The Facts with Pain
Studies show that:
What do I need to know about back pain? Individuals experiencing low back pain typically fall into three broad categories at Rehab 2 Perform:
Acute Low Back Pain
Acute low back pain episodes include pain that is generally less than 6 weeks in duration. It can be associated with a specific injury although that is not always necessary and can often occur without a clear cause. Individuals with low back pain can often determine a specific time or activity with which their episode of pain began (i.e. bending over or during activity like weight lifting a specific moment during activity).
Chronic Low Back Pain
Chronic low back pain includes episodes of pain that have generally lasted greater than 3 months. Chronic low back pain is often referred to as persistent back pain. Individuals that have had episodic back pain over months to years typically fall into this category. The intensity and quality of symptoms varies greatly in this category ranging from individuals significantly limited with daily activity, to those that are able to generally tolerate activity but maybe aren’t performing at their best as a result of their pain.
Post-Surgical Low Back Pain
Occasionally patients require surgical management to address their back pain. In these cases, our staff will work together with your surgical team to ensure a safe return to your prior activities. This course of care often presents similarly to an episode of acute low back pain with the addition of consideration for healing surgical incisions and post-operative guidelines.
How much pain is too much?
Pain can be a good indicator of tolerance for an activity, specifically in cases of acute injury. However, too much respect for pain intensity and response can be an inhibitor of progress and lead to more challenges down the road. At Rehab 2 Perform we like to utilize a “Traffic Light” system to describe painful symptoms and be a guide for tolerance of an activity.
What else can you do to help the process?
Guest Blog by Bola Audena, Partner, MBA Growth Partners
Let’s share a moment of transparency: the journey and process of self-actualization is a wild ride! As a new business owner (we launched our Consulting Practice, MBA Growth Partners, a year and a half ago), I can personally attest that the path to accomplishing one’s dreams is not linear; it’s full of highs, lows, ebbs, and flows. And rather than seeing those ups and downs as negatives or positives, we have to think of them as mere twists and turns in the pathway. What I’ve learned in a year and half is that you have to embrace these twists and turns. And let’s face it, our stories wouldn’t be nearly as colorful and vivid without them, anyway!
What is a Network?
As humans, we’re made for change, growth, and wild rides. Our very nature is to seek new, possibly better environments to stay motivated and driven to evolve and/or achieve success. We seek different perspectives to spark our creativity, and therefore are constantly looking to build a community/tribe we can turn to for input to support and inspire us to be better and to continue the good fight.
Our human instincts and spirits urge us to find all of this motivation, creativity, and inspiration through relationships with other people. We need people around us who we trust and love. These people, if they are our type of people, can speak directly to our hearts desires and break us out of our funks when we feel beaten up.
That close circle – the people who you go to for motivation, inspiration, creativity – that’s your network. And your network is a critical asset in accomplishing your dreams. If you don’t have a network yet, start building one! If you already have your network established, nurture those relationships, and strengthen those bonds. Why? We’re glad you asked!
Your Network Helps You Combat Doubt
When you set out on the journey to your dreams, you have to set intentions. You need commitment, and you need small goals along the way to keep yourself on the path. But let’s be real; life happens; things happen. Obstacles will surface that cause you to deviate from the path a bit or pause your progress for a time. And when these things happen, the heavy fingers of doubt wrap around your mind. Is this a sign? Am I on the wrong path? Have I made a poor decision?
One thing about doubt is it feels so real in the moments we experience them! Doubt ALWAYS feels rational and logical. However, if we’re honest with ourselves, we can admit that the times we’ve allowed ourselves to push past doubt either left us being better off or at least did not suffer the grave consequences posed as the imminent threat presented. That’s why we need to call on our network in those times – call on them so they can call out the doubt. They’re the ones who will say, “Hey, I know this feels so real to you right now, and you’re in a battle with your mind. But it’s doubt, and doubt is temporary!”
When we build it, our network will encourage us through the doubt to the other side. They will help you temper your fears and uncertainties so you can push through and navigate that time of doubt without losing sight of your goals. And when you do reach the other side, they’re going to celebrate with you!
A Network Helps with Direction and Focus
We talked about setting small goals to help get to the big one (or big ones!), and the obstacles that may present themselves. One of these obstacles, believe it or not, is other people!
There are times when people will compete for your time and attention. They will redirect your focus to their own goals, and away from yours. Not only does this detract from our path, but if we focus on others too much at the expense of accomplishing our goals and objectives, we may start to feel a void deep inside.
We’ve got to be responsible for what will bring us peace, but our network will help us live that out. You need someone to call you out for accommodating others over yourself and snap you out if it! Your network is a resource, and it’s up to you to leverage that resource in all aspects of your journey – even when you’ve lost your way.
Two is Better than One...Most Times
Human relationships are a beautiful thing, but there is a caveat: they’re human relationships. We are individuals who see the world, process the world, make decisions about the world in vastly different ways. Our perspectives are unique; I can’t use your playbook for me, and I can’t expect you to use mine, either.
Turn to your network, your partner or friends, to seek support. That’s what they’re there for. But don’t rely on them to carry your cross for you. You cannot hold people responsible for carrying out your vision!
Picture a boxing ring, with yourself in the corner getting psyched for the next round. Sometimes, the people in your network are there in the ring with you, wrapping your hands, rejuvenating you with water, wiping the sweat from your brow. Other times, they’re in the stands cheering us on, still supporting us, just from a distance. Give them the grace and freedom to choose when they’re in the ring and when they’re in the stands.
So much time and energy is wasted trying to convince people to jump in the ring with you or stay there longer than they want. We waste our resources and potentially damage our relationships by desperately clinging to our partner, friend, or mentor when they need to fight their own match!
They say if you want to go far, go together. But that’s not always 100% accurate. If you're going to go far, allow space for people to partake in a piece of your journey. Allow them to come alongside you for as far as they want to go. And when they are done partaking, free them, release them, so they can participate in their own journey while you continue with yours. Can you go far together? Yes, but don’t force it, or you won’t get anywhere at all. You might even slide backward!
Love and Be Loved: Work Your Network to Accomplish Your Dreams
You’ve got to live your life like it’s golden. Your network is there to support you as you self-actualize, but you’ve got to remember to allow them the same gift! What’s magic to me is not magical to you, and we have to respect that in our relationships. Ultimately, our purpose is to love and be loved, and that tenet is epitomized by a healthy, supportive network that helps you accomplish your dreams.
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Guest Blog by Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
For business owners, managers and facility owners, there are new practices and new signage needed to help employees and customers stay safe. Signage will also draw customers to your business or restaurant, which will increase your revenues.
Here are some popular types of COVID signage and the best places to install them.
You can create a printed sign that says you are at capacity and set that sign out front only when it is relevant. To keep people from crowding into elevators, you may want to create signage stating how many unrelated passengers can ride together. This can be a stand-alone sign or an elevator wrap.
HAND SANITIZER STATIONS
The entrance to the building or individual space is a key place. Stands with signage make it easy for people entering to find them.
You can create tabletop signs for bottles of hand sanitizer on reception desks or checkout counters.
Encouraging hand hygiene through vivid displays in high-visibility locations is an effective way to reduce the spread of germs in your facility.
Good signage wherever sinks are available is important.
Signs that include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for handwashing are an excellent resource to help people wash their hands thoroughly. Place these signs right next to or above sinks, at eye level, so people will read the guidelines as they wash. You may want to create decal signs you can stick to mirrors above sinks where they will be easily visible.
You may also want to install a bright and bold sign on the inside of restroom doors to serve as a final reminder in case someone forgot to wash their hands.
FACE MASK SIGNAGE
Signs to wear a face mask should get people’s attention before they enter your space. These help with compliance as you can point to the signs if you need to enforce the rules. Window decals are a great option since you can apply them directly to your entrance or storefront.
One of the most important ways people can keep public spaces safe is by staying home if they feel sick or if they have recently been exposed to someone with COVID-19. You can help by installing signs that reminds people they should stay home if they could be sick.
If your business is conducting temperature checks to catch possible cases of COVID-19 among their employees, customers or patients, you’ll need bold signage that is easily visible.
DELIVERY AND CURBSIDE
If your business offers these, make sure you advertise them. For delivery services, install a large sign outside your business telling people you deliver - and be sure your delivery cars or vans have vehicle graphics indicating you deliver with the website and number to call to order.
For curbside pickup make it as convenient as possible with the right outdoor signs like A-Frames and flags placed strategically. You can also add permanent outdoor sign(s) where customers should park for curbside pickup. If customers need to check in via an app or call a phone number, include that information.
The CDC recommends people practice physical distancing as a way to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in public spaces. This means maintaining a distance of 6’ between people. Posters and floor graphics showing 6’ throughout the facility are helpful in creating this distancing. They might say, “Thank you for practicing social distancing,” or, “Please keep 6 feet of distance between you and others.”
You can also use directional signs to help with social distancing. Place floor decals 6’ apart to show customers where to stand in line at a store checkout or a pick up location.
OPEN AND CLOSED Info
With businesses in varying states of being opened or with limited hours, a large outdoor sign to let the public know the status of your business is helpful to your customers.
If your business is open, create a large banner to place on your storefront, and add flags or other eye-catching signage by the road saying that you’re open. For updated hours, consider placing a window graphic on your front door listing the new hours. These graphics are easy to change out.
CLEANING SIGNAGE FOR EMPLOYEES
Another important role signage can play is instructing and reminding your employees of important new procedures. It takes time to develop new habits, like wiping down a card reader PIN pad between customers or sanitizing your desk before you leave work.
At a checkout counter, create a sign reminding the cashier to sanitize, and post it in a location that faces the employee and not the customer. In an office, you could either place small tabletop signs on each desk or you create large signs to hang on the wall or on a door where employees will see it before they leave for the day: For example: “Wait! Did you remember to wipe down your desk?”
For new cleaning procedures in a restaurant, create a large sign with a step-by-step guide and post it prominently on the wall where employees can refer to it while they clean. You can also include these signs on restroom walls. Knowing your business is taking cleaning measures seriously will instill confidence in your customers.
- Connie Rhind Robey, Owner of SpeedPro
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