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“Reach Out For Pain Relief Goals!” IS LIFE A PAIN IN THE NECK?
Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you unhappy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? Often, it is caused by amuscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area contributes to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in themirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? This is a sign of underlying joint or muscle problems. Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine increases your neck mobility, improves your posture, regains your muscle strength and teaches you how tomaintain your neck health. If you are having headaches or neck pain, call us today to relieve your pain. (Continued inside)
NECK PAIN 101
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situations in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height. Addressing the Core Problem. The majority of neck and head pain can be helped with one simple strategy: strength building. It frequently happens that the absolute cause of the start of a pain in the neck or head is a result of poor posture or quickened motion, and building core strength, as well as strength in the neck, can make a huge difference in your ability to handle tasks without experiencing chronic pain. Keep in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting to treat the pain at home can be dangerous and may not be effective. Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains.
In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck. The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of the day, and while over-the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. The biggest problem posed by cervical arthritis is that the pain will typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of
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DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE
At Fritz Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get Fritz Physical Therapy if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program www.fritzphysicaltherapy.com
THE PHYSICAL THERAPIST’S GUIDE TO HEALTHY RUNNING We all know that running is great exercise for our bodies, but often people stop due to knee or lower leg pain. This can happen for a variety of reasons, but usually ones that we are not aware of. Over 50 million Americans deal with some sort of knee trouble, as the knees are the second most common injured joint, the first being the joints in the spine. Therefore, it is essential to know what you can do to prevent knee troubles from even starting. Most all knee and leg pain can be attributed to the following issues: • Poor muscular strength • Imbalance of muscular strength with certain muscles stronger and others weaker • Poor muscular coordination • Poor biomechanics of walking/running • Lack of flexibility
Common injuries with running or exercising: • Patellofemoral pain • Meniscus tears and pain • Ligament injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL) • Osteoarthritis • Shin splints • Hamstring pulls • Achilles tendonitis
Warm-up: Warming up your body prior to running by slowly moving the legs and trunk through various motions which contract and stretch the running muscles is called dynamic stretching. These are helpful for avoiding injury from overloading the muscles and joints before the blood flow and muscle flexibility is adequate. If you are not sure which warm up and cool down exercises are best for running or jogging, give us a call, and schedule a free consultation with one of our Fritz Physical Therapists. Don’t push through pain While feeling a stretching sensation or muscle burn is a normal part of exercising, feeling pain is not. Persistent, sharp or dull pain can be like an indicator light in your car: a warning sign that tells you to slow down, stop, and get it “checked out”.
Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise to relieve neck pain...
CERVICAL CHIN TUCK SUPINE WITH TOWEL While lying on your back with a small rolled up towel under the curve of your neck, tuck your chin towards your chest. Maintain contact of your head with the surface you are lying on the entire time. Stretches Neck
The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.
No Doctor Referral Necessary Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Pennsylvania you have direct access to chiropractic care and physical therapy!
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