Neck pain can be both debilitating and terrifying. When you experience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being able to freely turn your head is overwhelmingly stressful. What’s more, the pain itself is unbearable, and since the neck is so sensitive to injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain.
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Breaking Free From Neck Pain
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N E W S L E T T E R
Breaking Free From Neck Pain
Sometimes, neck pain develops after a particular injury, such as due to athleticism or even as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall accident. When this happens, your pain could be a result of a muscle strain or sprain. When this is the case, then using traditional methods like hot and cold therapy and targeted physical therapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. Insomecases,mechanicalneckpaincandevelopasaresultofachange intheneck joints.Thismaydevelopasaresultofadisccollapsing,which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bonestostrikeoneanother,resulting inpain.Whenthis isn’taddressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally,neckpain issometimescausedbyradiculopathy,whichrefersto pressureor irritation inthenervesoftheneck,whichalterstheelectrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Physicaltherapycanhelpreducethepressureand irritationsurrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. Theseare justsomeofthe frequentcausesofneckpain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or anotherofthese issues,andthatyou insteadalwaysworkwithalicensed and experienced physical therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort. Are you letting neck pain hold you back? Call Wellbridge Physical Therapy at 617-965-8070 (Newton) or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) to schedule your appointment today!
Neckpaincanbebothdebilitatingand terrifying.Whenyouexperience an injury that leaves your neck in severe pain, the thought of not being ableto freelyturnyourhead isoverwhelminglystressful.What’smore, thepain itself isunbearable,andsincetheneck issosensitiveto injury, it is important to be as careful as possible in finding treatment and solutions for the pain. It is incredibletorealizehowcommonneckpain is—especiallyamong Americanadults!Morethantwo-thirdsofU.S.adultswilldevelopneck pain at least once in their life, and the reasons for the neck pain are as varied as the population of the nation itself. Injury, muscle strain and even stress can cause significant pain in the neck and upper back. If you aren’t careful, a neck injury can lead to chronic pain, and it is even possible for chronic headaches like migraines to develop as a result of regular neck pain. There are a lot of different ways that you can relieve neck pain, but the best treatment for your personal needs depends entirely on the type of injury that you’ve experienced. What’s The Cause? If your pain is developing gradually over time and is not the result of any particular injury that comes to mind, then it may be a result of degenerative disc disease. When this develops, you may experience chronic neck pain as a result of fluid-filled sacs that are becoming weakened over time as a result of stress and strain. Physical therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restorebloodcirculationand improverangeofmotion intheneck.This therapy isapproached inacarefulanddeliberatewaysoastonotcause further pain in the neck region.
There is one more factor that often is not spoken about, but it’s a frequent cause of neck pain and discomfort: sleeping issues. Sometimes, sleeping in a certain position or sleeping on a mattress or pillow that is too soft or too hard will lead to neck pain. Oftentimes, this pain will appear to be chronic, as the sleeping issue is likely something that you experience day after day, causing the pain to return regularly. It may be helpful to rule out sleeping concerns as a reason behind your neck pain by assessing your sleeping conditions and making any changes that you think may be necessary. Adjust howmany pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! Ifyouare lookingforrelieffromneckpainduetosleeping issues or other condition or injury, contact your physical therapist at Wellbridge PhysicalTherapybycalling 617-965-8070 (Newton)or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) and schedule your appointment today! Sleep Issues?
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BLACKENED CHICKEN WITH AVOCADO SAUCE
Ingredients • 4 (4 oz) chicken breasts • 2 tbsp blackened seasoning • ½ cup plain, Greek yogurt • ½ avocado
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• 1 tsp lemon juice • ½ tsp garlic powder • ⅛ tsp salt • 2 tbsp green onions, thinly slice
Directions Placethechickenbreastsandblackenedseasoning ina largeresealable bag. Seal and shake a few times to evenly coat the chicken. Lightly coat a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until cooked through, 4-6 minutes per side.Meanwhile, inafoodprocessor,combinetheyogurt,avocado, lemon juice,garlicpowder,andsaltandpulseuntilsmoothandcreamy.Toserve, topeachchickenbreastwith2tablespoonsofthecreamyavocadosauce and garnish with ½ tablespoon green onions.
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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Relieve Neck Pain
Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall. Tuck your chin in like you are nodding ‘yes,’ then draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 10 times.
Always consult your physical therapist or physicianbefore startingexercises youare unsureofdoing.
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Even the most spectacularly well-trained human body has its limits. Those limitsareset, inpart,by thesoft tissues thatmobilizeyour joints and give you the strength to perform specific tasks. Your muscles are madeupofmanysmall, thin fibers thatcontractoncommand,working together to mobilize entire large muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues called tendons, enabling them to actually move your body parts. Tougher bands of connective tissuecalled ligamentsconnectbonestootherbones foraddedstability. These tissues (and other physical systems) are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. Any and all of these soft tissues can be damaged by stresses. Micro- tears inthetendonscan leadtopainful inflammatoryproblemssuchas tennisorgolfer’selbow.Stretched ligaments leaveyouwithdebilitating sprains.Distortionsoradhesions (areasofscartissue) inthe fasciacan severely limitmotion inother tissues.Youmaydevelop theseproblems because your soft tissues were too tight beforehand. Our massage therapist might recommend different types of massage to accompany different forms (and intents) of your physical therapy program. For instance: • Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy using heated volcanic rocks placed along the spine to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and promote sleep. • Sports massage is used to promote flexibility and range of motion as well as decrease muscle soreness in athletes. • A techniquecalled myofascialrelease canhelp free tissues trapped by fascial adhesions or distortions. If you’re rehabilitating an injury, therapeutic massage can help your tissuesheal,soyoucangetmoreoutofyourphysical therapyregimen.
Maryssa Caruso , LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) Maryssa’spassionhasalwaysbeenabout helping others. For many years, she has worked in the childcare field caring and shaping the minds of many young children. In 2014, Maryssa considered
pursuinganotheravenueofhelpingothersbygaininghermassage license from Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy School. She happily concluded her education at Cortiva with over 700 hours of massage training.Maryssa’smodalities includebutarenot limited to: Swedish relaxation, Sports massage and Myofascial release. Hertreatmentsare individuallycustomizedtoeachperson’sneeds. When Maryssa is not teaching or working as a massage therapist, she enjoys spending time with her dog, family, being outdoors and traveling with friends. Maryssa is thrilled to become a part of the Wellbridge Physical Therapy Team!
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PASSIVE STRETCHING SESSIONS
While skilled methods of Physical Therapy address specific pain and ultimate return to function, Passive Stretching techniques focus on injury prevention and enhancement in functional and athletic performance. In other words, passive stretching sessions consist of hands-on techniques applied to a patient by our specialists to muscle groups for a period of 30-60 minutes which serve to benefit the entire body. What are the benefits? In short, improved muscle performance due to improved flexibility! After all, shortenedmuscles are inefficient muscles.Muscle inefficiency leadstodecreasedperformancepotential and possible injury. Skilled passive stretching aids in reducingmuscle and joint stiffness. As joint and muscle mobility improve, so does flexibility and effectiveness of movements. Whetherornotyouareanathlete,youcouldalsobenefit from improved flexibility. Our introductory session is free for our past or current patients, so you have nothing to lose and flexibility to gain!
Kerry Paraskevoudis , Therapeutic Stretching Specialist
KerrycompletedherBS inphysicaltherapy in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2013. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy and inneurologicaldevelopmenttreatment (NDT). Kerry moved to Massachusetts 2
yearsagoand isnowworkingasaphysical therapyaide.Sheenjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, and traveling.
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