Headaches come in many shapes and sizes. Have you ever experienced a headache that was one-sided and seemed worse when you changed the position of your neck? Additionally, did the headache seem aggravated when touching and putting pressure on the part of your spine closest to your hairline – the most upper parts of your cervical spine? Have you had at least one headache a week for more than two months?
Research shows a 50-100 percent healing success rate when these headaches are treated by a licensed physical therapist. A combination of exercise and manual therapy prove the best results. Manual therapy consists of skilled joint movements provided by the therapist that decrease pain and assist in improved mobility of the neck and upper back. Low load exercises designed to create a balance and synergy of your neck and shoulder girdle (muscles of your scapula and shoulder complex) have been proven to assist in the treatment of such disorders.
The exercises prescribed are very specific to target the deep muscles of the front of your neck. These are known as the longus coli and longus capitis muscles. Skilled PTs will provide individual instruction to the technique and frequency with which to perform the movements.
The benefits of physical therapy for neck pain with associated headaches include decreased duration and intensity of pain plus reduced medicine intake. In the study “Trial of Management for Cervicogenic Headache (Jull et al),” patients experienced relief for greater than 12 months.
Whether you have had your headache for one month or five years, results show physical therapy still is beneficial. Additionally, the study suggests that even those with moderate to severe pain levels will benefit.
As always, we encourage independence, and most patients will receive these benefits in as little as six weeks.
To avoid this PAIN IN THE NECK altogether, try avoiding prolonged postures. For example, avoid staring at your phone for greater than 15 minutes at a time and avoid all-day use. Additionally, while wrapping presents, take frequent breaks. Don’t try to wrap for hours on end. Keep moving. Movement provides lubrication and prevents a lot of stress to your joints.
Perform simple active range of motion exercises and isometric neck exercises often to maintain good neck health.
At S2S Functional Performance, our interdisciplinary team of licensed physical therapists, certified personal trainers, certified pilates instructors, and certified performance enhancement specialists are striving to share with you the most current evidence in maintaining a healthy, energetic, injury free lifestyle! From preventative to restorative, we’ve got you covered!
After years of practicing family law, I have rarely seen a family law case where people representing themselves did not end up in future lawsuits. The problem is that those future lawsuits can be costly and cost more than if the person had hired an attorney to begin with.
When a family law case is filed, the law requires that the opposing party be served with the lawsuit. This can be accomplished in several ways. Once a person is served with the lawsuit, he/she has a limited number of days to “answer” the case or the other person can obtain a final order without that person’s knowledge. This is called a default judgment. A default judgment can also occur if a person files an answer to the suit, but then fails to show up at the final trial. Either of these circumstances can be devastating, causing the person who does not agree with the order to live with the order or file a lawsuit to ask the court to set aside the order. Lawsuits to set aside final orders can be expensive and such suits are extremely technical and require certain evidence to succeed.
Lack of attorney representation does not justify or result in special help from the courts. A person representing themselves is referred to as a “pro se” party and they must follow the same laws and technical rules as attorneys. In family law cases, there are no rule exceptions for persons who represent themselves. When people represent themselves and they are not educated to know the law or the ropes of the court system, such usually results in a final order that they dislike.
Divorce cases are a common area where we see final orders that people dislike. A final order in a divorce case is called a “decree of divorce” and should contain a division of the spouse’s community property. Texas is a community property state and all property that is considered community property is divided by the court. Once a decree of divorce is agreed upon or the court makes an order with both spouses participating, the property division is final. One of the problematic areas is the division of private, federal or state retirement, or employee benefits such as; pensions, 401ks, stock options etc. The valuation and division of these benefits is extremely complex.
There are other important documents that accompany finalizing a divorce besides the decree itself. We call these closing documents, and without these documents the spouse receiving property may have a hard time actually obtaining the property. For example, if real estate is being awarded to a spouse, then deeds will need to be signed so the land is actually transferred. If retirement is being transferred, there are documents that must be provided to the retirement plan to actually transfer the retirement to the non-employee spouse. If such documents are not signed at the time of the divorce and the other spouse will not sign the documents after the divorce, then the spouse receiving the property may have to return to court to obtain the other party’s signature on the required documents. Most pro se litigants are not aware of the closing documents required to actually accomplish transferring property and/or retirement.
Many family law orders contain provisions regarding children. These orders consist of certain rights to the children, child support, medical support, and possession of the children. Most orders regarding to a child can be modified up until the child is 18, graduates from high school or is emancipated, depending on the type of family law case. However, to modify an order, certain conditions must be met. The rights to children must be set out in clear detail or disagreements may ensue. This is true whether the case is a divorce case, grandparent case, aunt and uncle case etc. The most important and fought over right is the right to decide a child’s “primary residence” also known as custody. All orders containing the right to decide a child’s primary residence should state within what area the child’s residence must be established. If not, the person deciding the primary residence may establish the child’s residence anywhere they choose which could be devastating for the child’s family. In addition, the possession schedule regarding to the children should be specific or problems will arise.
Likewise, child support is often addressed in orders regarding children. It can be quite disappointing for the person receiving child support to find out the order is not enforceable. A child support order that is not correctly written to provide for enforcement by “contempt,” which means the paying parent can go to jail for nonpayment, is not much of an order. The law is very clear that an order must be specific in certain respects for the order to be enforceable by contempt. If a parent wants to collect child support through the paying parent’s employer, the court must sign a wage withholding order, which must also be presented to the court.
Most family law cases require a “prove-up” where the court must hear certain evidence to sign the family law order. I have rarely seen a prove-up done correctly by a person without attorney representation. Further, if the prove-up is not done correctly, the judge cannot sign the family law order. The goal for a “do-it-yourself” family law case is to save money and stay out of court, however doing it yourself may cost you more money in the long run and you could end up in court. I think Mark Twain said it best: “Good decisions come from experience. Experience comes from making bad decisions.”
Where is your family from?
Texas and Michigan — I was born and raised in the DFW area and have four generations still alive in the area. My wife is from Michigan and has lived in Texas for more than 20 years.
Why did you choose to live in Lantana?
We love the rural area, the community, the amenities, location, and the homes.
What are the names of your family members? If you have school age kids please include their grade and what school they attend?
Will and Leslie Woods, Jack Woods (age 8) attends E.P. Rayzor and our 21-year-old daughter, Taylor.
Where is your favorite local place to eat?
Savory Bistro, Piranha Sushi, Roots Coffee Shop, The Flour Shoppe, and Mi Cocina.
How long have you lived in Lantana?
What activities are you involved with?
We are active in our church, we love to hunt, volunteer, and watch our son participate in Taekwondo.
What advice would you give to new residents of Lantana?
Utilize all of our awesome local business owners. Get outside in Lantana. It is the best way to meet the neighbors and get plugged in quickly.
Freezing one week and 70 degrees the next means it must be getting close to winter time here in Texas. With the holiday season upon us there are a few things to keep in mind that should help ensure the success of your landscape and outdoor spaces.
With this crazy weather what can we really do now to spruce things up?
Focus on your hardscape. Pots, benches, trellis and dry creek beds all are things that can spruce up your spaces. Adding a few different sized pots can really enhance the overall feel of your landscape while also offering designated areas for seasonal color. Bringing in some boulders or stack stone to thicken up your rock areas can dramatically add that texture you’ve been looking for. Take advantage of the access you should have in your bed areas now that everything has been cut back and you can move freely. Don’t wait until growing season to beautify your spaces take advantage of the time you have.
After your fall trim has been completed, dead annuals are disregarded, dry blooms and perennials cut back, 2-3 inches of mulch should be in all bed areas covering the ground and tree bases. Covering your less winter-tolerant plants and annuals will ensure their survival when the temperatures drop. Water approximately twice per week in the mid-morning to avoid the afternoon winds that can make your sprinklers go off target and waste water. This also will reduce the risk of icing and the damage that can cause. Make sure your irrigation is wrapped and insulated. Knowing where the shutoff is in the event the sprinklers do split due to the cold is a very good idea. This could save you thousands of dollars in landscape replacement and pipe repair during a winter event.
Leaves Everywhere – What to do with all these leaves
Mow them back into the turf. Recent studies have shown finely-ground leaves returned back to the turf actually are beneficial to the soil and grass. Soils with finely-ground leaves returned to them showed increased microbial activity and better water infiltration. Studies also show that when finely-ground leaves were returned to the turf the grass greened up quicker in the spring and also had fewer dandelions. The study also said those leaves break down even quicker when fall fertilizers were applied to the turf. Granted, this is not recommended for newly-established lawns but definitely for the ones that have been in a while and are in air condition.
Keep in mind there is a point where the turf can only handle so many of these leaves. The process is best done during the lighter times of falling leaves. Increasing your mowing during the times when your leaves are falling will allow more than usual amounts to be returned to the turf, thickening up and encouraging it to grow. A mulching mower is your best option when doing this but if you do not have one available be sure to blow your leaves inward so that you can continue to run them over several times as you cut the lawn. NOTE: do not allow whole leaves to lay on the grass over the winter, leaves left uncut on top of your turf can actually smother the grass and make it more susceptible to molds.
As always thanks for you support and let us know of any topics you would like discussed in the upcoming months. (Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org). From our family to yours we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year’s!
Everything is an island until it’s not.
I had to think about that for a minute. I thought about it in the context of interior design. “Until it’s not….” Is that what I do? Do I connect the individual islands of houses and blend them with other parts of the rest of the world? Do I connect the people with their homes and their lives then blend their personalities into the style of that space? Is that what a home is?
I strive to make a connection between the homeowners and their spaces by listening to what they want and designing the spaces to be within the boundaries of what I hear from their direction. But I like islands, so I find myself wondering if I can have my island and be connected also?
I want it all, an island to call my own, a place to disconnect from the technology that I would be lost without but want to scream and bounce off the walls at times. I want my home to be “me,” to reflect my personality, to say, “Hey you.” I want my favorite chair to hug me when I fall into it on the days that I don’t make it any farther before I collapse from it all when I come in. I want my home to be nice and “done,” something that says it’s good stuff just have fun but take care of it. I want to love my little island and I want it to love me back with an occasional early afternoon on the back side in the shade of the trees, and the smell of the woods and the sounds of the birds. Just loving my little island and all that it offers.
Then I want to turn around, put my feet up, find the remote, turn on the games, yell for the friends to come on out. Hand me some chips and dip, fire up the grill and let’s get this party started. I have had about all the solitude I can handle so let go Cowboys! I want my people around, the excitement of hanging with friends and hearing the hum and buzz and all that goes with that special part of life that connects my island to the rest of the world.
Yep, I want it all on my island that says “Welcome, come on in! This is my island and you’re welcome to disconnect or connect or let my island be for you whatever you need it to be.”
Think about your island. How is it connected? Is it you, does it lend to helping you connect to the part of the world that you enjoy most? Does it allow you to retreat, to disconnect and put yourself in a place that is your special place? Is it your special place? If not, we would love to help you with your island until it’s everything you want it to be.
Give us a call at Complete Interior Solutions, we’ll bring the sand!
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