DynamX PT: Neck Pain and Stress

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IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN?

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension headache. During anxiety, muscles tense up. As muscle tension tightens, the back, shoulders and neck are affected.

I N S I D E IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? FOCUS ON YOUR NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES EXERCISE ESSENTIALS

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IS STRESS CAUSING YOUR NECK PAIN? (Continued from outside) The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress? Pain worsened by keeping your head in one place — like when you’re driving, or using a computer — is neck pain. While neck pain has a slew of symptoms, its major symptoms, reported by Mayo Clinic, are: · Muscle tightness and spasms · Headache · Decreased ability to move the head Stress-induced neck pain isn’t rare. It also isn’t psychological. Many experts think stress-induced neck pain is caused by physical factors — low, but constant, trapezius muscle activity. If your neck pain starts at the base of your shoulders, traveling upward, it may be stress related. Causes of Stress-Related Neck Pain While stress alone can trigger neck pain, a few factors can make it worse. Office environments tend to create neck pain problems — as they confine people to chairs, bad posture and little mobility. Driving often, too, can make your chances of stress-related neck pain higher. INSIDE:

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests contacting a professional if you’re experiencing neck pain. Even if it’s caused by stress, untreated neck pain might later reveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with physical therapy. Because neck pain is often caused by activity, different activity can cure it. Sometimes, this “activity” means “no activity.” Before you contact a professional, try reducing your neck movements. Sometimes, simply letting your neck muscles relax is enough. If you don’t see relief within two weeks, contact us. We can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, we can offer exercises that stress, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where after-care treatment is considered, custom-tailored neck exercises will assure your neck stays loose, limber and healthy. If you’re dealing with neck pain, you’re not alone. Call us today, and schedule an assessment! Even if your neck pain is caused by stress, it still needs attention. We’ll work side by side with your goals, creating the proactive, effective programs you need to achieve a full range of motion once more. Sources: https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress https://www. everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/ PMHT0027055/

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FOCUS ON YOUR NECK PAIN TO RELIEVE HEADACHES

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable time coping with everyday activities. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics neck pain and headaches are the second most common form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost 50% of the total motion of the entire neck. This means they absorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of the EXERC I SE ESSENT I ALS TRY THIS EXERCISE FOR NECK PAIN RELIEF

Discover how we can help eliminate your neck pain and headaches! Call today OR visit our all new website at www.DynamXpt.com for more details! It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis. There is much that can be done to treat neck pain and headaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. head (about that of a bowling ball). With fatigue, poor posture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain.

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In a medium bowl combine water and oats. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in ¼ cup of the milk. Microwave 30 to 50 seconds more or until oats are very tender. Cool 5 minutes. In a blender combine oat mixture, the remaining ¼ cup milk, and the next four ingredients (through honey). Cover and blend until smooth, scraping container as needed. Add ice cubes; cover and blend until smooth. If desired, top each serving with additional fruit.

Stand with your back against a wall. Position a rolled up towel behind your neck. Tuck chin like you are nodding ‘yes’. Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat. Repeat 3 times.

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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We will work with you to assess your overall movement history, your medical history, and your goals moving forward. Your therapist will then perform a thorough physical evaluation. The physical evaluation will let the therapist know what your movement issues are. DynamX Physical Therapy clinics utilize current evidence based treatment combined with Applied Functional Science ® . Each of our therapists has a certification or fellowship training in Applied Functional Science ® . We encourage you to come experience the difference. ABOUT US

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John Soberal is a physical therapist at DynamX Physical Therapy Santa Monica. He earned his doctorate of physical therapy degree from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Institute of Health Professions in Boston, Massachusetts. While in his physical therapy program at MGHIHP, his clinical rotations included time at various sports and orthopedic clinics in the Boston area, where he worked with a diverse patient population including high school athletes. He also had a clinical rotation at Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, where he treated patients on an oncology and medically complex unit. Juan received his bachelor’s degree in applied health with an emphasis in physical therapy at Azusa Pacific University, where he played four years of collegiate baseball. His clinical interests include orthopedic and sports physical therapy applying manual therapy, therapeutic and functional based exercises. He completed the fellowship of applied functional science with the Gray Institute, allowing him to specialize in assessment, rehabilitation, training and conditioning, and injury prevention. JOHN SOBERAL, PT, DPT, FAFS Page 1/1 - Check solutions, print more free sudoku and play online : http://1sudoku.com

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