Questioning the Benefits of Custom Orthotics

When it comes to the motivation to work out, there may be nothing more damaging than foot pain. When your feet hurt, it is like your whole body hurts. Every step is a reminder of the discomfort that you are experiencing. When other parts of your body experience pain you find ways to give them a break. You shut your eyes when your head hurts, or be extra careful with your posture when your back hurts. But when your feet hurt you don’t have a lot of options.

Staying off your feet means stepping back from your life, and for many people that really isn’t an option. What’s worse: foot pain is often chronic. This means that the discomfort is likely to linger, leaving you out of your work out game for way longer than you originally anticipated as it will likely grow more and more painful simply trying to get around the office.

To Orthotic or Not to Orthotic: The Big Question

In desperation to find relief, many people seek out support from orthotics to alleviate foot pain. Orthotics range in price and quality. While there are a handful of options that you can find at your local grocery store, others can cost hundreds of dollars and can be customized to your feet. But does shelling out the money for custom orthotics make a difference?

There is actually not a simple answer to this question. Whether or not custom orthotics will alleviate your foot pain depends a lot on the type of foot pain you have, the severity of the pain, and to a large extent your level of physical activity.

The Pros and Cons of Orthotics

The benefit of a custom orthotic is that it is developed to your particular needs. If you go to a podiatrist with foot pain as a result of fallen arches, and your podiatrist creates an orthotic for you that is designed to improve fallen arches, then that orthotic is going to help alleviate your foot pain much better than an orthotic that is designed to reduce heel pain from plantar fasciitis. The issue isn’t necessarily that one orthotic was custom made and the other was store bought. The issue instead was that the orthotics were designed with two different issues in mind.

The problem is that it is often hard to know what is causing your foot pain without going to a foot doctor. Once at the foot doctor, if your podiatrist can create an orthotic that is tailored to your needs, then that orthotic is probably going to be the best option for your pain. That isn’t to say that a non-customized orthotic wouldn’t help. But most likely the one that is designed to help you is going to be better.

So, how well do the orthotics work? The entire point of an orthotic is to alleviate pain while you are walking or running so that you are able to engage in exercise without being held back by chronic foot pain. The orthotic may not be capable of fixing the pain in your foot when you are not wearing your orthotic-laden shoes, but while the orthotics are on your feet, chances are your feet will feel better.

In the end, it is possible that using an orthotic can help you get back in action and reduce foot pain. However, that doesn’t mean that an orthotic is going to fix your problem for good. If you are dealing with ongoing foot pain, contact us to find out how we can help you get back on your feet and feeling your best.

Lower Cross Syndrome: More than Bad Posture

Sitting for long periods of time in our daily lives has lead to a shortening of our hip flexor muscles over time.  Even athletes who do not spend much of their day sitting can have trouble with their lower back if they perform an exercise incorrectly over time or overwork certain areas of their body. If pain in your lower back and hips is slowing you down, perhaps you are suffering from Lower Crossed Syndrome (LCS).  LCS occurs when weak abdominal and gluteal muscles are combined with tight iliopsoas and erector spinae muscles, forming a cross when a person is standing sideways.  This can sometimes lead to having a forward head posture and flat gluteals or even protruding gluteals and a protruding abdomen.  How do you know if you have LCS?  There are two simple, at-home tests you can perform.

Testing for LCS

First, stand with your back against the wall with your heels touching the wall.  Try to flatten your lower back to the wall without letting your pelvis or shoulders leave the wall.  Then, without moving your back, raise your arms above your head to touch the wall.  If you cannot touch the wall with your arms while maintaining your posture, you may have LCS.

Second, sit on a table or other flat surface with your feet touching the floor.  Raise your knee to your chest and hold it there with your hands and slowly roll onto your back on the table, leaving your other foot on the floor.  If you are unable to lay in this position without having your hanging leg hang in a horizontal position, you may have LCS.

How to Treat LCS

Treating LCS is a two-stage process.  First, you must loosen the tight iliopsoas and erector spinae muscles, then you can strengthen the abdominals and gluteals.  Treating LCS is best done under the direction of a physical therapist who can test for underlying conditions and recommend a customized stretching and strengthening program.  

Loosen the Tight Cross

The first priority in treating LCS is to loosen the tight part of the cross.  This serves two purposes.  First, it alleviates pain and discomfort associated with LCS.  Second, it allows the body to be receptive to strengthening the weak part of the cross.  If you were to jump into strengthening exercises, you are more likely to exacerbate your injury, rather than treat it.  A physical therapist will recommend foam rolling exercises for the iliopsoas muscles, floor exercises designed to stretch the lumbar spine, pelvis, and hip joint, and standing stretches for the upper spine if there is a forward head position.

Strengthen the Weak Cross

Strengthening the weak abdominals and gluteals is often not as simple as planking and performing squats, although these exercises may play a role in your recovery.  Instead, the deep stabilization muscles need attention if LCS is going to be treated effectively.  One exercise that can strengthen both the glutes and the deep abdominals is the hip raise.  Lay on your back with your feet flat on the ground.  Raise your toes slightly, making sure the majority of the pressure is in the heels.  Raise your hips until your knees, hips, and mid-back form a straight line, taking care to not hyper-extend the hips.  Hold for 2-3 seconds and lower the hips, repeating for 12-15 reps.

Once you have addressed both parts of the cross, you will find your posture becomes more neutral, your exercise technique will become better, and your overall athletic performance will improve.  For more information on how to treat LCS, or if you suspect you have LCS, contact your physical therapist today.

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Want to Recover Even Faster? Try Pre-hab!

If you are considering surgery, you are probably well aware of the need for rehab post-surgery. Rehab sessions with a physical therapist are a major part of the process of getting surgery — without the physical therapy of rehab, it is difficult and sometimes impossible to get on your feet again.   What you may not have heard of is pre-hab. Where rehab is physical therapy following surgery, pre-hab is the process of working with a physical therapist to prepare your body for surgery. Pre-hab with a physical therapist has been shown to reduce recovery times and improve outcomes after surgery. It is a valuable tool, one we want to help you take advantage of. Let our physical therapy team help you with pre-hab. Please contact RX Rehab Physical Therapy to speak to a physical therapist and learn more about what pre-hab can do for you!

What Is the Difference Between Rehab and Pre-hab?

Understanding Rehab

When you go through surgery, it is normal to feel some pain and discomfort. The pain can cause you to avoid certain movements. You may also have to limit your movement for a time to ensure proper healing. Unfortunately, not moving can cause serious problems over the long-term. Your body can form adhesions and inflammation can set in. To combat these undesirable outcomes, you need to move.   Rehab is a must following surgery. A physical therapist can help you move safely — movement that will keep adhesions from forming and fight inflammation. Physical therapy also makes you stronger so you can get back to your normal life after surgery.

Understanding Pre-hab

Pre-hab with a physical therapist helps you get a jump-start on the recovery process. It can even make surgery more successful. Physical therapy designed for pre-hab works to strengthen your body before the surgery. It also reduces inflammation, which can make the job of the surgeon easier.   You can think of pre-hab as stocking away health for a later time. Spending even a few sessions with a physical therapist builds up your health account, so when you are out of the running for a while post-surgery, you have more strength to draw on. Instead of starting out rehab with a fully depleted account, you will have a reserve already — one that will make your rehab work more successful and faster.

How Much Does Pre-hab Help?

Physical therapy for pre-hab is a pretty easy concept to understand. But has it been proven? The answer is a definite, “Yes!” According to the Arthritis Foundation, a study conducted by three universities in Boston — one of them being Harvard — demonstrated that patients who engaged in pre-hab had much better outcomes following surgery.   Working with a physical therapist before surgery makes it possible to get out of the hospital faster, too. A good example of this can be seen in knee replacement patients. Patients who went through physical therapy for pre-hab before knee surgery are able to meet the requirements to get out of the hospital more quickly than those who did not go through physical therapy prior to surgery.   In most cases, knee replacement patients must walk a certain distance and travel up several stairs before they can leave. For patients that have worked with a physical therapist before surgery, meeting these requirements is easier to do. Their bodies are stronger due to physical therapy. Even after surgery, they are stronger than those who have not worked with a physical therapist.

Your Source for Pre-hab

The benefits of physical therapy for pre-hab are undeniable. So, how do you sign up? We are here to make getting pre-hab as simple and convenient as possible. Please contact our team to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist. Let us help you get stronger to improve your surgery outcome!  

Say No to Sciatica Today with Physical Therapy!

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the human body. It extends from the lumbar spine through the buttocks area. Sciatica is pain that results from the irritation of the sciatic nerve. Generally, pain is felt in the lumbar area and behind the thigh. The pain can also radiate to the lower limbs. Sciatica can make bending and walking very difficult. The most common cause of sciatica is lumbar disc herniation, but it can be caused by a back injury and disc degeneration. Sciatica is also referred to as lumbar radiculopathy.   Diagnosing and Treating Sciatica Sciatica is diagnosed with a medical history and physical exam. A CT scan or MRI may be performed to locate the root cause of sciatica. According to Move Forward, “Conservative care like physical therapy often results in better and faster results than surgery or pain medication.” A physical therapist will work with you to:  
  • Reduce sciatica pain.
  • Improve motion.
  • Improve flexibility.
  • Increase strength.
  • Educate you on how to stand, bend and twist.
  • Return to normal activities.
  A physical therapist may use several types of treatments to reduce pain and symptoms of sciatica. Active treatments include motions, stretches and specific exercises to accelerate healing and give pain relief. A physical therapist will teach you different motions that you can do at home for pain relief. If a physical therapist discovers any weak muscles, you will be given corrective exercises for core strengthening. The strengthening exercises in physical therapy not only focus on the lower back but the abdominal muscles, hip muscles and glutes. All of these exercises help strengthen the spinal column, including the tendons, ligaments and supporting muscles while keeping the spine in proper alignment.   The stretching exercises in physical therapy target muscles that are inflexible and tight. Hamstring stretching is an important part of a physical therapy treatment program to alleviate sciatica. An aquatic exercise program may also be recommended by a physical therapist. You can do exercises easily with the buoyancy of water.   Passive treatments may include electric therapy, heat therapy, ultrasound or massage therapy. All of these different modalities help reduce pain, stimulate blood flow and accelerate healing. Electrotherapy uses electricity to reduce pain, strengthen muscles, ramp up circulation and improve physical function. Massage therapy helps alleviate sciatic nerve pain. It loosens tight back muscles that may be pressing on the sciatic nerve, and it increases the release of endorphins for pain relief. Heat therapy helps relax muscles and reduce inflammation.   All around, physical therapy for sciatica is a non-invasive, multifaceted treatment and an effective treatment plan that is targeted to the root cause of sciatica. A physical therapist will devise a personalized treatment just for you. The goal is to help you live a pain-free life. Say “no” to surgery and opioids with physical therapy.   You can say “no” to sciatica with physical therapy. Plus, you’ll learn how to prevent sciatica in the future by doing home-exercise motions that your physical therapist has taught you for maintenance. By practicing good posture, proper body mechanics and staying in good shape, you can also prevent sciatica from occurring again.   If you’re suffering from sciatica, be sure to give our office a call for a one-on-one consultation with one of our physical therapists. A comprehensive exam will be performed, and our physical therapists will get you on the road to recovery. Get back in the game with physical therapy. You’re just a phone call away from living a pain-free life.

Bogged Down by Pain? Try These 5 Quick Tips for Less Pain and More Energy

If you’re hurting and need quick relief, your physical therapist can help. In a customized physical therapy program, you’ll learn some highly effective pain relief techniques that can also help boost your energy. Our physical therapy providers are experienced with all types of pain, and can help you live a pain-free life at last. Get in touch with RX Rehab Physical Therapy now to schedule your physical therapy appointment. 

1. Take Breathing Breaks

Sure, you breathe all the time, but it’s not focused breathing. As your physical therapist can tell you, focused breathing can really help relieve your pain and may even give you that little extra energy burst you need to keep going with your day. Every few hours, take a few minutes to stop, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Breathe in deeply through your nose, filling your lungs as completely as possible. Then, breathe out through your mouth, keeping lips pursed a bit to really push the air out. Focus on nothing but your breathing for a few minutes and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make. 

2. Get Moving

Many people underestimate the importance of moving, but it’s something you’ll learn in physical therapy. When you’re hurting it may seem more instinctive to curl up in a ball, but that’s the worst thing to do. Force yourself to get up and move around every hour or so. Even if you just take a simple walk around the room or around your office, this can help you hurt less and feel more energized. You don’t have to do a full physical therapy session to feel the benefits of movement, so practice this every day at home as well as with the help of your physical therapist.

3. Adjust Your Sitting Habits

Your sitting habits can make a big difference when it comes to pain and energy levels. Your physical therapist may recommend some simple adjustments that help. For example, a lumbar cushion can help relieve pressure from your lower back. Simply by avoiding pain, you’ll feel less sapped of energy! Your physical therapy team can offer customized tips based on your work environment.

4. Improve Your Posture

Posture improvement can make a huge difference in how you feel overall. Your physical therapy program can help you improve your posture, and it’s something that you’ll carry with you long term. Simply standing and sitting with shoulders back, chest out, and a straight spine instead of a slumped-over one is a great start. Your physical therapist can guide you towards posture habits that alleviate pain and pressure, which in turn gives you more energy to face the day. 

5. Drink More Water

Did you know that you’re supposed to drink between half an ounce and one ounce of water for each pound of your body weight each day? Drinking enough water means that you’ll avoid dehydration, and this in turn allows you to avoid problems like muscle cramps, headaches, and overall fatigue. Water is always the healthiest option, so try to keep plenty of water close at hand as you move throughout your day. You’ll notice that you feel less pain and increased energy. The bonus is that it can help keep your appetite under control, which may in turn help you avoid gaining extra weight! Physical therapy is a great way to recovery from injury or illness to feel your very best. Use the tips above to supplement your custom physical therapy program for optimal success. Contact our Highland, UT office anytime to get help from experienced physical therapists who can help you escape pain for good. 

What you can do to be Healthier, Stronger, and More Active!

The tennis shoes collecting dust. The yoga mat curled in the back of your closet. The gym membership that hasn’t seen you in, well, months. Like you need any more proof that sticking to an exercise routine is tough. Hey, whoever said New Year’s resolutions can’t be made in any time of the year?

Never fear. We’ve got a list of tips to help you grow healthier, stronger and more active — and we’re willing to bet these suggestions will provide at least a little motivation to put those stretchy pants to good use. Contact RX Rehab Physical Therapy today!

Conquer the Pain

By now you’ve probably heard the stats. Chronic pain can put a major cramp in an exercise routine, and yet over half the country suffers from some sort of debilitating pain. So what’s a person to do when they want to be healthier, stronger and more active? Get themselves to a physical therapist — pronto. Physical therapy can help alleviate pain better than popping a pill or sitting on the couch, and the results are often permanent. 

Physical therapy can help with all types of chronic musculoskeletal and neuropathic types of pain, from ongoing headaches to fibromyalgia. A physical therapist can manipulate your bones and joints to reduce discomfort. She can work with you to form an exercise and movement plan that lessens your pain and increases your mobility. A physical therapist can also help with laser therapy, massage or microcurrent stimulation — all in the name of getting you up moving and living life to the fullest.

Think Positive

All that mind over matter stuff really works. Research shows that a positive attitude can boost your immune system and increase your energy levels. Your body believes what you think, so try to focus on maintaining an attitude of gratitude and look for the positive even in the midst of turmoil. If you’re ever feeling stuck or unsure how to creep out of a negative disposition, repeat the following mantra: I have the power to create change. Because you do.

Eat Well

Don’t think for a minute we don’t love our hoagie rolls or dipped-in-milk cookies. Quite the contrary, we love to spoil ourselves with treats. Just try to balance those delicious yummies with a well-rounded, healthy diet. Here are some tips to get you going:

  • Consider Uncle Sam’s recipe for health: lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products; some lean meats or meat substitutes, beans, eggs and nuts; and minimal saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt and added sugars.
  • Avoid skipping meals. Eating consistently provides your mind and body with the fuel necessary to help you get and stay active. It also helps you avoid your blood sugar dropping, which can lead to irritability, nervousness and a whole host of other problems.
  • Snack smart. It’s okay… Let’s rephrase that. It’s good to snack. Doing so keeps you at your best so that you can sustain your energy and stay positive. Choose peanuts over pretzels.

Be Sneaky

That’s right. We give you permission to be sneaky when it comes to exercise.

Physical therapy often prescribes small changes to a person’s routine in order to make the adjustments manageable. Some ways that even a physical therapist would approve of include:

  • Park farther away from your destination and walk the extra distance;
  • Walk up and down the field while your children are playing sports;
  • Take the dog on walks with the whole family;
  • Exit the bus one stop early and walk the rest of the way;
  • Opt for the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator; and
  • Rake leaves, shovel snow or otherwise maintain your yard.

Whether you’re 22 or 72, whether you’re suffering from chronic pain or simply need more motivation, living a life healthier, stronger and more active will improve your physical and mental health. 

If you’d like help developing a plan or alleviating pain, contact our Highland, UT office to see how physical therapy can help you get living more fully.

The Connection Between Core Strength and Better Balance

Physical therapy as an industry has been talking about the link between core strength and better balance for years. When the “core” muscles around your trunk are strong, they prevent chronic lower back pain and many other injuries, but they also keep you from losing your balance and falling down. A stronger core will help to keep you upright — especially as you age and start to become more at risk of falling. If you’d like to get started on a core routine to improve your balance, contact RX Rehab Physical Therapy today to speak with a physical therapist!

How Core Strength and Balance Are Linked

There are three systems in your body that help to control your balance. One is the vestibular system; the liquid in your inner ear functions sort of like a “carpenter’s balance” to keep you level. If you’ve ever felt dizzy, it means the liquid in the vestibular system can be “off” a little bit. Another balancing system is your visual system. Your eyes send signals to your brain about your position in relation to the world around you. The final system is the proprioceptive system, which has to do with your core.

Proprioception nerves are sensory nerves situated throughout the body that make you aware of your posture and awareness of spatial things around you. To stay balanced, you have to have equilibrium in all three systems. A weak core is one element that can make you feel off balance and cause you to fall down.

Core Muscles, Core Stability & Core Strength

Your core muscles are more than just your abs! In fact, there are two groups of core muscles: Inner core and outer core. The inner core muscles are attached to your spine; they’re the muscles that stabilize your core. The outer core muscles work in conjunction with the inner core muscles when you need to move your body from point A to point B (or to do most physical activities).

Core stability relates to your inner core muscles. These muscles stabilize your spine. Core strength relates to the outer core muscles and is developed to help you move around better. Engaging in physical therapy will help you to train both inner and outer core muscles for better balance and movement.

Core Strength & Stability Through Physical Therapy

You don’t need a bunch of expensive gym equipment to start working on your core strength. In fact, here’s a quick exercise that many physical therapists will recommend if you’re just starting out. It’s called the “drawing in maneuver,” or if you prefer the less fancy term, “sucking your gut in.”

First, stand up straight and find the proper pelvic position. This is done by rotating your hips forward and back finding the comfortable “middle” position. Then, draw your belly button in toward your spine. Don’t hold your breath — it’s not a breathing exercise. You should be able to talk, breathe and slowly walk around with your belly button drawn in. It sounds easy, but if you’re older, out of shape or recovering from an injury, the drawing in maneuver will be a little difficult at first.

You want to build up your core muscles until you can hold your belly button in for 30 seconds before moving on to more difficult core exercises. Also, if you feel any pain from this exercise, stop immediately. It shouldn’t be painful. As you build up your core, your physical therapist will recommend moving on to more strenuous exercises that are appropriate for your age and ability. This can range from planks and bridges for the more athletic, to gentler workouts like a yoga routine for older folks. Your therapist will also work with you on specific core exercises to help your balance.

If you have a weak core or you’re struggling with balance, physical therapy can help! Contact our Highland, UT physical therapy clinic today and schedule an appointment to get started with a physical therapist today.

Back & Neck Pain? Physical Therapy Can Help!

Many people have back pain and neck pain. As a matter of fact, studies reveal that 90 percent of people will experience either back pain or neck pain at least once in their lives. It’s not always easy to isolate those regions of the body that are causing back pain or neck pain. Pain can radiate to the arms, legs and even the head. Each episode of pain can progress more, last longer and travel further from its origin. If you figure out the cause, you may wind up needing pain management or even surgery.

The Benefits of Physical Therapy for Back Pain and Neck Pain

Physical therapy for back pain and neck pain is focused on the structures that support the spine, including ligaments, tendons, muscles and joints. Some types of active physical therapy for neck and back pain include specific stretches, exercises, adjustments and even aquatic exercise. The buoyancy of water takes pressure off of the cervical and lumbar spine while you’re performing the exercises.

Passive physical therapy includes different modalities, such as ice and heat therapy, massage therapy, electrotherapy and ultrasound. Ice or heat therapy increases blood flow for healing, reduces swelling and pain and loosens up stiff muscles. Massage therapy relaxes muscles and helps reduce pain. With electrotherapy, electrical impulses are sent to the sensory nerves to alter pain signals. It’s a mildly warm sensation that reduces pain and relaxes muscles.

A Physical Therapist for Neck and Back Pain

Before treatment even begins, a physical therapist will perform an examination to determine the root cause of your back or neck pain. A goniometer may be used to measure your range of motion. A strength test will also be performed. Spinal mobility will be measured along with palpation to locate sore or tight muscles. A full medical history will be taken in addition to your symptoms. You can discuss the things that you are now not able to do. A physical therapist will also ask you to perform certain tasks in order to determine your functional mobility. In sum, a full assessment of your physical condition will be done, and a personalized treatment plan will be created to target the cause of your back or neck pain.

Why a Specific Treatment Plan Is Developed

A specific treatment plan is developed since the cause of your back or neck pain can vary. It may be due to disc herniation, degenerative disc disease, a sports injury, whiplash, osteoarthritis or poor posture. A herniated disc occurs when the gel-like material of the disc bulges or leaks out. Degenerative disc disease occurs when there is wear and tear on the discs. Osteoarthritis is wear and tear on the facet joints and can cause friction when bending, pinch a nerve root and result in sciatica. And it’s not uncommon for athletes to incur sprains and strains to the neck or back regions when engaging in sports.

The good news is that physical therapy has been proven to help with neck pain or back pain regardless of its root cause. If you’re suffering from neck pain or back pain, call our office today to see how physical therapy can help get you back in the game and live a pain-free life. Our physical therapists are certified and experienced. They’ve helped many others and can help you too. 

Contact our Highland, UT physical therapy clinic today and learn how we can get you on the path to recovery. There’s no reason to suffer in pain when we have the solution.

Suffering with Back Pain? Check Your Posture!

If you are like most people, you have had someone tell you to sit or stand up straight — probably during your teenage years. At the time, the demand was probably annoying and one you did your best to ignore. But it turns out that good posture is important for more than just looking confident and respectable. Sitting and standing with good spinal alignment can help prevent back pain.

One major focus of physical therapy is to teach patients how to practice good posture. Your physical therapist can help you understand the importance of posture and give you valuable training to help you achieve it, day in and day out.

 

Let us help you discover the benefits of physical therapy for back pain. Please contact RX Rehab Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment with a physical therapist!

Good Posture — What It Does to Relieve Back Pain

Your spine is designed to operate in a certain way. When you move, sit and stand in ways that disrupt the correct operation of your spine, you can create problems over time. Practicing good posture — with the help of your physical therapist — is one way that can work with your spine to minimize back pain.

When you are in physical therapy, you will learn good posture and discover several ways in which the healthy movement patterns taught by your physical therapist will minimize your back pain. These include:

Avoid Undesirable Anatomical Changes

The ways that you use your spine can actually cause changes in your anatomy. The stress caused by sitting hunched can eventually lead to damage of your spinal discs, muscles, joints and the nerves and blood vessels traveling through your spine. Many times the damage can be reversed, though, if you engage in targeted physical therapy and learn to sit and stand correctly from your physical therapist.

Promote Good Circulation

When you maintain proper spinal alignment, your veins are not constricted by the press of your vertebrae. All of the numerous components of your spine require good circulation to operate correctly and to regenerate from damage and wear and tear.

When your physical therapist guides you through the different physical therapy exercises that help with posture, you will get better at keeping the alignment required for optimal circulation.

Encourage Strength and Flexibility

If it has been a while since you have regularly had good posture, chances are that trying to maintain such posture over a long period will be difficult. It may take some time in physical therapy to gain the strength and flexibility necessary to keep the ideal posture.

Fortunately, the work you do with your physical therapist to achieve your goal will lead to greater overall fitness. The stronger and more flexible you get, the less likely you are to suffer from back pain on a regular basis.

Improved Posture in all Activities

Most people think of posture in static positions, like sitting at a desk or standing for a period of time. But good posture is important in everything that we do.

 

In physical therapy, your physical therapist can instruct you on how to maintain good posture during all of your favorite activities, such as running, playing sports, and walking. The improved posture you adopt in each activity will lessen the wear and tear you put on your spine, which minimizes the risk of developing back pain from these activities.

Prevent Back Pain Caused by Improper Lifting

Good posture is a vital component of lifting objects without injury. When you lift and fail to use good posture, there is a much greater chance that you will wind up hurting your back.

Ask your physical therapist about proper lifting posture. He or she can show you how to lift correctly and guide you through some exercises to clarify the right posture.

Help With Your Back Pain

If you are suffering from back pain, please contact us here or call at 385-498-3757. Our physical therapy team can help you get the relief you deserve!

Try Physical Therapy for These 5 Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Physical therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment option that is designed to relieve pain resulting from a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injuries, workplace injuries and more. Regular appointments with a physical therapist are ideal for people of all ages. Patients typically see a physical therapist to help manage chronic pain symptoms and prevent future injury. One of the biggest reasons new patients visit our physical therapist each day is to address chronic shoulder pain. Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of different factors and make completing daily tasks nearly impossible without treatment. If you or a loved one is experiencing shoulder pain, physical therapy can help!

Top 5 Most Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

The average person probably doesn’t give much thought to their shoulders as they go about their day. But your shoulders actually do quite a lot of work to help you complete everyday tasks, and if they become strained or injured, you could be left experience severe shoulder pain. Some of the most common causes of shoulder pain include:

Tendinitis

This is a common condition that causes inflammation in the shoulder area and has been known to send many people straight to the physical therapist for relief. The condition typically affects those who are very physically active or people who work at a job that requires them to complete lots of repetitive motions. For example, if you’re an athlete who plays tennis a lot or you work as a professional painter, you could be at risk of developing tendinitis in your shoulder. If you are at a high risk for tendinitis, it is very important to remember that along with physical therapy, resting your shoulders regularly can help to prevent chronic pain.

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder typically occurs after an injury or alongside another shoulder condition. Most physical therapists recommend that patients with frozen shoulder get plenty of rest in between physical therapy appointments to avoid developing scar tissue in the shoulder. If scar tissue does develop, the muscles surrounding the shoulder can eventually freeze up as well, restricting your full range of motion and resulting in chronic pain.

Bursitis

The shoulder is a complicated joint that is made up of an intricate network of many moving parts. One of the key components that make up the shoulder is called bursa. The bursa contains tiny sacs of fluid that work to keep the shoulder joint lubricated. If the bursa becomes irritated or inflamed, you can develop bursitis and will need to schedule a physical therapy appointment as soon as possible.

Tendon Tears

The tendons in your shoulder can tear as the result of an acute injury or certain degenerative conditions. Overuse, the natural aging process and sudden injuries often cause the tendons to split or tear. Whether a patient is experiencing partial or a full tendon tear, the pain can be very intense and require regular appointments with our skilled physical therapist.

Impingement

Shoulder impingement can occur when the top part of the shoulder blade puts a great amount of pressure on the underlying soft tissues in the arm each time that it is lifted away from the body. As the arm lifts, the shoulder blade rubs against the tendons and bursa. If left untreated, impingement in the shoulder can result in bursitis and/or tendinitis.

Physical Therapy Can Provide Fast Relief for Shoulder Pain

If you or a loved one have been experiencing recurrent or prolonged shoulder pain, it is important to speak with a physical therapist as soon as possible. Physical therapy is a safe, non-invasive and holistic treatment option that can help patients of all ages and activity levels.

 

Call our offices today at 385-498-3757 or click here to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy and begin your journey toward living a pain-free life!