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Is Stress Causing Your Neck Pain?

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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

How Physical Therapy Can Help My Neck Pain 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 PhysioCare Rehab 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 a full range of motion once more.

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 · Headache · 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. 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.

Sources https://www.spine-health.com/blog/how-relieve-neck-pain-caused-stress https://www.everydayhealth.com/neck-pain/neck-pain-reduce-stress.aspx https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMHT0027055/

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Focus On Neck Pain To Relieve Headaches

The neck can be a hidden and debilitating source of headaches. Very often neck pain and headaches go hand-in-hand, leading to a miserable timecopingwitheverydayactivities.According to theNational Instituteof HealthStatisticsneckpainandheadachesare thesecondmostcommon form of pain experienced by Americans, with 59% reporting it affected their enjoyment of life. Some headaches are often grouped under the term “cervicogenic headache” meaning that the primary source is from the neck. There are well mapped out patterns of headaches that come from the different parts of the neck, shoulder and upper back areas. The discs between your bones (vertebrae) and joints in the upper neck often contribute to headaches. Even headaches located in the forehead or behind the eyes are often referred pains stemming from problem areas in the neck and base of the skull. The joints connecting the top three vertebral levels of the neck handle almost50%ofthetotalmotionoftheentireneck.Thismeanstheyabsorb a lot of repetitive strain. These joints bear the main load of the weight of

thehead (aboutthatofabowlingball).With fatigue,poorposture, injuries, disc problems, arthritis, muscular stress and even prior surgeries, the wear and tear on this critical region of your body can prove too much, resulting in pain. It is also possible that you may develop a narrowing of the spinal canal itself. Since the spinal cord runs through the spine, a narrowing of the canal or where the nerves exit, can lead to a condition called spinal stenosis.There ismuchthatcanbedonetotreatneckpainandheadaches. Our expert physical therapists have years of experience helping people with neck pain and headaches. By finding the root cause of your neck pain and headaches we can relieve your pain quickly, reduce the need for medication and get you back to the activities you enjoy. Discover how our teamof specialists at PhysioCare Rehab can eliminate your neck pain and headaches allowing you to live a happy, active and pain-free life. Call today for more details! Do you or someone you know have back or neck pain? As a current or past patient, you have access to this valuable information, at your fingertips. Start feeling better today in the privacy of your home. Go to www.physiocarebrandywine.com , and scroll down to the middle of the page for your free download. This is the easiest way to get this information to our patients. Download and share with friends and family today!

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Roquefort Pear Salad

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• 1/3 cup olive oil • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar • 1 1/2 teaspoons white sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard • 1 clove garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces • 3 pears • 5 ounces Roquefort cheese • 1 avocado • 1/2 cup sliced green onions • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1/2 cup pecans

Instructions In a skillet over medium heat, stir 1/4 cup of sugar together with the pecans. Continue stirring gently until sugar has melted and caramelized the pecans. Carefully transfer nuts onto waxed paper. Allow to cool, and break into pieces. For the dressing, blend oil, vinegar, 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, mustard, chopped garlic, salt, and pepper. In a large serving bowl, layer lettuce, pears, blue cheese, avocado, and green onions. Pour dressing over salad, sprinkle with pecans, and serve.

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WHAT THE HEMP?

P H Y S I O C A R E S P O T L I G H T: M E E T D R . O F O R I

Hemp-derived CBD (cannabidoil) is quickly

Dr. Kwab Ofori-Ansah, a licensed physical therapist in the state of Maryland obtained his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in May 2005 from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Medical School. Prior to this, Dr. Ofori graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with

becoming a popular natural therapeutic alternative to the medicine-saturated solutions that are currently available in today’s pain relief market. CBD is and incredible, health-promoting compound. Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound found in hemp, CBD is completely legal and provides extraordinary health benefits. Hemp-derived therapeutic topical creams, ointments and rubs are ideal for athletes who want to enhance performance and recovery, individuals in search of pain relief, and anyone looking to improve the overall health of the body, mind, and curb the effects of aging. There’s still so much to learn about this naturally occurring element, however, one thing for sure is that it’s qualities and pain- relieving attributes are well-documented and seem to be relatively safe. Stay-tuned to see how CBD is gradually making its way into the rehabilitation industry as an effective treatment for pain, muscle tightness, neuromuscular disorders and much more!

a Bachelors of Science in exercise physiology and kinesiology during which time he spent countless hours working as an exercise/fitness consultant and eventually became Facilities Manager at the state of Maryland’s largest fitness and health facility, the Campus Recreation Center. During his training at UMB, Dr. Ofori-Ansah was trained under the region’s most highly esteemed physical therapy professionals. Known for having some of the “best hands in the business” he utilizes a diverse manual therapy skill set to help his patients overcome painful neuromuscular syndromes and live a healthier more active life. Find out more about his practice and the other great things his team at PhysioCare are doing in the community

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