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Relief & Better Motion For Aching Necks ENJOY PRECIOUSMOMENTSWITHOUT PAIN!

Do you find your neck aching at the end of the day or stiff in the morning? Do you have headaches more than once a week? You are not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Over 15% of those, suffer from chronic neck pain and

27% with back pain. (continued inside)

INSIDE: • Key Areas To Focus On Reducing Neck Pain

• Healthy Recipe

• Patient Spotlight

• Exercise Essentials

Health & Fitness The Newsletter About Physical Therapy & Personal Training

“IS PAINRELIEF ONYOURRESOLUTIONS LIST?” Relief & Better Motion For Aching Necks

In a survey conducted with over 300 chronic pain sufferers, 59% reported an impact on the quality of their life and 77% of those surveyed reported feeling depressed. Even small amounts of pain, can lead to a downward spiral in quality of life, energy, and well-being. However, it doesn’t have to be this way and dependency on medication is not the answer. Discovering and treating the root cause of your pain is the answer. Physical therapy is the natural solution for treating the mechanical cause of your pain. The neck is an incredible part of your body with 7 vertebrae (bones), over 16 joints and many muscles in the front and back of your neck. The greatest concentration of muscles and tissues is in the upper neck, at the base of your skull. This is where many of the larger muscles that support the head attach, to support your head and neck. Needless to say, this is a very tightly packed area and muscle tension can affect blood flow to the scalp, causing headaches. Why does neck pain happen? There is a golden rule, that the structure of your body governs its function. Your body, especially your neck, relies on good flexibility, posture, strength and coordination. In our daily lives, we place tremendous strain and demand on our neck. Poor posture when sitting or stress causes weakness

in our postural muscles. In addition, this causes long-term damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the neck. This chronic strain and stress on the neck causes inflammation, which over time will increase aches and pains. Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Pre- vention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011.

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If you are experiencing neck pain, Fit 4 Life has a 95% success rate! Schedule an appointment today with the best quality therapist in Florida!

KEY AREAS TO FOCUS ON REDUCING NECK PAIN “ Think Of Your Neck As Machinery In A Car. ”

What can be done? Neck pain is most often relieved by simply restoring the proper movement and mechanics of the neck. Think of your neck much like the machinery in a car. Keeping it well maintained and in good alignment, will allow it to perform well. Here are the key areas you need to focus on to reduce your neck pain: • Have good posture when sitting and standing. • Restore your flexibility to the neck muscles and joints. • Strengthen your mid-back muscles and shoulders to support your neck. • Improve coordination of your neck muscles. • Eat well, reducing consumption of processed foods and food that increases inflammation in your body. • Seek professional help for aches and pains lasting more than 3 days. A physical therapist is the muscle and skeletal specialist who analyzes your posture and movement, then helps you restore posture, flexibility and strength. Why physical therapy relieves neck pain Many people have discovered the benefits of seeing a physical therapist first when they have aches and pains. Our physical therapists are experts in analyzing your posture and movement, spotting your true trouble source. From there, our medical training allows us to create a proper treatment plan that will quickly relieve your pain, improve your posture, mobility, strength and coordination. We even teach you how to maintain your improvements with specific, gentle exercises. Think of us as the

mechanics for your body. Come in for a regular tune up and your neck and back will be as good as new. To learn more about how our SPINE Program can help you eliminate your neck pain, call us today.

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Patient Spotlight

“I am no longer experiencing swelling!” “Before coming to Fit 4 Life, I just thought I would have to live with the fact that my legs would swell on and off and I would be in and out of the hospital. Thanks to Fit 4 Life, I am no longer experiencing swelling! I am very strong! I never thought I would gain balance and strength! Glory to God and the friendly, amazing and professional staff at Fit 4 Life for my health! I feel very blessed to have found such amazing personal trainers who not only focus on returning you back to health, but also are with you for every step of the process! I am truly blessed, grateful, and thankful!” – Stephanie K.



Corinne Cornelius PTA, Massage Therapist


I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, as well as, a licensed Massage Therapist here at Fit 4 Life. I was an honors graduate from South University’s PTA program and have also been a licensed Massage Therapist for 6+ years. My therapeutic and neuromuscular massage background combined with physical therapy has made a great difference in my patients toward their recovery. Being a part of my patient’s journey to recovery is truly my passion.


Healthy Recipe


INGREDIENTS: • 2 Tbsp Oil of your choice • 1 Yellow Onion, chopped • 1 Red Bell Pepper, chopped or sliced • 2 Small Zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced into half-moons • 4 oz Diced Green Chilies • 1 Diced Jalapeno (or you can omit if you don’t

• 4 large Grilled Chicken Tenders either Cooked or Frozen • 1 28 ounce can Crushed Tomatoes • 1 ½ tsp Cumin • ½ tsp Chili Powder • ½ Cup Water • 1 15 ounce can Black Beans • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil • 1 ½ tsp Coarse Real Salt • 4 Cups Chicken Broth

• 2 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro

TO GARNISH: • Fat-free or Light Sour Cream • Chopped Cilantro • Salsa • Corn Tortilla Chips • Diced Avocado • Lime Slices • Cheddar Cheese

like the heat and flavor) • 4 cloves Garlic, minced

DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large dutch oven or stockpot, add oil and heat on medium-low. 2. Add the onion, peppers, zucchini, chilies, and jalapeño. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften. 3. Add the garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes. 4. Add the rest of the ingredients. 5. Bring to a boil and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are all soft. 6. Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and other garnishes, and check seasonings. Add more salt and pepper if desired.

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Exercise Essentials

Try these exercises to get you moving... CHIN TUCK SITTING Sit with good posture. Tuck your chin and gently nod ‘yes’. Repeat 6 times.

Exercises copyright of

Helps Neck Pain

SCALENE STRETCH Sit with good posture. Hold the front of your neck with your hand. Look up into the corner away from your hand. You should feel a stretch in the front part of your neck. Repeat 6 times.

Improves Neck Mobility

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 Physical Therapists or Personal Trainers: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely It’s Never Too Late To Get Fit & Active!

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle

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