Rehability December 2016 Newsletter

H e a l t h & F i t n e s s The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

“I first learned of Rehability when I noticed one of their ads that suggested howmy neck pain and headachesmay be caused by improper use of my cell phone. It made a lot sense to me so I contacted the office for an evaluation. From my initial visit, I was impressed by the caring and professionalism of the entire staff. The treatment and results I received was remarkable and the helpful posture tips that I learned I will definitely continue on my own.” Thank you all so much!” -Joanne M Remarkable Treatment!

Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

It’s the end of the day and your head is pounding and your neck is aching. Was it the work you were doing? 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 provide movement while the discs in between the bones, give support and shock absorption. In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, computers and watching TV your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated. The fact is that even the simplest movements can cause short periods of neck pain. Yet some of usmay 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-head posture and rounded back. This is very common if you 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. Sincemany headaches stem fromproblems with neckmovement and posture, it is wise that you see a physical therapist; amuscle and skeletal expert to help you. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck and nagging headache for good with our SPINE Program. Call us today for more information!

Discover ways to relieve your neck pain Stretching for Neck Pain Relief

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, before you start taking any headache 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 SPINE Program to relieve your headache and neck pain!

Call REHABILITY if: • Your neck pain persists beyond 3 days • You have severe, unexplained headaches

Get Answers For Neck Pain. Call: (732) 780-6230

• You have pain after driving or sitting at a computer all day • You can’t turn your neck from side to side without pain • You have poor range of motion in your neck

Experiencing Neck Pain?

Your Smartphone Could Be The Culprit REHABILITY’s specialists provide relief for those suffering from smartphone-induced neck pain.

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A Great Yoga Pose for Neck Pain For Fast Headache Relief Try This:

The combination of neck rotation and shoulder adduction creates a therapeutic release for the neck. The action of threading the arm through and placing weight onto the shoulder stretches the forearm, biceps, shoulder blade, and neck. One of the rotator cuff muscles that is located in the infraspinous fossa of the scapula (shoulder blade) is the infraspinatus. The infraspinatus muscles assists in adducting the shoulder in thread the needle. The weight of the body on the shoulder blade is a great stretch for this muscle as well. Options to support the head with a blanket can add ease and restoration to a sometimes challenging posture.

Ellen Policastri, L. Ac.

Dr. Robert Chickara Chiropractor, Clinic Director

Erika Caltagirone, PTA

Cristina Barthel, PT, DPT

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Health Tip: Prevent Backpack Back Pain

Here are some simple tips to make sure your student is not feeling back pain on top of loads of homework. 1. Try to limit the backpack load to less than 10 pounds. 2. Evenly distribute the weight throughout the backpack using pockets and compartments. This will encourage better posture. 3. Wear the backpack higher up on the back with both straps tightly secured. This decreases the bag’s weight from the hips and closer to the person’s center of gravity and lowering the stress on the spine, improving balance. Use the cross-chest strap if your backpack has one.

Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you moving. Share this with a friend or family member to help keep them healthy too!

CERVICAL CHIN TUCK AND RETRACTION - SUPINE WITH TOWEL While lying on your back with a small folded up towel under your head, tuck your chin towards your chest. Also, focus on putting pressure on the towel with the back of your head. Your head should maintain contact with the towel the entire time. SCALENE STRETCH Place your hands overlapping on your breast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck. Helps Neck Pain Helps Headaches

Who do you know that needs our help?

Refer a Friend Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The Following? 9 Move without pain 9 Bend and move freely

9 Balance confidently and securely 9 Sit for long periods comfortably 9 Walk for long distances 9 Live an active and healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Rehability today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Back Pain Relief Consultation.

Call Today! 732-780-6230

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Cal l Today! Tel : 732-780-6230 Fax: 732-780-6232 INSIDE Great Yoga Pose For Neck Pain!

Robert Chickara, DC Cristina Barthel, PT, DPT Erika Caltagirone, PTA Ellen Policastri, L.Ac

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