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Is Stress The Source Of Your Neck Pain?
Doesyourneck 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 theycause, the more discomfortyou get. Let’s take
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. TheU.S.NationalLibraryofMedicinesuggestscontactingaprofessional ifyou’reexperiencingneckpain.Even if it’scausedbystress,untreated neck painmight laterreveal muscle spasms, arthritis, bulging discs or even narrowed spinal nerve openings. Call Courcier Clinic at 405.478.5333 to schedule your appointment today!
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 slewof symptoms, its majorsymptoms, reported byMayo 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
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