Kerrville: Relief For Radiating Neck Pain

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“Make Your Pain Become A Distant Memory!” RELIEF FOR RADIATING NECK PAIN

Do you find it hard to get comfortable at night because of the ache in your neck? Do you find your neck and shoulders just hurt when you try to move them in a certain direction? Many people suffer from chronic neck pain, tightness and frequent headaches. However, few get the needed attention to address the root cause of this problemand try tomask the symptoms with popping Advil or Tylenol. Since the root cause of the problem is not addressed, weakness of the neck and shoulder muscles increase, which can lead to headaches and even migraines. The neck is very complicated in its structure and is primarily made up of seven independently moving vertebrae

or bones. Most of the rotating of your head comes from the upper part of the neck. This is a very important part of your body since it is where the thickest part of the spinal cord goes through to the brain. It is also an important area that determines how your body balances. Main Causes of Neck Pain Neck pain can start for a number of reasons including: poor posture with sitting, car accidents, stress, injuries or even falls. Since the neck is where blood vessels are going through to your head, pain and tightness can cause spasms of the arteries around the nerves of the neck and head. This can cause headaches or even migraines.


Patients with neck problems can often experience pain, tingling or numbness, into the arms, hands and even fingers. This is because the nerves coming out of the spine in your neck supply your arms and hands. If you find this is occuring, it is important that you see one of the licensed physical therapists and spine experts at Kerrville Physical Therapy Center. There is a lot that you can do to help your neck pain. The key is preventing the neck pain from starting in the first place. However, our daily lives don’t always dictate what is good for our neck and shoulders. The Spine Program at Kerrville Physical Therapy Center was designed to help those with pain get out of pain and stay healthy. In today’s society we sit a lot in slouched positions which is not good for the neck, upper back and shoulders. Our jobs, driving in the car, picking up heavy objects and repetitive straining can hurt the neck over a period of time. Having the spine experts at Kerrville Physical Therapy Center examine your neckmovement, strength and function can pinpoint the root cause of your neck pain or headaches, treat it and teach you how to prevent it from returning. Call us today to find out how we can relieve your “pain in the neck”!

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• Pain while bending or reaching? • Stiffness or swelling? • Difficulty standing for > 20 mins?

• Pain when trying to sleep? • Pain when driving > 30 mins? • Radiating pain to the back?

ASK YOUR NEIGHBOR ABOUT US! Talk to One Of Our Physical Therapy Specialists Be In A Better Mood • Have More Energy • Enjoy Activities Pain Free


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Call To Schedule Today (830) 896-7377


Offer valid for the first 25 people to schedule. Expires 05-24-18. Doctor referral will be required for continued therapy


Why You Need To Come In For An Appointment: • Move without pain • Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

CALL TODAY (830) 896-7377

Take Care of Your Aches & Pains Before It’s Too Late!

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

DIRECTIONS 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. 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.

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to keep you moving...

Stretches neck muscles

SCALENE STRETCH Place your hands overlapping on your breast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck.

Exercises copyright of

Strengthens Neck

RETRACTION/CHIN TUCK Slowly draw your head back so that your ears line up with your shoulders.

The above exercise is designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

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