KerrvillePT: Relief & Better Motion For Aching Necks

Health & Wellness

July, 2019



Do you have trouble sitting up straight at your desk, tilting your head down to tie your shoes, or even lying down to go to sleep at night? Do you have headaches more than once a week? If so, you’re not alone. According to the Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, over 100 million Americans suffer fromchronic pain. Of those 100million, 15% suffer from chronic neck pain. In a survey conducted with over 300 chronic pain sufferers, 59% reported an impact on the quality of their life and 77% of those surveyed reported feeling depressed. Even small amounts of pain can lead to a downward spiral in quality of life, energy, and overall wellbeing. Fortunately physical therapy can help resolve all the pains in your neck. Contact Kerrville Physical Therapy Center today to schedule your consultation. Why does neck pain occur? The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) states that approximately one-third of the population will experience neck pain in any given year. It

can get worse if left untreated, and in severe cases, surgery may even be needed. Additional symptoms of neck pain may include: • Discomfort and pain when remaining in the same position for too long. • Muscle stiffness and tightness in the upper body. • Headaches. • Arm weakness. • Numbness or tingling. • Inability to fully stand up or sit up straight. • Loss of sleep due to pain and discomfort. Your neck relies on a lot from your body – such as proper posture, flexibility, strength, and coordination. In our daily lives, we place tremendous strain and demand on our neck. Stress and poor posture can cause muscle weakness in the neck, and can even lead to long-term damage over time. Any sort of chronic strain on the neck can result in inflammation and contribute to our pain and headaches.


Our physical therapists are movement experts, equipped in identifying and treating the main source of your neck pain. They will analyze your posture, movement, and problem areas, in order to determine the best course of treatment for your needs. Your treatment plan will focus on relieving your pain, in addition to improving your posture, mobility, strength, and coordination. Your diagnosis will determine the make- up of your treatment plan, and may include any combination of manual therapy, targeted stretches and exercises, activity modification, or ergonomic recommendations. It may also include additional methods as deemed fit by your physical therapist, such as ice and heat therapies, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation. Physical therapy can help significantly reduce your neck pain by implementing the following benefits: • Maintaining proper posture when sitting and standing.

• Restoring flexibility to your neckmuscles and joints. • Strengthening your mid-back muscles and shoulders to provide support to your neck. • Improving the coordination of your neck muscles. • Educating patients on eating well, by reducing the consumption of processed foods that increases inflammation in the body. You will work together with your physical therapist to understand the goals and expectations of each step in your personalized treatment plan, with themain focus being on overcoming your neck pain and recovering as quickly as possible. If your neck pain has been limiting your daily life, don’t wait any longer to seek help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, we are dedicated to providing you with the tools you need for recovery and relief!

Patient Success Spotlight

I now feel fantastic!

“I had an amazing experience at Kerrville PT Center. Everyone at KPTC are so friendly, courteous, and professional. They go out of their way to accommodate your appointment times. Thank you to Sara, Kay, CY, Tom, Taylor, Maddy and all for the incredible treatment you gave me. Kurt, I will miss your welcoming smile every morning. Most of all, I now feel fantastic and thank you all so much!” - Natalie N.


To THANK YOU for choosing our physical therapy practice, we are offering a FREE Physical Therapy Analysis! Limited to the first 25 patients to call. SCHEDULE YOUR FREE ANALYSIS BY CALLING 830-896-7377 TODAY! EXPIRES 07-28-19


• Cervical & Pelvic Traction • Hivamat

• Kinesio Taping • Epley Maneuver • Ultrasound • Electric Stimulation

• Physical Therapy • Massage Therapy


At Kerrville Physical Therapy Center, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

It’s time to visit Kerrville Physical Therapy Center if: • You’re tired of living in pain • You want to feel better and move better • You have been in an auto accident or injured on the job • You want to prevent injury 1. Call and talk to your therapist 2. Discover why your pain has come back 3. Get your custom recovery program

Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark

INGREDIENTS • 3 cups whole-milk plain Greek yogurt • ¼ cup pure maple syrup or honey

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 1½ cups sliced strawberries • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Stir yogurt, maple syrup (or honey) and vanilla in a medium bowl. Spread on the prepared baking sheet into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle. Scatter the strawberries on top and sprinkle with chocolate chips. Freeze until very firm, at least 3 hours. To serve, cut or break into 32 pieces. To make ahead: Freeze airtight between sheets of parchment for up to 1 month; let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. Equipment: Parchment paper

Exercise Essentials Try these exercises to keep you moving...

CHIN TUCK SITTING Sit with good posture. Tuck your chin and gently nod ‘yes’. 8-10 repetitions. Loosens upper spine

Exercises copyright of

SCALENE STRETCH Sit with good posture. Hold the front of your neck with your hand. Look up into the corner away from your hand. You should feel a stretch in the front part of your neck. Hold for 10 seconds. Loosens neck

The above exercises are designed to be performed under the instruction of a licensed physical therapist.

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