Rebound Fitness: Neck Pain And Stress

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INSIDE: • Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain? • How Physical Therapy Can Help • Exercise of the Month • Athlete Success Spotlight

See inside to learn more about how Greg and the staff at Rebound Fitness & Rehabilitation can help you!


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

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. 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.

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 Rebound Fitness, are: • Muscle tightness and spasms • Headache • Decreased ability to move the head

How Physical Therapy Can Help

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 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 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.


Exercise of the Month Try this movement if you are experiencing neck pain.

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cookies

• 1/2 cup almond meal • 1/2 tsp baking powder • 1/2 tsp baking soda • 1/8 tsp salt • 2 tsp Vietnamese 5% Oil • Cinnamon • 1/4 tsp Frontier allspice • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips • 1/2 cup dried cranberries and cherries

• 1 ripe banana mashed • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree • 2 large eggs • 1/2 cup peanut butter • 3 tbsp coconut oil melted

• 2 tsp vanilla extract • 3 tbsp maple syrup • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free rolled oats • 1/2 cup oat flour ground

Preheatoven to350°F.Greaseor lineabakingsheetwithparchmentpaperorasiliconebaking mat. Set aside. In a mixing bowl stir together mashed banana, pumpkin, eggs, peanut butter, coconut oil, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add in oats, oat flour, almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, chocolate chips and dried fruit; stir to combine. Refrigerate for 5 minutes to harden. Drop cookies by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. They won’t expand much, so feel free to press them down, slightly, and make them as uniform as possible to ensure even baking. Bake for about 12 minutes until lightly browned.

Cervical Retraction Stand with your back against a wall. Tuck chin like you are nodding 'yes.' Draw your chin closer to the back of your throat.

Relieves Neck Pain


Athlete Success Spotlight

EMILY BROWN Women's Golf

Greg and his staff at Rebound Fitness have helped me to build strength and flexibility for my golf swing. I played college golf and have struggled recently with tight hip flexors which was limiting my golf swing movement. The pain moved into my lower back making it painful to play. Working with the Rebound Fitness team has eliminated my back pain, and given me more opportunities to teach and get out and golf"

"I have been playing golf since I was ten years old. Over the years I have developed chronic pain in my back and hips, that limits

the frequency of play and effectiveness teaching golf. As a golf professional it crucial to be pain free and maintain strength and flexibility to compete at this level.

Coupon Corner

Seasonal Affective Disorder According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, 14 percent of people in the United States experience SAD (also known as seasonal depression). But research shows that many people can manage or avoid SAD with 30 to 60 minutes of exercise and 20 minutes of exposure to sunlight each day. In addition, data show exercisers have lower rates of recurrent depression compared with study participants whodonotexercise.Thesefiguresemphasize the importanceofexercising throughout the winter, especially if your goal is health and well-being as well as a trim waistline. TIPS FOR EXERCISING THIS WINTER • Arrange your schedule to start and end later or earlier so that you can exercise outside after sunrise or before sundown. •Getoutside towalk, jog, run,snowshoe,orcrosscountryski.Theexposure tosunlight can help increase your vitamin D levels and elevate your mood. • Enlist the services of a personal fitness trainer. Many people find meeting with a personal fitness trainer helps them stick with their exercise routine. Personal fitness trainers also can help vary workouts to keep them interesting and effective GET PROFESSIONAL HELP FOR SAD IF YOU NEED IT Although lack of sunlight and activity often are culprits of seasonal affective disorder, genetics and hormonal changes also may contribute to the condition. If exercise alone doesn’t improve your mood and your sadness persists for more than 2 weeks, schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists.

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