Reddy-Care PT & OT: Neck Pain and Stress

Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy Newsletter


How long does laser treatment take? The typical course of treatment is 10-15 minutes, although it depends on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may require daily treatment, in particular if they are accompanied by significant pain. Chronic problems typically respond better when the treatments are received 2-3 times per week. With each patient, we determine their treatment plan on an individual basis. How is the treatment administered? Depending on the condition being treated, your therapy may be administered through either a contact or non- contact hand piece. The contact hand piece is designed to allow the practitioner to physically manipulate the tissue while administering the treatment, resulting in a laser-massage treatment. This allows for light to penetrate deeper into tissues than the non-contact hand piece, due to its ability to displace tissue through a laser-massage technique. How many treatments will I need? The treatment plan depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 2-6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may require as many as 6-10 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain. How long before I will feel results? You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2-4 sessions. Treatments just take a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to sooth and heal long after you leave our office.

Reddy-Care Physical Therapy is introducing Deep Tissue Laser Therapy to our outpatient clinics in Farmingdale and Great Neck. This is a great modality that helps accelerate the body’s own natural healing process through photo-bio-stimulation. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality that helps relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote healing and soft tissue repair through photo-bio-stimulation. This means that the laser system delivers light energy from photons. These photons are absorbed by damaged cells causing stimulation of the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. The biochemical increase in cellular energy transforms cells from a state of illness or injury to a stable, healthy state. It also stimulates blood circulation and restores nutrition in impaired tissues, thus encouraging the regeneration of healthy tissues. What are the advantages of laser therapy over other forms of therapy? Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are fewer side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient — pain relief is often immediate. What does laser therapy treatment feel like? Does it hurt? Laser therapy treatments must be administered directly to skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Please make sure you were loose, comfortable clothing for your treatment.

Call today to start your recovery journey with Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy!



INSIDE : • Concentrate On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches • What Our Patients Have To Say Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused By Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: · Muscle tightness and spasms · Headaches · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes Of Stress-Related Neck Pain While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often,

• The Affects Of Text Neck • And More!

too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stretch, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom- tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call our office today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more.



Concentrate On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by North Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with

neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Reddy-Care Physical & Occupational Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

What Our Patients Have To Say

I am walking and back in the game! “I had a lumbar fusion and a torn meniscus, I was barely able to walk. I had tried 4 other physical therapists and had accepted the fact that maybe I wouldn’t be able to stand or walk like I used to. That was until I found Reddy-Care Physical Therapy. I knew from the first day I walked in the door, that this was the place for me. They treat the whole body, work on gait, balance and alignment. They have all cutting edge machines; the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, and other computer guided machines that rate your balance. Shehzad was my therapist and his knowledge and professionalism has got me where I am today. I am walking and back in the game! Anthony, Vanessa, and all the assistants go out of their way to get you on the road to recovery! Thanks to all at Reddy-Care!!! ” - Linda P. My many thanks to a well put together team... “Reddy-Care is amazing and the best physical therapy I’ve ever been to. After having shoulder surgery and at wits-end with pain, they were able to help me get better, pain-free even quicker then I anticipated. I was extremely impressed with their state-of-the-art updated advanced technology equipment. I must say that Eric, Maria, Dan and the whole team are extremely professional and have made a big difference in my recovery from such a brutal operation. My many thanks to a well put together team that do their jobs with passion. Thanks again to all of you for helping with my recovery :) - Tony R. I would definitely recommend Reddy-Care In Home Therapy... “My experience with Reddy-Care In Home Therapy has been very pleasant. I received OT and PT and I am very satisfied with my therapists. Ashley and Stan who have been very helpful to me. In my opinion they are exceptional in their respective fields. I would definitely recommend Reddy-Care In Home Therapy to other people.” - Ruth M.


Practice News

Reddy Care Gets Featured On News 12 Long Island Naturally Here is some behind the scenes footage that aired March 20th! Dr. Vinod Somareddy, DPT explains how the feedback from the gait analysis of the Tecnobody Virtual Treadmill can provide a much deeper look into what’s going on in the body. When there is a weakness in the body the entire system must adjust to compensate causing a disruption in balance. This can lead to overuse of some muscles, weakness in others, and stress on joints that can’t be sufficiently assessed without accurate measurement. So while in theory you could just wait a while, strengthen that knee or hip, and get back out there, you may still have weaknesses and extra stress in certain parts of your body. This may go unnoticed and could potentially put you at risk for further injury. The real time analysis helps pinpoint where these weaknesses are present and correct what might present a problem down the road. Make sure you check out the whole story!

The Affects Of Text Neck

In-Home Physical & Occupational Therapy

In our era of constantly being on smart phones, tablets, and computers, we often put our necks and backs in positions of prolonged stress. Over time, this contributes to increased stress to our vertebrae, disc and muscles supporting the spine. “Text neck” is the

term used to describe the neck pain and damage sustained from looking down at your cell phone, tablet, or other wireless devices too frequently and for too long. We often see patients who have suffered from back and neck pain for years who could have been treated very easily when the pain started with simple postural corrections and stretches. If you have been suffering from back or neck pain, come see one of our therapists for an assessment of what is contributing to your pain.

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