AHPC_Neck Pain and Stress

Health & Fitness Newsletter

2019

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STAY ACTIVE AND KEEP MOVING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

ALSO INSIDE HOW RELIEVING STRESS CAN HELP YOU WALK AWAY FROM NECK PAIN • PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT • PRACTICE NEWS • AND MORE!

Health & Fitness Newsletter

2019

N E W S L E T T E R

HOW REL I EV ING STRESS CAN HELP YOU WALK AWAY FROM NECK PAIN RELAX & MOVE FORWARD

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. 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. Call AHPC today and we can help you find the source of your neck pain and guide you along the way to achieve greater health.

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. 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 • Headaches • 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

A R E Y O U L E T T I N G PA I N H O L D Y O U B A C K ? C A L L T O S C H E D U L E Y O U R A P P O I N T M E N T T O D AY !

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 a professional. Physical therapists can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. Then, they can offer exercises that stretch, 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 HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP NECK PAIN

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 our office 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 mobility once more. Sources: spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused- stress everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce- stress.aspx

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/ medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck- pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/ symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

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Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist.

Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.

PAT I ENT SUCCESS SPOTL IGHT ! “I can now run, walk, play, garden, and perform activities at home or away.” “I am a living, walking testimony! AHPC’s physical therapy has done wonders for me. After having bilateral hip surgery (replacement) and months of physical therapy, I can now run, walk, play, garden, and perform activities at home or away. There is no limit!” - Alma S.

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