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Is Your Headache Coming From Your Neck?

24 // April 2020 by Brandon Burns About The Author Brandon Burns is the clinic manager at CORA Physical Therapy in Cleveland. He is an alumni of UT Knoxville and TN State. He specializes in orthopedics, balance training, and sports medicine. For an appointment call 423-458-6298. D o you suffer from headaches? You are not alone. Roughly 47% of people around the globe suffer from them. And while there are many different types of headaches, I want to talk specifically about “cervicogenic” headaches. They are described as pain felt in the head, but actually develop in the neck. Research shows that 1 in 5 of all headaches are cervicogenic.

So, why do these types of headaches occur? The cervical spine, commonly known as the neck, is not working like it should. Usually this is the result of stiff joints in the neck, tight neck muscles, and/or weak postural muscles. We all know that our posture is something we need to work on. But, other things such as increased stress and having the neck in awkward positions could also lead to these issues. Cervicogenic headaches typically feel like a “throbbing” type pain in areas of the head and face, depending on where in the neck they are coming from. In addition to throbbing pain, symptoms may include: pain only on one side of the head/face, pain around the eyes, and a stiffness in the neck felt with head movements. If left untreated, cervicogenic headaches can become chronic and leave sufferers feeling helpless. With there being so many different types of headaches, there are also a wide variety of causes. This makes diagnosis and treatment difficult for healthcare providers. Getting down to the potential cause of the headache is very important in selecting a treatment that will work. Keep in mind that pain medications will only “mask” your symptoms to make you feel better and not address the actual problem. Because cervicogenic headaches are caused by a structural problem in the neck, physical therapist are

valuable in their ability to assist in diagnosing and treating them. We can examine how your neck is functioning and determine your problem areas.

The next step is your road to recovery. A physical therapist can provide a wide variety of treatments to get you back to normal. Manual or “hands-on” treatments provided by a physical therapist have proven to be more effective than pain medication for treating cervicogenic headaches. Manipulation and movement of the joints in the neck can be performed to treat stiff and painful areas. If your cause is tight muscles, we could provide massage or other soft-tissue movement techniques. We can demonstrate strengthening exercises to target weak postural muscles. Furthermore, we can teach muscle-specific stretching to improve neck motion and reduce the chance of future headaches. Other healing treatments that we may use include: electrical stimulation, heat, ice, dry needling, cupping, etc.

If you think that your headaches may be coming from your neck, please contact your local CORA physical therapy to find the relief you have been searching for. Or, if you are unsure, a free screening can be set up to determine if you need physical therapy.

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Satan, The Ultimate Bully

26 // April 2020 by Filip Brunner

Filip Brunner is married to his wife, Dr. Kim Brunner and together they have six children. He is a writer, author, and artist. About The Author “A nd the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat” (Luke 22:31). Bullying is a real problem. It is in our schools, the workplace, at home, and even in our religious institutions. It takes many forms: physical, emotional, verbal, intellectual, and spiritual. Whatever the case, bullying is wrong and, at times, hard to deal with. I am a little over 50, and I remember that in ages past, we dealt with bullies the oldfashioned way. When I lived in Berlin, we had a schoolyard bully. My grandfather taught me never to start a fight, and that is a biblical bit of advice. He did tell me that if, and only if, a fight became unavoidable, to go ahead and “finish it for them.”

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18). The Lord expects His children to make every effort to live at peace with and to love one another, but there are some instances where fighting is unavoidable. The bully at the school I went to wanted to fight me; I refused and told him to go outside, and if I am not there in 10 minutes, that he should start the fight without me. The Bible tells us to resist the devil (Satan) and to do everything to stand. The same goes for sin.

There is one thing we can do for one another when it comes to bullying. We need to stick together. Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:32, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”

We see two things Jesus does. First of all, Jesus prays for Peter. Secondly, Jesus encourages Peter to use his own experience and his own testimony to strengthen others.

For the Christian, standing up against the bullying of Satan should never be endured alone. What goes for the physical goes double for the spiritual. In John 10:10, we are told that the enemy comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. Satan only wants to destroy, he is the enemy of God, and he knows he cannot win against God, but he can harass God’s children in the same way he did Job in the book by the same name.

When we see bullying take place, we need to stand up against the bully. We need to pray for the one being bullied. We need to come alongside the victim of bullying and stop the bullying. Whenever possible, forgiveness and reconciliation need to be sought for. Forgiveness disarms the bully and strengthens the one being bullied.

In the case of Satan and his bullying,

Jesus is already the victor. We can rest in His finished work on the cross, and we can rest in this: “Peter, I have prayed for you!” Put your name in place of Peter’s. Jesus is interceding for you and me.

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