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• Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe
• Nerve Conduction & EMG Testing
Headaches have a bad habit of making their appearance at the most inconvenient times. The middle of the workday, early in the evening when you have hours of responsibilities ahead of you, or even first thing in the morning when you are trying to pay attention to your morning meeting — headaches don’t care how important the work ahead of you is. When they start, they are hard to stop. Thereareallsortsofreasonswhyheadachesmaydevelop.Fromenvironmental factors like weather changes and exposure to certain perfumes or other scents, to stress and allergies, headaches happen to the best of us. However, there are some headaches that may be a bit more predictable than others. Factors like your posture, the type of mattress you sleep on, the pillow you use, or even the desk chair you sit in at work can all impact your risk for experiencing regular headaches because of the intricate network of nerves and muscles in your neck. When Neck Pain Leads to Headaches. The majority of the time, neck pain starts out as a seemingly small concern. A crick in your neck here or there
may start todevelop more frequently, andbeforeyou know it, your experience of neck pain is something you are dealing with daily. It isn’t always the result of something large. While being in a car accident or experiencing another sort of injury can definitely lead to chronic neck pain, the cause of the issue isn’t always as simple to identify. Sometimes it is a bad habit that you don’t really think twice about, like your habit of watching TV as you fall asleep, keeping your neck at an odd angle as you rest for the evening, or maybe as a result of your posture as you type at your desk every day, hunched over at the shoulders with your neck catching the brunt of your slouch. Thesepoorhabitsarecommon,andmostofusconsider them tobeharmless. Sure, you know it isn’t great for you, but what is actually going to happen? It’s a lot easier to slouch as you type, and who doesn’t want to catch a few late-night laughs as they fall asleep? But the reality is that these seemingly irrelevant habits could be putting undue stress on your neck, and if you aren’t careful, this could translate to regular and uncomfortable headaches that are difficult to get rid of. Contact us today to gain relief from neck pain and headaches.
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NERVE CONDUCTION & EMG TESTING
AtHands-OnPhysicalTherapy,diagnostic testing isvery important tous.Whena patientarrivesatourclinicand theirsourceofpain isunknown,diagnostic testing can help us discover where their pain is originating and what the best course of action for their needs will be. Diagnostic tests such as Nerve ConductionTesting and Electromyography Testing allow us to diagnose a patient so we can better cater to theirneeds. Ifyouare livingwithpainordiscomfortandyouareunsureof thecause,diagnostic testingmaybenefityou.ContactHands-OnPhysicalTherapy today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our services. What is Nerve Conduction Testing? A Nerve Conduction Test is used as a way to diagnose any damage or dysfunction in the nerves. It measures how quickly electrical signals are able to move through your peripheral nerves, which are located along your spinal cord and outside of your brain. Whennervesarehealthy,signalsarestrongand fast.Whennervesareunhealthy, signals are weak and slow. During this test, a very mild electrical stimulation will be administered to the skin directly overlying the nerve in question, in order to test its condition and look for dysfunction. What is ElectromyographyTesting? EMG, also known as Electromyography, is a diagnostic test used as a way to analyze muscle health and their corresponding nerve cells. EMG can help determine if you have muscle dysfunction, nerve dysfunction, or other issues regarding the signal transmission between your muscles and nerves. During this test, a very small pin will be inserted into the affected muscle to test its condition and look for any nerve or muscle disorders. At Hands-On Physical Therapy, Dr. Kostopoulos is our board-certified clinic electrophysiologist.Hehasover15yearsofexperience inthefieldofelectrophysiology testingandhasconductednumerousNerveConductionTestsandEMGTests.He isahighly trainedprofessional inhisfieldwhowillworkwithyouandyourprimary physician during every step of the diagnostic testing and treatment process. With numerousscholarlyarticlespublished,Dr.Kostopoulos isarespectedandseasoned professional within the electrophysiology field. Schedule a consultation with him today to see how Nerve Conduction Tests and EMG Tests could benefit you! Still Interested? Get Started Today! Nerve Conduction and EMG Tests are both safe, easy, and reliable tests for diagnosing the cause of your pain or discomfort. Ifyouhavenoticedsymptoms thatdon’tseem tohaveaclearlydefinedcause,our diagnostic tests can get to the root of your pain so it can be treated accordingly. Don’thesitate tocontactHands-OnPhysicalTherapy today to learnmoreabout what our diagnostic tests can do for you and get started on the first steps toward relief!
Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify whether or not your headaches may be the result of neck pain or strain. One of the most common causes of headaches due to neck pain is forward head position. Forward head position means that when you are resting your head, you are continuing to hold your head slightly forward, which is a type of slouching position. Youcan identifywhetherornotyouhaveaforwardheadpositionbystanding straight against the wall and determining whether or not your head rests against the wall as your back does. If your head does not touch the wall when you are standing straight, then you aren’t fully standing up straight! As years go by and day after day you continue to hold your head in this forward position, you can start to experience pain as a result of strain in the muscles of the neck. When this isan issue,workingwithaphysical therapistmaybeable tohelp. Stretching the muscles in your neck to alleviate neck strain can reduce the severityand regularityofyourheadaches.Stretching themuscles thathave grown tightalong thebackofyourneckaswellas thosealong theshoulders can help you find relief from the tension that is causing your pain. When dealing with neck pain, it is important to remember that safety has to come first. While there are many simple activities you can try at home to begin stretching your neck muscles, working with a physical therapist is theonlyway toensure thatyouarestretching inaway thatwon’tpotentially lead to greater injury. For more information, contact us. THE PROBLEM WITH POSTURE
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