FyzicalCordele/Vienna: Neck Pain & Stress




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equipment. We are now placing heightened emphasis on these practices. • FYZICAL strictly screens all patients and clinicians for symptoms before entrance and allowing treatment. If they don’t pass the screen we insist on rescheduling their appointments or not returning to work until it is safe to do so. • We are providing in-home visits for high risk patients •Telehealth isbeingsetuptoensurecontinuation of services Additional measures may be necessary to protect your health in our clinics. If so, we will update our practices and policies immediately. With this shared commitment, we are confident we can continue delivering the same high level of care you’ve come to expect from us. We want to thank you for the encouragement and kindness we’ve seen from our community, patients and families during this extremely challenging time. We are confident that God has His hand on each of us. We will continue to seek His guidance and discernment as we prayerfully continue to serve each of you. Respectfully, Stacey and Bridget Hathcock, DPT Owners FYZICAL Therapy & Balance at Southwest Georgia Rehab


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How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain. Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity”

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms,

means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stretch, flex and re-lax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom- tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call our office today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve mobility once more. Sources https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https:// www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ https://medlineplus. gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/ discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic. org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

reported by Mayo Clinic, are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headaches • Decreased ability to move the head

Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain. Whilestressalonecantriggerneck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings.







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COMMUNITY CLEAN UP. Some of our staff members, Erin, Kevin, Ellie, & Bridget helped out at the community cleanup this past month! The volunteers helped pick up trash around Cordele to keep our community clean! Thank you to everyone who came out to help! DID YOU KNOW WE ALSO HAVE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AVAILABLE AT OUR CLINICS? Occupational Therapy contributes to enabling individuals of all ages live to their utmost independence in everyday life. OT focuses on adapting everyday skills to benefit the individual in performing these everyday tasks as independently as possible. OT can increase individual functional balance, upper body strength, and usage of adaptive equipment for performing everyday activities. Occupational therapy can increase behavioral skills in individuals who have deficits in cooperative play skills and social interaction with peers. OT encourages these people to live life to the fullest! OT treats persons affected by paraplegia and quadriplegia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, stroke, Autism Spectrum Disorder, amputations, sensory processing disorders, behavioral problems, upper extremity injuries, fine motor skill deficits, attention deficit/ADHD, traumatic brain injuries, ALS, Huntington’s disease, cerebral palsy, problems for performing self-care task, problems with performing cooking task, and so much more. For all of your Occupational Therapy needs, give us a call at (229)273-9445.

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INGREDIENTS • 1 head of cauliflower • 3/4 cup chickpea flour • 3/4cupunsweetenedalmondor soy milk • 2 tsp garlic powder • 1 1/2 tsp paprika powder • 1 cup spicy BBQ sauce • 1 tsp sriracha sauce (optional) • 2 green onions, cut into rings

KAREN THOMPSON, PTA Meet Karen Thompson, one ofourPTAsatourGreerclinic! “Myfavoritethingsareplaying piano,workingwithParkinson’s patients and playing with my grandchildren. One of the most beautiful words I know is Granna. When my grands come, I go into full playmode. We love to be outside. We walk on trails, play in themud, play in the water in the creek,

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DIRECTIONS Heat the oven to 350 °F. Carefully cut cauliflower into bite-sized florets. In a large bowl, combine chickpea flour, the plant-based milk, garlic powder,paprikapowder,salt,andblackpepper.Stiruntilwellcombined. Dip florets into batter so they’re completely coated. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay cauliflower florets on baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 °F. Once baked, transfer the cooked cauliflower wings to a bowl. Combine the BBQ sauce with a teaspoon of sriracha sauce and pour it over the baked cauliflower wings. Evenly coat them from all sides by stirring them a few times. Put coated hot wings back on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake again for 20 minutes at 350 °F. Serve immediately and sprinkle with green onions. Serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce.

swing and slide. We sleep in a “hide out” after snacks of Cheerios and apple juice late at night, long after bedtime. I love workingwith Parkinson’s patients because I get to spend one on one time and learn a lot about each person. I am very excited about the Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s patients course I will be attending next week, and can’t wait for Rock Steady Boxing to be available at our clinic. Come and work with me, and while we are working, I might even tell you about my grandchildren!”


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Hear from Claire Stevens on her experience in Occupational Therapy after her stroke, and see if we can help you recover today. “On October 18, 2019, I suffered a stroke. My life will never be the same. When I had to use the bathroom, someone had to come change my diaper. When I was hungry, someone had to feed me. When I wanted to roll over in bed. someone had to do it for me and put a pillow on my back so I would not roll back over. I was paralyzed. I didn’t sign up for this. I wantedmy


FREE PHYSICAL THERAPY SCREENING Schedule your FREE screening with a physical therapist by calling (229) 273-9445 and mentioning this coupon! • Move without pain • Sit for long periods comfortably

life back. My family knew the risk, that I might not survive this. And then it happened. A circle of friends and family poured out their love for me like I had never seen before. How could I be so selfish? I was thinking only of myself, and what I had lost. I still had the most important thing left - love. So, I began the fight. To my surprise, I was not alone. Here came the most wonderful people of all, the therapists who taught me how to walk and stand and sit and roll over. The therapists taught me how to pick up a fork, get the food, and get it to my mouth. I wanted to write my name, so she worked with me until I could pick up a pen and hold it and not drop it. She helped me practice my letters over and over. I love these people. Time and time again they encouraged me, fought with me, understood me, and let me be my new self. They love me.” It’s true, we sure do! Strokes impact everyone around them, and we’re here to help you recover and return to your daily activities. If you know anyone who is recovering from a stroke, have them visit us. Their story could be like Claire’s.

• Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely

• Walk for long distances • Live an active & healthy life

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