Getting To The Core Of Back & Neck Pain

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What Is Causing My Aches & Pains?

If you suffer from an aching back or neck pain, it could simply be that your core muscles are weak. You may have heard of the term “core”, but what is it? Your core is the foundation of your body and like a building, needs to be strong and supportive. If your foundation is weak or crooked, then the other structures, which rely on this, will not function properly. However, unlike a building, your core needs to not only be strong and supportive, but alsomove. The timing and strength of the various muscle contractions is critical for your proper body function. When it isn’t, abnormal strains occur to your spine, causing a lot of common aches and pains. Your core muscles consist of a wide variety of skeletal muscles that keep you erect and help you move around on two feet. The core is a group of muscles in the pelvis, spine, abdominal and upper thigh areas. These muscles are arranged in different angles that are layered to give you support and stability. Why do most people suffer from back pain? Most people will experience back pain sometime in their life due to core muscle weakness. When the spinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, spine and hips don’t move well, a resulting strain occurs on the spine. This causes pain and can occur at any stage of life. However, this typically happens as we become older and less active as adults.

Understand Your Insurance Info Night Join us! Thursday January 12th, 2017 6:00pm 18710 Meridian E, #215 Puyallup, WA at our clinic as we talk about health insurance, how it works, and how understanding your plan keeps you from unexpected medical bills. Insurance is sometimes complicated and frustrating, and we want to give you an opportunity to ask questions as we discuss frequently asked questions when it comes to your health coverage. Childcare not provided, but snacks are! Give our clinic a call if you have questions about this event. Think PT FIRST Did you know that by just understanding your health insurance benefits, you can save money and be better prepared for the future? Join us

Why You Should Come In For Another Check-Up • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

Take Care of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!

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“ The exercises and mental knowledge gained will be very helpful toward my becoming more independent and functional in my wish to resume sports and related activities. The therapists and staff are extremely helpful and guided me through the tough days and I thank everyone for their efforts! ” – T.B. They guided me through the tough days! Patient Results

Staff Spotlight

Susan graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon in May 2000. Susan’s primary focus is the outpatient orthopedic patient of all ages with an emphasis on manual therapy treatment techniques. Since opening the doors of RFPT in 2008, Susan has tried to seek out the best and most effective manual techniques to help her patients achieve maximum results from their physical therapy experience. Susan has lived in the South Hill area since moving here in 1995. She has two beautiful, active daughters, Ally and Katie. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, helping at the girls’ school, doing CrossFit, playing with her two dogs and cats, and watching the Green Bay Packers. SUSAN JANKELSON Physical Therapist, Co-Owner

Have You Used Your Benefits?

The end of the year is nearing, and so is the end of this year of insurance benefits! Now is a great time to check your benefits and deductible. You may find that you have met your deductible or that you have benefits remaining that you would like to use. You’ve paid for them, so don’t let them go to waste!

Time for Trivia!

Move Freely • Be Stronger • Alleviate Pain Naturally Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free Are You Suffering From: 4 Back pain or stiffness 4 Trouble moving freely 4 Pain from an old injury 4 Neck pain or headaches 4 Shoulder & arm pain 4 Hip & back pain Win a Coffee Giftcard! In what year did “A Charlie Brown Christmas” premier on CBS? The first 10 callers with the right answer get entered to win a giftcard for coffee! No need to be an existing patient! Call Now: 253-875-6826


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Exercise Essentials

Helps Back Pain

DEAD BUG | HEEL TOUCHES Lie on back, hands up, knees up and engage your core. Slowly lower one heel to the ground. Alternate sides. Keep core engaged. Repeat 8 times.

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Clinic News

We’ve Got Interns! If you have been into the clinic lately, you have likely noticed we have some awesome interns joining us! Evan is a 3 rd year PT student from Armstrong University in Savannah, GA. Laura is also a 3 rd year PT student from University of Wisconsin - Madison in Madison, WI. We are lucky to have some great interns, and invite you to come meet them!

Wear It To Win It Winners! Winners of movie tickets for October are: Claira B and Scott G Wear your RFPT t-shirt to your appointments and be entered to win next month!

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