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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

Head Pain 101 There are a lot of different types of headaches that youmay experience, and each can be caused by its own different reason. For example, migraines can be caused by environmental factors, food allergies or even as a result of stress. There are headaches that can develop due to sinus pain and headaches that will develop when you are dehydrated. There are also headaches that will develop when you are exposed too long to loud noises. There is no singular fix for each of these different types of headaches, which is why attempting to treat every headache you experience with the same medication frequently doesn’t work. One of the most common causes of headaches that are easily treatable with physical therapy is radiating headaches, which are caused by stress in the joints and muscles of the neck. This causes pain to radiate from the top of the neck into the head, especially surrounding the ears. There are a lot of reasons why radiating headaches could develop, including as a result of lack of movement and stiffness in the neck. This buildup of irritation can be treated with regular physical therapy, especially through the use of massage and flexibility exercises that target the muscles in the neck.

Head and neck pain is not the type of pain that you can push through and deal with for too long. For one thing, chronic pain in the head or neck is often associated with some sort of chronic health concern — one that you need to deal with, not ignore. Secondly, when you are dealing with constant pain in your head or neck, it becomes difficult to concentrate. This can have a negative effect on your personal relationships, your career and more. The most common cause of neck or head pain is a muscle or joint problem. Working with a physical therapist can help you to identify the cause of the trouble and begin taking steps to correct the issue, allowing you to find relief from the pain without having to commit to long-term pain management — which often includes the use of pain medications that are potentially harmful to your health and not likely to work as well over time. Unlike pain medications that become less helpful the longer they are used, physical therapy provides long- term relief from pain by correcting the joint or muscle concern with targeted therapies like flexibility exercises, muscle strengthening techniques, and guided stretches that target core joints and muscles. Of course, not all neck or head pain is the same, so understanding the basics of what you are dealing with is the first step to achieving relief.

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Neck Pain 101 In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck. The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of the day, and while over-the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. The biggest problem posed by cervical arthritis is that the pain will typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of situations Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck (Continued)

in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height. Addressing the Core Problem The majority of neck and head pain can be helped with one simple strategy: strength building. It frequently happens that the absolute cause of the start of a pain in the neck or head is a result of poor posture or quickened motion, and building core strength, as well as strength in the neck, can make a huge difference in your ability to handle tasks without experiencing chronic pain. Keep in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting to treat the pain at home can be dangerous and may not be effective. Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains.

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Patient Success Spotlight “Excellent in listening and thinking out solutions!” “For the first time I found a place that relieved my ankle pain due to arthritis. It was also the first place that didn’t say “there’s not much we can do for ankles” Andy was excellent in listening and thinking out solutions for multiple issues I had. I am grateful for the reduction of ankle pain.” - Linda B.

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continuing his education by taking McKenzie courses to further his knowledge in treating neck, low back, and extremity injuries; in order to help his patients return to functional as quickly as possible as well as make them able to prevent and maintain their healthy status. Come see Keith at FYZICAL for all your rehabilitation and physical therapy needs! In his free time, Keith enjoys playing softball, skiing, and hiking with his wife, Melissa, son Bryce, and dog, Penny.

Dr. Keith Sobkowiak, DPT, L/ATC

Keith had been with FYZICAL since September 2009. In November of 2017 Keith joined FYZICAL Wallingford as a partner. Keith also oversees operations at both our Bristol and Southington

Want to Work With Us? Client Care Specialist (front desk position) Part-Time position at Wallingford office Please contact keith@fyzicalct.com with resume.

locations. Keith has had the opportunity to work with many athletes in his career, including the San Francisco Giants, which is one of his favorite types of patients. He also enjoys treating athletes, shoulder injuries, as well as spine and knee injuries. Keith has also completed his level 1 certification with the Titleist Performance Institute which is focused on functional assessment and golf fitness. Keith is also

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Healthy Recipe Spiced Pear Tea

Ingredients • 1 orange • 3 cups water • 2 (11.3 to 12 oz) cans pear nectar • 1 tbsp honey (optional) • 4 inches stick cinnamon

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