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Neck Pain in Long Beach

Regain Your Movement: Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Relief in Long Beach

Do you struggle to turn your head or check your blind spot while driving? Feel a sharp pang in your neck reaching for an object? Or wake with recurring stiffness and soreness in your upper spine?

If so, you’re far from alone. Nearly 25-50% of people deal with neck pain at some point. As a physical therapist with over 10 years of experience, I’ve helped hundreds in Long Beach overcome debilitating cervicalgia. At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy, we develop customized treatment plans using evidence-based techniques that are highly effective for resolving neck issues. Read on for an overview of how physical therapy can help neck pain and what you can expect during your recovery with us.

Neck Pain: Overview of Symptoms and Impact

Neck pain, also known as cervicalgia, describes discomfort in the upper spine and surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments from the base of the skull into your shoulders.

It can range from dull, nagging aches to more intense, sharp sensations that may radiate down one arm. Certain movements and positions tend to provoke symptoms, like looking up and overhead, turning your head, or prolonged bad posture.

Causes stem from strained neck muscles, injuries that overstretch or compress delicate structures (e.g. whiplash or disk herniations), or age-related degeneration of the cervical spine.

Whatever the cause, neck pain makes daily life difficult. It limits your ability to work comfortably at a computer, drive safely, exercise without weakness or fatigue, and sleep soundly. Left unaddressed, it tends to recur and progressively worsen over time. The good news? With targeted neck strengthening, mobility work, and postural correction, physical therapists can help relieve your symptoms and restore normal function.

Physical Therapy Provides Safe, Lasting Neck Pain Relief

Rather than masking issues with medication or suggesting risky, invasive treatments right away, our expert staff takes a movement-based approach.

The right combination of hands-on techniques and exercise enables long-term improvements by addressing the root causes of your neck discomfort such as:

  • Poor Movement Patterns and Posture
    We identify dysfunctional patterns (like a forward head position from technology overuse) and re-train optimal spine mechanics through targeted exercises, manual therapy, and patient education.
  • Joint Restriction and Muscle Tightness
    Hands-on joint mobilization and soft tissue release open up stiff segments in your neck and upper back while self-myofascial release (SMR) techniques enhance range of motion.
  • Muscle Weakness and Imbalances
    Specific strengthening exercises bolster weak muscles that fail to properly support your neck and heavy head while stability training improves coordination of these muscle groups.
  • Chronic Overuse and Underuse
    We modify activities, review proper positioning/movements, and develop baseline strength so you can remain active without overtaxing tissues.

What to Expect During Neck Pain Recovery in Long Beach

Your first visit includes a thorough evaluation assessing posture, strength, range of motion, and tension patterns to pinpoint areas for improvement.
We then create a personalized treatment plan targeting your unique situation and goals. Common components include:

  • Hands-on Manual Therapy
    Skilled techniques like joint mobilization, soft tissue massage, trigger point release, and muscle energy restore motion and relieve irritated structures.
  • Therapeutic Exercises and Stretches
    Carefully selected movements strengthen weak areas, improve flexibility, and re-pattern proper muscle activation plus movement sequencing.
  • Pain-relieving Modalities
    Gentle electrical stimulation, ultrasound, cold laser therapy, heat/ice packs ease discomfort and inflammation between appointments.
  • Postural Retraining and Body Mechanics Education
    You’ll learn ideal positioning for common activities plus ways to move that reduce strain and tension through your neck.

We also provide home programs for you to continue making progress between sessions using the newest app technology for convenience. Most patients see marked relief within 4-8 weeks!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions we receive about treating neck pain through conservative care:

How do you treat neck pain?

We use an integrated approach including hands-on techniques that increase mobility, strengthen weak areas, re-pattern muscle firing orders, gentle tissue release, pain-relieving modalities, postural re-education, movement modifications, and therapeutic exercises.

How do you release tension in your neck?

Self-myofascial release with tools like massage balls placed along the upper traps, levator scapulae, and scalene muscles helps decrease trigger points. We teach specific stretches and breathing drills to target tense areas. Manual and instrument-assisted soft tissue work by your therapist also proves effective.

How do you know if neck pain is serious?

Most neck discomfort results from muscle tension or overuse issues treatable through PT. However, red flags like trauma/injury, numbness, tingling, loss of coordination, bowel/bladder changes, or unexplained weight loss warrant medical evaluation to rule out dangerous scenarios like nerve damage requiring prompt treatment.

What are the top 5 reasons for neck pain?

The most common culprits include poor sitting/standing posture, strained muscles from overuse or awkward positions, traumatic injuries (like whiplash), facet joint arthritis, muscle imbalances, and spinal disc disruptions irritating nerves.

Meet Your Long Beach Physical Therapy Team

Our staff boasts advanced certifications and extensive experience successfully treating the complexities of neck injuries and cervical spine conditions. Dr. Hayden Almeida a licensed physical therapist earned a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Quinnipiac University and holds a certification in manual therapy from the University of St. Augustine. They focus on the diagnosis, management, and prevention of musculoskeletal disorders using evidence-based techniques personalized to each patient.

Dr. Hayden Almeida a licensed physical therapist serves as Clinic Director, bringing 22 years of outpatient orthopedic rehab experience to Zenith Performance Physical Therapy. As a Board Certified Athletic Trainer and Physical Therapist, Dr. Hayden Almeida uniquely understands the needs of recreational and competitive athletes wishing to rehabilitate injuries and maximize function.

Dr. Hayden Almeida a licensed physical therpist is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist also trained in McKenzie Method mechanical diagnosis and therapy Dr. Hayden Almeida is an expert at assessing neuromusculoskeletal conditions to classify patients and determine optimal treatment approaches.

You’re in excellent hands with our highly credentialed team ready to help you move beyond neck pain!

Start Healing Today: Call 562-502-1767 or Request an Appointment Online

If chronic neck stiffness or soreness interferes with your quality of life, don’t wait. Zenith Performance Physical Therapy provides customized recovery plans to improve mobility and function without pain.

Call 562-502-1767 now to discuss your issues and schedule a thorough evaluation so we can begin helping you regain range of motion and strength. We have a variety of appointment times available to accommodate your commitments. Take control of your neck pain today – your comfort and active lifestyle depend on it!

About The Author

Personalized care is Dr. Hayden Almeida’s passion. This licensed Physical Therapist, drawing upon years of experience to help individuals overcome pain and its challenges. At Zenith Performance Physical Therapy in Long Beach, Dr. Hayden Almeida employs a patient-centered approach, wielding cutting-edge techniques and bespoke care plans to empower individuals to reclaim their physical well-being.

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Eric Santamaria

Dr Thomas has been fantastic with helping me correct months of foot pain that was making it hard to exercise! He’s done thorough assessments, made expert recommendations, and given me helpful homework. My feet are much more flexible and strong, so I’m getting back to my favorite workouts 💪 Their facility is spacious, clean, and has all the equipment to get you moving again! And it’s super convenient for folks living downtown or in Belmont.

Sergio Quijano

I started working with Thomas at Zenith Performance when I picked up an injury that was still painful after a couple months. Thomas told me at my first visit that the goal was not just to get back to where I was before I got injured, but to strengthen the area enough so I can avoid the same injury reoccurring. He put together a game plan for me and I noticed improvement within the first couple weeks. I highly recommend Thomas and the team at Zenith. He had me back in the gym performing even better than I was pre-injury in no time.

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