Achieve Therapy: Relief For Radiating Neck Pain & Headaches

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April 2019

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Relief for Radiating Neck Pain & Headaches Wave Goodbye To Neck Pain!

April 2019

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. Getting out of bed and driving to work can become a challenge, as can 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. Neck pain is one of those types of pain that is difficult to work around. Pain in the neck and back will frequently begin to radiate the longer it hangs around, and that could mean shooting pain up your neck and back, all the way into the base of your skull. Once neck pain begins to turn into headaches, attempting to concentrate at work can become exceedingly difficult. What Causes Neck Pain? There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neck pain, including accidents,

such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident, 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 therefore migraine headaches. What’s worse, since the neck is connected to the spinal column and therefore connected to the nervous system, pain in the neck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers, which can be uncomfortable and frustrating when you are going about daily tasks. When neck pain develops as a result of a pinched nerve, the radiating neck pain can result in severe headaches, and in some cases, even migraine headaches. The pinched nerve can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the skull and can cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist can help you address pain caused by a pinched nerve, and therefore can reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain.

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Physical Therapy & Neck Pain

The good news is that there is actually a lot that you can do to support the healthy 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 likemassage, stretching andmuscle training to reduce neck pain, and many of these strategies 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 • Wearing recommended footwear • Using lumbar support in your desk chair or car • Exercising regularly • Engaging in regular stretching, like yoga One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to address whole- body well-being by encouraging improved overall health. In many

situations, this includes improved flexibility and range-of-motion training, muscle building and strength training, and even in some cases, encouragement with cardiovascular activities and weight loss. At the end of the day, the best way to be free of neck pain is to prevent neck pain from developing, and working with a physical therapist can help you in this regard, as well. The tasks that you do every day can build up over time and cause a lot of stress on your body, and the neck and shoulders are some of the most common places to carry that stress. You may not even realize the impact that simple 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 repetitive movements like hunching over a keyboard at work can all seriously impact your neck pain. The longer you let neck pain linger and disrupt your life, the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you experience an injury, the smart thing to do is to consult a physical therapist soon after the pain develops. Source: aspx?cid=8402b1d2-6580-41b2-b4ff-25a0cd6dac3a

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Relieve Neck Pain Median Nerve Glide

Start with your arm hanging down at your side with your elbow straight and palm facing forward. Next, bend your wrist forward and back. Your other hand should be checking to make sure that your shoulder stays down and drawn back the entire time.






Laurie Holte, PT, MPT

Dry Needling is a very effective treatment used to decrease pain, caused by tight bands inmuscles, known as trigger points. Trigger points in muscles can be responsible for local pain in a particular body part. They can also “refer” pain to other areas, far away from their location. An example may be pain felt at the wrist, but caused by a trigger point in a muscle around the shoulder. The presence of trigger points in muscles can also contribute to increased pain throughout the body, by sending noxious signals to the nervous system. The dry needling specialist uses fine filament needles, similar to the needles used by Acupuncturists, though the focus and outcome of the treatments are very different than that of Acupuncture. The needle is placed and may be manipulated within the tight band of muscle, releasing the restriction, and bringing local blood flow and nutrients to the sore area. If the tight band is the source of the pain, relief is generally found within 1-2 treatments, and can then allow the muscle to be more easily rehabilitated. NEW LOCATION We are excited to announce that we opened a new location in February on Demers Avenue in Grand Forks within Valley Bone & Joint Clinic! Laurie Holte, PT, MPT & Jamie Arola, PT, DPT are our amazing physical therapists at this location. To schedule an appointment with them, give us a call at 701.746.6694. TOM CARSON, PT, DPT HAS MOVED Tom Carson, PT, DPT has moved to our Turning Point location

Dry needling is performed at Achieve Therapy, by specially trained physical therapists with excellent knowledge of anatomy and muscle function, and usually used in conjunction with other treatments and exercises. Dry needling trained physical therapists at Achieve Therapy are as follows:

DEMERS AVENUE: Laurie Holte, PT, MPT Jamie Arola, PT, DPT COLUMBIA ROAD: Megan Bolek, PT, DPT Nicole Chine, PT, MPT TURNING POINT: Tom Carson, PT, DPT Gary Schindler, PT, DPT

EAST GRAND FORKS: Heather Walsh, PT, DPT Tricia Reimann, PT, DPT PARK RIVER: Lacey Wilcox, PT, DPT



and is now seeing patients there. To schedule an appointment with him, call us at 701.746.6694. NATALIE PURCELL, PT, DPT HAS MOVED Natalie Purcell, PT, DPThasmoved to our East Grand Forks location and is now seeing patients there. To schedule an appointment with her, call us at 218.773.3388.

Laurie Holte, PT, MPT

Jamie Arola, PT, DPT

Natalie Purcell, PT, DPT

Tom Carson, PT, DPT

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