Beyond Limits: Getting To The CORE Of Back & Neck Pain

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Poor posture is something we normally do not think of as a contributor to neck and back pain. However, in our era of constantly being on smart phones, tablets, and computers, we often put our necks and backs in positions of prolonged stress. Over time, this contributes to increased stress to our vertebrae, disc and muscles supporting the spine. Text neck is the termused to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Of course, this posture of bending your neck to look down does not occur only when texting. For years, we’ve all looked down to read. THE AFFECTS OF TEXT NECK Is Your Digital Lifestyle Affecting Your Posture?

The problem with texting is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down— and people tend to do it for much longer periods. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain. We often see patients who have suffered from back and neck pain for years who could have been treated very easily when the pain started with simple postural corrections and stretches. If you have been suffering from back or neck pain, come see one of our therapists for an assessment of what is contributing to your pain.

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Have More Freedom to Move! GETTING TO THE CORE OF BACK AND NECK PAIN

INSIDE: • BUILDING CORE STRENGTH IMPROVES NECK & BACK PAIN • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • RELIEVE BACK PAIN IN MINUTES HELPING YOU LIVE, WORK & PLAY BETTER! • EARLY MORNING, EVENING & SAME-DAY APPOINTMENTS • PATIENTS SEEN PROMPTLY • INSURANCE ACCEPTED & FILED • VISA & MASTERCARD ACCEPTED • FLEXIBLE PAYMENT PLANS • TWO CONVENIENT LOCATIONS • CARING, HIGHLY EXPERIENCED STAFF

Back and neck pain are two of the most common issues that American adults experience, putting a huge physical and economic burden on working Americans by being both two of the leading needs for medical intervention and two of the most common causes people have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, it is somewhat common that neck pain and back pain are actually related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness, and when your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101 There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accidentoraslip-and-fall injury,tomorechronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, addressing neck pain is sometimes difficult as there is so much potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving strength as needed.

For example, in many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101 Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as aresult,causing theirback tocompensatefor the injury by putting pressure on other muscles that eventually just leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to cut your back pain issues in half. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain. Find out how you can relieve your back and neck pain for good. Call us today for more information!

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BUILDING CORE STRENGTH IMPROVES NECK & BACK PAIN Youmaybesurprisedhow frequently issueswith theneckandbackactually stem from issues with core strength. Your core refers to the muscles that make up your torso, including your abdomen. These muscles are called the core because they are at the center of your body, and they are necessary in just about every action that you engage in. Everything fromwalking, running and swimming to sitting and driving require you to engage your core.

There are a lot of reasons to improve core strength outside of any existing neckorbackpain.Whenyou improveyourcore,youare likely toalso improve your posture and thereby reduce your risk of developing further back pain in the future.Furthermore, theexercises thathelp to improvecorestrengthare often helpful in promoting weight loss, and for those who are overweight, this could also help reduce pain in the neck and the back. Sometimes, when your core is weak, it can cause you to experience added pressure on areas like your neck and back. There are a lot of ways that working with a physical therapist can help you improve your core strength. You may be encouraged to practice core exercises, for example, which may include abdominal crunches or leg lifts. Light weight-training activities are also frequently helpful, as are balance-based activities like yoga. If you haven’t spent much time building core strength in the past, then working with a physical therapist is a great place to start. Your physical therapist will guide you through proper postures and movements to reduce further risk of injury. For more information about how to start improving your core, contact us. For more information about physical therapy for overcoming neck and back pain, contact us today.

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Staff Spotlight: Leslie Cagel

“I love using physical therapy to help people return to maximal function and get them back to doing what makes them happy. What I like most about what I do is that I get to work with people one-on-one, find out what’s most important to them, and really see them progress through their rehabilitation. Our profession is unique because we’re the movement specialists and we can often be the alternative to drugs and surgery.” DPT: University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT BS: Nutrition and Exercise Science, Queens College at the City University of New York, Queens, NY Member: American Physical Therapy Association, Utah Physical Therapy Association Leslie is grateful to have a career that makes her happy every day. She has a special interest in women’s health, athletic populations, and general orthopedic physical therapy. She is also a lifelong student who reads up on the latest research and takes continuing education classes to enhance her skills and knowledge, ensuring her patients get the best care. When she’s not helping her clients, Leslie loves to ski, hike, travel, cook, and eat—usually with her husband.

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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN FREE

a Do you have problems bending? a Are you suffering from an injury? a Do you suffer with aches or pains? If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions, we can help. Mention or Bring in This Coupon Today For a FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY ANALYSIS At Beyond Limits Physical Therapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Beyond Limits Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program Attention Pain Sufferers

Patient Success Spotlight

“Beyond Limits worked wonders for my back pain. I went from extreme pain to no pain within a month’s time. Everyone at Beyond Limits are very friendly and knowledgeable which made every visit with them a good time.” - Wayne W. I went from extreme pain to NO pain!

Relieve Back Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

BRACE SINGLE KNEE EXTENSION While lying on your back with your knees bent, slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down. Next, perform on your other leg. Use your stomach muscles to keep your spine frommoving. Repeat 10 times on each leg. Strengthens Core

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