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Pain In The Neck? P H YS I C A L T H E R A PY C A N H E L P R E L I E V E YOU R PA I N !
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Pain In The Neck? PHYS I CAL THERAPY CAN HELP REL I EVE YOUR PA IN!
Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to an accident or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain.When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort.
Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced. Where Is It Coming From? If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve the range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region.
Is pain or injury keeping you from enjoying life? Schedule your consultation with a physical therapist today by calling 405.478.5333!
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Telehealth services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, where you can interact with a physical therapist and perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home. You will also be able to track your progress and see how you are improving throughout your treatments– without coming directly to our clinic. If you’re high-risk for COVID-19, or wish to remain at home, you can request your telehealth session today by calling our office at 405.478.5333 . or visiting our website at courcierclinic.com.
While lying on a flat surface, put both hands behind your head, cupping the base of your skull with your thumbs. Tuck your chin downwards and apply a firm force up your skull with both thumbs to feel a moderate stretch in the back of the upper neck. Hold for at least 30 seconds.
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There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! For more support in finding relief from neck pain, talk to your physical therapist. Call Courcier Clinic at 405.478.5333 to schedule your appointment today! Visit courcierclinic.com for more information. 3 2 5 2 6 2 9 http://1sudoku.com n° 318674 - Level Hard
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Healthy Recipe “The Immunity Booster” Chicken Soup
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• 2 tbsp olive oil • 1 lb chicken breast
(zest & juice) • 1 handful fresh ginger • 2 qt chicken broth • 1 can coconut milk (optional)
• 1 medium onion, diced • 3 large carrots, diced • 2 celery stalks diced • 3 cloves of garlic, diced • 1 medium lemon
DIRECTIONS Heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken breast and brown. Then, add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 min, until softened. Add 2 quarts of chicken broth and ginger with the skin on. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 35-45 minutes (the longer you boil ginger the stronger it is). Remove ginger and discard. Remove chicken, then shred and set aside. Add lemon zest and squeeze lemon to taste. Continue to simmer for 15 minutes. Add shredded chicken and (optional) 1 can of coconut milk.
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