Oakland PT- Happy Holidays!

NEWSLETTER Frank Kava DPT • Kristie Kava DscPT

Happy Holidays! We are smack dab in the middle of the busy holiday season. Now is the time for cooking, shopping, holiday parties, travel and many other activities that keep you busy. At Oakland Physical Therapy we understand that you need to have all the energy you can get and move freely without pain, to keep up with the demands of the season. We are here to help you feel better so you can enjoy the holidays with your family and friends. If you are in need of some holiday cheer stop by just to say hello. You are always welcome here and we are interested in how you have been feeling since we have seen you last! From Our Family To Yours


FrankKavaDPTand KristieKavaDscPT U nderstanding STRESS n eck P ain & HeadacHes

Do you suffer from frequent neck aches, headaches and stress? Most people equate stress with high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke. But did you know headaches, dizziness, neck and shoulder pain often come from stress? Chronic headaches, usually accompanied by extreme fatigue are almost always a sign of stress. People literally liveonTylenoland Ibuprofen foryearsbecause they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms from the high amount of stress in their life. A concern with those who have frequent headaches, is a higher risk of depression and anxiety. The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range from minor nagging pains, to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign you are under a lot of stress. Prolonged stress can result in muscle tension changes, making you feel stiff, achy and painful in the neck or shoulders. One may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who are under a great deal of stress complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The

most intense pain usually lies directly in the back and upper sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why most people who are stressed treat themselves to frequent neck and shoulder massages. Real Relief While massages help to relieve some symptoms, physical therapy goes far beyond to evaluate and treat the root cause of your pain. Muscular tightness may lead to poor joint movement and weakness. Our physical therapy experts are trained in specialized hands-on treatments to quickly reduce your pain. Furthermore, enjoy the added benefits of improved motion,posturecorrectionandpreventing theproblem from reoccurring. We train you in gentle exercises and self-help techniques to prevent the physical changes from prolonged stress. Regularly shedding your daily tensions through movement, physical therapy and physical activity can help you remain calm and clear in everything that you do, helping you live a happy, pain-free life. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching neck or headache.

• Neck Painand Stress • Patient Success Spotlight • Upcoming Workshops • Holiday Recipe INSIDE:

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YOU CAN RELIEVE Neck Pain & Headaches Naturally!

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 every day activities. According to the National InstituteofHealthStatistics,neckpainand headaches are the second most common form of pain, experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source of the headache 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. In addition 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 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 thecanal or where thenerves exit, can lead to a condition named spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches with our SPINE program. 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 SPINE Program eliminates your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

If you are experiencing these symptoms talk to us about the SPINE program at Oakland Physical Therapy Difficulty turning your head from side to side Pain at the area where the neck and the upper back meet Poor posture Neck or shoulder pain that interferes with your sleep Stiff neck Pain when reaching for objects overhead Limited ability to exercise Unable to work due to pain Neck pain that radiates into your shoulders

Chocolate Hazelnut Biscotti INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup chocolate hazelnut spread

(recommended: Nutella) 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl combine the butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, sugar, and brown sugar. Using an electric mixer, cream the ingredients together, about 4 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Add the hazelnuts and stir until just combined. Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet, spacing the mounds about 4 inches apart. Use the tines of a fork to flatten the cookie dough. Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 10 to 12 minutes. Use a metal spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

If you, or a loved one, has pain, join us in a complimentary informative workshop on common causes, treatments, and prevention of your pain. Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop Saturday, December 16 Saturday, January 20 Saturday, February 17 10am COMPLIMENTARY WORKSHOPS

Patient Success Spotlight

“I couldn’t be happier, or more grateful!”

“I’ve been physically active my whole life – from competitive figure skating in my youth, to strength training, Pilates, kick-boxing and running on a regular basis as an adult. Three years ago, low back and hip pain eventually led to a trip to the ER, followed up with a misdiagnosis of “possible” disc bulging/slipping/herniation/sciatica. Three months with a Doctor recommended physical therapist and complete lack of physical activity, gave me back my functional movement, but any attempt to return to prior activity levels led to chronic pain, frustration and life on the couch with my heating pad. My pain continued to worsen, and I truly felt that no one in the medical community that I spoke with was listening to me about my history or the source of my pain. Then a friend told me about their experience with Oakland Physical Therapy. When I looked on the website and saw that not only was Kristie Kava an Orthopedic PhysicalTherapist, but that she incorporated Pilates and pelvic stability into her practice, I felt hope for the first time in a long while. At my first visit, she spent more than an hour with me, asking about my history and doing a complete and thorough physical exam. Her knowledge, skills and professionalism are highly impressive and those, coupled with the care and compassion that she has shown me have made all the difference. Four months of a plan personalized for me, and a lot of motivation and hard work have given me my life back and I couldn’t be happier, or more grateful! I’m so looking forward to gradually returning to my active lifestyle and I would shout my recommendation of Oakland.” -M.D.

Exercise in the Management of Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Tuesday, January 9 6pm

Call (248) 380-3550 or email us at: mail@oaklandphysicaltherapy.com

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

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Graspyourarmon theaffectedsideand tiltyourheaddownward into the armpit.Useyouroppositehand toguideyourhead further into thestretch.

Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

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

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