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Live Without Neck Pain & Headaches

Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches?People literallyliveonacetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms in the neck. A concern with those who have frequent headaches, is an underlying neck problem that may go untreated. The Cause of Most Headaches Headaches can range from minor nagging pains, to full-blown migraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. (continued inside)


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“We Can Make Neck Pain & Headaches A Distant Memory. ” Live Without Neck Pain & Headaches

Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles in your spine and neck may be too tight and tense. Prolonged muscle tension may cause you to feel stiff and achy. One may feel pain in the shoulders, neck, upper back and even radiating out to the upper arms. Most people who have headaches complain about having neck and shoulder pain. The most intense pain usually lies directly in the back and upper sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to frequent neck and shoulder massages. Physical therapy can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life. Relief That Works Physical therapy goes beyond massages to evaluate and treat the root cause of your pain. Muscular tightness may lead to poor joint movement and weakness. Our medical experts are trained in specialized, hands-on treatments to quickly reduce your pain. Furthermore you can enjoy the added benefits of corrected posture and improved motion. We help to train you in gentle exercises and self-help techniques to relieve neck pain and headaches independently and prevent the problem from reoccurring.

“ Common pain conditions (i.e., arthritis, back, headache, and other musculoskeletal pain) result in $61.2 billion in lower productivity for U.S. workers. ” - Journal of the American Medical Association, 2003


The neck can be a hidden and debilitating sourceofheadaches.Veryoftenneckpain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with every day activities. According to the National InstituteofHealthStatisticsneckpainand headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper backareas.Thediscsbetweenyourbones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three levels of theneckhandlealmost50%of the total motionoftheentireneck.Thismeansthey absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of

the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowingofthecanalorwherethenerves exit, can lead to a condition named spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our team of specialists at Family Physical Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

If you are experiencing these symptoms call Family Physical Therapy today!

Difficulty turning your head from side to side Poor posture Neck or shoulder pain that interferes with your sleep Stiff neck Pain when reaching for objects overhead

Limited ability to exercise Unable to work due to pain Neck pain that radiates into your shoulders

Relieve Neck Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing neck and shoulder pain.

SCAPULAR RETRACTION Stand tall, shoulders relaxed. Pull shoulder blades back and down. Don’t hunch your shoulders. Repeat 8 times. Relaxes Shoulders

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Staff Spotlight

RANDI GALLAGHER Administrative Staff

Randi is a graduate of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Sociology. A chiropractic assistant for two years with Casey Chiropractic, Randi spends her free time reading, writing poetry, bargain shopping, walking, cooking and traveling. Randi has been a Colchester resident for 16 years, and is married with two sons and a daughter. Education: • Elizabethtown College

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