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Most American adults experience back and neck pain, putting a huge physical and economic burden on the workforce because they cause people to have to miss work. While these may feel like two separate issues, neck pain and back pain are actually commonly related. Core strength can have a huge impact on your overall health and wellness. When your core is weak, it could add up to weakness in your neck and back. Neck Pain 101: There are a lot of reasons why neck pain may develop, including everything from sudden incidents like a car accident or a slip-and-fall injury, to more chronic issues, such as regularly hunching over a desk at work or even practicing poor posture. One of the biggest problems with neck pain is that it often triggers headaches, as the pain is so closely connected to the spine and nervous system. What is more, adressing neck pain on your own is sometimes difficult as there is potential to cause more damage to the neck. This is why working with a physical therapist to address neck pain is wise. A physical therapist can help treat neck pain by improving range of motion, using targeted massage techniques, and by improving

strength. For example, in many situations, neck pain can be treated by improving core strength. Back Pain 101: Severe back pain impacts more than half of the population, and many of those with pain in the back as a result of injury end up dealing with that pain long term. One of the biggest problems with back pain is that once it develops, it is difficult to work around it, and many people begin modifying their movements as a result, causing their backs to compensate for the injury which eventually leads to more back pain. For this reason, back pain can frequently become a Catch-22 — avoiding the things that hurt your back could actually lead you to develop more pain in the future. Working with a physical therapist is the best way alleviate or eliminate back pain issues. Physical therapy can address back pain by helping to improve your range of motion, strengthen the muscles in your back and surrounding areas, and by using targeted massage to reduce tension. In many situations, working with a physical therapist to improve core strength can significantly reduce the severity of your back pain.


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