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THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NECK PAIN AND HEADACHES

Whether you have new neck pain or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at Applied Physical Medicine can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at (520) 296-8513 today!

Discussing the connection between neck pain and headaches with Dr. Blake G. Moreland, PT, DPT.

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. 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.

Dear Valued Client,

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

DR. BLAKE G. MORELAND PT, DPT

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.

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THE PROBLEMWITH POSTURE

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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Hello all, Dr. Noah Abrahams here, as the year is starting new you should too! Now that all of the holiday travels are coming to an end some of the clinics biggest topics are about aches and pains from long trips. I would like to help get you back on track and kick off a healthy New Year’s resolution with less aches and pains. As always we never want you to ignore something that could be getting worse. Here are some suggestions for you to help address some of the post holiday aches. 1 Sleep. Sleep is important for your body to recover. Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night; you will be much happier, more relaxed, and have less pain. 2. Diet. It’s important to give your body the nutrition it needs to function, eating lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and some starches at every meal to keep a balance in your nutrition. Above all else, drink 100oz of water a day. You must hydrate.

3. Don’t wait for PT. The second you feel something may not be right is the second you call and come in for a visit. After you have done these things, or if you cannot do these things, then contact us to get and get help with your pain. I don’t want you to be in pain, and frankly, the best thing we can do is the class 4 laser. The laser will reduce inflammation, and improve mobility of the tissues. Basically, it is the fast pass at Disneyland. Shoot us a text at 520.296.8513 to get in ASAP. Contact us for a FREE laser exploratory visit! (520) 296-8513

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Patient Success Spotlight

DISCOVER HOW TO LIVE PAIN-FREE

At Applied Physical Medicine, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions. It’s time to go to Applied Physical Medicine 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

This is a “complete” physical therapy experience! “I guess it started with breaking my neck because my tolerance has never returned fully so I have fallen and tripped quite often injuring parts of my body. This facility covers it all, heat, cold, deep tissue massage which all worked together for me. This is a “complete” physical therapy experience, they are knowledgeable, concerned and FUN. Thanks to all of you who helped as part of my recovery.” - Charlotte C.

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

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

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Heyall,Carahere. Mostofyouknowmequitewell.Youknowmyfrustrations with the medical system and how it should be more appropriately named ‘sickcare.’ Well, as thegreatBob Dylan said, ‘The times, they areachanging.’ I have launched a program called PTfor Life. It is a FREE program designed for people who continually want to address their health, and want to educate themselves through the medical track. We will be providing Free PT workshops looking at the things physical therapists can help with and teach you ways to manage your aches and pains your way. We will be teaching you a simpler way to manage your issues, so you don’t need to come to PT 3x/week for 6 weeks. Oh, and you get 2 free Physical therapy screens per year, every year as long as you are in the FREE program We will be giving you FREE Beyond PTworkshops to teach you other ways to take care of yourself. These will focus on YOU. What foods are anti- inflammatory? What is PRP, stem cell and are they better or worse than steroid injections? When do I just need a massage, and not PT? What is a naturopathicphysician??Thesearemanymoreof thesemonthlyworkshops and we will bring in whoever YOU want. Each PT for life member will also get discounts at various places in the community. 10% off shoes, 10% off mattresses, 10% off gymmemberships, 10% off meal prep, and much, much more. The goal of this program is to take care of my family. YOU are my family. Let’s give you these tools to improve your overall health and keep you on the right track. -Cara

Free Stuff ($814) • 2 Free PT Consultations Per Year ($125 each, $250 total value) • FREE Ticket To Beyond PT Workshops ($47 per workshop, $564 total value) • Concierge vs. Membership vs. Traditional Medicine • Naturopathic Medicine • Nutrition To Manage Inflammation • Exercise Goals As We Age • Financial Planning With Medicine • CBD, what is it?? • Orthopedic Surgeon Open Forum • Live Back Pain-Free Forever • Take The Ache Out Of Headaches • Posture For Life • Pain Free Walking • Many more!!! Value: $250 + $564 + $599 = $1413 total!!

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