Life Doesn't Have To Be A Pain In the Neck

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“ Everyone Else Is Finding Neck Pain Relief, What Am I Doing Wrong?” Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you less happy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? More often than not it is caused by a muscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area can often contribute to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in the mirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? Where Radiating Headaches Come From Different problems with the neck movement will cause pain to be felt in different areas. For example did you know that if your pain radiates to the forehead or behind the eyes, this can be from “stuck” joints at the top of your neck?

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INSIDE: • Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck •Are You Suffering From Arthritis In The Neck? • Patient Results • Exercise Essentials and More!

H e a l t h & F i t n e s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“ Don’t Let Neck Pain Stop You From Reaching Your Fitness Goals!”

Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck Poor movement causes stresses and strains on surrounding muscle and tissue causing irritation that affects the nerves in the area. The next level down, called C2, will often radiate pain to the side of the face / head and back scalp area. the weight of the head (about the weight of a bowling ball) with daily activities, tiring quickly. Pain in the morning that may radiate to the shoulders or down the arms can be associated with the discs between your neck bones (vertebrae), especially if that pain is radiating. What is the best course of action? The best solution if you have neck pain or headaches is to see a physical therapist. Our physical therapists are experts in evaluating your neck joints and muscles. We help you return the normal movement of your neck joints and muscles gently and safely, relieving your pain. Finding the Root of the Problem To narrow the source of the problem, it is important to find out if your pain worsens towards the end of the day or is first thing in the morning. Pain at the end of the day and a complaint of a “heavy head” feeling is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness and spine instability. The neck and shoulder muscles just can’t tolerate If you are having headaches or neck pain, discover our SPINE Program today and learn more about quickly relieving your pain.

Did you know? “Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined. ” - National Institutes of Health, 2010

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Are You Suffering From Arthritis In The Neck?

Finding The Source Of Pain

Is your neck pain affecting your balance? Have you ever seen a person with their head protruding forward and their body bent over? This can be subtle or quite noticeable. With neck pain, limited neck posture results in loss of balance. Just pull anyone by their nose and you will see they will falter forward. This is because the normal lines of gravity through the body change when the spine posture changes. If you or someone you know has poor balance, it could be a problem with their posture. Get your neck moving and feeling better. Call us to learn more about our SPINE Program today!

Do you find yourself feeling frequent neck or shoulder aches and pains? You could be suffering from cervical (neck) arthritis. Arthritis in the neck is very common as we age. With arthritis in the neck, people often complain of pain radiating into the lower neck, shoulders, or even down into the arm. The problem with arthritis is the loss of range of motion in the neck joints. As bone wears on bone, the surface of the bones actually start to change shape. This thins the bones in the neck in some parts leading to a loss of height between the bones. Due to abnormal wear and tear, new bone forms where it shouldn’t, creeping into the holes where the spinal cord passes through. In addition it can rub on the nerves out to your neck, shoulders, arms and even hands. This can lead to a condition called cervical spinal stenosis, which can be quite painful. What can be done to help neck arthritis? While painmedications can help control pain, they don’t address the root cause of the pain, which is poor strength and lack of normal movement. The neck joints on the side of the spine normally experience wear and tear over the years. However, when this wear and tear is accelerated due to poor posture, weakness or injury, this can lead to limited, painful range of motion. In addition, with neck arthritis, the smaller muscles that guide the motions of the neck become weaker, eventually leading to more rubbing and arthritis. By gently stretching these tight and restricted joints with specific hands on therapy and exercises, range of motion can be returned. While physical therapy cannot restore the cartilage or change the bony structure, it can certainly help your neck move better, become stronger, reduce pain and give you the power to stay healthier longer. Try this simple test See if you have restricted cervical joints. Stand with your back against the wall. Can you touch the back of your head to the wall while keeping your chin level? If you cannot, then your neck joints are limited and you need physical therapy to restore the range of motion.

Call REHABILITY if: • Your pain persists beyond 3 days • You have severe, unexplained pain or an injury • You have pain after driving or sitting at a computer all day

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• You can’t move without pain • You have poor range of motion

REHABILITY Staff Spotlight

Kingsley Fong is board-certified in acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He specializes in orthopedic and facial rejuvenation acupuncture, with vast experience in treating musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, digestive issues and allergies. Kingsley grew up in Tinton Falls, New Jersey and completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey as well. He studied Acupuncture at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, where he graduated with a Master’s of Science in Acupuncture. Kingsley has studied Taekwondo, Kenpo, and Muaythai for over 10 years. As a former martial arts instructor, Kingsley became interested in the healing properties of the internal martial arts and acupuncture. Now he practices Taiqi and Qigong on a daily basis in conjunction with acupuncture.

Kingsley Y. Fong, L.Ac. Dipl. Ac.

Chiropractic • Physical Therapy • Acupuncture

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“So professional!” “I was about to give up thinking there was no hope for me but then I read an article about “REHABILITY”. My husband dialed the number. It was the best phone call we ever made. They have helped me so much and the care that is given is remarkable. The difference in my mobility is incredible. If there is help for people with pain and immobility, you can be sure you will get it from them, they go above and beyond. As for the staff, they couldn’t be nicer. They are so professional and accommodating. I highly recommend REHABILITY to anyone who is experiencing any level of pain.” Susan T. “Thank you all so much!” “I had read a Rehability article that mentioned how my neck pain and headaches may be caused by improper use of my cell phone. It made a lot sense tome so I contacted the office for an appointment. Frommy initial visit, I was impressed by the caring and professional staff. The treatment and results I received was remarkable and the helpful posture tips that I learned I will definitely continue on my own. Thank you all so much!” Joanne M.

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“Is Your Digital Lifestyle Affecting Your Posture?” Discussing The Affects Of TEXT NECK Poor posture is something we normally do not think of as a contributor to neck and back pain. However, in our era of constantly being on smart phones, tablets, and computers, we often put our necks and backs in positions of prolonged stress. Over time, this contributes to increased stress to our vertebrae, disk and muscles supporting the spine.

Text neck is the term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. Of course, this posture of bending your neck to look down does not occur only when texting. For years, we’ve all looked down to read. The problem with texting is that it adds one more activity that causes us to look down—and people tend to do it for much longer periods. It is especially concerning because young, growing children could possibly cause permanent damage to their cervical spines that could lead to lifelong neck pain. We often see patients who have suffered from back and neck pain for years who could have been treated very easily when the pain started with simple postural corrections and stretches. If you have been suffering from back or neck pain, come see one of our therapists for an assessment of what is contributing to your pain.

Erika Caltagirone, PTA

Karen Ngai, Rehab Tech

Kingsley Fong, L. Ac, Dipl. Ac

Cristina Barthel, PT, DPT

Dr. Robert Chickara Chiropractor, Clinic Director

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Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you moving. Share this with a friend or family member to help keep them healthy too!

CERVICAL ROTATION Turn your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead. Alternate sides and repeat 5 times..

STRAIGHT-ARM PECTORAL STRETCH Stand in a doorway. Put your arm up against the doorway. Make sure the wall protects the front of your shoulder! Turn away - you should feel a stretch in your chest. Repeat 10 times.

Helps loosen tight muscles in the legs

Helps with neck and chest pain

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

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Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely

9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Rehability today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Back Pain Relief Consultation.

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