Progressive: Life Without Back Pain



StaffSpotlight Dr. Belinda Hays, PT, DPT, Owner

Belinda has developed special expertise in the areas of orthopedics, spine rehabilitation, shoulder rehabilitation, hip and knee rehabilitation, foot and ankle rehabilitation, upper extremity rehabilitation, ergonomics analysis, and work injury management and prevention. Belinda has certifications in the Astym® system and DSI Work Solutions FCAs, Functional Job Descriptions/Analysis, and Post-Offer Work Screens. She is an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has served on many committees, nationally and statewide. She is a member of the Indiana APTA and has served as a past Membership Chair and a past Board of Directors Member. She is also a past board member of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute. She is a member of the American Society of Hand Therapists. Belinda and her two daughters, Taylor and Madison, reside in Seymour, IN. She enjoys spending time with her family, her dog Ellie, and two cats. Recently becoming an “empty-nester,” Belinda is beginning to pursue other hobbies such as traveling, crafts, and music.

A native of Seymour, Indiana, Belinda founded Progressive Physical Therapy in 1987 with the goal of providing quality physical therapy services to patients in areas with limited

access to physical therapy providers. She is a 1981 graduate of Indiana University and earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Therapy. In December 2010, Belinda attained her Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree from the EIM Institute of Health Professions. Belinda iscommittedtoprovidingcompassionate,quality care to patients with various needs of rehabilitation. She believes that it is not only important to assist patients in treating their symptoms, but also giving the patients the resources they need to commit to ongoing physical health and wellness.


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“Will I Ever Ride My Bike Again Without Aching Back Pain? ” FINDING THE SOURCE & PAIN RELIEF FROM YOUR BACK PAIN

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 simpleroot 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.

Service Spotlight: ASTYM®

Astym® (A-stim) treatment sets the standard for soft tissue therapy. It regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc.), and removes unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions. Astym® therapy is one of the most researched and effective treatments available. It is unmatched in its ability to resolve tendinopathies, scar tissue problems, and other soft tissue dysfunctions. Doctors and therapists regularly prescribe Astym® treatment specifically for their patients, and elite athletes and knowledgeable patients seek out Astym® treatment for superior results. Astym® treatment has helped countless patients by restoring movement, getting rid of pain, and giving back their lives.


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 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. couches when you can. 2. Lift Properly

3. Stay Flexible Flexibility is key to maintaining a healthy back. By keeping your body flexible, the normal forces of movement and lifting can be distributed across the spine, rather than focused onto a few segments,whichcan then fail.Aneasystretching routine everyday can keep you feeling great and You have hundreds of muscles, which control the movement of your spine. Major muscles that support the spine are called your core muscles and includeyourabdominal,pelvis,spinalandhip 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. put a spring in your step. 4. Stay Strong

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 activities 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!

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INGREDIENTS • 4 teaspoons canola oil • 12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size strips • 1 small red sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips • 1 small green sweet pepper, cut into bite-size strips • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 garlic, minced • 1 14 1/2 ounce can no-salt-added stewed tomatoes • 3/4 cup peas • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed • 1/2 teaspoon paprika • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper • 1/8 teaspoon ground saffron/ground turmeric

DIRECTIONS In a large skillet heat half of the oil. Cook chicken strips in hot oil for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from skillet. Set aside. Add remaining half of the oil to the skillet. Add sweet pepper, onion, and garlic; cook and stir until peppers and onion are tender. Add undrained stewed tomatoes, frozen peas, oregano, paprika, salt, black pepper, crushed red pepper, and saffron or turmeric. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the brown rice, shrimp, and cooked chicken. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes more or until heated through. Makes 4 servings (1-1/2 cups each).

• 2 cups cooked brown rice • 6 ounces peeled shrimp

Patient Success Spotlights

Gavememy confidence and active life back!

“I have always been very athletic and on the go, so after tearing my ACL I struggled to learn to trust my leg. Erin gave me the confidence before the surgery to strengthen my muscles and make life a little easier. But the big shock came after my ACL replacement; because of our hard work before, recovery was so much easier. I knew what to expect and felt confident on my leg to push the rehab. I cannot thank the teamatProgressivePhysicalTherapyenough for

giving me my confidence and active life back! I never thought I would be in a position where I had to “learn to walk”, but I am glad I had such great support. I recently went to my favorite hikingspot, theGreatSmokyMountains,andhike 15+ miles over 4 major trails only 3 ½ months after my surgery. I walked up the mountain with confidence and walked down smiling. Thank you Progressive Physical Therapy!” - Jennifer, Greensburg Clinic

Do you or someone you know have back or neck pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. ATTENTION Pain Sufferers

I can regain every aspect of my life!

“Beforephysical therapy Icould not do my job without pain. I was in a sling for a while and could only lift minimal weight with my right arm. Today I can performmyeverydayactivities almost freeofpain. Ihavealso improvedmy rangeofmotion in my right arm.Thanks to Dawn, Mark, and others I will be able tocontinuemy therapyathome and will be able to continue to make progress.” - Chloe, Columbus Clinic “After falling out of a tree, I arrived at Progressive Physical Therapy using a walker to walk, unable to turn a door knob or turna key tostartmycar. While lying on my back, I was unable to liftmy right leg.Frommy fall, Ihadbrokenmypelvis inseveral locations, broke an arm, a rib andmynose. Ihadaconcussion too. The staff at Progressive Physical Therapy worked with me to where I can regain every aspectofmy life includingbeing able to run the basketball court again, officiating high school varsity contests pain free. The progress did not happen overnight, but by following the instructionsof thestaff, Icando 100% of everything that I could do prior to my accident.” - Tim, Seymour Clinic

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

Improvedmy range of motion inmy right arm!

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

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