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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 head or neck, it becomes difficult to concentrate. This can have a negative effect on your personal relationships, your career and more. (continued inside)

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The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the cause of 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 flexibility exercises, muscle strengthening techniques, and guided stretches that target core joints and muscles.

migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or even as a result of stress. There are headaches that can develop due to sinus pain and headaches that will 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 radiating headaches, which are caused by stress 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 the use of massage and flexibility exercises that target the muscles in the neck.

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.

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,

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CERVICAL SIDE BEND Tilt your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead. (Be sure to keep you eyes and nose pointed straight ahead the entire time). Repeat exercise as needed. Relieves Neck Pain www.simpleset.net Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain. EXERCISE OF THE MONTH

Understanding Your Neck Pain

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 the day, and while over-the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. 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. 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 in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting 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. Contact Wood Associates Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation and get started on the first steps toward neck pain relief! Addressing the Core Problem

HEALTHY RECIPE Cauliflower Hot Wings with Vegan Aioli

INGREDIENTS • 1 head of cauliflower • 3/4 cup chickpea flour • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk • 2 tsp garlic powder

• 1 1/2 tsp paprika powder • 1 cup spicy BBQ sauce

• 1 tsp sriracha sauce (optional) • 2 green onions, cut into rings • salt • black pepper

DIRECTIONS Heat theoven to350 °F.Carefullycutcauliflower intobite-sizedflorets. Ina largebowl, combine chickpea flour, the plant-based milk, garlic powder, paprika powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined. Dip florets into batter so they’re completely coated.Lineabakingsheetwithparchmentpaperand laycauliflowerfloretsonbaking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 °F. Once baked, transfer the cooked cauliflower wings to a bowl. Combine the BBQ sauce with a teaspoon of sriracha sauce and pour it over the baked cauliflower wings. Evenly coat them from all sides by stirring them a few times. Put coated hot wings back on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bakeagain for20minutesat350 °F.Serve immediatelyandsprinklewithgreenonions. Serve with vegan aioli or vegan ranch sauce.

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“I experienced almost immediate relief from pain”

SEE MORE TESTIMONIALS LIKE THIS ON OUR WEBSITE AT: WWW.WOODASSOCIATESPHYSICALTHERAPY.COM “Physical therapy with Laura has been a wonderful experience. The exercises she gave me have been simple to add to my daily routine and I experienced almost immediate relief from pain as well as a vast improvement in strength in my upper and mid back.” - Kim

Did you know that the State of Massachusetts is one of many states that allow direct access to physical therapy? You do not need a prescription or referral to start physical therapy. This was done to help combat the opioid crisis and encourage the use of physical therapy as the safe and effective alternative for treatment of acute and chronic pain and injuries. A PHYSICIAN REFERRAL IS NOT NEEDED FOR PHYSICAL THERAPY IN THE STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS! Direct Access To Physical Therapy OUR VERY OWN ST. PAT Pat’s birthday is on March 17. You will have to ask her the year! Happy Birthday, Pat!

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