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Achieve Therapy Partners with Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Achieve Therapy is proud to announce a partnership with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes to help improve the well-being of area athletes. As part of this partnership, Achieve Therapy will be providing Functional Movement Screens to any interested athlete, age 12 and above, during the month of October. In lieu of the $25 fee, a free will offering will be accepted, with the proceeds going to the FCA to help fund their ministry in our local schools.

The motto at Achieve Therapy is “Performance for Life”. Our overriding goal and mission is to help people achieve a level of health & wellness that allows them to live life to the fullest. There are seven dimensions of wellness and our primary focus is on the Physical Dimension. The remaining dimensions are of equal importance and that is why Achieve has partnered with the FCA to help improve the Spiritual Wellness of student-athletes in our communities. Since 1954, the FCA has touched millions of lives through athletics, one heart at a time. Their mission is to use the medium of athletes to impact the world for Jesus Christ. Through their works, FCA provides athletes & coaches the opportunity to reach their God-given potential by creating an athletic environment that produces spiritual transformation in their lives. Locally, FCA provides community Ministry via student athlete led Huddles. These huddles are making a difference in the spiritual lives of area youth already. A member of the Red River Huddle shares, “During FCA I have made new Christian friends and strengthened my relationship with God. It has also helped me mentally develop in sport by learning to compete for God instead of myself. Thank you for everything!”

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Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain withmovement,stoppingyoufromenjoying 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. Muscle Strain Whenthere isan injurytotheneckoryouoveruse 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 themiddle 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 themuscles 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 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!

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Ev Nelson, local director of the FCA, is grateful for this new partnership. “As the Fellowship of Christian Athletes partners with Achieve Therapy, it is very apparent that Achieve not only seeks to improve a person’s physical well-being, but live with greater purpose and see the value of one’s spiritual and faith growth. FCA is very thankful for the prayers and financial support of Achieve.” To learn more about the FCA and their nationwide Fields of Faith Event, visit Information on FMS and the Functional Movement Screen can be found on our Facebook for Achieve Performance. ( In support of the FCA and to promote their “Fields of Faith” event on October 11th Achieve will be hosting FMS screening clinics on Monday, October 2nd and Tuesday, October 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm and again on Thursday, Oct 16 from 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Dear Jeff,

I just wanted to write and tell you how pleased I am with the golf fitness program you are helping me with. I like the progress so far, and look forward to continued progress. Between home, work, and golf, it’s pretty hard for me to find time for a decent exercise plan. (Plus it’s not my favorite thing to do anyway!) When I turned 60 last fall, I knew that if I am going to enjoy golf later in life exercise was a big part of the equation. With all the driving and lifting my work involves, I was finding it harder to feel loosened up and comfortable to play. I like how you built a schedule that is workable and ‘portable’ for me to take on the road without having to find special fitness equipment. Also, the back rolling / stretching and the knee bends for quad strengthening gave me instant benefit. On a daily basis I feel better at work and during even the most simple activities too. What a bonus.

Thanks again, and I look forward to our next get together.

Golf well,

Bruce “Ozzie” Nord Grand Forks, ND

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We spend one third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, how you sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support of your body. When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck and spine are supported. There are many different types of beds on the market today which can be very confusing for consumers. The best type of bed is the one that you try out and feel most comfortable using. Typically, a bed that is firmunderneath, 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. The best positions to sleep in for your spine are on your back or sides. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck. Over the hours of repetitive sleeping on your stomach, you can damage the joints of your spine and compress the nerves exiting your spine. Use a pillow to help support your body and take the weight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on

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 to put a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the alignment of your spine, and takes the pressure of your upper leg off the spine. Have 1-2 pillows under your head to keep your neck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half. The lower half goes under the shoulders, while the

upper half supports the neck. As part of our SPINE Program, our physical therapists can show you exercises, stretches and techniques to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about our SPINE Program and discover howwe can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life!

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