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“How Can I Take On The New Year, When My Neck Pain Won’t Allow Me To Look Forward To A New Start? ” Take Care Of Your Health To Enjoy Everything The New Year Has To Offer You

teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to that aching neck! Are You Hurting Your Neck While You Sleep? We spend one third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, how you sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support of your body. When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck and spine are supported. There are many different types of beds on the market today which can be very confusing for consumers. The best type of bed is the one that you try out and feel most comfortable using. Typically, a bed that is firm underneath, with a softer top helps to provide support as well as contour your body. If your mattress is old, then think about investing in a new one so that your neck and spine are supported well. The best positions to sleep in for your spine are on your back or sides. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck. Over the hours of repetitive sleeping on your stomach, you can damage the joints of your spine and compress the nerves exiting your spine. Use a pillow to help support your body and take the weight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on your back, place a pillow under the backs of your thighs and knees. This should place your knees in a slight, supported bend which takes pressure off your lower back. If you sleep on your side, be sure to put a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the alignment of your spine, and takes the pressure of your upper leg off the spine. Have 1-2 pillows under your head to keep your neck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half. The lower half goes under the shoulders, while the upper half supports the neck. Our physical therapists at Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy can show you exercises, stretches and techniques to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life!

Mechanical Neck Pain Mechanical pain usually starts from changes in the neck joints. As discs start to collapse, the space between the neck bones narrows, and the joints may become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in the middle part of the neck. However, it may spread from the neck into the upper back or to the outside of the shoulder in some cases. Radiculopathy Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals. The pressure or irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in the muscles or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in the spine muscles can cause abnormal pressure on the nerves and increased chance of radiculopathy. If you are suffering from neck pain, our SPINE Program is ideal to quickly relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. From long-term neck pain, to recovering from a complicated surgery, we can relieve your pain quickly, returning your natural mobility and strength. Our treatments are designed to help ease pain and to improve flexibility, strength, posture and function. We even

“ Have an older adult in your life? Want them to activity safely, with greater confidence? A physical therapist can help!”

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FREE CHECK-UP SERVICE We may discharge your condition, but our relationship is for life.

To improve our service to you we are now offering FREE CHECK-UPS TO ALL OF OUR PAST PATIENTS Come in for a Free check up with your therapist!

What is a FREE check up? A Health and Mobility screening to assess pain and function that can help prevent pain before it starts. During your checkup, your PT will be able to assess your weaknesses and give you an exercise routine to help you gain strength and mobility. Get a healthier start to the new year by calling and scheduling your Free Check up today. Do you know someone that could benefit from therapy? Bring them with you to your check up and we will perform a free screening for them.

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Christmas Potluck Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy celebrated their Christmas Potluck: Dirty Santa!

• Matt Loggins: In-House Referrals Award • Sarah Stephens: % Prescribed Award & Leadership Award • Robin Wilson: Above and Beyond Award • Kelli Meeks: Spirit Award Staff Awards

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Mrs. Margaret’s Cornbread Salad INGREDIENTS: • Cornbread • 2 bunches of green onions • Small can of mexicorn corn or whole kernel corn – drained

• 2 tomatoes – Cut into chunks • 1 bell pepper • Mayo to taste • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation: Bake cornbread. Break into chunks. Add green onions, corn, tomatoes, bell pepper, Mayo, salt and pepper into bowl. Mix together, chill and serve.

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ATTENTION NECK & BACK PAIN SUFFERERS! • Did you get hurt over the holidays? • Did putting together presents or taking down decorations get you down? Get A Jump Start On A New Year & New You! COME IN FOR A FREE SCREENING

This has been a two fold success! “I am 110% better. This has been a two fold success. I can now use my left arm and my neck. I am able to do the flowing things with no pain: housework, sleeping and driving. I can even get the dishes out of the dishwasher with my right hand.” - K.M. Pain medicine is no longer needed! “I sleep so much better at night! Pain medicine is no longer needed and all of my daily activities like housework, yard work, etc. has gotten much better. I can use my hand digger for my garden so much better now.” - J.B. Professional while still being friendly! “When I came in, I was in severe pain. I had little ROM, neck muscles were very tight and I had a huge knot underneath my right scapula. Matt and Garrett both worked with me to develop a strategy that would tackle each problem I came in with. The exercises and stretches even pushed along recovery from a recent surgery! Not only is the whole staff knowledgeable, but they are professional while still being friendly and personal. My recovery plan wasn’t just aimed towards my muscles, stability and physical recovery, but towards my mental and emotional also.” - D.C.

Practice News

Congratulations Gregory & Emilea!

We would like to welcome Gregory and congratulate Emilea on her new baby.

Kelli Meeks celebrates her 2nd anniversary working with Lonoke & ProMotion PT January 19th! Kelli’s 2ND ANNIVERSARY!

Lonoke & ProMotion Physical Therapy extends to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

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Happy New Year!

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to help maintain a healthy spine...

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds.

CHIN TUCK SUPINE Lie with roll under neck. Without lifting head, tuck chin gently. Keep the large muscles in the neck relaxed. Hold for 30 seconds.

Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

Helps decrease neck pain

Care to Share Who do you know that needs our help? Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. www.simpleset.net

Each month we have a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card!

Care enough to Share how physical therapy helped you. Who do you know that could benefit from therapy? Send them our way, they will thank you and so will we. Each month we have a drawing for a Wal-Mart gift card for our patients that refer people to us. Get in the game and get the word out. The more people you refer, the more chances you have to win.

Mrs. Earline won the past month’s drawing! Congratulations!

Cut out the card below and give it to someone who could benefit from therapy.

Aches & Pains? We Offer FREE Screenings Your insurance will not be charged. Let Us Help You With Your Pain Call Today!

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