our celebration of National Physical Therapy Month, here’s our next patient’s
story from our Lee Drive location. Marie Peaslee presented to our clinic
utilizing direct access, meaning she was able to access our services without
the requirement of a doctor’s referral. Her team included Jamie Lamothe
(physical therapist), Yuyi Chen (physical therapist assistant), and Nick Gough
(physical therapy technician). Here’s what she said:
"My name is Marie Peaslee, and I am a
senior studying Kinesiology at LSU. I
have been having pains in my lower left back and hip since I was in junior
high, and it has continued now into my senior year at LSU. I started going to Baton Rouge Physical
Therapy –Lake at the Lee location, and have seen 100% improvement. I worked
with Jamie and Nick, but everyone at the clinic showed interest in me and
worked with me when needed. Thankfully, I have been to this location before and
worked with this team for an ankle injury, so the welcoming feeling and good
experiences picked up right where we left off.
I began with some simple stretches and
dry needling in my lower left back and hip, which resulted in soreness and
pain. However, after going for two weeks
the pain ceased, and I progressed into more strengthening exercises. I went twice a week for about six weeks, and
each visit showed greater improvement.
The stretches I did included piriformis stretch, and a leg extension and
hold while laying on my back. I
progressed to strengthening exercises which included variations of clamshell
with a band, squat side steps, lateral pull downs standing and on an exercise
ball, standing punch-outs, and leg presses.
Not only did Jamie and Nick sit with me through each exercise, but they
also made an effort to get to know me and have intentional, genuine
conversations to help me feel comfortable.
BRPT-Lake has shown me an amazing
experience, and helped me learn exercises to strengthen the region around my
back so I no longer feel this pain. I am
so thankful for the genuine effort made by their team, and the positive
environment they provide."
was used in Marie’s case to help alleviate initial pain levels and “turn on”
deep lower back muscles. Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use to
treat myofascial pain by releasing or inactivating trigger points, with the
purpose of relieving pain or improving range of motion. The “dry” part of
needling means that the needle doesn’t deliver any kind of medication or
I know what
your next question is: No, it’s not the same thing as acupuncture. Dry needling
is a part of modern Western medicine principles and supported by research based
on trigger point referral patterns. Pictured here is what it looks like:
and her team relieved Marie’s pain, they were able to initiate strengthening
exercises. For higher-level core strengthening, the standing punch-out, or Pallof
press, is a great exercise that kicks in not only your lower back muscles, but
also your obliques, glutes, and serratus anterior. It looks deceivingly simple,
but you will feel those muscles engage almost immediately!