Kewanee PT. How Bad Posture Affects You

I S YOUR POS TURE CAUS I NG YOUR BACK PA I N?

2.Take stretch breaks. – If you are an office worker, it is not secret that most of the day is spent with limited levels of mobility. It is important to make sure that yougetupevery30minutesorso,and takeasmallwalk,at least foraminuteor two. This will help in loosening up your muscles and joints, as well as initiating a stronger blood flow. 3. Exercise. – Exercise is incredibly important, especially if your job produces severalhoursof inactivity.Whenyouexercise,youarestretchingandstrengthening certain muscles of your body, including problem areas such as your neck and back.Takingevenasmallamountof time towalkor jogaround theneighborhood every day can highly improve your overall gait. 4. Set up your office properly. – Ifyouwork fromanofficeallday, it is important to have a proper ergonomic setup. Make sure that you are at a proper height with your desk chair and computer, so you don’t have to slouch or lean forward. Additionally,makesureyourchairhas theproper lumbarsupportneeded tohelp yousitstraightwhileyou’reworking.Thesesimplestepscanhelp tremendously with your overall posture. HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP? If these at-home treatments don’t work, it is important to consult help from a physical therapist. Simply standing up straight is a fight against gravity, and if you have been standing the wrong way for several years, it may be difficult to change itonyourown.However,physical therapistsarededicated togettingyou on back on track to a pain free, and risk free life. They will evaluate your posture and gait to determine the best treatments necessary for you, and then they will create a treatment plan unique for your needs. They can improve your posture, eliminate your pain, and get you back to doing the activities you love to do. If you areexperiencingpain,andyou think itmaybearesultofyourposture,giveusacall today.Wewillhelpyougetback toacomfortableposturewith justa fewsessions.

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT? It can be difficult to correct poor posture, but there are a few steps you can take on your own to try and help: 1. Sit properly. – If you are at a desk for extended periods of the day, make sure your stance is okay. Sit upright, place your feet flat on the floor, and try not to crossyour legs.Makesure there isasmallgapbetween thebackofyourknees and the chair. Having a chair with strong back support and padding is also recommended for making your upright position more comfortable.

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Irish Potato Bites

Ingredients • 20 red potatoes, small (golf ball size) • 1/2 cup corned beef

• 1/8 tsp Salt • sour cream, (optional)

• 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded • 1 tbsp butter, melted

Directions Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add potatoes and boil until they are fork tender. Preheat oven to 400°F. Once potatoes are cooked and have cooled cut each one in half and cut a small slice off of the rounded end so the potato can sit up. Scoop out the inside of each potato half saving the potato insides in a bowl. Add cheese, corned beef, butter to the bowl with the saved potato insides. Salt mixture to taste. Also sprinkle some salt over the potato halves.Scoopmixture intopotatohalvesand thenplace themonabakingsheet. Place baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

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