AdvancePhysical&AquaticTherapy_Head & Neck Pain

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Staff Spotlight: Allie Warrington Physical Therapy Aide

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Getting to Know You in 21 QUESTIONS Favorite color? Purple

Any conversation I’ve ever had with my Nana.

Favorite movie of all time? Little Miss Sunshine Favorite book of all time? The Fault in Our Stars

Favorite ice cream ever, and from where? Marshmallow Ice Cream from Cold Stone. Teacher who changed my life, and why? Mr. Carboni. He taught me not to care what other people think about me and to do what makes me happy instead of what would make others happy. Perfect day out: what, where, with whom? Going to the shelter to pet dogs with my best friend Kylie, going to get lunch, and then going home to watch movies with my boyfriend, Matt. The best paid entertainment I’ve ever seen? G-Eazy and Logic! Favorite hobby activity that makes me get lost for hours? Photography

Favorite song? Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Favorite food I’ve cooked? Chicken Parmesan Favorite food from childhood? Macaroni and Cheese

Favorite drink on a hot summer day? Sweet tea while sitting on my deck, watching the clouds. Favorite drink on a cold winter night? Hot cocoa, while wrapped in a blanket, watching a movie. Favorite conversation I’ve ever had with a person?

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Advance Physical & Aquatic Therapy

The Advance Bulletin The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

Life Doesn’t Have to Be A Pain in the Neck Head and neck pain is not the type of pain that you can push through and deal with for too long. For one thing, chronic pain in the head or neck is often associated with some sort of chronic health concern — one that you need to deal with, not ignore. Secondly, when you are dealing with constant pain in your head or neck, it becomes difficult to concentrate. This can have a negative effect on your personal relationships, your career and more. The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the

cause of the trouble and begin taking steps to correct the issue, allowing you to find relief from the pain without having to commit to long-term pain managment — which often includes the use of pain medications that are potentially harmful to your health and not likely to work as well over time. Unlike pain medications that become less helpful the longer they are used, physical therapy provides long-term relief from pain by correcting the joint or muscle concern with targeted therapies like flexibility exercises, muscle strengthening techniques, and guided stretches that target core joints and muscles. Of course, not all neck or head pain is the same, so understanding the basics of what you are dealing with is the first step to achieving relief. HEAD PAIN 101 There are a lot of different types of headaches that you may experience, and each can be causedby itsowndifferent reason.Forexample, migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or even as a result of stress. There are headaches that can develop due to sinus pain and headaches that will

develop when you are dehydrated. There are also headaches that will develop when you are exposed too long to loud noises. There is no singular fix for each of these different types of headaches, which is why attempting to treat every headache you experience with the same medication frequently doesn’t work. One of the most common causes of headaches that are easily treatable with physical therapy is radiating headaches, which are caused by stress in the joints and muscles of the neck. This causes pain to radiate from the top of the neck into the head, especially surrounding the ears. There are a lot of reasons why radiating headaches could develop, including as a result of lack of movement and stiffness in the neck. This buildup of irritation can be treated with regular physical therapy, especially through the use of massage and flexibility exercises that target the muscles in the neck. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to that aching head and neck pain!

Where Is Your Pain Coming From?

NECK PAIN 101 In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck. The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of the day, and while over- the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. The biggest problem posed by cervical arthritis is that the pain will typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of situations in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height.

Addressing the Core Problem The majority of neck and head pain can be helped with one simple strategy: strength building. It frequently happens that the absolute cause of the start of a pain in the neck or head is a result of poor posture or quickened motion, and building core strength, as well as strength in the neck, can make a huge difference in your ability to handle tasks without experiencing chronic pain. Keep in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting to treat the pain at home can be dangerous and may not be effective. Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains. Call us today at 610-544-8500 to learn more about our how we can help to relieve your neck and head pain.

Staff Spotlight: Allie Warrington Physical Therapy Aide

Try this movement if you are experiencing pain Exercise Essential

Helps Relieve Neck Pain

Mostrewarding time I’veeverspentvolunteering? I volunteered at Bark at The Park. Seeing all the

dogs get adopted was very rewarding. My greatest skill (past or current)? Walking on my hands.


Lie with roll under neck. Without lifting head, tuck chin gently. Keep the large muscles in the neck relaxed.

The best advice I’ve ever been given? Do what you love and forget the rest. The best birthday I ever had and why? My 16th birthday. I had a party with all my friends and family and it was a really good time. The coolest natural wonder I’ve ever seen? The rock formation from Bermuda. The one item I would take to a desert island? Sunblock!!!! The most fun road trip I’ve ever taken, where and with whom? I went to florida with my best friend and her family. Driving there was fun, but driving home was more eventful! We were both car sick and looking back, it was really funny.


INGREDIENTS • 2 strips low-sodium bacon • 1/2 cup ice cubes • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced • 1/2 cup buttermilk • 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream • 1/4 tsp finely grated lemon zest • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice • Kosher salt & black pepper • 6 1/2 cups broccoli florets • 1/3 cup golden raisins • 2 tbsp salted roasted sunflower seeds

DIRECTIONS 1. Combine the ice cubes, onions and 1 cup water in a small bowl. 2. Let the onions soak for 10 minutes while preparing the rest of the salad, then drain and pat dry. 3. Cook the bacon in a small nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until crispy, about 8 minutes.

4. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain, reserving 1 teaspoon drippings for the dressing. 5. Finely chop the bacon strips and reserve. 6. Whisk the buttermilk, sour cream, lemon zest and juice, reserved bacon drippings, 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a large bowl. 7. Add the broccoli, onions and golden raisins to the dressing.

8. Toss well, cover and chill for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours. 9. Season with additional salt and pepper. 10. Transfer to a serving dish and top with the chopped bacon and sunflower seeds. Courtesy of: 2012 Television Food Network, G.P.

The Importance of Physical Therapy

The therapists at Advance Physical & Aquatic Therapy are health care professionals who diagnose and treat people of all ages, from youngsters to the elderly, who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their abilities to move and perform functional activities in their daily lives. We examine you and develop a plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. We work with you to prevent the loss of mobility before it occurs by developing fitness- and wellness-oriented programs for healthier and more active lifestyles. Advance Physical & Aquatic Therapy can help improve your walking and balance abilities. Our therapists determine what areas of the body you are having difficulty moving.We

perform neurological, vestibular, balance, and orthopedic evaluations. We then put together a comprehensive plan to get you back to walking confidently and without limitations. It is never too late to improve gait and balance, even if people use a cane or walker to get around. When your confidence is restored, exercise can be increased and incorporated more into your daily life, which improves your cardiac and mental health. Furthermore, there are many types of pain and inflammation that can be reduced by physical therapy. For example, chronic pain in the back, shoulder, or knee can be reduced by our team of skilled therapists. We can help you manage your health, including cardiac health, over the long term.

To love yourself is to understand you don’t need to be perfect to be good.

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