Life Is Good Without Neck Pain

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“It’s Time You Found A Natural Way To Relieve That Nagging Neck Pain! ”

Life Is Good Without Neck Pain

Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain with movement, stopping you from enjoying life’s activities. Neck pain is very common affecting approximately 2/3 rds of the population at one point or another. People with neck pain suffer mainly from one of the following conditions: Degenerative Disc Disease The discs are the fluid filled sacs between the bones of your neck. The normal aging process shrinks the discs and dries them out. Repeated stress and strain also weakens the tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, the disc loses its ability to absorb shock. In turn, this causes rubbing and changes in the shape of the joints in your neck, which can be painful. (continued inside)

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“Don’t Miss Out On Life Adventures Over Pain You Can Gain Relief From.” LIFE IS GOODWITHOUT NECK PAIN

Muscle Strain When there is an injury to the neck or you overuse the shoulder and neck muscles, a strain can occur. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. Mechanical Neck Pain Mechanical pain usually starts from changes in the neck joints. As discs start to collapse, the space between the neck bones narrows, and the joints may become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in the middle part of the neck. However, it may spread from the neck into the upper back or to the outside of the shoulder in some cases. Radiculopathy Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals. The pressure or irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in the muscles or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in the spine muscles can cause abnormal pressure on the nerves and increased chance of radiculopathy. If you are suffering from neck pain, our SPINE Program is ideal to quickly relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. From long-term neck pain, to recovering from a complicated surgery, we can relieve your pain quickly, returning your natural mobility and strength. Our treatments are designed to EXPERIENCE DRY NEEDLING TO REDUCE PAIN!

help ease pain and to improve flexibility, strength, posture and function. We even teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our SPINE Program and say good-bye to that aching neck! Performance is offering dry needling for your aches and pains. Dry needling utilizes a solid filaform needle. No substances are injected, therefore the technique is called ‘dry needling’. Trigger points are hyper-irritable spots in a taut band of a muscle. Trigger points may cause pain locally or refer pain to other areas and cause dysfunction of normal movement patterns. Specific evaluation, palpation, and treatment of trigger points may reduce pain and restore function. Physical therapists performing this procedure have advanced training and certification in the use of trigger point dry needling. If you or someone you know is suffering from any chronic pain, contact a facility near you to seek treatment today!

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“Can Your Neck Pain Be Caused By A Common Activity? ” Are You Hurting Your Neck While You Sleep?

your back, place a pillow under the backs of your thighs and knees. This should place your knees in a slight, supported bend which takes pressure off your lower back. If you sleep on your side, be sure toputapillowbetweenyourknees.Thishelpskeep thealignmentofyourspine,andtakesthepressure of your upper leg off the spine. Have1-2pillowsunderyourheadtokeepyourneck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half.The lowerhalfgoesundertheshoulders,while the upper half supports the neck. Our physical therapists at Performance Therapy Institute can show you exercises, stretches and techniquestorelieveyourpainandprevent itfrom returning. If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life!

Wespendonethirdofour livessleeping.Therefore, howyousleepandthebedyousleeponcanhavea dramaticeffectonthesupportofyourbody.When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck andspinearesupported.Therearemanydifferent typesofbedsonthemarkettodaywhichcanbevery confusing for consumers. The best type of bed is theonethatyoutryoutandfeelmostcomfortable using. Typically, a bed that is firm underneath, with a softer top helps to provide support as well as contour your body. If your mattress is old, then think about investing in a new one so that your neck and spine are supported well. Thebestpositionstosleep in foryourspineareon yourbackorsides.Avoidsleepingonyourstomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck.Overthehoursofrepetitivesleepingonyour stomach, you can damage the joints of your spine andcompressthenervesexitingyourspine.Usea pillowtohelpsupportyourbodyandtaketheweight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on

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

Inability to stand or sit comfortably for long periods of time Difficulty getting in and out of bed Inability to reach without pain Swelling or stiffness Unable to enjoy leisure activities Difficulty bending

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Graspyourarmon theaffectedsideand tiltyourheaddownward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat 6 times. Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

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Why You Need To Come Back In For A Check-Up: � Move without pain

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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� Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely

“Josh and the staff at PTI have worked miracles on me. I suffered a terrible case of medial epicondylitis followed by a bulging disc in my C5 vertebrae that caused a pinched nerve that rendered my left arm relatively useless. With the help of Josh at PTI, I am back on the golf course after a 6 month forced hiatus. I have never felt better. Thank you so much for what you have done for me!” – Rob D.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR ACHES & PAINS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

“The annual cost for chronic pain is as high as $635 billion a year, which is more than the yearly costs for cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. ” - The Journal of Pain, 2012

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Brunch Parfait 5 INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup apricot preserves • 3 cups sliced strawberries • 2 cups greek yogurt • 1/2 cup low-fat granola without raisins • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

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DIRECTIONS Place apricot preserves in a mediummicrowave-safe bowl, and microwave at high for 10 to 15 seconds or until preserves melt. Add strawberries, and toss gently to coat. Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into each of 4 parfait glasses; top each serving with 1/3 cup strawberry mixture. Repeat the layers with the remaining yogurt and strawberry mixture. Top each serving with 2 tablespoons granola and 1 1/2 teaspoons almonds. Serve immediately.

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