November 2014

Welcome to the OET November Newsletter! This month our newsletter features a video of Pete Egoscue, the founder of the Egoscue Method and author of Pain Free, where he explains what causes low back pain and shows how a couple simple e-cises can create instant postural change and pain relief. 

This newsletter also contains some wonderful holiday gift ideas, an article about posture and whiplash injuries, and information about spondylolisthesis: what causes it and how to become pain free. 

Have a happy, healthy, pain free, and active Thanksgiving!
In This Issue
Pete Egoscue Video
Low back pain explained

The causes of lower back pain can be elusive. Often pain is the result of years of improper movement due to postural misalignments in the body. In this video Pete Egoscue, founder of the Egoscue Method for stopping chronic pain and author of the book Pain Free, assesses Nick's lower back pain and shows how shoulder alignment and a concave curvature of the spine contribute to the issue. He then goes on to demonstrate a few simple movements that can help correct the spinal positioning and restore comfort in the body. Watch and see how the body adjusts instantly to this gentle conditioning.

Holiday Gift Ideas
Encourage health and happiness
This holiday season OET has several great gift ideas for your family and friends or even yourself:
  • Posture Therapy session(s): Give 1 or more sessions to help them get started on the path to living a pain free and active life! In-person, Skype, and email sessions are available. Free posture evaluations are always available also.
  • Egoscue book: Pain Free, Pain Free Living, Pain Free for Woman, Pain Free at Your PC or The Egoscue Method of Health Through Motion - not sure which one? Ask us and we'll help you pick the best fit for the person. 
  • OET merchandise: Who wouldn't love a coffee mug, iPhone case, T-shirt, or water bottle? Check out our Spreadshirt Shop for all our great products!
Posture and Whiplash Injuries
Lordosis minimizes injury

Car accidents can cause many injuries, but one of the most common injuries are those referred to as 'whiplash injuries'. People who suffer these injuries often complain of neck or back pain, stiffness, headaches, and can be diagnosed with a cervical disc herniation, nerve impingement, and/or facet joint injuries. 

Have you ever thought about how important your posture can be to preventing injury from a car accident? 

Spondylolisthesis and Egoscue
Treating the cause vs. symptom

Spondylolisthesis is a forward slipping of one vertebra, typically L5, on the vertebra below. A spondylolisthesis, or "spondy" for short, can be classified as a grade 1, 2, 3, or 4 depending on how far the vertebra has slipped out of position. If you have been diagnosed with a spondy the question you want to find the answer to is: "what caused the spongy?"

Oregon Exercise Therapy LLC is happy to offer FREE posture evaluations to any interested clients. 

This free 30 minute appointment includes discussion of your symptoms and goals, postural evaluation, functional testing, and gait analysis. We will then discuss the different therapy options that are available to help you reach your goals. 

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