BioSport: Back Pain Slowing Things Down?

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

Getting To KnowThe BioSport PT Staff! LEO CHAVEZ, MPT, ATC

Leo received his Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy (MPT) and his Bachelor of Science Degree in To better understand orthopedic injuries, he completed a four-year internship program in athletic training (ATC) at Fresno State where he had the privilege of working with division-I student athletes, professionals, Olympians and coaches such as Michael Jordan, Michael Pitmann, Jeff Weaver, David Carr, Amanda Scott, Laura Berg, Pat Hill and Jerry Tarkanian, to mention a few. Through continuous education, Leo strives to stay on top of the most innovative and progressive techniques in therapy. In 2004, Mr. Chavez completed the highly esteemed Folsom Long- Term Advanced Manual Orthopedics Course, which specializes in Nordic manual therapy. 

Currently, he is completing course work with the Ola Grimsby Institute in San Diego, California. Leo stresses education and communication in helping people to better manage their symptoms. His rehabilitation approach combines manual medicine, movement analysis, proper body mechanics, joint, neural, and soft tissue mobilization, ergonomics, PNF, myofascial release and specific training regimes to help patients reach their maximum potential. In addition to rehabilitation of the extremities, Mr. Chavez also has a specialty in treating spinal (cervical/thoracic/lumbar/sacroiliac) dysfunctions. Mr. Chavez uses his extensive experience in a variety of rehabilitation settings, including sports and occupational medicine, rehabilitation hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient and outpatient hospitals to provide a well rounded and dynamic treatment program.

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

IS YOUR BACK PAIN SLOWING YOU DOWN? “I Was Experiencing Back Pain, So I Decided To Do Something About It.”


• How To Take Care Of Your Back • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Have You Met Your Insurance Deductible?

Is back pain causing you to move a little slower and more cautiously? If left untreated, chronic back pain can lead to long-term spinal joint and possibly nerve damage. Back pain is one of the most common physical complaints that people suffer from and more than 80% of the US population will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Back pain can interfere with your ability to bend, kneel, lift, reach, do work and enjoy time with your family. Not to mention, it can make you down right irritable and affect others around you. Why do I have Back Pain? Back pain occurs for a number of reasons, but has a few simple root causes: • Weakness in the spinal and core muscles of the trunk • Poor posture and strain on the spine with slouched sitting • Repetitive injury to muscles and tissues around the spine with poor lifting • Limited flexibility of the spine, hips and muscles of the thighs

• Poor coordination of the abdominal, pelvic and back muscles

Most people don’t seek treatment soon enough and continue to suffer with a nagging ache or pain in their back.They may even feel symptoms travel to the buttocks and legs. Many people feel that not much can be done for back pain and use medication to numb the pain to get through the day. However, medication mostly masks the pain and does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. Solutions to Back Pain Treating back pain starts with determining the true cause. A thorough evaluation of your movement, strength, posture and joint mobility can tell a lot about the true origins of your pain. Only then, can the proper plan be formulated to get you out of pain quickly and back to the activities you love. Whether you just tweaked your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing one of our spine specialists can help you return to a more active and pain-free life.


1. Keep a Good Posture When you are standing, imagine a string through the top of your head lifting you straight up. This puts your neck, shoulders, spine and hips in natural alignment. With sitting, make sure you sit back in the chair with your feet on the floor and your lower back supported. Your shoulders should not slouch when sitting. Avoid soft couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly Picking things up is a normal part of our day. Even if you pick up something light, your back muscles have to lift the weight of your upper torso and control that movement. Make sure you always face what you need to pick up, squat keeping your spine straight and push with your leg muscles. This helps reduce the excessive pressure on your spine.

3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forc- es of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments, which can then fail. An easy stretching routine everyday can keep you feel- ing great and put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong ou have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and include your abdominal, pelvis, spinal and hip muscles. By keeping your core muscles strong, you support your spine and have the ability to easily control lifting, quick movements, bending and a lot more.

5. Physical Therapy Our physical therapists are medical experts in evaluating spine and body movement. By having a regular check up, you can make sure your body is in good condition to tackle the ac- tivities you love. If you have a history of back pain, injury or are currently experiencing aches and pains, we can analyze your problem and construct a treatment program that will work best for your individual problem. With soothing hands-on therapy and targeted easy exercises we can help you return quickly to feeling your best. Even if you suffer from severe pain we can help you get out of pain and living the life you deserve. Call Today! (209)524-7488

Healthy Recipe


INGREDIENTS • 1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle apple cider • 3 cinnamon sticks

• 1 teaspoon whole allspice • 1 teaspoon whole cloves • 1/3 cup brown sugar

DIRECTIONS In a slow cooker, combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and add to pot. Stir in brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm.


CALL TODAY: (209)524-7488


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“I just finished a course of therapy at BioSport and wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the professionalism and expertise shown by Justin, the therapist assigned to my case. He carefully obtained a history of my problem and designed a course of treatment specific to my need. He also frequently checked to see how I was doing and how I was reacting to the exercises I was assigned. Your ancillary staff who supervised my various exercises were unfailingly friendly and cheerful. They monitored each of my movements to make sure I was doing them correctly without being intrusive and gave encouragement frequently. My condition has improved markedly and Justin provided a list of exercises for me to continue to do to lessen the chance of my problem returning. Once again, thank you for your excellent care. I will certainly tell my primary care physician how I feel about BioSport.” – Caren B. My condition has improved markedly!


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


LOWER TRUNK ROTATIONS Lying on your back with your knees bent, gently rock your knees side-to-side. Repeat 8 times on both sides. Loosens Low Back

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your physical therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with familyplansorthosewhohavehadmajorsurgeriesorhaveachronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come inforphysicaltherapy!Areyoufeelingachesandpains?Needtowork on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2018. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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