Ellis: Life Doesn’t Have To Be A Pain In The Neck

NECK PAIN 101

In many situations, pain that develops in the neck can be associated with one of two major problems. The first is upper-back pain that begins to radiate into the neck.The second is arthritis. Physical therapy can be used to address both types of neck pain. Cervical arthritis causes frequent aches in the neck and shoulders. This pain is generally worse when there are sudden changes in weather or at the end of the day, and while over-the-counter medication may make the pain less severe, it won’t eliminate the pain entirely. Thebiggestproblemposedbycervicalarthritis is that thepainwill typically cause a loss of range of motion in the neck, which actually increases your risk of injury as a result of a sudden movement and causes regular discomfort and frustration as you are not able to utilize your neck in the way you normally could. There are plenty of situations in which pain in the neck as a result of cervical arthritis grows so severe that it can cause chronic poor posture and even a reduction in height. Addressing the Core Problem Themajorityofneckandheadpaincanbehelpedwithonesimplestrategy: strengthbuilding. It frequentlyhappens that theabsolutecauseof thestart ofapain in theneckorhead isa resultofpoorpostureorquickenedmotion, andbuildingcorestrength,aswellasstrength in theneck,canmakeahuge difference inyourability tohandle taskswithoutexperiencingchronicpain. Keep in mind that the neck and head are sensitive areas, so attempting to treat thepainathomecanbedangerousandmaynotbeeffective.Working with a physical therapist is the safe way to ensure that you are practicing positive techniques to find relief from your aches and pains.

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Exercise Essentials Flexibility, strength, and stability are needed to keep you loose and pain-free... Not all exercises are appropriate for every person. Please consult with a healthcare provider before starting.

STRAIGHT ARM PECTORAL STRETCH Stand in a doorway. Put your arm up against the doorway. Make sure the wall protects the front of your shoulder! Turn away - you should feel a stretch in your chest. Stretches Neck

Strengthens Neck Muscles CERVICAL ROTATION Turn your head towards the side, then return back to looking straight ahead.

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