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March 26, 2009 - Image 65

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-03-26

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This is the second article about how to manage your lower back pain. If you

cover your toes and mostly keep your feet dry you just may have some foot tired-

haven't read the first newsletter, you can go to our web site www. myompt.

ness or soreness after wearing them. In the end you are just a bit more selective

corn and click on what's new at OMPT and then click on the newsletter,

or you can call us and we will send you a free copy of the newsletter.


about when you choose to wear those shoes. As time goes by and we use our bod-

ies there will be changes (for better or worse) in the disc. When these changes

n this month's article, we will be talking about what it

cause pain and subsequent inflammation it is important

means to be loading and unloading the back with our

to take steps to manage the loading of the disc. One such

daily activities. From the previous article, you should be

method is the use of traction or unloading of the spine. Now, when

able to identify what influences your pain in terms of making

we are talking about traction, we mean methods that are used to

it better or worse. Now, it is necessary for you to understand

manage how much pressure/shock is going into the disc. Many are

some basic anatomy of your lower back. To begin, the spine

familiar with the machines that are used to give mechanical trac-

consists of a series of bones (vertebra) stacked one on top

tion which in some cases can be very helpful. However, at OMPT

of another. Between each vertebra is a disc which acts as a

Specialists we predominately use other forms of traction: either

shock absorber during walking, running and other loaded

activities. Along with the facet joints (small joints located be-

hind the disc) the disc provides a means whereby the spine

is able to bend and twist

This article is written by:

Senior manual physical therapist at
OMPT Specialists, Inc. and associate
professor at Oakland University in
collaboration with OMPT Specialists
Inc. therapy staff

manual or self traction and/or the AQUA MAC (treadmill un-

der water). During manual traction the therapist carefully and spe-

cifically tractions or unloads the disc using his/her hands and body.

The position, forces and nuances of the traction are specifically tai-

Unfortunately, over time, or due to repeated stress, or you

lored to the individual patient These positions and forces are then

are born with it (i.e. our genetics) the disc loses its flexibility

used to teach the patient how to perform self traction. This helps to

and may become less able to absorb shocks and allow for smooth spinal bending

extend the physical therapy environment and treatment impact beyond the Walls

and twisting. Unfortunately there is no sure way to predict how much change will

of the clinic and into your particular work or home environment In addition to

occur in each individual, and how the change will affect each individual's ability to

these manual techniques patients will also be taught to manage spinal positions

function with or without pain. Perhaps the best analogy would be to compare the

and exercises that may inadvertently stress the disc. In addition patients are taught

disc to the sole of a good pair of comfortable shoes. When your shoes are new

simple exercises and movements that facilitate their ability to protect and use their

they are comfortable to walk in and your feet feel good throughout and at the end

disc in as safe way. Finally the goal of these treatments is to provide an optimal en-

of a busy day. Unfortunately as time goes by the sole of the shoe begins to dry out

vironment for your disc to recover, heal and build tolerance for the social, work

and crack and your feet are tired by the end of the day. Your shoes still work, they

and recreational activities you want to participate in.

If you have further questions or wish to receive a FREE CONSULTATION, please contact us at:





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or on the web: www.omptspecialists.com and fill out the contact form

Look for next month's article about "Why Traction Sometimes Doesn't Help the Back Pain but in Fact May Cause More Symptoms like Nerve Irritation.

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