FYZICAL Therapy. The Connection Between Neck Pain & Headach…

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In partnership with Gold’s Gym Loveland (GGL), FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center Front Range is developing a state-of-the-art, 2,900 square foot facility within GGL. The partnership hopes to empower individuals to take control of their recovery and wellness through direct access to physical therapy, balance/dizziness protocols and healthy lifestyle products and services. The new partnership is designed to bridge the gap of health care and primary prevention, through exercise, and bring medical fitness to Loveland, CO. The vast array of unique approaches to treatment and recovery protocols available through this location are designed and delivered by a team of Doctors of Physical Therapy (“DPT’s”) and Certified Personal Trainers (“CPT’s”). Accessibility for ALL – including those using Medicare, traditional health insurance or direct pay – sets FYZICAL apart from other physical therapy providers and delivers superior outcomes. FYZICAL Loveland treatment spaces support a variety of therapeutic needs that include: • Neurological: Brain injuries, concussion assessments and protocols; nerve and pain disorder treatment; sciatica treatments. • Orthopedic: Recovery protocols for knee and hip replacements; sports-related, auto and work-related injury assessments and treatments. • Vestibular/Balance: Difficulty walking/gait assessments and training; balance testing and fall prevention; vestibular rehabilitation – dizziness and vertigo assessments, treatment and recovery protocols. • Spine/Lower Back: Reducing pain is the primary reason people seek physical therapy and low back pain is usually at the top of the list. “We use advanced technology and science to aid in the rehabilitation and recovery of our patients,” said Doug Wilson, owner of Fyzical Front Range which includes locations in Cheyenne, WY, Pine Bluff, WY, Fort Collins, COand now Loveland, CO. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Gold’s GymLoveland to develop a unique facility combining health care and fitness services within the same facility allowing each of us to provide the highest standard of ongoing care that our patients and Gold’s members have come to expect from us.” RINGING IN THE SEASON WITH OUR NEW LOCATION

THE CONNECTION BETWEE NECK PAIN & HEADACHES

HEADACHES HAVE A BAD HABIT OF MAKING THEIR APPEARANCE AT THE MOST INCONVENIENT TIMES. The middle of the workday, early in the evening when you have hours of responsibilities ahead of you, or even first thing in the morning when you are trying to pay attention to your morning meeting — headaches don’t care how important the work ahead of you is. When they start, they are hard to stop. There are all sorts of reasons why headaches may develop. From environmental factors like weather changes and exposure to certain perfumes or other scents, to stress and allerges, headaches happen to the best of us. However, there are some headaches that may be a bit more predictable than others. Factors like your posture, the type of mattress you sleep on, the pillow you use, or even the desk chair you sit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headaches because of the intricate network of nerves and muscles in your neck. The majority of the time, neck pain starts out as a seemingly small concern. A crick in your neck here or there may start to develop more frequently, and before you know it, your experience of neck pain is something you are dealing with daily. It isn’t always the result of something large. While being in a car accident or experiencing another sort of injury can definitely lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as simple to identify. Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watching TV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at an odd angle as you rest for the evening, or maybe as a result of your posture as you type at your desk every day, hunched over at the shoulders with your neck catching the brunt of your slouch. These poor habits are common, and most of us consider them to be harmless. Sure, you know it isn’t great for you, but what is actually going to happen? It’s a lot easier to slouch as you type, and who doesn’t want to catch a few late-night laughs as they fall asleep? But the reality is that these seemingly irrelevant habits could be putting undue stress on your neck, and if you aren’t careful, this could translate to regular and uncomfortable headaches that are difficult to get rid of. THE PROBLEM WITH POSTURE Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify whether or not your headaches may be the result of neck pain or strain. One of the most common causes

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of headaches due to neck pain is forward head position. Forward head position means that when you are resting your head, you are continuing to hold your head slightly forward, which is a type of slouching position. You can identify whether or not you have a forward head position by standing straight against the wall and determining whether or not your head rests against the wall as your back does. If your head does not touch the wall when you are standing straight, then you aren’t fully standing up straight! As years go by and day after day you continue to hold your head in this forward position, you can start to experience pain as a result of strain in the muscles of the neck. When this is an issue, working with a physical therapist may be able to help. Stretching the muscles in your neck to alleviate neck strain can reduce the severity and regularity of your headaches. Stretching the muscles that have grown tight along the back of your neck as well as those along the shoulders can help you find relief from the tension that is causing your pain. When dealing with neck pain, it is important to remember that safety has to come first. While there are many simple activities you can try at home to begin stretching your neck muscles, working with a physical therapist is the only way to ensure that you are stretching in a way that won’t potentially lead to greater injury. For more information, contact us.

E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S NECK FLEXION

Sit in a chair with good posture. Slowly lower your chin towards your chest as far as low as you comfortably can, then raise your head, looking up towards the ceiling as high as you comfortably can. Repeat 6 times.

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DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AQUATIC THERAPY?

We have some exciting news! FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center’s Cheyenne Location will be offering Aquatic Therapy services at the LCCC pool in the Recreation and Athletic Complex through early May 2020. Physical activity is important, and can help you live independently for as long as possible. However, if you have chronic aches and pains, it can be difficult to exercise. This lack of physical activity can make the condition worse and more difficult to live with. This is where aquatic therapy can really help you. Aquatic therapy offers a very safe environment in order for you to get your body moving again. The temperature of the water helps to reduce inflammation and pain. It also provides benefits to many of your other organs as well. Not only do we relieve your aches and pains quickly, we can help you maintain your new pain-free mobility. When it comes to Aquatic Therapy, FYZICAL Therapy is proud to take our rewarding methods of therapy into the water. We provide our patients with the best in aquatic therapy. The buoyancy, support and accommodating resistance of water enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive rehabilitation. The temperature of the water prompts muscle relaxation, facilitates stretching and generally reduces the sensation of pain. Some of the benefits include:

• Improve Strength and Endurance • Increase Range of Motion • Normalize Muscle Tone • Improve Balance and Coordination • Protect Joints During Exercise

• Improve Circulation • Decrease Swelling • Reduce Stress • Moderate Body Temperature

All classes will be instructed by a certified Physical Therapy Assistant on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:30 pm. All insurances accepted for aquatic therapy, or classes can be purchased for $40/week or $20 per class. If interested, contact the Cheyenne clinic at 307.772.0955 or by email at loveyourlife@fyzicalcenters.com.

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CHEYENNE 1217 A South Greeley Hwy Cheyenne, WY 82007 p: 307.772.0955

PINE BLUFFS 322 Main Street Pine Bluffs, WY 82082 p: 307.245.3858

LOVELAND (Inside Gold’s Gym)

FORT COLLINS 140 East Boardwalk Drive, Unit A Fort Collins, CO, 80525 p: 970.223.8293

910 E Eisenhower Blvd Loveland, CO, 80537 p: 970.541.2851

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• 2 cups white whole wheat flour • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 cup fresh cranberries • 1 teaspoon orange zest • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted • 3/4 cup fresh orange juice • 1 egg

Grease an 8×4 inch loaf pan. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a large bowl, add white whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cranberries, and orange zest. Gently stir. In a separate medium-sized bowl, add coconut oil, fresh orange juice, and an egg. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir to combine everything together. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes. Serve and enjoy! https://www.joyfulhealthyeats.com/moist-orange-cranberry-bread/

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