: Freeze airtight between sheets of parchment for up to 1 month; let standatroom temperaturefor15minutesbeforeserving.Equipment: Parchment paper

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Shoulder Pain Workshop - Second Tuesday Of Every Month @ 6:30 pm You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from shoulder pain. 2.) You want know what the the biggest mistake it shoulder pain sufferers do. 3.) You want to know what it looks like to treat your shoulder pain without medication or surgery? How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Priority Physical Therapy .We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS You are invited to our

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How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

Relieve Back Pain Try this movement to relieve back pain.

Patient Spotlight

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I can now play softball again! ““When I arrived at PT I hadn’t exercised in 9 months due to an injury that wouldn’t heal. I was very limited in my movements and in the time I could exercise. Now, I can walk 1.8 miles in 30 minutes and complete all of my housework duties except the very heavy lifting. My quality of life has greatly improved.”

Stretches Back

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REPEAT TRUNK FLEXION | TO FLOOR Sit in a chair with good posture. Hands on thighs. Let your trunk sag toward the floor use your arms to control the movement. Let your arms dangle to the floor. Now use your arms to push yourself up.

Lauren Huggins PT, DPT & Bertie N.

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