Fyzical El Paso: Neck Pain & Stress





It has been busy at Fyzical El Paso lately! We are happy to have had our Joe Battle location up and running for a few weeks now. The beginning was a learning curve with getting everything situated and changing how our practice operated, our willing and cooperative team continues to make it successful! Our mission is for our patients to see a consistency in delivery of services across our clinics, with the same level of attention and expertise each visit. We are happy to announce that we have made a couple of changes in our Fyzical El Paso team, as well! Matt Lares PT, DPT is a new teammember at our Northeast clinic and AdamVargas PT. DPT is a teammember who hasmoved fromour Northeast location to our Joe Battle clinic. We are very excited to have added Matt to our team. He is an eager learner and we intend to feed that eagerness immediately. We currently have two training programs finalized for him and we are working on the third. Hold on to your hat Matt were just getting started! Level 3 training is the highest level of training in the field of balance and dizziness, and we are excited to have Adam as a part of it, along with Justin Valdez PT, DPT, clinic director Roy Kohn PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, and several other staff members, too numerous tomention! In addition, Kate Roby PT, DPTfromour Northeast office has recently completed her level 2 training in women’s health! Wewill have rolled out or women’s health program by the time you read this so if that’s a need you have please give us a call, we’re here to help. Our team has such a strong willingness to learn, which has been the backbone of our practice. When they work to make themselves better, theymake the practice better, as well. Our commitment to training at Fyzical El Paso is huge, and this is something that we want to implement into our new clinic. All of our new therapy team will be attending level 1 online training for balance immediately, and in May we have an exciting treat for them – they will be attending in-practice level 2 training with Brian Werner! BrianWerner is a nationally recognized expert in

vestibular and balance disorders. He is also the national director of instruction for Fyzical! Its Brian’s second time here with us. We’re extremely pleased that he is coming to train our staff, and we are excited for them to learn from him. The majority of our team already trained in level 2 balance will attend again. Repetition and commitment is howwe meet our mission of excellence to you our patients. We also have some new technology coming to Fyzical El Paso. We are installing computerized diagnostic posturography into our Joe Battle clinic!This technology helps in creating an objective measure of a patient’s ability to adapt to vestibular and neurological changes in their environment. This testing is essential for our physical therapists, as it helps to determine specific weakness in the systems that maintain our balance and movement. It drives an efficient rehabilitation program. You’ll also see SOS balance safety systems in the ceiling tomake our teammore effective in caring for you. More technology updates are coming……… As for my family, we have been growing in our personal lives as well – my son Boomer recently received a scholarship for medical school, and I couldn’t be prouder. He is hoping to pursue a career in surgery, although he is still undecided as to what type of surgery he wants to focus on. We have had a lot going on here at Fyzical El Paso, but we are so happy about the progress everyone is making! We hope you’ll notice it too. -Luis, Fyzical El Paso





INSIDE: • How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • Discover How To Live Pain Free

Whether you have hurt your neck or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

• NORTHEAST OFFICE: 915-755-0738 • EAST OFFICE: 915-593-4985 • WEST OFFICE: 915-313-6331 • NEW JOE BATTLE OFFICE: (915) 855-7780

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headaches • Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but

constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain. Whilestressalonecan trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings.

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Neckpain, fortunately,canbealleviatedwithphysical therapy.Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. Ifyoudon’tsee reliefwithin twoweeks,contactaprofessional.Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stretch, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call our office today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more. Sources: https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self- care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc- 20375581

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INGREDIENTS • 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts

• 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado • 1 tsp lemon juice • ½ tsp garlic powder • ⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly sliced

in a year, it’s time for it to go. Fill bags and boxes of things, then donate them to a local charity so they can still be beneficial to someone else. Giving to others is an act that is associated with greaterself-esteem, lowerstress levels, and overall happiness. Saxbe,DEandRepetti,R. “Noplace likehome:home tours correlate with daily patterns of mood and cortisol.”PersonalityandSocialPsychologyBulletin. January2010.Accessed4April2017.https://www. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19934011.

DIRECTIONS Place the chicken breasts and blackened seasoning in a large resealable bag. Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the yogurt, avocado, lemon juice, garlic powder, and saltandpulseuntilsmoothandcreamy.Toserve, topeachchickenbreastwith 2 tablespoons of the creamy avocado sauce and garnish with ½ tablespoon green onions.


Patient Success Spotlight


At FyzicalTherapy & Balance Centers, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to FyzicalTherapy & Balance Centers if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You havebeen in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury

“I was able to walk without pain!” “I started physical therapy for my back after I attended one of their free Lumbar and Sciatic pain workshops back in October. After twelve physical therapy visits at Fyzical I went on a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. Thanks to the therapy I had prior my trip I was able to walk without pain and did not need to use the walker except for 1 day! I only needed the walker to visit Pearl Harbor. We had such a wonderful time in Hawaii and I don’t think our vacations would have been the same have I not started therapy before this trip. We came back with so many memories that I will treasure forever, and look forward to more trips like this. Thank-you!” - Leonard W.

1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

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

Stretches Neck


CERVICAL RETRACTION (TOWEL) Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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