Sara Shupe, MSPT, Dip. MDT is a physical therapist specialist and founder of J.O.Y. Physical Therapy Inc, a mobile and tele-health physical therapy provider servicing the Twin Cities Metro Area, greater Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Sara has presented early access models of mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT) in the treatment of low back pain to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), National Association of Spine Society (NASS) and The international MDT Conference. Sara lives in Eagan, MN with her 15 year old son, and Dachshund mix puppy.
If you have ever been fortunate enough to experience Minnesota during the winter months, I hope you took a moment to look around at the beauty of the snow-capped trees and sparkles against the sunlight. You would also notice the plethora of snow-filled activities.
Ice-skating. Snow-shoeing. Skiing (although I am not sure that is what the great folks of CO reading this blog would call it!). Sledding.
It's not just for kids anymore!
We are fearless Vikings up here in the "Norsk." Therefore, while succumbing to gravity down a snow-packed hill, it is not expected that we would operate the large PVC-laden saucers with any sort of precision. I recently ventured out to experience this phenomenon with my teenager and tween nieces, only to quickly realize that I was cheating death.
While unknowingly living despite the odds, I was clinging to my plastic boat with a not-so-Viking-posture-of-fear. My shoulders in my ears, my chin leading the way like a chicken. The tension in my neck and arms were building...and building...
When I lifted my head off the pillow the next day, I didn't think it was ever going to move normal again.
The stress after the plunge.
Instead of spending the rest of the day praising God for sparing my life, I sat in the exact same position, after deciding to attempt to lower my blood pressure by working on one of the most favorite past times of the physical therapists. That's right; you guessed it. Paperwork! Sound like a good idea?!
Sled neck? Text Neck. Paperwork Neck.
Forward head posture + Stress = Pain in the neck!
While we don’t understand the exact bio-physiological mechanism that causes the pain, what we do know is the importance of posture correction and stress management. Especially, if you are unfortunate enough to experience low back pain. It is well known in the literature that sitting postures have been demonstrated to be a common complaint in patients with mechanical neck and low back pain (Williams, et al 1991). Passive correction (in some cases bracing, in others, use of lumbar support), especially in the morning, has been demonstrated to be integral in self-management (Snook, et al 1998; O’ Sullivan et al 2002; Aota et al 2007).
So sit up tall and take a load off!
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Stay away from cheating death in winters-in-Minnesota! If you are unfortunate enough to have a snow-activity mishap during the your Christmas exodus from regular activities, go to https://pms.therapysites.com/providers/54999/request to schedule your same-day mobile visit to treat your whiplash or low back pain or https://www.joy-pt.com/mobile-physical-therapy soon before it becomes a problem later!