PT of Melissa: Neck Pain and Stress

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Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches? People literally live on Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms in the neck. Many people who suffer from frequent headaches fear they have an underlying neck problem that may go undiagnosed or untreated. (continued inside) RELIEVING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES “ Look Up To A Happy & Pain Free Life! ”

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

RELIEVING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES “ Look Up To A Happy & Pain Free Life! ”

INSIDE: • Focus On Neck PainTo Relieve Headaches • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

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The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range fromminor nagging pains to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles around your spine and neck may be too tight and tense. Prolonged muscle tension may cause you to feel stiff and achy. One may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who have headaches complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The most intense pain usually lies directly in the upper back sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to seek frequent neck and shoulder massages.

Relief That Works Physical therapy goes beyond massages to evaluate and treat the root cause of your pain. Muscular tightness may lead to poor joint movement and weakness. Our medical physical therapy experts are trained in specialized, hands-on treatments to quickly reduce your pain. Furthermore, you can enjoy the added benefits of corrected posture and improved motion. We help to train you in gentle exercises and self- help techniques to relieve neck pain and headaches independently and prevent the problem from reoccurring. Physical therapy can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life.

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FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck.

There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis.

There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Physical Therapy of Melissa can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

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Healthy Recipe

INGREDIENTS • 4 boneless chicken breasts • Salt & freshly ground pepper • 3 tsp extra-virgin olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth • 2 teaspoons flour • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

DIRECTIONS 1. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and sear until well browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil. 2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to the pan. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for1minute.Whiskbroth,flour,1 tablespoondilland lemon juice inameasuring cup and add to pan. Cook, whisking, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. 3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes.Transfer thechicken toawarmedplatter.Seasonsaucewithsaltandpepperandspoon over the chicken. Garnish with the remaining 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill.

Lemon Chicken

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PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT

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“From the very beginning, the team was very friendly & very informative. The “homework” was doable & help speed recovery. Movement in my neck has increased considerably & made everyday tasks much easier. Will definitely return & recommend to friends & family.” – Carolyn C. “Movement in my neck has increased considerably...”

Why You Need To Come Back In For A Tune- Up: � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently and securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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

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• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level

Stretches Neck Muscles

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CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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