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1 Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body Back or Neck Pain? Get to The CORE of The Problem If you suffer from an aching back or neck pain, it could simply be that your core muscles are weak. You may have heard of the term core, but what is it? Your core is the foundation of your body and like a building, needs to be strong and supportive. If your foundation is weak or crooked, then the other parts of your body, which rely on this, will not function properly. The timing and strength of various muscle contractions is critical for your proper body function. If your timing is off and your muscles are weak, abnormal strains occur to your spine, causing a lot of common aches and pains. Your core muscles consist of a wide variety of skeletal muscles that keep you erect and help you move around on two feet. The core is a group of muscles in the pelvis, spine, abdominal and upper thigh areas. These muscles are arranged in different angles that are layered to give you support and stability. Most people suffer from back pain in their lifetime Most people will experience back pain sometime in their life due to core muscle weakness. When the spinal joints, hip joints, sacroiliac joints and the muscles of the abdomen, pelvis, spine and hips don t move well, a resulting strain occurs on the spine. This causes pain and can occur at any stage of life. However, this typically happens as we become older and less active as adults. How does the core become weak and stiff? A simple answer; use it or lose it. Our lifestyles today put us at risk for back and neck pain with prolonged sitting at work, sitting in the car, bending forward, watching TV, poor posture and many other factors which contribute to core weakness. Once the core is weakened, the weight of your body rests on your spinal discs, joints and ligaments causing long term damage. (continued inside) Strengthening your CORE can reduce back and neck pain

2 What can be done to help BACK PAIN? Medication, injections and other treatments can help with pain control, but do not address the root cause of the problem, which is core weakness. If you have ever had a surgery that involves cutting through the abdomen or pelvis, this weakens the core. In addition, prolonged illness and bed rest also weaken the core. Another common reason for core weakness in women is from childbirth and c-sections. This severely weakens the core. The answer to helping most back pain suffers and preventing future injuries, is to strengthen the core with professional help. Specialized training and exercise techniques can be done to strengthen your core, relieving stress on the spine. Physical Therapists are the medical professionals most uniquely qualified to evaluate and treat back pain resulting from core weakness. Working with your physician, we thoroughly evaluate your movement, alignment and strength. After we determine where the root cause of the problem is coming from, we then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to help restore core strength and movement. This helps you not only have relief from back pain, but teaches you the right exercises, posture and movement to prevent future problems and maintain a strong, healthy core. To see how we can help you have a strong core and relieve your back pain, call us today or go online for more information. Call Today! West Mesa East Mesa

3 Patient Results Pain had gone from constant to none! Pain had gone from constant to none! My range of motion is back to where it was before getting hurt. Christopher H. I Do Not Have Any Pain! When I started the program at On the Mend On the Move Physical Therapy, I couldn t turn my head to the left without pain. Now that I have completed the program I do not have any pain. Jim R. Call Today! West Mesa East Mesa On the Mend Helps You: Relieve your pain Increase your strength Be more active again Restore your flexibility Have more energy Feel healthier Walk and move better Why Choose On the Mend On the Move PT? Expertly trained therapists Focused on achieving fast results We take the time to listen to you We spend time educating you on your problem and how to solve it Friendly, courteous staff On time appointments Doctor recommended Experts in neck, back and orthopedic care We gladly accept most insurances, providing a great LOW COST SOLUTION to restore your pain-free movement! VISIT US ONLINE AT: onthemendpt.net

4 News On the Mend On the Move at the 2014 Phoenix Marathon For the 2nd year in a row On the Mend On the Move Physical Therapy has volunteered at a First Aid and Water Station on the route of Phoenix Marathon. We had a great time working with all of the athletes. The dedication they all put into running a marathon is absolutely incredible! Well done to all of the participants of the 2014 Phoenix Marathon. Who do you know that needs our help? CARE to SHARE If you know someone suffering with aches and pains Care to Share and give them this newsletter or send them directly to On the Mend On the Move Physical Therapy. They will thank you and so will we! Is Your Back or Neck Pain Not Getting Better? 3125 CALL Calumet US OR COME Avenue, IN TODAY! Suite 8 (Next to the YMCA) Valparaiso West Mesa: East Mesa: , Designed, Printed & Mailed By DIRECT MAIL ADVANTAGE Resolve shooting pain down your leg or arm Walk, stand or sit longer without pain Sleep better through the night Get through your day without agony Hands-On care for quick, long lasting results Same Day Appointments Most Insurance Accepted Including Medicare DON T DEAL WITH IT ANY LONGER! FREE Back & Neck Pain Consultation PLUS! $25 Gas Card with First Treatment Appointment With coupon. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Expires 6/15/13 See Side 2 For Patient Testimonials BG 12/11 A, B, C, D

5 Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to help keep your core strong... Share this with a friend or family member to help keep them healthy too! BRACE MARCHING While lying on your back with your knees bent, slowly raise up one foot a few inches and then set it back down. Next, perform on your other leg. Use your stomach muscles to keep your spine from moving. PLANK While lying face down, lift your body up on your elbows and toes. Try and maintain a straight spine. Do not allow your hips or pelvis on either side to drop. REVERSE PLANK While lying on your back, lift your body up on your elbows and heels. Try and maintain a straight spine. QUADRUPED ALTERNATE ARM AND LEG While in a crawling position, slowly draw your leg and opposite arm upwards. Your arm and leg should be straight and fully out-stretched. Exercises copyright of HEP2GO Free Home Rehab Exercise Program Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. SHARE Please share these exercises with friends and family members to help them stay healthy and free from pain. SAVE Save these in a place where you can easily use them as needed. Watch for more exercises in our next issue. Better Movement and a Better Life Starts Here

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