Farmingdale PT: Relief for Radiating Neck Pain and Headaches

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YOGA ON THE MAT AND IN THE WORLD Article by: Keith Angrisani, Business Development

As a practice yoga can be viewed through many lenses and practiced in a variety of ways. This ancient practice is alive and well. Some people come to yoga to learn to do a handstand and contortions, some come because of the commercialized role it now plays in communities. What most do not know is that what they think of as yoga is only a small part of a large practice. Moving through these physical postures is only the practice of asana. These postures area moving meditation and an incredible way to explore our relationship with the self and the world. On the mat you have the chance to experience the way you interact with the world, digest it, and potentially change it. For example, working for a month, a year, three years to achieve a pose that eludes your grasp can be aggravating. Why? Do we blame ourselves, or do we blame some outside reason? Do we get angry or make a new plan? When we sit in a

pose that is too uncomfortable for too long, do we get angry at being uncomfortable? On the mat we have the opportunity to experience these emotions and work on how best to handle them. In this way when we experience them out in the world, we are more capable of handling difficult situations in a positive way. Maybe when you get cut off on the highway or stuck at a red light, you handle the frustration in a new way. In your physical practice you get to explore the inconsistencies that may exist in your body and begin to work on evening them out. You may notice one side is much tighter than the other. This might lead to being more attentive in your daily actions and routine and realize you rely more on one side than the other. Maybe your asana practiced transforms to reflect this by holding some stretches longer on one side than the other and help decreased discomfort as you move through your day.

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RELIEF FOR YOUR RADIATING NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES INSIDE: If you really had to narrow down the frustrations that come with dealing with chronic pain, perhaps the single largest frustration would be having to deal with the pain day after day. Chronic pain has a way of interfering with the most basic activities. Getting out of bed and driving to work can become a challenge, as can sitting in a desk chair all day, or attempting to pick up your child when he or she is upset. Some of these tasks are more difficult to get around than are others, and, depending on how the pain is impacting your life, the stress of having to go through extra steps to make basic things happen can really get out of hand. Neck pain is one of those types of pain that is difficult to work around. Pain in the neck and back will frequently begin to radiate the longer it hangs around, and that could mean shooting pain up your neck and back, all the way into the base of your skull. Once neck pain begins to turn into headaches, attempting to concentrate at work can become exceedingly difficult. What Causes Neck Pain? There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neck pain, including accidents, such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident, as well as sporting injuries. The reason why neck pain frequently becomes so severe is due • Physical Therapy and Neck Pain • Workshops & Events

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to the fact that blood vessels have to pass through your neck to reach the head.

A spasm in the neck muscles could lead to constricted blood circulation, and therefore migraine headaches. What’s worse, since the neck is connected to the spinal column and therefore connected to the nervous system, pain in the neck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers, which can be uncomfortable and frustrating when you are going about daily tasks. When neck pain develops as a result of a pinched nerve, the radiating neck pain can result in severe headaches, and in some cases, even migraine headaches. The pinched nerve can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the skull and can cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist can help you address pain caused by a pinched nerve, and therefore can reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain.

If you or a loved one suffers from neck pain or headaches, you still have options. Call TODAY to schedule an evaluation with Farmingdale Physical Therapy West.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY AND NECK PAIN

One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to address whole- body well-being by encouraging improved overall health. In many situations, this includes improved flexibility and range-of-motion training, muscle building, and strength training, and even in some cases, encouragement with cardiovascular activities and weight loss. At the end of the day, the best way to be free of neck pain is to prevent neck pain from developing, and working with a physical therapist can help you in this regard, as well. The tasks that you do every day can build up over time and cause a lot of stress on your body, and the neck and shoulders are some of the most common places to carry that stress. You may not even realize the impact that simple tasks that you do every day have on your body and your experience of pain. Things like driving, lifting heavy objects — like packages at the front door or even your groceries — and repetitive movements like hunching over a keyboard at work can all seriously impact your neck pain.

The good news is that there is actually a lot that you can do to support the healthy operation of your neck, thereby reducing the severity or frequency of your neck pain. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to address neck pain. During physical therapy, your neck pain will be addressed holistically, taking into consideration the initial injury that may have caused the pain to develop, but also any other habits, movements, or compensations that may be contributing to the discomfort. Physical therapy takes advantage of strategies like massage, stretching, and muscle training to reduce neck pain, and many of these strategies can be adopted in part at home or on the-go to help you address your neck pain when it is bothering you the most. Adopting healthier habits can have a big impact on your management of neck pain. These include: • Practicing improved posture • Wearing recommended footwear • Using lumbar support in your desk chair or car • Exercising regularly • Engaging in regular stretching, like yoga

The longer you let neck pain linger, the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you experience an injury, the smart thing to do is to consult a physical therapist soon after the pain develops.

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY THIS EXERCISE FOR NECK PAIN RELIEF

HEALTHY REC I PE FRUIT ENERGY BALLS

INGREDIENTS • 1 cup chopped almonds

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• 1 cup dried figs

• 1 cup dried apricots

• 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

LEVATOR SCAPUL AE STRETCH

Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times.

INSTRUCTIONS Combine almonds, figs and apricots in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Roll the mixture into small balls and dredge in coconut. To make ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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Our mission is to provide all patients and clients with an overall better quality of life, all within a positive, supportive, friendly environment. We will strive to offer the best possible Physical Therapy services in order to ensure success for our patients.

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Our employee of the month for November Is Shincy Thomas. Shincy is a medical scribe and has been working at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West since January 2019. Shincy always has a smile on her face and is liked by every patient that meets her. Her favorite thing about Farmingdale Physical Therapy West is the “friendly and comfortable

environment that the PT’s and staff create.” It really helps our patients with the healing process. Shincy will continue to play a big role in this company. Congratulations Shincy, you deserve it.

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With more than 50 years of combined experience, Henry “Butch” Purslow, DPT and staff of Farmingdale Physical Therapy West offer elite Physical Therapy services in Bethpage, NY and the surrounding area of Long Island, NY. We have been voted Best of Long Island Physical Therapist for the past 4 years thanks to our amazing patients.

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