Burlingame: How Posture Affects Back & Neck Pain


“Forget That You Ever Suffered FromDiscomfort!” HOWPOSTURE AFFECTS NECK & BACK PAIN

Remember back when your mother used to tell you that if you wouldn’t stop hunching your shoulders, they’d be stuck that way forever? An idle threat, one that barely anyone took seriously. Yet, fast forward a few decades and it turns out that mom might have been on to something, after all.

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“Help OthersByHelpingYourself!” INSIDE: ImproveYourPostureAtHome HealthyRecipe RelieveBackPainInMinutes PatientSuccessSpotlight HOWPOSTURE AFFECTS NECK & BACK PAIN

A poor habit of bad posture can have a lasting impact on your neck and back.The worse your posture is, the more intense your back and neck pain canbecome.Unfortunately,onceyoustartexperiencingneckandbackpain, simply squaring your shoulders isn’t likely to be much help. Working with a physical therapist can help you to train the muscles in your back, neck and shoulders so that you can improve your posture permanently, and in doing so bring relief to your chronic neck and back pain. The Posture and Pain Connection. Not all back pain is caused by poor posture, and it is true that you can have poor posture for years without feeling the consequences of that slouch right away, but in time the habit is likely tocatchupwithyou. There are certain ways that you can tell if neck or back pain may be a result of poor posture, including: • The pain in your back is worsened at certain times of day. For example, after you’ve spent a day at the office, or after a few hours on the couch. • The pain frequently starts in your neck and moves into your upper and lowerback.Pain thatseems to travel fromoneareaof theback toanother is frequently an indication of posture concerns. • The pain will subside after switching positions, such as switching from sitting to standing or vice versa.

• Back or neck pain that develops soon after a change in circumstances, such as starting a new job with a new desk chair, or getting a new car. Afteryearsofpracticingpoorposture,yourback,shoulderandneckmuscles will likely find standing or sitting with straight posture to be uncomfortable. This is because your muscles have grown accustomed to the slouching, andstandingupstraightwill requiresome thoroughstretching.Thatdoesn’t mean that once you have bad posture you can never correct it. Working with a physical therapist to improve your posture is a great way to overcome chronic neck and back pain. In physical therapy, you will be guided through a series of stretches and strength building exercises that can help you begin training your body to practice better posture, thereby reducing your back and neck pain. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say goodbye to that back and neck pain! . Let us help you get back to living the life you deserve. Call 650-692-4811 today!



There are ways that you can improve your posture at home, as well. Here are several strategies that are typically helpful: •Try tostand tallwheneveryouarestandingorwalking.Holdyourheadhigh and square your shoulders, but more importantly work on being the tallest version of yourself. Hunching over is the leading cause of poor posture. • Use support when you sit to keep your posture correct. Lumbar support in officechairsandcarseatswillhelpabit,but for improvedpostureyoumay need toaddadditionalcushioning thatwillhelpyoukeepyourbackstraight. • Be mindful of how you lift heavy objects. Keep your shoulders square and yourchestforward.When liftingsomething that isover50 lbs it is important to take extra care. Lead with your hips and try to keep the weight close to your body. Lifting something improperly can lead to injury to your neck or back, which may make proper posture uncomfortable. What can Good Posture do for You? Therearea lotofbenefitsofhavinggoodposture.Asidefromsayinggoodbye toneckorbackpain, improvingyourposturecanprovideseveralunexpected benefits to your lifestyle and personal well-being. Here are a few of the additional benefits of having good posture: • Proper posture creates quality exercise for your core and back • Improved respiratory health • Added protection for your organs, bones, joints and muscles • Reduced risk of arthritis If you are experiencing chronic neck and back pain, there is a good chance that it could be related to your posture. Contact your physical therapist to learn more about how you can take steps to start improving your posture today. Formore information,contactyourphysical therapist to learnmore about options that will suit your health needs.

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Healthy Recipe


• 1 tsp canola oil • 1 cup chopped onion • 1 cup green sweet pepper • 2 cloves garlic • 1 tsp bottled minced garlic • 1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes • 1 (8 ounce) can no-salt-added tomato sauce • 1 cup water • 4½ tsp chili powder

INGREDIENTS • 1 tsp garlic-herb, salt-free seasoning blend • 1 tsp ground cumin • ⅛ tsp salt • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables

• ¼ cup light sour cream • Fresh cilantro (optional) • ⅛ tsp chili powder (optional)

DIRECTIONS Lightly coat an unheated large saucepan or Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Preheat over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat bottom of pan. Add onion, sweet pepper, and garlic to hot pan; cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until pepper is tender, stirring often. If necessary, reduce heat to prevent burning. Add undrained diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, the water, the chili powder, the seasoning blend, cumin, and salt. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in beans and mixed vegetables.Return toboiling; reduceheat.Simmer,uncovered,about10minutesmore or until vegetables are tender. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream and/ or cilantro and sprinkle with the chili powder.

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

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE At Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to come to Burlingame Therapeutic Associates, II if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

WALL POSTURE Stand with your heels up against a wall. Attempt to get your heels, buttock, shoulders and head to touch the wall at the same time. Improves Posture


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