APM: Neck Pain & Headaches

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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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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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