Spaulding: Neck Pain & Headaches

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“Everyone’s Happy When You’re Pain Free!” LIVEWITHOUTNECKPAIN&HEADACHES March 2018

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• Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches • Healthy Recipe • Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Neck Pain & Headache Relief With Spaulding Physical Therapy

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 seek frequent neck and shoulder massages. Relief That Works Physical therapy goes beyond massages to evaluate and treat the root causeofyourpain.Musculartightnessmay leadtopoor jointmovement and weakness. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy have extensive training and are experts 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.

Dear Valued Client,

Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches? People literally live on Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache,

Dr. Leslyn H. Spaulding Owner

induced by muscle spasms in the neck. Many people who suffer from frequent headaches fear they have an underlying neck problem that may go undiagnosed or untreated. The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range fromminor 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

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“Find The Source Of Your Headaches!” FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES

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. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs betweenyourbones (vertebrae)and joints in theupperneckoftencontribute 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 (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 Spaulding 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!

Healthy Recipe: Turkey Meatballs

INGREDIENTS • 1 lb ground turkey • 1 large egg beaten • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan

• 1 tsp basil • 1 tsp salt

• 1/2 tsp ground black pepper • 1 (24 oz) jar red pasta sauce • 1/2 lb whole grain spaghetti

• 1 tsp garlic powder • 1 tsp onion powder

DIRECTIONS Preheat broiler on high for 5 minutes. Combine all meatball ingredients in large bowl. Use your hands to mix the ingredients. Use a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop 18 meatballs onto a rimmed cookie sheet. Broil on top rack for 5 minutes. In a large skillet, bring pasta sauce to a low simmer. Add in cooked meatballs and simmer together for 5-10 minutes or until meatballs are completely cooked through. Serve with your choice of pasta, fresh basil, more parmesan and enjoy!

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Hear What Our Patients Have to Say! Patient Success Spotlight

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Stretches neck muscles

“My progress has been great!” Success Story: Vernon S. “My name is Vernon Stamper and I am 62 years old. I had shoulder surgery in November 2017. I’m going to Spaulding for my physical therapy. My progress has been great! I can do things with the shoulder I didn’t think I would ever be able to do. Each staff member has always been helpful, knowledgeable, and kind. This makes your visits more relaxed and successful. I am so glad that a friend told me about Spaulding Physical Therapy. If I have to have any therapy in the future I will certainly choose these people. I am so thankful for this service. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing physical therapy.”

CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck.Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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WE HAVEMOVED TO OUR NEW LOCATION!

Have you heard our news? We have moved to: 3041 Owingsville Road-Mt Sterling, KY. We are THRILLED to announce our new and improved facility featuring our expanded PhysicalTherapy staff providing our Signature Patient Care! We will also be offering new services and programs such as Massage Therapy, a Health and Wellness coach, classes for seniors and Mid-Level Exercise classes. www.spauldingpt.com

DIDYOUKNOWTHERE ARENATURALWAYS TORELIEVEHEADACHES? 4 EasyWays To Relieve A Headache

1. Regular exercise. People who have migraines are at a slightly increasedriskofstroke,and lack ofexercise isariskfactorfor cardiovacular and cerebrovascular disease. Appropriately paced, regular exercise can help reduce these risks. 2. Adequate sleep. Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is part of the migraine hygiene you should practice to keep your headaches at ease. Sleep also includes darkness.Light ispainfulwhenyou’resufferingfromaminimalheadache, a hangover, and especially a migraine. Its brightness can trigger an even greater head pain, so don’t be afraid to turn things down a bit. 3. Balanced diet. Eating regular meals, avoiding foods that trigger headaches, and staying hydrated will also help reduce the pain and frequency of your headaches.

If you suffer from migraines on a regular basis, consider making one small switch to your diet: more nuts. Nuts can work as both a pain reliever and a preventative method to stave off future onsets. Many varieties of nuts contain an important “ingredient” called salicin. Salicin is a pain blocking agent that’s present in many of today’s medications. Though you may want to reach for an over the counter pain reliever when migraines strike, choose nuts—they offer some of the same important ingredients. 4. Work on improving your posture. Hold your shoulders back and your head level, parallel to the ground, instead of hunching forward. This technique helps improve headaches most frequent during work.

Are you still having migraines after following these steps? Call us today at 859-497-2924 to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors of physical therapy. We’ll guide you to a new and pain free lifestyle with exercises and movements catered to your pain level.

Attention Pain Sufferers A DAY OF FREE EXAMS

A Day Of Free Exams

The Entire Day On April 18TH

We want to celebrate by thanking our current and past patients and their friends and family. We are providing a day of FREE EXAMS at our clinic! Thefreeexamconsistsofa30minone-on-oneappointment with the physical therapist of your choice. They will listen to you about your problem and how it impacts you. They will take measurements to test how well you are moving and test your strength. After your exam, they will give you a written copy of:

Who’s Eligible? • All past clients who have not been seen in PT in more than 2 months. • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated. • All loved ones, family, or friends of our past and present patients. • Any stubborn spouses who have been complaining of back pain especially. These exams are ideal for people suffering with pain from:

• The cause of your problem • A plan for what successful treatment looks like

• Low Back • Neck • Arthritis • Sciatica

• Hip • Shoulder • Elbow • Hand/Wrist

• Knee • Foot/Ankle

Appointments are free but limited; each therapist has 7 spots available. Don’t delay, register today by calling 859-497-2924

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down stairs, getting in or out of the car, sleeping or driving then you should schedule your exam now.

If you are a past or present patient or if you are referring a friend or family member (or the stubborn spouse above)… give them this Newsletter Insert and tell them to call us to schedule their free exam.

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