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New Year, Changes Ahead

Greetings to our Foothills friends! In planning for 2017, we talked about the changing world of healthcare and the challenges that lie ahead for all of us. As we navigate these waters, we're thinking about our commitment to meeting your individual needs, giving you the tools that you need to get back to your lives after physical therapy. We want you to be able to count on us and know us as a stabilizing force in a changing landscape.

This newsletter offers one way for us to stay connected in the year ahead. Don't worry! We won't overflow your inbox! Our intention is to send it out quarterly, one newsletter for each season. We'll share health and healthcare news, some news about Foothills and perhaps a few fun stories about staff. Who knows! With your input and feedback, we'll create a newsletter that puts a smile on your face when it lands in your inbox.

You've given us your email address at one time or another, so that's why you're receiving this inaugural newsletter. Of course, you're free to unsubscribe; just click on the Unsubscribe link down below. Our feelings won't be hurt! We hope you'll give it a go and work with us to make it exactly what's useful to you.

In the mean time, (late) winter greetings to our Foothills friends and family!

Winter Check-In:
How Are Those
New Year's Resolutions Doing?

Many of us greeted the new year with intentions and, yes, even resolutions. It's not uncommon for those good thoughts to focus on changing habits around health goals: things like exercise, diet changes, time in nature, meditation and lots more. 

It's all good! But is it easy to change a habit that might have been part of your routine for months, years or even decades? Probably not. Not impossible, however. 

Foothills physical therapist Courtney Germano shared some excellent wisdom on this topic on a blog post recently. We're all in this boat together, and we can learn from each other. If your January 1 intentions and resolutions feel a little shaky now, or even if they don't, read on
Please tell us what you'd like to see in Foothills' new seasonal newsletter. Health information? Fun Foothills news? Inspiration? Your feedback will help us to shape this newsletter to meet your needs. Let us know your thoughts!

Changing Treatment Guidelines for Low Back Pain

A recent New York Times article informed us all about new treatment guidelines that your doctor will be relying on for treatment of low back pain. As is so often the case, medical news items reported in the press have a dramatic side to them so we need to dig deeper to fully understand what is actually being said, or ask someone who may understand the details more fully.

The bottom line is that the reliance of years gone by on pain killers, including opiates, is changing. The American College of Physicians, the group issuing the new guidelines, is a well respected group, so the guidelines will definitely impact how primary care providers treat low back pain. These guidelines represent a shift away from using meds as a part of first line treatment. Non-pharmacological treatment now is the first line; physical therapy is one example.

While this article sounds like the best advice is to "just keep moving" and that "one size fits all," remember that physical therapy is an individualized approach to movement. It's about educating and correcting body positions or ways of moving that may contribute to low back pain, as well as identifying muscle imbalances (such as what is too tight and what is too weak) that may be part of the issue.

So, if you're headed to your physician to talk about treatment for low back pain, you may not be offered a prescription. Talk to your doctor about a referral for physical therapy. An individualized treatment plan is your best bet for feeling better!
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