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Marathon Monthly December 2018 Physical Therapy

Meet Our Newest Physical Therapist, Abigail Morales

Please meet our newest Physical Therapist, Abigail Morales. Abigail joined the Marathon Physical Therapy team this past month and will be available for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We are so very excited to have her! Abigail has been practicing physical therapy since 1999, with almost 20 years of clinical experience. She earned her PT degree from Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Philippines, whichwasoneof the fourpioneering schools for physical therapy at the time. Abigail grew up in the city of Manila and moved to New York City in 2001. Abigail initially chose to go into physical therapy because she believed it would be a good prerequisite for medical school. But then she became much more interested in the field during her internship years and fell in love with the profession soon thereafter. She has a multitude of experience in many settings including working for an orthopedic surgeon.

Abigail is a mom to two children- her 12 year old son Andres, and her 8 year old daughter Gabriela. Her children are her pride and joy and are both avid chess players. Her husband, Rafael, is also a physical therapist. Abigail has many hobbies including readingnovels,watchingsports (she is a volleyball player and plays table tennis), attending broadway shows, going to museums, and enjoying events such as Book Con, NY Comic Con, and the Big Chocolate Show. She guiltily admits that she has an addiction to chocolate. Two of her favorite eateries are Mizumi and Foughnuts, right here in Great Neck! Please don’t hesitate to introduce yourself to her and to get to know her!

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Stretching for Neck Pain Relief

Sudoku Puzzle Neck pain and headaches typically come from poor posture and tight muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back. This produces what is called a forward head posture. By stretching the tight muscles along the back of your neck, as well as strengthening the muscles at the front of the neck, neck pain can be relieved. Correcting bad posture can be as simple as strengthening the abdominal region. However, keep in mind that when dealing with a forward- head posture, you will also have forward- rounded shoulders and increased curvature

of the upper spine. Our physical therapists are experts in posture evaluation and treatment, helping you even if you have quite severe changes. It’s never too late! Tight muscles are a big factor in most neck pain and headaches. Stretching the muscles of your chest and strengthening the muscles of the middle back helps. For long term benefits, learning the right exercises can make a big difference in preventing neck pain and headaches from returning.

Therefore,beforeyoustart takinganyheadache medicine for chronic neck pain, you might want to analyze your body posture first. Finding tension in your neck or limited range of motion in your spine might be the cause. Correcting it through physical therapy might be a simple solution for your headaches and neck pains. Call us today to learn more about our how to relieve your headache and neck pain.

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Patient Success Story

Laser Therapy Head-to-Toe Treatment

Bell’sPalsy Cervicalgia CervicalFacetPain CervicalRadiculopathy Headache PinchedNerve Sinusitis TMJ Head/Neck


Abdominal Strain Fibromyalgia Rib Injury

DiscHerniation Spinal Stenosis Facet Joint Syndrome

Lumbar/Sacral Radiculopathy SciaticPain


RotatorCuff Injury AdhesiveCapsulitis Tendonitis/Bursitis

PostSurgical Rehabilitation PectoralisStrain

“When I first came to Marathon Physical Therapy the sides of my neck were stiff and could only rotate up to a certain degree. In about 8 weeks I can rotate fully and may be off by a few degrees. I also had a muscle soreness by my elbow at the tendons. It is also way better now. Michael has done a tremendous job with me. I would definitely recommend Marathon Physical Therapy to my family and friends. The entire crew is very nice and organized.“ - Andy B. “I Would Definitely Recommend MPT”


Hip and Upper Leg

Epicondylitis Bursitis UlnarNerve Pathologies

Bursitis/Capsulitis Piriformis Syndrome

Tendonitis CarpalTunnelSyndrome Dupuytren’sContracture Wrist/Hand

Knee and Lower Leg

Shin Splints Meniscal Injuries Arthritis Hamstring Injuries

AchillesTendinopathy PlantarFasciitis Morton'sNeuroma TarsalTunnel Syndrome Sprain/Strain Ankle/Foot

Healthy Recipe Stuffed Zucchini Boats 877.627.3858 @

Have You Met Your Deductible Yet? Have you met your annual insurance deductible or out of pocket maximum? If you have, your therapy may be free or you may have just a small co-payment. How do you check to see if you have met these limits? You can call your insurance and ask them or you can call us and we will gladly check your benefits for you. Do More, Feel Better & Save Money This Holiday Season!

INGREDIENTS • Four medium-sized zucchinis • One 5oz log of goat cheese

• 1-2 cups of marinara sauce • Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice zucchini lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet. Using 1/2 of the goat cheese, spread small amount into the zucchini and cover with marinara sauce. Drop dots of remaining cheese over the marinara, bake until cheese is soft and marinara is bubbling (about 20 minutes).

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Relieving Neck Pain And Headaches!

The fact is that even the simplest movementscancauseshortperiods of neck pain. Yet some of us may actually be experiencing chronic neck pain. Simple, repetitive movements can lead to prolonged muscle tightness, which can take time to show symptoms. In comparison, muscle strains happen with quick jolts such as an injury or lifting something too heavy. How neck pain can go to your head. Headaches can stem from tightness in the neck muscles at the back of the neck, which is brought about by a forward-headpostureand rounded back. This is very common if you

It’s the end of the day and your head ispoundingandyourneck isaching. Was it theworkyouweredoing?Was it the stress or the way you were sitting? Your neck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck providemovement,while thediscs in between thebonesgivesupportand shock absorption. In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, beingonyourcomputerandathome watching TV, your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated.

work at a computer or sit a lot. In this position the spine is strained. Try to stand up tall with your back against a wall. How far away from the wall is the back of your head? If you have a forward head posture, your head will be quite far from the wall. The forward head position puts a strain on the neck muscles resulting in general muscle tension in the head. This can affect blood flow to the scalp, resulting in a headache. Pain can be referred from the neck to behind the eyes or forehead and even one sided headaches around the temples.

Pounding headaches at the back of the head can be related to neck muscle tightness and limited movement. Since many headaches stem from problems with neck movement and posture, it is wise that you see a physical therapist. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck and nagging headache for good. Call us today for more information! Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to those aches and pains!

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Dear Valued Client, We want to celebrate the holiday season by giving back to our past and present patients. We are offering one day of FREE exams to show our appreciation to those who have filled our practice over the past couple of years. Spots are filling up and I wanted to make sure YOU had an opportunity to reserve your spot. This is our BIG THANK YOU for allowing us to serve you. To thank you, our valued clients, we are having a day of completely Free Exams for: • All past patients • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present patients If you are a past or present patient, then contact our clinic to schedule your Free Exam. If you are referring a friend or family member, give them the certificate on the back of this letter and have them call our clinic to schedule their Free Exam. Just to review:

The Free Exam consists of a 30 minute one-on-one appointment with a Physical Therapist. The PT will talk with you about the history of your problem.They will examine how you are moving and determine if your strength is sufficient. After this exam, they will provide you with a written copy of their analysis: 1. The cause of your pain or problem. 2. A plan for successful resolution of your problem. The appointments are free, but are limited as each PT only has 10 spots. Please contact our clinic to schedule your Free Exam.

The Free Exam is ideal for people suffering with:

• Low Back Pain • Arthritis • Sciatica • Neck Pain • Headaches

• Shoulder Pain • Knee Pain

• Problems Walking • Balance Troubles

If you are having pain or problems with day-to-day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our world-class therapists and find out the cause of your problem. Contact our clinic to schedule your Free Exam for Thursday, December 13th. Sincerely, Negin

Marathon Physical Therapy

PS - As a special bonus, all people attending a Free Exam on Thursday, December 13th will receive a free Marathon Physical Therapy T-shirt!



Marathon Physical Therapy

CERTIFICATE FOR FREE EXAM In Celebration Of The Holiday Season the Bearer of this Certificate is entitled to One Free Exam on Thursday, December 13th, 2018.


Please call our clinic as soon as possible to schedule your Free Exam.

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