Farmingdale PT West: Neck Pain and Headaches

Health &Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


By Cassidy King

My name is Cassidy King. As a former soccer player and a 5K runner I have always had a passion for exercise. I ran my last race in late September, and I finished with my best time. I was so excited to keep training in order to run a 10K by the end of the year. In November, I was in a car accident resulting in severe back pain, badly bruised knees, and a pinched nerve in my neck. I was devastated about my condition and I was so frustrated with myself and my body. Thanks to Jillian I have been able to rehabilitate my body and work my shifts at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West without pain. I have strengthened my body so much and Jillian has even helped me to begin running again. I cannot wait to start running at full speed and start training for that 10K.

Health & Wellness The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body


INSIDE: • Stretching for Neck Pain Relief • Healthy Recipe • Employee Of The Month • Patient Success Spotlight

How neck pain can go to your head Headaches can stem from tightness in the neck muscles at the back of the neck which is brought about by a forward-head posture and rounded back. This is very common if you work at a computer or sit a lot. In this position the spine is strained. Try to stand up tall with your back against a wall. How far away from the wall is the back of your head? If you have a forward head posture, your head will be quite far from the wall. The forward head position puts a strain on the neck muscles resulting in general muscle tension in the head. This can affect blood flow to the scalp, resulting in a headache. Pain can be referred from the neck to behind the eyes or forehead and even one sided headaches around the temples. Pounding headaches at the back of the head can be related to neck muscle tightness and limited movement. Since many headaches stem from problems with neck movement and posture, it is wise that you see a physical therapist. Find out how you can relieve your aching neck and naggingheadache forgood. Call us today to learn more about our programs and say good-bye to those aches and pains!

Dear Valued Client,

It’s theendof theday;yourhead ispoundingandyour neck isaching.Was it theworkyouweredoing?Was it thestressor thewayyouweresitting?Yourneck is an intricate structure with hundreds of muscles and nerves. The joints in your neck provide movement, while the discs in between the bones give support and shock absorption.


In today’s world of sitting for long periods at work, being on your computer and at home watchingTV, your neck muscles, joints and nerves can become strained and irritated. The fact is that even the simplest movements can cause short periods of neck pain. Yet some of us may actually be experiencing chronic neck pain. Simple, repetitive movements can lead to prolonged muscle tightness which can take time to show symptoms. In comparison, muscle strains happen with quick jolts such as an injury or lifting something too heavy.


Neck pain and headaches typically come from poor posture and tight muscles in the neck, shoulders and upper back. This produces what is called a forward head posture. By stretching the tight muscles along the back of your neck as well as strengthening the muscles at the front of the neck, neck pain can be relieved. Correcting bad posture can be as simple as strengthening the abdominal region. However, keep in mind that when dealing with a forward-head posture you will also have forward-rounded shoulders and increased curvature of the upper spine. Our physical therapists are experts in posture evaluation and treatment, helping you even if you have quite severe changes. It’s never too late!

Tight muscles are a big factor in most neck pain and headaches. Stretching the muscles of your chest and strengthening the muscles of the middle back helps. For long term benefits, learning the right exercises can make a big difference in preventing neck pain and headaches from returning. Therefore, before you start taking any headache medicine for chronic neck pain, you might want to analyze your body posture first. Finding tension in your neck or limited range of motion in your spine might be the cause. Correcting it through physical therapy might be a simple solution for your headaches and neck pains. Call us today to learn more about our SPINE Program to relieve your headache and neck pain.

Healthy Recipe: Green Bean Casserole

• Nonstick cooking spray • 5 cups sliced green beans • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 cup grated Parmesan • 1 tbsp plus

• 2 tsp canola oil • 1 1/2 cups diced onions • 2 cups sliced mushrooms • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream House Seasoning:

• 1/2 tsp salt • 1 cup kosher salt

• 1/4 cup garlic powder • 1/4 cup black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1 1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for about 20 minutes, and then drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan and 2 tsp of the oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Pour the reserved 1 1/2 cups chicken broth back into the pot the green beans boiled in and bring to a boil. Add the green beans to the skillet with the mushrooms and onions. While that is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beans and add the sour cream, House Seasoning, and salt. Stir well. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko and cheese mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned. House Seasoning: Mix together the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

FARMINGDALE PHYSICAL THERAPY WEST 4277 Hempstead Turnpike Bethpage, NY 11714 • 516-731-3583

Patient Success Spotlight

Employee Of The Month


“My experience at Farmingdale Physical Therapy West has been nothing but great. You are made to feel welcomed, comfortable and part of the ‘family’ right from the start. The PT assistants are supportive, thorough, and quick. They make your time here enjoyable. Jill is a great physical therapist. She gets to know you personally and makes you feel accepted and important. She is certainly an asset to this practice and pinpointing your issue and how to best help you.” - Susan P. “You are made to feel welcomed, comfortable and part of the ‘family’ right from the start.”

When asked what his favorite food was, Nick said he loves sushi and chicken cutlets. In his free time, Nick likes to work out/stay active by playing sports. He also enjoys hanging out with his friends and family. His favorite part of working at FPTW is the great staff that has now become like family.

Take Care of Your Pain Before It ’s Too Late.

You Help Us, To Help Others Who Do You Know Who Needs Our Help? “BUTCH BUCKS” PATIENT REFERRAL PROGRAM IS BACK!

Patient Of The Month

Lisa Spadanuta

How long have you been a patient here at FPTW?

Since November of 2018

What is your favorite part about coming to FPTW? Talking to Jill, coming here helps her feel better and she is seeing a lot of improvements. What do you do in your free time? Hang out with friends and family, karaoke, teaching her pre-k class.

The “ Butch Bucks” is a patient referral program where a patient receives a $10 gift card for every patient he/she send to FPTW that comes a minimum of 3 visits. If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer him/her to Farmingdale Physical Therapy West today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation!

CALL TODAY! 516-731-3583

Attention Pain Sufferers WE ARE HOSTING 2 GREAT WORKSHOPS!

Tuesday, February 12th 2019 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm BACK PAIN & SCIATICA WORKSHOP

You’ll learn:

• Exercises to improve strength of your back • Exercises to relieve sciatica symptoms

• Main causes of back pain and sciatica • Benefits of PT for back pain and sciatica • How posture plays a role in back pain

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Attention Pain Sufferers WE ARE HOSTING 2 GREAT WORKSHOPS!

Tuesday, February 26th 2019 from 6:00 pm ROTATOR CUFF WORKSHOP

- 7:00 pm

You’ll learn:

• How posture plays a role in shoulder pain • Exercises to improve strength of the shoulder • Exercises to improve posture and pain

• Function of the rotator cuff • Main causes of shoulder/rotator cuff issues • Benefits of PT for shoulder pain

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