FyzicalHazleton: Neck Pain & Stress





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Whether you have been injured or have been suffering for a long time, seeing a physical therapist at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers of Hazleton can help you return to a more active and pain-free life. Give us a call at (570) 501-1808 today!

Does your neck hurt? You might be suffering from stress-related pain — also called a tension head-ache. 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 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 • 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.

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FREE NECK PAIN WORKSHOP DECEMBER 16TH • 6PM In the workshop, you will learn: • The most common causes for neck pain • New technologies that help us see in real time what may be causing your neck pain • What can be done to improve your neck pain without surgery • And what are the best exercises to do and NOT TO DO for neck pain To register for the workshop, call 570-501-1808 and be sure to let us know if you have any questions you would like us to answer during the workshop. Seats are limited to 20 registrants. If you have pain or problems that cannot wait until December, call us and mention this article. We are putting aside 15 Free Q&A sessions on our schedule on December 16th, where you can talk to a Physical Therapist and get a quick screen for your 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 littlemobility. Driving often, too, canmake 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. 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 stretch, flex and relax your neck muscles. In time, your neck will become more resilient — giving you the comfort you deserve. Where aftercare 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. 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/ https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000802.htm https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/most-neck-pain-improves-with-self-care-time/ https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/neck-pain/symptoms-causes/syc-20375581

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INGREDIENTS •1 sleeve of Ritz Crackers (about 16 crackers)

•1/2 cup butter (1 stick) •1/2 cup brown sugar •1 cup chocolate chips •peppermint candy

DIRECTIONS Preheat your oven to 425˚ and line 8 x 8 baking dish with parchment paper. Cover bottom of pan with crackers. Combine brown sugar and butter in a pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 min WITHOUT stirring. Immediately pour mixture over crackers in the pan and spread evenly. Bake for 5 min to thicken and set the caramel. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Place the pan back in oven for about 2 min or until chocolate is soft enough to spread. Immediately spread melted chocolate chips so that you have a nice even layer. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy and cool for several hours before serving.




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FREE 20 MINUTE CONSULTATION CALL TO SCHEDULE TODAY! (570) 501-1808 We have blocked off 20-minute appointment spots for FREE consultations with our physical therapists. The purpose of the appointment is to go over any problems you are having and get you on the right path to living a healthier life. So if you are experiencing any pain and you’d like to find out the cause and the way to solve it, then give us a call to schedule. 570-501-1808. At FYZICAL, you will receive hands-on therapy treatments by our friendly, caring health experts during focused and individualized sessions.

An insurance deductible is the amount of money that you must pay before your insurance company pays for your medical services. If your deductible is met, your Physical Therapy may not cost you anything. Patients with family plans or those who

have had major surgeries or have a chronic illness are especially likely to have a $0 balance remaining on their out-of-pocket expenses. This means that the cost of physical therapy could be minimal or completely covered by the patient’s insurance plan. If you are close to or have met your insurance deductible for the year, then now is the time to come in for Physical Therapy! Are you feeling aches and pains? Need to work on your core? Let us help you get a head start for 2021. Have you undergone surgery recently? Call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists. We’ll guide you to affordable treatments that will place you one step closer to pain relief.

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