Back & Neck Plus: Relieving Neck Pain

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Neck pain can be a constant ache or sharp pain with movement, stopping you from enjoying life’s activities. Neck pain is very common affecting approximately 2/3 rds of the population at one point or another. People with neck pain suffer mainly from one of the following conditions: (continued inside)

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


INSIDE: • Are You Hurting Your Neck While You Sleep? • Healthy Recipe • Exercise Essentials • Patient Success Spotlight • DAVID Spine Restoration Program

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Degenerative Disc Disease Thediscsarethefluid-filledsacsbetweenthebonesofyourneck.Thenormal aging process shrinks the discs and dries them out. Repeated stress and strain also weakens the tissues that make up a disc. When this happens, the disc loses its ability to absorb shock. In turn, this causes rubbing and changes in the shape of the joints in your neck, which can be painful. Muscle Strain When there is an injury to the neck or you overuse the shoulder and neck muscles, a strain can occur. When this happens, the neck muscles may go into spasm to help support and protect the sore area. Mechanical Neck Pain Mechanical pain usually starts from changes in the neck joints. As discs start to collapse, the space between the neck bones narrow, and the joints may become inflamed. The pain is usually chronic and is typically felt in the middle part of the neck. However, it may spread from the neck into the upper back or to the outside of the shoulder in some cases.

Radiculopathy Pressure or irritation on or around the nerves of the neck can affect the nerves’ electrical signals.Thepressureor irritation can be felt as numbness on the skin, weakness in the muscles or pain along the path of the nerve. Weakness in thespinemusclescancauseabnormalpressureon thenerves and increased chance of radiculopathy. If you are suffering from neck pain, our DAVID Spine Program is ideal to quickly relieve your pain and prevent it from returning. From long-term neck pain, to recovering from a complicated surgery, we can relieve your pain quickly, returning your natural mobility and strength. Our treatments are designed to help ease pain and to improve flexibility, strength, posture and function. We even teach you how to protect your neck in the years ahead. Look inside to learn more about our DAVID Spine Program and say goodbye to that aching neck!


We spend one-third of our lives sleeping. Therefore, how you sleep and the bed you sleep on can have a dramatic effect on the support of your body. When you sleep you need to be aware of how your neck and spine are supported. There are many different types of beds on the market today which can be very confusing for consumers.The best type of bed is the one thatyou tryoutand feelmostcomfortableusing.Typically,abed that isfirm underneath, with a softer top helps to provide support as well as contour to your body. If your mattress is old, then think about investing in a new one so that your neck and spine are supported well. The best positions to sleep in for your spine are on your back or sides. Avoid sleeping on your stomach since your spine ends up twisted, especially your neck.Over thehoursofrepetitivesleepingonyourstomach,youcandamage the joints of your spine and compress the nerves exiting your spine. Use a pillow to help support your body and take the weight of your legs off your spine. If you like to sleep on your back, place a pillow under the backs of your thighs and knees. This should place your knees in a slight, supported bend which takes pressure off your lower back. If you sleep on your side, be sure to put a pillow between your knees. This helps keep the alignment of your spine, and takes the pressure of your upper leg off the spine. Have 1-2 pillows under your head to keep your neck in proper alignment. If you need 2 pillows stagger them so that one pillow overlaps the other by one half. The lower half goes under the shoulders, while the upper half supports the neck. Our physical therapists at Back & Neck Plus Physical Therapy Center can show you exercises, stretches and techniques to relieve your pain and prevent it from returning.

If you are suffering with neck or back pain, call us today to learn more about how we can relieve your pain, returning you to a more active, pain-free life!

Exercise Essentials Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Health Recipe: Avocado Greek Yogurt Salad

INGREDIENTS • 1 ripe avocado • ¼ cup plain greek yogurt • ½ teaspoon granulated garlic • ½ teaspoon onion powder • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon black ground pepper • 1 tablespoon dill relish • 2 (4 ounce) cans high quality tuna

Stretches Neck


Grasp your arm on the affected side and tilt your head downward into the armpit. Use your opposite hand to guide your head further into the stretch.

• 1 celery stalk, chopped • ½ red onion, chopped • Juice from ½ of a lemon

1. In a medium bowl mash together the avocado and greek yogurt until smooth. 2. Stir in granulated garlic, onion powder, salt, pepper, and relish until combined. 3. Stir in tuna fish, red onion, and celery until all ingredients are coated. 4. Squeeze in lemon juice and stir. 5. Serve on sandwich or with crackers and vegetables. This tuna salad taste even better if you can let it sit for a couple hours.

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Patient Success Spotlight

Do you or someone you know have back or neck pain? As a current or past patient you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Go to our homepage at www. and scroll down to the middle of the page for your free download. This is the easiest way to get this information to our patients. Download and share with friends and family today!

“OBLITERATED! Obliterated was the term used to describe the discs in my spine by the professional who read my MRI. I can only imagine what was going through Susan’s mind as she looked at me, a 70 year old, cane wielding 300 pounder. Quite the challenge indeed. That was back on April 27 th of 2017. The initial test showed to me how weak I had become. During the first month of the program I struggled, I realized I would have to put forth more of an effort, the machines weren’t going to do it all for me. Encouraged by Susan’s own eating habits and our discussions I changed my own and over the final two months, not only did I lose 40 lbs. but I could feel and see the strength and flexibility returning. A year later I weigh 240 lbs., no longer need a cane, can tie my own shoes; wear an XL instead of XXXL Plus. I feel 15 years younger. I was ecstatic to hear that Susan would soon be the new owner of David in Little Rock. I believe good things happen to good people. Susan is good people.” – Robert D. I feel 15 years younger.


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Spine Restoration


Isolates the paraspinal muscles and deactivate muscle groups that naturally interfere with total isolation. Traditional physical therapy methods are not capable of effectively isolating the spine.



A 3-dimensional method which includes all three planes of spinal movement, i.e. sagittal (flexion-extension), frontal (side-bending to the left and right), and transverse (arial rotation to the left and right.

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Allows equal distribution of the load and motion across all segments of the spine in the full range of spinal movement.

• Decrease your pain • Increase your strength • Increase your activity level

• Increase your flexibility • Improve your health • Get back to living


The eValuated Exercise (EVE) system provides state-of-the- art monitoring and measuring capability.

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