STAR PT: Correct Your Posture

June, 2020 NEWSLETTER

YOU CAN CORRECT YOUR POSTURE FOR A MORE COMFORTABLE LIFE!

How do you maintain your posture throughout the day? Do you catch you r se l f s l ouch i ng frequently? Do those last couple hours of the school or work day leave you hunched over and ready to leave? (continued inside)

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NEWSLETTER

June, 2020

YOU CAN CORRECT YOUR POSTURE FOR A MORE COMFORTABLE LIFE!

INSIDE: • Tips To Improving Your Posture • Refer A Friend • We Offer Telehealth! • Patient Success Spotlight

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Improper posture isn’t due to laziness or apathy; rather, it generally has something to do with a physical weakness within our bodies. We slouch and slump when we feel drained because our bodies (quite literally) get tired of holding us up. Poor posture leads to excessive strain on your joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. It also weakens many of the core muscles that are needed in order to keep you upright and healthy. Posture changes occur over time and most people don’t pay attention to them until they begin to notice aches and pains. Even if you exercise regularly, it is possible that there are still a few weak muscles contributing to your posture that you may not even realize. The muscles in your shoulders, back, abdomen, buttocks, and pelvic floor all play an important role in your posture. If even one of these is weak, your core will be affected, and your posture may suffer. Your body is designed to align perfectly, in order to allow for proper movement of the muscles, breathing, and blood circulation. If poor posture continues, it can eventually lead to chronic conditions as you age.

Posture with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT

If you are experiencing aches and pains, especially in your neck or back, poor posture is probably to blame. Fortunately, posture can be improved with the help of physical therapy.

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

The 3 Curves Of Your Spine Your spine has 3 curves, which provide support and flexibility, in addition to protecting the nerves running up and down your spine. Your neck and lower back should be gently curved in, while your upper back should be slightly curved out. When you slouch, the spine in your neck and lower back actually becomes straighter, while the upper back becomes excessively curved. This produces a forward-head posture and humped upper back. If your abdominal muscles are weak, you may also experience an excessive arch in your lower back. Common Postural Issues Poor posture isn’t anything to be embarrassed about - very few people have perfect posture, and most people partake in bad posture habits in one way or another. We become so wrapped up in whatever tasks we are doing that we forget to think about the way our bodies are positioned.

Call us today to learn more about how you can improve your posture and lead a pain-free, active life!

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TIPS TO IMPROVING YOUR POSTURE

Our physical therapists are experts in evaluating posture and movement. By pinpointing the source of your aches and pains, we can develop a plan for you that will return you to an ideal posture and quickly relieve your pain. In fact, physical therapy has been proven as one of the most successful methods for improving posture. According to a study published by the National Institutes of Health, titled, “Evidence-based protocol for structural rehabilitation of the spine and posture,” the method of structural rehabilitation has a strong efficacy for back pain, neck pain, and postural improvement. Physical therapists have found success in using their methods to treat postural issues, as well as the chronic conditions that may develop as a result. Physical therapists are movement experts and they are great resources to have when trying to achieve your physical performance goals. They will aid you in the improvement of your balance, stability, flexibility, and mobility, all of which will positively affect your posture. 3 Simple Tips Physical therapy treatments will yield the best results when focusing on improving your posture. However, there are some simple tips you can use on your own when standing, sitting, or bending in your daily life: 1. Standing - Stand facing a mirror. Look at your shoulders - does one seem higher than the other? Look at your neck - does it tilt to one side or stick forward?

Pretend that an imaginary string is pulling gently through the top of your head. Notice how your posture improves automatically when you try to be taller? Keep your abdominals slightly contracted to maintain this posture. When walking, make sure that your arms are moving comfortably back and forth, feeling the rotation through your torso. 2. Sitting - Sit all the way back in your chair so you feel your lower back against the back rest. Avoid prolonged sitting on soft couches when watching TV, as this causes excessive slouching. Try to keep your feet flat on the floor and angle your chair so that your knees are slightly lower than your hips. Try using a small rolled-up towel for your lower back if you need more support while sitting. If you work at a computer, make sure that your keyboard and mouse are slightly lower than the level of your elbow. You may need to adjust your seat higher to make this happen. 3. Bending - Most back injuries occur when bending and twisting at the same time. When you need to bend down to get something from a low surface, make sure you squat, and keep your abdominals tight as you do so. In addition, if you are lifting something, get your body as close as possible to what you are lifting. Try having one leg forward to use your legs more to lift, rather than your back. As part of your physical therapy treatment, we can teach you proper posture, bending, and lifting techniques to protect your body from future injuries and make sure you stay healthy for the long-haul. Contact Star Physical Therapy today to learn more about how we can help you live pain-free!

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

• 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger • 2 tbsp red curry paste • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth, plus more if needed • ¼ cup raw almond butter or peanut butter • 3 cups diced peeled carrots • 3 cups diced peeled sweet potatoes • ½ tsp fine-grain sea salt

THAI CARROT & SWEET POTATO SOUP

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp coconut oil • 2 cups chopped yellow/sweet onion

In a large pot, melt coconut oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté for 5-6 minutes until onion is translucent. Stir in curry paste. In a small bowl, whisk together some of the broth with almond butter until smooth. Add mixture to pot, along with carrots, sweet potatoes, salt, and remaining vegetable broth. Stir until combined. Bring soup to a low boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes and carrots are fork-tender. Ladle soup carefully into a blender. You will likely have to do this in a couple of batches, depending on the size of your blender. Being careful to avoid hot steam from the lid, blend on low and slowly increase speed until soup is completely smooth.

“...therapy has made me much stronger and healthier.”

Success Story: Philip S. “STAR PT has helped me a lot. I first came into therapy struggling with vertigo. It kept me from doing my day-to-day tasks that I normally would have no trouble with. Now, therapy has made me much stronger and healthier. I do not struggle with those tasks as I did before therapy. The staff is very professional and also very friendly.”

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Refer A Friend

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� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle

� Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely

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Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help?

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve back pain.

We Offer Telehealth!

We understand that we are in the midst of stressful times, and that there will likely be more ahead. At Star Physical Therapy, we want you to know that we are here for you. We genuinely care about the health of each and every one of our patients, which is why we believe telehealth services are the best course of action for the time being. We still want to be able to serve our patients in the best ways possible. We want you to be able to continue your personalized PT plans, so you do not lose all the progress you’ve made. If any injury or discomfort occurs during this time, we want you to be able to receive the care you need.

Relieve Low Back Pain

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PRAYER STRETCH While in a crawl position, slowly lower your buttocks towards your feet until a stretch is felt along your back and or buttocks. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 3 times.

Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

At the end of the day, we are all in this together – most importantly, stay calm, and stay healthy. We are here to help you with your needs.

To learn more about how you can set up our telehealth services on your smartphone or computer, give us a call today.

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