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RELIEF FOR RADIATING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES

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• Relief For Radiating Neck Pain & Headaches • Physical Therapy and Neck Pain • Relieve Neck Pain

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

RELIEF FOR RADIATING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES

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 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.

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PHYSICAL THERAPY AND 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 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 longer you let neck pain linger and disrupt your life, 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.

Sources: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail. aspx?cid=8402b1d2-6580-41b2-b4ff-25a0cd6dac3a https://www.verywellhealth.com/ pinched-nerve-headache-treatment-1719581

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INGREDIENTS • 2 cups white whole wheat flour • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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Patient Spotlight

Shoulder Pain Workshop February 11, 2020 @ 6:30pm You Should Only Attend These Workshops If: 1.) You or a loved one suffer from shoulder pain. 2.) You want know what the the biggest mistake it shoulder pain sufferers do. 3.) You want to know what it looks like to treat your shoulder pain without medication or surgery? How Do I Register For These Workshops? Call Priority Physical Therapy. We only have 25 seats available for each event due to the interactive nature of this workshop. So if you would like to attend, be sure to register now Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 How Much Is It To Attend The Workshop? Nothing... the event is absolutely FREE but call Missouri 573-769-6166 • South Carolina 843-536-4888 now to register as we are taking only 25 attendees.

“I am now playing tennis, I am back to playing golf” “When I arrived at PT I had difficulty turning my neck while driving and I couldn’t look up at a bird for any length of time without feeling dizzy. My sleeping was also non-existent. I fell down the stairs and thought I would heal overtime on my own. Almost a year later I reached out to my Dr. who put me in touch with the best PT group I’ve ever been to. But after 8 weeks of PT, I am now playing tennis, I am back to playing golf, am able to pick up my grandkids and I am also a member of the YMCA participating in their boot fit classes. I am blessed to have all the help and encouragement from the staff, starting from Samantha at the front desk to Carolyn in billing. Dr. Huggins and Kayla - thank you, you made me smile again.” - Bobbie B.

Exercises To Do Indoors

Relieves Neck Pain Try this movement to relieve neck pain.

YOGA Yoga provides relaxing physical activity all year long and can easily be done in your bedroom, living room or just about anywhere in the house. You can even use yoga first thing in the morning to wake up slowly and get your body warmed up for the day. RUNNING ALTERNATIVES If you love cardio, you probably don’t want to give up that runner’s high, but you might not want to venture out into frosty conditions either. Get your heart pumping indoors with cardio exercises you can do at home, such as:

• Mountain climbers • Burpees

RETRACTION / CHIN TUCK Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders. Repeat 10 times.

• Jump rope • High knees

You can keep exercising all winter—without risking frostbite. It might take you a few tries to find an indoor workout you love, but don’t give up; you might just find your new favorite activity.

• Climbing stairs • Jumping jacks

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