Peak Performance PT: Don't Ignore your Back Pain

6 BACK CONDITIONS NOT TO IGNORE Continue An Active Lifestyle Free Of Pain! Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

The Peak Perspective

Back Pain is something that is near and dear to me because I have been through it. I have suffered through tremendous pain in the past and am now pain-free and back to doing the things that I enjoy. Most people avoid treatment because they stop doing the things that they think

cause pain and little by little they stop doing more and more of the things they love. I want you to be able to do what you enjoy doing and not be limited by back pain. Not all back pain is the same which is why we provide specific evaluative techniques and a variety of treatment options including hands-on manual therapy and lumbar traction to fit your specific case. I want you to know that you can be pain-free and it doesn’t need to involve surgery and opioids. - Jill Marlan

Do you feel aches and pains in your lower back? If so, you are not alone. Four out of every five Americans will suffer from back pain at some time in their lives. Without proper spine mobility, stability and alignment your back structures wear down over time, similar to tires that are out of alignment. There are many different back conditions, but here are a few common ones: 1. Lumbar or sacral radiculopathy: The result of pressure on a nerve exiting the spine. Pain, numbness and tingling can be felt down in different parts of the leg. 2. Sciatica: This comes from compression of the sciatic nerve by a muscle called the piriformis, deep in the buttock. Symptoms can radiate down the buttock and leg. 3. Spinal stenosis: This is a narrowing of the bony spinal canal which causes rubbing or pressure on nerves. Central canal stenosis is quite serious as it presses upon the spinal cord. 4. Lumbar sprain/strain: This is a common cause of low back pain due to injury of muscles and tendons. The rows of muscles that run up and down the sides of the spinal column, are the major muscle groups usually involved in lower back injury.

5. Fractures: These are due to trauma, or sometimes occur without any injury in people with osteoporosis.

6. Spinal cord compression: This is unusual, but very worrisome and may be associated with weakness and loss of bowel/bladder control.

Medication and Bed Rest. Most lower back pain sufferers try over the counter drugs and bed rest. However, most self remedies will not provide the relief that you need. In fact, bed rest is the wrong thing to do because it can weaken the spinal muscles further. Weakness in the spinal muscles is one of the main reasons for low back pain and puts you at risk for injuring your back with common activities such as lifting, bending or squatting. Most of us sit too much and this contributes to severe weakening of the back and torso muscles which are needed for a healthy back.

Attention Back Pain Sufferers!

Back Pain/Sciatica Workshops EVERY MONTH! September 12th @ 5:30pm

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level

• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living

(517) 853-6800 Register Today!

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

Tasty Recipe: Yogurt Ice Pops

• 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, strawberries & sliced bananas, mixed

Loosens Lower Back

STRAIGHT LEG RAISE While lying or sitting, raise up your leg with a straight knee. Keep the opposite knee bent with the foot planted to the ground. Repeat 6 times on both sides.

• 2 cups plain/vanilla yogurt

• 1/4 cup white sugar

• 8 small paper cups

• 8 popsicle sticks Place the mixed blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, sliced bananas, yogurt, and sugar into a blender. Cover, and blend until fruit is chunky or smooth, as desired. Fill paper cups 3/4 full with fruit mixture. Cover the top of each cup with a strip of aluminum foil. Poke a popsicle stick through the center of the foil on each cup. Place the cups in the freezer for at least 5 hours. To serve, remove foil and peel off the paper cup.

CALL TODAY! 517.853.6800

Practice News

Patient Success Spotlight

Our Executive Team grilled up a delicious cookout for our staff to show the appreciation we have for the hard work and dedication our staff exemplifies for each and every patient.

We recently hosted a staff appreciation golf outing at the Grand Ledge Country Club. Our staff had an amazing time, and we can’t wait to do it again!

“Shelby has been my physical therapist. She has taught me so much about what to do when I do have flare-ups with my back. I know exactly what to do at home. I want to mention too that when I have had extreme back pain and had my appointment with Peak Performance, Shelby knew exactly what to do to help me. I am forever grateful!” - D.W. Shelby knew exactly what to do to help me. I am forever grateful!

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Discover How To Live Pain Free! At Peak Performance PhysicalTherapy, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.



(517) 853-6800


Because you are a past patient of Peak Performance Physical Therapy, we invite you for: A COMPLIMENTARY BACK PAIN SCREENING!


7402 Westshire Drive, Suite 105 Lansing, Michigan 48917


Offer valid for the first 20 people to schedule. Expires 08-30-18

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