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Are Your Shoulders Getting Weaker? The Culprit Of Headaches...

Does your neck ache towards the end of the day? Do you often end up with nagging headaches? While you might think it’s only due to stress, it may also be a result of your daily posture. When we use our arms throughout the day, the shoulder muscles get tired. This leads us to use our neck muscles as a substitute. A sure sign of this is when you notice your shoulders rising up closer to your ears. You may also find your spine rounding forward. The sooner our shoulder muscles fatigue, and the more rounded forward we end up, the sooner we notice headaches and neck pain. Think this might be you? Here are 4 BASIC TESTS to try at the end of the day! (continued inside)

Inside: • Spend Time With Friends Without A Headache!

• Patient Spotlight • 2 Easy Exercises

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


STARTING POSITION: Sitting at your workstation, your home computer or the dinner table in your normal posture: 1. Try to raise both arms up in front and continue overhead without moving your spine. If you can’t get full shoulder motion or have pain, you probably end up slouched without realizing it. 2. Try to roll your shoulders down and back without moving your spine. If you feel this is difficult to do, your muscles are probably keeping your shoulders elevated. 3. Raise your arms up and out to the side like a “jumping jack” without moving your spine. If you have pain, you probably end up slouched without realizing it. Spend Time With Friends Without A Headache! The Culprit Of Headaches...

4. Try to clasp your hands behind your back. Now raise your arms up behind you. If you are unable to raise them very far, you have limited shoulder, spine or chest mobility. NOW REPEAT THE TESTS WHILE sitting up straight and allow the spine to move. Compare the difference in your shoulder motions or pain. If you suffer from neck pain, headaches or shoulder pain, don’t let it linger on and cause more damage. Call us today to speak with a physical therapist, or come on in for a consultation at 408-365-8400.

PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT “I started physical therapy 5 days after surgery for a rotator cuff/bicep repair. For the first few weeks I completely regretted having the surgery. At PT, I was only able to move my arm a few inches and was completely weak. Progress was slow, and I was feeling defeated. encouraged me to focus on my goals. It’s been 3 months and I am excited that I can go through my day without any pain! It’s not glamorous, but I can cook, wash my hair, drive a car, put away dishes and other tasks I wasn’t able to do post-surgery. Thank you for all your professionalism, dedication, and encouragement. I highly recommend Back To Action to anyone needing physical therapy.” Thank you for all your professionalism, dedication, and encouragement. Kristi and the staff at Back to Action have been amazing. They challenged me at every visit to reach a little further (pun intended), dig deep, and push through the pain. When I felt defeated, they -Suzanne Pekarek

Look inside to learn more about our programs to say goodbye to aches and pains and return to a pain-free, active lifestyle!

2 Helpful Exercises To Strengthen Shoulders



WAND SHOULDER FLEXION Lying on your back and holding a wand, palms face down on both sides, slowly raise the wand towards overhead. Repeat 3 times.

ELASTIC BAND EXTERNAL ROTATION While holding an elastic band at your side with your elbow bent, start with your hand near your stomach and then pull the band away. Keep your elbow at your side the entire time. Repeat 5 times.


The therapists at Back To Action Physical Therapy are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages, from newborns to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. We examine you and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. We work with you to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs peopleuseacaneorwalker togetaround.When your confidence is restored, exercise can be increased and incorporated more into your daily life, which improves your cardiac and mental health. Furthermore, there are many types of pain and inflammation that can be reduced by physical therapy. For example, chronic pain in the back, shoulder, or knee, or pain associated with certain degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, can be reduced by our team of skilled therapists. We can help you manage your health, including cardiac health, over the long term. The Importance of Physical Therapy by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Back To Action Physical Therapy can help improve your walking and balance abilities. Our therapists determine what areas of the body you are having difficulty moving. We perform neurological, vestibular, balance, and orthopedic evaluations. We then put together a comprehensive plan to get you back to walking confidently and without limitations. It is never too late to improve gait and balance, even if

2019 Health Insurance Plans with PT Benefits

Many health insurance plans reset deductibles and out of pocket maximums on a calendar year basis. If there havebeenanychangestoyourplan,pleasenotethatyour co-pay or other out of pocket obligations may change. Call if you have any questions and we can help!

PRACTICE NEWS: Keeping Our Community InMind!

refilling water and Gatorade bottles and giving them ice, aswellassomeoccasionalfirstaid. Ourhatsoff to those who braved the challenge! On 2/22-23 we had our annual director’s meeting. Our four clinic directors, as well as our office manager and president met in San Antonio. Even though it looks like all we did was eat and play, we really did cover a great deal of topics that will benefit our patients in the future. Finally, we would like to welcome our newest member, Lydia. She just joined us on February 11th. We are sure she will do a great job for us. Del Rio. Del Rio staff came together for several great causes in February. Kristi and several of her staff ran the Red, White, and Blue 5k to benefit a scholarship fund for local high school seniors. Other members of theBTA teamparticipated in theRun for theCrown5k in sponsorshipofoneof thepageantcontestants.Kristiand herhusbandalso facedoff in theannualTexasHold ‘Em CharityTournament tobenefit theGarySiniseFoundation which provides support to our veterans. Kristi came in 6thplaceandwas theonlywoman tomake it to thefinal table! Finally, our CEO, clinic directors, therapists, and administrator met for our annual director’s conference on the River Walk in San Antonio. We came together to discuss the company and work on making positive changesforourpatients,employees,and thecompanyas awhole.Weenjoyedsomegreatmealsandawardswere given to top performing clinics and therapists.

regrouping so that we can better serve our patients. Iamproud toannounce thatourEaglePass locationwon multiple awards this year and got multiple recognition in a variety of categories. These accomplishments just solidifies thehardworkourstaff isdedicated toproviding year after year. The clinic director could not accomplish any of this without her support staff. Rosanna, Elena, Susan, and Nohemi deserve most of the praise. We are an awesome team! The Eagle Pass clinic brought home the Arnold Schwarzenegger Award for the most referral growth of 2018, The Windmill Award for most efficient clinic, the Busy Bee Award for most patients seen by a PT, and the mother of all awards...The Clinic of the Year Perpetual Award. We are extremely proud to bring back the trophy anotheryear toEaglePass.This isback tobackyears for EaglePassandcouldnotbeanyprouderof thestaffhere!! Pleasecongratulatethestaff ifyouseethem.Theyallwork reallyhardallyear longtobetterserveyou...THEPATIENT!! Harlingen. BTAHarlingenhadabusymonth inFebruary. Weweresponsorsof theLosFresnos rodeoon2/15-17. Theweatherwascooperative thisyearand thecrowdwas fantastic. I am sure everyone had a great time. OnFebruary23rd,we ranafirstaidand refreshment tent for the 29th annual Jalapeno 100 bike race. We saw the 100 milers at approximately the 39th and 54th mile points. The riders had very good weather but the wind posed quite a challenge for them. We were busy mainly

Brownsville. February is the month of love, and what betterway toshowour love than takinggoodcareofour heart and other people’s hearts. On the6thofFebruary,weatBackToActionBrownsville were at the 3rd Annual Brownsville Community & Senior Health & Wellness Expo 2019 and showed our love for the Brownsville Community, Seniors and Winter Texans by providing them free educational information on what physical therapy can do for them. Hundreds of people attended this event to learn about how to live a heart healthy lifestyle. There were fun activities such and free screenings, and tons of prizes and giveaways. We had seen some familiar faces at the event and most were our previous patients at Back To Action Physical Therapy. It was a great and fruitful event, and we wish to do it again next time. Thank you to everyone who had joined us and hopefully we’ll see you again next year. Until then, go live a heart healthy lifestyle. EaglePass. Clinicdirectors fromall fourclinicsmetup in SanAntonio the lastweekendofFebruary forourannual meeting todiscussourpreviousyear’saccomplishments and make new changes to improve patient care and efficiently run the business aspect of the company. We always look forward to spending this time together and

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