NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body REBOUND FITNESS & REHABILITATION
LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!
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NEWSLETTER The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring ForYour Body SL T REBOUND FITNESS & REHABILITATION
LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A PAIN IN THE NECK!
HEAD PAIN 101 There are a lot of different types of headaches that you may experience, and each can be caused by its own different reason. For example, migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or even as a result of stress. Thereareheadaches thatcandevelopdue tosinuspainandheadaches thatwill develop when you are dehydrated. There are also headaches that will develop when you are exposed too long to loud noises. There is no singular fix for each of these different types of headaches, which is why attempting to treat every headache you experience with the same medication frequently doesn’t work. One of the most common causes of headaches that are easily treatable with physical therapy is radiatingheadaches,whicharecausedbystress in the joints and muscles of the neck. This causes pain to radiate from the top of the neck into the head, especially surrounding the ears. There are a lot of reasons why radiating headaches could develop, including as a result of lack of movement and stiffness in the neck. This buildup of irritation can be treated with regular physical therapy,especially through theuseofmassageandflexibilityexercises that target the muscles in the neck.
Head and neck pain is not the type of pain that you can push through and deal with for too long. For one thing, chronic pain in the head or neck is often associated with some sort of chronic health concern — one that you need to deal with, not ignore. Secondly, when you are dealing with constant pain in your headorneck, itbecomesdifficult toconcentrate.Thiscanhaveanegativeeffect on your personal relationships, your career and more. The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Workingwithaphysical therapistcanhelpyou to identify thecauseof the trouble and begin taking steps to correct the issue, allowing you to find relief from the pain without having to commit to long-term pain management — which often includes the use of pain medications that are potentially harmful to your health and not likely to work as well over time. Unlike pain medications that become less helpful the longer they are used, physical therapy provides long-term relief from pain by correcting the joint or muscle concern with targeted therapies like flexibilityexercises,musclestrengthening techniques,andguidedstretches that target core joints and muscles. Of course, not all neck or head pain is the same, so understanding the basics of what you are dealing with is the first step to achieving relief.
LIFE DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A PAIN IN THE NECK (Continued)
The biggest problem posed by cervical arthritis is that the pain will typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of situations in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height. ADDRESSING THE CORE PROBLEM The majority of neck and head pain can be helped with one simple strategy: strength building. It frequently happens that the absolute cause of the start of a pain in the neck or head is a result of poor posture or quickened motion, and building core strength, as well as strength in the neck, can make a huge difference in your ability to handle tasks without experiencing chronic pain. Keep inmind that theneckandheadaresensitiveareas,soattempting to treat the pain at home can be dangerous and may not be effective. Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains. For more information, contact your physical therapist at Rebound Fitness & Rehab by calling 847.714.7400 or visit our website at reboundfitness.com!
NECK PAIN 101 In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck. The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of theday,andwhileover-the-countermedicationmaymake thepain lesssevere, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely.
Exercise of the Month Try this movement to relieve upper neck pain
Roasted Cauliflower Chickpea Soup
• 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas • 5 garlic cloves, peeled • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/8 tsp paprika • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1/4 tsp black pepper • 4 cups vegetable broth • 1 cup water • 1/2 cup heavy cream For Garnish • Reserved roasted cauliflower mix • Red pepper flakes • Fresh thyme leaves • Heavy cream
INSTRUCTIONS Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets, chickpeas and garlic cloves with 3 tbsp of olive oil and cumin, salt and paprika. Roast in the oven for 30 min, stirring once half way through. Remove from oven and set aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup for the garnish. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add cubedpotatoesandblackpepper.Cook for2min,stirring frequently.Addvegetablebrothand waterand increaseheat tobringmixture toaboil.Onceboiling, turnheatdown tosimmer for about 15-20 min until potatoes are very soft. Remove pot from the heat and stir in roasted cauliflowermix.Pureethesoupusingan immersionblender,foodprocessor,orblender,working inbatches ifnecessary.Returnpureedsoup to thestovetopandgently re-warm it.Stir inheavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved roasted cauliflower mix, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme leaves and drizzle of heavy cream.
BILATERAL SUBOCCIPITAL STRETCH While lying on a flat surface, put both hands behind your head, cupping the base of your skull with your thumbs.Tuck your chin downwards and apply a firm force up your skull with both thumbs to feel a moderate stretch in the back of the upper neck. Hold for at least 30 seconds.
ATHLETE SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
"Being a competitive heavyweight strongman and power lifter is tough on the body. Injuries are common and aches and pains are part of the game. That being said, since I’ve started working with Rebound, I have noticed a significant decrease in the duration and severity of injuries I have sustained. From neck and back spasms to muscle strains and joint pain, they’ve helped me recover from it all. In the past year and a half with Rebound, I have worked on mainly mobility and flexibility, which has positively impacted my performance." - Mike G. "Since I’ve started working with Rebound, I have noticed a significant decrease in the duration and severity of injuries I have sustained."
Call Rebound Fitness & Rehabilitation today at 847.714.7400 or visit our website at reboundfitness.com to see how physical therapy can get you moving again!
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