Regional PT: How Strong Shoulders Relieve Headaches

CORRECT POSTURE TO RELIEVE HEADACHES Is Your Back Strong Enough?

Have you ever felt a pounding headache start to come on, especially later in the day? This is a sign of muscle spasms in the neck and scalp as a result of abnormal stress and strain. Believe it or not, this could be caused by poor shoulder and upper back strength. Your trapezius muscles form a large triangle that start from the base of your skull, connecting all along the spine from the upper neck down to your mid back. They extend out to the tip of your shoulder blades, forming the triangle. The trapezius muscles are split up into three groups, the upper, middle and lower trapezius. We commonly notice the upper trapezius With forward slouching posture during sitting and standing, the middle and lower trapezius muscles become chronically stretched out. This results in weakness and an inability to correctly support your posture. Throughout the day as you use your head, neck and shoulders, the upper trapezius and other neck muscles become overused. This can then cause spasms of the arteries in the upper neck and scalp (vasospasms), which is one of the main symptoms of a headache. muscle getting tight and sore. Poor posture is to blame

Over time this unfortunate cycle of poor posture, weakness, spasms and headaches can lead to long-term changes in the neck structures, even early arthritis. However, improving the cervical (neck) and upper back motions can easily be accomplished with the right physical therapy. Furthermore, our physical therapists can quickly pinpoint the specific muscle groups to target to restore normal posture and function. The result is long- lasting headache relief, where you can finally stop taking the Advil or Tylenol. Call us today to discover how we can help your neck move freely and get rid of those headaches for good!

Did You Know You Don’t Need A Prescription To Get Physical Therapy? Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a doctor referral is not needed. In the state of Oklahoma you can seek physical therapy first to get the help you need!

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Healthy Recipe: Honey Garlic Shrimp

INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup honey • 1/4 cup soy sauce (reduced sodium) • 1 Tablespoon minced garlic • optional: 1 teaspoon minced ginger • 1 lb medium uncooked shrimp, peeled & deveined • 2 teaspoons olive oil • optional: chopped green onion garnish

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Whisk the honey, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger (if using) together in a medium bowl. 2. Place shrimp in a large zipped-top bag or tupperware. Pour 1/2 of the marinade mixture on top, give it all a shake or stir, then allow shrimp to marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or up to 8-12 hours. Cover and refrigerate the rest of the marinade for step 3. (Time-saving tip: while the shrimp is marinating, I steamed broccoli and microwaved some quick brown rice.) 3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place shrimp in the skillet. (Discard used marinade.) Cook shrimp on one side until pink - about 45 seconds - then flip shrimp over. Pour in remaining marinade and cook it all until shrimp is cooked through, about 1 minute more. 4. Serve shrimp with cooked marinade sauce and a garnish of green onion. The sauce is excellent on brown rice and steamed veggies on the side.

Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches

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3. Improve your flexibility The neck is made up of 14 joints that rely on a complex series of over 50 muscles to help you move. Muscles and tendons need to be flexible and elastic to help your neck joints move in the proper sequence. Take time during the day to gently stretch your neck side to side, rotating and up/ down. Improving your chest and upper back flexibility, helps to restore normal posture and reduce strain to the neck. After all, you are balancing the weight of a bowling ball on top of your neck. Naturally relieve your headaches, neck, upper back or shoulder pain with physical therapy. Physical therapy is the onlymedical science that works on these 3 natural ways to restore your body to better posture, flexibility and strength. Call us today to learn more about our special programs that help you live your life headache and pain free.

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Exercise Essentials

Try this simple exercise to relieve shoulder pain

PRONE ALTERNATE ARM AND LEG While lying face down and keeping your lower abdominals tight, slowly raise up an arm and the opposite leg. Slowly lower and then raise the opposite side. Do not allow your spine to move the entire time. Helps Shoulder Pain

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