PT Of Melissa. Relief For Neck Pain & Radiating Headaches

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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.Gettingoutofbedanddriving toworkcanbecomeachallenge,ascan 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. Neckpain isoneof those typesofpain that isdifficult toworkaround.Pain in the neckandbackwillfrequentlybegintoradiatethe longer ithangsaround,andthat couldmeanshootingpainupyourneckandback,alltheway intothebaseofyour skull. Once neck pain begins to turn into headaches, attempting to concentrate

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 thereforemigraineheadaches.What’sworse,since theneck isconnected to the spinalcolumnand thereforeconnected to thenervoussystem,pain in theneck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers, whichcanbeuncomfortableandfrustratingwhenyouaregoingaboutdailytasks. Whenneckpaindevelopsasa resultofapinchednerve, the radiatingneckpain can result in severe headaches, and in some cases, even migraine headaches. Thepinchednervecancausepain to radiate from theneck into theskullandcan cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist canhelpyouaddresspaincausedbyapinchednerve,and thereforecan reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain.

at work can become exceedingly difficult. WHAT CAUSES NECK PAIN?

There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neckpain, includingaccidents,suchasacaraccidentoraslip-and-fallaccident,

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Thegoodnews isthatthere isactuallya lotthatyoucandotosupportthehealthy 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. 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, stretchingandmuscle training to reduceneckpain,andmanyof thesestrategies 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. Adopting healthier habits can have a big impact on your management of neck pain.These include: • Practicing improved posture

At the end of the day, the best way to be free of neck pain is to prevent neck pain fromdeveloping,andworkingwithaphysicaltherapistcanhelpyou inthisregard, aswell.The tasks thatyoudoeverydaycanbuildupover timeandcausea lotof stress on your body, and the neck and shoulders are some of the most common places tocarry thatstress.Youmaynoteven realize the impact thatsimple 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 repetitivemovements likehunchingoverakeyboardatworkcan all seriously impact your neck pain. The longeryou letneckpain lingeranddisruptyour life,themoredifficult itbecomes to treat. If you experience an injury, the smart thing to do is to consult a physical therapist soon after the pain develops.

Are you suffering from neck pain? Call Physical Therapy of Melissa today at 972.837.4450 to schedule your pain screening!

• Exercising regularly • Engaging inregularstretching, like yoga

• Wearingrecommendedfootwear • Using lumbarsupport inyourdesk chair or car


One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to address whole-body well-being byencouraging improvedoverallhealth. Inmanysituations,this includes improved flexibilityandrange-of-motion training,musclebuildingandstrength training,and even insomecases,encouragementwithcardiovascularactivitiesandweight loss.

Vegetarian Recipe: Roasted Cauliflower & Chickpea Soup


• 1/4 tsp black pepper • 4 cups vegetable broth • 1 cup water • 1/2 cup heavy cream For Garnish • Reserved roasted cauliflower mix • Red pepper flakes • Heavy cream

• 1 cauliflower head, cut into florets • 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas • 5 garlic cloves, peeled • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1/2 tsp salt • 1/8 tsp paprika • 2 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed

INSTRUCTIONS Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, toss cauliflower florets, chickpeas and garlic cloves with 3 tbsp of olive oil and cumin, salt and paprika. Roast in the oven for 30 min, stirring once half way through. Remove from oven and set aside. Reserve about 1/2 cup for the garnish. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in large pot over medium heat. Add cubed potatoes andblackpepper.Cook for2min,stirring frequently.Addvegetablebrothandwaterand increase heat to bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, turn heat down to simmer for about 15-20 min until potatoes are very soft. Remove pot from the heat and stir in roasted cauliflower mix. Puree the soup using an immersion blender, food processor, or blender, working in batches if necessary. Return pureed soup to the stovetop and gently re-warm it. Stir in heavy cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish with reserved roasted cauliflower mix, red pepper flakes, fresh thyme leaves and drizzle of heavy cream.

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Important Announcement

Physical Therapy of Melissa continues to remain open to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our PT's play a key role in keeping people they can help out of the doctor offices and ER’s. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist. Nathaniel Christadoss, PT, DPT, CKTP

I came in with decreased mobility of my neck and migraines. I worked with everyone in the office at least once, and everyone was great. Pam has been a huge help getting increased motion back to my neck and reducing the frequency of migraines. Thanks again, Pam!” -Krystal N. @ptofmelissa

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BILATERAL SUBOCCIPITAL STRETCH While lying on a flat surface, put both hands behind your head, cupping the base of your skull with your thumbs. Tuck your chin downwards and apply a firm force up your skull with both thumbs to feel a moderate stretch in the back of the upper neck. Hold for at least 30 seconds.

If you have neck pain, please give us a call and schedule a free screening so we can get you going!

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