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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. It is incredible to realize how common neck pain is — especially among Canadian adults! More than two-thirds of adults will develop neck 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. Here is a quick breakdown of what could be going on to cause your neck pain: 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. Therapy can help alleviate the pain from degenerative disc disease by helping restore blood circulation and improve range of motion in the neck. This therapy is approached in a careful and deliberate way so as to not cause further pain in the neck region.

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 physiotherapy treatment can do a lot of good to alleviate the pain. However, attempting exercises on your own could also result in further pain. In some cases, mechanical neck pain can develop as a result of a change in the neck joints . This may develop as a result of a disc collapsing, which causes the space between the bones to become narrow, often causing bones to strike one another, resulting in pain. When this isn’t addressed, mechanical neck pain can spread, causing the pain to become more severe and covering a wider range of the neck. Finally, neck pain is sometimes caused by Radiculopathy , which refers to pressure or irritation in the nerves of the neck, which alters the electrical signals in the neck, causing you to feel more pain throughout the day. Treatments at Concept of Movement can help reduce the pressure and irritation surrounding the nerves, often offering immediate relief from pain and discomfort. These are just some of the frequent causes of neck pain. It is important that you never assume that your neck pain is being caused by one or another of these issues, and that you instead always work with a licensed and experienced therapist to determine the precise cause of your pain and discomfort.

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IS YOUR NECK PAIN CAUSED BY SLEEP ISSUES? 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 how many pillows you sleep on, the position you sleep in or even your mattress! According to Tuck Sleep, mattresses with mid-level firmness ratings (4-6 out of 10) tend to help the most with alleviating pain, as they provide a balance between comfort and support. Mattresses that are too soft or too firm can actually increase pain levels during sleep, as they can create more pressure and target certain pain points on your body. For more support in finding relief from your neck pain, call us today at (705) 728-9333 or visit our website at Your physiotherapist at Concept of Movement can help pin point the source of your neck symptoms and offer exercises that will help to relax your neck muscles as well as help your neck become more tolerant of activity.

OUR SERV I CES • Acupuncture • Athletic Therapy • Concussion Therapy • Cupping • Dry Needling • Electrical Stimulation • Ergonomic Training • Graston Technique • Kinesio Taping • Lymphatic Therapy


WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE? • Oneoftheoldestformsofphysiotherapy, Acupuncture has grown greatly in popularity and is recognized as being a highly effective tool for supporting injury recovery, mobility issues, and in treatingchronicpain.Needlesorother toolsareusedtogentlyapplypressure at the place of stiffness and at parts of thebodythatcontroldifferentpathways to healing. ACUPUNCTURE BENEFITS • Acupuncture stimulates natural pain-relieving chemicals in the body, including a combination of endorphins andneurotransmitters.Painreceptors inthebrainaretriggeredtoexperience lesspain.Thestimulationofbloodflow increases circulation in the area to naturally speeds recovery.

• Manual Therapy • Massage Therapy • Myofascial Release • Physiotherapy • Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) • Strength & Conditioning • Therapeutic Exercise • Ultrasound



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Ingredients • 1 cup walnuts, or nuts of choice • 1 1/3 cup pitted dates* • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract • 3-4 tbsp cocoa or cacao

EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE PAIN Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall and with a rolled up towel behind your neck. Keep your eyes fixed ahead and your head upright. Tuck your chin like you are nodding “yes.” Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 10 times. when I had a knee injury. I am currently under care with Natalie for physiotherapy after an arm injury. Natalie has used various treatments on my injury including Acupuncture, Dry Needling, CuppingandPEMFTherapy, just tonamea few.Justa fewweeksago, we also decided to try Massage Therapy. I met Massage Therapist Sasha and with just a few sessions, she has helped me to gain more Range of Motion with my arm injury. After every session, I leave feeling like I am closer to recovery. As a team, Concept of Movement will always be my choice for any injury. Everyone is always willing to help you feel better and get you on the road to recovery with all their knowledge in all aspects of health and healing. Thank you, Concept of Movement!” - Sheri M. I have been a client with Concept of Movement since the very beginning. I started off seeing Tom and Bruce

DON’T LET THE WEATHER HOLD YOU BACK: EXERCISES YOU CAN DO INDOORS Directions Blend all ingredients in a food processor (or halve the recipe and use a single serve blender or mini chopper). When making a full recipe, a food processor is preferred over a blender as ingredients process more evenly and the results are less sticky. Once blended, transfer the dough to a sandwich bag and smoosh into one big ball. Break off pieces and roll into smaller separate balls. Dip in melted chocolate or roll in cocoa powder or shredded coconut or coconut flour. Alternatively, you can form bars or evenly roll out the dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters! *Tip: If your pitted dates are super hard, just soak them in boiling water for a half hour..

Yoga. Yoga provides relaxing physical activity all year long and can easily be done in your bedroom, living room or just about anywhere in the house. You can even use yoga first thing in the morning to wake up slowly and get your body warmed up for the day. Running Alternatives. If you love cardio, you probably don’t want to give up that runner’s high, but you might not want to venture out into frosty conditions either. Get your heart pumping indoors with cardio exercises you can do at home, such as:

• Burpees • Jump rope • High knees

You can keep exercising all winter—without risking frostbite. It might take you a few tries to find an indoor workout you love, but don’t give up; you might just find your new favorite activity.

Always consult your physiotherapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.


• Climbing stairs • Jumping jacks • Mountain climbers


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