HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body
STAY A NECK AHEAD OF YOUR PAIN!
HEALTH & WELLNESS The Newsletter About Your Health and Caring for Your Body
INSIDE: • Stay a Neck Ahead of Your Chronic Pain! • Is Your Neck Pain Caused By Sleep Issues? • What Is a Certified Athletic Trainer?
STAY A NECK AHEAD OF YOUR CHRONIC PAIN!
Neckpaincanbebothdebilitatingandterrifying. 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,andsincetheneck issosensitiveto injury, it is importanttobeascarefulaspossible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredibletorealizehowcommonneckpain 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 fortheneckpainareasvariedasthepopulation ofthenation itself. Injury,musclestrainandeven stresscancausesignificantpain intheneckand upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible forchronicheadaches likemigrainestodevelop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieveneckpain,butthebesttreatmentforyour personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced.
In some cases, Mechanical Neck Pain can developasaresultofachange intheneck joints. Thismaydevelopasaresultofadisccollapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by Radiculopathy , which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physical therapy can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neckpain. It is importantthatyouneverassume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced physicaltherapisttodeterminetheprecisecause of your pain and discomfort.
Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: Ifyourpain isdevelopinggraduallyovertimeand isnottheresultofanyparticular injurythatcomes tomind,then itmaybearesultof Degenerative Disc Disease . When this develops, you may experiencechronicneckpainasaresultoffluid- filledsacsthatarebecomingweakenedovertime asaresultofstressandstrain. Physicaltherapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative discdiseasebyhelpingrestorebloodcirculation 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,neckpaindevelopsafteraparticular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a resultofacaraccidentoraslipandfallaccident. Whenthishappens,yourpaincouldbearesultof amusclestrainorsprain.Whenthis isthecase, thenusing traditionalmethods likehotandcold therapyandtargetedphysicaltherapytreatment candoalotofgoodtoalleviatethepain.However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain.
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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 219.319.0110. Your physical therapist at Trademark Performance 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.
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MEET OUR TEAM: BETH BRAVIERE, MS, ATC
Beth Braviere graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a Master’s in Exercise Science and Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education with a concentration in Athletic Training. Before joining Trademark, she was the Athletic Trainer at Purdue University Calumet for three years. She also served at her Alma Mater, TF North, as the Head Athletic Trainer for ten years.
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Beth feels very passionate about the work that she does with the students. She believes that it is important to not only serve as their Athletic Trainer but also be a healthcare educator and liaison. Beth also divides her time as a Personal Trainer. While not working Beth is usually spending time with her family, which includes twin girls. Beth enjoys running, biking, and any new adventure!
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WHAT IS A CERTIFIED ATHLETIC TRAINER? The majority of Certified Athletic Trainers spend a bulk of their career as a Secondary School Athletic Trainer. Others move on to collegiate, professional or even industrial settings. To most, it doesn’t sound like a very glorious job. The schedule is very unpredictable and is usually at the mercy of when coach decides to practice. Certified Athletic Trainers (ATC’s) work late nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays. They miss birthday parties, cookouts, family excursions, weddings and even holidays. ATC’s will sit through sporting events in the rain, snow, wind, humidity, and sun. Whether it is 97 degrees in the middle of summer or a 20 degree “spring” day, we are there to provide high quality healthcare for the athletes in our charge. ATC’s experience and share many highs with their athletes, some which have extended way beyond the field or court. Certified Athletic Trainers can reflect on the many great wins that are unforgettable, such as a touchdown in overtime to beat a rival or winning a regional championship as the underdog. However, the moments when a high school senior at the end of her recovery from a torn ACL starts and plays 1 minute in her only game of the year, on senior night, or the countless hours spent rehabilitating an athlete to see him earn a starting spot back, or even hugs on graduation day, are moments that make us smile the most. With wins come loses, and with highs come lows. Being a Certified Athletic Trainer is never easy, especially when you have to tell your athlete their shoulder injury will need surgery or their ACL is ruptured. Treating athletic injuries sometimes has led to treating broken hearts. Many ATC’s never have the opportunity to be a part of a Championship winning program, so that means that numerous seasons will end with a loss. Some of the toughest times actually come when we have to say goodbye to an athlete who passes away unexpectedly. For a Certified Athletic Trainer, our athletes become our family. We sometimes need their shoulder to lean on, just as much as they need ours. As a Certified Athletic Trainer, it can feel like we have become role models, parents, coaches, peers and even friends. We tend to welcome conversation not only about sports, injuries, and nutrition, but also about love, loss, heartbreak, and laughter. The Certified Athletic Trainer is usually the man behind the curtain or the lady standing behind the bench. We are never the ones looking for glory or a spotlight. We simply know how to be there for our athletes, and how to manage the overall health and well-being of someone else’s daughter, son, parent or even grandparent so their family will not have to shoulder the burden of worrying about their athlete’s safety. We are a part of a large medical team, and provide our time to ensure the highest possible healthcare can be received by the proper professional as needed.
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. Call Trademark Performance for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3 CLINIC NEWS REMOTE PERSONAL TRAINING I S NOW L I V E !Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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