STOP STRESSING OVER YOUR NECK PAIN
Theneckcanbeahiddenanddebilitatingsourceofheadaches.Veryoftenneckpainand headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with every day 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 theirenjoymentof life.Headachesareoftengroupedunder 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 between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the foreheadorbehind theeyesareoften referredpainsstemming fromproblemareas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three 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, thewearand tearon thiscritical regionofyourbodycanprove toomuch, resulting inpain. 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 named 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. Heather Shipley was born and raised on a farm near Moscow, Idaho. She will never outgrow her love of dirt, seeds, and growing things; after moving to the “big city” (Greater Spokane Area) she turned her back yard into a vegetable garden. Her love of the human body has led her to pursue many knowledge paths. Along with being a Physical Therapist, she is also a Registered Dietitian and yoga instructor. Her approach to health focuses on the whole person, and is based on helping people listen to and work with (instead of against) their own bodies. “I love helping people learn to embrace a lifelong commitment to movementandwellness,acquire the skillsneeded,andenjoy the process.” Staff Spotlight Heather Shipley, DPT, COMS, RD synergyspokane.com
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HerPTstrengths include jointmobilization,myofascial release techniques, and movement training. She has nearly completed a 2-year Orthopedic Movement Specialist certification, and is pursuing additional training in manual techniques. Out of the clinic, she enjoys doing life with her family, gardening, rock climbing, yoga, biking, and song writing.
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