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How To Relieve Back and Neck Pain

Back and neck pain can lead to a loss of productivity. It’s a common cause for disability. It can also lead to nerve damage, depression and even weight gain. If you’re suffering from back pain or neck pain, it’s time to take action. Get pain relief with the help of a physical therapist. A physical therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. Why suffer when physical therapy can give you pain relief?

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Difference Between Passive and Active Physical Therapy Treatments

The two forms of physical therapy are passive treatments and active treatments. Passive treatments for neck pain include electrotherapy, ice packs, ultrasound, massage therapy and heat therapy. These treatments help reduce pain, inflammation and stiffness. Active physical therapy treatments include exercises and stretches.

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Goals and Benefits of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a common treatment for pain relief in the cervical area and lumbar area. The goals and benefits of physical therapy for neck pain and back pain include:

  1. Improving neck and back range of motion- By engaging in flexibility exercises in the neck and back area, you’ll be able to move easier.
  2. Reducing pain and stiffness in the back and neck area- Passive treatments by a physical therapist will accelerate healing and lessen pain.
  3. Developing strengthening of the neck and back- With specific physical exercises, you’ll be building up the muscles in the neck and back areas.

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How Physical Therapy Can Help With Muscle Strain

Muscle strain is a common cause of neck pain. It can be due to sleeping in awkward positions, whiplash or poor posture. Other common causes of neck pain include cervical osteoarthritis, cervical degenerative disc disease and cervical herniated disc. Back pain and neck pain can range from moderate to severe. If you’re experiencing back pain or neck pain, call our Lewiston office today to see how physical therapy can help you live a pain-free life.

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The Link Between Core Strength and Physical Therapy

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.

Guy Bennett Now Hiring: LUMBER GRADER

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Sawmill seeking a lumber grader.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous mill experience and certification through a lumber association such as WWPA or TP.  Excellent wage and benefit package.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license.  We offer a generous compensation package including health and dental insurance and 401(k) plan with employer match.

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Physical therapy can reduce treatment costs for patients.

According to the Health Services Research journal, patients with lower back pain who turned to physical therapy as a treatment first reported, on average, 72% fewer costs within the first year than those who did not. Another study by the University of Pittsburgh found that patients who received physical therapy and patients who underwent spinal surgery had the same end levels of recovery; but the physical therapy patients spent roughly half of their operated-on counterparts did.

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Many of today’s physical therapy techniques are actually thousands of years old.

Hippocrates (yes, the Greek philosopher) and later Galen are believed to be among the first to advocate the use of massage and hydrotherapy as far back as 460 BC. It’s not all Greek to us, though; other ancient writings from Persia, China, and Egypt also describe the benefits of exercise, movement, and massage for ailments.

GUY BENNETT NOW HIRING: GRAPPLE / SHOVEL OPERATOR / UNLOADER OPERATOR

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Lumber mill seeking to fill a full-time heavy equipment operator position in the log yard.  Applicants must have a minimum of 4 years of heavy equipment experience and must complete powered industrial safety training.  Knowledge of log species and the ability to identify log species is required.  Preference will be given to applicants with previous mill experience.  Excellent wage and benefit package.  Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and a valid driver’s license. 

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 It is so important to do your home-exercise program! 

There is a reason that your physical therapist puts in the time and effort of designing a home program specifically for you. If you don’t follow their recommendation during therapy or after you are discharged, you will get to know your therapist very well because you will be seeing them again and again for the same problem.

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