SuperiorPT_Neck Pain and Stress

SPRING INTO YOUR BEST LIFE IS NECK PAIN CAUSING YOUR STRESS?

APRIL 2020

INSIDE: • HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP YOUR NECK PAIN • STAFF SPOTLIGHT

SAY GOODBYE TO THE PAINS IN YOUR NECK WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

Do you have trouble sitting up straight at your desk, tilting your head down to tie your shoes, or even lying down to go to sleep at night? Do you have headaches more than once a week? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Of those 100 million, 15% suffer from chronic neck pain. In a survey conducted with over 300 chronic pain sufferers, 59% reported an impact on the quality of their life and 77% of those surveyed reported feeling depressed. Even small amounts of pain can lead to a downward spiral in quality of life, energy, and overall wellbeing. Fortunately physical therapy can help resolve all the pains in your neck. Contact Superior Physical Therapy today to schedule your consultation. WHY DOES NECK PAIN OCCUR? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states that approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. It can get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be needed. Additional symptoms of neck pain may include: • Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long. • Muscle stiffness and tightness in the upper body. • Headaches. • Arm weakness. • Numbness or tingling. • Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight. • Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort. The neck is an integral area of everyday movement, and sharp pains can prevent you from functioning properly in your day-to-day

life. The neck is comprised of 7 vertebrae (bones), over 16 joints, and numerous muscles and tissues. The greatest concentration of muscles and tissues is in the upper neck, at the base of your skull. This area consists of the larger muscles that attach your head to your neck, and it is where the vertebral and carotid arteries travel through your neck, in order to reach the skull. When these muscles become tense, the blood flow from the arteries can become affected, resulting in neck pain and headaches. Your neck relies on a lot from your body – such as proper posture, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In our daily lives, we place tremendous strain and demand on our neck. Stress and poor posture can cause muscle weakness in the neck, and can even lead to long-term damage over time. Any sort of chronic strain on the neck can result in inflammation and contribute to our pain and headaches. RELIEVE YOUR NECK PAINWITH SUPERIOR PHYSICAL THERAPY: Our physical therapists aremovement experts, equipped in identifying and treating the main source of your neck pain. They will analyze your posture, movement, and problem areas, in order to determine the best course of treatment for your needs. Your treatment plan will focus on relieving your pain, in addition to improving your posture, mobility, strength, and coordination. Your diagnosis will determine the make-up of your treatment plan, and may include any combination of manual therapy, targeted stretches and exercises, activity modification, or ergonomic recommendations. It may also include additional methods as deemed fit by your physical therapist, such as ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation.

Physical therapy can help significantly reduce your neck pain by implementing the following benefits: • Maintaining proper posture when sitting and standing. • Restoring flexibility to your neck muscles and joints. • Strengthening your mid-back muscles and shoulders to provide support to your neck. • Improving the coordination of your neck muscles. • Educating patients on eating well, by reducing the consumption of processed foods that increases inflammation in the body. You will work together with your physical therapist to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your personalized treatment plan, with the main focus being on overcoming your neck pain and recovering as quickly as possible. If your neck pain has been limiting your daily life, don’t wait any longer to seek help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. At Superior Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for recovery and relief!

Do you feel the need for a natural solution to your pain? Call us or visit us at www.superiorphysicaltherapy.org

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WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING “Within a few months, I was able to get back in the weight room doing everything I had before the injury.” ANDY GOODE CL I N I C MANAGER ( V I STA ) , DPT Andy attended Idaho State University and graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Andy grew up in Pocatello and recently moved back from Twin Falls after working there for three years. Andy enjoys working with orthopedic patients and those suffering from neurological conditions. Outside of work, Andy enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife and three sons outdoors.

We offer Alter G treadmills in our clinics which are an excellent alternative to aquatic therapy right now, while gyms and pools are closed due to COVID-19. Alter-G allows patients to rehabilitate with less pain while reducing the risk of further injury. Great for athletes, orthopedic patients, people experiencing chronic pain, those suffering from neurological conditions and those looking to lose weight.

EXERCISE ESSENTIALS T RY T H I S MOV EMENT TO R E L I E V E NE CK PA I N .

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Sit in a chair with the hand on the side of the neck to be stretched beneath you. (Alternatively, you can grab under the chair.) Use your free hand to gently pull your nose down toward your armpit so as to give your neck an extra stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds before relaxing the muscle for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times.

5 STARS! “Andy and team were outstanding! They sped my recovery along very quickly. Within a few months, I was able to get back in the weight room doing everything I had before the injury. I highly recommend them!” -B.D.

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

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TELE-REHAB: SERVING PATIENTS IN THESE TROUBLING TIMES

PHYSICAL THERAPY What Can Physical Therapy Do For You? • Decrease or eliminate pain • Improve balance, coordination & muscle strength • Restore normal movement for standing, walking, running • Provide an alternative to surgery & prescription drugs • Prevent injury • Improve breathing, cardiovascular function & endurance • Augment recovery from surgery, illness, or disability • Reduce swelling and inflammation • Optimize physical activity & sports performance • Strength training through blood flow restriction Print sudoku http://1sudoku.com 3 7 1 8 2 9 7 2 6 8 4 5 1 7 2 8

4 5 1 In light of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been causing numerous health care facilities to shut down, we as medical professionals are diligently trying to serve our patients in the best ways possible without risking the spread of this disease. 2 9 5 Because of this, Tele-Rehab services are the best possible option for us at this time. By providing for our patients virtually, as opposed to in person, we are able to keep both our patients and PT providers safe. For more information on our Tele-Rehab services and how they may benefit you, feel free to call us at (208)233-2248. What is Tele-Rehab? 1 7 7 3 6 5 2 1 9 6 5 1 8 6 5 7 3 8 6 You may be wondering what exactly Tele-Rehab is. Essentially, it is a way for us to make sure that our patients are still receiving the highest possible quality of care they need from a remote location. 4 7 8 5 9 Tele-Rehab services can be accessed via your smartphone or computer, and you will be able to perform your PT treatments from the comfort of your own home during this quarantine. You will also be able to track your progress and see how you are improving throughout your treatments – without coming directly to our clinic. 7 8 1 4 http://1sudoku.com n° 315825 - Level Hard 7 9 3 4 3 5 1 2

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