JohnstonPT: Relieving Neck Pain


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. 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! Simple changes to your sleep posture can make a huge difference! We have many ideas if you need help. For more support in finding relief from neck pain, talk to your physical therapist.

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Tamie Drees, PT, DPT, ATC Tamie is the newest member of our team and is excited to be back in the Des Moines area. She is originally from Carroll, IA where she grew up on the family farm. Tamie participated in basketball and softball in high school, and continued her love for sports by pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training at the University of Northern Iowa. Tamie attended Des Moines University where she received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May of 2017. Following graduation, Tamie moved to Lincoln, NE where she has worked in outpatient orthopedics for the last 2 years. “I am excited to bring the skills and techniques I learned over the past years to Johnston PT”. One of Tamie’s passions is treating neck and low back pain. “Neck and low back pain are very common conditions which affects the day to day activities for so many. Being able to help someone ultimately change their quality of life with less pain and improved function is why I love being a physical therapist.” Excited for her journey in the Des Moines Area, Tamie enjoys being active and outdoors,watchingandplayingsports,attendingcountryconcerts,andspending time with her family and friends. “My family is a huge part of my life which motivated me to return back to Iowa.” Tamie has 7 nieces and nephews and is known as the “favorite aunt”. We are excited to have her here! STAFF SPOTLIGHT

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