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Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A PAIN IN THE NECK Your Solutions Are Clear

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body

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• Your Life Can Be Free Of Neck Pain • Neck Pain 101 • Relieve Pain In Minutes • Patient Success Spotlight • Healthy Recipe: Berry- Almond Smoothie Bowl

Your Life Can Be Free Of Neck Pain Your Solutions Are Clear

Headandneckpain isnot the typeofpain thatyoucan 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. 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 potentiallyharmful toyourhealthandnot likely towork aswellover time.Unlikepainmedications thatbecome 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. 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, 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 thatwilldevelopwhenyouareexposed 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 neck into the head.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. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck pain for good. Call us today for more information!

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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. Addressing the Core Problem. 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 handel 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.

Relieve Pain In Minutes

Helps Relieve Neck Pain

Try this movement if you have neck pain.

CERVICAL CHIN TUCK SUPINE WITH TOWEL While lyingonyourbackwithasmallrolledup towelunder thecurve of your neck, tuck your chin towards your chest. Maintain contact of your head with the surface you are lying on the entire time.

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IT’S EASIER TO GET PHYSICAL THERAPY THAN YOU THINK!

Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a physician referral is not needed. In the state of Tennessee you have direct access to physical therapy! You have the power to choose. Just as you can fill a prescription for medication at a pharmacy of your choice, you can choose where to receive physical therapy as well. Taking care of yourself means taking charge of your healthcare, so remember that regardless of which physician you see, you have a choice when it comes to physical therapy.

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Patient Success Spotlight

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“I have no more stabbing pain or stiffness.”

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“Before physical therapy I had trouble with severe pain in my stiffness in my neck,badheadaches,andstabbingpain.The folkshereatBlueRidgePhysical Therapy regained my strength and mobility. I have no more stabbing pain or stiffness. I am able to function physically better than I ever have! I feel like a 16 year old and I’m 56. Special thanks to Kim, Stan, Lisa, John, Spencer, and Karen. They are like diamonds and gold and treated me better than family. I recommend them very highly to anyone, let Blue Ridge Physical Therapy be your only choice. Thanks again to everyone!” - J. D.

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Healthy Recipe: Berry-Almond Smoothie Bowl

INGREDIENTS • ⅔ cup frozen raspberries • ½ cup frozen sliced banana • ½ cup plain unsweetened almond milk • 5 tbsp sliced almonds, divided • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon • ⅛ tsp ground cardamom • ⅛ tsp vanilla extract • ¼ cup blueberries • 1 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

DIRECTIONS Blendraspberries,banana,almondmilk,3tablespoonsalmonds, cinnamon,cardamomandvanilla inablenderuntilverysmooth. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with blueberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons almonds and coconut.

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