Benton PT: Relief For Radiating Neck Pain and Headaches


INSIDE: • Relief For Your Radiating Neck Pain And Headaches • Physical Therapy And Neck Pain

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If you really had to narrow down the frustrations that come with dealing with chronic pain, perhaps the single largest frustration would be having to deal with the pain day after day. Chronic pain has a way of interfering with the most basic activities. (continued inside)

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or a slip-and-fall accident, as well as sporting injuries. The reason why neck pain frequently becomes so severe is due to the fact that blood vessels have to pass through your neck to reach the head. A spasm in the neck muscles could lead to constricted blood circulation, and therefore migraine headaches. What’s worse, since the neck is connected to the spinal column and therefore connected to the nervous system, pain in the neck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers, which can be uncomfortable and frustrating when you are going about daily tasks. When neck pain develops as a result of a pinched nerve, the radiating neck pain can result in severe headaches, and in some cases, even migraine headaches. The pinched nerve can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the skull and can cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist can help you address pain caused by a pinched nerve, and therefore can reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain.

Getting out of bed and driving to work can become a challenge, as can sitting in a desk chair all day, or attempting to pick up your child when he or she is upset. Some of these tasks are more difficult to get around than are others, and, depending on how the pain is impacting your life, the stress of having to go through extra steps to make basic things happen can really get out of hand. Neck pain is one of those types of pain that is difficult to work around. Pain in the neck and back will frequently begin to radiate the longer it hangs around, and that could mean shooting pain up your neck and back, all the way into the base of your skull. Once neck pain begins to turn into headaches, attempting to concentrate at work can become exceedingly difficult. What Causes Neck Pain? There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neck pain, including accidents, such as a car accident

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PHYSICAL THERAPY AND NECK PAIN The good news is that there is actually a lot that you can do to support the healthy operation of your neck, thereby reducing the severity or frequency of your neck pain. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to address neck pain.

One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to address whole-body well-being by encouraging improved overall health. In many situations, this includes improved flexibility and range-of-motion training, muscle building and strength training, and even in some cases, encouragement with

During physical therapy, your neck pain will be addressed holistically, taking into consideration the initial injury that may have caused the pain to develop, but also any other habits, movements or compensations that may be contributing to the discomfort. Physical therapy takes advantage of strategies like massage, stretching and muscle training to reduce neck pain, and many of these strategies can be adopted in part at home or on the-go to help you address your neck pain when it is bothering you the most.

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3 8 1 6 3 At the end of the day, the best way to be free of neck pain is to prevent neck pain from developing, and working with a physical therapist can help you in this regard, as well. The tasks that you do every day can build up over time and cause a lot of stress on your body, and the neck and shoulders are some of the most common places to carry that stress. You may not even realize the impact that simple tasks that you do every day have on your body and your experience of pain. Things like driving, lifting heavy objects — like packages at the front door or even your groceries — and repetitive movements like hunching over a keyboard at work can all seriously impact your neck pain. The longer you let neck pain linger and disrupt your life, the more difficult it becomes to tre t. If you experience an injury, the smart thing to do is to consult a physical therapist soon after the pain develops. b4ff-25a0cd6dac3a EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Helps Relieve Neck Pain RETRACTION / CHIN TUCK Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders. Repeat this exercise 3-5 times. 4 7 5 3 6 7 5 9 6 2 7 9 7 5 8 4 2 6 7 1 4 9 7 1 4 6 2


Adopting healthier habits can have a big impact on your management of neck pain. These include:

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• Practicing improved posture • Wearing recommended footwear • Using lumbar support in your desk chair or car • Exercising regularly • Engaging in regular stretching, like yoga


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Brown ground beef, onion, and celery in a large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat for 7-10 minutes or until the onion and celery are translucent; adding olive oil as necessary for ease during sautéing.Add the diced red bell pepper and cook for an additional minute. Add the chicken broth, carrots, potatoes, parsley, and basil or herb seasoning blend.Bring the soup to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender. In a separate saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat; stir in flour until smooth and cooked, about 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the half-and-half or milk.Then stir in the cheese. Continue cooking the milk mixture, stirring, until cheese is melted and the mixture is thick and begins to bubble. Add the milk mixture to the soup mixture, stirring until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook the mixture an additional 5 minutes and remove from heat.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Dani Certified Therapy Dog

This month we are highlighting Dani. She is at our Sheridan location with her mom. She comes to work to cuddle and love patients. Dani is a 2 year old long haired dachshund who is TDI (Therapy Dog

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International) certified and loves to cuddle. Belly rubs and treats are her favorite things. She hates exercise but loves to eat (just like her mom)! She loves to splash in every mud hole in the yard then runs full speed through the house while we chase her with a towel. She loves to ride with the windows down on warm days and let her ears flop in the wind. She’s the best little buddy and will make anyone’s day brighter!

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1 6 “This was my fourth therapy at this facility and I loved it!!” 7 2 4 3 “I had the most wonderful experience. Every step of my physical therapy was explained to me- the why and the how. This was my fourth therapy at this facility and I loved it!!” - Barbara H. 4 3 3 7 2

When asked what her favorite part of the job is she says:

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