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RELIEF FROM RADIATING NECK PAIN & HEADACHES If you really had to narrow down the frustrations that come with dealing with chronic pain, perhaps the single largest frustration would be having to deal with the pain day after day. Chronic pain has a way of interfering with the most basic activities. Getting out of bed and driving to work can become a challenge, as can sitting in a desk chair all day, or attempting to pick up your child when he or she is upset. Some of these tasks are more difficult to get around than are others, and, depending on how the pain is impacting your life, the stress of having to go through extra steps to make basic things happen can really get out of hand. (Continued inside)

RELIEF FROM RADIATING NECK PAI Neck pain is one of those types of pain that is difficult towork around. Pain in the neck and back will frequently begin to radiate the longer it hangs around, and that could mean shooting pain up your neck and back, all theway into the base of your skull. Once neck pain begins to turn into headaches, attempting to concentrate at work can become exceedingly difficult. WHAT CAUS E S NE CK PA I N? There are a large number of culprits that could be behind your experience of neck pain, including accidents, such as a car accident or a slip-and-fall accident, as well as sporting injuries. The reason why neck pain frequently becomes so severe is due to the fact that blood vessels have to pass through your neck to reach the head. A spasm in the neck muscles could lead to constricted blood circulation, and therefore migraine headaches. What’s worse, since the neck is connected to the spinal column and therefore connected to the nervous system, pain in the neck can quickly develop into tingling or numbness in the hands, arms and fingers, which can be uncomfortable and frustrating when you are going about daily tasks. When neck pain develops as a result of a pinched nerve, the radiating neck pain can result in severe headaches, and in some cases, even migraine headaches. The pinched nerve can cause pain to radiate from the neck into the skull and can cause a disruption to typical nerve patterns. Working with a physical therapist can help you address pain caused by a pinched nerve, and therefore can reduce the severity of headaches that develop as a result of neck pain. PHYS I CA L THE RAPY AND NE CK PA I N The good news is that there is actually a lot that you can do to support the healthy operation of your neck, thereby reducing the severity or frequency of your neck pain. Working with a physical therapist is the best way to address neck pain. Duringphysical therapy, your neck painwill be addressedholistically, taking into consideration the initial injury that may have caused the pain to develop, but also any other habits, movements or compensations thatmay be contributing to the discomfort. Physical therapy takes advantage of strategies likemassage, stretching andmuscle training to reduce neck pain, and many of these strategies can be adopted in part at home or on the-go to help you address your neck pain when it is bothering you the most. Adopting healthier habits can have a big impact on your management of neck pain. These include:

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• Exercising regularly • Engaging in regular stretching, like yoga

• Practicing improved posture • Wearing recommended footwear • Using lumbar support in your desk chair or car

One of the primary goals of physical therapy is to address whole-body well-being by encouraging improved overall health. In many situations, this includes improved flexibility and range-of-motion training, muscle building and strength training, and even in some cases, encouragement with cardiovascular activities and weight loss. At the end of the day, the best way to be free of neck pain is to prevent neck pain from developing, and working with a physical therapist can help you in this regard, as well. The tasks that you do every day can build up over time and cause a lot of stress on your body, and the neck and shoulders are some of the most common places to carry that stress. You may not even realize the impact that simple tasks that you do every day have on your body and your experience of pain. Things like driving, lifting heavy objects — like packages at the front door or even your groceries — and repetitive movements like hunching over a keyboard at work can all seriously impact your neck pain. The longer you let neck pain linger and disrupt your life, the more difficult it becomes to treat. If you experience an injury, the smart thing to do is to consult a physical therapist soon after the pain develops.


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“I am so appreciative to be able to live my life more fully instead of being weighed down by pain.” “I was sent here by my neuro doc because I get extreme migraines. I tried the dry needling, and after just a handful of visits, they have went from everyday migraines to just a few times a week, and much more manageable. I am so appreciative to be able to live my life more fully instead of being weighed down by pain. I anticipate with a handful more visits I will be able to get even more relief, and possibly one day, those migraines will be just a “once-in-a-while” thing, and I can live my life even more! The staff here are very courteous and helpful, and the doctor does not try to make money off you by doing unnecessary stuff. He only does what he thinks will help you and explains how it will help and the costs upfront. I can appreciate that in this day and age. It is nice to see a doctor who really wants to help you and who appears to love what he does and care.” - Julie M.

Healthy Recipe: Crunchy Chicken Mango Salad


• ⅓ cup orange juice • 3 tbsp rice vinegar • 3 tbsp less-sodium soy sauce • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil • 2 tsp sambal oelek (optional)

• 6 cups thinly sliced napa cabbage • 2 cups sugar snap peas, thinly sliced • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast • 1 medium mango, sliced • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh mint • ¼ cup sliced scallions • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS Whisk juice, vinegar, soy sauce, sesame oil and sambal oelek (if using) in a large bowl. Add cabbage, peas, chicken, mango, mint and scallions; toss gently to coat. Serve the salad sprinkled with sesame seeds.

Exercise Essentials Try these simple exercises to relieve headaches

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Stand with good posture. Tuck in your chin as if nodding “yes.” Return to the starting position.

Stand with good posture. Tuck in your chin, using your hand on the top of your head to assist. Avoid flexing forward through upper back. Return to starting position.

MCKENZIE METHOD FOR TREATING HEADACHES Often headaches can be relieved by these recommended exercises. It will not do any harm to perform these exercises for a couple days in order to find out whether you benefit from themor not. The first three days you should performExercise 1 (Head retraction in sitting) 6-8 times a day, 10 repetitions each time and whenever you feel a headache developing. If this reduces your headaches but does not abolish themcompletely, you should add Exercise 2 (Neck flexion in sitting). In particular, headaches that spread over the top of your head to above or behind the eyes are often relieved with this exercise. In case your headaches are not relieved by these two exercises, try sustaining the end range position for 1-2 minutes.


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