Fit 4 Life: Neck Problems Can Cause Headaches

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Neck Problems Can Cause Headaches “Look Up To Endless Possibilities Without Pain! ”

Do you find it hard to get comfortable at night because of the ache in your neck or find you just hurt when you try tomove in a certain direction? Many people suffer from chronic neck pain, tightness, and frequent headaches; however, few get the needed attention to address the root cause of the problem, and often resort to using pain relieving medications that only mask the symptoms. The neck is very complicated in its structure requiring good movement, posture, and support. Most of the rotating of your head comes from the upper part of your neck, making it a significant part of your body. It is where the thickest part of the spinal cord goes through the spinal canal to the brain. The neck also plays a vital role in determining how the body balances. Main Causes of Neck Pain Neck pain can start for a number of reasons; such as, poor posture when sitting, car accidents, stress, injuries, or even falls. Since the neck is where blood vessels travel to supply your head with blood, muscle tightness can cause spasms of the arteries around the nerves of the neck and head. This can trigger headaches and even migraines. People with neck problems often experience pain, tingling, or numbness in the arms, hands, and even fingers. (continued inside)

INSIDE: • Neck Problems Can Cause Headaches • 3 Common Spine Problem Areas • Patient Spotlights

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“YouMay Not Be Seeing Fitness Results Because You’re Ignoring Your Headaches. ” Neck Problems Can Cause Headaches

This happens because the nerves exiting the spine in your neck supply sensations to your arms and hands. If you find these types of symptoms occurring, it is important that you see one of our expert physical therapists at Fit 4 Life. There is a lot that you can do to help your neck pain. The key is preventing the neck pain from starting in the first place; however, this can be difficult because our daily lives do not always dictate what is good for our neck and shoulders. In today’s society, we sit in slouched positions which are not good for the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Our jobs, driving the car, picking up heavy objects, and repetitive straining can hurt the neck over a period of time. Have the spine experts at Fit 4 Life examine your neck alignment, posture, movement, strength, and function to zero in on the root cause of your neck pain or headaches. With expert education, we can teach you how to help prevent the pain from returning. Call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your “pain in the neck”! NEEDGUIDANCE&DISCIPLINEWHEN WORKING OUT? TRY OUR PERSONAL TRAINING FOR ONLY $149 FOR YOUR FIRST SIX SESSIONS!

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Common Problems Associated With Neck Pain “ What Do Neck Pain Symptoms Mean? ”

Upper Neck

Pain or injury here is often responsible for headaches to the scalp and face. This area helps with overall body balance and the ability to rotate the neck.

Mid Neck Pain or injury here is responsible for weakness and pain to the shoulders, arms, hands, and fingers.

Lower Neck

Pain or injury in this area often presents with limitedmotion and contributes to a forward head posture. As a result, this increases strain on the neck causing muscle pain and tension.

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Patient Spotlights

Staff DO I NEED A PRESCRIPTION TO START PHYSICAL THERAPY? Although we see many patients sent directly by their physician, in the state of Florida, a licensed physical therapist may begin the physical therapy process by performing a full physical therapy evaluation. Fit 4 Life is accepting all AUTO Insurance and most others. We will verify benefits for you so that you can get started right away. YOU CAN START NOW CALL TODAY! 813-907-7879 Spotlight “Now I am determined to get stronger as I age!” “Thank you Fit 4 Life – Alyssa & Brianna. Before and after my hip replacement, Fit 4 Life was here to help me get stronger for surgery and helped me recover very quickly from my surgery. Once I finished with physical therapy, I went right to working with Brianna, the trainer. It finally clicked when my physician said that strength training can prevent arthritis. Now I am determined to get stronger and healthier as I age. Thank you so much Alyssa and Brianna for always being here for me. I consider them both wonderful friends. I signed up for the fitness challenge at the beginning of the year which included tracking food, water, and my workouts. I was surprised to hear that I won the challenge! I can’t wait to get signed up for the next one!” – Sarah F. “I feel fortunate to have found Fit 4 Life!” “I have been going to physical therapy at Fit 4 Life for neck and shoulder pain for just over 12 weeks. In the past, I have tried many different types of treatments (massages, chiropractor and acupuncture) to relieve the pain but nothing has been as effective as the therapy I received at Fit 4 Life. Through therapy, I have strengthened the neck and shoulder muscles and I feel better than ever. The trainers are friendly, knowledgeable, and truly concerned about helping me feel better. I feel fortunate to have found Fit 4 Life!” – Caren S.

Pictured is PT Corinne and patient Caren

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Exercise Essentials

Try this exercise to get you moving... MEDIAN NERVE GLIDE Start with your arm hanging down at your side with your elbow straight and palm facing forward. Next, bend your wrist forward and back. Your other hand should be checking to make sure that your shoulder stays down and drawn back the entire time.

Good stretch for those who sit at a computer all day

Exercises copyright of

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Think Fit 4 Life FIRST Why You Need To Schedule An Appointment With Our Personal Trainer: � Move without pain � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle It’s Never Too Late To Get Fit & Active! � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably

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