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DON’T LET LIFE BECOME A PAIN IN THE NECK You Can Find Relief for Radiating Neck Pain & Headaches

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

INSIDE: Don’t Let Life Become a Pain in the Neck Physical Therapy and Neck Pain Free Workshop! Feb 21 st Do You Know Someone Who Could Use Our Help?

Don’t Let Life Become A Pain In The Neck You Can Find Relief for Radiating Neck Pain & Headaches

Patient of the Month! Justin Freeman

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 neckpain develops as a result of apinchednerve, 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. 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 like massage, stretching and muscle 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.

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MANAGING YOUR PAIN

with Healthier Habits 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 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. Working with a physical therapist at Blue RidgePhysicalTherapycanhelpyou identify the best treatment methods for neck pain. Contact us today at (423) 262-0020. Sources: https://www.moveforwardpt.com/symptomsconditionsdetail. aspx?cid=8402b1d2-6580-41b2-b4ff-25a0cd6dac3a

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SCALENE STRETCH

Place your hands overlappingonyourbreast bone. Next, tilt your head upwards and away from the affected side until a gentle stretch is felt along the front and side of your neck. Hold for 20 seconds repeat 3 times on each side.

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Slow Cooker COCONUT GINGER CHICKEN

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• 2 Tbsp cornstarch • 1 can baby corn cobs • 1 cup peas or frozen vegetables SPICE BLEND • 1/2 tsp ground pepper • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 1/2 tsp ground tumeric • 1 tsp salt • 2 tsp curry powder (optional)

INGREDIENTS • 4 cloves garlic peeled • 2 inch cube ginger about 30 grams, roughly chopped • 1 sweet onion peeled, quartered • 1 Tbsp olive oil • 2 Tbsp butter • 2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into four • 2 cans coconut milk not shaken

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DIRECTIONS Combine spices together and set aside. In a food processor, pulse garlic, ginger and onion until it forms a paste. In a skillet, heat olive oil and melt butter. Add pureed aromatics and stir well. Cook for a few minutes, thenaddspiceblend.Cook for2-3minutes,stirringconstantly.Movearomatics to one side of the skillet and add chicken pieces. Cook chicken slightly on all sides and thoroughly coat it with the spices. Transfer the skillet ingredients into a slow cooker. Remove the cream from the top of the coconut milk using a soup spoon and set aside. Pour the remaining coconut milk over the chicken until it barely covers it. Drain the corn cobs and chop in half. Add to the slow-cooker. Cook on low for 4 hours. Whisk cornstarch with coconut cream (previously set aside) until smooth and add to the chicken, stirring well. Add frozen peas or other vegetables of your choice. Cook for another 1/2 hour or until the chicken is cooked and the vegetables are hot. Recipe Courtesy of Melissa @ www.blessthismessplease.com

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“Prior to coming to BRPT, I had pain in my neck and left shoulder due to an automobile accident. The pain radiated down my neck along my clavicle and around the shoulder. There was also some limited motion in my neck. Now, I seem to have full range of motion and only minor pain around the top of my shoulder, at a manageable level.

• Decrease pain • Increase strength • Increase activity level • Increase flexibility • Improve health • Get back to living We can help:

The staff here was very attentive and listened to my complaints/progress in order to customize every visit. My treatment consisted mostly of a variety of exercises for my neck and shoulder and then applying heat/ ice at the end of every visit. I found the staff here to be very friendly and knowledgable. I feel like they always listened to me and provided feedback regarding my time here and my daily life. Lisa does a great job! Thank you, for your time, patience, and expertise!” - J. F.

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