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Community Health Spotlight

Making a Difference With Ashley Danielson RDN, LD

Tell us about yourself.

I love my job! I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the West Des Moines Hy-Vee HealthMarket. My store is the newest concept for healthmarkets within the Hy-Vee Des Moines market as it focuses on better for you options while still allowing customers to fully grocery shop in our store.  My lifestyle is balanced (at least I try to make it balanced) by staying active and learning new things every day. I love to educate customers and clients in a fun and lively setting, with simple ways to incorporate delicious food into everyday life. 

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CG Headaches… What To Work On At Home!

With any condition, home care is an important part of the treatment and recovery process. Minor modifications made at work, whether that’s adjusting the height of a monitor, positioning of the keyboard, using a chair with good back support, or getting up to walk a few minutes each hour will also go a long way. In the case of cervicogenic headaches, stretching out the tight muscles and strengthening the weak/underused muscles is the best way to tackle the issue

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In-Office Treatment For Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches found to be coming from the cervical spine respond very well with conservative treatment. A multifaceted approach using a combination of manipulation, myofascial release, stretching, and strengthening exercises will provide the best results. Breathing patterns must also be addressed because it has an impact on everything we do in our daily life.

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Tension Headaches – Must Address These 2 Things

There are a variety of reasons cervicogenic headaches arise. They can begin shortly after some traumatic event such as a fall or following a whiplash injury like a car accident. However, more commonly these headaches develop over time from repetitive neck movements, prolonged poor posture, decreased cervical muscle strength, or osteoarthritis. The workplace is a major contributor, especially with jobs that require sitting at a desk or computer, frequent heavy lifting, or repetitive head movements.

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Tension Headaches – Understanding The Basics

Almost everyone will deal with a headache at some point, making them a very common health complaint. In fact, almost half of the population is affected by headaches. They can range from a minor nuisance to severe and debilitating that impacts daily life. The 3 most common types of headaches are tension-type, migraines, and cluster headaches. Cervicogenic headaches fall within the tension-type group, which will be the focus of this series.

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Sciatica?… Do This Instead

When someone is struggling with sciatic nerve issues it can be debilitating. Like many conditions, the advice we give can be just as important as the treatment itself. In the case of sciatica, eliminating nerve stretch is necessary in order for the symptoms to calm down or to avoid flare-ups.

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