Category: back pain

Do you take time to stretch in the morning? If not, you may want to consider it. Stretching in the morning, and throughout the day, has major health benefits. We all know stretching before physical activity is important, but stretching as you start your day is equally as important. Here’s why. Stretching can improve your posture. Tight and tired muscles can cause poor posture. When the muscles in our chest, back, and hips are sluggish, our posture is likely to be as well. We spend several hours a day with our shoulders rounded and slouched sitting at a computer or looking at a phone or tablet. These activities are already impacting our posture negatively. Taking a few minutes in the morning and throughout our day to be cognizant of our posture and stretch out the pectoralis, upper trapezius, and hamstring muscles can help greatly! Stretching can decrease back pain Back pain is most often related to posture. Poor posture in the upper back can cause the muscles in your lower back to compensate causing pain. Tight hamstrings or hip flexors also can cause the lower back to compensate causing pain. Stretching the muscles mentioned above can relieve that pain. Stretching can prevent injury Stretching before activity helps prevent injury by bringing blood flow to the muscles, warming them up, and decreasing any tightness to prevent a strain or a tear. By stretching in the morning, we allow our muscles the same process as we get moving for the day. Stretching can improve flexibility and range of motion As we get older, our joints lose range of motion. By stretching regularly and keeping our muscles from getting tight, we can counteract this. Stretching allows us to both improve our range of motion and prevent loss of range of motion. As you can see, adding stretching to your morning ritual can pay off in a big way. If you have any questions about stretches you can do to improve your quality of life, the team at US Rehab can help!

The Benefits of a Morning Stretch

July 20th, 2020

Do you take time to stretch in the morning? If not, you may want to consider it. Stretching in the morning, and throughout the day, has major health benefits. We all know stretching before physical activity is important, but stretching as you start your day is equally as important. Here’s why...

3 Common Summer Injuries & How Physical Therapy Can Help!

3 Common Summer Injuries & How Physical Therapy Can Help!

July 8th, 2020

There’s no denying that summer is here in all its splendor: the sunshine, the additional daylight, and the warm weather! Longer summer days usually means more time outdoors. As you get ready to go for a run, play some ball, or take to the golf course, remember that an increase in activity can also mean an increase in risk of injury.

Herniated disc pain. What it feels like and when you should see a physical therapist

April 10th, 2020

Did you know that a herniated disc can occur anywhere in your spine? At our physical therapy clinic, we see disc herniations frequently among our patients with back, arm, and/or leg pain. If you believe your pain and dysfunction is caused by a herniated disc, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an

Read Full Post

Aches and Pains

Aches and Pains in the Morning? Find Out What Might Be Causing Them.

March 10th, 2020

A Troubleshooting Guide to Morning Aches and Pains Do you leap out of bed excited at the thought of experiencing another morning — or do you just lie there, afraid to move because of the pain you’re likely to feel? Aches and pains are never welcome, but they can really dash your spirits when they

Read Full Post

Back or Neck Pain

The 5 Best Ways Physical Therapy Can Treat Your Back or Neck Pain

February 20th, 2020

There are a variety of reasons why you may be experiencing back or neck pain. For example, any changes in the spine’s anatomy can lead to back pain, such as lumbar disc herniation, lumbar degenerative disc disease, sacroiliac joint dysfunction, or osteoarthritis. The most common cause of neck pain is due to muscle strains. There

Read Full Post

Sciatica

Does Your Sciatica Require PT Intervention? 3 Indicators That it Might

January 21st, 2020

Your sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body that runs from your lower back down your legs, ending at the feet. People who experience sciatica pains usually report the the sensation as “shooting pains” down one side of their body. Sciatica symptoms do not always require physical therapy intervention; however, PT services can

Read Full Post

Herniated Disc

So You’ve Been Having Back Pain… Could it be Caused by a Herniated Disc?

December 10th, 2019

The spine is an incredibly complex part of the body – it is comprised of 24 bones, and 5 of those are located within the lower back. There are also several nerves and intervertebral discs that make up the spine. Because of the complexities, however, it is possible for certain things to go wrong. Sometimes

Read Full Post

Treat Your Back and Neck Pain with Our Advanced PT Methods

November 20th, 2019

Did you know that studies say approximately 90% of people will be plagued by back pain or neck pain at some point in their lives? While it is a common complaint, it can sometimes be difficult to determine where the pain is originating on your own. Sometimes pain in one area can travel to another

Read Full Post