ValleyRehab: Avoid Back Pain By Improving Spine Health

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AVOID BACK PAIN BY IMPROVING YOUR SPINE HEALTH

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• How Can I Improve The Health Of My Spine? • Relieve Back Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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

AVOID BACK PAIN BY IMPROVING YOUR SPINE HEALTH

VALLEY REHAB CENTER VIRTUAL LECTURE SERIES Patients can go to Youtube.com and search “Valley Rehab Center Virtual Lecture Series” to get information on Back Pain and Sciatica, with subsequent exercise videos on exercises for different conditions. properly, and it is what allows your body to move. In fact, almost every function in your body is directly connected to the health of your spine. This is why spine health is so important. If you are living with back pain, you know how limiting it can be. In order to make sure your spine is at its optimum health, you must achieve the following: • Good posture and spinal curves. • Strong abdominal and core muscles. • Strong spinal and gluteus muscles. • Good flexibility and balance with side-bending and rotation. • Good nutrition and rest at night.

Dear Valued Client,

Are you living with back pain? You may notice that your pain worsens each morning when you wake up, when you have to stand for more than 10 minutes, or when you have to walk long distances. The severity of back pain can range fromminor dull aches to sharp stabbing pains. Pain that radiates from the spine down to the buttocks and legs is typically a sign of sciatica. However, your back pain can be avoided and resolved by improving

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your spinal health. Contact Valley Rehab Center today to find out how.

You may be wondering, “What does this mean? How can I tell if my spine is healthy?” When we think of health, we typically focus on nutrition, exercise, and heart health – but spine health is incredibly important, as well. Your spine does a lot for your body – it protects your spinal cord, allows you to breathe

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HOW CAN I IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF MY SPINE?

SOMETHING SPECIAL TO SAY THANK YOU! No Physician Prescription Required — Get Treatment Within 24 Hours! 1. Practice proper nutrition. Nutrition is a critical part of all health, whether you are focusing on your heart, joints, or spine – whatever you do, it is always important to eat right. Healthy fruits and vegetables contain the vitamins and antioxidants that make up a healthy spine function. They help to rebuild the bone, muscle, and connective tissues that are constantly being used throughout the day. 2. Get some sleep. Throughout the day, your spine is compressed with standing, sitting, and bending. Did you know that it is actually possible to lose about ½ an inch over the course of a day? Adequate rest in a good position while sleeping helps you maintain a healthy spine. It is ideal to start off lying in bed for the first 10 minutes on your side with your knees curled up, as this allows the discs in your spine to rehydrate. Afterwards, continue sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs or roll onto your back with a pillow under your knees. Avoid sleeping on your stomach. 3. Give up cigarettes. Many studies show that nicotine in cigarettes directly accelerates the breakdown of the discs in the spine and the destroys connective tissues that keep the joints moving properly. In addition, nicotine increases the inflammatory response in the body, disrupting the body’s natural ability to repair itself. 4. Work on the flexibility and strength of your spine. Your body is meant to move – this is the most important purpose of the spine. You canmake sure your spine remains flexible by stretching for 10 minutes every day. It is also important to make time to move around when possible at work. Stretch your spine out by reaching overhead and leaning over to one side, then the other. You can also focus on gently twisting at the waist and stretching your hamstrings. Spend 3-4 days a week working on your core strength with abdominal muscle exercises, so you can keep your spine and core muscles strong. A strong spine and core allows you to move without stressing the discs or nerves in your back. 5. Maintain proper posture and balance. If you sit at a desk during the day, make sure you are sitting in a straight-backed chair and your feet flat on the floor. Avoid sitting on

very soft couches for prolonged periods of time, as this keeps your spine in a flexed position. When lifting, make sure you keep your spine straight, lift with your legs, and avoid twisting. Proper balance is important for both the small muscles of your spine and your nervous system. You can enhance your balance by standing on one leg at a time for 10 seconds 3-4 times a week. 6. Go to a physical therapist for spine check-ups. Your physical therapist can check your spine alignment to check for areas that could be improved. It is wise to have your spine checked every 6 months, in order to ensure your back is moving how it should. At Valley Rehab Center, our physical therapists are experts in the field of spine health who can help your back operate as it should. If you have been living with back pain, or you’d like to avoid potential back pain, don’t hesitate to contact Valley Rehab Center today. By catching back pain early, we can resolve the issue so it doesn’t progress. Don’t live with the limits of back pain – improve your spine health with us today!

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

Stretches Back Muscles

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STANDING EXTENSIONS While standing, place your hands on your hips and lean back to arch your back. Repeat 4 times.

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Take Care of Your Aches and Pains Before It’s Too Late.

DIRECT ACCESS

VALLEY REHAB CENTER WELCOMES NEW PHYSICAL THERAPIST

The state of Ohio is a Direct Access state for Physical Therapy. This means that clients can opt to see a physical therapist without a physician referral, as long as the physical therapist notifies the primary care provider. The patient can receive physical therapy for up to one month before seeing their primary care provider. Once the patient is seen by one of our therapists and is on a plan of care, we do have the option available to provide e-visits. If you know of anyone who finds themselves in need of care and do not have the option to see their primary care provider, please pass this information on to them. We will be glad to assist them in any way possible.

Valley Rehab Center Welcomes New Physical Therapist, Kayla Mullens, PT, DPT. Kayla is a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University, with a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University. Kayla has been a physical therapist for over 12 years. Her primary area of expertise has been in skilled care and home health, but Kayla has recently completed extensive continuing education in Manual Therapy for the Neck and Back in preparation for joining Valley Rehab Center. Kayla is very knowledgeable and eager to serve the clients of Valley Rehab Center. Kayla is a native of Bellaire, and is a proud to be a part of such a thriving business in her hometown.

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