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.
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