THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NECK PAIN & HEADACHES
INSIDE: • The Problem With Posture • Exercises To Do At Home • Patient Success Spotlight • A Moment With Kruckeberg
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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. There are all sorts of reasons why headaches may develop. From environmental 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. Themajority of the time, neck pain starts out as a seemingly small concern. A crick in your neck here or there may start to develop more frequently, and before you 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
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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. These poor habits are common, and most of us consider them to be harmless. 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.
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. You can identify whether or not you have a forward head position by standing 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 is an issue, working with a physical therapist may be able to help. Stretching the muscles in your neck to alleviate neck strain can reduce the severity and regularity of your headaches. Stretching the muscles that have grown tight along the back of your neck as well as those along the shoulders 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 the only way to ensure that you are stretching in a way that won’t potentially lead to greater injury. For more information, contact us. CONTACT US AT (217) 345-2345! THE PROBLEM WITH POSTURE
ENSURING YOUR SAFETY For starters, we will only be allowing 10 patients in our clinic at a time, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. This will limit the amount of people congregating in the same area at once and greatly decrease the risk of anyone passing any contagions to fellow patients. Additionally, we will be following strict sanitary protocols by making sure every surface in our clinic is thoroughly cleaned and wiped down at all times. This will decrease the risk of any potential germs lingering on surfaces.
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Heat stock, salt, pumpkin, onion, thyme, garlic, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes uncovered. Puree the soup in small batches (1 cup at a time) using a food processor or blender. Return to pan, and bring to a boil again. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Stir in heavy cream. Pour into soup bowls and garnish with fresh parsley.
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PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
F ollowing a Friday the 13th rear end car collision, I was in pain and found myself unable to live my normal life. Mr. Kruckeberg helped me restore my neck/back and get that normal living back. Thank you once again!” - Amy H.
RETRACTION | CHIN TUCK Stand against a wall with a small rolled up towel in the small curve of your neck, slowly draw chin towards your chest. Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 3 times.
An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. HAVE YOU MET YOUR ANNUAL INSURANCE DEDUCTIBLE?
If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2021. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today at Matoon: 217-345-1245 or Sullivan: 217-728-8100 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.
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Physical therapy is slated for a 9% cut in the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This cut is unsustainable, especially given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If this cut goes into effect on January 1st, many Medicare patients will find it hard to access physical therapy services.
but we have a serious issue coming with Medicare. Despite the COVID business slow down, Medicare’s ruling body CMS has determined to cut reimbursement to providers by 9% next year. That is correct, 9% cut even though utilities, gas, and other supplies have gone up because of shortages due to COVID. If they intend to reduce small business and restrict your access to medical services that is surely one way of doing it. I mention this to ask you to call or write your Senators and Representatives and ask that they do something about this. • Representative Congressman John Shimkus (202) 225-5271 • Senate 1 Senator Tammy Duckworth (202) 224-2854 • Senate 2 Senator Richard Durbin (202) 224-2152 Thanks! A sample script is below. “My name is YOUR NAME and I’m from YOUR CITY AND STATE. Thank you for your work during these challenging times.
Therapists, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities are struggling to stay open, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Now is not the time to implement payment cuts that will negatively impact patient access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. In addition, many other public and commercial insurance plans follow Medicare’s lead. So these cuts will impact Tricare and veteran’s health, as well as commercial plans like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and United Health Care. The only way to prevent these cuts from being implemented on January 1, 2021 is for Congress to intervene. I ask that, in any upcoming and relevant legislation moving through Congress, you support inclusion of language that stop these deepMedicare cuts from being implemented. Thank you for your consideration and have a good day.”Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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