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NECK PAIN & HEADACHES GET TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

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 The majority 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 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. Call (940) 683-5575 today to talk with our Foundation Therapy professionals. We can help you find the cause of your pain and the relief you need.

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THE PROBLEM WITH POSTURE 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.

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 iscausingyourpain. 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, workingwithaphysical therapist is theonlyway to ensure that you are stretching in a way that won’t potentially lead to greater injury. Give us a call today at (940) 683-5575 or visit foundation-therapy.com. We can help you say goodbye to your aches and pains, today!

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 experence pain as a result of strain in the muscles of the neck.

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NEXT WORKSHOP: NECK PAIN & HEADACHES Tuesday, May 5th | 6:30-7:30pm 1116 Halsell Street, Bridgeport, TX 76426

• Do you have neck pain or headaches when you sit or read? • Do you turn your shoulders instead of your head because your neck is stiff? • Does your head feel heavy at the end of the day? • Are your nights interrupted by neck pain or stiffness? • Experience pain, numbness or tingling in your shoulder, arm or hand? • Are you looking for permanent relief of your shoulder pain without more medications, injections, or unnecessary surgery? If you answered ‘YES’ to any of the questions above, the Neck Pain and Headaches Workshop may be a life changing event for you. And remember, it is FREE. Our neck pain and headache specialists can help you return to a pain-free life. Seating is limited. Register today on our website at www.foundation-therapy.com

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Staff Spotlight

Exercise Essentials Try this simple exercise if you’re experiencing neck pain.

Jeremy Veine, PTA

Stretches Your Neck

Jeremy graduated from Midwestern State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology with the intention of pursuing a career in physical therapy. His interest in physical therapy began while in college as he learned to appreciate that movement is medicine. Jeremy started his career as a

Levator Scapulae Stretch (Overpressure)

Sit in a chair with the hand on the side of the neck to be stretched beneath you. (Alternatively, you can grab under the chair.) Use your free hand to gently pull your nose down toward your armpit so as to give your neck an extra stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds before relaxing the muscle for another 5-10 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times. Good stretch to use if you sit at a computer all day.

Physical Therapist Assistant at Foundation Therapy after earning his license in the summer of 2019. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be part of helping patients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Jeremy met his wife while attending college. They are newly married as of September 2019. He enjoys running or anything active, reading, dates to the movies with his wife, and gathering with family and friends. Jeremy is an avid coffee drinker and loves to have good conversation, learning, and making people laugh. He is known in the clinic for his endless supply of “dad jokes.”

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"When I first arrived at Foundation Therapy, I had low back pain that was non-stop all day/night. I was not able to sleep through the night, which was increasing the pain due to lack of rest. Shortly after starting therapy, I had periods of no pain, which allowed me

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to start identifying stressors that were contributing to the pain. The combination of therapy strategy ultimately loosened my neck, chest and back and improved posture supporting muscle strength. I am now sleeping through the night and handling stress better. – T. B.

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