Reddy-Care: Neck Pain and Stress

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Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. (continued inside)

INSIDE : • Don’t Let Stress Cause Your Neck Pain! • Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

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Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Reddy Care Physical Therapy is a private outpatient practice that also does physical and occupation In- Home therapy all throughout Long Island and Queens.

Discover how our team of specialists at Reddy-Care Physical Therapy can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details!

Compliance Is Key To

Research has shown from an abstract which collected data from 669 patients that the number of treatments a patient attends each week plays an important part in the success of the patient’s rehabilitation. Establishing a new patient’s treatment frequency at 2 to 3 times a week while ensuring attendance will significantly increase the patient’s likelihood of reaching a successful outcome with physical therapy. The results of this study show a positive correlation between the average number of visits a patient is seen per week and reaching a successful completion of the physical therapy treatment plan. Although a number of variables were analyzed, the most significant

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3 Healthy Tips For The New Year

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Parkinson’s Regeneration, Movement Disorders, Balance, and Vertigo Training Seminar On the weekend of Nov 10th and 11th, Reddy Care hosted a seminar taught by Karl Sterling who is the CEO of PhysioChains Education and the creator of Parkinson’s Regeneration Training that focused on high level, advanced techniques, for all types of movement disorders. This is a LIFE CHANGING AMAZING WORKSHOP. While Mr. Sterling has extensive experience as a trainer including working with a variety of populations, he primarily specializes in working with clients who have Parkinson’s Disease. Karl travels extensively around the globe as an educator in the fitness training and human movement arena. He is an instructor for the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science. He currently offers level 1 and 2 “Parkinson’s Regeneration Training” courses globally. While Parkinson’s Disease (PD) can be debilitating, there is plenty of compelling data to show that exercise is one of the best ways of managing PD symptoms. Studies show that regular exercise can improve gait, balance, stability, strength, motor control, and delay disease progression in the PD client. Our therapists learned how to WAKE-UP the central nervous system and retrain thebrain to improveandhelp restoreneuromuscularcommunication, cognitive function, and cognitive function during movement. They also learned how advanced cognitive training, dual tasking, and problem solving training techniques help to reduce falls, injuries, and improve quality of life in patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders. 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY F A L L 2 0 0 3 - F A L L 2 0 1 8

After physical therapy, I am able to be physically active and sleep well. “I came to Reddy Care for my chronic neck and back pain. I was in an accident that caused PCS and whiplash. My condition prevented me from exercising, sitting and standing for long and short periods of time. My therapist was amazing and a life saver! I am finally getting proper treatment. I am stronger and went from chronic pain to minor discomfort. After physical therapy, I am able to be physically active and sleep well. I have learned amazing exercises to continue to strengthen my areas of weakness and have more confidence. It has been night and day since beginning therapy.” - Nicol

Successful Results

factor affecting discharge success was frequency of attending treatment. Maintaining a frequency of two visits or more per week led to successfully completing the treatment plan 93% of the time with a normal discharge. It’s believed that the driving force behind reproducing the desired frequency of treatment each week was patient attendance. Patients with higher numbers of cancellations or no-shows experienced lower rates of completing their treatment plan with normal discharge. Data on some of the most frequent average number of visits seen per week per patient values are as follows:

THANK YOU! Reddy Care Physical Therapy wants to wish each and every single one of you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season. Over the past 15 years, we have had the privilege to be able to help so many of you! We feel so very lucky to have had the opportunity to be able to be a part of your healing process and improve your quality of life. We look forward to being able to continue to help you and are here when you need us, so that together we may move towards achieving a healthier, stronger, and happier lifestyle. 











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INSIDE : • Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches • 3 Healthy Tips For The New Year Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: · Muscle tightness and spasms · Headache · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine peopletochairs,badpostureand littlemobility.Drivingoften,too,canmake your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings.

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How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stress, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call Reddy-Care Physical Therapy today, and schedule an assessment. Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve a full range of motion once more.



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