Back & Neck Plus: Neck Pain and Stress

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RELIEVING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES Look Up To A Happy &Pain Free Life!

Do you suffer from frequent neck pain and headaches? People literally live on Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen for years because they constantly have a nagging headache, induced by muscle spasms in the neck. Many people who suffer from frequent headaches fear they have an underlying neck problem that may go undiagnosed or untreated. (continued inside)

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RELIEVING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES Look Up To A Happy &Pain Free Life! (continued from outside)

The Cause of Most Headaches Headachescanrangefromminornaggingpains to full-blownmigraines that knock you off your feet for a day or two. Any headache, whether tremendous pain or not, should be a warning sign that the muscles around 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 upper back sides of the neck. The pain then radiates into the shoulder area. This is why many people who have headaches treat themselves to seek frequent neck and shoulder massages. Relief That Works Physical therapy with the DAVID Spine System 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 physical therapy experts are trained in specialized treatments, using the most cutting edge technology, 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. Physical therapy with the DAVID Spine System can help you to relieve the tightness and tension in your muscles, helping you live a happy, pain-free life.

INSIDE: •Focus On Neck PainTo Relieve Headaches • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight • DAVID Spine Restoration Program

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FOCUS ON NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck.

Therearewellmappedoutpatternsofheadaches thatcome from thedifferent parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (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 vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they 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 narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called 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 the DAVID Spine System at Back & Neck Plus can eliminate your neck pain and headaches, allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Health Recipe: Honey Garlic Shrimp INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup honey

Stretches Neck

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

CERVICAL RETRACTION Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

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 for 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.

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Patient Success Spotlight

“My orthopedic doctor recommended the DAVID spine and rehab program at Back and Neck Plus... Slowly my back and neck issues began to dissipate!”

I’ve had severe back pain for the past 10 years. 8 years ago I was diagnosed with 4-level disc disease. I’ve had Facet Blocks, Rhizotomies, epidurals, pain medicine, etc., all with limited to short-term success. In March of 2017 my orthopedic doctor recommended the DAVID spine and rehab program at Back and Neck Plus. Over the next 2-3 months I did stretches combined

with the DAVID and EVE controlled weight resistance and motion program. Slowly my back and neck issues began to dissipate. Today I bike, swim, walk, etc...Things I couldn’t do before I do now. And finding the expert and friendly staff at Back and Neck a Plus! – Ted T.

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