AustinPT_Relieving Neck Pain

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FINDING RELIEF FROM NECK PAIN STAY A NECK AHEAD OF CHRONIC PAIN!

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• Stay A Neck Ahead Of Chronic Pain • Is Your Neck Pain Caused By Sleep Issues?

• Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight

Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful.What’smore, thepain itself isunbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.

Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of poor postural patterns which can result in degeneration of your discs. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Austin Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain by correcting postural patterns and restoring symmetrical movement. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region. Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attemptingexercisesonyourowncouldalso result in further pain.

In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints. This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by radiculopathy, which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. Theseare justsomeof the frequentcausesofneck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you, instead, always work with a licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort.

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IS YOUR NECK PAIN CAUSED BY SLEEP ISSUES?

When we wake in pain, with an arm asleep, or have a “crick” in the neck, you must consider your sleep posture to be a potential contributing factor. We must premise this topic by mentioning that many variables go into what is the best sleep position for you, so some positions may work better for some depending on their circumstances. Sleep is extremely important for our body’s health and recovery. Since it is not something often discussed, we would like to provide some recommendations to help you keep your body

better aligned at night, improve your breathing, and reduce the stresses on the joints.

position we all once performed in the womb. Being in a flexed position allows your spine to rest in a decompressed state and prevents snoring, acid reflux, and sleep apnea. This is also the best position to choose if you are pregnant, specifically the left side, because it will keep your uterus from pressing on your liver and will facilitate circulation to your fetus. To prevent this position from restricting your breathing or aggravating arthritis, do not curl up into a tight ball but rather stretch out some.

Some sleep positions are better for certain conditions, so you should consider whether you snore, have shortness of breath, sleep apnea, neck pain, back pain, or shoulder pain when choosing your sleep position. Side sleeping (Best way) 41% of the population choose to sleep in the fetal position on the side. The fetal position is a very healthy option that corresponds to the

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is also a therapist and movement expert, which ensures a safe and medical approach to speed, strength & power. We understand a golfers “Body-Swing Connection” and can ensure success to all athletes by training the body the way it was intended to move. This means that we improve movement patterns and not just individual muscles.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Mary Lou Thorsen Physical Therapist

Mary Lou graduated magna cum laude from California State University Long Beach in 1989. She has 27 years of orthopedic outpatient experience and feels privileged to be a part of the awesome work we are doing here at Austin Physical Therapy. We at Austin are thankful to Jay Austin for leading the path to actively utilize “Postural Restoration” methodology in the assessment and treatment

“My pain is gone and my back feels better than ever.” “I’ve had lower back pain for years and been to many other PT clinics around the Huntsville area. Austin PT was the only clinic that actually took the time to see why the pain kept coming back. My pain is gone and my back feels better than ever. Great clinic with great therapist. If you’re looking for actual results then you need to go to Austin PT!!” Relieve Neck Tension Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain. Stretches Neck LEVATOR SCAPULAE STRETCH Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head down- ward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch.

of all our clientele. Mary Lou actively utilizes “Postural Restoration” methodology in the assessment and treatment of orthopedic problems. She feels her passion for improving patients’ lifestyles in combination with her love of human movement and years of experience allow her to offer a comprehensive approach to helping patients reach their goals and live a more fulfilling life. Mary Lou has been a member of the American Physical Therapy Association since 1988 and has recently joined the Board of SOLE Foundation. She is an avid swimmer and enjoys growing (and sharing) flowers. She practices PRI principles daily to improve her own health. Congratulations! We want to give a special congratulations to Mary on her new home recently being finished!

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