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New Year, New You! Look Inside For 3 Tips To Quickly Relieve Headaches

The New Year always gives us pause to think about what bad habits we need to change. Think a moment about what you would like to change in your life. Do you have a nagging ache or pain that has been around so long it’s become normal to be in pain? Have you just told yourself it is a normal part of aging? Well I am here to tell you that you can get rid of that pain. Many people falsely believe that pain is normal, but there is nothing normal about having pain. Pain is a message your brain sends that something is wrong.

People often treat pain by 1. Ignoring it, 2. Masking it with medications, or 3. Changing the way they live to accommodate for the pain. Does any of this sound familiar? Don’t let pain control your life any longer. The longer you put off treatment, the longer (and more costly) it is to resolve the problem. Don’t wait, let the new you come through. Our therapists are trained to find the actual reason for the pain and develop a plan to correct the problem. What would you be doing if the pain were gone? Don’t delay, call today! We can help you.

You Don’t Need A Prescription! In the state of Oklahoma you can seek physical therapy first, without a physician referral, to get the help you need quickly!

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Most everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives. In fact, over 10 million people in the US suffer with daily headaches. The vast majority of headaches stem from limitations with neck motion. Headaches result from the spasm of arteries in the scalp and sometimes, the brain. Different triggers can occur from chemical sensitivities to pH or sugar imbalances in the blood. Often, the spasms are caused by irritations of the muscles in the neck and scalp that trigger the nerves to go into overdrive, causing a dull ache or even sharp pain. Here’s what you can do to prevent headaches: 1. Watch your posture – Alignment of the neck and upper back is crucial to alleviating the strain on the neck muscles. Be conscious throughout the day of how you are holding your posture. Bring work up to eye level and make sure that your computer screen is high enough to alleviate neck strain. 3 Tips to Quickly Re

“Nothing short of miracles at Regional.” “I originally was referred to another therapy office but was unhappy with my treatment and progress. Since starting here at Regional my care has been exceptional. From the first appointment until now, my 10th appointment. The personal care and concern for my well being has been nothing but phenomenal. My progression through each and every exercise and procedure was well explained and observed closely. I have never experienced a better treatment anywhere. My neck pain has progressed from being barely able to move to now being able turn my head while driving to bending down while tying my shoes. Something so simple we take for granted…till you lose it. Nothing short of miracles at Regional.” - H.S.

2. Drink more water – A common cause of many headaches is dehydration. If you feel thirsty, then your body is already dehydrated. Avoid caffeinated beverages, as these are diuretics, causing you to lose water. Keep a glass of water next to your desk or in reach, and work to refill it 4-6 times during the day. 3. Exercise and therapy – Exercise helps to regulate your pH, reduce neck strain and improve your mood. If you find yourself suffering with headaches more than 2 times a week, then you should seek the expertise of our medical experts. These symptoms can be the result of an underlying problem with your neck and need to be treated. Check out our YouTube Page, where we have our Pain-Free Living Series, check out Episode 4: Headaches for more pain relieving tips! ieve Your Headache

Doing the exercise below can assist in stretching out the tight neck muscles and relieve your headache.

Chin Tucks With Towel Roll Roll a towel up vertically (pictured below). Lay down on a flat surface with your head and neck supported on a towel roll. Press the back of your head down into the towel roll while keeping your chin tucked down. You will feel a mild stretch in your neck, allowing the muscles in your neck to open up the restricted blood flow to your head and scalp. Hold the chin tucked for 5 seconds and relax your back to the starting position for 5 seconds. Do this exercise for 4 minutes, 2 to 3 times a day.

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