Advanced Balance PT: Neck Pain and Stress

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IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? LOOK FORWARD TO A HAPPY & PAIN FREE LIFE! Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress- related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. (continued inside)

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INSIDE : • Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? • Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

• Practice News • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes


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Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress?

Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: · Muscle tightness and spasms · Headache · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stress, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy.

If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call Advanced Balance Physical Therapy today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve a full range of motion once more.

Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy.

Discover how our team of specialists at Advanced Balance PhysicalTherapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Red Snapper Arugula Salad

• 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp grated lemon • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp minced garlic • 3/4 tsp kosher salt • 6 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets • 1/4 tsp black pepper • 5 ounces baby arugula • 1/4 cup sliced red onion • 2 ounces Romano cheese • 6 lemon wedges

Stretches Neck

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.

Combine3 tablespoonsoil, rind, juice,andgarlic ina largebowl,stirringwellwitha whisk.Stir in1/4 teaspoonsalt.Sprinklefishwith remaining1/2 teaspoonsaltand pepper.Heata largenonstickskilletovermedium-highheat.Add11/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 3 fillets, skin side down; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until skin is golden and crisp. Turn fillets; cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove fish from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean; repeat procedure with remaining oil and remaining 3 fillets. Add arugula to dressing; toss.Top with onion and cheese. Serve salad with fillets and lemon wedges.

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Practice News

San Pedro girls Soccer team participate in Advanced Balance Injury Prevention Program Over the next 5 weeks, these young athletes will participate in a seminar series to address current concepts essential to improving performance and preventing common injuries including: Static and Dynamic Stretching, Flexibility, Warm-up, Controlled Mobility, Agility, Speed and Coordination. Training will consist of assessment, discussion, and activity to promote each players motor development. At the end of the program each participant will have an objective measure of improvement and understand the foundational movement concepts essential to preventing common injuries. Call today for more information!

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Advanced Balance Studio Group Fitness Stretch Class We encourage the continuation of our client’s current healthcare trends, as long as it does not hinder movement, motivation, self-image, or positive outlook. We would like to provide a non-threatening service as an adjunct to your current fitness choices, where you will benefit from our expertise in the neuromusculoskeletal system, principles of mobility, neuromuscular control, flexibility, agility, coordination with integration of vestibular challenges at the appropriate level, intensity, and mode through dynamic stretching, foam rolling, static stretches, and mindfulness breathing.


These classes will be designed to target individuals who want to focus on: • General mobility (All Stretch) - It will help the mom who wants to unwind, or the young adult who has never been able to reach his/ her toes. • Age sensitive (Ease into stretch) - Designed at a slower pace with easier transitions and modifications accommodating age related changes integrating functional transitions i.e floor to stand, stand to floor. • Athlete/Sport specific (Sport Stretch) - Higher intensity and sport specific movements to challenge controlled mobility, endurance, cardiovascular training and meant to be done before or after a workout—or as a substitute for a recovery day. “This will be the athletes new day off.” We will use elements that have existed for a long time, but will be organized using a mindfulness-based fitness session, accommodate injuries or post rehabilitation needs and end with breathing training as a practical alternative to meditation for people who cannot meditate.

The classes will include the following routine guidelines - warm-up (5-10 minutes), dynamic stretch techniques 20-30 minutes, static stretching techniques (10 minutes), foam rolling techniques (10 minutes), and mindfulness breathing techniques (5 minutes). Training Attendaclassonceaweek:Callorvisitwww.advancedbalancestudio. com to schedule and choose between classes: Ease into Stretch, Sport Stretch or All Stretch. Pricing 4 Week Sessions: $100 Walk-In Rate: $30 (paid prior to start of class) Terms & Conditions May be cancelled at any time after the initial two (2) months of sessions; no refund for unused classes.

1921 N Gaffey St. Suite I and J San Pedro, CA 90731

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