Franklin: Relieving Back Pain

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

“Is Your Neck Pain Causing Your Back Pain?” RELIEVING BACK PAIN

It is important to realize that you have ONE SPINE and it functions as a whole. It is not just a bunch of bones, ligaments, tendons, and discs thrown together. It is a beautiful and very complex structure that needs flexibility, strength, coordination, and good posture.

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

“Quick Pain Relief Brings Happiness!” RELIEVING BACK PAIN

What affects the top affects the bottom If you have problems with your upper neck such as tight muscles, poor alignment, previous injuries, whiplash, or poor posture, this can dramatically change the load and forces on your low back. For example, if you work at a computer or sit watching TV in a slouched position for many hours, over time your head and neck become forward protruding. Since your head weighs between 10-12 pounds (about the weight of a bowling ball), and is now balanced forward, all your back muscles have to work harder to keep you from falling forward. Over time, this leads to pain, inflammation, and injury to the low back. Do you find when looking over your shoulder you have to turn yourbodya lot?Whenmotion is limited inyourneck, theability to turn your head is compensated by over-rotating the lower back. This is not normal and causes more strain to the mid and lower back giving you pain. If you feel back pain, see if your neck could be the cause by coming in for a consultation with one of our experts. Give us a call today to learn more!

Have an injury and need to see a specialist? Franklin Rehabilitation has relationships with every physician specialty group in the area. Contact us at if you need advice or if you would like us to help get you in to see the doctor quickly.

Staff Spotlight

Exercise Essentials Try this exercise to help with pain... QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM & LEG RAISE While on your hands and knees, slowly raise up an arm out in front of you. Then slowly raise opposite leg behind you, while keeping your back straight. Hold for 10 seconds then repeat 3 times on both sides.

JESSICA BLIEVERNICHT PT, DPT, CSCS JessicaBlievernicht,PT,DPT,CSCS, trained with the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute and combines her pelvic rehabilitation education with previous training in ultrasound imaging to provide a more extensive treatment option for anyone dealing with low back, abdominal or pelvic issues. She has specialized in women’s health rehab for nearly five of her seven professional years. She believes in educating patients and empowering them to become active participants in their care.


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Movement Keeps You Healthy

Our bodies thrive on movement. When we move, our circulation improves, our joints get lubricated, pressure is released, and our outlook on life shifts toward the positive thanks to the hormones released. If gentle movement seems to make a sore muscle hurt more, it’s time for some therapeutic massage, myofascial release, and a trip to Franklin Rehabilitation. Usually, though, moving our bodies in loving ways every day will save us the soreness in the first place. How do the clinicians at Franklin Rehabilitation relieve pain? Our clinicians are experts trained in evaluating muscle and joint movement. First, a thorough evaluation is done to determine the source of your back pain, and if your neck or upper back can be affecting it. Then, a complete plan of care is put together based on your individual needs. Not only do we treat with the latest gentle, hands on therapeutic techniques we will also rebuild your strength and coordination to prevent future injuries. Furthermore, we teach you how to protect your body, improve your posture and balance, and how to prevent a recurrence of pain. Give us a call today, we can help!

Patient Spotlight “Prevented ailments that normally plague women after birth!”

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“Seven months ago I noticed I was having intense hip and pelvic pain after giving birth. After seeing a doctor and a chiropractor without improved changes, I decided to seek out physical therapy. I found Jessica at Franklin Rehabilitation. I wasblownaway!Shedidadetailed assessment and diagnosed my problem areas. She then outlined a plan of action to get me back on track. In the short time I’ve been seeing Jessica, I learned proper breathing

Why You Need To Come Back In For A Check-Up: � Move without pain � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS. BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE. � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably

techniques, stretching exercises and proper muscle engagements to help support my body. We have even prevented some ailments that normally plague women after birth. I went from being unable to get out of bed without crying to returning to light exercises. I would highly recommend Women’s Health/Pelvic Rehab at Franklin Rehabilitation for all my female friends who have recently given birth.” - Briony B.

A Simple Test: Is Your Neck The Cause Of Your Pain HEALTH & WELLNESS TIPS

1. Stand normally with a friend facing you to observe your movements. 2. Turn your head left and right as far as you can comfortably. Have your friend note how far you turn. 3. Now sit in a chair and repeat the turning of your head both ways, have your friend again note how far you go.

4. Ask your friend if there is a difference in your neck movement, standing compared to sitting. 5. If your neck movement is more limited in sitting, then it is your neck or upper back that is tight and can be causing your low back pain.

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