The neck (cervical spine) consists of 7 vertebrae and it is one of the most complicated parts of the body to treat. Not so much because its joint mechanics are complicated but because there is much confusion about how to best strengthen the neck. The SymFit® Healthy Neck program addresses neck strengthening from a simple premise; ensure that each vertebrae is aligned properly (neutral spine alignment) to ensure equal distribution of load during functional activities. It combines manual therapy around a functional conditioning program to break faulty loading patterns. Load tolerance based milestones are built into the program to ensure safe progression.
The blood flow to the brain runs through the cervical spine as well as the parasympathetic nervous system which controls your bodily functions. The SymFit® Healthy System restores healthy alignment through the upper thoracic spine and has 6 exercises designed to help you condition yourself to maintain the optimal alignment through the neck to allow you to perform all functional activities without faulty loading.
It takes about 2 weeks to restore access to neutral spine alignment; another 2 weeks to condition you to perform you daily activities without faulty loading through the neck and low back. An additional month of group fitness classes is often needed to condition you to perform your sport and recreational activities from neutral spine alignment. You will be able to return to your previous activity levels in most cases after 2 month. Long term maintenance is enhanced with our video on demand product SymFit®TV which provide you access to all the workouts, self-correction techniques and educational resources prescribed during your treatment.
The SymFit® Healthy Neck program will be modified for those that have had neck surgery consistent with your physicians orders. The SymFit® Healthy Fitness System is an ideal post-surgical rehabilitation program as it takes maximum advantage of the healing time by neurologically conditioning you to move from neutral spine ensuring a safe strengthening phase when appropriate.
A Closer Look at the Cervical Spine
SymFit®Healthy Neck Program
Levels of Injury Severity
Faulty Posture causing Muscle Strain
Level#1: Faulty Posture drives Faulty Loading and Soft Tissue Overload
Symptoms: pain with certain movements Prognosis*: Treatable with 3 month subscription to SymFit®TV minimally ($75) but ideally with SymFit® Healthy Neck 4 Pack ($300) and SymFitTV.
Level #2:Faulty Loading leads to Joint Mis-alignment
Symptoms:daily or constant pain Prognosis*: Treatable with SymFit® Healthy Neck 4 Pack ($300) followed by a 2 month Functional Fitness Membership ($225 per month). This level of injury may require further medical testing and possible referral to a specialist Conditions we Successfully Treat: · Face Lock (Rotated vertebrae) · Bulging Disc · Whiplash · Thoracic Syndrome · Rheumatoid Arthritis · Neck Surgery (without incision)
Joint Breakdown or Trauma
Level #3:Joint Mis-alignment cause Structural breakdown
Symptoms: compromised function with symptoms down arm
Prognosis*:Possibly manageable with SymFit PT and Fitness but requires Healthy Neck 8 Pack ($600) and Complete Fitness Membership ($325 a month for 3 months). This level of injury will require advanced medical testing (MRI) and outsourcing to your family medicine physician or an orthopedic surgeon. Conditions we Successfully Treat: · Herniated Disc ·Whiplash with radicular symptoms · Post-surgical rehabilitation · TMJ · Vertigo (may stay at SymFit1 level for months) · Neck Surgery with Incision
*Pricing may vary based on severity and level of overall fitness; some cases may require an Hour of Care package during membership phase.
SymFit® Physical Therapy and Fitness
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