Neck Pain, Anatomy, and Treatment

Neck pain is a common cause of discomfort in everyone, from athletes to elderly individuals to desk workers. Neck pain can be very debilitating to our everyday lives and result in limited ability to drive, sleep, use our arms, lift objects, and many other daily tasks. Neck pain can also prompt headaches and jaw pain. By understanding the structure and intricacies of our necks, you can develop a better understanding of how to minimize and treat neck pain.

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Vermont City Marathon 2019

On May 26th, I ran the Vermont City Marathon in Burlington, VT. The marathon was by far my favorite of the twelve marathons I have done - the excellent organization, the course variety (terrain/landscape), the great crowds/cheering, the ease of transportation/parking, the early start time (7:00 AM), and many other perks. I will definitely run it again!

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Training & Half Unplugged #2

I hope everyone is having a good spring! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a training update. My target race is the Vermont City Marathon in May, and I have six more weeks of training. This training cycle I am giving a lot of focus to running my easy days slower so I can run my workout days faster. I ran the Half Marathon Unplugged this past weekend as a workout instead of going all out as a race since I have another half marathon coming up in three weeks. I absolutely loved this race and had a great experience!

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Recent Eats March 2019

Hello! The dogs want to know what’s for dinner!? We’ve finally made it to spring and I couldn’t be more excited for sun, flowers, meals on the porch, and no more shoveling. We’ve been eating well and I have a few meals to share with you. We recently had stuffed peppers with jasmine rice, ground turkey, tomato sauce, herbs, and mozzarella cheese. They were delicious.

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Types of Pain

Pain is a complicated and complex feeling. Pain can be acute or chronic, intense or dull, life threatening or a nuance, physical or emotional, expected or unpredictable, and even self-induced or external. I feel different pain when I run hard during races and workouts, when someone says something that hurts me, and when I burn myself cooking pizza (that was last week!). Other people may feel chest pain when they are having a heart attack, head pain due to a migraine, phantom limb pain after an amputation, abdominal pain from a stomach bug, or low back pain that has been persistent or reoccurring for years. Sometimes pain is easy to figure out and solve; however, often pain is difficult to understand and treat.

Today I am going to discuss types of pain that are caused by physical factors. As a physical therapist, most of the pain I treat is due to musculoskeletal (muscle/ligament/tendon/bone) or neurological (nerve) issues. Below I have outlined how to interpret various pain sensations, the timing of pain, and a few general treatment options for these types of pain.

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