Nebraska Orthopaedic Newsletter Feel Better Without Neck Pain, Quickly!
Why does neck pain happen? There is a golden rule, that the structure of your body governs its function. Your body, especially your neck, relies on good flexibility, posture, strength and coordination. In our daily lives, we place tremendous strain and demand on our neck. Poor posture with sitting or stress causes weakness in our postural muscles. In addition, this causes long-term damage to the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons of the neck. This chronic strain and stress on the neck causes inflammation, which over time will increase aches and pains.
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Physical Therapy can relieve your pain, increase your range of motion, and get you moving again!
Abby Regier, PT
Abby grew up in Henderson, Nebraska. Upon her high school graduation, she attended the University of Nebraska Omaha to earn her degree in education. She went on to obtain her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She finished her schooling in May of 2017. Prior to joining our team, she did her last clinical rotation with us. In her free time, Abby likes to play volleyball and craft. She also enjoys her time with friends.
“I decided it was time to get relief and better motion for my aching neck.”
Do you find your neck aching at the end of the day or stiff in the morning? Do you have headaches more than once a week? You are not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Over 15% of those, suffer from chronic neck pain and 27% with back pain. In a survey conducted with over 300 chronic pain sufferers, 59% reported an impact on the quality of their life and 77% of those surveyed reported feeling depressed. Even small amounts of pain, can lead to a downward spiral in quality of life, energy, and well being. However, it doesn’t have to be this way and dependency on medication is not the answer. Discovering and treating the root cause of your pain is the answer. Our
team of specialists can treat the mechanical cause of your pain. The neck is an incredible part of your body with 7 vertebrae (bones), over 16 joints and many muscles in the front and back of your neck. The greatest concentration of muscles and tissues is in the upper neck, at the base of your skull. This is where many of the larger muscles that support the head attach to support your head and neck. It is also where the vertebral and carotid arteries travel through your neck, entering your skull to supply your brain. Needless to say, this is a very tightly packed area and muscle tension can affect blood flow to the scalp, causing headaches.The experts at Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy can help you relieve neck pain and feel better again.
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“Do You Want To Have Relief and Better Motion for Your Aching Neck?”
What can be done? Neck pain is most often relieved, by simply restoring the proper movement and mechanics of the neck. Think of your neck much like the machinery in a car. Keeping it well maintained and in good alignment, will allow it to perform well.
Here are the key areas you need to focus on to reduce your neck pain:
• Have good posture with sitting and standing. • Restore your flexibility to the neck muscles and joints. • Strengthen your mid-back muscles and shoulders to support your neck. • Improve coordination of your neck muscles. • Eat well, reducing consumption of processed foods and food that increases inflammation in your body. • Seek professional help for aches and pains lasting more than 3 days. At Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy we are muscle and skeletal specialists who analyze your posture and movement, then help you restore posture, flexibility and strength. Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy relieves neck pain Many people have discovered the benefits of seeing the experts at Nebraska Orthopaedic Physical Therapy first when they have aches and pains. Our medical professionals are experts in analyzing your posture and movement, spotting your true trouble source. From there, our training allows us to create a proper treatment plan that will quickly relieve your pain, improve your posture, mobility, strength and coordination. We even teach you how to maintain your improvements with specific gentle exercises. Think of us as the mechanics for your body. Come in for a regular tune up and your neck and back will be as good as new. To learn more about how our SPINE Program can help you eliminate your neck pain, call us today.
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Sit with good posture. Hold the front of your neck with your hand. Look up into the corner away from your hand. You should feel a stretch in the front part of your neck. Repeat 6 times.
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