ExcellCare PT: Neck Pain and Stress

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The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range from minor nagging pains to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles around your spine and neck may be too tight and tense. Prolonged muscle tension may cause you to feel stiff and achy. One may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who have headaches complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The most intense pain usually lies directly in the upper back sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to frequent neck and shoulder massages. Relief That Works Physical therapy goes beyond massages to evaluate and treat the root cause of your pain. Muscular tightness may lead to poor joint movement and weakness. Our physical therapy experts are trained in specialized, hands-on treatments to quickly reduce your pain. Furthermore, you can enjoy the added benefits of corrected posture and improved motion. We help to train you in gentle exercises and self-help techniques to relieve neck pain and headaches independently and prevent the problem from reoccurring. Physical therapy can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life. LOOK UP TO A PAIN FREE & STRESS FREE LIFE! LIVE WITHOUT NECK PAIN & HEADACHES

What’s New...

Summer is back! We will kick off our summer campaign in June to promote our service and make a better connection with our patients. We will host some local events, give away some free gifts, and have some fun games. A lot of fun this summer! Please follow us on Facebook for the announcement. Our brand new website was finally launched in late April. It provides much more in-depth information about your medical conditions, such as Back Pain & Sciatica, and what the best therapy options are to help you get better. Our new website also provides a new platform for us to interact with our patients. Patients now can ask questions online about their concerns and exercises at home.. It has more online tools as well, such as online payment and booking tools. In order to improve those tools, we encourage our patients to try those tools and give us a feedback. We are grateful that 4 more 5-star reviews have been added since the last newsletter. A patient described in his review how Deep Tissue Laser Therapy helped him to get back on his feet. We believe a lot more patients could benefit from this innovative technology in the future. To improve the efficiency of our billing system, we finally switched from outsourcing billing to in-house billing. The new billing system will reduce the errors and provide the convenience to our patients. If you have any billing questions, you can directly talk to our billing specialist on Tuesday and Friday.

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Relieve That Nagging Headache Naturally! The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand- in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics, neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis.

There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Excellcare Physical Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details! (773) 779-1111

There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head

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Staff Spotlight

Kristin Walsh, Kristin has been a Physical Therapist for 18 years, and with Excellcare Physical Therapy since 2004. She received her Bachelors of Science from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in Biomedical Engineering, and a Masters of Physical Therapy fromGovernors State University. She is a certified Pilates instructor and uses some of the Pilates techniques to help patients recover. She has found that her background as a Physical Therapist coupled with her knowledge of Pilates allows her to

Good stretch if you sit at a computer all day

LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Put one arm folded behind your back and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Hold for 6 seconds repeat 4 times. Repeat on both sides.

customize programs for people of all levels to reach their fitness goals. Overall Kristin specializes in treating various musculoskeletal conditions. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys spending time with her husband, three wonderful children, and four dogs. She is an avid runner having completed two Chicago Marathons and twenty-four 1/2 marathons. She enjoys golfing and just being outside.


Patient Success Spotlight


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Valid now through 06/31/18

Mention or bring in this coupon for a FREE Consultation with one of our physical therapy specialists! The free consultation is ideal for people suffering with:

“I was referred to Excellcare for physical therapy after a car accident and could not be happier about the service and level of professionalism. Kristen, Sanjoy and the rest of their staff are extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Being my first time going through something like this, they really took their time with me and explained everything that was going on during every session. They took great care of me and I highly recommend them to everyone!” R.F. “They took great care of me and I highly recommend!”

• Neck pain • Radiating pain • Headaches • General soreness

Call Us Today! (773) 779-1111 • Stiffness • Sharp pain • Tingling or numbness • Upper back pain


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No matter if you have acute injuries, chronic neuromuscular diseases, or post-surgical complications, our licensed therapists can always help you to achieve your goals for pain relief, functional recovery, and rehabilitation.


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