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The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

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• Did You Know You Can Walk Away Back Pain

• 9 Things That Stifle Your Stride

• Exercise Essentials

The Pittman CONNECTION The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


Did You Know You Can Walk Away Back Pain?

Did you know that the way you walk could be causing your back pain? Most people have something in their style of walking that can cause long term wear and tear. For example, a foot turned-out, a weak abdomen or poor posture contributes to stress on their body. Pittman Physical Therapy experts are trained to treat walking disorders and teach correctivewalking techniques. By changing the way you walk, it is possible to eliminate and prevent back pain. On a daily basis, you walk more than any other physical activity. How you walk defines most everything about you, including your physical abilities. We can help you discover that something about the way you walk, may be the reason you have pain and help you change it. You walk over a million steps in a year Your walk involves many body parts, all interacting together to produce your walking style. It’s as natural as breathing, and if any of your six (two ankles, two knees, two hips) weight bearing joints are not in good alignment, you’re at risk for structural

pain. Oneminor walking error repeated millions of times can do an incredible amount of damage to your back, muscles, nerves and joints. This can eventually cause pain and arthritis. Often, the cause of back pain is poor strength -- specifically, weak abdominal muscles. The pelvis is held in place by numerous muscles, including the abdominals, hamstrings, gluteals and hip flexors. An imbalance or weakness in these muscles can lead to pelvic misalignment, causing the pelvis to tilt forward or backward. Forward tilt of the pelvis leads to a sway back. In addition to abdominal weakness, a lack of strength in the gluteals and hamstrings leads to forward pelvic tilt. While the abdominals stabilize the pelvis by pulling upward on the front, the gluteals and hamstrings offer stability by pulling down on the rear of the pelvis. Exercises must be done to strengthen both the abdominals and gluteals. Walking gives the gluteals a good workout. The abdominal muscles can be conditioned through physical therapy and easy weight training exercises.


Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy body

Helps Strengthen Core

Helps With Balance

SINGLE LEG STANCE Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat 3 times on both legs.

TANDEM STANCE Stand with one foot directly in front of the other so that the toes of one foot touch the heel of the other. Maintain your balance. Hold for 15 seconds and repeat 3 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Exercises copyright of

Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.


Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely 9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle WIN A $20 GIFT CARD If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Pittman Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! You will get your name in our next newsletter and you could win a $20 gift card!

Referral Club: Thanks to our patients for referring a friend or family member!

Anna Hudson Vickie Reed

John Russell Nancy Cunningham Taylor Gaulden LC Cathron Tina Cathron Helen Hegarty

Patty Sheffield Tommy Patrick Grady Shinall Amy Chestnut

Karen McCrary Andrew Salmon Missy Feyerherm Kimberly Martindale

Upcoming Workshops You are invited to our

Do you (or someone you know) suffer with pain? Knee Consultation Event: Week of April 16th Back Pain Workshop: Saturday, April 28th at 10:00 AM Heel Pain Workshop: Thursday, May 3rd 6:00 PM Shoulder Pain Workshop: Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 PM You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from back or sciatica pain, heel pain, knee pain or shoulder pain. 2.) You are aged 40+ and have suffered with pain for longer than you feel you should have 3.) You are currently seeing a doctor or thinking about it How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Pittman Physical Therapy at 901-850-5246 We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Call 901-850-5246 How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call 901-850-5246 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.


Laser therapy allows your body to utilize its own healing powers by inducing a series of healing responses in your body. During treatment you will feel soothing warmth that identifies the beginning of an 18-24 hour process of modulated cellular activity leading to decreased pain and inflammation. Call today if you would like more information: 901-850-5246. • Foot and Ankle Conditions • And Much More! Laser Therapy Relieves Pain and Inflammation Associated With • Strains and Sprains • Soft Tissue Injury • Post Surgical Rehabilitation • Sports Injuries • Tendonitis & Tendonosis • Shoulder and Knee Pain • Hand and Wrist Injuries

Patient Success Spotlight

“Oh what a relief it is!!” “Oh what a relief it is!! The entire staff was professional, very personal, and friendly. I sincerely enjoyed every visit. My back and neck pain has diminished greatly. Thank you for an awesome experience.” -Tommie McCarter

“Now I can walk without a walker”

“When I first arrived at Pittman Physical Therapy, I could not take a step without holding on to a walker. Now I can walk without a walker for short distances. Pain in my leg has decreased. Employees are knowledgeable and friendly.” -Patsy Floyd

“Everyone that works there is great.”

“Great Experience!” “I was not clear the cause of my pain in my back, but was positive it was fixable without surgery. This was contrary to the diagnosis from the doctor visit. In 6 visits, it appears the team at Pittman helped set me on the right path. Everyone was great and sincere in their interactions with me. Would also like to thank Mitch for being open to work all angles and even ask for help on ideas…which truly showed his interest in helping. Great Experience!” -Ben Bertram

“Before I came here, I could not reach my right hand across my body and touch my left shoulder. Now I can with hardly any pain now. This is my 2nd experience with Pittman and I loved it. Everyone that works there is great. Next time I fall apart I will be back!” -Melanie Hunting

Are You WALKING as Well as You Should? Problems with walking increase as we age and are a leading cause of falls and disability in older adults. At least 20% of adults over 65 have problems with walking. This further increases to 50% in adults 85 years old and older. Most of these problems with walking are associated with underlying diseases.

9 Things That Stifle Your Stride Problems with walking are not a direct consequence of getting older. Rather, they are the effects of other conditions that become more common and severe with age. Common risk factors for severe problems with walking include advanced age (older than 85) and multiple chronic disease conditions such as heart disease, arthritis, dementia, stroke, hip fracture or cancer. Common conditions that contribute to walking problems include some of the following: 1. Back pain 2. Joint pain and arthritis 3. Diseeses of the muscles or bones 4. Poor fitness 5. Problems after orthopedic surgery or stroke 6. Low blood pressure and heart disease 7. Parkinson’s disease 8. Vision or balance problems 9. Fear of falling

www.simpleset.net Come Back In For A Consultation Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Tennesee you can seek physical therapy early!

See our physical therapists for: • Recent injury • Nagging aches and pains • Back and neck pain • Joint pain and movement problems • Walking or balance difficulties

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Phone: 901-850-5246 • Fax: 901-850-5226

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