Centra Health: Strong Shoulders Relieve Headaches

Health & Wellness NEWSLETTER

August 2019

DON’T LET A HEADACHE RUIN YOUR DAY OF FUN

INSIDE: • 3 Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches • 4 Simple Ways To Make Hydration A Habit • Relieve Aches & Pain In Minutes • Natural Pain Relief For TMJ/TMJD Pain

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and other neck muscles become overused. This can then cause spasms of the arteries in the upper neck and scalp (vasospasms), which is one of the main symptoms of a headache. Over time this unfortunate cycle of poor posture, weakness, spasms, and headaches can lead to long-term changes in the neck structures, even early arthritis. Improving cervical (neck) and upper back motions can easily be accomplished with the right physical therapy. Our physical therapists can quickly pinpoint the specific muscle groups to target and help restore normal posture and function. The result is long-lasting headache relief, where you can finally stop taking Advil or Tylenol. Call us today to discover how we can help your neck move freely and get rid of those headaches for good!

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Your trapezius muscles form a large triangle that start from the base of your skull, connecting all along the spine from the upper neck down to your mid back. They extend out to the tip of your shoulder blades, forming the triangle. The trapezius muscles are split up into three groups: the upper, middle and lower trapezius. We commonly notice the upper trapezius muscle getting tight and sore. Poor posture is to blame. Forward slouching posture when sitting and standing can cause the middle and lower trapezius muscles to become chronically stretched out. This can result in weakness and an inability to correctly support your posture. Throughout the day as you use your head, neck, and shoulders, the upper trapezius

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