What To Do For a Stiff Neck

Physical Therapy Techniques To Improve Neck Mobility

Woman With a Stiff Neck

You know you have a stiff neck when you literally have to turn your whole body to look at the person sitting right next to you. A stiff neck is not an easy problem to hide and not an easy problem to live with – even simple daily tasks become painful and difficult. Driving, for instance, presents a whole new challenge, requiring a strategic use of mirrors just to change lanes safely.

For many, a stiff neck can last a day or two, while it can be a persistent issue in others. The good news is: there are steps you can take to improve your mobility and function to overcome your stiff neck…

Cervicogenic Headaches: The Best Exercises for Relief [Video]

Woman with cervicogenic headache

The relentless pounding…the intense throbbing…headaches are the worst! Unfortunately, they’re also very common. In fact, they’re the most common reason people use over-the-counter pain medication. Headaches also account for 18 million doctor visits in the US, 156 million work days missed – an estimated $25 billion in productivity losses – every year1.

Do you get headaches? What Kind – migraines, tension-type, cluster? Maybe you’re like many of the patients I see and get headaches stemming from the neck region – these are called Cervicogenic Headaches. The good news with this type of headache is that there are steps you can take to alleviate the pain – even without taking medication.

Let’s take a look at what Cervicogenic Headaches are, what causes them, how they differ from other headaches, and – most importantly – how you can alleviate and prevent them from recurring…

Thoracic Spine Mobility and How It Affects You

Bonus Video Exercises

Woman Stretching Thoracic Spine

You want to be flexible – so you stretch your muscles. But what about your joints? You also need to have good mobility in your joints to allow you to move freely and do the things you love. So then, what areas should you be focusing on to improve joint mobility? It turns out that you lose the most mobility in your mid and upper back – the thoracic spine – throughout your life. This decrease in mobility not only affects your back, but your neck and shoulders, as well.

Here’s how improving mobility in your thoracic spine can maximize function and even increase your strength potential. Plus, I’ll show you a few simple exercises you can do from home…

Cracking Joints: What’s That Sound?

Cracking Joints Sound

I’ve never been able to crack my knuckles. Growing up, cracking your knuckles was a sign that you were a cool kid – similar to double-jointedness or being able to wiggle your ears. Then, once about the third grade hit, teachers started telling us cracking your knuckles was bad – that it would eventually lead to arthritis and an inability to have normal-functioning hands. That same belief carried over to when our knees started popping when we squatted down. If knuckle-cracking was bad, the knee-popping must be bad, too, right?

Which joints crack for you? Your knuckles? Knees? Shoulders? Hips? Ankles? Neck?

What is it that actually causes the cracking sound inside your joints? Is it bad? Should you be concerned? Let’s explore…

Why Lumbar Spinal Surgery Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up To Be

Lumbar Spinal Surgery

Pain grips its claws into either side of your spine, relentless to never let go. Wringing your vertebrae like a soaked towel – its drippings electricity searching for ground. Persisting for months on end, the meds become like vitamins – inherently meant for good, but their immediate effects unfulfilling. The dilemma: take the conservative route or opt for surgery? Desperate for relief, you weigh your options.

Surgery of the Lumbar Spine is a controversial topic. Despite the controversy, however, these surgeries are being performed more and more often in recent years. It’s likely you know at least one person who’s had one. You might also know someone who’s chosen conservative treatment instead. So, which is better?

Lets explore…

My 5 Favorite Exercises Using Lacrosse Balls – Video

For Self Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Massage

Lacrosse Balls for self myofascial release

Want to know the best way to release trigger points in your muscles? Do you have a tennis ball at home? Great! You can use it to play fetch with your dog. But for releasing tension in specific muscles, I recommend using a Lacrosse Ball. It is slightly smaller than a tennis ball and much more firm – perfect for targeting small areas of tension…