Oakland PT_Relieving Neck Pain

NEWSLETTER Frank Kava DPT • Kristie Kava DScPT

Do you end your day with a pain in the neck? Our expert therapists are trained specifically in treating patients suffering from neck pain and headaches and we work to obtain optimal results. Call our office today to schedule a complimentary screening for your neck or back pain. Natural PainRelief For Your NeckPain



"LifeDoesn't Have toBe APain In TheNeck!"

Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain with movement, stopping you from enjoying life’s activities. Neck pain is very common affecting approximately 2/3rds of the population at one point or another. People with neck pain suffer mainly from one of the following conditions: Degenerative Disc Disease The discs are the fluid filled sacs between the bones of your neck. The normal aging process shrinks the discs and dries them out. Repeated stress and strain also weakens the tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, the disc loses its ability to absorb shock. In turn, this causes rubbing and changes in the shape of the joints in your neck, which can be painful. Muscle Strain When there is an injury to the neck or you overuse the shoulder and neck muscles, a strain can occur. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. 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 teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching neck!

• Life Doesn’t Have To Be a Pain In The Neck • Are You Hurting Your NeckWhen You Sleep? • Patient Success Spotlight • Upcoming Workshops INSIDE:

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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. As part of our SPINE Program, our physical therapists 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 our SPINE Program and discover how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life! UFTs + Levator Scapul e | Stretch Seq Exercises designed by Neil Trickett, Mar 7 2018


Sit with good posture Hold onto base of chair to anchor shoulder Rest opposite hand gently on top of head

Execution: Hold each stretch about 10 seconds. Use top of head to guide the movement. Relax the stretch moving between positions. 1. Nose straight down. 2. Nose toward nipple line. 3. Nose toward armpit. 4. Neck to side, looking straight ahead. 5. Ear toward armpit, looking toward opposite corn


Use hand on top of head to pull gently, increasi stretch.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls Healthy and Tasty, No-Bake Recipe

Staff Spotlight

Chelsea Virant, DPT Chelsea Virant graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Bachelor’s degree in Biol- ogy. She went to receive her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Midwestern University in Illinois in 2016. During her gradu- ate study, Chelsea took part in establishing a Fall Prevention Program focusing on educating a local assisted living facility on ex-

INGREDIENTS • 2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats • ½ cup of ground flax seed • 1 tablespoon of black chia seeds • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon • ½ cup of raw honey • ½ cup of peanut butter • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder • ½ cup of dark chocolate chips INSTRUCTIONS 1. Add rolled oats, ground flax seed, chia seeds, cinnamon, honey, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and vanilla protein powder to food processor. 2. Pulse until ingredients are blended (about 7-9 times). 3. Add mixture to a large bowl, add in chocolate chips. Stir to combine. 4. Form energy bite mixture into 1” balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet. 5. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours. 6. Serve! Author: Krista @ https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/no-bake-chocolate-peanut-butter-energy-balls/

ercises and current research to reduce fall risk. She also wrote a systematic review on Parkinson’s disease and dual-taking with help of her professor during her doctorate work. Chelsea believes in maintaining a high quality of care with every patient and treating each patient with care and compassion. She enjoys yoga, running, fitness and cooking.

If you, or a loved one, has pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS

Patient Success Spotlight

“Shortly after the holidays, I developed back pain to the point that I was unable to put on my socks! This was very disturbing since I am an active person. I started working with Chelsea in January. She was able to analyze my problem, and structure the proper therapy and home exercises that have enabled me to resume my normal life. I highly recommend Oakland Physical Therapy and Chelsea! The techs are helpful and friendly. It’s been an overall great experience.” - B. H. “An overall great experience.” Exercise Essential


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Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Saturday, April 14th • 10am Saturday, May 5th • 10am Rotator Cuff Injury Workshop Tuesday, May 15th at 6:00 PM Call (248) 380-3550 or email us at: mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com

Start position

1 - Nose straight down


2 - Nose to nipple line

3 - Nose to armpit

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4 - Neck to side

5 - Ear to armpit, look toward opposite corner


Sit with good posture Hold onto base of chair to anchor shoulder Rest opposite hand gently on top of head

Execution: Hold each stretch about 10 seconds. Use hand on top of head to guide the movement. Relax the stretch when moving between positions. Nose straight down. Nose toward nipple line. Nose toward armpit. Neck to side, looking straight ahead. Ear toward armpit, looking toward opposite corner. Progression: Use hand on top of head to pull gently, increasing the stretch.

26850 Providence Parkway Suite 365 Novi, MI 48374 Frank Kava DPT and Kristie Kava DScPT


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