Performance: Neck Pain & Headaches

NOW OFFERING DRY NEEDLING NEWSLETTER Health & Wellness Newsletter December, 2018


• The Connection Between Neck Pain & Headaches • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe • Discover How To Live Pain Free • The Problem With Posture

Dry needling can be effective for relieving pain and improving movement. Called “Dry” because there is no solution or injectable medicine used during the procedure. Similar to acupuncture, Dry Needling involves a professional physical therapist working a needle into the patient’s skin. Unlike shots or other forms of injectable medicines, the needle itself is the effect it produces within the skin tissue is the treatment. To find out more about Dry Needling, call the office 615-465-6810.


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December, 2018


Whether you have hurt your back or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Performance Therapy Institute can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call today:

Headaches have a bad habit of making their appearance at the most 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. 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 lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as simple to identify.

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Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watchingTV 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.

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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.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup leftover bread stuffing • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • ¼ cup leftover cranberry sauce • 1 tbsp cider vinegar • 1 tsp grated orange zest

• ¼ tsp salt • ¼ tsp ground pepper

• 8 cups mixed salad greens • 2¼ cups chopped leftover turkey • 1 cup leftover roasted vegetables • 3 tbsp dried cranberries

DIRECTIONS Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add stuffing and cook, stirring, until crisp, 8 to 11 minutes. Set aside. Whisk cranberry sauce, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, vinegar, orange zest, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add greens, turkey and roasted vegetables; toss to coat. Sprinkle with the stuffing croutons and dried cranberries.

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Patient Success Spotlight


At Performance Therapy Institute, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to get to Performance Therapy Institute if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

I cannot say enough good things! “The care and physical therapy that I received at Performance Therapy Institute has been superior. The physical therapists are second-to-none and truly care about their patients. I cannot say enough good things about Kelsey, Josh and Jenna. They are wonderful! – Marina S.


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

Patientswithfamilyplansorthose who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out- of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely coveredbythepatient’s insurance

Strengthens Neck

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Stand with one leg on a medium sized stool as shown. Keeping your back straight, slowly lean forward from the hips Repeat 5 times.

plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for PhysicalTherapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2019. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at Franklin: (615) 465-6810 or Nashville: (615) 375-9091 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

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