VitalityPhysioWellness_Relieving Stress Can Help Your Neck

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. The more pressure they cause, the more discomfort you get. Let’s take a closer 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 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 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. 10 WAYS TO REDUCE STRESS look at stress-related neck pain. Is My Neck Pain Caused by Stress?

Then, we 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 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. Call (613) 425-7700 today or visit us at vitalitypt.ca to book an appointment. Our expert Vitality Therapists can help you find the source of your neck pain and guide you along the way to achieve greater health. 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

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. 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 Physiotherapy Can Help Neck pain, fortunately, can be alleviated with 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 Vitality Physiotherapy &Wellness Centre. We can target your pain’s source by examining your symptoms. 1. Exercise 2. Get a Massage 3. Laugh More 4. Disconnect from Social Media 5. Deep Breathing

6. Eat Right 7. Get 8 Hours of Sleep

8. ReduceCaffeine andAlcohol Intake 9. Make Time for Family andHobbies 10. Take a Yoga Class

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