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OET News
April 2016

Welcome to the April OET Newsletter!

Musicians often think pain is just part of playing an instrument, but that doesn't have to be the case. This month I discuss what causes pain associated with playing instruments and how to play pain free. I also discuss osteoporosis and the role posture plays in our bone health. In this newsletter I also revisit "text neck" and other symptoms and problems created by misalignment of the head and neck and have a video showing exercises to correct these misalignments. 

This months newsletter also features two workouts - one for busy mom's who just can't find the time to get to the gym or go on a run and another workout designed for boosting performance for athletes of every sport. 

I wish you an active and pain free April and let me know if there is anything I can do to help you live, play, and be pain free. 
You Don't Have To Play The Blues
Being a musician and playing music doesn't have to hurt.
Studies have shown musicians experience musculoskeletal pain at a higher rate than non-musicians, but that doesn't mean your body isn't designed to play guitar, violin, saxophone, piano, or drums pain free. Just as playing baseball or tennis creates muscle imbalances that over time will lead to pain if not addressed, playing a musical instrument can also lead to posture imbalances and pain. 

The key to playing music pain free is restoring postural balance to your body with specific posture alignment exercises personalized to your body and instrument you play. Learn more...


Osteoporosis And Posture
Differentiating between the cause and the effect of osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is being diagnosed more often and at younger ages than ever before. In fact, between 1990 and 2000, there was nearly a 25% increase in hip fractures worldwide. Europe and the Americas accounted for 51% of all fractures which is a hugely disproportionate amount. Why is this? 

Forward Head And Text Neck Exercises
Misalignment of the head and neck can cause many symptoms.
When your neck and head are out of proper alignment they can cause neck, shoulder, and upper back pain; jaw pain; headaches; breathing issues; sinus pain; and dizziness. Regardless of the symptom, the key to becoming pain free again is to restore postural balance to your body. Continue reading for more information and exercises to help get you started.


Quick Workout For Busy Moms
The workout for when you just can't find time.
Being a mom is a rewarding yet hard job. A study found that mothers will spend on average 27,250 hours in their lifetime shopping, cooking, and doing household chores - that equals 1,135 days of their lives!! 72% of moms with children over 1 year old work, and those moms with a full-time job will spend 13 hours a day between work and household chores. That doesn't leave a lot of time to workout! This video is fast, effective, and can be done almost anywhere or at anytime. Try it! Watch the video.

The Perfect Workout To Boost Performance
How to avoid injury and improve performance for all sports.
Serious athletes are always looking for a better workout that will boost their performance. This workout has all the key ingredients to boost strength, power, endurance, agility, coordination, and overall athleticism. Athletes also want to reduce their chance of injury while extending their careers. This workout will also do that. How? Read on to find out...


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

Visit www.OregonExerciseTherapy.com or call 971-279-2189 to schedule your FREE posture evaluation today. 
I believe that your chronic pain is not because of your age, genetics, past injuries, or activities you do. I believe your pain is because you have lost proper postural alignment. Correcting your posture will allow you to live the life you want to live and continue the activities you love to do, pain free! If you or anyone you know is suffering from chronic pain or injuries, encourage them to call me today - I'd be happy to help them. 

Sincerely,

 
Matt Whitehead
(971) 279 2189  
matt@oregonexercisetherapy.com

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