Monday, December 01, 2014

David Roberts, President
North Shore Physical Therapy Associates
Contact our Office
Marblehead Medical Building
1 Widger Rd
Marblehead, MA 01945
Telephone 781-631-8250
Facsimile 781-639-2060
Salem Fitness Center
38 Swampscott Rd
Salem, MA 01970
Telephone 978-910-0486
Facsimile 978-910-0485


Front Desk was very efficient.  Adam (bless him!) was very patient and good at explaining all therapy.  He was skillful in pin pointing areas of pain. I can’t think of any negative thoughts towards NSPT, always helpful and on time. Janet S.

Everyone here is terrific- Friendly, capable, knowledgeable and experienced, Particularly Stephen and Chelsi.  I have improved significantly and with the knowledge imparted by Stephen that should keep me in good health as I go forwardon my own.  Anonymous

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Can Cold Weather Hurt Your Lower Back?

As we head into the holidays, the weather starts to change. As the temperature drops, aches and pains become a frequent occurrence. Without proper warm up and stretching, activities like snow shoveling and even prolonged standing can trigger low back pain, knee pain and other injuries.

It is important to remember that blood flow to muscles and joints decreases as a direct result of reduced activity. In addition, the abundance of food during the holidays results in weight gain for most individuals. Therefore, it is crucial to stay active, keep the blood circulation going, and burn extra calories during the winter.

It is common knowledge that physical therapy helps in the treatment of injuries, but did you know that injury prevention becomes crucial during the winter? A single appointment with your physical therapist has the potential to help you enjoy a happy, healthy and injury-free holiday season.

Injury Prevention 101 During the Winter

If you are going to be lifting and moving things, shoveling snow or engaging in other forms of exercise, make sure to warm up and stretch before you begin. Start slowly and maintain the right posture as you increase the intensity of exercise over 10-15 minutes. Take short breaks and give your muscles and joints a chance to 'adjust' to the task. Your physical therapist will suggest that you use your knees rather than your lower back to lift heavy objects, avoid twisting movements and breath normally at all times.

Hold heavy objects close to the body to reduce strain on the lumbar spine. The feet should be kept wide apart to increase the base of support, and the knees must be slightly bent. Use your entire body to move objects rather than twisting your back. If you are shoveling snow, you must avoid twisting motions of the lower back such as throwing the snow over the shoulder behind you.

With the right combination of breathing, warm up and the correct technique, you can reduce the probability of injury significantly. If you have aches and pains that get worse during the winter, it may be time to see a physical therapist. Your therapist will assess your current activity levels and functional limitations. The therapist will discuss your short term and long term goals. All this information will be used to devise a plan of action to treat the underlying cause of pain as quickly as possible.

We Wish You a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season!

It is important to maintain strength and stability in the muscles of the torso and lower back, especially during the winter. As the snow melts to ice, the risk of slips and falls increases. Maintaining and improving balance and stability, especially for seniors is an important part of physical therapy and wellness.

We can educate you, and your family, about proper techniques to maintain posture, improve balance and prevent injuries. Some simple prevention techniques, combined with good old fashioned common sense will help you enjoy a healthy, happy holiday season. Winter is associated with a surge in the number of persons visiting the emergency room for snow shoveling and fall-related injuries, which is why prevention is so important.

As your physical therapists, we can help you stay safe and healthy. Give yourself (and your family) the gift of health and wellness. Contact us to learn more about how physical therapy can change your life this holiday season.

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