Fit PT: Say Goodbye to Neck Pain

THE NEWSLETTER ABOUT YOUR HEALTH AND CARING FOR YOUR BODY

JULY 2019

SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR ACHING NECK PAIN

Do you find your neck nagging you in the morning or at the end of the day? Do you feel muscle tension and discomfort in your neck or shoulders? Neck pain is becoming a silent epidemic in today’s society as more people end up with terrible forward head posture and tighter neck muscles. (continued inside)

INSIDE : • Say Goodbye To Your Aching Neck Pain • 4 Tips To Help Relieve Your Pain

• Clinic News! • Positive Patient Results

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JULY 2019

SAY GOODBYE TO YOUR ACHING NECK PAIN

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INSIDE : • 4 Tips To Help Relieve Your Pain • Staff Spotlight

• Clinic News! • Positive Patient Results

with specialized gentle hands on therapy. Our physical therapists are experts in alleviating tight muscles and restoring normal neck joint motion. If you are suffering with neck pain, shoulder pain, or headaches, call us today and speak to one of our experts. Your neck will thank you. Improve your upper neck motion The upper neck accounts for over 60% of the total motion in the neck. It is also the area where many of the powerful shoulder muscles attach. Therefore, it is an area that becomes very tight. A simple exercise you can do to improve your neck motion, is the chin tuck. Simply stand or sit tall, then gently tuck your chin down until you feel a slight pressure or pull in the upper neck.

The culprit is our addiction to technology, staring into the TV, computer screen or our smartphones. The good news is that you can do a lot to relieve your neck pain and get on the right path to a healthy spine. The neck is extremely important in the overall posture of the body. Where the head and neck move, so does the rest of the body. Changes in the alignment of your neck can cause a variety of symptoms such as neck tension, headaches, migraines and even radiating pain or numbness to the arms and hands. Align your spine One of the most important things you can do is to improve your neck alignment. Be conscious of how you sit and stand throughout the day, keeping your head tall. This naturally pulls your spine into alignment. One of the best ways to relieve the tightness in your neck muscles is

Be careful to do this gently and call to talk to one of our therapists if you are unsure of performing this exercise correctly.

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CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times. Strengthens Neck www.simpleset.net Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain. EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

4 Tips To Help Relieve Your Pain

Most everyone has experienced neck pain and headaches at some point in their lives. In fact, over 10 million people in the US suffer with daily neck pain and headaches. The vast majority of headaches stem from limitations with neck motion . Headaches result from the spasm of arteries in the scalp and sometimes, the brain. Different triggers can occur from chemical sensitivities to pH or sugar imbalances in the blood. Often, the spasms are caused by irritations of the muscles in the neck and scalp that trigger the nerves to go into overdrive, causing a dull ache or even sharp pain. Here’s what you can do to prevent headaches: 1. Watch your posture – Alignment of the neck and upper back is crucial to alleviating the strain on the neck muscles. Be conscious throughout the day of how you are holding your posture. Bring work up to eye level and make sure that your computer screen is high enough to alleviate neck strain. 2. Drink more water – A common cause of many headaches is dehydration. If you feel thirsty, then your body is already dehydrated. Avoid caffeinated beverages, as these are diuretics, causing you to lose water. Keep a glass of water next to your desk or in reach, and work to refill it 4-6 times during the day. 3. Balance your pH – The acidity of your blood can make you more prone to headaches and feeling tired. Make sure that you eat enough green vegetables, lean protein and avoid fatty or processed foods. Also, scale back on the coffee, as it is very acidic. Water also helps to balance your pH, so repeat step 2. 4. Exercise and therapy – Exercise helps to regulate your pH, reduce neck strain and improve your mood. If you find yourself suffering with headaches more than 2 times a week, then you should seek the expertise of our physical therapists. These symptoms can be the result of an underlying problem with your neck and need to be treated.

Positive Patient Results

“I’m so glad that I did have therapy because now I feel better...” “I began physical therapy at the suggestion of my internist after a scan that showed arthritis in my neck. I was having trouble sleeping because of pain and an irritating “grating” sound when I turned my head from side to side. Physical therapy involved moist heat application, ultrasound and massage. The therapy was very comfortable and really felt good, but I doubted that any significant improvement would occur. Within the month that I was having therapy not only did I sleep better with less discomfort, but there was significant decrease in the “grinding” sounds that were so annoying to me. I’m so glad that I did have therapy because now I feel better and I believe I know some ways to continue to increase the flexibility in my neck.” - A.M.

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FIT Physical Therapy Workshops JULY 17, 2019 @ 5:30 PM

A Real Pain In The Neck How Physical Therapy is one of the most effective medical options to help manage and eliminate neck pain and stiffness. Please attend this seminar if: •You currently have or have had neck pain in the past year •Your neck pain and/or stiffness effects your daily activities or sport •You are dealing with tension headaches •Youwant to learnappropriateandsafeexercises to improveyourneckhealth •You are looking for solutions to solve your neck pain without pills or surgery. JULY 24, 2019 @ 5:30 PM AT OUR MESQUITE CLINIC LOCATION (HOSTED BY KYLE MEMMOTT, MPT) AT OUR ST. GEORGE RIVERFRONT CLINIC LOCATION (HOSTED BY TRENTON LAIRD, DPT)

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Staff Spotlight

Sylvan wrestled Division I NCAA while he attended and graduated from Utah Valley University with his Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. He continued his educated at Rocky Mountain University where he obtained his Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Sylvan has always enjoyed learning about SYLVAN JOHNSON, PT, DPT, CERT MDT

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the human body. He loves having a career where he can continue to learn about he human body while helping others. He specializes in orthopedic, spine, and sports injuries. He is a Mckenzie Certified Therapist as well as certified in dry needling. When not working Sylvan stays busy with his young family doing all sorts of activities. Education: • Utah Valley University, BS Exercise Science 2012 • Rocky Mountain University of Healthcare Professions, DPT, 2014

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