Sports Rehab: Neck Pain & Stress

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DANETTE MILLER, PT, DPT GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM of Physical Therapy from Creighton University. For the past 18 years she has practiced in the Omaha area

INSIDE: • Dance Your Stress & Neck Pain Away • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • How Physical Therapy Can Help Neck Pain

in a variety of settings which have included: home health, hospital, pediatric and outpatient clinics. The majority of her experience has been in geriatric rehabilitation, and most recently she was the Outpatient Clinic Director for clinics located in Independent/Assisted Living facilities. Danette enjoys assisting her patients in restoring physical function in order to return to their favorite activities. Danette is a native of Schleswig, Iowa and is excited to have returned with her husband, Robert, and three children: Jensen, Koen and Isabel. The Miller family are avid Hawkeye fans, but Danette also spends her free time gardening, crafting, reading, trying new recipes and chasing the kids (mostly chasing the kids!).

Danette graduated fromBriar Cliff University with a BS in Biology, then pursued a career in Physical Therapy by earning a Doctorate


• Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy

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Whether you have hurt your neck or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Sports Rehab ProfessionalTherapy Associates can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today: • CHEROKEE: (712) 225-3344 • HORN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: (712) 364-3311 • POCAHONTAS COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: (712) 335-5238 • STORM LAKE: (712) 732-7724 • LAKES REGIONAL HEALTHCARE: (712) 336-8651 • DENISON: (712) 393-7724

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, 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.

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

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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. Sources: care-time/ 20375581

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INGREDIENTS • 4 cups (1-inch) slices asparagus • 3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth • 1 1/2 cups water • 1 tbsp butter • 2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large)

• 2 cups uncooked Arborio rice • 1/2 cup dry white wine • 1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream • 1 tsp salt • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS Place 1 cup asparagus and 1 cup broth in a blender; puree until smooth. Combine puree, remaining 2 cups broth, and 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan; bring to a simmer (do not boil). Keep warm over low heat. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 2 minutes or until liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup broth mixture; cook 2 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed, stirring constantly. Add remaining puree mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly until each portion of broth is absorbed before adding the next (about 30 minutes total). Stir in remaining 3 cups asparagus; cook 2 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup cheese, cream, salt, and pepper. Transfer risotto to a bowl. Serve with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

Patient Success Spotlight

FEBRUARY WORKSHOP FEBRUARY 21ST • 12:15-12:45PM ROTATOR CUFF WORKSHOP: Dave Kofmehl, PT will present the Rotator Cuff Workshop at the Storm Lake clinic . If you’re confused about what to do and looking for answers, here’s some of what you’ll learn: What is the rotator cuff: its purpose and parts. Common causes of Rotator Cuff Problems Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Issues What you can do on your own to prevent and treat RC problems. Who this workshop is for: People who desire conservative non invasive treatment alternatives for aching, tired, sore shoulders that limit sleep, sports, occupational and recreational activities.

“A positive experience overall!” “I thought all four PTs and the receptionist were very friendly. They worked hard to find appointment times that fit my schedule. I have worked with three of the PTs. I needed therapy on my neck, right shoulder, left knee, and back. I made good progress in all areas. The PTs all seem to remember the exercises I was to complete. A positive experience overall.” - Don T.

Do you have shoulder pain when you:

• Put on your coat • Comb your hair • Reach to shut the car door • Put on deodorant

• Reach into the back seat • Tuck in your shirt • Throw a ball • Put dishes in the cupboard

Don’t delay! Register on our site or by calling

Storm Lake:(712) 732-7724

Sign up by Feb 15th for spot and free lunch.

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.


Strengthens Neck


CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

Don’t delay! Register on our site or by calling PARKINSON’S WORKSHOP: Danette/Chandra will present the Parkinson’s Workshop at the Denison clinic .

Denison: (712) 393-7724

Sign up by Mar 15th for spot and free lunch.


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