STAR Physical Therapy: Neck Pain and Headaches

January, 2019 NEWSLETTER HIGH DEDUCTIBLE PROGRAM New Year For patients who want to start Physical Therapy but have a High Deductible Starting at only $ 20 a week * 12-WEEK HOME EXERCISE BASED PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM

INCLUDES: • Initial Evaluation and Treatment

Call the Star PT Clinic nearest you today to get scheduled! Next day appointments available Open 6:30am - 7:00pm • One-on-one Education on Home / Gym Exercise Program • Individualized Home / Gym Exercises on Online Video Portal • Monthly Reassessment and Treatment • Monthly Progression of Online Exercise Program • Daily Online guidance by Physical Therapist

*Depending on type of insurance. Maximum price is $38 per week.

Covington Slidell Mandeville Lacombe Folsom New Orleans East Gentilly / Lakefront

NEWSLETTER January, 2019


INSIDE: • Stretching for Neck Pain Relief • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight

Neck Pain & Headaches with Matt Slimming, PT, DPT Dear Valued Client, It’stheendoftheday,yourhead is pounding and your neck is aching. Was it the work you were doing? Was it the stress

How neck pain can go to your head. Headaches can stem from tightness in the neck muscles at the back of the neck, which is brought about by a forward-head posture and rounded back. This is very common if you work at a computer or sit a lot. In this position the spine is strained. Try to stand up tall with your back against a wall. How far away from the wall is the back of your head? If you have a forward head posture, your head will be quite far from the wall. The forward head position puts a strain on the neck muscles resulting in general muscle tension in the head. This can affect blood flow to the scalp, resulting in a headache. Pain can be referred from the neck to behind the eyes or forehead and even one sided headaches around the temples. Pounding headaches at the back of the head can be related to neck muscle tightness and limited movement. Since many headaches stem from problems with neck movement and posture, it is wise that you see a physical therapist. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck and nagging headache for good. Call us today to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to those aches and pains!

CALL IN! Call for your FREE NECK PAIN & HEADACHES CONSULTATION Call our clinic nearest you to schedule your first step out of pain today!

Matt Slimming Physical Therapist

or theway you weresitting?Your neck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck provide movement, while the discs in between the bones give support and shock absorption. In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, being on your computer and at home watching TV, your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated. The fact is that even the simplest movements can cause short periods of neck pain. Yet some of us may actually be experiencing chronic neck pain. Simple, repetitive movements can lead to prolonged muscle tightness, which can take time to show symptoms. In comparison, muscle strains happen with quick jolts such as an injury or lifting something too heavy.


Neck pain and headaches typically come from poor posture and tight muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back. This produces what is called a forward head posture. By stretching the tight muscles along the back of your neck, as well as strengthening the muscles at the front of the neck, neck pain can be relieved. Correcting bad posture can be as simple as strengthening the abdominal region. However, keep in mind that when dealing with a forward-head posture, you will also have forward-rounded shoulders and increased curvature of the upper spine. Our physical therapists are experts in posture evaluation and treatment, helping you even if you have quite severe changes. It’s never too late!

Tight muscles are a big factor in most neck pain and headaches. Stretching the muscles of your chest and strengthening the muscles of the middle back helps. For long term benefits, learning the right exercises can make a big difference in preventing neck pain and headaches from returning. Therefore, before you start taking any headache medicine for chronic neck pain, you might want to analyze your body posture first. Finding tension in your neck or limited range of motion in your spine might be the cause. Correcting it through physical therapy might be a simple solution for your headaches and neck pains. Call us today to learn more about our SPINE Program to relieve your headache and neck pain.

Healthy Recipe

Patient Success Spotlight

• 1 tbsp plus • 2 tsp canola oil

• 1 1/2 cups diced onions • 2 cups sliced mushrooms • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream House Seasoning: • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 cup kosher salt


• Nonstick cooking spray • 5 cups sliced green beans • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 cup grated Parmesan

• 1/4 cup garlic powder • 1/4 cup black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for about 20 minutes, and then drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan and 2 tsp of the oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Pour the reserved 1 1/2 cups chicken broth back into the pot the green beans boiled in and bring to a boil. Add the green beans to the skillet with the mushrooms and onions. While that is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beans and add the sour cream, House Seasoning, and salt. Stir well. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko and cheese mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned. House Seasoning: Mix together the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

“My measurements are now back to normal!” Success Story: Annabelle M. “On my first visit I had pain that did not allow me to sleep at night for weeks. I started with simple exercises, tried dry needling, and then focused on exercises that strengthened my neck and back. My measurements are now back to normal! The entire staff has been caring, helpful and has made what could have been an ordeal a very exciting learning experience. I can’t say enough about this facility and the people who work here to do them justice.”





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Exercise Essentials Try this movement to help relieve neck pain.

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Helps Relieve Neck Pain

UPPER TRAPEZIUS STRETCH Make sure the hand of the side being stretched is tucked behind your body. Slowly bring your ear to the opposite shoulder and your chin towards your chest. Now look slightly over the shoulder being stretched.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

Who Do You Know That Needs Our Help? � Move without pain � Bend and move freely � Balance confidently & securely � Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live a healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Star Physical Therapy today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment.

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