MMA & Sports Rehab: Don't Ignore Your Back Pain



The back is one of the most vulnerable parts of the body. You rely on it so heavily — whether it is to shoulder your emotional stresses or to physically lift something that you need to carry with you. Your back is constantly at risk. It is at risk when you drive, being one of

the body parts likely to take the biggest impact in case of an accident. (continued inside)

MMA Sports Rehab WON in the category of “Best Physical Therapy” in Washington Family’s annual Best for Families Awards. Thank you so much to all of you that voted and make this possible!

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• Don’t Ignore Your Aching Back any longer! • Getting To The Bottom Of Your Back Pain

• Practice News • Therapist Spotlight




• Getting To The Bottom Of Your Back Pain • Exercise Essentials

• Practice News • Therapist Spotlight

It is at risk when you are safely at home on your couch or at the office, where you are likely scrunched over and not caring one bit about your posture. It is at risk when you run, when you play sports, and even when you find yourself sick and are coughing so heavily that your back begins to hurt. It is no wonder that so many people experience back injuries every year. What is a big wonder is that so many people choose to ignore their back injuries year after year! When you break an arm or get a cut on your leg, you are likely to do something about it right away. The sight of blood leaving your body or the realization that a bone isn’t sitting right is something that not many people are going to deal with for too long before seeking medical attention. Yet when pain begins in the back, it is almost normal to ignore it. Everyone develops back pain, time to time, right? There is no reason to stress about it or overreact, right? Absolutely wrong! Understanding Back Pain Back pain may be common, but it is absolutely not normal. There are actually a lot of serious conditions that can cause your back to begin to hurt, and it is smart to have your back looked at by a physician early on so that you know exactly what is going on with your body from the get-go.

Once the cause of your back pain is determined, your physical therapist will be able to identify the best treatment options for your body’s needs. This will likely include the following: • Targeted exercises that are specialized to the region of the back that is experiencing the most pain. These exercises are designed to help build strength and support the surrounding muscles. • Guided stretching designed to improve range of motion and flexibility. This will take into account the health and vivacity of vertebrae and any potential stretches that may support optimal back health. • Support and guidance with an exercise routine and habit formation, especially with cardiovascular activity that can stimulate improved blood circulation to the affected areas of the back, as well as strength- building activities. Attempting to undertake any of these changes on your own after you’ve experienced a back injury is both dangerous and not recommended. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist can provide you with the guidance and ongoing support that you need to ensure that you do not experience any further injury as you attempt to heal the cause of your back pain.

Getting To The Bottom Of Your Back Pain

There are a lot of different reasons as to why you may be experiencing back pain, and ignoring any of them is not a good idea. Some of the most common issues that cause back pain to linger include: • Muscle sprain or strain • Slipped vertebrae or disc • Tear or hyperextension to the supporting muscles or tendons • Arthritis These concerns can develop as a result of a myriad of environmental issues, such as having poor posture, prolonged sedentary activity, car crash, sporting accident, stress, heavy lifting, and so on. When it comes to back pain, Don’t Wait! When you experience an injury to your back, or realize that you are experiencing regular pain as a result of an ongoing injury or overuse, it is important to find out the cause of your back pain as quickly as possible. Back pain can quickly become chronic, as a potentially small issue can become complicated when it is not addressed early on. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the difference between environmental causes and something more medically based.

To get started with putting an end to your back pain, call us today. You will be glad you did!

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing back pain.

Practice News

Reduces Back Pain

PRONE PRESS UP Begin by lying on your stomach with you hands beside your shoulders. Execute by pushing up with your arms, making sure to look up to the ceiling and arch your upper back. Return to start and repeat 10 times.

MMA Sports Rehab received a special plaque for winning the category of “Best Physical Therapy” in Washington Family’s annual Best for Families Awards. Thank you so much to all of you that voted and make this possible!

Therapist Spotlight

WELCOME TO MMA & SPORTS REHAB PHYSICAL THERAPY CLINIC We offer convenient scheduling times that accommodate the professional and personal lifestyles of our diverse Arlington County community.


Dr. Michael Giles received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Marymount University in Arlington, VA and his Bachelors of Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky. Michael has an extensive physical therapy background with many years of experience as a PT technician and fitness trainer prior to his Doctoral education. Outside of physical therapy Michael has great passion for martial arts, in particular Jiu-Jitsu, in which he regularly trains and competes. Michael routinely implements yoga practice and weight training to supplement his Jiu-Jitsu.

Michael is an advocate of a holistic approach to rehabilitation, emphasizing the benefits of both proper nutrition and mindfulness in conjunction with physical movement.

WWW.REHABMMA.COM (703) 884-7084 Schedule your appointment with Dr. Giles Today! Either fill out the form below or give our Arlington Physical Therapy office location a call today!

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