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Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among American adults! More than two-thirds of U.S. adults will develop neck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced. MAKE YOUR HOLIDAYS NECK PAIN FREE! Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of Degenerative Disc Disease . When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck.

This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region. Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticismorevenasaresultofacaraccidentoraslipandfallaccident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot ofgoodtoalleviatethepain.However,attemptingexercisesonyourown could also result in further pain. Insomecases, MechanicalNeckPain candevelopasaresultofachange intheneck joints.Thismaydevelopasaresultofadisccollapsing,which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bonestostrikeoneanother,resulting inpain.Whenthis isn’taddressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally,neckpain issometimescausedby Radiculopathy ,whichrefersto pressureor irritation inthenervesoftheneck,whichalterstheelectrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physicaltherapycanhelpreducethepressureand irritationsurrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or anotherofthese issues,andthatyou insteadalwaysworkwitha licensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. You can be pain-free, today! Request an appointment by calling us at 337-264-9856 or by visiting

A TRUE SUCCESS At 56, I gave physical therapy a shot for the first time. Who would have thought it would be because of my dentist? I have dealt with TMJ issues for over 16 years, involving pain when I bite, headaches, and neck aches. My mouth opening had decreased severely in two years. My dentist wanted me to see an oral surgeon or a physical therapist. After 6 weeks of PT, my pain is gone, my mouth opening is back to normal, and my neck pain has much improved. I have Taylor to thank for all of this. His patience and knowledge were all that I needed to trust the effects of PT. He strongly suggested dry needling. After trying it on my 2nd visit, I saw results immediately. My neck felt to much lighter, like an elephant was lifted off. He pointed out posture issues to me and how to correct them. I believe that the dry needling sped up my who process and allowed me to feel such great results in only 6 weeks. Taylor is very gentle and cares about his patients. He made my first experience a true success.” - N. L.

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IS YOUR NECK PAIN CAUSED BY SLEEP ISSUES? There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: Sleeping Issues . Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly.

It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! According to Tuck Sleep, mattresses with mid-level firmness ratings (4-6 out of 10) tend to help the most with alleviating pain, as they provide a balance between comfort and support. Mattresses that are too soft or too firm can actually increase pain levels during sleep, as they can create more pressure and target certain pain points on your body. For more support in finding relief from your neck pain, call us today at 337-264-9856. Your physical therapist at Boulet Physical Therapy and Wellness Institute can help pin point the source of your neck symptoms and offer exercises that will help to relax your neck muscles as well as help your neck become more tolerant of activity.


An insurancedeductible istheamountofmoneythatyoumustpay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patientswithfamilyplansorthosewhohavehadmajorsurgeries orhaveachronic illnessareespeciallylikelytohavea$0balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. Thismeans that the cost of physical therapy could beminimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Let us help you get a head start for 2020. Are you feeling aches and pains? Want to improve your health and activity level? Call (337) 264-9856 to schedule an appointment. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments and place you one step closer to pain relief.


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If you or someone you know is experiencing rotator cuff or shoulder pain, then this is the event you don’t want to miss! Come learn about the common causes of shoulder pain and what successful natural treatment methods look like without the use of drugs, injections, or surgery. The workshop is FREE to all that attend. Seating is limited, so call to reserve your chair at (337) 264-9856. Only 20 spots available for this workshop.

Next RTC & Shoulder Pain Workshop: DEC 10, 6PM Upcoming Workshops: • Arthritis Workshop : JAN 14, 6PM

• Muscle Energy Techniques • Myofascial Release • Postural Re-Education/ Training • Therapeutic Exercise

• Ultrasound • Vestibular Therapy

• Kinesio Taping • Laser Therapy • Manual Therapy

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Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK?

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STAYING PHYSICALLY FIT DURING THE HOLIDAYS Keep Moving. Try to avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time. Research shows that getting up for just five minutes every 30 to 60 minutes and performing lightactivity(pacingaroundthehouse orperformingsimplesquatexercises)reducesthe riskofdiabetesandotherheartdiseaseriskfactors. GetaBitCreativewithExercise— opt for funways that make physical activity a family affair. From exploring new group fitness classes to building physical activity into holiday traditions. Think outside the box when it comes to ways to have quality time with family and friends while also prioritizing your health. Plan Your Workouts. Add your workouts to your schedule to assure they are a part of your day. Remember, some exercise is better than none. Rather than skipping the gym altogether, make time for a quick workout.

Levator Scapulae Stretch (Overpressure) Sit in a chair with the hand on the side of the neck to be stretched beneath you. (Alternatively, you can grab under the chair.) Use your free hand to gently pull your nose down toward your armpit so as to give your neck an extra stretch. Good stretch to use if you sit at a computer all day.


Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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