AdvantagePT: How Posture Affects Back & Neck Pain



NEWSLETTER October 2019


Correct Your Form With Back & Neck Pain Relief

A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back. The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain can become. Unfortunately, once you start experiencing neck and back pain, simply squaring your shoulders isn’t likely to be much help. Working with a physical therapist can help you to train the muscles in your back, neck andshoulderssothatyoucan improve yourposturepermanently,and indoing so bringrelief to your chronic neckand back pain. The Posture and Pain Connection. Not all back pain is caused by poor posture,and it istruethatyoucanhave poor posture for years without feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely to catch up with you. There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: • The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day. For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch. •Thepainfrequentlystarts inyourneck andmoves into your upper and lower back. Pain that seems to travel from

one area of the back to another is frequently an indication of posture concerns. • The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa. • Back or neck pain that develops soon afterachange incircumstances,such asstartinganew jobwithanewdesk chair, or getting a new car. After years of practicing poor posture, your back, shoulder and neckmuscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, and standing up straight will require somethoroughstretching.Thatdoesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it. Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain. Contact us today to gain back and neck pain relief!

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Improve Your Posture At Home



22717 SE 29th Street Ste D10 Sammamish, WA 98075 Phone (425) 883-9631 Fax (425) 250-0575

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SCAPULAR RETRACTION Hold your hands behind your back and slowly raise themoff your back in a backward direction. Upper Body Stretch


Exercises copyright of Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.


Lasertherapyusesaprocesscalledphotobiomodulation. Unlike medications, laser therapy reduces pain without undesirablesideeffects. It isalso important topointout that patients report long-lasting pain relief. While the number of treatments required may vary depending on the acuity of the condition, many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple treatments. With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick, usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.

Improve Your Posture At Home

There are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: •Try tostand tallwheneveryouarestandingorwalking.Holdyourheadhighandsquare your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. •Usesupportwhenyousit tokeepyourposturecorrect.Lumbarsupport inofficechairs and car seats will help a bit, but for improved posture you may need to add additional cushioning that will help you keep your back straight. • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and your chest forward. When lifting something that is over 50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. WhatcanGoodPosturedoforYou? Therearea lotofbenefitsofhavinggoodposture. Aside from saying goodbye to neck or back pain, improving your posture can provide several unexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back • Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it couldberelated toyourposture.Contactyourphysical therapist to learnmoreabout how you can take steps to start improving your posture today.


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7525 166th Ave NE Ste D225 Redmond,WA 98052 Phone (425) 883-9630 Fax (425) 250-0575 22717SE 29th Street Suite D100 Sammamish,WA 98075 Phone (425) 883-9631 Fax (425) 250-0575


SAMMAMISH Low Back Pain • October 15th 6:30pm

REDMOND Low Back Pain • October 16th 6:30pm

We only have 20 seats available for the event. This event is FREE, but you must call to reserve your seat, so if you would like to attend, be sure to register now … call 425-883-9630. All 20 attendees for the Low Back Pain Workshops will receive a Special Report: “ Top 10 Most Burning Questions For Pain”

Register by calling or online at our website Redmond: (425) 883-9630 Sammamish: (425) 883-9631

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INGREDIENTS • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatoes • 1 small eggplant, cubed • 1 small zucchini, cubed • 1 small yellow squash, cubed

• 1 small red bell pepper, chopped • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves • ½ tsp garlic powder • ½ tsp ground pepper • ½ cup grated Parmesan • 8 oz pita chips

You Can Now Pay Your Bills Online! Patients can now pay bills with our new online billing system! Take advantage of our new feature today. Visit www. and click on the Pay Now tab! DIRECTIONS Stir together tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, summer squash, and bell pepper in a 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Stir in thyme, garlic powder, and ground pepper. Turn to Low and cook for 30 minutes more. Using a potato masher, crush the vegetable mixture to a chunky consistency. Stir in Parmesan. Stir occasionally while serving with pita chips. Patient Review “When I first came in this year, I suspected that I suffered from a herniated disc inmy neck, but it hadn’t been diagnosed yet. However, I was immediately given proper exercises to help with the pain as well as direct treatment that Jenn did each visit to address the issue. By the time I was diagnosed, I had already made some recovery in response to the care I was provided here. I am now fully recovered and learned much about how to avoid a similar injury in the future as well as how to address the pain if I am unfortunate and re-injure. Thanks!”

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