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KICK OFF YOUR NEW YEAR FREE OF NECK PAIN
Headacheshaveabadhabitofmakingtheirappearanceatthemost inconvenient times. The middle of the workday, early in the evening when you have hours of responsibilities ahead of you, or even first thing in the morning when you are trying to pay attention to your morning meeting — headaches don’t care how important the work ahead of you is. When they start, they are hard to stop. Thereareallsortsofreasonswhyheadachesmaydevelop.Fromenvironmental factors likeweatherchangesandexposure tocertainperfumesorotherscents, tostressandallergies,headacheshappen to thebestofus.However, thereare some headaches that may be a bit more predictable than others. Factors like yourposture, the typeofmattressyousleepon, thepillowyouuse,oreven the desk chair you sit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headachesbecauseof the intricatenetworkofnervesandmuscles inyourneck. WHEN NECK PAIN LEADS TO HEADACHES The majority of the time, neck pain starts out as a seemingly small concern. A crick in your neck here or there may start to develop more frequently, and before you know it, your experience of neck pain is something you are dealing
with daily. It isn’t always the result of something large. While being in a car accident or experiencing another sort of injury can definitely lead to chronic neckpain, thecauseof the issue isn’talwaysassimple to identify.Sometimes it isabadhabit thatyoudon’treally think twiceabout, likeyourhabitofwatching TV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at an odd angle as you rest for the evening,ormaybeasaresultofyourpostureasyou typeatyourdeskeveryday, hunchedoverat theshoulderswithyourneckcatching thebruntofyourslouch. Thesepoorhabitsarecommon,andmostofusconsider them tobeharmless. Sure, you know it isn’t great for you, but what is actually going to happen? It’s a lot easier to slouch as you type, and who doesn’t want to catch a few late-night laughs as they fall asleep? But the reality is that these seemingly irrelevant habits could be putting undue stress on your neck, and if you aren’t careful, this could translate to regular and uncomfortable headaches that are difficult to get rid of.
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THE PROBL EM WI TH POSTURE Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify whether or not your headaches may be the result of neck pain or strain. One of the most common causes of headaches due to neck pain is forward head position. Forward head position means that when you are resting your head, you are continuing to hold your head slightly forward, which is a type of slouching position. You can identify whether or not you have a forward head position by standing straightagainst thewallanddeterminingwhetherornotyourheadrestsagainst the wall as your back does. If your head does not touch the wall when you are standing straight, then you aren’t fully standing up straight! As years go by and day after day you continue to hold your head in this forward position, you can start to experience pain as a result of strain in the muscles of the neck.
When this is an issue, working with a physical therapist may be able to help. Stretching the muscles in your neck to alleviate neck strain can reduce the severity and regularity of your headaches. Stretching the muscles that have grown tight along the back of your neck as well as those along the shoulders can help you find relief from the tension that is causing your pain. When dealing with neck pain, it is important to remember that safety has to come first. While there are many simple activities you can try at home to begin stretching your neck muscles, working with a physical therapist is the only way to ensure that you are stretching in a way that won’t potentially lead to greater injury. For more information, contact us.
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MichaelThach, MPT,OCS isaPhysicalTherapistandaboardcertifiedOrthopedic Specialist.From thebeginningofhisstudies inPhysicalTherapyhehas focused on orthopedics and sports rehabilitation and has gained extensive experience workingwithawidevarietyoforthopedicandpost-surgicalconditions.Hehasa passion for helping people recover from injury and returning to what they want and need to do. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, cycling, skiing and snowboarding. Patrick Edgecomb , DPT, OCS, is the newest addition to our team. Patrick is both a Doctor of Physical Therapy as well as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, making him a valuable asset to our recovery team. More information about Patrick coming soon!
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Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home.
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EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S A SAFE EXERCISE TO RELIEVE NECK PAIN
NECK STRETCH Place one hand on the top of your head and the other on your rib cage as shown. Stretch neck towards the side until you feela lightstretchandhold for2seconds. Slowly return to the starting position. Repeat 6-10 times on each side.
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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.
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