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A bby’s one-year anniversary was last month. Congratulate Abby the next time you are in the office. Abby is the Office Operations Assistant. Abby what was your favorite vacation? The best vacations that I’ve been on are when the whole family is involved. The most memorable trips to me are the ones when my extended family would go up to New Hampshire together. I also look forward to every September, my friends and I go camping in upstate New York for a weekend and it’s great to have everyone together. Is there a place you would love to travel? I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe, specifically Italy and England, to explore where I am from. Do you have a favorite food or restaurant? I am a total foodie! I am always willing to try new foods and new places! I do love my Italian food and on special occasions I like to go to Pat’s Italian Restaurant in Johnston. I also really love all kinds of Asian cuisine and my go-to place is Hei Place in Johnston. Staff Spotlight: Meet Abby Harris www.nestorphysicaltherapy.com

What do you like to do in your free time? I love spending time with my friends and family. I’ve been doing a lot of party planning recently and I’ve found it’s something I like to do. I love to read and when I have time I like to catch up on my scrapbooking. But I love exploring and I’m always looking for the next adventure whenever I can, whether it’s a walk through the woods or a day trip to somewhere I’ve never been. Can you tell us something no one knows about you? My secret talent is that I’m really good at writing and

it’s something I enjoy. I went to college as an English major briefly before I went into the Medical Administrative program. Writing is one of my side hobbies but not many know that. I also have some hidden graphic design talents that have recently surfaced.

Is It Possible To Live Without Neck Pain & Headaches? Here’s What You Need To Do When Your Regular Treatment Plans Don’t Work Anymore

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Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches? People literally live on acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms in the neck. A concern with those who have frequent headaches, is an underlying neck problem that may go untreated. The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range from minor nagging pains, to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles in your spine and neck may be too tight

and tense. Prolonged muscle tension may cause you to feel stiff and achy. One may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who have headaches complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The most intense pain usually lies directly in the back and upper sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to frequent neck and shoulder massages. Physical therapy can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life.

“When you come to the end of your rope. Tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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If you feel like you have seen this one before… Congratulations! That means you have been receiving our newsletter for a year. What do you think of the new look? Let us know. Call us or email me at steve@nestorphysicaltherapy. com The clam boil is a yearly event at our house with my wife’s family. Since my in-laws cook this on the grill they make the cut for the newsletter. So, if you missed the recipe last year, here it is. Getting fresh seafood is key. Wash the steamer clams in water using a brush to remove any dirt. Do not use any clams that are broken or already open. Not all the clams will survive the trip home, buy a few extra. This year we added little necks. Not everyone likes steamers. Prep (chop) the podadahs, you don’t want them too big. Chop onions into quarters or leave whole, Chop chorizo or linguica in to 2-3 inch pieces. Corn can go in whole or be cut in half or smaller. Hot dogs can go in whole. The hot dogs are huge hit when kids are involved in the clam boil. I now have the name of the sausage I couldn’t remember last year…bockwurst. (see picture of my in- laws and niece prepping the food). The neck can be a hidden and debilitating sourceofheadaches.Veryoftenneckpain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with every day activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas.The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck.This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of

the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition named spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Nestor Physical Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

If you are experiencing these symptoms talk to us about how we can help

• Difficulty turning your head from side to side • Pain at the aria where the neck and the upper back meet • Poor posture • Neck or shoulder pain that interferes with your sleep • Stiff neck • Pain when reaching for objects overhead • Limited ability to exercise • Unable to work due to pain • Neck pain that radiates into your shoulders

Larry & Barbara’s “Clam Boil”!

Next Larry and Barbara set-up an assembly line. They fill mesh bags with all the ingredients for each person. Each bag goes in the large copper pot. (see pictures) Larry selects his favorite beer and fills the bottom of the pot with water and beer. The liquid comes about 2 inches up the side of the pot. There is a rack at the bottom of the pot so the bags don’t sit in the liquid. This really is a steam, not a boil. I don’t really care what it is called, it tastes great. The secret spice mix is added! I don’t always catch all the spices that go in, but it can be personal preference. Here are some of the spices I see go in…salt, pepper, old bay, parsley (fresh when possible), celery seed/salt. This year lots of our fresh herbs made it into the mix. I am probably taking drink orders at this time…I wonder if this is on purpose? A whole potato is placed on top of all the food. When the potato at the top is cooked the food is done! The food is always great, but it is more about the people around the table. The “Clam Boil” is usually followed-up with some yard games like corn hole! Sorry there aren’t any pictures of the final product… once the food is done everyone is ready to eat.

Thank You’s: High Fives all around to all Nestor Physical Therapy patients and friends who participated in our “Refer a Friend” program last month! The Mondeau’s, James Gallagher, Brenda Feeley, Frank Silva, Katherine Taylor, Tara Strain, Mark Zekanoski. Upcoming FreeWorkshop: “Learn To Manage Low Back Pain & Sciatica Without Medication, Injections, or Surgery” Tuesday 9/26/17 at 6pm Learn The Top 3 Things You Can Do To Elimate Back Pain! REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP HERE: http://nestorpt.ptworkshops.com/NorthSmithfield/workshop

See what other patients have to say about us.... Patient Success Spotlight

Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain. Relieve Pain In Minutes Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders. Hold for 8 count repeat 8 times. SCAPULAR RETRACTION “My headaches are gone!” “Before coming to Nestor I was getting frequent headaches, experiencing mild neck pain, and had soreness in my lower back area. Steve gave me a variety of different exercises and really catered to my abilities. If something was too difficult or too easy, he would make adjustments to fit my needs. After a few weeks, my headaches are gone, I had better range of motion in my neck, and less pain in my lower back. Day to day activities became easier and I was able to engage in sports without difficulty. I recommend Steve to anyone, he is great! Thanks Nestor PT!” - Kathleen Carreiro

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Basic Vegetable Smoothie Recipe Directions

8 Ingredients • 6 oz water • 1 large tomato • ½ cucumber • 2 pieces celery • 2 carrots • handful of baby spinach

Wash the vegetables, throw them in the pitcher (after washing), turn blender on low, and then turn it up to high for about 30 seconds. You may need to use the tamper to get it circulating at the beginning. Other possibilities to add include olive oil, Tabasco, or herbs like basil. If you want it to look more like V8 you could leave out the spinach and add another tomato.

• lemon juice from 1 lemon (or balsamic vinegar) • 6 ice cubes

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