Life Doesn't Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

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Life Doesn’t Have To Be A PAIN IN THE NECK

Where Radiating Headaches Come From

Having frequent headaches and neck pain can literally be a pain in the neck, make you unhappy and less productive in life. Why do you have that pain in your neck? Often, it is caused by a muscle or joint problem. Poor posture in the upper neck area contributes to headaches, migraines and neck pain. When you look in the mirror do you notice that you have a forward head posture or does your head look a little shifted off to the side, not in alignment with your neck? This is a sign of underlying joint or muscle problems.

Different problems with the neck cause pain to be felt in different areas. For example, did you know that if the pain radiates to your forehead or behind the eyes, this can be from stiff joints at the top of your neck? In addition, poor joint movement in the neck causes stresses and strains on surrounding muscles causing frequent aches and pains. Finding the Root of the Problem To narrow the source of the problem, it is important to find out if your pain worsens towards the end of the day or is first thing in the morning. Pain at the end of the day and a complaint of a “heavy head” feeling is an indicator of spinal muscle weakness

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Life Doesn’t Have To Be A PAIN IN THE NECK (continued)

and instability. The neck and shoulder muscles just can’t tolerate the weight of the head (about the weight of a bowling ball) with daily activities, tiring quickly and causing pain towards the end of the day. Neck pain in themorning that radiates to the shoulders or down the arms can be associated with the disc problems between your neck bones (vertebrae). Therefore, what is the best course of action? The best solution if you have neck pain or headaches is to see our physical therapists. Our physical therapists are experts at medically evaluating your neck joints andmuscles. Not onlywill we pinpoint the area of trouble, we help you return the normal movement of your neck

joints andmuscles gently and safely, relieving your pain. Therapy Works increases your neck mobility, improves your posture, regains your muscle strength and teaches you how to maintain your neck health. If you are having headaches or neck pain, call us today to relieve your pain. We effectively treat: •Neck pain •Radiating pain •Tight muscles and spasms •Poor posture

•Headaches and migraines •Herniated / bulging discs •Spinal stenosis •And more...

Patient Spotlight:

“Now I can use my hand!”

“Therapy Works has done a great job in repairing my left shoulder. When I began therapy, my rotator cuff was badly broken. Now I can use my hand as it was before. Also, the therapy has eased the pain in my back tremendously!” - Judith G.

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Health Tips

Text Neck: Is Cell phone Use Causing Your Neck Pain?

Three tricks to nix text neck To nix text neck, improve your posture. Dr. Bolash recommends you: 1. Straighten up. Learn proper posture and neck alignment by peeking at your profile in a mirror. If you’re standing correctly, you should be able to draw a vertical line from your ear to your shoulder. 2. Arch back. If your posture isn’t perfect, try doing shoulder extensions. Arch your neck and upper back backward, pulling your shoulders into alignment under your ears. This simple stretch can alleviate stress and muscle pain.

3. Look forward. Rather than tilting your chin down to read your mobile device, raise the device to eye level. The same goes for your desktop computer. Your monitor screen should be at eye level so your head isn’t perpetually dropping and causing muscle strain.

Do You Have An Injury?

a Do you have difficulty reaching? a Does your neck ache throughout the day? a Do you have trouble sleeping due to pain? If you have answered “Yes” to any of the questions above and are looking for help to relieve your problem then CALL TODAY!

FREE NECK PAIN CHECK-UP

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Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to relieve neck pain... Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

Helps Relieve Neck Pain

CERVICAL SIDE BEND Tilt your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead. (Be sure to keep your eyes and nose pointed straight ahead the entire time.) Repeat 6 times.

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Refer a Friend Who do you know that needs our help?

Do You Have Friends or Family Unable to Do The

Following? • Move without pain • Bend and move freely

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Therapy Works today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly for a Free Back Pain Analysis.

• Balance confidently and securely • Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk for long distances • Live an active and healthy lifestyle

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