Restore PT: Neck Pain and Headaches

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HOW ARE YOUR NECK PAIN & HEADACHES RELATED?

Pain medications can reduce the severity of aches and pains for a little while, but they don’t do anything to resolve the issue. There are things that you can do at home that can alleviate your aches and pains, helping to reduce the severity of your discomfort while also reducing the likelihood that

the pain will return. (continued inside)

INSIDE : • How Are Your Neck Pain & Headaches Related? • The Problem With Posture?

• It’s Your Body, It’s Your Choice • Patient Success Spotlight

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HOW ARE YOUR NECK PAIN & HEADACHES RELATED? SERVICES / THERAPIES : • Neck & Back Pain/Radiculopathy • Hip, Knee, Ankle & Foot Injuries • Elbow & Shoulder Rehabilitation There are all sorts of reasons why headaches may develop. From environmental factors like weather changes and exposure to certain perfumes or other scents, to stress and allergies, headaches happen to the best of us. However, there are some headaches that may be a bit more predictable than others. Factors like your posture, the type of mattress you sleep on, the pillow you use, or even the desk chair you sit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headaches because of the intricate network of nerves and muscles in your neck. 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 (continued from outside)

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lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as simple to identify. Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watching TV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at an odd angle as you rest for the evening, or maybe as a result of your posture as you type at your desk every day, hunched over at the shoulders with your neck catching the brunt of your slouch. These poor habits are common, and most of us consider them to be harmless. 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. Look inside to learn more about our programs and say goodbye to aches and pain!

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The ProblemWith 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 straight against the wall and determining whether or not your head rests against 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 today.

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Exercise Essentials Try this movement ifyou are experiencing neck pain.

Mexican Casserole

INGREDIENTS • 1lb ground beef • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup • 1 can of fiesta cheese soup • 1 can of Rotel • 1 bag of Doritos or tortilla chips

Relieves Neck Pain

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UPPER TRAPEZIUS STRETCH

Make sure the hand of the side being stretched is tucked behind your body. Slowly bring your ear to the opposite shoulder and your chin towards your chest. Now look slightly over the shoulder being stretched.

INSTRUCTIONS Brown hamburger meat and drain. Mix all of your soups and rotel together in a bowl. Line bottom of casserole dish with crushed chips, next top chips with hamburger meat, then top with soup mixture. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbling. Top with sour cream or salsa and enjoy!

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“When I started here 6 weeks ago, I had trouble moving my neck and I had pain in my ear and couldn’t raise my right arm. With David by my side, he put me thru different movements and brought me back to my usual self. I am now pain-free and can raise my arm above my head as well as up my back! The pain in my right ear is gone now too.” - Roberta P. “I am now pain-free and can raise my arm above my head as well as up my back!”

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