ParamountPerformanceRehab: Is Back Pain Slowing Things Down?

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Trevor Larsen is a passionate licensed physical therapist and personal trainer. He graduated with his B.S. in Kinesiology at the University of Maryland College Park. (GoTerrapins!) He also attended Northeastern University where he graduated as a Doctor of PhysicalTherapy. He earned his certified strength and conditioning certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) to make him a qualified personal trainer. • How To Overcome Back Pain • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Seasonal Recipe • Back Pain Prevention

TREVOR LARSEN PT, DPT, CSCS GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM As a clinical student, he worked at ProEx Physical Therapy (now Professional PhysicalTherapy) where he learned strong

manual skills, honed his diagnoses, and began exercise programming journey – a constant refining process. He believes in combining effective manual techniques with appropriate mobility, stability, and strength exercises. Trevor incorporates mobility work when necessary to augment the strength building aspect of his training regimens. He believes not only in treating symptoms but also in addressing the underlying causes and muscle imbalances to help the symptoms stay away indefinitely. Trevor was also a clinical student under Russ Childers where he gained a keen eye for proper exercise technique. Trevor consistently looks to learn and to improve his craft. In his free time, Trevor is very sports oriented. He enjoys playing basketball, golf, snowboarding, rock climbing, and football, and of course training. He also enjoys reading about therapy, training, and self-development. A fun fact is that Trevor has been playing words with friends for 8 years and is up for new challengers.


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Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Paramount Performance Rehab can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at 617-641-6700 today!

Back pain can hinder your day-to-day activities. Left untreated, it can even lead to long-term joint, spine and nerve damage. As one of the most common physical complaints, over 80 percent of the U.S. population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime.The pain itself can hinder your ability to reach, lean, kneel, lift or bend. It can also hinder your time spent with friends and family. Direct pain aside, minor aches and cramps associated with a back pain problem can make you irritable—ruining your good time. What Causes Back Pain? A few things cause back pain. The American Physical Therapy Association covers each of these, but the following are leading causes: • Spinal and core muscle weaknesses • Bad posture • Spinal muscle and tissue damage • Improper lifting form • Limited hip, spine and thigh muscle flexibility • Bad abdominal, pelvic and back muscle coordination

Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t seek treatment when back pain arises. Before theyknow it, theyhaveabigproblem.Theymightassumenothing— except for medication—can solve their back pain problem. Medication might mask the pain, but it won’t cure the problem’s root cause. Back Pain Solutions You’re in luck:Backpaincanbecured!TheNational InstituteofNeurological Disorders and Stroke covers a number of back pain remedies. These include the use of strength exercise, physical therapy and medication. Where medication is considered, anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic medications and counter-irritants are the most popular. Before you can treat your back pain, however, you need to know why it started. Whether you’ve tweaked a muscle or have a deeper injury, a spine specialist can help.

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A little prevention goes a long way. If you want to avoid future back pain, you can make sure you’re being good to your back. Lift Properly You pick things up constantly. Even if you’re lifting something light, make sure you’re facing the object. Squat, keeping your spine straight. Lift with your leg muscles, as this will reduce the pressure placed on your spine. Use Good Posture When you’re standing, imagine a string is attached to the top of your head—lifting you up. This will keep your hips, spine, shoulders and neck aligned. If you’re sitting, don’t slouch. Use Strength Training Your body has hundreds of muscles. These muscles protect and control your spine. By lifting weights, running and swimming, you can keep them strong. Train your core muscles. In doing so, you’ll easily control quick, lifting movements. It never hurts to visit a physical therapist, either. Get regular check-ups, and make sure your body is in good condition. If you have a history of back injuries, pain or minor aches, don’t hesitate to talk to a professional. You deserve a pain-free life, and your back will thank you.


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• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

• 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Patient Success Spotlight


“A major factor in my overall recovery!” “Ialways foundTrevor tobeverycompetent,caringandespecially responsive to my needs. He patiently listened to me and gave me positive feedback and support. Trevor watched carefully as I performed all the exercises at therapy and tactfully corrected me as needed. He also reviewed the home exercises to make sure I was doing them properly. I felt Trevor cared and wanted to maximize all the time I spent at therapy. At all times he was professional, yet I had a level of comfort with him. Trevor asked the right questions so I was able to pinpoint my problem areas and describe my progress as well as frustrations in my recovery. He then reacted by making suggestions and recommendations that not only were helpful physically but gave me encouragement. I believe working with Trevor was a major factor in my overall recovery. He was always kinds and went above and beyond to make sure my therapy was as effective as possible.” - Fran T.

At Paramount Performance Rehab, you will receive hands- on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Paramount Performance Rehab if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your individualized recovery program

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


BIRDOGS Start on hands and knees, hips and shoulders at 90°. Lift one arm out front. Alternate arms and repeat 5 times.

If this exercise does not provide you relief/help, please consider an evaluation to see if we can identify the source of your pain.

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